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Brown 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 504 NW Washington, DC 20004 KBrown@dccouncil.us, @KwameBrownDC DC Council Committee Chair Muriel Bowser 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 110 NW Washington, DC 20004 MBowser@dccouncil.us, @MurielBowser
Embarrassing and Inexcusable.
Honorable Mr Brown and Ms Bowser: It may get lost amid all the glaring headlines about Federal Bureau of Investigations agents raiding your colleague’s home and other scandals — which ultimately insult everyone in our great city, tarnish the District’s reputation for generations to come, and are necessary wastes of tax dollars that should be better used providing real services to citizens — but there’s a real atrocity that needs to be investigated at the DC Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) which appears to be repeatedly swept under the rug. We’re not going to see any real improvement until two things happen: 1. The Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Revenue, with so-called “oversight” over OTR must be removed and replaced with someone competent, willing to address institutional problems and potential corruption, and find solutions. 2. Mayor Gray’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement must be abolished — as confirmed by the agency’s own Director with local Shaw ANC leaders and activists recently, TheONE office is a sham and a waste of the city’s financial resources that should be better used elsewhere. It’s been glaringly obvious that neither the current Chair of the Committee of Finance, or any of its members, or anyone in TheONE office are capable of getting OTR to respond directly and honestly to citizen’s concerns. It’s hard to believe that the one example of this, evident in messages relating to the problems with the vacant blighted property at 509 O Street NW (see following pages), exists in isolation. You should act swiftly to find real solutions to the problems at OTR and not delay cutting the fat our of the government so it can effectively serve District residents and begin to restore a little dignity to the Nation’s Capital and its residents. Sincerely,
Martin Moulton, President Convention Center Community Association (CCCA-online.org) PO Box 26210, Washington DC 20001 (202) 422-1161 | Twitter: @CCCAPrez
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Fri Dec 2, 2011 5:18 pm --- In ShawNeighborhood@yahoogroups.com, David Smith <daveinshaw@...> wrote: Mr. Pemberton: Sorry to have to keep coming back to you about the blighted property at 509 O Street, but I noticed this afternoon that the door on the front (basement) entrance has been pried off the hinges. The door is lying on the ground inside the structure. The iron grate on the door is still there, but the wooden door frame has been pried away from the surrounding brick shell, and the grate is barely attached at this point. (See attached photos taken today.) Someone has clearly been trying to gain forcible entry into the building, and I think it is only a matter of time until that someone succeeds--if they haven’t already. Earlier this year neighbors reporting seeing vagrants entering the building, and now with cold weather coming it seems likely that vagrants will see this as a handy shelter. The entry into the basement is full of new garbage, which indicates that it is being used as shelter. As you know, there is a danger of fire if vagrants start hanging out there. I would appreciate if DCRA could secure the building, as it is quite clear that the property owner will not. I also think this indicates exactly how “responsive” the property owner actually is concerning the repeated failures to do even the most minimal maintenance on this property. The fact that this building has been allowed to remain in this deplorable condition is a disgrace. Thanks again for your help with this situation.
Fri Dec 2, 2011 12:00 pm --- In ShawNeighborhood@yahoogroups.com, David Smith <daveinshaw@...> wrote: Re: Fwd: Out of Office: [ShawNeighborhood] Shiloh Vacant Properties ... I sent my emails weeks ago to Stephen Cappello and Robert Thompson at OCFO as recommended by Reuben Pemberton (who has been helpful and responsive) at DCRA. In fact, Mr. Pemberton himself forwarded some of my correspondence to them. So far the response from them has been nada, zip, bupkis! Surely you shouldn’t have to keep sending inquiries to different people at the same agency in hopes that you might eventually get lucky. Come to think of it, I remember that at that meeting you referred to in Jack Evans’s office a few years back with Linda Argo et al, everyone noted the conspicuous absence of OTR. So it would appear that agency’s “drop dead” attitude goes back quite a while. My takeaway from this is that OTR feels it doesn’t have to answer inquiries from private citizens (or maybe anyone else) and probably just hits the “delete” key. Or maybe they just really don’t want to “look into” it, because they think there might be another Mother Harriett somewhere in the agency.
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement
Join Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Councilmembers, and many others at the: “Full Democracy Freedom Rally and March”, Saturday, October 15 at 9:30 am on Freedom Plaza (13th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). ONE serves as the Mayor’s primary constituent services organization by providing rapid and complete responses to constituent requests, complaints and questions. This office is a key resource for the community as it supplies a direct link between District residents, their Mayor, and the Government of the District of Columbia. The dual goal of the Mayor’s Office for Neighborhood Engagement is to improve the quality of life for District residents by assisting the District government in providing coordinated and scheduled delivery of high-quality basic services for every resident, visitor and business owner: Community Relations/Neighborhood Outreach & Engagement: Promote Mayoral initiatives such as town hall meetings, neighborhood walk-throughs, civic association meetings and other external events designed to enhance the Mayor’s presence in the community. Community Services: Coordinate multi-agency initiatives to meet the demands of District residents by responding to social service needs, managing citywide maintenance projects and addressing additional constituent concerns. TheONE Office can’t even keep its primary web site updated.
On numerous ocassions, it’s become obvious that TheONE office is incapable of fulfilling some very basic elements of its own mission.