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Adrian Fenty did show up in time for the last question and closing remarks. Marie Johns at least said she wasn't going to make it rather than try and double or triple book herself like several of the other candidates. One of Linda Cropp's campaign crew at least offered up an apology saying, "Sorry, maybe next time."

I did manage to get all the candidates except for Moore(he got away before I could get to him) to sign postcards in support of the Met Branch Trail. Cropp and Johns signed them at Bike to Work Day.

Good Day All,

I suspect the C- grade in the "Measels or Mumps" story on the July 29th DC Environmental Network Mayoral Candidate Forum is either barely passing, or not.

Nevertheless, based on the face-to-face discussion with about 11 diverse audience members at the end, they set aside my Republican party affiliation and emphasized that I was the only candidate who "effectively responded" to the issues and "kept it real" from the forum's beginning to its conclusion -- and "actually had a plan" for higher standards in protecting the District's environment, and the related health of the citizens who use it.

Sorry I missed you, but for the record (DCEN director Chris Weiss can confirm this) I was the first candidate to arrive and the last to leave -- a basic sign of my respect, commitment and sense of urgency about DC's environmental issues.

Beyond this, perhaps you and your readers would best be able to judge my environmental priorities and plans after visiting my website at www.MooreForPeople.com, or by reading my responses to the DC Sierra Club's questionnaire below:

DENNIS MOORE - SIERRA CLUB CANDIDATE SURVEY 2006 RESPONSES
Dennis Moore -- Republican DC Mayoral Candidate -- www.MooreForPeople.com

1. PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Please describe what you have done to improve the quality of the natural environment in the District of Columbia.

Creating and expanding innovative solutions to incorporate more green space into neighborhoods and new housing construction will be a priority. The creative expansion and incorporation of green space is a major component in the natural filtration process for cleaner air. Additionally, as Mayor Moore, I will provide more vigorous and effective leadership on making the District a people/environment-friendly city-state. This will begin with greater enforcement and enhancement of environmental cleanup efforts, as well as swifter and more certain penalties against violators of DC's public health and environmental safety codes. A clean and safe urban environment will also be viewed by a Moore Administration as a critical healthcare and socioeconomic asset to the value and vitality of the District of Columbia.

2. GREEN BUILDING: In 2005, Council member Sharon Ambrose introduced legislation that would establish minimum environmental performance standards for new buildings in the District. Under the bill, District government buildings would be required to attain a rating of LEED "Silver" under the rating system established by the U.S. Green Building Council. Commercial buildings would be subject to lesser standards.

Q 2a: Will you support legislation that requires D.C. government buildings to be certified as LEED Silver, as the mayor has declared?

Yes. Also, I will work constantly to upgrade and enhance the environmental integrity of all DC government buildings by providing targeted and accountable funding to retrofit and renovate all District facilities to higher environmentally safe and sound standards. Additionally, I will propose graduated reduced tax incentives to both commercial and residential developers that meet or exceed the LEED "Silver" rating. A combination of tax incentives and enhanced building code amendments will be used to encourage existing commercial building owners to repair and upgrade their overall infrastructure to healthier and environmentally safe standards.

Q 2b: Will you support legislation that requires all new residential and commercial buildings to meet specified minimum environmental performance standards?

Yes. I will also propose graduated reduced tax incentives for developers of new and planned residential or commercial properties with the highest level and quantity of environmentally sound and structurally safe building materials -- especially developers that creatively and functionally incorporate sustainable user-friendly (ground-level or above-ground) green space into their building design.

3. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: An important way to improve our region's air quality and create more livable neighborhoods is to invest in maintaining and expanding our public transportation system. In the last several years, the Sierra Club has pressed Metro to implement a series of recommendations to become more accountable to riders and has lobbied the D.C. Council and the Maryland and Virginia legislatures to establish a region-wide dedicated source of revenue for Metro to ensure that the system will be able to meet the transportation needs of the increasing number of people living in the Washington, D.C. region.

The District Department of Transportation has been studying alternatives for returning streetcars to D.C. streets and is expected to release its final study in the near future. As envisioned, a 40-mile District-wide streetcar network could allow the city to grow by 100,000 residents without the nightmare of 100,000 new cars and the congestion, parking and air pollution problems they would bring. Evidence shows that streetcars can move several times more people than one lane of automobile traffic, and they have the potential to revitalize neighborhoods and improve access to commercial corridors.

Q 3a: Do you support investing in building a streetcar network in the District?

No.

Q 3b: If you answered "yes," what will you do to make this a reality? If you answered "no," please explain?

No. Even today, current streetcar technology is comparatively too operationally fixed and terrain limited. We need to merge the immediate and long-term advantages of intra-city public transportation's durability, and adaptability, to evolving and limited urban street plans. This is why I am in favor of small-size combined technology (ethanol, regenerative electric and solar powered) buses that can navigate the District's many irregular neighborhood streets -- without having to disturb neighborhoods to construct and maintain tracks or power lines, or be burdened by severe weather conditions. This will also extend and increase environmentally safe, convenient, and fiscally affordable public transportation to diverse underserved District communities. Additionally, in foresight, these same buses and other public and government vehicles can be mobilized and coordinated to quickly evacuate DC residents in the event of natural or manmade disasters and threats.

4. RECYCLING: Seventeen years ago the D.C. Recycling Act set the goal of recycling 45% of the District's waste stream. Today, the city, by its own assessments, remains 20% short of that goal. D.C.'s Office of Recycling says that the 45% goal is mathematically impossible unless we see increased participation from commercial sector properties. The Sierra Club agrees with this assessment. In 2005, the city made real progress toward its recycling goal by servicing the residential sector with a new single stream system. The Sierra Club applauds these efforts. In 2006 and beyond, the challenge facing the city as it strives to meet its recycling goal is how to get commercial properties to participate.

Q 4a: Do you support new funding for the Department of Public Works to hire at least one staff member for each of D.C.'s eight wards (currently there are only 4 staff members) who can be responsible for recycling education, inspection, and law enforcement in that ward?

Yes. Actually, providing guaranteed full funding for ten full time community-based Environmental Protection Agents for each ward is more operationally and logistically realistic. We need genuinely effective coverage for the variety of ward-based environmental issues that require constant monitoring, efficient management, earlier response and quicker resolution. I will not pay lip service, or play politics and politricks, on environmental and public health or safety issues. From my perspective, a truly protected environment is a key element in the overall healthcare, public safety and the long-term socioeconomic value of our city-state.

Q 4b: Will you renew the city's commitment to recycling by amending the Recycling Act of 1988 to ensure that the D.C. public schools set a good example for students by instituting recycling systems in all school system buildings and by teaching recycling in the classroom?

Yes. In fact, I will strongly encourage and fully fund an annual spring Environmental Awareness Month program to engage all public and charter school students, their parents, average citizens, government employees, public officials and interested tourists in diverse recycling, cleanup and event oriented environment activities. The Moore Administration will also develop educational partnerships with the Sierra Club, state and global environmental protection agencies, local organizations and educators to formulate an environmental studies curriculum for our elementary through high school students. I am a proponent of early, proactive and constant education to empower our youth with information that enables them to make lifelong smart decisions about the world they will inherit. By proxy, our youth will greatly influence adults and future lawmakers on making everyday smart decisions about protecting our urban and world environment.

5. CLEAN FUEL BUSES: Diesel exhaust contributes to the region's severe ozone smog problem, damages the lungs and heart, and is linked to cancer. The Sierra Club, with strong support from the D.C. Council, successfully persuaded Metro to stop buying dirty diesel buses in favor of much cleaner buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG). Metro built two CNG fueling facilities and purchased several hundred CNG buses. Metro had agreed to build a third CNG facility in Maryland, but Governor Ehrlich's appointee to the Metro Board forced Metro to reverse course and go back to buying diesel buses. Unfortunately, Mayor Williams' appointee to the Metro board supported the Ehrlich reversal. The D.C. Council has unanimously supported CNG Metro buses and opposed Metro's move back to diesel.

Q 5: Will you support policies that require Metro to buy only clean natural gas buses (or cleaner technology)?

Yes. My goal is to transition and convert all District Metro buses into ethanol, electric and solar powered vehicles over a five-year period. This will result in a higher level of clean energy powered surface public transportation, and provide exponential savings, improved air quality, and better respiratory health for all District residents and visitors. No doubt, becoming the first major city-state to have an entire public transportation system and government vehicles fleet powered by clean energy is one of my environmental priorities as mayor.

6. KLINGLE VALLEY: Klingle Valley, a stream valley that is an arm of Rock Creek Park, is the location of a narrow, two-lane road in NW that has been closed to automobiles since 1991 when a storm washed out a portion of the road and made it impassable. Rebuilding and reopening the road would pollute Rock Creek, harm mature trees alongside the road, and make the valley unsafe for recreational use at a cost of at least $7.2 million, according to recent estimates. For these reasons, the Sierra Club continues to support preserving Klingle Valley as a park without automobile traffic. Currently, the District Department of Transportation is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) as a step toward rebuilding the road.

Q 6: Will you support the Sierra Club's position of keeping Klingle Valley closed to automobiles and replacing the old road with a hiker/biker trail open for all District residents to use and enjoy for recreation?

Yes. It is my contention that Klingle Valley and Rock Creek Park must remain, and be consistently maintained, as one of our last most valuable natural urban preserves for current and future generations. Allowing personal and commercial vehicle traffic at any level will set a precedent for overuse in the future. However, allowing limited-schedule small electric shuttle buses to traverse select roads is a concept I will encourage. This will provide environment-friendly, quiet and convenient public transportation access, without being an obstruction to casual pedestrian traffic. Also, the shuttle buses can be an additional dedicated revenue source to fund protection and maintenance of this invaluable urban parkland.

7. ROCK CREEK PARK: Over the last several years, the National Park Service has been reviewing several alternative approaches for the future management of Rock Creek Park. The Sierra Club is on record as supporting Alternative 2½, a blend of Park Service alternatives that would close three segments of upper Beach Drive to commuter traffic 24-hours a day, seven days a week-not just on weekends, as it is currently managed-in order to increase recreational opportunities in our national park. In 2003, the Park Service proposed a compromise plan that would close the three segments to traffic on weekdays, but only during non-rush hour times-from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Subsequently, the Park Service scaled back its earlier proposal so that it would close only a single 1.5-mile segment of Beach Drive from Broad Branch Road north to Military Road on weekdays during the same mid-day, non-rush hour times. However, in its final management plan, the Park Service proposed little more than speed bumps, which would fail to expand recreational opportunities in the park.

Q 7a: Will you support efforts to limit automobile traffic on upper Beach Drive on weekdays, and advocate that the National Park Service implement such management changes?

Yes. My personal and public policy perspectives on environmental protection are of the long-term view, and linked to present-day realities. Again, I will not engage in empty rhetoric and politricks regarding my implementation of environmental protection priorities and policies. Additionally, there is an economic component when we evaluate our green space as an asset that adds value to our city-state. Urban planners don't singularly valuate a city based on the abundance of concrete, steel and glass structures. Ubiquitous green space and public parklands have architecturally and historically been a major element in a city's true value and appreciation by both residents and visitors. Under the Moore Administration, this will be the guiding philosophy and public policy principle by which I will protect the District from further environmental deterioration. Leadership that is shortsighted, insensitive and dysfunctional about the exponential value of urban green space deserves no opportunity to lead.

Q 7b: Please elaborate. Under what circumstances would you support expanding the existing weekend closures to weekdays?

I believe it is equitable and environmentally sound to expand weekday closures to federal and District holidays, including 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. pedestrian access only periods. All other times (1 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) must be reserved, and strictly enforced, for HOV passenger vehicles only. Passenger vehicle use at these times will be both convenient and relatively low due to the time frames and higher occupancy restrictions. Commercial vehicles will not be permitted at anytime. Certainly, I will reserve the option to reassess and revise these restrictions over time favoring public safety and environmental protection first.

8. BICYCLING: In spite of the clear benefits of promoting bicycling as a way to reduce traffic congestion, promote good health and prevent air pollution, key bicycle projects, such as the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast D.C., continue to face obstacles.

Q 8a: What have you done to support efforts to encourage safe bicycling and walking in the District?

As mayor, and an avid weekend cyclist, I will expand and maintain the availability of bicycle paths throughout the District. Additionally, I will strictly enforce $200 fines to motivate non-cycling on sidewalks having witnessed a near terrible "accident" between a negligent iPod-engaged cyclist and a small child strolling with her parents. Sidewalks are strictly for walking, with or without a bike. Moreover, I will propose minimum fines of $500 and points against automobile drivers who don't yield to cyclists obeying traffic safety rules on streets with or without designated bike paths. Criminal negligence prosecution and incarceration will be aggressively enforced against all categories of powered vehicle drivers when a lawful cyclist is injured or killed.

Q 8b: If elected, what will you do to encourage safe bicycling and walking in the District?

I will fund programs for safe bicycling to and from our public and charter schools. As an avid walker and public transportation user, I will actively promote walking, cycling and public transit use. Broadcast, direct mail and Internet media will be used to promote free pedometers and annual cardiorespiratory exams to encourage walking as a lifelong healthy choice. Additionally, to promote expanded and safer bicycling, I will also sponsor a weekly 50-cent raffle ticket drawing to win one of five all-terrain bicycles. Revenue from raffle ticket purchases will be strictly used to promote safe bicycling, walking, District parklands preservation, and green space cleanup. Maintaining integrated and dedicated policies to create a higher level of health, fitness, environmental protection and related public safety will be my constant priority as mayor, and executive public advocate, for the District of Columbia -- and the future state of New Washington.

Dennis Moore
Mayor For A New Washington
www.MooreForPeople.com
202.441.8528
mooreforpeople@gmail.com
Moore For People Mayoral Committee

First, I'm sorry to have missed Moore's party affiliation. I didn't realize there were Republicans in DC (not that there's anything wrong with that). I won't comment on his statements - you're all smart enough to draw your own conclusions.

I will point out, that C- was the highest grade I gave. I used to teach high school physics and you can ask my students - that's a compliment.

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