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,
Co-Chair, ANC 1B Transportation Committee. Member, ANC 1B Economic Development Committee
Public safety and quality of life are the issues I hear most from neighbors about specifically in SMD 1B04. I have already started to address some of these as a highly involved neighbor and volunteer member of several of ANC 1B’s committees, and will continue that as a Commissioner. I have worked to push for increased litter can installation in residential areas and rat abatement to address cleanliness issues. Mitigating the effects of nightlife activity on 1B04 through advocacy for clean teams in residential areas, late-night parking enforcement, and strategic traffic calming to disincentivize ATV/dirt bike traffic and excessively loud cars that keep residents awake, among other strategies. As a Commissioner, I plan to proactively engage with MPD to tackle the spate of car burglaries including through targeted late night patrols to combat repetitive car break ins as well as pushing MPD to fully investigate these repeat instances rather than simply taking reports.
My goal as a future Commissioner is to proactively engage with my constituents and educate them on how I can help serve them and what ANCs mean for them. I have done this as I have campaigned when engaging with neighbors, sharing information on what my role would be as a Commissioner, how they can contact and receive District resources, what I can do to help solve a problem they’ve been having, and more. This won’t end if I am elected, I know that most residents are busy and don’t have time to spend as much time following news in the District government and the neighborhood, and part of my role is to help inform and engage them. I plan to engage through email, social media, and just walking around my SMD and saying hello to my neighbors, and striking up a conversation. If constituents want to talk to me now, they can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit my website at santi4dc.com, reach me on Twitter @Santi4DC, or just say hello when you spot me on the street.
The one question I wish you had is asked what I will work to achieve in my two-year term. Even though ANC Commissioners have limited power by law, I strongly believe in the power of using my voice and position to advocate for what is best for my community. I have been doing that already in my volunteer role with 1B and will do so if elected as well. These are a few of my priorities albeit condensed, see my website for more details:
-Tackling trash in 1B04 through advocacy for better DPW service in residential neighborhoods.
-Mitigating the effects of nightlife activity on nearby neighborhoods as described in Question 1.
-Advocating for more affordable housing and community benefits in the three District-owned parcels up for redevelopment (Reeves Center, 1617 U Street, and 815 Florida Avenue).
-Pushing for a fully funded U Street/Florida Avenue streetscape from 7th Street to 18th, including wider sidewalks, safer crosswalks and intersections, bus priority, and traffic calming.
Your neighbor in ANC 1B04, Professional management consultant with six years working with cities and non-profits on major federally funded projects. I have a deep understanding of our area and what it takes to implement successful programs and changes.
The biggest issue with our neighborhood is noise pollution, life safety risks to pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists, and littering from motor vehicles. Vehicles being driven at high speeds along our streets in a reckless manner are a danger to walkers and cyclists. Noise pollution from vehicles and heavy trucks moving at high speeds along U street late at night disrupt neighbors’ sleep. Many folks travel to the U street corridor to enjoy the great density of amenities, bars and restaurants. Some visitors arrive by private car instead of public transit or shared vehicles, and they often litter out of their car doors when pre-gaming for the night ahead. Late at night, these same folks return to their vehicles and bring their party to our doorsteps. Cars and motor vehicles and their impact on shared street safety are the biggest issue in the neighborhood.
As ANC I am committed to two key promises: The first is to remain accessible to every neighbor, and the second is to advocate for an entrepreneurial approach to addressing our problems and concerns through action and incremental experimentation rather than committees that never achieve anything and grand planning that is never implemented.
I am committed to providing regular monthly updates on what is happening in our ANC, sharing what plans and proposals are under consideration for our neighborhood, and clearly outlining to neighbors what I intend to do about those plans. I want neighbors to have confidence that if they reach out to me I will respond and value their input on issues we face.
I want to be asked what are things you want to see the city do better or small changes we can advocate for that would make a big difference. For me it all centers on enhancing our livability. Many neighbors have shared with me how much safer they would feel if there was more enforcement of traffic laws at our intersections, and others told me about success stories in addressing pest issues when the sanitation department replaced trash cans which had been chewed through by rats that then became regular vistors. In both instances it comes down to elevating our expectations of city provided services. If the sanitation department replaced broken city trash cans sooner and proactively, instead of being reactive to 311 calls or requests, it would go a long way to easing problems combating invasive pests.