Sunday, December 13, 2009

Upcoming Council events

Upcoming City Council events include:
  • Mount Vernon Square meeting with CM Mendelson:   CM Mendelson, At-large and chair of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, is holding a community meeting to discuss crime in the Mount Vernon Square and Shaw neighborhoods on December 14, from 7:00 - 9:30 pm at the New Community Church (614 S St NW).   According to the CM's announcement, according to Life in Mount Vernon Square,
    The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss what the Council has done/can do to improve public safety in the Shaw and Mt. Vernon Square neighborhoods.   I have asked that the MPD and U.S. Attorney's office send representatives, and intend that the bulk of the meeting with me devoted to answering questions from those who attend.

    The blog suggests this meeting is the time to ask the CM about his positions on various anti-gang/crime initiatives -- such as civil gang injunctions, pre-trial detention, and anti-loitering laws -- as well as about the role that gang mediation-type groups play in reducing the violence, funding for this work and what outcomes they achieve.

  • The Performance of the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration:   The Committee on Health (CM Catania, At-large, chair) is holding this public oversight roundtable on December 17 at 10:00 am.   The purpose of this roundtable is to review the performance of the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration (HAHSTA) in facilitating and monitoring the delivery of HIV/AIDS services to District residents.   The roundtable is open to the public but only invited witnesses will be permitted to provide oral statements.   Public comments are encouraged in writing; details about submitting comments and the roundtable are in the hearing notice.
  • B18-337, “Procurement Efficiency Act of 2009”:   The Committee on Government Operations and the Environment (CM Cheh, Ward 3, chair) is holding a public hearing on January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am.   The bill would revise the competitive and sole source contracting processes.   Details about testifying are in the hearing notice.
  • Utility Reliability in the District of Columbia public oversight roundtable:   The Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs (CM Bowser, Ward 4, chair) is holding this roundtable on January 23 at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber.   The purpose of the roundtable is to hear from residents and others about the quality of regulated utilities in the city; regulated utilities include Verizon, Washington Gas, and PEPCO.   Details about the hearing, including how to register to testify and what information the committee is most interested in hearing from residents about, is in the hearing notice.

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