Despite the fact that Comm. Kathy Henderson (Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D) missed the deadline to submit a settlement agreement while representing ANC 5D in its protest of the Food 7 Store, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board offered Henderson an extension to type and correct a previously rejected and partially handwritten contract submitted to board members on February 28, 2018. The late contract has now been filed. (Note: Henderson purchased a laptop on behalf of ANC 5D in November 2014.) For Henderson, this marks the 6th instance of a delay or dismissal caused by missed deadlines, incorrect paperwork, failure to appear or dishonesty before the ABC board since 2009. Despite years of complaints and several nearby homicides, this agreement is Henderson's first protest of the establishment during her tenure as an ANC commissioner. The last ANC protest was filed 17 years prior in January of 2000 by ANC 5B.
Although the agreement includes some errors and a missing signature from the ANC 5D chairperson, Comm. Clarence Lee; this agreement is still enforceable. Lee declined to sign the agreement in January 2018 because Henderson presented him with a version of the document different than what ANC 5D voted to accept at its November 2017 meeting.
Although many of you are aware of these issues, it should also be known that they do not negate the enforceability of the ANC agreement. Please find the agreement below and know that it is yet another tool that the community may use to hold the Food 7 Store accountable for much-needed change. Although the ANC agreement duplicates many of the provisions of the previously filed civic association agreement, residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the specifics of both agreements and make your civic association as well as ABRA aware of any violations. The association will follow up on reported issues in a timely fashion, but citizens MUST be diligent. It is up to everyone to monitor the situation and maintain a strong sense of accountability.
REPORT ANY VIOLATIONS IMMEDIATELY BY CALLING or EMAILING:
When making a complaint follow these three important steps to achieve the best results:
Keeping a paper trail will help keep the store as well as ABRA accountable to our community.