On Tuesday, Dec. 4, the D.C. Council passed the Cleopatra Jones Recognition Resolution of 2001. Could it be that the council was suddenly swept with nostalgia for 1973’s blaxploitation epic about a certain U.S. special agent who faces down a drug trafficker named Mommy and a pusher named Doodlebug? Not exactly. The resolution, introduced by Ward 5 Councilmember Vincent Orange, recognized the efforts of Advisory Neighborhood 5C03 Commissioner Cleopatra Faye Jones. Along with fellow commissioners Vicki Leonard-Chambers and Robert Brannum, Jones won the praise of Bloomingdale neighborhood residents earlier this year for helping out in relief efforts that followed the August floods. The three commissioners quickly organized walking tours of the area with city officials— including Orange and Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness Peter LaPorte—to survey the damage. According to an Orange staffer, the resolution was passed in preparation for an upcoming recognition ceremony slated for January. —Annys Shin

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