Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fresh Start community input budget fora

On January 27, Mayor Bowser announced community budget engagement fora.   According to the release, below,
"In Fresh Start February, my Administration will continue to focus on fiscal responsibility and transparency," said Mayor Bowser. "We look forward to working with the Council and the public to develop smart solutions to support our key priorities, like investing in education, job training and affordable housing."

The fora will take place:

  • Thursday, February 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Woodrow Wilson High School
  • Saturday, February 21, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Anacostia High School
  • Monday, February 23, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Dunbar High School

The administration is also hosting an open house Monday, February 2 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm during which time all EOM offices in JAWB will be open to the public.

Register for the February 2 open house.   Register for a public engagement budget forum.

Fresh Start Budget Fora

February 5: Women and Leadership roundtable

Virginia Tech's Women and Leadership roundtable takes place Thursday, February 5 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at VT's Alexandria campus (1021 Prince St, 3rd Floor, SPIA Presentation Room, Alexandria, VA 22314).   Sally Kenney, Executive Director of the Newcombe College Institute at Tulane University, will speak.   RSVP for the free event by February 4.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

NEWS: Council meeting on projected budget shortfall Jan. 26

From the DC Council website:
Council to meet on projected budget shortfall

The Council will meet to discuss the projected budget shortfall on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10AM in the Chairman's Conference Room.

Please contact, Nyasha Smith, Secretary to the Council, with any questions: (202) 724-8080.

Thought you might be interested Thursday

Despite the title, After Words: Atul Gawande, "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," hosted by Dr. Marty Makary, Johns Hopkins Hospital and University frames end-of-life discussions as much more than health and medicine.

Atul Gawande―general surgeon at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Harvard Medical School professor―concludes that while medicine is important, it is not the only framework to use when considering disease and end-of-life options.   Asking people what they want, for example, helps determine an individual's priorities which informs medical and other decisions.

Gawande does a terrific job of explaining the changes which have resulted in more older adults living in nursing homes.   He explains, for example, that extended families are not the norm and have not been for many years.   In order for young people to succeed, they move away, often to cities, for education and work.   This leaves parents and other relatives alone to care for themselves.   Doctors, and nurses, are often called in to help make decisions that families had once made for and with older relatives.   (Gawande's explanation is better; go to minute 4:05.)

I suggest you set some time aside to watch this BookTV program.

Update on #dcfy16 budget development

As expected, the Bowser administration is developing the FY 2016 budget in an environment of slowed revenues (see December 2014 rev estimate down from September).   To meet the projected revenue loss and to allow the mayor to fulfill her commitment to adding $100 million for affordable housing in FY 2016, the budget office needs to find ~$400 million (this includes $50 million for additional Bowser priorities).

To get to the ~$400 million, the Bowser budget team has required all agencies to prepare budget proposals reflecting cuts of 5%, 6%, and 8% based on the original MARCs (which were based on the CSFL).

The Bowser budget team is bringing back the budget hierarchies; they will help agencies, deputy mayors, budget team, and mayor understand where Programs (Divisions) and Activities (Sub-Divisions) stand related to being essential versus nice-to-have.   Also brought back (from the middle of the Gray administration) are BRTs (budget review teams); will likely involve agencies, budget office staff, the appropriate DM, and Mayor.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Housing for All Rally, Feb. 7

The Housing for All Rally, DC is Our Home, takes place Saturday, February 7, 9:30 am - Noon at Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th St NW).   For more information and to register go to the CNHED website.

#dcfy16 budget hearing schedule

The wait is over:   The DC Council has posted the FY 2016 budget hearing schedule.   Key dates: April 2 - Mayor Bowser's proposed budget transmitted to council; April 13 - COW briefing on the proposed budget by Mayor Bowser; and April 15 - May 7 - Public hearings.

Check the council site often as the schedule will change.

FYs 2014 and 2015 performance oversight hearings schedule

The DC Council's schedule for #dcfy14 and #dcfy15 performance oversight hearings is online.   On February 5, the council will hold the briefing by CFO Jeff DeWitt and Mayor Muriel Bowser.   Public hearings take place February 9 to March 13.

Check back often as the schedule will change.

From the DC Council budget office, a look at #dcfy15

(H/t FBC)

School violence prevention forum Feb. 10

An email from Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy:
On February 10th, (10am - 12:00pm) the CEBCP will partner with WestEd to jointly host its 2015 Congressional Briefing on "School Safety and Violence Prevention on Capitol Hill." This briefing brings together leading experts in the field to discuss current research evidence and recommendations for policy and practice in this important area. Registration is free, but required as space is limited. For more information about the speakers and topics, and to register, visit http://cebcp.org/outreach-symposia-and-briefings/school-safety/

Two useful tools

Two tools I love: Gear-Ties and Twurly.

Gear-Ties hold various computer and charging cords together and keep long lamp cords tidy.    They are sturdy and reusable.   Am sure glad Santa gave me more!

I just signed up for Twurly and an enamored.   The tool does as it promises:

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