[Mintwood-place] Ward One Demo Debate Kalorama Park scorecard
adam at mintwood.com
Tue May 25 19:16:19 UTC 2010
Dear John and All,
I've noticed from my roof deck overlooking the park a lot of soil being
scrapped off the surface of the new children's field this week and being
loaded into dump trucks. There has been constant bulldozers (making it
hard to enjoy being at my home office) running over the spot again and
again so compacting is taking place for sure, but it also looks like
tons of dirt and clay is being removed.
On the Debate and Kalorama park, I agree Jeff Smith's response is a joke
- just say you don't know whats going on if you dont!
On Politics, I wonder why Byran wont run as a Green, its not too late
for him to switch back? Jim's likely to get the Dem. nomination cause
he consistently tries to help all constituents and he's got mega bucks.
Ward One has largest Green Party membership (over 1000 last I checked).
These third party folks that would have rallied to Bryan but are now
left out of the primary and some greens are considering running their
own candidate in Ward One (me) despite Byran's Charisma and good ideas.
Who knows how strong Jim is going to be come November if this Democratic
primary is close. Folks might be looking for alternative in November,
the general election, the one that counts. Its seems wrong that any
place be run by one party.
1858 Mintwood Place, NW
John Cloud wrote:
> KCA hosted a very interesting and largely useful debate last night at
> Good Will Baptist Church. Somebody or other did ask a question about
> what "leadership" the candidates has done/would do to resolve the
> Kalorama Park Anti-Erosion Project morass. A brief synopsis:
> Jeff Smith: clueless. he started talking about landscaping on 18th
> St., etc. He had some useful things to say about other issues, but I
> don't think he is aware there is a park on Kalorama Road.
> Bryan Weaver: he noted the question was relevant, and acknowledged the
> root problem(s) were about DC agencies and contracting, but then
> changed the subject to the contracting problems on Mintwood a few
> years back. Hence, his performance last night pretty much
> characterized his "leadership" on this this morass, now in its second
> year. As far as the Anti-Erosion Project goes-- Weaver is really good
> about at-risk youth and basketball.
> Jim Graham: he's sticking with his new line, that everything is fine
> with all those compacted Mitchell Park construction spoils upon which
> DPR plans to put the water-percolating "playing field". Of course,
> that's a complete reversal from his own position and DPR's very public
> position last December. DPR is on-record from its very public statement:
> KALORAMA Q&A
> December 11, 2009
> Community Question #2: Why don’t the plans require that the heavily
> compacted surface area of
> the new playing field be removed to a depth necessary to reach
> un-compacted soil? This area was
> heavily compacted by the contractor’s equipment (bobcats, backhoes,
> trucks, etc. Since then, two
> piles of construction spoils (not soil) have been dumped there and
> have been steadily eroding
> onto the basketball court with each rain.
> DPR Response: DPR has committed to removing the soil that was brought
> to the Kalorama site from
> another project site.
> Now DPR and Graham have changed their tune-- but the construction
> spoils are still there, even more compacted now than they were then.
> So, final score card: NOT ONE of the three Democratic candidates gave
> any reasonable signal that they would exert any 'leadership" to
> resolve matters.
> Hmmm... what's that I hear? Could it be the sound of scurrying tiny
> rodent paws? The squeak of little paws with pens forging signatures on
> voter registration forms? Could it be that the Rats of Kalo-ratma
> Park, paralleled by their 501-3C exempt non-profit The Fund for
> Kalo-ratma Park (guess where they got the idea), cruelly disappointed
> that they gave Graham a bribe like every body else but didn't get
> nothin' for it, are considering running their own independent
> candidate for Council-Rat of Ward One? With a campaign that DC
> politics is so sleazy that the other virtually hairless candidates
> just aren't Rodent enough to do the job?
> Stay tuned...stock up on cheese... lots of cheese...
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