DC ANC 1E06 Commissioner
Duties: Serves as a member of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). Commissioners represent the views of residents of their Single Member District (SMD). After deliberation and votes, the ANC Commission advises the Mayor, Council and executive agencies in local matters such as parking, zoning, traffic, liquor licenses, permits, etc.Salary: None
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E. Gail Anderson Holness
What is the most important issue facing your Single Member District and how do you intend to address it?
How will you engage with residents to be an effective Commissioner, especially reaching those who are unfamiliar with the role and value of ANCs?
Is there a question you wish we had asked? If so, what is the question and how would you answer it?
Ward 1 DC Democratic Committeewoman; Vice- Chairperson Ward 1 Democrats; Former Commissioner, ANC 1B-11 and Chairperson ANC1B.
* Education: maintaining a close relationship with the institutions in our community as we welcome the School without walls
* Environmental: work with city agencies to combats the rats
* Public safety: maintain relationship with DCPD continued police presence
* Dog Parks: ensure there are ample spaces
* The Statehood of DC - continuing to work with all District residents to make it a reality.
As a former ANC Commissioner I found it very effective to communicate with constituents on a consistent basis, e.g. virtual and hybrid meeting. As an ANC I will actively participate in the ANC 1E meetings
My vision is to create a Pleasant Plains that is truly accessible and equitable to all people. I want us to reimagine our streets as a tool to move people and not just cars. More bus lanes, more bike lanes, and safer roads will make our city a better place to live for people of all incomes. Given my advocacy in these areas and my personal stake as someone whose family does not own a car, I believe I am the right person to help implement those changes. I will also work hard to know every resident in the area and make sure they know they can reach out to me if they need help with a particular issue. I have already started organizing the community around neighborhood cleanups and am a resource for neighbors facing alleyway access challenges. I will continue to advocate and organize my community around existing and future issues that we face.
Our residents face a lack of accessibility to city services and inability to get help that they need. There are extensive reports on the poor performance of our 911 system and untimely responses to calls. This is something that affects all DC residents, whether we are worried about crime or receiving emergency medical help. There are also many residents for whom English is not their native language. Some who have started their own businesses struggle with understanding regulations and require government resources in their own language.
I will advocate for increased accessibility to government services and reformation of 911 through resolutions in ANC 1E. I will work tirelessly to ensure our residents get connected to city resources. For some, that will mean helping them find a translator in the community. For others, I will help them understand how they can request assistance from the city on a particular matter or providing them with information on who to escalate an issue to.
I will be a resource for all residents when they need help with the city government, and I will make sure they are aware of and can participate in ANC meetings through leafleting and outreach via newsletters. I will be accessible on a regular schedule for constituents to voice their concerns. For example, I recently spoke with a resident that raised concerns about rats, and I connected them with the city resource for rat abatement and for an additional garbage can. I am hosting weekly drop-in hours for residents to help with their issues and will continue to do so if elected.
Additionally, I will be a resource for constituents who do not speak English as their native language. ANCs have the budget to offer translators at our monthly meetings to increase accessibility. I will advocate to use those funds to increase accessibility of meetings.
I wish there was a question regarding the rising cost of housing in the District, and what I will do as Commissioner to address this. Between the increase in costs for purchasing a house and increase in rents, we are quickly creating a situation in which our essential workers are being priced out of housing in the District. I support increasing rent control, but as the rising costs in the Bay Area show, this will not be enough to make it possible for working class families to live in the District. In addition to expanding rent control, we must look at opportunities to increase density, especially in areas next to major transit lines. As we increase density, the price of individual units will go down (or at least grow at a slower rate than they would otherwise absent the increase in density). We should also increase the amount of housing set aside for working class families in buildings part of DC’s inclusionary zoning program.
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