City Vista Pets
The following residents of the L at City Vista urge the Board representing the Home Owners Association to NOT adopt the various pet regulations. While we understand the need to share community space with other residents with potentially conflicting needs, we find it unacceptable that dogs have been restricted from ALL common space within the building. We are pleased to hear that the rooftop may soon become a green, dog-friendly place, but until that long-term solution is implemented, our dogs deserve a common-space that is not restricted. In a large condominium such as ours, there will always be individuals with conflicting needs, but luckily our building comes well-equipped to deal with this specific situation because we have access to numerous common-space areas. We think a common-sense compromise would limit pet access in some areas, but not all. At minimum, we request that dogs are able to maintain their privileges in the courtyard until a long-term solution is implemented on the roof. In addition, we do not agree with the 25 lb weight restriction for pets. We feel a 50 lb limit is more reasonable, and an unbiased test should be used to permit dogs over this limit. To test for temperment and personality, a special committee should be formed which consists of at a minimum one dog owner and one board member to assure a fair process to determine if the dog is appropriate for the building. Finally, the most important issue for the pet owners at City Vista is SAFETY. We live in an up and coming urban neighborhood, which comes with a great deal of crime. 1. We know that there is prostitution and drug usage on the corner of 4th and L. 2. In the Mount Vernon area there have been reports of numerous robberies, muggings, etc. 3. Despite the security outside, two residents had their windows shot and the common area window was shot. 4. Car windows on L street are broken weekly. 5. Residents have been reported being accosted during both daylight and nighttime hours. 6. Two women have reported being harassed by drunken men on Saturday night. 7. One woman had her small puppy kicked in the afternoon across the street from the building. 8. One woman had her ponytail pulled by a homeless man. 9. A homeless man has been sleeping across the street. 10. One woman was followed by a man and called security (she had his phone number) and security took 5 minutes to come to remove the man from the premises. 11. Many women (and women as a part of a couple) own dogs and feel uncomfortable taking them across the street or a block away at night. 12. Women are at a greater risk for rape and other sexually based offenses. 13. If an attack happens to a dog owner, it will be harmful for the City Vista property value and discourage females from purchasing property in this area.