[IMC-DC] SAVE PUBLIC PROPERTY! Mtg 6/17, CITY COUNCIL HEARING 6/23!
parisa at empowerdc.org
Wed Jun 11 11:05:39 PDT 2008
PLEASE FORWARD - URGENT ACTION ALERT to SAVE SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, PARKS, ETC
Do You Think Public Property Should be Used for Public Needs - Like
Affordable Housing, Recreation,
Health Care, Job Training, Community Programs, Gardens, Small Business, etc
NOT PRIVATE PROFIT? Then RAISE YOUR VOICE!
Schools, Libraries, Parks & Public Spaces are NOT for Sale!
NOW IT'S TIME TO CHANGE THE LAW!
Help Pass the Legislation introduced by CM Thomas, with Input from the
People's Property Campaign
Bill 17-0527 - "The Public Land Surplus Standards Amendment Act of 2007"
Pre-Hearing Testimony Prep Session
Learn more about this legislation and how it will save public property for
the uses you care about! Get Prepared to TESTIFY!
Tuesday, June 17th 6:30-8:30 PM
MLK Library - 901 G ST, NW Room A-9
RSVP to (202) 234-9119, parisa at empowerdc.org
PACK THE HEARING ROOM!
Turn Out - Attend -TESTIFY!
Mon, June 23RD 9:00 am
Wilson Building - 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Room 500 - 5th floor - bring id to enter
Sign up to testify by calling the Committee on Gov't Operation, Ms Denise
(202) 724-8105 or email <mailto:dwiktor at dccouncil.us> dwiktor at dccouncil.us
(cc <mailto:parisa at empowerdc.org> parisa at empowerdc.org)
This is a Critical Time to Raise Your Voice!
Questions? Call Parisa at Empower DC (202) 234-9119
*NOTE* The hearing is on 2 pieces of legislation - The Thomas Bill 17-0527,
and the Schwartz Bill 17-0760. You can read each by going to
www.dccouncil.us and clicking on legislation, and searching for the bill
number, or email parisa at empowerdc.org to request a copy of the legislation.
EMPOWER DC is supporting the Thomas Bill which is much more comprehensive
than the Schwartz bill and considers all community needs - not just
government uses - as viable options for keeping public property in active
WHAT BILL 17-0527 DOES:
This bill is critical to ensure that DC government finally complies with
the law, providing:
- A Master Facilities Plan as required by law (10-1031)
- An audit of space being leased by DC government from private developers at
a cost of over $9 million per month, $110 million per year, as required by
- A Master Facilities Planning and Program Coordination Committee, as
required by law (10-1031)
This bill lays out a process for complying with the Comprehensive Plan which
includes numerous provisions mandating the protection of public property
Key Provisions of the bill include:
* Mandating that the Mayor deliver to the Council and the Council
approve the Master Facilities Plan and other key planning tools required by
law before proposing the disposition of public property
* Creating a Community Development Plan to ensure DC identifies both
government and community-development needs for which to repurpose public
properties, before considering any public property disposition
* Defining "continuous community input" which is required in the
current law, including emphasizing community and ANC involvement in public
property decision making
WE'VE LOST TOO MUCH ALREADY!
email the council and tell them to support bill 17-0527!
send to all Council at: <mailto:membersonly at dccouncil.us>
membersonly at dccouncil.us
Call Your Ward Councilperson! (202) 724-8000
PARTIAL LIST OF LOST PUBLIC PROPERTIES:
Is Now/Will Be:
Randall School Homeless Shelter
Art Gallery and Luxury Condos
Wormley School School
Condos Starting at $1.3 million/unit
Gage School School
Parker Flats Condos
Pierce School School
Lovejoy School School
Adams Morgan School
Berret School School
Carbery School School
Bryan School School
Giddings School School
Mather Building UDC Building
Arthur Capper Public Housing
Parking Lot for New Baseball Stadium
WE DEMAND THAT ALL 23 SCHOOLS SLATED TO CLOSE REMAIN IN
ACTIVE PUBLIC USE AND PUBLIC OWNERSHIP
PLEASE NOTE: You have a right to testify for 3 minutes, or 5 minutes if
representing an organization.
If you are unable to attend the hearing, please submit a written statement.
Send your written testimony to <mailto:dwiktor at dccouncil.us>
dwiktor at dccouncil.us or Committee on Government Operations, 1350
Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004, no later than 5:30 p.m.,
Monday July 7th 2008.
Parisa B. Norouzi
District of Columbia Grassroots Empowerment Project
1419 V St, NW
Washington, DC 20009
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