Dupost East Citizens Action Association hosting its At-Large Council Candidates Forum on Sept 17

The Dupont East Citizens Action Association (DECAA) is holding its At-Large Council Candidates Forum on Thursday, Sept. 17th and it promises to be a good one. It will be held this coming Thursday (Sept. 17) from 6:30 to 8:30 via Zoom (link to the forum is at bottom).  Well thought-out questions for the candidate have been developed, and it is not to be missed!

Topics will include committing the city to providing more green space, Black Lives Matter, police confrontations with minorities and protesters, solving the current homelessness problem, and how to prevent a potential spike in evictions and homelessness when the evictions freeze ends...and more!  Please share with your contacts and social media.  See the notice from DECAA below.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DECAA At-large Forum to Cover Local, Citywide Issues The Dupont East Civic Action Association (DECAA) will hold a virtual forum for at-large city council candidates Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  The public is invited to submit questions via DECAA's website at, under the tab for DC Council At-Large Candidates Forum and by email at Candidates are expected to face questions on the following: --Homelessness, notably encampments are increasing in Dupont Circle and citywide.  The District says that homelessness should be rare, brief and non-recurring.  How would you reduce homelessness in COVID-19? --The luxury apartment building proposed by the Masons for the green space in back of the Scottish Rite Temple along 15 St. NW is of particular interest to DECCA and the Dupont East community.  Among other things, it would eliminate scarce green space, be out-of-scale with the historic Black neighborhood, build units underground limiting light and air and offer only the minimum affordable housing. Will you support a possible land exchange to preserve the historic open space? --The proposed development of the historic McMillan Sand Plant (McMillan Park) involves issues of environmental protection, affordable housing, direct taxpayer support for developers, access by Black neighbors to the open space and more.  Twelve candidates, Ann Wilcox, Ed Lazere, Will MerrIfield, Markus Batchelor, Vincent Orange, Mario Cristaldo, Keith Silver, Franklin Garcia, Kathy Henderson, Mónica Palacio, Jeanné Lewis and Marya Pickering have all raised serious questions about the city's current plan.  What is your position? --Expanding bike lanes often can possibly limit access to businesses and endanger pedestrians, including on 17  th and 15th Streets in Dupont East.  Will you recognize the interests of pedestrians, businesses and others before expanding bike lanes? --Are you participating in public campaign financing or soliciting private and corporate campaign funds? Why? Join Zoom Meeting +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 825 3824 6632 Passcode: DECAA Visit DECAA's website and sign our petition. https:// Nick DelleDonne 703 929 6656

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