The majority of attendees at this month’s ANC2E meeting came to show their opposition/support of the GU 2010-2020 Campus Plan. The neighbors made a large show by handing out their signature buttons at the door; the decorations on the front gate reminded passers-by that these are not GU’s dorms, and DC Students Speak representatives came to accuse the residents of Ward 2 of discrimination.
Everything old is … still old
To kick-off the bickering, Commissioner Ron Lewis announced, “Tonight is not a night for input.” He recognized four parties to summarize stances before the Commission would vote on their resolution [PDF]: the University, the Burleith Citizens Association, the Citizens Association of Georgetown, and a student advocacy group whose name he couldn’t remember (DC Students Speak).
Vice President for External Relations Linda Greenan took the floor on behalf of the University.
“We’re disappointed we could not come to an agreement,” she said. Calling the plan modest, citing the enrollment cap, undergraduate counting methods, the loop road, and the 1789 block as examples of the university’s inclusion of community input,
Greenan added, “Our students have a right to live in the community.”
Next up to bat were Lenore Rubino and Jennifer Altemus (COL ’88), presidents of their respective community groups, consecutively swinging their prepared statements. Unsurprisingly, both support the resolution, and both oppose the University’s plan.
Finally, DC Students Speak sent up Hao Shen (SFS ’13) to read their view of the matter. Shen spent a significant amount of time accusing the ANC of being discriminatory.
The resolution passed with only a minor alteration. As expected, the vote was 6-1 with Commissioner Jake Sticka (COL ’13) opposing the resolution.
There’s a new sheriff, er, Commander in town
During the meeting’s police report, Michael Reese introduced himself as District 2′s new Commander.
“I think I have a lot to offer,” he said. He mentioned the District’s most salient issues like underage drinking and fake IDs, which probably seem like small beans for a man who started his career catching child predators.
After Reese introduced himself, Sticka asked about the infamous noise ordinance.
Reeese responded that “it is a tool, and we’ll apply it as reasonably as we can.”
Resident Glen Harrison brought up the issue of sign burning, holding up the burnt sign he found on his doorstep last week.
A touch of Gray
Making his semi-regular rounds to all the ANCs in his district, District 2 Councilmember Jack Evans showed up at last night’s meeting. Although everyone expected him to address the Campus Plan, he largely spoke of the city’s budget shortfalls.
He maintained that D.C.’s financial shape is better than that of any other major American city, despite seeing its savings shrink from $1.7 billion in 2007 to less that $90 million in recent years.