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The monthly meeting of ANC 5A was held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. The meeting was held at UDC-CC Backus Campus.  The meeting was called to order at 6:53 PM.  Quorum was established. The following Commissioners were present for the meeting:

Commissioner Grace Lewis 


Commissioner Jasmine White


Commissioner Adrian Jordan 


Commissioner Sandi Washington


Commissioner Ronnie Edwards




Motion to adopt agenda by Commissioner Lewis, seconded by Commissioner Jordan. Motion carried.


Commissioner Washington introduced Mario Acosta Velez, Dir. of Government Affairs for Verizon to discuss:

·       Outages in November 2014

·       Operations/engineering personnel willing to meet with community

·       FiOS’ Brookland central office (deployment of FiOs service in neighborhood)

·       Issues with phone line in community that need to be replaced

·       Contact information, 202-515-2580


Motion to approve budget pending audit by Commissioner Washington, seconded by Commissioner White. Motion carried.


Motion to approve FY 15 first quarter expenditures by Commissioner White, seconded by Commissioner Lewis.  Motion carried.


Motion to approve January 2015 minutes (with minor spelling correction) by Commissioner Lewis , seconded by Commissioner Washington.  Motion carried.


Introduction of Rahman Branch to the community by Malik Williams and Tommie Jones

·       Branch is the new Director of the Office of African-American Affairs, which acts as advocates of the African-American community

·       Branch announced intentions to work with Mayor Bowser and her efforts of transparency and community participation – upcoming budget meeting at Anacostia HS on 2/28 from 1-2:30 pm

·       Contact information, 202-442-8121 and


Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Police Service Area (PSA) 405 joint community meeting led by Lieutenant Ridlehoover and Officer Lucas, discussed the following concerns with community:

·       Homicide at 1226 Emerson St. NE on 2/22/15

·       Scams targeted towards seniors (distributed literature)

·       Initiative 71, which legalizes the possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana, but illegal on all federal property (national parks, public housing, etc.)

·       Patrolling Park Place community

·       Community relations/police station personnel

·       Recent arrests in PSA 405 possibly related to burglaries

·       Lt. Ridlehoover’s contact info,, 202-730-0609 (desk), 202-904-6546 (cell)


Presentation by Melanie Giles, Parent Engagement Events Coordinator, addressing Potomac Preparatory Public Charter School

·       School is no longer Potomac Lighthouse PCS – new name, new principle, new management

·       School will serve students preschool – 8th grade; currently primarily wards 6,7, & 8

·       Potomac Prep PCS wants to amend charter from arts and fusion curriculum to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) focused program

·       Giles requesting ANC 5A presence, Commissioner Jordan will Jordan will coordinator trip

·       Charter amendments due 3/15/15


Ronan Gulstone, representative from Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s officer reported the following updates:

·       New Constituent Services Coordinator, Wesley Dawson, 202-727-8274

·       Congressional rider regulating the sales of marijuana

·       Joint oversight hearing for WMATA held on 2/2/15

·       Agency performance oversight hearings – Attorney General on 3/4/15 MPD hearing on 3/10/15

·       From Deputy Mayor on Education - DC Public Charter School Board voted to revoke charter for Community Academy Public Charter School; DC Bilingual PCS will relocate to Keene Campus at 33 Riggs Rd NE


Commissioner Washington expressed concern and discontent for the process of how schools are assigned and without including community input or proper notification.


Chairman Edwards will extend an official invitation to Councilman McDuffie and specifically requested that Mr. Gulstone inform Councilman McDuffie that he is disappointed with how he has not given 5A the attention and support requested during the process of Mamie D. Lee being awarded to Briya/Bridges, which was not supported by 5A.  Edwards also expressed frustration that he made an appointment to meet with McDuffie and the councilman was not present at the meeting. Chairman Edwards urged Mr. Gulstone to communicate to McDuffie that he wants the councilman to stand with 5A when the commission has to address issues like recent school assignments.


Commissioner Jordan announced plans to create a resolution against Councilmember Grosso’s bill for ranked-choice voting in DC, which could potentially change the landscape of DC politics.


Motion by Commission Jordan to adopt proposed bylaws changes as written, seconded by Commissioner White. Motion passes.


Bylaws discussion for future changes:

·       Replace Executive Meeting with Committee of the Whole

·       Executive board transition policy

·       Once approved, any bylaws changes should be posted to 5A website


Motion by Commissioner White to table 5A grant process discussion, seconded by Commissioner Lewis. Motion carried.





Community Platform

Members of the community expressed concern/made the following announcements:

·       Dissatisfaction with out of date minutes and meeting notices on 5A’s website – No minutes for November 2014 on 5A website

·       Issue with snow removal at art place; ice on sidewalks

·       Residents expressed concern of Commissioner Alston’s absence at community meetings – would like updates on WMATA project and 6th place PUD

·       Residents would like documents that will be voted on to be placed on 5A’s website in advance of meetings

·       No update on 5A Lamond Riggs Task Force

·       Announcement – Arcadia Food – Farmer’s Market on wheels in low food access neighborhoods on Fridays from May – October from 11am – 1pm.  Go to for locations & info

·       Request for FY 15 budget and 1st quarter report to be posted on 5A’s website.


Meeting was adjourned at 9:38 pm






























ANC 5A Commissioners (2013-2014)

5A01 Frank Wilds                                                                                       5A02 Grace J. Lewis, Parliamentarian

5A03 Adrian T. Jordan                                                                              5A04 Vacant

5A05 Ronnie Edwards, Chairperson                                                      5A06 Jasmine White, Recording/Corresponding Secretary

 5A07 Sandi Washington, Treasurer                                                      5A08 Angel Alston, Vice Chairperson

*Catholic University *Ft. Totten * Lamond-Riggs * North Michigan Park *Park Place-Trinity Square *Pleasant Hills * Brookland