Thursday, August 03, 2006

Ward 6 Dem Candidates Support Noise Law Fix

On the issue of fixing the broken D.C. noise law, it wasn’t much of a debate: Ward 6 Democratic city council candidates Curtis Etherly, Leo Pinson and Tommy Wells all support a citywide quest for quiet.

During a Washington Post Radio (107.7 FM and 1500 AM) live “Candidates Debate” Thursday night, each said he would pursue a fix to the broken statute, which permits unlimited decibels of amplified non-commercial speech between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. anywhere in the city. Their answers were in response to a query from ANC6A Chairman Joe Fengler.

Noisemaking groups routinely take advantage of the loophole to assemble on the corner of H and 8th Streets NE and blast the community for more than four hours nearly every Saturday.

Etherly called the noise flaw a quality of life issue, which requires a citywide legislative fix. He said he would work to close the loophole, but cautioned that First Amendment protections must be upheld.

Pinson said, as a volunteer reserve police officer, he tried to deal with the H and 8th Street NE noise issue more than two years ago. He said he would work with the Office of Attorney General to fix the statute.

Like Pinson, Wells said he had witnessed the noisy action at H and 8th. He called the Saturday noise “intentionally obnoxious” to both residents and businesses, and that he would do “everything in his power” to close the citywide loophole.

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