Norton Applauds Five-Year Reauthorization of U.S. Parole Commission, Chaired by Former D.C. Police Chief Isaac Fulwood
WASHINGTON, DC – The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced Senate passage of a bill to reauthorize the U.S. Parole Commission (USPC) for five years, ensuring continuation of the agency with jurisdiction over D.C. Code felons on parole or under supervised release. Norton pressed for a minimum five-year reauthorization to provide greater certainty and consistency for the Commission to function rather than its prior two-year reauthorizations. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.
"I am pleased that we were able to get a somewhat longer reauthorization," said Norton. "However, considering that the USPC now has continuing responsibilities for D.C. Code felons and certain federal offenders, it is important to stabilize this important public safety agency with the same permanent authorization as other federal law enforcement agencies. Congressional reauthorizations have not caught up with the significant new jurisdiction Congress gave the Parole Commission with more than 17,800 D.C. Code felons. The periodic authorizations date back to a time when federal parole was abolished and Congress believed that the Commission would go out of existence. The Revitalization Act, however, guarantees the Parole Commission will have continuing responsibilities, particularly jurisdiction over D.C. Code felons."
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
- Darrin Sobin, Director, DC Board of Ethics and Accountability
- Frederick D Cooke, Jr., Partner Rubin, Winston, Diercks, Harris & Cooke, L.L.P.
- A. Scott Bolden, Partner, ReedSmith
- Billy Martin, Partner, Martin & Gitner, PLLC
- Art Spitzer, Legal Director, ACLU-NCA
Shelley Broderick, Dean, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, will moderate.
The forum is sponsored by DC Leadership Development Council, DC Appleseed, DC Vote, the ACLU-NCA, and the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.
Monday, October 28, 2013
- Gustavo Velasquez is leaving the DC Office of Human Rights November 3 to become Executive Director of the Latino Economic Development Center. More in Mayor Gray's announcement.
- Mayor Gray has named Mónica Palacio Interim Director at the DC Office of Human Rights. More in Mayor Gray's announcement.
- Jacque D. Patterson, Sr. is now Director of Management and Administration at Martha's Table.
- Audrey R. Alvarado is leaving the Nonprofit Roundtable. Amy Fishman Kurz will be assuming Audrey’s responsibilities as the Roundtable’s Deputy Director. Direct questions about the transition to Kurz via email.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
The first is from DHS staff Darrell Cason. He emails alert notices as they become available; get on the list by emailing Cason. And a shout-out to Cason for including the Shelter Hotline number (1-800-535-7252) in all alert notices.
The third way is to check the Department of Human Services website, dhs.dc.gov. The website is updated automatically but you have to remember to check it.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Left Behind: Why trends in family structure and parenting are setting some kids up to fail takes place October 29 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm at American Enterprise Institute. The event will feature a discussion of how education reform, vocational programs and family policy can better engage America's new family structure.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
When the temperature or wind chill is 32°F or below, the District issues a Hypothermia Alert. The notice appears on the Department of Human Services website (in "DHS Popular Links") and is emailed and texted out by HSEMA.
Your organization can promote use of DC's Hypothermia Shelter Hotline phone number simply by adding this image (see below) to your blog or website. Want a different look? Design your own. But no matter which image you use, please advertise the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline number because cold kills.
When the temperature or wind chill is 32°F or below, the District issues a Hypothermia Alert. The notice appears on the Department of Human Services website (in "DHS Popular Links") and is emailed and texted out by HSEMA.
If you see a homeless individual or family, call the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline, 1-800-535-7252.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Do you want to help make DC a better place in which to get older? Attend 10/31 Community Consultation. Details: http://t.co/6rbHY1lTSC— Age-Friendly DC (@AgeFriendlyDC) October 23, 2013
The Foggy Bottom West End Village is sponsoring the October 31 Community Consultation to assist the District in collecting input regarding the following aspects of city life that influence the health and quality of life of older adults: Outdoor spaces and public buildings; Transportation; Housing; Social participation; Respect and social inclusion; Civic participation and employment; Communication and information; Community support and health services; Elder abuse and fraud; and Disaster preparedness.
The meeting, open to Village members and our Foggy Bottom West End neighbors, is part of a series of community conversations that will help inform a plan to ensure DC is an age-friendly city in practice.
More information about the event is on the Foggy Bottom West End Village calendar.
But wait, there's more! Your organization can also sponsor an Age-Friendly Community Consultation. The Age-Friendly DC staff makes it easy. Learn more about scheduling a meeting in your community; check out this advisory: Sponsor an Age-Friendly DC Community Consultation in your Community. You'll find all the information you need in the flyer posted there.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Other items on the mayor's public schedule for the day are online. Note that the mayor's sked goes live at midnight for the day.
The key takeaways from the CFNCR email:
Proposals for the first grant round must be submitted via The Community Foundation’s online application system no later than 4pm on November 25, 2013.
The first round of grants, of up to $100,000, will be awarded for project/program support. The fund will also provide one-time capacity building grants that can be administered over a three year period. A second grant round will be issued in the spring of 2014 for capacity building efforts.
Two grantseeker information sessions will be held on October 28th and 31st. All interested applicants are encouraged to participate. Please contact Jennylee Hansen, Program Associate for the City Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for one of the information sessions.
The launch, as you may know, was delayed as a result of the federal government shutdown.
"For starters, we are working hard to get the District’s local budget permanently set free from the federal appropriations process. And, "while the current budget deal means the District won’t be ensnared in any federal budget stalemates for the rest of the fiscal year, what if this happens again after that?" he asked.
Mayor Gray encouraged DC residents and budget autonomy supporters to ask friends in families in states to contact their members of Congress. Perhaps have people use the #FreeDC Flat Papa Stanley to add a little fun. Have folks take their picture with Flat Papa Stanley and email it to the members of Congress. Find contact information here.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
This policy briefing is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. The organizations will
introduce a set of specific and actionable policy recommendations to align federal financing of child welfare with best practices to promote better outcomes for children and families. Although some states have already undertaken reforms of their child welfare systems to capitalize on the latest research and new policies, many are still challenged to find resources to implement policies and practices that have been shown to improve child well-being.
Presenters and panelists will discuss how reallocating existing federal funds for child welfare can better support system adoption of best practices. Taken together, the proposed changes can promote goals that allow children to grow up in families that keep them safe and guide their social, emotional and academic development.
- DC Growing Healthy Schools Week, October 21 from 10:00 am - Noon at Thurgood Marshall Academy PHCS (2427 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE). Ward 3 CM Cheh and others will kick off DC Growing Healthy Schools Week with healthy food competitions and other fun activities. From the release:
Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D–Ward 3), author of the Healthy Schools Act and the FEED DC Act, will serve as a judge for the Best School Garden Awards at the kick-off event for Growing Healthy Schools Week in the District on Monday, October 21st. The event will also feature a competition, where local chefs will show off their culinary skills using fresh produce grown in Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Great Garden of Anacostia.
BACKGROUND: In the District of Columbia, schools are making significant changes to improve the health of students and staff, largely due to the implementation of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, authored by Councilmember Mary Cheh. This year marks the second annual Growing Healthy Schools Week, which is the fusion of DC School Garden Week and DC Farm to School Week. Both programs were launched to celebrate local, seasonal food in school meals, and engage students in the farm-to-table process. These two celebrations were successful in stimulating more citywide support for and involvement in farm to school and school garden programs. Growing Healthy Schools Week highlights the interrelated goals of these two former weeks and reflects the components of the Healthy Schools Act, which encourages connections between farm to school and school garden programs.
- Ward 3 Democratic Committee "Community Discussion", October 22 7:30 pm at the Methodist Home (4901 Connecticut Ave NW in the Assembly Hall). Ward 5 CM McDuffie will address the crowd at 7:30 pm and Ward 3 CM Cheh takes the floor at 8:00 pm. Direct questions to email@example.com.
- Shaw Community Office Hours October 24, 8:00 - 9:30 am at Bundy Dog Park (5th and P Sts NW). This event is a great opportunity to discuss issues that affect your neighborhood with CM Tommy Wells and members of his staff. Contact Pat Joseph at 724-8072 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
- DC Latino Caucus PAC Series Conversation with DC Councilmember Jack Evans, October 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Los Hermanos Restaurant (1426 Park Rd NW;Columbia Heights Metro (Green Line) or parking at Giant Supermarket, 1345 Park Rd NW, Tivoli Square; or DC USA Shopping Center, Park Road entrance). More information available on the DCLC website, via email, email@example.com, or by calling 526-1847.
- Community Meeting on the Future of Options Public Charter School, October 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Options Public Charter School (1375 E St NE). Ward 6 CM Wells and the court-appointed receiver will listen to the concerns and recommendations from the public.
Background from the Wells release:
On October 3, 2013, the Court appointed Joshua Kern as Receiver for the Options Public Charter School ("Options PCS"). The Court appointed a Receiver in order to ensure that Options PCS is able to provide educational and support services to its students and to maintain the school's safe and productive environment. The Court ordered Mr. Kern to hold, preserve, administer, and operate the business and activities of Options PCS in the best interests of the school's students and the public.
Councilmember Wells emphasizes that the Court directed Mr. Kern to "not discuss any of his tentative or final findings or recommendations" in public meetings. However, he is delighted that Mr. Kern is eager to listen to the community and consider community insights as he administers Options PCS.
- Job fair, November 7, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Arena Stage (1101 6th St SW). CM Tommy Wells and Arena Stage are hosting the fair. The job fair is open to the public and DC residents seeking employment are encouraged to attend. Comcast, Safeway, Giant, DC Water, Unity Healthcare, Specialty Hospital of Washington, United Planning Organization, and the US Army are among the employers who will be accepting applications at the event.
And DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson shared the October 17 COW Hearing Overview Sheet.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The presenter is Colin Delany from Epolitics.com. This is what Delany has to say about the webinar:
Change is hard - and advocating for change isn't any easier. Online/digital tools offer issue campaigns and nonprofits powerful opportunities to build support, raise money and affect policy, but only if they use them right. Otherwise, they can simply waste precious time.
How can organizations craft a practical strategy to put the internet to work to create real change in the world, based on their own needs, goals and resources? This webinar will walk participants through that process, helping them choose the right tools and techniques on which to focus based on their own organizational skills, culture and capacities.
Whether your campaign focuses on the grassroots or on high-level policy wonkery, you'll learn how to match your needs with the tools and tactics available today. No airy talk -- this webinar is all about getting real results.
The webinar is free for participants, but space is limited. Sign up today.
Epolitics.com -- digital strategy for politics and advocacy
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Watch ROCUNITED executive director Saru Jayaraman on the issues of restaurant worker and safety wages, and of course the book, in this Booktv.org video.
And if you're interested in buying the book, Politics & Prose can get it for you.
The District government scored a significant victory in the deal forged by Congress to end the 16-day federal shutdown, winning the right to spend its local funds through next September, according to Capitol Hill officials.
Mayor Vince Gray had this to say in his statement on the end of the shutdown:
"I offer thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate DC Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.), Senate DC Oversight Committee Member Mary Landrieu (D-La.), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and President Obama for recognizing the District’s unique plight and that it is completely unjust for the District to be barred from spending our own local revenues during a federal shutdown," Mayor Gray said. "Most importantly, I want to offer my deepest gratitude to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, our tireless and fearless advocate for the people of the District of Columbia in Congress. We are fortunate to have her fighting for us every day."
The deal means that the October 21 rally being organized by DC Vote and many others is off. But that does not mean all is right with the world. There is still the issue of budget autonomy going forward. Look to the DC Vote website for a statement this morning.
Public Hearings on Redrawing Voting Precinct Boundaries
Dorothy Brizill, firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 4, the DC Board of Elections (BOE) announced that it was "proposing to realign all voting precinct boundaries in the District to correspond with existing Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Single-Member District (SMD) boundary lines and to revise the precinct numbering system to associate each precinct to its designated ward. The new voting precinct boundaries will eliminate the existing precinct splits that divide . . . SMD area[s] into multiple voting precincts. The . . . 2013 Precinct Boundary Efficiency Plan (plan) will couple each SMD into a single precinct boundary as opposed to dividing an SMD into multiple precincts. The majority of the new precinct boundaries will contain only two SMD’s, while several precincts will contain no more than four SMD’s."
BOE’s plan to redraw voting precinct boundaries can be reviewed on the Board’s web site (http://www.dcboee.org/popup.asp?url=pdf_files/nr_1213.pdf) as well as on DCWatch (http://www.dcwatch.com/election2014/131004.pdf).
DC residents and voters can comment on the new proposed precinct boundaries at two public hearings being convened by the BOE. The first will be held on Friday, October 18, at 10:00 a.m., in the Office of Zoning Hearing Room (Room 210, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW) and the second on Thursday, October 24, at 6:00 p.m., in the Old Council Chambers (1st floor lobby, One Judiciary Square). Written comments on the plan may be submitted by mail to the DC Board of Elections, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 250 North, Washington, DC 20001 or via E-mail to email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated 10/16, 9:40a
Flat Papa Stanley wants DC’s budget free!
Children in DC and across the country can take pictures with Flat Papa Stanley to educate others that the District of Columbia’s budget should be free! DC residents pay taxes and the government raises revenue the way residents want. Let DC take care of itself. Congress and the President are holding the DC budget hostage. Let’s do what Flat Papa Stanley wants and free DC’s budget!
- December 13, 2013: Agency budget requests are due to OBP
- January 2014: Budget Review Teams meet with agency directors
- March 7, 2014 (tentative): Pencils down
- Late March 2014: Mayor submits budget to DC Council
Mark your calendars and fire up your advocacy. It's time to start your budget advocacy with the exec branch!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton continues to work on multiple fronts to keep the District open. Norton Continues Multiple Efforts to Keep D.C. Open, Will Offer Amendment and Testify at Rules Committee Today.
Monday, October 14, 2013
A new collaboration of advocates, activists, residents, stakeholders, and others has come together to call attention to the District's lack of budget autonomy. The plan is to recognize DC Independence Day October 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to participate in the way that's most appropriate for them. For example, a dance program could stage a short performance. An OST program could offer the program on the hill. The options are endless. And at a time certain, we will all gather for a collective event.
Stay apprised of the actions leading up to and on DC Independence Day on the #FreeDC'sBudget blog. If you are interested in taking an action between now and DC Independence Day, join the DC Independence Day Google Group and share your plans. All plans will also be described on the blog so the world will learn how to get involved. Finally, tweet away using the #FreeDC hashtag.
Some of the thoughts shared in advance of the call are below (no names since I didn't ask if I could use them―blame too little coffee).
- I very much hope that you will be sure to emphasize granting statehood for the residential and commercial parts of DC as a permanent solution to this mess. If you haven't been focused on DC statehood as an issue, you might want to check in with Neighbors United for DC Statehood, which is a very grass-roots effort to educate and advocate for statehood. We have bills in both the House and Senate and have been working hard to get co-sponsors. (not sure about the current count, but at last count it was 53 in the House and 12 in the Senate.) We have t-shirts that we generated in response to this current situation. You can see them at our blog/website, www.the51st.org.
- The problem is a familiar one: the folks that make the decisions are not vulnerable to District residents. Back in the day, Rev. Walter Fauntroy, facing the same problem, led a merrie band down to Florence SC to find someone to run against John McMillan, overlord and chair of the House District Committee in the primary. He organized the black churches to vote him out. That local action worked.
There are now maybe 49 members of the tea party in the House and those districts will be heavily conservative. If Reid and McConnell get a deal, they will have to sell it to Boehner, who will try to sell it to the 49 to forestall disaster. If he can get maybe 15, that is enough with the Dems to get over 218 and roll the tea party.
What may be called for is local action in some selected tea party districts to see if any of these wackos can be moved. In any event, threats from the left may not work very well because these districts are so heavily gerrymandered. While folks are justifably upset, unless folks can get creative about pressuring the tea party guys from the right, it is not entirely clear to me how agitation from DC might change this calculus but my analysis may be flawed on this many-layered weirdness.
- I would guess if Reid and McConnell could get a deal, depending on McConnell, they may wait till Tues or so. This will jam Boehner up against the deadline and force him to roll the TPers. But I have no real special wisdom on this nasty situation. We will see what tomorrow brings.
- Candlelight vigil at capitol hill.
Good video of Capitol police denying us our right to petition for redress of grievances.
Gotta get somebody (Soros?) to pay for PortaPotties.
Gotta get a permit to place the PortaPotties on National Park Service territory. Oh, right -- permit office closed.
Gotta get folks to clean up, that that is happening already.
Invite the under-patronized food trucks.
- We need to get people to recognize they can't be complacent and expect the Mayor to be the only one doing something.
- marketing - graphic design, messaging, promotional meterials
stakeholder relations social marketing
fundraising (Kickstarter campaign?)
let's get the drunk dial Congress people to partner with us
let's get the food truck association to help spread the word
taxi drivers too
Your voice is needed so please join the October 14 at 1:00 pm conference call about freeing DC's budget from the federal shutdown with action. The call-in number is (712) 432-1500 and the Participant Access Code is 287133#.
UPDATE 10/14, 12:25p: Additional thoughts for partners, etc:
neighborhood and civic associations
Lost dog flyers
UPDATE: October 14, 12:32p:
The link for Appleseed: http://www.dcappleseed.org/walters_corner/keeping-d-c--open-part-2.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Who in Washington doesn't love a good political discussion? And what better time than immediately after the next round of elections which, among other races, will decide the next governor of Virginia.
That's the question Carol Joynt, host of Q&A Cafe, asks in her blog post about the November 6 event. But the Virginia race is not the only one to be discussed; the spring DC primary is also on Joynt's radar. Go the the blog for the details about reserving a spot at this event.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
If so, then "stop bitching and start a revolution!"
Join other activists to talk action on a conference call Monday, October 14 at 1:00 pm. The purpose is to identify what we can do, in an organized, or at least informed, fashion, to make some noise, raise a stink, and generally get some attention paid to the fact that the DC budget—and DC residents—are being held hostage.
Please join the call Monday, October 14 at 1:00 pm. The call-in number is (712) 432-1500 and the Participant Access Code is 287133#.
And share this opportunity with others—the more, the noisier and higher the profile!
Friday, October 11, 2013
- We are not a federal agency...we are a living, breathing city! #freedc
- The overwhelming majority of what the DC govt does is paid for with our own local money - not federal funds. #FreeDC
- "Allowing us to spend our own money is not a partisan issue" -@mayorvincegray #freedc
- #FreeDC from #Shutdown @mayorvincegray says it takes $20Million to run the District each day
Tweets with the hashtag #FreeDC are below. Note: People from out of town are also using the hashtag.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
You can also hear the mayor in his own words on the shutdown with Joe Madison: Mayor Vincent Gray On The Madison Show 10-09-13.
- Attend the emergency meeting to network and identify organizations that will be open and closed during the federal shutdown. The meeting takes place October 10 from 10:30 am - Noon at Kennedy Recreation Center. More information, including online form to share info about program status (open/closed), below.
- Attend the press conference with Mayor Gray October 9 at 11:00 am to encourage the Senate to do as the House has done and approve the District's budget.
- Tell the Congress and President Obama to "Let OUR money go!"
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Mayor Gray noted that, for the first week of the federal shutdown, the District has been able to draw on reserve funds to pay its expenses – but that those funds will soon be depleted...
Additionally, the Mayor pointed out, the entire Washington region’s public safety is being compromised by the shutdown.
Mayor Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and DC Councilmembers will call on members of Congress to free the DC budget Wednesday, October 9 from 11:00 am - Noon. The rally takes place at the "Senate Swamp" (East Lawn of U.S. Capitol, across driveway from Senate east steps, near southwest corner of 1st Street and Constitution Ave NE).
Residents and providers should come armed with stories and pictures of the effects of the federal shutdown and related kidnapping of the DC budget by Congress and the President. Those interested in sharing their stories and pictures on this blog should email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. No profanity, please!
But wait, there's more. Columbia Heights/Shaw and Bread for the City are calling together DC nonprofits for a meeting Thursday, October 10 at which nonprofits can talk about what they are doing and share intel, all related to the federal government shutdown. Time and location are forthcoming, but mark your calendar for the Thursday morning meeting.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
There are two ways to participate in this effort. The first is the October 1 - 15 book drive. The second is to sort books at the Ward 7 Reads! Extravaganza November 11.
Friday, October 4, 2013
A Storify search yielded a lot of good information on what it is and how it works. The very day this Storify was created, a conference was going on about crowdsourcing, so there were many "hits" in the search engine.
To get us started:
This story includes tweets and incredibly informative videos.
DHS is located at 2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE.
Other items on the mayor's public schedule for the day are online.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
As some of you may know already, my last day at the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) will be this Friday, October 4.
On Monday, October 7, I will officially transition into my new role as the Truancy and Dropout Prevention Specialist in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME). In this role, I will be responsible for setting the District’s vision for addressing school truancy and meeting the needs of students at risk of dropping out of school, designing key initiatives to address these areas, and evaluating the success of these initiatives in collaboration with a taskforce of District government agencies and non-governmental stakeholders.
I have always been passionate about education and I know that school attendance matters! I believe that the best way to prepare youth for success in the workplace is to encourage them to be successful in school. I am excited to take on this new challenge and I look forward to your continued partnership in serving and inspiring our youth.
If you ever need to reach me, please feel free to contact me. My work email address will remain the same (Gerren.Price@dc.gov).
I want to thank each of you for your on-going support, collaboration, and inspiration over my past three and a half years here at the DOES Office of Youth Programs. I feel so blessed to have been able to work with each of you. I cannot thank you enough for your commitment to providing the very best to our youth.
Finally, I am sure many of you have heard me say that we have a wonderful team here at DOES. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by youth development professionals who truly have a heart for youth and a passion for what they do. While the agency is under-going a search for a replacement Associate Director, I can assure you that you are being left in extremely capable hands and that our work will continue to move forward.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the following individuals:
- For questions related to the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), contact: Ms. Thennie Freeman, SYEP Manager, Thennie.Freeman2@dc.gov
- For questions related to our Year-Round Youth Employment Programs, contact: Ms. Kristina Savoy, Year-Round Programs Manager, Kristina.Savoy2@dc.gov
- For questions related to the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute (MYLI), contact: Mr. Phillip Walker, MYLI Manager, Phillip.Walker@dc.gov
All the best,
DC Department of Employment Services
Office of Youth Programs
On October 12, DC residents of all ages have the opportunity to learn more about mental health systems and navigating life with an "issue" or two. I urge you to take the time to attend and make a difference. The event is free and young people (14-24) in particular are urged to attend.
Mental health issues have made the news recently and how we address those issues as a community are of great importance to our city. Bullying. Depression. Drug Use. Suicide. There are lots of mental health issues affecting youth in DC. Come talk about what mental health means to you, and how you can help yourself or others to get help. Join Mayor Gray’s citywide forum on Saturday, October 12th to learn the facts about mental health issues in the District of Columbia. Topics of discussion will include:
- How to reduce the stigma associated with mental health care and increase people’s openness to it
- How to understand the range of challenges youth face around mental health
- How to support youth more effectively in our community when they encounter mental health challenges
This citywide town meeting – "Creating Community Solutions – DC" - will provide residents of all ages, health care providers and District agencies an opportunity to discuss these critical issues on Saturday, October 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. A free lunch and refreshments will be provided for everyone who attends.
Hundreds of District residents are expected participate in this highly interactive meeting. Seating is limited and so register now to make sure you are not left out of this discussion. Visit http://creatingcommunitysolutions.org/event/creating-community-solutions-dc to register online today.
Councilman David Grosso (I) At – Large
--Bill 20-0506 – the D.C. Fiscal year Designation Amendment Act of 2013 – this legislation would Amend title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to change the District Fiscal year for budget and financial management purposes to July 1 of each year to June 30 of the succeeding calendar year.
Co-sponsors were Bowser, Cheh, Wells & Mendelson
Chair Pro Tempore Councilman Kenyan McDuffie (D) Ward 5
--(Co-Introduced by Chairman Mendelson) Bill 20-0505 – the Critical Infrastructure Freedom on Information Amendment Act of 2013 – this was originally going to be introduced on an emergency basis but the Councilman introduced it as regular legislation so that a hearing could be held on it.
Co-sponsors were Alexander, Bonds, Cheh & Orange
Councilwoman Mary Cheh (D) Ward 3
--Bill 20-0500 – the Farmer’s Markets Act of 2013 – this legislation would allow for the Mayor to create a Farmer’s Market Ombudsman to assist the dozens of farmers markets in the city which operate on a regular basis as they interact with the government. In addition it would also increase SNAP funding for use at farmers markets in the city.
Co-sponsors were Bonds, Bowser, Evans, Wells, Graham & McDuffie
--Bill 20-0501 – the Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act of 2013 – this legislation would amend the Mental Health Service Delivery Reform Act of 2001 to prohibit the use of practices designed to change the sexual orientation of a minor by a licensed mental health provider.
Co-sponsors were Grosso, Alexander, Wells, Catania, McDuffie, Bonds, Bowser, Evans, Graham, Orange & Mendelson
Councilwoman Muriel Bowser (D) Ward 4
--Bill 20-0502 – the Ready Return Establishment Act of 2013 – this legislation would amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish an automated tax return program for simple returns. This would allow individuals to simply review and confirm information used when they calculate their federal tax return and then file their local return based on the same information.
Co-sponsors were Cheh, Bonds, Wells & Orange
Councilwoman Yvette Alexander (D) Ward 7
--(Co-introduced by Bowser, McDuffie, Barry, Bonds, Graham & Wells) Bill 20-0503 – the Alcohol Beverage Window Advertisement Limitation Act of 2013. This legislation would amend Title 25 of the District of Columbia Official Code to require that all advertisements related to alcohol beverages can only be displayed in the window of a licensed establishment if the total area covered by the advertisements does not exceed 25% of the window space.
--(Co-Introduced by Cheh, McDuffie, Evans, Catania and Barry) Bill 20-0504 – the Tobacco-Free Kids Smoking Restriction Amendment Act of 2013 – this legislation would make it illegal to smoke tobacco products in a vehicle when there is a young person below the age of 13 present. Further it would also create an escalating penalty provision for each violation of the new law.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Friday, October 4th will be my last day at the Council.
It’s been an honor to work with so many neighbors, leaders, and public servants in my time as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Wells. I’ve loved every minute of it and have met so many incredible people throughout our city. I’ll be leaving to explore new opportunities to serve Ward 6 and the District, but I leave with great pride in the work we’ve done together for the residents, families, and neighborhoods across the ward and city. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Tommy, our entire team, and all of you.
To stay in touch with me personally, please feel free to use my personal email address – email@example.com.
As our office undergoes this staffing change, I wanted to share the new responsibilities for three members of our staff:
Thank you very much for the opportunities we’ve had together and I look forward to finding new ways to serve our city and communities.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
More information about Fun Days, including required registration, is on the DPR Fun Day page; registration opens two weeks before the Fun Day.
|1||Park View Community Center||693 Otis Pl NW||671-2186|
|3||Chevy Chase Community Center||5601 Connecticut Ave NW||282-2204|
|3||Hearst Recreation Center||3950 37th St NW||282-2207|
|4||Lafayette Recreation Center||5900 33rd St NW||282-2206|
|4||Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center||501 Riggs Rd NE||576-5224|
|5||Trinidad Recreation Center||1310 Childress St NE||727-1293|
|5||Turkey Thicket Recreation Center||1100 Michigan Ave NE||576-9238|
|6||Kennedy Recreation Center||1401 7th St NE||671-4794||6||Sherwood Recreation Center||640 10th St NE||698-3075|
|7||Deanwood Recreation Center||1350 49th St NE||671-3077|
|7||Hillcrest Recreation Center||3100 Denver St SE||645-9200|
|8||Bald Eagle Recreation Center||100 Joliet St SW||671-5125|
|8||Ferebee Hope Recreation Center||3999 8th St SE||645-3916|
|8||Fort Stanton Recreation Center||1812 Erie St SE||671-1040|