Developer-Owned ANC? VIDEO on Comp Plan Deliberations
SEE VIDEO OF DEMOCRATICALLY-ELECTED OFFICIALS, BY PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE, SKIRT FREE DISCUSSION, CITIZEN INPUT ON THE DEVELOPER-WRITTEN COMP PLAN - -
WHICH WILL GOVERN DEVELOPMENT for 20 YEARS!
What Are YOUR ANCs and Representatives Up To?
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By ANC commissioners refusing to second the motion to debate, (usually a routine and commonplace procedure, often a courtesy to allow debate) the ANC marched in lock-step with developer wishes. By not even permitting open debate on a motion to ask the mayor to extend the all-too rushed period allowing the public to comment, the ANC showed themselves undemocratic, reminiscent of the McConnell-Trump way of governing. (All observers know that rushing proposals without giving the public a real chance to digest and comment on them, esp. the most controversial, is a favorite modus operandi used to ram through measures unpopular with the general public but favored by special interests - to get their way over the public's wishes and public good. This is no exception.)
From the Dupont Forum Group (With Thanks to ANC Ed Hanlon and DECCA's Nick Delledonne!):
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: ED HANLON <email@example.com> To: "DupontForum@groups.io" <DupontForum@groups.io> Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 02:37:52 PM EST Subject: [DupontForum] The Video - Dupont ANC Commissioners Refuse to Ask the City to Extend Deadline for Comment on the Comp Plan The Video - Dupont ANC Commissioners Refuse to Ask the City to Extend Deadline for Comment on the Comp Plan As an ANC2B Commissioner, I fought ANC Chair Daniel Warwick for the public's right to video ANC public meetings. I want all those who do not attend ANC Meetings, but whose rights, quality of life and neighborhoods are affected by ANC Commissioners' actions, to be able to watch the meetings. It took an opinion from the Attorney General to do this. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OdDTDGDeg-0wFykO7WxdvlLCYUQtFNch/view?usp=sharing Above is the link, (must copy and paste to view the actual video) 5 minutes in length, to last week's debate on the Motion I made to Extend the Time for the Public to Comment on the Comp Plan. I invite you to watch the video and decide yourself whether the Motion had merit. (I discuss the Motion about 2:15 min into the clip) The Comp Plan is intended to provide land use planning and influence social, economic, and physical development, environmental protection, historic preservation and transportation in the District for the next 20 years. Yet, the city initially planned to give individuals and civic groups only 65 days to comment - the deadline was to be in 9 days, Friday, December 20. (Tuesday, even Mayor Bowser agreed the deadlines for public comment should be extended) There were residents who came to the ANC Monthly Meeting to discuss the Comp Plan. When Nick DelleDonne, President of the Dupont East Civic Action Association, asked to address the Comp Plan, Commissioner Silverstein said: "That's the next item on the Agenda, what you're asking for, Mr. DelleDonne. So we can take that up [discussion of the Comp Plan amendments] after we finish this." Another constituent, Ruth Connolly, then immediately stood up to ask Silverstein, Ms. Connolly: "Are we doing LGBTQ now and then we are going to do the Comp Plan amendments?" Silverstein: "Precisely" Ms. Connolly: "Okay. I'm sorry. I'll wait to then." But, when the Motion was then presented a few minutes later (as shown in the video clip), and a second was needed to allow discussion, Silverstein was silent. Silverstein knew that seconding the Motion would open the floor to discussion from the public.
Why would Silverstein not give Ms. Connolly or anyone else the chance to ask questions, particularly when he stopped the discussion by her and others only a few minutes earlier and led Ms. Connelly and other constituents present to believe a discussion would take place?
Seconding a motion does not mean you must vote for the motion; it simply means you are allowing a discussion to take place.
Silverstein and the other Commissioners by not seconding the Motion denied everyone present the opportunity to ask Commissioners any questions about the Comp Plan. Finally, when another constituent, Kerry Bedard, (above) stood up anyway and tried to ask Warwick questions about the Comp Plan, Warwick ruled her out of order and would not answer her questions.
Now, on December 16, Mayor Bowser by extending the deadlines, did what our ANC refused to do, given the public more time to speak up about a Plan affecting all of us for the next 20 years.
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