This week, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission[PDF] and the Burleith Citizens Association/Citizen’s Association of Georgetown[PDF] filed their final responses to the University’s latest appeasement efforts with the Zoning Commission. And nothing’s changed. All three organizations want all students on campus, and all of the University’s actions have been nothing but ineffective posturing. But let’s jump into the interesting parts of their monstrous filings.
• First Vox is going to question the legality of the ANC’s filing. A resolution affirming this filing on behalf of the ANC 2E was not adopted at a public meeting, and Commissioner Jake Sticka (COL ’13) told Vox that Georgetown Metropolitan’s post was the first he saw of this. This was probably written by Commissioners Jeff Jones, Ron Lewis, and Ed Solomon (who included personal testimonies at the end). This wouldn’t be the first time certain ANC2E commissioners engaged in some misrepresentation of authorship.
• The BCA/CAG filing has multimedia by our favorite wanna-be paparazzi Stephen R. Brown, who included a youtube video of a student house in Burleith. Although still creepy as ever, Vox is happy he is expanding his artistic horizons. Maybe next he’ll shoot in 3D. Surroundsound? 60FPS?
• Not only have Georgetown’s efforts been ineffective, but they’ve actually made the problem worse! “The GU trash collection efforts (1.5 tons of trash per day, according to GU!) has [sic] perversely lead to even greater student disregard for trash collection times and container requirements.”
Also, those reimbursable details the University is paying for? They don’t just ignore the problem houses, but their very employment by the University means they can’t be hired by BCA/CAG. “This situation recently lead CAG to terminate its own reimbursable detail and rely instead on patrols by private security officers.” The ANC adds on that “moreover, the officers know they are sponsored and paid by GU, an institution that has demonstrated a disturbing lack of enthusiasm for effective MPD enforcement against student misconduct and noise.”
•Hands down, the best part of BCA/CAG’s filing is their attempt to discredit those who testified in support of Georgetown. These are Vox’s favorites:
Grace Bateman, attorney and long time supporter of University positions on neighborhood issue.
Thomas Strike – Burleith resident – rents to GU students
Jonda McFarlane – in the past associated with a non-profit supported by GU
Tim Moran – has lived in Georgetown only since August 2010
Where’s the disclosure from the other side of the aisle? How about “Lenore Rubino - Realtor.”
• Some more ANC gold: End SafeRides. “We note also that GU does not propose to stop running its separate late night shuttle van through the residential streets which CAG, BCA and ANC 2E have requested be ended because of its disruptive effects. The noise from groups of late-night partying students getting on and off this van in the residential neighborhoods, or waiting for the van while socializing loudly on a residential sidewalk, continues to be objectionable.”
• The ANC also proposes new housing be placed in Reiss once the Regent’s Hall is finished. This is definitely within the realm of possibility, but living in the labs of the expanded science faculty might get a little awkward IMO.
The “final” hearing for the Campus Plan is next Thursday night. Tune in to Vox to catch our live coverage of the hearing.