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Do Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) cost the city more than they’re worth? Consider the case of Samaritan Inns’ struggle with ANC-4A. When the charitable nonprofit attempted to open a residence at 5620 Colorado Ave. NW for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, ANC-4A, Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis, and then-Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly riled up citizens, passed emergency legislation, and issued stop-work orders to prevent construction of the halfway house. Samaritan Inns sued. In July, a U.S. District judge ruled that the city’s actions “represented intentional discrimination” against former substance abusers and showed a “reckless and callous indifference to the rights of [Samaritan Inns],” and ordered the D.C. government to pay the organization $2.5 million. Now the Greater Carter Barron Citizens’ Coalition (GCBCC) wants the commissioners to explain their actions at the ANC meeting on Sept. 5. It’s not the money that bothers GCBCC. Samaritan will help people, says GCBCC’s Walter Broderick, whereas if the $2.5 million remained in the city’s treasury it would be “squirted away on god-knows-what.” The real issue, he says, is that ANCs are “squabble factories” that act like “overzealous regulators” on behalf of misinformed and prejudiced NIMBYites. Since John Hill, executive director of D.C.’s financial control board, will also attend the meeting, Broderick plans to ask him to “take the rubber on the end of his pencil and simply erase the ANCs’ budget.”