Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Apartment renters: Participate in the energy and water use survey

The Department of Energy and the Environment―through grantee Steven Winter Associates, Inc.―wants to learn more about how much energy and water households which rent use.   The goal of the project is to help residents lower bills and save energy and water.   The information will help inform a new program to provide free tools and resources to help residents.

If you are interested, participate in the five-minute, confidential survey.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Worthwhile reminder: Get involved

MPD's Assistant Chief Diane Groomes recently shared the information below (emphasis added) as a follow-up to Chief Lanier's email Addressing Violent Crime in Washington, DC.
Good afternoon all ....sorry it took me a while to compile this information but I want to send further information on how the Patrol Districts combat violent crime such as robberies, felony assaults, shootings and also citizen complaints that are brought to the attention of the commander...this is in addition to the support that the Chief of Police has provided via specialized units and the patrol support teams.....

Each district has an established Crime Suppression Team composed of ten to sixteen uniformed officers that address specific issues that the commander focuses on .... Since June these units have been able to

Make 788 arrests

Recovered 79 GUNS

Executed 43 search warrants

Recovered 23 ATVS

Seized/Recovered hundreds of grams of Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin and PCP

I would like to remind all that each District holds a monthly Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) meeting at their district and at these meetings it is your opportunity to discuss your concerns directly with your Commander and their team.... Also each district has PSA Lieutenants that hold regular community/PSA meetings that can address the concerns in a particular PSA and hold problem solving sessions with those in attendance by involving other agencies and entities for long term issues such as nuisance properties and systemic disorder and crime problems

The schedules and Points of Contact for each are available on our WEBSITE ... also you may inquire through the listserve any additional information you may have

Thank you

#dcfy17 artwork

With the start of FY 2017 budget development in the not too distant future, the blog needs new artwork.

And yes, I really was that bored.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The August 28 DCR Tweeted

Ward 5 ed council fall meetings

The Ward Five Council on Education's fall meeting sked includes a bevy of interesting sessions.   Monthly sessions take place the third Tuesday of every month at Lamond-Riggs Library (5401 South Dakota Ave NE).   Session topics are:
  • September: Navigating School Administration: "Cutting the Red Tape"
  • October: School Safety and Attendance
  • November: Know Your Ward 5 School: Charter and DCPS Options
  • December: Policies and Media Outlets: "Who Is in the Know"

Questions?   Contact the council by phone, (202) 505-4309, or via email, ward5coe@gmail.com.

AG's Commercial Division gets permanent director

AG Karl Racine has appointed David Fisher as the permanent Deputy Attorney General for the Commercial Division.   This division is responsible for all manner of wonky DC government legal stuff, working with 10 District government agencies.   The division provides legal advice and transactional support on real-estate transactions, bond issuances, and other work.

Learn more about Fisher and the division in the release.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Nonprofits, sign up to participate in National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 22.   It is a day of coordinated action to help millions of Americans register to vote.

Nonprofits are encouraged to sign on as a partner.   Join the effort by September 1 and you will receive by mail a toolkit including posters, stickers, and other materials so you can make the most of your efforts to help DC residents register to vote.

September 24: Being Unbanked/Underbanked: What is it and how does it impact the DC community?

"Being Unbanked/Underbanked: What is it and how does it impact the DC community?" takes place Thursday, September 24 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center (2730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE).

Sponsored by Capital Area Asset Builders, CNHED and others, the event will consider how banking status impacts low- and moderate-income individuals and families and considers ways to reduce the number of unbanked residents in DC.   According the invitation, "Participants can expect a robust discussion about cross-sector strategies that can contribute significantly to a more inclusive, equitable DC economy."

Speakers will include:

  • Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress
  • Michael Morris, from the National Disability Institute
  • Andrea Ambriz, US Treasury Department
  • Joyce Northwood, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Dave Beck, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Representatives of DC-based nonprofit organizations working on addressing the needs of unbanked/underbanked DC residents

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Protests at the @mayorbowser crime presser

Recap of @mayorbowser's August 27 presser on crime prevention and intervention

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Judy Blume

The 92nd Street Y describes the June 2, 2015 Judy Blume with Samantha Bee conversation this way:
In her highly anticipated new novel, In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume creates a moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events. The beloved author of Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret and Summer Sisters discusses her new book and extraordinary career with moderator Samantha Bee.

I favor Bee's intro: "I have to say I'm so thrilled to be here. You know I don't often get starstruck. But tonight is the most profound exception to that rule."

I venture to say I would be squealing like a tween if I were to meet Blume.   I loved her books when I was growing up and almost got suspended from middle school for sharing Forever with my friends.   My parents prevailed over other parents arguing that at least we were reading.   Anyway.   Watch the Blume/Bee 92Y Talk.   Enjoy.