Sorry for the harsh title but I have gone to my wit’s end with our ANC. They have proven to disregard residents concerns, not inform residents, misappropriate monies, bar us from information and access, and now, they have FAILED to do their jobs.
As reported in the Washington City Paper, the Wal-Mart proposal along New York Ave/Bladenburg has moved to the next step after clearing the Office of Planning, along with the Georgia Ave proposal. The paper accurately points out that ANC4B submitted comments that their residents expressed concerns over. ANC5B?
ANC 4B’s concerns were only very summarily addressed, or ruled outside the bounds of large tract review. ANC 5B didn’t even submit comments
Now, I attended ANC meetings where Wal-Mart made presentations. Residents commented at length regarding the proposed plans including traffic issues that were not addressed, the suburban aspect of this store, a program to help minority-owned businesses open in the shopping center, etc…but it appears our ANC dropped the ball as usual. Regardless if the comments would have been addressed, as our elected officials, they had an obligation to report the comments in writing to the Office of Planning and others.
Wake up Ward 5! Your allegiances to those elected in this Ward are for those that cast you and your interests aside for their lazy and erroneous sense of importance. We deserve better. Period.