NEW! Ward 3 ANC Redistricting Task Force Established and Meetings to be Public (posted 1/18)
Councilmember Mary Cheh has established an 11 member Ward 3 wide Task Force to analyze the data and prepare recommendations for Ward 3 ANC redistricting (currently there are 6 Ward 3 ANC's with a total of 43 single member district commissioners). Full disclosure, I (Jerry Malitz) am the chair of the Ward 3 Task Force. I believe this is activity to be newsworthy so I will be writing about it on this website and in the Chevy Chase News & Notes monthly newsletter, but I want to be up front with you about my involvement. Each of DC's 8 wards has a task force which will draw new boundaries for each ANC single member district (SMD) in their ward, and decide which SMDs are assigned to which ANC. Task forces may only use the 2020 Census total population data when determining the populations of the new ANC and SMD boundaries. However, the task forces may also consider other factors when drawing ANC and SMD boundaries. Every SMD, which elects one commissioner each, must have between 1,900 and 2,100 residents, using the 2020 Census data. All meetings of this Task Force, which will take place weekly on Tuesday's, Jan. 18 - March 29, from 7:30-8:30pm are open to the public via Zoom. Video recordings of the meetings and meeting schedule can be viewed here.
NEW! Info Exchange Series on Small Area Plan Announces New Session (1/15)
On Thursday, January 20 @ 7pm ANC3/4G will present session #7 in their Info Exchange Series that relates to the Small Area Plan being developed for Chevy Chase. The session "So You Have A Small Area Plan — Now What? Putting Small Area Plans Into Action” will feature as panelists Alexandra L. Cain, Assistant Attorney General, and Maximilian L.S.Tondro, Chief, Land Use Section, Commercial Division, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Join via Zoom.
NEW! Reminder, Proof of Vaccine to be Required at Many Businesses Beginning Jan. 15 (posted 1/13)
Beginning Jan. 15 at 6am indoor businesses including restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and gyms will be required to verify those 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Proof includes a CDC issued vaccination card (original, photocopy, or photo), an immunization record print out from a vaccine or healthcare provider, or a COVID-19 verification app such as VaxYes or CLEAR. Additionally, those 18 and over must also produce a photo ID. Proof of a second vaccine dose is currently set to be required starting Feb. 15. In the immediate Chevy Chase DC area the following businesses fall into one of these categories: Avalon Theatre, Balanced Fitness, Blue 44, Bread & Chocolate, Chevy Chase Lounge, Circle Yoga, DC Health Coaches, Jetties, Little Beast, Macon Bistro, Mamma Lucia Pizzeria & Cafe, Parthenon Restaurant, Starbucks, Subway, The Avenue & Capital Crab. A full summary with requirements is available.
NEW! DC to Provide Rapid Antigen Tests Prior to School Breaks (posted 1/11)
For the remainder of the 2021-22 school year, DC will distribute rapid antigen tests to all DCPS and public charter schools (see pages 7-8 of Mayor Bowser's 1/10 Report) to be used and submitted before returning from any break that is at least a full school week (e.g., February Break and Spring Break).
NEW! Locations for Free Pick-up of Rapid Antigen Tests (1/11)
Rapid Antigen COVID-19 testing kits (results in 15 minutes) are available at eight District libraries, six days a week as well as 6 Senior Wellness Centers across DC (for residents 65 and older). The closest library to Chevy Chase is the Clevland Park Library, and the closest Senior Wellness Center is the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center at 324 Kennedy St NW which distributes the test Mon, Wed, and Fri from 1-3pm (see all locations). Residents can get 2 free rapid tests per day. Proof of residency will be required (e.g., a DC ID or a piece of mail with a DC address).
NEW! 2020 Visitor Parking Pass Use Extended Through April 15 2022 (1/5)
At the Jan. 4 DC Council meeting a bill was passed that extends the applicability of the current 2020 paper visitor parking pass system until April 15, 2022. Residents can continue using their current passes. Councilmembers expressed concern that the online process intended to replace the paper passes posed significant equity and logistical concerns, and that sufficient public outreach had yet to be conducted.
ANC3/4G Looking for Executive Administrative Assistant (12/18)
ANC 3/4G is currently hiring for the part-time role of Executive Administrative Assistant to support the operational functions of the Commission at the direction of the ANC 3/4G Chair. The ideal candidate will be aged 18 or older and shall reside within the boundaries of ANC 3/4G (Chevy Chase, Barnaby Woods, and Hawthorne), and has the requisite skills and experience necessary in carrying out responsibilities outlined in the position description which also includes compensation provided. If interested, please email your resume and brief cover letter to Commissioner John K. Higgins before Friday, January 28, 2022. Applicants will receive an email notification receipt and will be informed if they advance to the interview stage.
NEW! The Chevy Chase News & Notes January issue is out. Here's the news to know to start off 2022: Maret to appear before BZA for ECC plans; Small Area Plan Design Workshop, Jan. 22; Bike Lanes In and 3 lanes out for Conn Ave.; Meet Ki Sung Yoon owner of Magruder's; Get a Covid test before heading back to DCPS schools on Jan. 6; Gary Thompson, former local ANC Commissioner named new BOE Chair; Christmas tree collection process and snow removal requirements; Local business news; and new ANC Commissioner, Chas Cadwell, for 3G-07; plus more items. And although New Year might not appear in the song title, this song speaks to Happy New Year wishes for everybody as we start 2022. Enjoy Happy Xmas by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, the Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. Please subscribe to get this newsletter emailed to you directly when published. Your information is never shared or used for any other purpose, and visit the Newsletter Archive for past issues.