My Birthday is Monday!
Street Justice Newsletter: Vol 2, Edition 67 (5/16/2020)
|Gordon Chaffin||May 17|
ICYMI: Friday’s Street Justice reported exclusively that DDOT has full control of DC’s automatic traffic enforcement cameras now. According to the testimony of a high-ranking DC Police Commander — and their spokesperson confirmed this to us — the law enforcement agency has completed the handover to the transportation department forced by Mayor Bowser’s 2019 Executive Order. Who has jurisdiction over the devices — managing the system, maintaining the cameras, and relocating them — has been a years-long political fight. Perhaps the most derelict actor in this situation is DDOT, who has for six months told Street Justice, key stakeholders, and frightened residents that the agency would have an announcement coming soon about the camera transition. Beyond the agency’s opaque communications, it hasn’t seemed desire an expansion of the automated enforcement program beyond the artificially low limit placed by Mayor Bowser on the numbers of deployed cameras.
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My Birthday is Monday!
On Monday, May 18th, I turn 31. I usually don’t tell people it’s my birthday, because I don’t want that to obligate anyone to (feigned) celebration or gifting. I’m announcing it this year to subscribers because I want to say again how grateful I am for your support. I’m building something unique with Street Justice thanks to your readership, your monthly pledges, your donations, your virtual meeting/livestream referrals, and your news tips.
This week was another terrible week with media layoffs. A lot of America’s best reporters have lost their jobs in the past three months (and three years) — including local Washington reporters. I started Street Justice Dec18 in part because I thought it was a toss-up as to where job security was worse: a staff job anywhere other than the WaPost/NYT or starting a small biz/independent news organization. Sadly, I’m sure in May 2020 that my path with Street Justice is more stable financially than fighting amongst the 8 million underemployed journalists for the 800 staff jobs left in the country.
I hope you’ll do one of a few things this year for my birthday:
Subscribe to the new Street Justice YouTube Channel
Move your pledge over to Patreon (they take a smaller cut) and possibly add a few more dollars to the monthly amount
Follow Street Justice reporting behind the scenes on Instagram
Tell everyone you know that we’re providing affordable, secure, accessible virtual meetings and livestreams
Donate a little bit to our effort
Consider investing in a lifetime subscription
P.S. I promise the new Street Justice calendar will be ready for Monday’s Street Justice report.
Surveys/Public Comment Periods
[DC] Re-Open DC Advisory Committee Survey for Ideas and Requests from the Public (Transportation & Infrastructure Cmmte Roster) -> Project | Overall Form | T&I or Other Committee-Specific Form | ASAP Deadline
[DC] DDOT Notice of Intent: Installation of protected bicycle lanes on K Street between 7th St NW and 1st St NE (Note that this leaves un-modified the stretch of K St NE from 1st to 2nd Streets NE, under the WMATA/CSX tracks.) -> Project | Email Comments | 6/5 Deadline
Full Events Calendar on TeamUp: [COMING SOON!]
This Week’s Password (case-sensitive): ————————————————-
I hope to cover the below public events in person.
New Street Justice Calendar Set-Up: [COMING SOON!]
[DC] Mon 5/18: ANC 2D (Kalorama) via Zoom ft. “DDOT Road and Sidewalk Construction” [Details]
[DC] Mon 5/18: ANC 3C (Cleveland Park/Woodley Park) via Zoom ft. “Presentation from DDOT on Cleveland Park Drainage and Streetscape Project and the Connecticut Avenue Reversible Lane Study” [Details]
[National/Region-Wide] Tues 5/19: INRIX (Virtual) Mobility Panel — “A (virtual) panel on how cities and transportation companies are responding to COVID-19’s impact on cities, cars, customers and constituents” [Details]
[DC] Tues 5/19: ANC 4D (Petworth/Brightwood Park) via Zoom ft. Jeff Marootian, DDOT Director, and Sayra Molina, Program Analyst at DDOT [Agenda | Zoom Link | Dial 301-715-8592 with Meeting ID 964 6466 2897]
[DC] ANC 5E (Bloomingdale/Eckington/Edgewood) via Zoom ft. “Letter Requesting Removal of Rush Hour Parking Restrictions and Supporting Safety Enhancements on Franklin St. NE” [Details]
[DC] Tues 5/19: ANC 8B (Fort Stanton/Woodland) via Zoom [Details]
[DC] Tues 5/19: Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (ANC 5B) via Zoom ft. “resolution presented by our Ward 5 rep on the School Board, Zachary Parker, on the importance of full funding for early childhood (age 0-3) education and health programming.” [Zoom Link | Dial 301-715-8592 with Meeting ID 849 3277 3312 and Password 566174]
[DC] Wed 5/20: ANC 5C (Woodridge/Fort Lincoln) via Webex [Details]
[DC] Wed 5/20: ANC 8D (Bellvue) via Webex [Details]
[DC] Thurs 5/21: ANC 3E (AU Park/Tenleytown/Friendship Heights) [Details]
[National/Region-Wide] Fri 5/22: [Webinar] Understanding Technology-Based Exclusion in Emerging Smart Mobility Systems [Details]
[DC] Wed 5/27: ANC 5A (Fort Totten/Michigan Park/Riggs Park) via Zoom [Details]
[DC] Wed 5/27: ANC 5B (Brookland/Woodridge) via Zoom [Details]
[VA] Mon 6/8: Alexandria Bike-Pedestrian Advisory Committee [Details]
[DC] Thurs 6/11: ANC 3B (Glover Park/Cleveland Heights) in-person (?) [Details]
[National/Region-Wide] Sat 4/3/2021 – Sun 4/4/2021: Fully Charged Live North America — America’s largest consumer-accessible conference on electric transportation and renewable energy – Austin, TX [Details]