FW: How many DC bureaucrats does it take to change a light bulb?

In celebration of DDoT Director Dan Tangherlini’s promotion to interim head of Metro, I resurrect an old email to him.

Rob Halligan

—–Original Message—–
From: Rob Halligan (ANC 2B01 Commissioner)
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 2:07 PM
To: Dan.Tangherlini@dc.gov
Cc: Bill Rice; Ann Simpson-Mason
Subject: How many DC bureaucrats does it take to change a light bulb?

Director Tangherlini:

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?”

The Director is a “Financial Guy”

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.

    I just don’t how many times I can say…

    I write a lotta emails like this and I’m still unsure whether I ought to be blogging them.

    —–Original Message—–
    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 (carol.schwartz@dc.gov)
    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…”

    A Sense of How Bad…

    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?

    What’s an ANC Commissioner?

    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.

    Chatty Blather

    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”

    Call to Action on DupontForum

    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”