The below piece was in this Month’s DC North. The DC Fiscal Policy Institute does great work pushing the political conversation in a responsible direction. The DC City Council passes 1000 to 1500 laws and resolutions each year. If they would stick to pressing issues, we would see some serious improvements in this city. Continue reading “Will Mayor Williams Leave Us a Mountain of Bad Debt?”
In celebration of DDoT Director Dan Tangherlini’s promotion to interim head of Metro, I resurrect an old email to him.
From: Rob Halligan (ANC 2B01 Commissioner)
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 2:07 PM
Cc: Bill Rice; Ann Simpson-Mason
Subject: How many DC bureaucrats does it take to change a light bulb?
As an ANC Commissioner it is very easy to give up on making simple improvements in your constituents’ lives when every nearly every 727-1000 request we make ends up taking 6 months and an average of 6 follow ups to achieve closure with something like getting a light bulb replaced or a parking sign re-hung. Continue reading “FW: How many DC bureaucrats does it take to change a light bulb?”
As a follow-up to my July 8th “Urban Forestry Administrator Doesn’t Care About Our Gingko Hell“: A week after the below email (and several others) DDoT Urban Forester Caldwell “stepped down”, suddenly. I don’t know if I had anything to do with that but I hope so. CM Schwartz’s staff said they’d get back to me and hasn’t. Continue reading “The Gingko Hits the Fan”
DDoT has not yet spent any of the road and alley funds for fiscal 2005 (which ends in 45 days). If you are sick of having a 4-wheel-drive alley, that complete mis-management should incite you to storm the Reaves Center.
They have these beautiful maps of each ward with different color lines on alleys indicating the year they plan to re-pave or re-rebuild which alley out to the year 2010. Yeah right, that’ll happen! It’s a beauticul fiction.
Listen to Chris Lydon on Open Source on how local news is changing:
Terms such as Civics Nerds, the tinfoil-hat-brigade, real estate porn, and the anvil of democracy hit right where I’m aiming.
I write a lotta emails like this and I’m still unsure whether I ought to be blogging them.
From: Rob Halligan (ANC 2B01)
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2005 6:15 PM
To: ‘Mark Bjorge’; ‘Dan (DDOT) Tangherlini’; ‘Bill (DDOT) Rice’; ‘Ramona Burns’
Cc: ‘Carlson Klapthor’; …. Carol Schwartz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: RE: Hansen # 994-996, Hansen # 978-412, and a attempted murder
….and the repeated acts of prostitution committed in that spot since the light went out…and the numerous car break-ins under the out light. Continue reading “I just don’t how many times I can say…”
So far this year Boston has had 41 murders with less than 700 police officers. In DC MPD alone has over 3500 officers and 117 murders so far this year. And we have numerous other policing entities. Boston has more people than Washington. These simple facts give one the sense of what a mess we still need to clean up.
The City Council passes over a 1000 laws a year. With all that legislating, why is the government still only-half functional?
I overheard the neighbor of a Maryland friend of mine ask what an ANC Commissioner does. My friend who often hears me on the phone said, “It seems they try to make people who are getting paid by the DC government actually do their jobs.” I liked that.
Now back from the beach with 235 activism emails piled up, I’ve been thoroughly avoiding chasing up any paying work by sending over 50 activist emails a day. ABC/ABRA, DDoT, DPW, MPD, the US Attorney, the Parks Dept, and Robert Bobb have been my targets. Continue reading “Chatty Blather”
Posted to The Dupont Forum
We’ve been having some success calling 727-1000 to report public trash cans overflowing. They have come out right away. That’s really not a long term solution, though. The DCCA Environment Committee that was announced this week will help as well. Our Neighborhood Services Coordinator is making some progress, but he doesn’t get enough support. I asked to meet with the Dep. Director of DPW but like so many requests it fell though the cracks – which brings me to my point. Continue reading “Call to Action on DupontForum”