Tasty Morning Bytes – Fixing ANCs, New DC9 Details

Good morning, DCentric readers. Due to technical difficulties, your breakfast links are a bit late. We apologize for that.

ANCs aren’t perfect. Here’s how to make them better. “ANC issues are apparently too small to attract the notice of the city’s paper of record (the most the Post could muster this time around was a generic piece that said nothing of use about ANCs except that those running wanted to “improve their communities”). But neighborhood representative bodies can be perfectly paired with the burgeoning crop of blogs that have been covering them in a fair amount of depth. Some of the healthier and better-run ANCs are in places where blogs…communicate to the broader public what happened at each meeting.” (Washington City Paper)

DC9 liquor license hearing: Board continues suspension of club’s license for 30 days “…not previously released audio recording of an ambulance crew radioing ahead to Howard University Hospital. A male EMT can be heard on the tape saying that he was bringing a 45-year-old male in apparent cardiac arrest to the hospital after what he described as a “bar fight.” He also tells the hospital that the victim only became unconscious after police arrived on the scene, contradicting an affidavit filed in court…” (tbd.com)

Boutique buds: Growing and selling marijuana Q: “…in DC they are only permitting no more than eight growing centers, each with 95 plants: How odd. Why 95 instead of a nice round number like 100? I suppose it’s all arbitrary anyway.” A: “Whitney Shefte: Under federal law, if an individual is growing more than 100 plants, they can face about five years in prison. The 95 rule is an attempt to keep the federal government uninvolved and licensed growers out of jail.” (The Washington Post)

Immigrants bouncing back from recession faster than native-born workers “…immigrants–legal and illegal–are more flexible during an economic downturn because they are more willing to move to where jobs are…Because illegal immigrants don’t qualify for unemployment insurance, they often have no choice but to get another job, even if it’s very low paid, part time or otherwise undesirable. Immigrants “tend to respond more quickly to mismatches in the economy” than native workers do, Terrazas says…Recessions also tend to hit immigrants before they hit native-born workers, so job losses fell on the immigrant community as early as 2007.” (Yahoo News: Business)