Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Calling all Dems!!!

This Saturday March 3, 2012 from 10am-2pm at the University of the District of Columbia is the DC Democratic Caucus to select pledged delegates for the Democratic National Convention in September.  Ms V is running to be a District 2 (Wards 3, 4, 5, 7) Pledged Delegate. Democrats living in District 2 will be able to vote for 3 men and 4 women.  In District 1 (Wards 1, 2, 6, 8), Democrats will be able to vote for 4 men, 3 women and 1 woman alternate.

The approved list of all candidates is on the DC Democratic Party Website.  The Ward 7 Democrats have prepared a flyer with all the candidates from Ward 7.

The 51st State for Obama got some love in the Washington Post.  They have some good people on their slate.  You can vote for the entire slate or cherry pick.

Where to go:

Ms V hopes to have your support.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Housing Town Hall

DC Circulator Meeting

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has rescheduled the second semi-annual public forum for the DC Circulator External Website to occur on Wednesday, February 29 starting at 7 pm.

The forum, originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, was rescheduled to avoid overlapping with Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s State of the District Address.

At the forum DDOT will solicit feedback from passengers on the strengths and weaknesses of the bus system, to ensure the DC Circulator continues to meet the needs of current and future riders.

The Circulator's route performance, new enhancements, and future plans for the system are among the various items that will be presented and discussed at this forum.

What Second Semi-Annual DC Circulator Public Forum
When Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Union Station (Columbus Club), 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Union Station is accessible by transit via the DC Circulator Union Station to Georgetown Route and the Navy Yard to Union Station Route; the Union Station Metro Rail Station on the Red Line; and via the X2, X9, 80, 96, 97, D1, D3, D6, D8 Metrobus Service Routes.

For those that are not able to attend this forum or that wish to submit comments at a later time please forward comments to Brooke Fossey at The public may also submit comments by clicking on the contact us link located on the DC Circulator website at External Website.
For more information please contact:
Circe Torruellas
(202) 409-2201

Known for its convenient 10-minute headways, the Circulator costs one dollar a ride, with additional discounts for seniors and District students. More information about the routes and schedules is available at External Website.

DDOT is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its projects, programs, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, or gender, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or on the basis of disability as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Circe Torruellas at (202) 409-2201 or in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.

WABA is Hiring....

Eotr Manager 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Recap of Ward 7 Forum

Ms V wasn't able to stay for the Ward 7 Candidates Forum on Saturday, but fortunately for my faithful readers storyteller extraordinare, Ms Jeri Washington, was there.  Here is her recap:

Ward 7, HOW YOU DOING???? 
How many times have we heard folk say, "If you don't know, ask somebody?" Howbeit, there are times when there's noone to ask, you can't google the answer, text your buddy, or even call your Mama - you just have to know for yourself. The Ward 7 Democrats candidates' forum held on Saturday proved to be one of those times. Moderated by NBC4's Tracy Wilkins and with noted journalists, Washington Times columnist Deborah Simmons, News 8 Bruce DePuyt, and veteran ABC 7's Sam Ford peppering the hopefuls and incumbent with questions, the event revealed far more than any one of us could have expected. Not only did the guest panelists throw out some zingers, members of the audience pitched a couple of fastballs too. IT'S GAME TIME IN WARD 7! 
One thing is certain about Ward 7 Council candidate, Republican Don Folden (who wasn't invited), he has no inhibitions about saying he doesn't know something. He doesn't try to concoct an answer, talk around it, change the subject, or distract from the issue. He will hurriedly admit he just doesn't know and hand the mike over to the next person to answer the question he was unable to. Not so with a couple of his contenders. They have invented responses to queries more creative than anything George Washington Carver ever did with a peanut. The problem is, they are operating under the misguided assumption 'we' don't know any better. They assume wrong. It's like trying to convince a fire marshal a blaze was accidental when a trail of gasoline doused throughout the house smells and yells arson.
Case in point, at Friday's forum at Contee AME, Monica Johnson optimistically, yet very uninformedly stated, she would create a program to help seniors make repairs to their homes. Apparently, she doesn't know about DHCD's Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program (SFRRP) which provides loans and grants with a possible maximum usage of up to $75,000 for home repairs. Households where the head of household is 62 years or older may have the first $10,000 of their loan, provided as a permanently deferred loan. She should have asked somebody! 
Perhaps the most exposing and challenging question of all was asked by ANC 7B Commissioner Holly Muhammad who wanted to know from the candidates their ANC, SMD, as well as the last time they worked with CM Alexander. Tongues got tied, nerves were plucked, and brows did sweat. The great orator, Rev. Bill Bennett, who has never been at a loss for words couldn't part his lips or the Red Sea if his SMD lay at the bottom of it. Finally, he found the answer - 7C Whatever!!!! After a couple of more stutters and sputters, I began to wonder, like a few others in the audience, if Tom Brown knew his ANC business. Without a hiccup, he answered correctly and cemented my support. You all know I don't give anyone a pass and to be honest, I almost texted him the answer but I decided against it because I hold him to the same standard I hold everyone else and had he not answered right, an angry bee would have stirred in her hive and he would have gotten stung too. If you don't know, you'd better ask somebody! Just in case somebody does asks somebody - I live in ANC 7B07 and Bob Richards is my commissioner. 
When a resident required each of them to give the exact number of Ward 7 neighborhoods (which is 29) and name a neighborhood in the Northeast and Southeast sections of Ward 7, everyone but the incumbent, Yvette Alexander and the newcomer, Monica Johnson, passed muster. Alexander remarked, "Hillcrest, Penn Branch, and Fairlawn." While I can verily overlook this one indiscretion by the councilmember, (I knows she knows at least one neighborhood in NE) her alliance to our Southeast neighbors stuck out like a bunion on an old's man foot. Reminds me of Kenny Rogers' song, "You Were Always On My Mind!" Hey, It's election season! But, when Monica Johnson so confidently replied, "HILLCREST HEIGHTS!," I wanted the Sandman to come out with his cane and chase her off the stage. Even the audience tried to help her out and still she repeated, "HILLCREST HEIGHTS!" Are you serious??! GET OUT - NOW!!!! Ms. Johnson, since you don't know and obviously didn't ask anybody, let me educate you, Hillcrest Heights is in MARYLAND. Hillcrest Heights is also in FLORIDA but for darn sure, it's never been in DC! 
A little known fact.....According to Paulette Tilghman, Ward 3 residents have exemptions regarding the construction of new homes and buildings relative to height and distance. Who knew? Our councilmember didn't. Lately, there's been a few things to escape Alexander. Recently, a resident testified at the Economic Development roundtable, she did not know the marijuana cultivation center was slated for Minnesota Avenue NE. Last year, she had no idea Benning Library was being eyed for on-line gambling. And during her May 30 Redistricting meeting, she didn't know a significant number of students attending Eastern High in Ward 6 came from Ward 7. But one thing Alexander does know for certain is Mayor Vincent C. Gray has not done much for Ward 7. Citing the high unemployment rates and the dismal lack of economic development, Alexander also said there were many times she didn't go along to get along with Gray. She's no rubber stamp 'cause she has her own mind! That's right and she said it all by herself! Gray hasn't done much for Ward 7. Go, Yvette, go! No, really, GO!
Deborah Simmons tossed the molotov cocktail at the candidates that ignited two inflammatory questions. Rev. Bennett and Kevin B. Chavous were asked their opinion of Yvette Alexander as the current council rep while Tom Brown and Monica Johnson were assigned to give a critique of school board rep, Dorothy Douglas. Both incumbents were allowed to rebut. This was the moment I've long been waiting for. I frantically searched my purse for money to place a bet on who would raise a knot on whose head. While Douglas was spared any incendiary remarks by her much kinder and gentler opponents, Alexander could not find shelter under a rock from Chavous' and Bennett's acid rain showering accusations of failure to communicate and total lack of leadership. I thought Alexander would snatch that scarf from her neck and hang them both from the church's rafters. She managed a feeble rebuttal but the double hit was so hard, it tore a ligament in her already weak knees. 
One thing the Ward 7 Democrats' forum proved, the incumbent and the newcomer have a lot in common. Alexander doesn't know how disheartened her base in Ward 7 has become and Johnson, well, it's disheartening how much she doesn't know much about Ward 7.
What you don't know will hurt you - politically!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

WMATA FY 2012 Testimony

My testimony for WMATAFY2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ward 7 Transportation Summit Press Release

W7 Transpo Summit Press Release

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hot off the "Press"

Ms V is thankful for all the wonderful friends, willing to help in a clutch.  

Ms. V has been receiving some questions about the process.

What is a pledged delegate?

Pledged delegates are elected, with the understanding that they will support a particular candidate at the convention. A candidate for the Democratic nominee must win a majority of combined delegate votes at the Democratic National Convention.  If elected as a pledged delegate, I will vote for President Barrack H. Obama as the Democratic nominee.

What is the role of a pledged delegate?
According the information provided by the DC Democratic Party, a pledged delegate will attend various constituency meetings as well as daily plenary session of the convention.  In addition, delegates will begin their day with a meeting of state of the delegation.

Who can vote for you?
If you are a registered Democrat and live in District 2 (Wards 3, 4, 5 and 7), you are eligible to vote for me.  Voting will take place on Saturday March 3, 2012 at the University of the District of Columbia Auditorium from 10-2pm

I already pledged my support, how many people can I vote for?
In District 2, you'll be able to vote for 3 men and 4 women.

Help the H.D. Woodson Service Council Win $500!

Help the H.D. Woodson Service Council Win $500!

GOOD Magazine is sponsoring a contest to give $500 to a community-based citizenship program - and the H.D. Woodson Service Council has made it into the final round! The winner will be chosen based on the highest number of vote from the public, so we need your help to win. The H.D. Woodson Service Council encourages students to focus on good things already going on in the neighborhood around the school by mapping out neighborhood assets and using them to create a high-impact, sustainable service project for themselves and their peers. The prize money would give students ample resources to create something meaningful to them and the surrounding community.

To vote, go to and click "vote for this project.

To learn more about the project, check out GOOD Maker and the GOOD Citizenship Challenge:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DC Democrats Vote for Ms V!!!

Dear District 2 (Wards 3, 4, 5, and 7) Democrats, please vote for me as a Pledged Delegate for President Obama's 2012 Campaign.

Saturday March 3, 2012
University of the District of Columbia Auditorium
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

I have the pleasure of serving DC as a member of the Hillcrest Community Civic Association Board and as one of the DC representatives on the Transportation Planning Board's Citizen Advisory Council.  I'm a Ward 7 resident and co-owner of a DC-Based business.  To learn more about me, please visit my personal website

Your support and the opportunity to represent the District of Columbia at the Democratic National Convention is important to me.   If you don't live in District 2, please help spread the word to your friends and family.

 For more information, please feel free to contact me at

Friday, February 17, 2012

Walk this way

Information sharing.  Please come out and be heard.

District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting a public meeting for the East Capitol Street Pedestrian Safety Project on Saturday, March 3, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Benning-Stoddert Recreation Center, 100 Stoddert Place. 
At this meeting the study team will solicit feedback from the community on the proposed improvements that have been identified to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users within the East Capitol Street corridor between Stoddert Place, SE and Southern Avenue, NE.

Based on the findings of the Far Northeast Livability Study, the study will aim to address one of largest safety challenges associated with this corridor – the Benning Road/East Capitol Street/Texas Avenue intersection. Proposals to rework this complex intersection to ensure it operates better and more safely for all users will be presented at this meeting. As a means of traffic calming and improving crossing safety the study team is exploring the idea of eliminating rush hour parking restrictions along the East Capitol Street. This would allow four full time travel lanes along the corridor and permanent parking in the curb lane. Other improvements that are also being considered include adding additional pedestrian crossing signals to the corridor and safety improvements at Central Avenue and East Capitol Street.

The meeting will begin with a brief presentation about the study. Attendees are welcome to stop by any time during the meeting.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Read to the Babies

Dear Neighbors... Want to prevent robberies? Get involved with your local school and help teach the babies.  If you are available, Anne Beers is looking for people to come read to the kids on Friday.

Come Read With Me-2012
We recognize that cornerstone of learning is reading. The path to success for our students can be found in a book! We encourage our students to read, read and read! The example we set by reading with them goes a long way toward modeling what reading looks like. 
You are cordially invited to participate in READ TO ME 2012
When: Friday-February 17, 2012 9:30-2PM
Where: Anne Beers ES
3600 Alabama Avenue SE
Washington, Dc 20020
This will take only 45 minutes of your precious time. We will provide the books. Please confirm the time that you would like to read to our students!
Help Support this Learning Experience! 
Please send confirmations to:
Stephanie Harris
STEM Catalayst Corrdinator,

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Where are the Ward 7 Cyclist & Cyclist-to-be

Cycling is one of Ms V's modes of choice (when the weather cooperates).  I believe the best part about living in a city is having options.  Some times I bike, other times I bus, and yes... some times I drive *gasp*.  Biking around Ward 7 has its high points and low points.  For all intents and purposes, I feel safe biking around the Ward.  Most motorists (even the ones from Maryland) give me adequate room when they pass and are generally courteous.

The DC Bicycle Advisory Council is committed to working on the east to west connectivity for cyclists (and in turn pedestrians).  I can testify that trying to cross the Sousa Bridge on the east side near the ramps to and from 295 is dangerous.  The BAC wants your feedback on their recommendations.  Click the link below to get to their page.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Ray's the Steaks Reopens

Great article from East of the River Newspaper on the changes at Ray's the Steaks.

Ray's the Steaks

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Celebrate Black History Month

Today is the first day of Black History Month.  I remember back in the day when we had to write book reports/essays on a famous black person.  My classmates (I went to diverse school) always profile Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks or someone from modern day like Michael Jordan.  Ms V was raised by slightly militant/activist parents (which is a post for another day), so my reports were on Patrice Lamumba, Ralph J. Bunche, Angela Davis, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (better known as Malcolm X, but I believe in giving deference by calling him by his name), and Marcus Garvey to name a few.  But I digress...

Ms V has highlighted some exhibits and events


East of the River

Other parts of the CIty

This is just a snapshot.  Ms V urges everyone to take a young person in your neighborhood to one (if not all) of these events/exhibits.