[Mintwood-place] Cars on the Street, Grahams 2 Cents and my Dime
jim at grahamwone.com
jim at grahamwone.com
Tue Sep 16 17:36:31 EDT 2003
This has little to do with the problems on Mintwood, but Adam's comments do suggest the need for a response. I am proud of my work in this ward and, as recently as last year, the voters in Ward One returned me to office with a majority in excess of 85% defeating an opponent offered by Adam's party.
I am very pleased to hear that Adam's comments provoked, to quote him, a "lot of emails". I appreciate that response.
But to the issues at hand, I have again spoken personally to Director Tangherlini and Commander McCoy. Tangherlini and I want to meet with Mintwood residents to go over these issues. WHo is willing to help me set up the meeting?
THen there is the issue of parking tickets and possibly towing. We can achieve that end. But people to need to realize that residents and nonresidents of Mintwood will be impacted. I wish there was a way I could get a clear message on what the residents want in this regard.
Perhaps we can discuss that issue at the meeting, and hopfully we can get together before the weekend.
Bests Councilmember Jim Graham
From: Adam Eidinger
Sent: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 10:30:06 -0400
Subject: [Mintwood-place] Cars on the Street, Grahams 2 Cents and my Dime
As I noted in the earlier emails, the help from Jim Graham's office was
lackluster because it didn't stop the madness on this street or save
Tax-payers money. I received alot of emails attacking me for pointing
this out. Seems there are some Graham loyalists on the street.
I do personally like him because he does try to listen to everyone, but
he rarely acts on what I care about. Not just Mintwood, but rather that
he voted to renew Chief Ramsey's contract after I was hog tied by the
bastard's goons and illegally arrested along with 600 other anti-war
protesters a year ago. The police in the city are demoralized and not
issuing tickets on cars on Mintwood due to a larger law enforcement
crisis of rising crime and a city government full of
councilmembers/police chief's for life that just don't care enough to
fire the jerks in the city.
Graham also supports the Mayor's various gentrification initiatives such
as City Living DC Style which is about attracting people with six figure
incomes with no kids to the city while haphazardly squeezing out long
term residents and cutting social services including schools via voucher
programs. Many friends of mine who live near the New Convention Center
area can barely afford their taxes anymore due to skyrocketing
assessments. Rather than raising taxes on residents while cutting their
services, we could be getting revenue from institutions like the World
Bank and IMF and Fannie Mae through Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTS)
to offset the budget crunch and renewed cuts in education and health.
These institutions along with every University in the city don't pay a
dime, yet they cost us colonists millions in free services!
I can rant all day long on Graham, but I'll sum it up. Being responsive
to constituents as Grahams office has been is commendable, but saving
tax payers $100,000 in unnecessary work and acting on our concerns
before it's too late is exceptional.
Mr. Graham is not exceptional
Abby Ziff wrote:
> Please get the cars off the street. This is just unacceptable. Why can
> this not be accomplished? It is not only outrgaeous that this activity
> continues, but dangerous as emergency vehicles cannot pass.
> Why is this still a "discussion"?....Haven't we made ourselves clear?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Graham [mailto:jim at grahamwone.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 9:38 AM
> To: 'Jeff Selingo'; adam at mintwood.com
> Cc: mintwood-place at lists.mutualaid.org
> Subject: RE: [Mintwood-place] Re: Media Interest in Mintwood
> Thanks, Jeff.
> I typically answer emails before 9 AM on weekdays. If you email me
> after that, it is likely that you will hear from me the next
> weekday. If there is a need to communicate prior to that, you may
> wish to call me.
> Jim Graham, Councilmember, Ward One, 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #406,
> Washington, DC 20004. 202-724-8181; 202-724-8109 (fax).
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mintwood-place-bounces at lists.mutualaid.org
> [mailto:mintwood-place-bounces at lists.mutualaid.org] On Behalf
> Of Jeff Selingo
> Sent: Monday, September 15, 2003 10:42 AM
> To: adam at mintwood.com
> Cc: mintwood-place at lists.mutualaid.org
> Subject: [Mintwood-place] Re: Media Interest in Mintwood
> I don't want to overload this discussion list, but since you
> sent your message to the entire list, I wanted to let you know
> that I disgree with you on Jim Graham. Of everyone involved
> with this project, his office has been the most helpful. I
> think he's just as frustrated as we are.
> -Jeff Selingo
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Adam Eidinger <mailto:enrages at bellatlantic.net>
> To: Jeffrey J. Selingo <mailto:jeff at selingo.com>
> Cc: Chase Haddix <mailto:ch543 at hotmail.com> ;
> mintwood-place at lists.mutualaid.org
> <mailto:mintwood-place at lists.mutualaid.org>
> Sent: Monday, September 15, 2003 10:02 AM
> Subject: Media Interest in Mintwood
> Dear Jeff and Chase,
> In case you didn't see it, the Washington City Paper did a
> brief story on street and the fact that the cement that
> was poured will have to be torn up to replace the lead
> pipes. It wouldn't hurt to call them again suggest coming
> out with camera to photograph the cutting that started
> today. I'm concerned that all the cutting they are going
> to do, rather than replacing the whole side of the street,
> will weaken the foundation of the street and created more
> problems in the future. Once again we were not informed
> by DDOT in adavacne what the plan was (cutting or
> replacing the side of the street) as they promised.
> In terms of media this project would make a nice feature
> for the Washington Post, InTowner (I have a friend there
> looking to do the story). I have talked to Horace Holmes
> over at Channel 7 about the street. He called me back and
> was very interested. I'm going to call him again today
> and give him the heads up on the cutting.
> Regarding Graham, my views are scewed because I'm a
> Statehood Green, that disclosed, it is clear that his
> office hasn't been that helpful despite our sincere
> efforts. They've come to meetings and listened to us, but
> there has been little leadership in terms of effectively
> saving the city money and making sure the project is
> planned all the way through. His Chief of Staff came to
> the meeting at Eddie Beckers house a full month before the
> concrete on the northside of the street was poured. At
> the meeting we made a list of concerns, including making
> sure WASA check for lead pipes before the concrete is
> poured. When concerned citizens inform their council
> member of what is happening and nothing positive happens,
> I think we have no choice but to hold our council members
> responsible for the error - or does Graham's office not
> have that much of say over things like this - either way
> it sucks.
> Adam Eidinger
> Jeffrey J. Selingo wrote:
>>With Mintwood turned into a parking lot on Saturday night, I called 311 and
>>the Third District. 311 said they would try to send an officer out. The
>>officer who answered at the Third District said she couldn't dispatch anyone
>>and suggested I call 911 if this was an emergency (which surprised me).
>>After explaining the situation, which the officer was unaware of despite the
>>note sent by Ms. Good on Friday, she agreed to send out a car.
>>I was outside when the officer was giving tickets. He asked if I called
>>about the situation and I responded yes. He said that "Knowing people in
>>this neighborhood, we probably could get a tow truck down here if we
>>wanted." I asked him what he meant by that and he said that "People in this
>>neighborhood get things that other folks in the city don't." I now wish I
>>got his badge number. If that's the way the Third District feels about its
>>residents, then no wonder crime is up in this neighborhood and we can't seem
>>to get anyone to care about cars blocking our street.
>>Responding to Steve's suggestion, I'm going to contact folks at The Post and
>>City Paper on Monday.
>>>From: "Chase Haddix" <ch543 at hotmail.com>
>>>To: mintwood-place at lists.mutualaid.org
>>>Subject: Re: [Mintwood-place] Tired
>>>Date: Sun, Sep 14, 2003, 8:23 AM
>>>We are longtime readers of the list, first time posters. Steve Chaggaris
>>>raised two good points: accountability and media coverage. Would it make
>>>sense to invite metro reporters, elected officials, and/or government staff
>>>onto the Mintwood email list?
>>>Perhaps some of the local media outlets would be interested in the story.
>>>In particular, the lead pipes and gas lines lend a health and public safety
>>>dimension that may resonate with a broad audience in DC.
>>>Adam or others involved in the community, what are your thoughts on
>>>Councilman Graham's next election? Are there other local officials or
>>>would-be officials who may have an interest in making a name through
>>>constituent service? Perhaps there are Mintwood residents who would make
>>>campaign contributions on this issue.
>>>In the meantime, do people think it would be useful to contact federal
>>>officials or committee staff? Sometimes appropriations and contract
>>>management become campaign issues or even tv spots during an election year.
>>>Should the block reach out to anyone on the list below? What do people
>>>Chase & Toni Haddix
>>>---Ross McLaughlin, Seven on Your Side, 703-236-9778
>>>--- WJLA-TV/Newschannel 8, 703-236-9555 news dept
>>>---Fox5 Investigates / Fox5 On Call (health), (202) 244-5151
>>>---NBC4, (202) 364-NEWS
>>>---Kojo in Your Community (DC show to broadcast on 11-18-03) / DC Politics
>>>Hour, 800-443-8850, WAMU
>>>--- Keith Harriston: harristonk at washpost.com, Deputy Metro editor
>>>--- Anita Huslin: huslina at washpost.com, Metro staff writer/environment
>>>--- Serge Kovaleski: kovaleskis at washpost.com, Metro staff
>>>--- Carol Leonnig: leonnigc at washpost.com, Metro staff writer/D.C. government
>>>--- Cheryl Thompson: thompsonc at washpost.com, Metro staff
>>>writer/investigations and projects
>>>--- Barbara Vobejda: vobejdab at washpost.com, Metro/deputy investigations
>>>---Marlene Johnson, mjohson at washingtontimes.com, Assistant Editor, District
>>>of Columbia, Washington Times
>>>--Adrienne Washington, awashington at washingtontimes.com, Metropolitan Times
>>>---The Honorable Tom Davis, Chairman, Committee on Government Reform,
>>>U.S. House of Representatives, 2157 Rayburn House Office Building,
>>>Washington, D.C. 20515, (202) 225-5074
>>>---The Honorable Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, Chairman, Subcommittee on the
>>>District of Columbia, Committee on Approprations, U.S. House of
>>>Representatives, H147 Capitol, Washington, D.C. 20515-6019, (202) 225-5034
>>>---The Honorable Chaka Fattah, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on the District
>>>of Columbia, Committee on Approprations, U.S. House of Representatives, H147
>>>Capitol, Washington, D.C. 20515-6019, 202-225-4001
>>>--The Honorable Mike DeWine, Chairman, Subcommittee on the District of
>>>Columbia, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, 20510
>>>--The Honorable Mary Landrieu, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on the District
>>>of Columbia, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, 20510
>>>>From: "Steve Chaggaris" <steve at chaggaris.com>
>>>>To: <mintwood-place at lists.mutualaid.org>
>>>>Subject: [Mintwood-place] Tired
>>>>Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 00:09:58 -0400
>>>>It's just before midnight on the same day that Ms. Good promised action
>>>>about the parking issue on Mintwood. Guess what: there are cars illegally
>>>>parked up and down Mintwood... regardless of the "Emergency - No Parking"
>>>>signs, despite the vows of stepped-up enforcement.
>>>>I'm tired of empty promises regarding this project. It's just one debacle
>>>>after another, day after day, week after week, MONTH after MONTH.
>>>>Someone needs to be held accountable for this chaos. Is a class-action
>>>>lawsuit against the city a feasible option, I ask the legal minds on this
>>>>Do we have to get the Washington Post to do a story on this and publicly
>>>>embarrass everyone involved all the way up to the mayor?
>>>>Who gets held accountable? Do we take action by storming the mayor's
>>>>THERE NEEDS TO BE ACCOUNTABILITY. I don't understand how NOBODY has taken
>>>>the fall for this crap.
>>>>I can't imagine there's any other one block, one way street in the country
>>>>that has experienced the absolute craziness that the 1800 block of Mintwood
>>>>Place NW in DC has. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO OVERHAUL ONE BLOCK??????
>>>>Anywhere else but in DC, someone would be losing their job if this
>>>>ludicrousness took place.
>>>>1858 Mintwood Place NW
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