WITHDRAWN! EMERGENCY BILL B22-0839-AMPLIFIED NOISE AMENDMENT ACT 2019- BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP!- THIS IS TEMPORARY!!!
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Kenny Sway and Dior Ashley Brown
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Legislation and Notice to Expedite the Vote was introduced at the beginning of June, it is backed by developers, large condo boards and the major restaurant chains in Gallery Place. NO ONE Reached out to any members of the music community.
WE NEED MORE WARD 2 and WARD 3 residents to join us. If you know any, even if they are not artists please send them the bullet points and ask them to email those in before Tuesday.
PLEASE EMAIL OUR COUNCILMEN-It will harm the overall cultural fabric of the city that includes a long history of street performance, much of which has regularly used amplified instruments or other electronic equipment.
IN OPPOSITION of B22 - 0839 - Proposed Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018. WE oppose this proposed legislation because:
It is overly punitive. Especially given the racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of DC street performers, the threat of a $300 fine and 10 days in jail is absurd on its face.
It does not include any mechanisms to ensure fair enforcement and, therefore, presents the very real probability of discriminatory enforcement.
It is over-broad and can be used to prevent not only amplified sound but also non-amplified sound, again making the issue of discretionary enforcement particularly problematic.
It is not based on any available data or testing showing any material impact of street performances on the quality of life of DC residents and businesses, subjecting it to the criticism that it is arbitrary and capricious.
There is a current objective standard for measuring sound disturbances that require a decibel reader and the council should focus on better implementing that standard. The city should adopt the Agent of Change Principle which would require new residential development in music and entertainment districts to absorb all of the added cost of extra sound insulation to preserve the cultural sustainability of these outdoor entertainment zones.
I urge all members of the council to VOTE NO on the Emergency Legislation and schedule an additional series of hearings and meetings where stakeholders, including residents, business, and the music community, are properly notified and represented. It is your obligation as representatives to ensure that the District's laws achieve the goal of balancing the needs of these stakeholders, and I encourage you to abandon the current effort which fails to do so.