Monday, March 2, 2015

"Coffee With Kinlow" Mar. 2

Ward 8 Council of DC candidate Eugene D. Kinlow will talk with Ward 8 voters Monday, March 2 at 9:00 am at IHOP (The Shops at Park Village, 1523 Alabama Ave SE).   Voters are encouraged to stop by to get to know the candidate and his positions on public policy issues, etc.

Federal poverty guidelines for 2015

In late January 2015, the US Department of Health and Human Services updated the annual poverty guidelines.   The screenshot from the January 22, 2015 Federal Register lists the new guidelines in effect for numerous entitlement programs for this year.

March 4: #BlackGirlsMatter Discussion & Focus Group

#BlackGirlsMatter Discussion & Focus Group will take place Wednesday, March 4 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Busboys and Poets 14th and V Sts location.

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February 2015 updates from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer has recently released the following:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mayor Bowser to announce FEMS director Mar. 2

Mayor Bowser's March 2 schedule includes the 10:30 am presser at which the mayor will announce her pick for FEMS chief.   The presser takes place at Engine 2 (500 F St NW).

WTTG's Matt Ackland Tweeted news about Bowser's pick:

Office of Budget and Finance staff list

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Ward 4 voter education events

Lamod-Riggs Citizens Association Ward 4 Councilmember Forum, March 2 at 6:30 pm.   WaPo's Colby King will moderate.   The forum takes place at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus (501 Riggs Rd NE).

Ward 4 Thrives hosts candidates for the Council of DC seat Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 pm.   The meeting takes place at Fort Stevens Recreation Center (Van Buren St NW between Luzon Ave NW and 13th St NW).   Candidates will present their views on land use, followed by questions and answers from attendees.

Shepherd Park Citizens Association and Chevy Chase Citizens Association Ward 4 candidate forum Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 pm at St. John's College (Military Rd NW at Oregon, use Oregon Ave entrance).

Other candidate events are listed on the Ward 4 Candidates Info calendar.

Language immersion public policy and practice program Storified

Just say no to lowercase "d" for District

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Here's the 411 on DC's #dcfy16 budget, in development

The February 27 DCR via @hgil

A common sense discussion about privilege and white privilege in particular

March 13: DC Supporting Families Community of Practice meeting

The next DC Supporting Families Community of Practice meeting will take place Friday, March 13 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at DLA Piper, LLP (500 8th St NW).

The meeting will be co-sponsored by the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making and will offer an opportunity to learn about and discuss important issues related to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to make decisions throughout the life course. Additionally, we will provide updates on the progress made by our subcommittees since our last meeting on: (1) starting up a DC Parent to Parent chapter; (2) launching an Advocacy Across the Lifespan Guide; and (3) establishing a Family Support Council to advise DC government agencies.

RSVP to Jestina Heroe by phone, (202) 730-1586, or via email,

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Latest revenue estimates: DC will have more money now and in future

My two cents on new approach of the city re: health

WBJ's Tina Reed gives a snapshot of DOH director Dr. Nesbitt's approach to health policy and practice in the District in D.C.'s new health chief wants to bring a health-in-all-policies approach to District.   My two cents:
  1. This is a sensible approach.
  2. For this cross-agency approach to work, DOH must afford other agencies and policy developers the same courtesy.

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March 2: Legislative meeting media briefing

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold a Legislative Media Briefing to discuss the Council's Tuesday, March 3 Legislative Meeting.   The briefing takes place Monday, March 2 at 10:30 am in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).  

Roundup of free webinars in March, brought to you by @WildApricot

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   The 17 Free Non-profit Webinars For March 2015 post includes Wild Apricot events (which look great!) and trainings by others about volunteer recruitment and retention, fundraising, social media, and more!

TA: Online tools for collaboration, engagement, advocacy

The AEA265 post Sara Vaca on Creativity and Evaluation Part II led me on an hours long online excursion, looking at recommend tools, testing some, rejecting a lot.

Here are some of the tools I find most useful, in no particular order:

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Background: Why there was an ASL interpreter at a recent mayoral presser

On February 17, I blogged Sign language interpreter added to Mayor Bowser's February 17 snow presser.   You may be wondering what the big deal is, why it's taken so long, or how this came to be.

Dara Baldwin, who describes herself in her Twitter (@NJDC07) profile as "Fun loving Newark, New Jersey girl residing in DC living a dream! Enjoying blessings of friends & family! RU NWK grad BA & MPA! Advocate for Disability Rights!", explains her unrelenting advocacy for ASL interpreters in her blog post When will DC Officials have ASL Interpreters on TV with them?.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mayor Bowser's February 27 schedule

Mayor Bowser's February 27, 2015 schedule includes several education announcements at 11:00 am at Randall Highlands Elementary School (1650 30th St SE).

ICYMI: Meryl Streep is digging Patricia Arquette's advocacy for women

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Physics Girl

Thanks to Phil Plait (Why Do Mirrors Reverse Left and Right but Not Up and Down?) for sending me to Physics Girl on Facebook and her website.   After watching the two videos recommended by Plait, I perused videos on YouTube and read over her website.   And this is what I found:
Physics Girl is a resource for fun physics videos and other materials about physics and physics outreach. This site is a resource for teachers, a source of entertainment for physics nerds, and a way for me to share a passion for physics while advocating for women in the sciences.

So if you want to learn cool stuff, or want to make sure the girls in your life get some pesky questions (such as Why is the universe flat? or What's the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse?) answered, take some time to look at Physics Girls' website and YouTube channel.   You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oversight and budget hearing schedules updated Feb. 25

ICYMI: Mike DeBonis is now covering Congress

Highlights of "Maximizing the Power of the EITC"

Buh-bye stars and bars, hello "We Are Washington, DC"

Want to read the entire order?   Here it is: MO 2015-078: Policy Establishing a Standard for Official Letterhead, Publications and Signage (PDF).

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Budget director Matt Brown is on Twitter

Matt Brown, the mayor's budget director, is on Twitter (@matthewtbrown).