Thursday, February 18, 2010

The People's Court

Due to Snowmageddon and Snoverkill, I didn't make it to the Committee on Public Safety and Judiciary public hearing on Bills 18-549 and 18-556. However, I did submit written testimony for the record. Below is what I submitted.
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My name is Miss V. I am the President of the Fairfax Village IV Condominium Association and a proud blogger in Ward 7. I will be submitting my testimony as a public witness.

BILL 18-0549 “COMMUNITY IMPACT STATEMENT AMENDMENT ACT OF 2009”
In the last year, the residents of the Fairfax Village Community Association have been vocal and vigilant in reducing crime in our neighborhood. While we are in statistically one of the safest Police Service Areas in the District, our community is still plagued with drugs and prostitution. In working with Councilmember Mendelson’s Office, we learned about the Community Impact Statement. The Community Impact Statement is an important tool for the community to send a message that we do not tolerate crime in our neighborhoods.

I would like to offer three recommendations to strengthen the bill.
1. Inclusion of juvenile cases as many of the offenders in our neighborhood are juveniles.
2. Consistent format and process for the community to submit the Community Impact Statements.
3. Data collection and analysis mechanism to track the effectiveness of Community Impact Statements in the sentencing process.

BILL 18-0556, “LIQUID PCP POSSESSION AMENDMENT ACT OF 2009”
Over a 48-hour period in December 2009, Fairfax Village experienced two separate incidents related to people under the influence of PCP. One person stopped their car in the middle of the street and started undressing. Another person assaulted and bit the nose of a teen. Both incidents happened during the weekday. I fully support this bill and I hope that it will help make strides towards ridding our neighborhood of this dangerous drug.

Thank you for your time.

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