Friday, December 4, 2009

FW: DCCA Guest Speaker - DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier - Monday

Come hear Chief Lanier Monday night. She's a great speaker and the location is phenomenal.


Rob Halligan

202 319 1313


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Subject: DCCA Featured Guest Speaker - DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier




December Membership Meeting - Featured Guest Speaker, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier

Monday, December 7th at 7:30 PM to be held at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Featured guest speaker: Police Chief Kathy Lanier and a briefing by Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans

Please send your questions for the Chief or CM Evans to Robin Diener at

Cathy Lanier is D.C.'s first female police chief.  Chief Lanier believes, "to be able to lead other officers takes credibility and trust." Those are qualities that she has built up in 19 years on the force. 
Chief Lanier has spent her entire law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Police Department, beginning in 1990. Most of her career has been in uniformed patrol, where she served as Commander of the Fourth District, one of the largest and most diverse residential patrol districts in the city. She also served as the Commanding Officer of the Department's Major Narcotics Branch and Vehicular Homicide Units
Chief Lanier is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Unit Commanders Academy. She holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master's Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She is certified at the technician level in Hazardous Materials Operations.
Lanier describes her crime-fighting philosophy as proactive. "We can no longer wait for crime to come to us but need to look at the history and the trends and project from there."  Some of Lanier's tactics have drawn fire   (i.e., curfews, search-and-seize methods, a controversial five days of checkpoints in the Trinidad neighborhood of DC after a series of shootings, etc).  In her two and a half years as Chief, there has been a decrease in major crime incidents and in 2008 had the highest closure rate on homicide cases, the highest on department record.
Our thanks to the Society of the Cincinnati for welcoming DCCA to Anderson House.  Docents will guide a tour of the magnificent Beaux Art building after the program.

Finally, help us build our organization. Consider inviting a Dupont Circle neighbor who is not yet a member of DCCA to come with you. Meetings are free. After such a great program, your neighbor will surely want to join DCCA!

Plans for two proposals to develop the West End Library will be on display following the meeting. Representatives from Eastbanc and Toll Brothers will be on hand to answer questions during the reception after the program.


Performance Art and Reception
Friday December 4 from 8-10 PM
Picasso Gallery, 1709 17th Street, NW
Five DC artists present Thin Boundaries, a one-time only performance art installation about the "state of dream." For further details: 202/232-0021.

Tree Survey: Community Walk-Through
Saturday December 5 at 10 AM
Meet in front of Safeway
The 17th Street Streetscape gets off to a rocky start by not providing the promised survey of trees to be removed. To remedy the situation and perhaps plea for a tree, join ANC Commissioner and master gardener Bob Meehan for a walk-through to review trees slated for removal. There is also a session on Thursday Dec 3 with DDOT and the Urban Forestry Administration -- time TBA. To participate in either contact Cmsr Meehan at 234-5151 or

31st Annual Logan Circle House Tour
Sunday December 6 from 1to 5 PM
Buy tickets on-line
Read the Intowner article:

Support the Ross School Christmas Tree Sale
Saturdays and Sundays December 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, from 9 AM to 5 PM
Ross Elementary School Playground 1730 R Street
Volunteer or Buy a Tree -- or both! All proceeds go to Ross School programs. Free delivery in the neighborhood. Bake Sale this Saturday December 5 to kick off the sale.
Volunteers especially needed on Dec 19 & 20. To volunteer contact Erik Wemple at 328-9794 or

Monday December 7 at 7:30 PM
DCCA membership meeting with Police Chief Kathy Lanier and CM Jack Evans
(See full listing at top)

Dupont Circle ANC Meeting
Wednesday December 9 at 7 PM
Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue
View agenda:

What's Behind the Green Door?
Thursday, December 10 at 11:30 AM
If you missed the 2009 DCCA House Tour, where the Green Door was featured, you're invited to take a one-hour tour of their "clubhouse" mansion, which is changing the way people with mental illness recover, live, and work in the community. Come by yourself or bring a friend. Please RSVP with Megan Butler at 202-462-4092 x336 or Check out the Green Door December "wish list" in case you can help:
Volunteer opportunities available: The Green Door needs volunteers to tutor members in GED preparation, Monday – Friday from 3pm-5pm. The Green Door also seeks Guest Chefs/Servers and Speakers for monthly Education and Employment dinners. Contact Megan Butler at 202-462-4092 x336 or for more information

Le Marché de Noël
Sunday December 13, 3-8 PM
15 Dupont Circle – The Washington Club
Enjoy some last minute shopping while sipping champagne and tasting superb food. The Washington Club (site of DCCA's 2009 House Tour Tea) and the French International Culinary Society invite you to a gourmet event featuring unusual gifts, many not available elsewhere. Silent auction to benefit FICS education program. Tickets $40. Purchase online:

Callaway Awards for Civic Courage
Wednesday December 16, 6-8 PM
Carnegie Institution, 1530 P Street, NW
The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest presents the annual Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage. The 2009 award recipients are: Frances Crowe – Veteran peace and anti-nuclear activist who believes the "answers are at the bottom, not at the top," and Ivor van Heerdon – Louisiana State University scientist, disaster preparation specialist and author of The Storm – What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina. Event is free and open to the public, space permitting. RSVP Patrick Benton, (202) 387-8030 or


Since Dupont does not have a library, many of us use the MLK Jr Memorial Library at 901 G Street. Parking is no longer available at MLK due to budget cuts to the library security detail. Sunday hours at neighborhood libraries have also been discontinued. Only MLK remains open on Sundays, but without parking.


The Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) was founded in 1922 "to promote and protect the interests of the residents of the neighborhood." We still do that. Our area is a lively mix of homes, embassies, restaurants, shops, and galleries — and one of the city's most architecturally significant neighborhoods. These qualities are no accident. The unparalleled quality of living the neighborhood provides is the result of countless volunteer activities carried out by generations of Dupont Circle Citizens Association members. DCCA is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting interests of the residents of our neighborhoods.


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