Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Donate blood; supply in region precariously low

Have a disability? Take this survey.

From an email from DC government:
My name is Laraven Gaymon and I'm a 2016 DC Advocacy Partner, a nine-month course designed to educate advocates on the Disability Rights movement. Part of my requirements for graduation is to complete a long-term project that will positively impact the community. My long-term project is going to be a ten-question survey for people with disabilities that will hopefully raise awareness to people in the community, so that they can have a better understanding of the experiences of people with disabilities. I plan to share the results of the survey at some community events and graduation to help the general public improve their way of interacting with people with disabilities.

The purpose of doing this survey is to drive home the point of people with disabilities living normal lives. I would love if you would be a part of this initiative by completing the survey. This survey is solely for persons with disabilities, so if you have a disability, please complete the survey. Please also share with your friends and family with disabilities. If you are a parent of a child with a disability, you can assist them in completing it, if needed.

Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6357QVM. If you need any assistance with completing the survey or have questions or concerns, please email me at laravengaymon4@gmail.com. Thanks in advance!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dr. Nathaniel Beers moves from DCPS to Hospital for Sick Children


Change of leadership at Washington Peace Center

Sonia Silbert has left WPC after eight years as director.   Taking the helm are co-directors Darakshan Raja and Dia Bui.   A little about the new co-directors is in WPC's June 28 newsletter.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 23-24 in Wards 7 and 8


Take in some activities in Wards 7 and 8 this weekend; check the calendar for event deets.

Cooling centers across the city


Stay cool in the wicked heat at one of the cooling centers across the city.

OCTO publishes more data!

OCTO recently announced the publication of more data:
  • June 2016 data
    • Summer Crime Initiative Areas: Area boundaries for the 2016 MPD Summer Crime Initiative. The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and other partner agencies have identified these areas for improvement in social and public safety resources.
    • Certified Business Enterprise: Certified businesses enterprises in the District of Columbia as identified by the DC Department of Small and Local Business. A Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) is a business that is headquartered in the District of Columbia and has been certified by the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). Businesses with CBE certification receive preferred procurement and contracting opportunities.
    • Federal Zones: A data layer of federal zones in the District of Columbia from the DC Office of Planning.
    • New Columbia Boundary: Proposed boundary changes to the District of Columbia by the DC Office of Planning. New Columbia. Read the complete testimony from the DC Office of Planning at: Office of Planning Proposed New Columbia Boundaries
    • Child Development Centers: Child development centers in the District of Columbia. These centers are provided by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
    • Affordable Housing: Affordable housing production and preservation projects are managed by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the DC Housing Authority, the DC Housing Finance Agency and DC's Inclusionary Zoning program.
    • Industrial Revenue Bond Projects: The District of Columbia Revenue Bond Program provides market interest rate loans to help lower cost of funds available for capital projects. These bonds are used to finance a wide variety of projects including industrial and commercial development.
    • Real Estate Portfolio at DMPED: The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is charged with executing the Mayor's economic development strategy. DMPED manages a portfolio of real estate projects located across the District of Columbia. More information is available on the Project Pipeline Database (PPD) Public Access Dashboard.
  • July 2016 data
    • Parking Violations in April 2016: Parking citation locations in the District of Columbia. The Vision Zero data contained in this layer pertain to parking violations issued by the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and partner agencies with the authority. For example, the District Department of Transportation's (DDOT) traffic control officers write parking violations to prevent congestion through enforcement and control at intersections.
    • Moving Violations in March 2016: Moving citation locations in the District of Columbia. The Vision Zero data contained in this layer pertain to moving violations issued by the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and partner agencies with the authority. For example, DC's enforcement camera program cites speeders, blocking the box, and other movng offenses..Moving violation locations are summarized ticket counts based on time of day...
    • Parking Violations in May 2016
    • Zoning Downtown Subareas: The review of the Zoning Regulations of 1958, as amended, was a project that began in 2007. The new Zoning Regulations of 2016 were published on March 4, 2016 and effective on September 6, 2016.The purposes of the Downtown (D) zones (D-1-R, D-2, D-3, D-4, D-4-R, D-5,D-5-R, D-6, D-6-R, D-7, and D-8) are to provide for the orderly development and use of land and structures in areas the Comprehensive Plan generally characterized...
    • Parking Violations in March 2016
    • Parking Violations in February 2016
    • Parking Violations in January 2016
    • Moving Violations in May 2016
    • Moving Violations in April 2016
    • Moving Violations in February 2016
    • Moving Violations in January 2016 Zoning Downtown Designated Streets: The review of the Zoning Regulations of 1958, as amended, was a project that began in 2007. The new Zoning Regulations of 2016 were published on March 4, 2016 and effective on September 6, 2016.The purposes of the Downtown (D) zones (D-1-R, D-2, D-3, D-4, D-4-R, D-5,D-5-R, D-6, D-6-R, D-7, and D-8) are to provide for the orderly development and use of land and structures in areas the Comprehensive Plan generally characterized...
    • Zoning Regulations of 2016: The review of the Zoning Regulations of 1958, as amended, was a project that began in 2007 with the Zoning Commission holding two roundtables and concluded on January 14, 2016 with the Zoning Commission voting unanimously to adopt text to revise the DC Zoning Regulations and approve map amendments to implement that text. This is the first time the Zoning Regulations and Zoning Map have been comprehensively revised...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 28: persons with disabilities commission meeting

The DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities will meet Thursday, July 28 from 9:00 - 11:00 am at 441 4th St NW, Suite 1114.   Those unable to attend in person may call in: (866) 628-2987, passcode 8488992.

Some of the agenda items are a review of health care survey result, a discussion of the DC Service Animal event and White Cane Day, and comments from the public.

To RSVP or request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kali Wasenko, (202) 481-3880 or via email, Kali.Wasenko@dc.gov by Friday, July 22.

UPDATE 7/21, 12:17p: Day corrected.

Thought you might be interested Thursday: No congrats, thanks anyway


Read more about the dressing of Leslie Jones in Don’t Praise the Designer Who Made Leslie Jones a Gorgeous Dress for the Ghostbusters Premiere.   

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Falcon goes to DC Jobs With Justice as ED

DC Jobs With Justice (DC JWJ) has announced Elizabeth Falcon will be the new ED.    According to the announcement, "Ms. Falcon officially starts at DC JWJ on August 15, 2016. Our current Executive Director, Nikki Lewis, will step down on August 31, 2016."

Congrats Elizabeth!

Photo from DC JWJ.