DC ANC 5E02 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,
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Karla M. Lewis
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?
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Former ANC Commission & Chair of ANC, Dupont Circle, Board Member, Eckington Parks & Arts, Member, ANC 5E ABRA Committee
From my perspective, the biggest issue in the neighborhood is "safe streets", and all that entails, including pedestrian improvements to encourage walkability, transit improvements to eliminate additional cars from the road, traffic safety improvements to slow down drivers, streetscape improvements like additional shade trees and building shade to make outside safer during the extreme summer heat resulting from climate change, and help for unhoused neighbors including adequate restrooms (like the one already planned as a pilot program for North Capitol) and access to housing. While many debate the real effect of "great weight," it is true that ANCs play an important role in advocating for the neighborhood to ensure access to resources and to show that the neighborhood welcomes traffic safety and streetscape improvements. As an ANC, I can help craft resolutions addressing these issues with DDOT, DHS, etc, testify in front of Council, and give a voice to neighbors.
I plan to remain actively involved in the neighborhood community groups, civic associations, parks associations, and even school PTA groups. Once a commissioner, I'll be active on social media so that residents can get in touch, and I'll also send out emails to the listserv at least bi-weekly with important updates and soliciting feedback on neighborhood issues. For my day job, I do education & outreach, and I'll use those skills as a commissioner as well.
What experience/background do you have to make you the best for the job?
I'm on the Eckington Parks & Arts Board because we use Tanner Park frequently and wanted to give back to the community. I'm also currently on the ANC 5E ABRA Licensing Committee. Before I moved to Truxton Circle, I was the Chair of the ANC and served as a two-term Commissioner in Dupont, so I know the effort that being an effective ANC commissioner entails. I currently work for DC Government doing outreach as an advocate for tenants so I know how to operate within the context of various government agencies, and I also know the importance of outreach to the community.
I want to represent my neighbors and ensure that they have a strong leader with an understanding of the importance of safe streets and housing for all.
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