But if you and some friends or colleagues want me to do the same presentation, I would be happy to do that. Contact me via email.
Monday, January 31, 2011
For years I have asked the ANC office for an electronic contact list of ANCs (names, addresses, phone, email). What I get—when I get anything at all—is a list in PDF. Not helpful when trying to use the list to email ANCs, add them to database or Outlook, or make mailing labels.
This past inquiry resulted in nothing. No response, no bounce (suggesting bad email address)—nothing.
So a Twitter friend has kindly made a spreadsheet with the ANC information that is available to the public. The problems with this are:
1. His list will not be updated regularly unless he remembers to check the list against the ANC web site. This is not his job.
2. Mayor Gray recently issued a memo to executive branch staff demanding transparency. Nothing about the ANC web site or non-responsiveness is transparent.
3. The public should not be required to do the work of a government agency. Especially when the work is fundamental to the operations of the agency.
The remedy to the problem is quite simple: Post a user-friendly spreadsheet of ANCs along with their contact information on the ANC web site. Update it regularly noting the date of update.
And, respond to emails from the public. All of them.
In the event you are interested, I have pasted today’s blog post about this issue below. In addition to this call to action, I have made one on Twitter.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and I look forward to your response.
What is so infuriating about Keith's list is that the ANC office cannot and/or will not provide an electronic version of the ANC list. The last time I managed to get one (years ago), the list was scanned making it impossible to dump the info into Outlook or our database. The result? We spent valuable time retyping all the information. This is what tax dollars pay for? I think DC residents deserve a refund.
Now to the solution: Anyone interested should call and email to demand that the ANC office staff make an electronic version of the ANC list (names, ANC, contact information) available immediately on the ANC web site and by request. Contact:
Resolution 19-9, "Special Committee on School Safety and Truancy Establishment Resolution of 2011" was introduced and approved recently by the Committee of the Whole. At-large CM Sekou Biddle is chairing the committee; members are Barry, Catania, Cheh, and Mendelson.
The purpose of the committee is to conduct a comprehensive study to determine the status of truancy, school violence and interventions for these issues. Recommendations to address the challenges of these issues are also expected. Recommendation: The Committee on Education under Ward 7 CM Kevin Chavous conducted several public hearings and performed considerable research including policy remedies. This work should be reviewed as part of the special committee's initial work.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Good as the list is, it does not differentiate hold-overs from the Fenty administration from Gray appointees. That information is updated on this blog as the mayor makes appointments. The most recent list is online here.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
reflected the purpose, personality and priorities of the sitting mayor. From 2001 to 2006, when Mayor Anthony Williams was in charge, his budget titles spoke to his desire to more equitably spread the city's newfound progress to all of its residents. "Building a City That Works for Everyone" came in 2002, while 2006 was "Lifting All Communities." The years 2004/2005 shared the name "Education, Public Safety and Opportunity For All," while 2007, which would have been Williams' last budget, welcomed "The Citizens' Budget: Affordable Housing, Education, Health, Jobs, Libraries, Youth."
Readers, it is imperative we participate in this exercise to show the DCist regular commenters we are smart and witty. And let's just do it to have a little fun.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
These questions and more will be covered in the February 3 workshop The DC Budget Explained. The workshop will answer all these questions and more—including intervention points and ideas for intervention tactics. The event will be interactive with participants asking questions and sharing ideas and experiences. You will leave with materials to help you through the learning and budget processes!
Space still remains but don't wait too long or there won't be room as this space-limited event.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I learn all kinds of interesting things about people I know and don't know. Reading this column has led me to meet folks I would not have otherwise. And you never know; one day, you'll be reading about yourself!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
My takeaway is that we must demonstrate that Gladwell's statement that we do a "haphazard" job fulfilling our obligations to each other is no longer the case in the District of Columbia. We should immediately work on ways to fulfill our obligations to others using the budget as a vehicle. It is, after all, the most important piece of legislation crafted each year.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Mayor Gray named Victor L. Hoskins as the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED); Jeffrey D. Richardson as the Director of the Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs; and Phillip A. Lattimore III as Director of the Office of Risk Management. Hoskins and Lattimore must be confirmed by the DC Council.
The updated list of appointments is here.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
On the agenda for the regular monthly meeting is "Progression and Change", strategizing about how the community can come together to effectively use what remains of the safety net for the ward's most vulnerable residents. The special guest for the meeting is School Board Member Patrick Mara.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Other topics on the agenda are Mayor Gray's comments on former DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee's philosophy and much more.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
These questions and more will be covered in the February 3 (updated 1/20 9:25 am) workshop The DC Budget Explained. The workshop will answer all these questions and more—including intervention points and ideas for intervention tactics. The event will be interactive with participants asking questions and sharing ideas and experiences. You will leave with materials to help you through the learning and budget processes!
Then this new document is for you! The DC Budget Process Explained (PDF) contains links to find budget-related documents (CSFL, budget books, revenue estimates) intervention points in the process along with what advocates can do.
Note: The document is legal size but can be printed on either letter or legal paper.
A special thanks to T.J. Sutcliffe and Marina Streznewski for reviewing the document and, as always, making it better.
Some of the questions are:
- Are there court orders connected to the agency? (e.g., LaShawn, Salazar, Dixon, Jerry M., Blackman/Jones, Evans)
- Are there requirements related to federal funding? (i.e., Maintenance of Effort (MOE), Match)
- Is this a one-time expenditure or revenue source? If so, is it truly a one-time?
And for those still working on the mayor's staff in advance of the release of the FY 2012 budget, be sure to ask them these questions.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
If you've ever tried calling 311 from your cell phone with a 240, 301 or other area code when you are outside the city, you know it doesn't work! The solution is dialing (202) 737-4404. This gets you to the Mayor's Citywide Call Center.
As pointed out by DC gov staff, you can call 311 from inside the District from non-202 area codes (though that still doesn't work for me - but then, I am special). and get right through to the call center.
- Ward 5 Council on Education meeting, January 18
- Getting to know and maintaining relationships with Council staff workshop, January 21 (Helping Others Better workshop)
- Highlights from Child Maltreatment 2009 webinar, January 25
- Approaches to Community Change webinar, January 27
- Getting to know and maintaining relationships with exec branch staffers workshop, January 28 (Helping Others Better workshop)
- Having an effective relationship with local media, February 4 (Helping Others Better workshop)
- Outreach that actually reaches out, February 11 (Helping Others Better workshop)
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the William Lockridge Educational Scholarship Fund. More information about the educational fund will be provided at the services.
The schedule is:
- February 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Deal Middle School. The topic is Out of Boundary Lottery
- March 9, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Wheatley Education Campus. The topic is to be determined.
- April 14 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Whittier Education Campus. The topic is Facilities.
Friday, January 14, 2011
This just cannot be possible.
If you are a nonprofit and want free exposure to policy makers, the media, other nonprofits, businesses, and the wider community, I can help.
All you have to do is take this quick survey, sharing the addresses (URLs) and/or Twitter handles with me, and I will share the list on the blog and Twitter. I am hopeful that those in the media will link to the list and further increase your exposure.
There is no downside. But it's entirely up to you.
The deadline is January 31.
- CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) released: February 1
- Performance oversight hearings: February 16 - March 18
- Budget transmitted to Council: April 1
- COW budget briefing: April 6
- Budget oversight hearings period: April 7 - May 6
- Committee budget markups: May 10 - 12
- Only vote on Budget Request Act and first vote Budget Support Act: May 24
- Second vote on Budget Support Act
On January 18, members will vote on the detailed oversight and budget hearings sked at the Committee of the Whole meeting.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Guests this week are Brenda Pennington, Interim Peoples Counsel, and Denise Rolark Barnes of The Washington Informer. Pennington will talk about Pepco, service reliability and utility services for needy populations. Barnes will talk about the MLK holiday and the Freedom Walk.
Panelists included Alice Rivlin of Brookings, Peter Tatian of Urban and Barbara Ormond of Urban.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
establish within District of Columbia Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Charter Schools, the Department of Parks and Recreation, District of Columbia Public Library, and the University of the District of Columbia policies to prohibit harassment, intimidation, and bullying, including by means of electronic communication; and to establish bullying prevention programs in the respective agencies.
CM Michael Brown, who spoke extemporaneously at the introduction, prepared this statement.
So what's the tip? Send a get well email or card. It is nice. And nice is good and useful.
Bowser to spend the next few weeks recovering from routine scheduled surgery
Today Councilmember Bowser underwent routine scheduled surgery and will spend the next few weeks recuperating and working from home. Do not hesitate in contacting our office at 202-724-8052 or Director of Community Outreach Brandon Todd via email or 664-7594.
The keynote address will be delivered by Mayor Vincent Gray. There will be a panel discussion with Beatrice "BB" Otero, founder of DC Bilingual Public Charter School, and Maurice Sykes, former Deputy Superintendent for DCPS Center for Systemic Educational Change. The panel will be moderated by WaPo's Marc Fisher.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
If your organization is on Twitter or otherwise online (do you have a blog or organizational web site), share the addresses (URLs) and/or handles with me and I will share the list on the blog.
Organizations and their clients will win when you share this information. First, organizations will increase their exposure to a range of folks—other nonprofits, the media, elected and appointed officials, advocates, community members, and funders. Second, it can increase your readership/following. Third, I will have an additional source of information to blog.
So take just a minute and provide me with your information. The deadline is January 31.
- The Kojo Nnamdi Show with Mayor Gray, January 7: Nnamdi was joined by Tom Sherwood and Alan Suderman in this conversation with the new mayor. Go to The Kojo Show web site to listen and read the transcript.
- Listen to former Mayors Barry, Pratt and Williams on the District, the challenges facing the city, suggestions for Mayor Gray, and, of course, the Redskins returning to DC. The mayors appeared on The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin January 7.
NBC 4's Tom Sherwood has snippets from the former mayors' appearances.
- Council Chairman Kwame Brown talked with Eugene Dewitt Kinlow and Chuck Thies on WPFW's DC Politics weekly show January 6. Note: Listen quickly - the archived shows are not permanently available.
- Sekou Biddle is selected to fill At-large seat: WaPo's Tim Craig tells the story of how the State Board of Ed member was selected January 6.
Monday, January 10, 2011
These appointments and other notes about interim appointments are included in this list of Gray appointments.
- Getting to know and maintaining relationships with Council staff
- Getting to know and maintaining relationships with exec branch staffers
- Having an effective relationship with local media
- Outreach that actually reaches out
Workshops start January 21 and run for four consecutive Fridays.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
- Fair Budget Friday Breakfast Briefings starting January 14
- Ward 5 Council on Education meeting, January 18
- MLK Day of Service Knit-a-thon, January 17
- Helping Others Better workshops starting January 21
Saturday, January 8, 2011
The event takes place January 17 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Washington Metropolitan High School (300 Bryant St NW). RSVP online.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Please share ideas by January 31. Take a few minutes and provide ideas--format, frequency, content, etc. Hopefully, our recommendations will be implemented.
- Ward 5 CM Harry Thomas, Jr. has announced staffing changes in his office.
At-large CM David Catania had this to say after being sworn in for another term on the Council. He retold the successes of the Council and the Committee on Health. He also talked about the challenges confronting the city moving forward. Some of this is also captured in the press release issued January 3.
Gandhi wrote that the real property tax bills (prepared in January) will give the CFO a better idea of revenues for FY 2012. Further, tax revenue increased the first two months of FY 2011 (October and November); this is a good sign but the February revenue estimate will be based on a full quarter of tax earnings.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
This free event, made possible by support from the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, is for staff of community-based workforce development organizations and related services (e.g., adult learning).
Registration is required. More information along with the registration form are online (Word).
I look forward to seeing workforce development folks at the event; I will be leading the DC budget process session.
The survey was framed in the context of learning what others wanted beyond the workshops Diana Winthrop and I conducted last fall. You may recall that we offered training opportunities on Having a personal relationship with local media, Getting to know and maintaining relationships with Council staff, Getting to know exec branch staffers, and Outreach that actually reaches out. I am pleased that we were asked to repeat this series and I think there are some recommendations we can add to the list.
But we are not able to meet all the interests mentioned (for example, nonprofit HR, working with the board, developing and expanding the board, staff management, and effective facilitation skills). I hope others will fill the void with training opportunities that are affordable. If you do offer such things, I am happy to add them to the Advocacy and Learning Calendar; email the information to me.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Organizations and their clients will win when you share this information. First, organizations will increase their exposure to a range of folks--other nonprofits, the media, elected and appointed officials, advocates, community members, and funders. Second, it can increase your readership/following. Third, I will have an additional source of information to blog.
So take just a minute and provide me with your information (link updated 1/4 at 1:30 pm). The deadline is January 31.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Stop by and see the twice-as-big space which will allow the medical clinic to serve twice as many patients. The ribbon cutting will take place at 4:00 pm. If you miss that, you can still enjoy food and a performance by DC's own Christylez Bacon until 7:00 pm.
RSVP at (202) 386-7613.
- New data by ward, ANC, neighborhood cluster, and more
- Gray education transition reaches out (finally)
- New education and youth development assessment and plan released
- Advocacy and Learning Calendar updates
- Managed care community forum, January 24
- What do you want to know about the DC budget process?
- January 10 resource fair for youth who live east of the Anacostia River
- Bowling for books at Ballou
Find other blog posts, as usual, by visiting to the blog's home page.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The first Legislative Meeting takes place January 4 at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber.
Corporate and individual sponsors are being sought to help boost the fundraising efforts. Additional information is in this letter from Melissa Jackson, Library Media Specialist at Ballou Senior High School. More information is available from Jackson by calling (202) 250-0397 or via email.