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The DC Voter
League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia
Vol. 81, No. 12, December 2005

A Voice for Citizens — A Force for Change

733 15th Street, N.W., Suite 432, Washington, DC 20005
202/347-3020,  fax: 202/347-2522
Website:, E-mail:

Unit News
President's Message
Moving Sale
International Relations
Human Rights Day Luncheon
Welcome New Members
A Sincere Thank You
Membership Form
Calendar: December 2005
2006 District of Columbia Election Schedule
2005-2006 LWV Officers, Board Members, Committee Chairs, Unit Chairs
2005-2006 LWV Program and Program Calendar
Advisory Neighborhood Commission Monthly Meeting Schedule


December Meeting Schedule

Unit meetings are open to all members and guests. If you wish to attend one of the units meeting in December, please call the telephone number in parenthesis to insure there be ample seating available.

Tuesday. December 13

9:45 am, Southwest Unit will meet in the home of Audrey Hatry. 530 N St., SW #S605 (554-4450) Unit's Choice discussion.
12 noon, Northwest Day will hold its traditional holiday potluck luncheon at Jeannette Miller's home, 2841 Tilden St.. NW. Elinor Hart and Janet Brown will present an update on the ever-active housing front. Contact: Barbara Yeomans, (363-8940).

Wednesday. December 14

9:45 am, Upper 16th Street Unit will meet in the home of Connie Tate, 609 Delafield PI, NW (882-0387) Annual holiday brunch is planned.
Capitol Hill Unit will not meet this month. Members are encouraged to attend another Unit meeting this month.

Thursday. December 15

9:45 am, Chevy Chase/Ingleside will meet in the Lounge at 3150 Military Road, NW. (362-8953 or 237-6264)
Northwest Evening will join Northwest Day Unit this month. See Tuesday, December 13 above.

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METRO FUNDING. Bill Womack of the staff of Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA-11th) briefed the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments at the meeting of November 14, 2005.

The Davis bill - HR 3496 - was passed unanimously by the House Committee on Government Reform October 20, 2005. The Federal commitment of $1.5 billion over ten years to support capital improvement and maintenance of the existing WMATA system is thus on firmer ground, but the bill requires local governments which are part of the interstate compact to commit "dedicated" revenues to match the Federal funds. These local commitments might be made in a variety of actions such as tax revenue guarantees. The funds would be explicitly matched to the Federal offering. The view of the sponsors of this effort is that Metro needs substantially more funding to continue to operate at its present level, and this legislation is intended to provide funds in addition to present expenditures from both the Federal and local sources. Federal transit funding under other legislation would continue. However, the projects using the new money would be required to show a 50-50 match between Federal and local sources, a change from the 80 per cent Federal match in many existing programs.

Additional Federal oversight comes with the funds. In the present version of the bill, four new members of the governing board (two voting and two non-voting) would be appointed by the General Services Administration. One of these Board members would be expected to be a "rider" of the system.

Also added: an Office of the Inspector General. The Inspector General would be appointed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the Transit Authority "solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, law, management analysis, public administration, or investigations, as well as familiarity or experience with the operation of transit systems." This officer would be appointed for a term of five years, with reappointment limited to two additional terms. Removal prior to the expiration the term is only by a unanimous vote of the Board with the reasons for such removal to be communicated to the Governors of Maryland and Virginia, the Mayor of the District of Columbia, and the chairs of the House Committee on Government Reform and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. This officer shall conduct an annual financial audit, provide semiannual reports to the Transit Authority and to the five principals named above. This officer may hear reports from employees, keep their identity confidential; and the bill makes retaliation for such reporting illegal.

The controversial provision blocking a Falls Church Metro land sale is no longer in the bill. Provisions relating to local land issues in Maryland were modified to require only consultation.

Exactly how the determination will be made that local jurisdictions have allocated "dedicated" revenues to match the Federal appropriation remains to be determined, as is the process for releasing the funds. — Grace Malakoff

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The mayoralty forum we cosponsored November 9, had to be moved to the largest UDC auditorium for an audience of 900.

Questions from the audience showed League-like concerns: providing nurses in public schools; protecting residents from displacement by development; education; the cost of the proposed baseball stadium.

Housing - An overview of the programs which involve nonprofit housing organizations was presented October 26, 2005, by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DCHD) at the first of planned "brown bag" events, described by Bob Pohlman as "practitioners' forums". The intent: "to discuss methods to improve the Department's ability to develop affordable housing, improve community facilities, and address the needs for services that strengthen our neighborhoods." The one-hour blast of information from four departments contained financial and program summaries.

A few gleanings: Single-family home rehabilitation cost limit has been raised to $75,000 with waivers possible, excluding lead paint removal. Lead paint removal backlog has been conquered. Future programs: roof repair grants which will minimize home rehab problems and aid for handicapped access for tenants. A Portfolio Management Group oversees the Housing Trust Fund and Tenant assistance programs - technical and transactional.

A growing need: to provide help where tenants want to consider purchase of their buildings when an owner announces a sale, perhaps with a counseling office. The Housing Assistance Purchase Program (HPAP) used all funds available in the last fiscal year due to high housing prices. In preparation: new legislation to tie the assistance level not to income but to market prices. Funds reached to only 200 loans this year, compared with 500 six years ago.

Site acquisition standards are being buttressed by certification for quality. Demonstration projects for special needs populations, requiring deep subsidies, have numerous resources for operations. The agency should try to pair the "bricklaying" aspect of special needs projects with proposals from providers of operating funds. Requests for Proposals (RFP's) for special needs housing are missing from DHCD. RFP restrictions of $50,000 per unit, even adjusted for cost changes, are unrealistic for special needs construction requirements. If average annual subsidies are $30,000, $50,000 is needed for special needs units. Financing paperwork is being streamlined using standard documents. Need to make an effort to avoid putting all assets into Wards VII and VIII, although costs are lower there.

The question period: When will HUD sanctions on economic development funding be lifted? They have been lifted on certain projects - Anacostia, the Gateway, Skyland. Project applications will be worked out with HUD in close consultation, and pre-approved after the agency has shown a "good record." Sanctions have not been lifted on OBED loans; the agency must still prove to HUD it can manage economic development projects. — Grace Malakoff

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Moving Sale

10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday, November 29
733 15th Street, NW, Suite 432 (at H Street NW)

In preparation for the DC League's upcoming move, we are selling excess furniture and equipment.
The following is a partial list. No credit cards.
Filing cabinets: 2, 3, or 4-drawers
Tables: various sizes, typewriter to conference 
Shelves: various
Desk: secretary style
Chairs: various, armless or with arms
Misc. Office Supplies: hanging folders, binders, etc.

Other Items: 
Igloo Compact SpaceMate Refrigerator Frostfree. Holds 82 cans. Under 28 lbs. 110/120 volts.; 1.3 cu. ft. (23 h x 33 w x 17.5 d)
Paper shredder (needs repair) 
IBM Electric Typewriter 
Two-line telephones

At press time, the actual move date has still not been determined. We must be out of our present location by December 31, 2005 as the building is being closed for renovation. See below for new address, phone and fax numbers.

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Great Decisions Still has Openings: Members interested in joining a LWVDC Great Decisions discussion group should contact Sheila Keeny ( or 966-1692). See November DC Voter for details of this year's discussion topics, chosen by the Foreign Policy Association.

To place in context the November DC Voter report on this luncheon given by the United Nations Association (UNA) of the National Capital Area (NCA) and of the USA, the LWVDC Education Fund as well as the LWVUS were among the 21 sponsoring organizations. Over 300 individuals attended, including a number from LWVDC. Senator Paul Sarbanes was awarded the Congressional Leadership Award while Gillian Sorensen gave the address, summarized in the November DC Voter. Note also that the UNA is among the many organizations and groups sponsoring the Model UN Program in schools, both public and private, in DC and across the country. — Sheila Keeny

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Human Rights Day Luncheon

Date:   Friday, December 9th, 2005
Time:   12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Caucus Room in the Cannon House Office Building

Each year the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA NCA) hosts a Human Rights Day Luncheon on Capitol Hill. This year the Luncheon will be held again in the ornate Caucus Room in the Cannon House Office Building, on Friday, December 9. Over 200 people normally attend the luncheon. The keynote speaker addresses a critical international human rights subject and receives the United Nations Association Louis B. Sohn Award. 

Costs: $30 single ticket, $50 for two tickets, or full table of ten people for $250 or half table of five people for $150. Please make your check payable to UNA-NCA and send it to 1808 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 101, Washington, DC 20009. If you have questions about the luncheon, please call the UNA-NCA office at (202) 518-0471.

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Ericalyn M. Humphries

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Thank you to those members who booked their travel arrangements through Travel Concepts, Intl. resulting in a $200 contribution to the DC League. 

5500 Bucks Bar Road, Placerville, CA 95667
Tel 1-530-621-3007 • Fax 1-530-621-3017
Toll free in U.S.A. 1-800-762-4216


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Questions concerning League membership can be directed to the League office at 347-3020. See the LWVDC MEMBERSHIP FORM.

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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. National Membership is included in the local League membership.

The DC Voter is the monthly publication of the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Grace Malakoff, President Editor: Madlyn Calbert
Layout/Production: Sheila Willet

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28 29 10am-4pm, Moving Sale 30 1 2 10:00am, NCA Board Mtg.
5 6 7 10:00am, LWVDC Board Mtg. 8 9 12 noon-2pm, UNA-NCA Human Rights Day Luncheon $30
12 13 9:45-11:00 pm, Voter registration at naturalization ceremony for new US citizens
January DC Voter deadline
Unit meetings, see above
14 Unit meetings, see above 15 Unit meetings, see above 16
19 20 21 22 23 January DC Voter mailing
26 27 28 29 30

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2006 District of Columbia Election Schedule

This document is not considered as a substitute for the Official Election Calendar. The dates provided below should be used for planning only since current law may change prior to the election. For further information, please contact the DC Board of Elections and Ethics Voter Services Office at 202 727-2525 or visit the website

  SEPTEMBER 12.2006     NOVEMBER 7.2006
2006 Mayoral Primary   2006 Mayoral General
Fri., May 12 First day nominating petitions become available   Fri., July 7 First day nominating petitions become available
Mon., June 12 First day nominating petitions may be filed   Mon., August 7 First day nominating petitions may be filed
Wed., July 5 Last day at 5:00 p.m. to file nominating petitions, petition supplements & "Declarations of Candidacy and Affidavit of Qualifications   Wed., August 9 Last Day to file an Initiative Measure for the Ballot
Sat., July 8 Nominating petitions posted for the first day of the challenge period   Wed., August 30
Last day at 5:00 p.m. to file nominating petitions; petition supplements & "Declarations of Candidacy and Affidavit of Qualifications
Mon., July 10 Board's Preliminary Determination of Candidates' Eligibility   Sat., September 2 Nominating petitions posted for the first day of the challenge period
Mon., July 17 Close of challenge period at 5:00 p.m.   Tue., September 5 Board's Preliminary Determination of Candidates' Eligibility
Mon., July 28 Publication of fictitious ballot in the D.C. Register   Mon., September 11 Close of challenge period at 5:00 p.m.
Mon., August 14 Close of the Voter Registry for the primary election   Fri., September 22 Publication of fictitious ballot in the D.C. Register
Mon., August 28 First day for In-Person Absentee Voting   Tue., October 10 Close of the Voter Registry for the primary election
Tue., August 29 Last Day to Petition for Poll Watcher Credentials   Mon., October 23 First day for In-Person Absentee Voting
Tue., September 5 Last day for BOEE to receive Mail Absentee Ballot Requests   Tue., October 24 Last Day to Petition for Poll Watcher Credentials
Sat., September 9 Conduct of Public Testing of Vote Counting System   Tue., October 31 Last day for BOEE to receive Mail Absentee Ballot Requests
Tue., September 12 PRIMARY ELECTION DAY   Sat., November 4 Conduct of Public Testing of Vote Counting System
Fri., September 15 Last day at 4:45 pm for Write-In candidates to file "Declarations of Candidacy and affidavit of Qualifications   Tue., November 7 GENERAL ELECTION DAY
      Fri., November 14 Last day at 4:45 pm for Write-In candidates to file "Declarations of Candidacy and affidavit of Qualifications
(source:, November 15, 2005)

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1717 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036 (New League address will become effective January 2, 2006)
[East of Dupont Circle Metro Station (Red Line.) Parking available In the building.)
Tel: 202 222-7010 Fax: 202 783-0444 Email:


All cities are Washington, DC
Grace Malakoff  LWVDC President, Transprtn/Plng Chair 387-7540  2359 Ashmead PI., NW 20009
Joan R. Wilson 2nd VP-Local Prog. Children At Risk Chair 237-6264 3050 Military Rd., NW #438 20015
Kathyn Ray 3rd VP-National Prog. DC Libraries Study 244-0770 244-4773 4441 Windom Place, NW 20016- 2409
Joan Domike Treasurer & Unit Director 966-3865  4200 Mass. Ave. NW # 304 20016- 4753
Goody Braun Board Member, Healthcare Co Chair 723-2477 882-9335  1712 Taylor Street, NW 20011- 5313
Frances Gemmill NCA Liaison, Housing Chair 362-6784  3610 Albemarle Ave., NW 20008- 4216
Barbara Luchs DC Voter Mailing Coordinator 363-0853 363-1366 3633 Appleton St., NW 20008- 2960
Jack Mathison 362-4612  3050 Military Rd., NW #639 20015
Jamie Rose Membership Co Chair 544-7678  518 9th St., NE #107 20002
Kathryn Schmidt Congressional Representation 237-5550  3601 Conn. Ave. NW, #418 20008
Constance Tate Education Co Chair 882-0387 609 Delafield Place, NW 20011
Rene Wallis Healthcare Co-chair 518-3750  134 Bryan@ St. NW 20001
Gladys Weaver Education Co Chair 554-3055 1362 4th Street, SW 20024- 2202
Geraldine Whitley Environment Chair 882-6480 832-7305  339 Randolph St., NW 20011- 5937
Madly n Calbert  DC Voter Editor 832-7305 1262 Kearney St., NE 2007-
Naomi Glass NCA, Board Member 686-0124 5533 33 Street, NW 20015- 1668
Pat Hallman  Co-chair Brown Bag Dialogue 829-8852 829-8852# 1312 Geranium St., NW 20012- 1706
Elinor Hart Voter Services Co chair 387-2966 387-2966#  1651 Hobart Street, NW 20009- 3704
Sheila Keeny UNA NCA Liaison 966-1692 966-1692#  3600 Albemarle St., NW 20008- 4216
Christine Matthews Bed and Breakfast 269-3890  1218 Kearney Street, NE 20017
Anna Marsh Chair Brown Bag Dialogues 554-7719 1253 Delaware Ave., SW 20024- 3905
Elaine Melmed MOVC, Student Elections 393-4919 393-3914 1234 Mass Ave NW #113 20005
Betty Pierce Membership Co-chair 544-5547 31 8th Street, NE 20002
Susan Rao International Relations Co-Chair 636-1688 1504 Girard St., NE 20018
Judy Smith Nominating Cmte Chair, Voter Svcs Co-chair 882-3021 7628 17th Street, NW 20012
Linda Softli  Arrangements 667-8210 232-7201 1930 Columbia Rd. NW #302 20009- 5063
Sheila Willet DC Voter Production 588-1734 2034B 17th Street, NW 20009- 2663
Elizabeth Yancey MOVC, Student Elections 726-1929 1762 Redwood Terrace, NW 20012
Private Elections Volunteers: June Bashkin, Julia Cuniberti, Joan Domike, Minnie Fitzhugh, Vinna Freeman, Frances and Bob Gemmill, Pat Hallman, Audrey Hatry, Natalie Howard, Grace Littlejohn, Grace and Bob Malakoff, Anna Marsh, Chris Matthews, Elaine Maimed, Luci Murphy, Carl Nelson, Ken Nesper, Abigail Nichols, lola Piggot, At and Kathy Schmidt, Judy Smith, Sheila Willet, Joan Wilson, Reggie Yancey, Barbara Yeomans.
Other Leagues of Women Voters
LWV of the National Capital Area (NCA)
President: Melpi Jeffries
(301) 530-5452 (301) 530-5452# 5905 Anniston Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817
LWV of the United States (LWVUS)
President: Kay J. Maxwell
429-1965 429-0854 1730 M Street, Suite 1000 20036
Ruth Allen  Chevy Chase / Ingleside 3050 Military Road, NW #566 20015
Joan Domike Evening 362-8953 966-3865 4200 Mass. Ave., NW, # 304 20016- 4753
Jean Hall  Evening 362-4526 4545 Conn. Ave., NW #520 20008- 6021
Natalie Howard Upper 16th Street 237-2163 244-5507 3001 Veazey Terrace, NW #434 20008
Betty Pierce Capitol Hill Evening 544-5547  31 8th Street, NE 20004
Leona Rumsey Southwest 863-7484 550 N. Street, SW, #S-202 20024
Constance Tate Upper 16th Street 882-0387 609 Delafield Place, NW 20011
Gladys Weaver Southwest 554-3055 1362 4th Street, SW 20024- 2202
Joan Wilson  Chevy Chase / Ingleside 237-6264 3050 Military Road, NW #438  20015
Barbara Yeomans Northwest Day 363-8940 363-3523 3909 48th Street, NW 20016

# call first to fax.

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2005 - 2006 PROGRAM

Program Study and Action:

  • Congressional Representation for DC 
  • DC Public Libraries 
  • Education 
  • Healthcare 
  • Homeland Security* 
  • Housing* 
  • Transportation*

*Local and NCA current program.

Focus on Voter Services:

During the election year 2006, the DC League will work to register citizens, inform them about issues and candidates, and monitor elections. 

Key 2006 Election Dates: 

  • Mayoral Primary, Tuesday, September 12 (last day to register to vote in this election is Monday, August 14, 2006.) 
  • General Election, Tuesday, November 7 (last day to register to vote in this election is Monday, October 9, 2006.)


Ongoing Meetings Each Month

1st Wed. LWVDC Board Meeting
1st Fri. LWVNCAA Board Mtg.
2nd Tue. New Citizen Ceremony**
4h Mon. Brown Bag Dialogue (Occasional

January 2006

17 (Tue) Feb. VOTER deadline
24-26 Unit Meetings, National Program Planning
27 (Fri) Feb. VOTER mailing

April 2006

11 (Tue) May VOTER deadline
20 (Thu) 86th Annual Meeting
21 (Fri) May VOTER mailing

July 2006

18 (Tue) Aug VOTER deadline
28 (Fri) Aug VOTER mailing

November 2005

8 (Tue) Dec. VOTER deadline
18 (Fri) Dec. VOTER mailing

February 2006

7 (Tue) Mar. VOTER deadline
21-23 Unit Meetings, Health
17 (Fri) Mar. VOTER mailing

May 2006

13 (Sat) NCA Convention
16 (Tue) Jun/Jul VOTER deadline
16-18 Unit Meetings Education
26 (Fri) Jun/Jul VOTER mailing

August 2006

8 (Tue) Sep. VOTER deadline
14 (Mon) Last day to register to vote in Sep. Primary
18 (Fri) Sep. VOTER mailing

December 2005

13 (Tue) Jan. VOTER deadline
13-15 Unit Meetings Units' Choice
16 (Fri) Jan. VOTER mailing

March 2006

7 (Tue) Apr. VOTER deadline
17 (Fri) Apr. VOTER mailing
17 (Fri) Mail Annual Mtg. Notice
21-23 Unit Meetings, Comprehensive Plan

June 2006

10-13 LWVUS Convention Minneapolis, MN
13-15 Unit Meetings, Units' Choice + Report on Convention

September 2006

12 (Tue) Mayoral Primary Election
19 (Tue) Oct VOTER deadline
21 (Thu) Fall Opening Luncheon
29 (Fri) Oct VOTER mailing

See your DC VOTER each month for activity time and location as well as information about committee meetings. 
**Ceremony held in Courtroom 20, 6h floor of the U.S. District Courthouse at 3 `d and Constitution Ave., NW, (Judy Smith 882-3021)

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Monthly meetings by each week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
ANC Area Time ANC Area Time ANC Area Time ANC Area Time
WEEK ONE 3G 7:30 PM 4A 7:15 PM 1C 7:00 PM 1B 7:00 PM
    8A 7:15 PM 2C 6:30 PM 5B 7:30 PM
    1D 7:00 PM 8C 7:00 PM    
    2E 6:45 PM 3D 7:30 PM    
        2F 7:00 PM    
WEEK TWO 2D 7:30 PM 6B 7:00 PM 1A 7:00 PM 6A 7:00 PM
6D 7:00 PM (except Oct., 3rd Monday) 4C 7:00 PM 2B 7:00 PM 3B 7:00 PM
    7D Tel. 832-1965 6C 7:00 PM 7C 7:00 PM
    7E 7:00 PM     3E 7:30 PM
WEEK THREE 3C 7:30 PM 7A 7:30 PM 2A 7:00 PM 7B 7:00 PM
2D 7:30 PM 5C 7:30 PM        
3F 7:30 PM 7A 7:30 PM        
WEEK FOUR 3G 7:30 PM     5A 7:00 PM 4B 7:00 PM
            8D 7:00 PM

Neighborhood Democracy: The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District's annual budget. In each of these areas, he intent of the ANC legislation is to ensure input from an advisory board that is made up of the residents of the neighborhoods that are directly affected by government action. The ANCs are the body of government with the closest official ties to the people in a neighborhood.

The ANCs present their positions and recommendations on issues to various District government agencies, the Executive Branch and the Council. They also present testimony to independent agencies, boards and commissions, usually under rules of procedure specific to those entities. By law, the ANCs may also present their positions to Federal agencies. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners are elected every two years. The next election will take place November 7, 2006. See your August 2005 DC Voter Insert (salmon color) for the specific meeting location, or visit the website (Source:

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