Thursday, January 31, 2013

CFSA talks adoption, Jan. 31

Child and Family Services Agency Director Brenda Donald will guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show January 31 at Noon.   Donald will likely be on the program for about 25 minutes.   The focus of the appearance is domestic adoption.

Tune in to WAMU at 88.5 FM or on the computer (look for "Listen to WAMU" in the upper right hand corner of the page).

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

FY 2012 city audit

Mayor Gray and CFO Natwar Gandhi announced a clean audit for FY 2012 January 29.   The CAFR is online here.   More on the audit here in the coming days.

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Segraves' new gig starts Feb. 11

WaPo's Mike DeBonis has reported that Mark Segraves will be starting at WRC-TV as a general reporter February 11.   Wonder what his new Twitter handle will be; his current one is @SegravesWTOP.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mayor Gray's Jan. 29 sked

Mayor Vincent Gray and Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi will announce the results of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) January 29 at 10:00 am in Room G-9 of the JAWB.   They will be joined by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.

From the announcement:

BACKGROUND:   The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is responsible for preparing the District's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The OCFO ensures that the CAFR is released each year on time and with a clean opinion from the city's independent auditors. A clean opinion indicates that the District's financial books are in order, that the CAFR fairly presents the city's financial statements, and that the results of the city's fiscal year operations are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The District's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. The CAFR must be issued by February 1 following the end of a fiscal year.

Needs of LGBT deaf and hard of hearing data release Mar. 1

The DC Center for the LGBT Community has assessed the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community in DC.   The results will be announced March 1 from 5:15 - 8:00 pm in the Ole Jim Alumni House at Gallaudet University.   The program starts at 5:30 pm and will last about one hour; entertainment will follow.

McDuffie's community office hours

Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has announced that community office hours for Ward 5 residents start February 1 from 8:00 - 10:00 am at Flip It Bakery and Deli (1544 Rhode Island Ave NE).

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Judiciary committee oversight and budget hearing sked

Lindsey Bartlett from the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence shared the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety oversight and budget hearing list.   Times and locations are still to be determined.

Thanks, Lindsey, for sharing!

#dcfy13 #dcfy14

CAFR release, Jan. 29

CFO Natwar Gandhi will release the FY 2012 CAFR (Combined Annual Financial Report) January 29 at 10:00 am in the John A. Wilson Building.   The release is open to the public.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

New contact info for DC Jobs Council

Effective January 24, Marina Streznewski, ED of the DC Jobs Council, started using a new email address:

Jan. 25 sked for Mayor Gray

Mayor Vince Gray has a number of events on his January 25 schedule including the launch of the Summer Youth Employment Program launch at DOES (4058 Minnesota Ave NE).   The mayor will attend the launch from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

More here on the mayor's daily schedule.

Updated DC Council directory online, Jan. 24

The DC Council has updated their directory (PDF) of main personal and committee staff.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Survey for youth: What do you want to do this summer?

Planning for the city's One City Summer Initiative (OCSI) 2013 is underway but before the initiative's work gets too far along, staff want to know what young people want to do this summer.   Young people aged 5-24 are encouraged to take a brief, confidential survey.   The responses will help the OCSI 2013 Steering Committee and all government, nonprofit, and community partners plan better.

Survey options are:

If you run a youth program, here are guidelines (PDF) to help you administer the survey correctly.

Thanks for encouraging young people ages 5 to 24 to take the survey!

Housing For All Rally Jan. 26


Saturday, January 26 2013
Noon – 2:00 PM

Martin Luther King Library (901 G St NW in the Great Hall)
Chinatown Metro

Join the Housing For All Campaign as they rally for our vision, a District with decent, quality affordable Housing For All!

Lunch will be served. Spanish interpretation provided. Children welcome.

More information at

"Grosso Near You"

At-large CM David Grosso is taking to the streets with "Grosso Near You", community office hours, like those held by other councilmembers―think Ward 6 CM Tommy Wells and Ward 3 CM Mary Cheh.   On January 24 from 8:00 - 9:30 am, Grosso will meet constituents at Big Bear Cafe (1700 1st St NW).

The CM's communications staffer Dionne Johnson Calhoun has also announced that "Grosso Near You" will take place four Thursdays a month at rotating coffee shops around the city.   Calhoun will announce a regular schedule after the first round of meetings.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Moratorium on budget info

I am hereby declaring a moratorium on blogging about FY 2014 budget information.   The moratorium is in effect January 28 - March 28.

I will consider blogging reader-submitted information about the budget.   I just won't be blogging schedules, etc. myself.

CM Grosso on Twitter

Candidate David Grosso was all over Twitter during his campaign and now you can read his Tweets as CM: @cmdgrosso.

Public hearing on work plan to end homelessness, Jan. 29

The Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) is holding a public hearing January 29 from Noon - 2:00 pm to gather public comments on priorities and strategies for the Interagency Council on Homelessness FY 2014 Annual Work Plan to End Homelessness.   More information in the event flier, below.

Interagency Council on Homelessness public hearing session notice

Highlights from Jan. 18 DCR

Highlights from the January 18, 2013 DC Register:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 State of the District Address

Mayor Vincent Gray's 2013 State of the District Address will take place February 5 at 7:00 pm at the 6th and I Street Historic Synagogue (600 I St NW).

Affordable Care Act discussion, Jan. 22

Dr. Mohammad Akhter, chair of DC’s Health Benefit Exchange, will talk about the ins and outs of the federal legislation and its implementation in DC Januuary 22 at 6:45 pm at the DC Federation of Citizens Associations meeting.   The meeting, open to the public, takes place at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church (2300 Cathedral Ave NW).

The HBX is expected to be operational by FY 2014 which starts October 1, 2013.

FYI: FY 2013 committee reports

On Friday, I asked my tweeps if anyone had the final FY 2013 Committee on Human Services report.   It's not on the DC Council FY 2013 budget page where I would expect it to be*.

My friends at DCFPI responded to my budget SOS and emailed the report.   I also heard from the council's budget office:   The reason the human services committee report is not online is because it is not balanced.   Seems like a good enough reason to me!

With the report in hand, I got what I needed.   But it is just not okay that DC Council committees can either approve committee reports not in balance or just not send their reports to the budget office to post.   This is an advocacy opportunity if there ever was one:   Advocates and providers should add to their program-specific agendas for budget FY 2014 the timely publication of balanced committee reports on the DC Council website.

*The Committee on Human Services report is not the only one missing from the website as shown below.


January 22 Committee of the Whole

The DC Council's next Committee of the Whole takes place January 22 at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber (Room 500) in JAWB.   More on the COW.

Recap of the blog, week of Jan. 14

Highlights of the blog during the week of January 14:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Highlights from the Jan. 11 DCR

Here are some highlights from the January 11, 2013 DC Register:

Research, public policy, and practice, Jan. 21

The latest about research, public policy, and practice:
  • Graphic Warnings On Cigarettes Effective Across Demographic Groups:   The author of the Science Daily summary writes "The study is one of the first to examine the effectiveness of pictorial warning labels versus text-only labels across diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups."   How the future research plays out will most certainly have an effect on how messages about public health and other important issues are developed and implemented.
  • Supplements and Cow's Milk Play Biggest Roles in Determining Vitamin D Levels in Children:   According to the summary, "Vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for a number of illnesses, including asthma and allergies in children. Severe deficiency can cause rickets, a softening of bones."

    This research can help inform health, nutrition, and food policy in the District.   Even though much of nutrition policy is controlled by the federal government―think SNAP and WIC―the city does have ways it can educate and influence resident behavior.   For example, the city can use home visiting contractors, early learning providers, doctors and others in health care, and the bevy of nonprofits in the field to encourage families to ensure adequate vitamin D intake for their children.

  • In Minutes a Day, Low-Income Families Can Improve Their Kids' Health:   As has been suggested in other studies, when low-income families eat together, the health status of children improves.   This study, conducted with families in Illinois, found 20 minutes of family dining four times a week reduces the weight of children in the family.   Like with vitamin D, this research can help inform practice that encourages dining together.
  • If We Go Over the Fiscal Cliff, Will People Spend or Save? Childhood Environments May Hold the Key:   The researchers found that poor participants were "faster to approach luxury good temptations" than wealthier participants.   Why does this matter?   Delaying gratification is an essential part of a long-term asset-building strategy.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Live from the Wilson Building... It's Eliot-Hine Middle School students on all things inaugural

Monday, January 21 students from Eliot-Hine Middle School will broadcast on Eliot Hine Radio live from John A. Wilson Building.   Charles Allen's office has been converted to a one-day studio and the student-led station will cover the parade, interview guests like Ward 6 Tommy Wells, and share impressions of the Presidential Inauguration with many other city leaders throughout the day.

Listeners can ask questions of the student DJs by Tweeting using the hashtag #EliotHineRadio or emailing Charles Allen.

Friday, January 18, 2013

CM Graham responds to Trust's Bobb letter of rebuke

From: Jim Graham
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2013 5:26 PM
To: Robert Bobb (
Cc: 'Ed Davies'; DeTaeye, John (COUNCIL); Jordan Kramer; Alan Suderman (; 'Michael DeBonis'
Subject: RE: Robert Bobb Letter to Councilman Graham

Mr. Bobb:

Since you have apparently chosen to publish your letter to me, I am doing the same with my response.

Please understand that I have always taken my oversight responsibilities seriously. I had mentioned words to that effect to you at the ANC swearing in just a few days ago. I suspect you will recall your reply to me.

None of this would be happening had there been implementation of my organizational recommendations in the investigative report my Committee did. (May I assume that you have now found the time to read it?)

But that did not happen and we are today still working under the current system. And that system (as the report discusses in detail) anticipates political involvement in the Trust. Thus, in addition to the appointment of all the Board members, yourself included, the Mayor and the Council each have two nonvoting members. The history of the Council's law creating the CYITC anticipates that they be person close to both entities.

Thus Mayor Gray appointed his deputy mayor and a member of his cabinet….without any apparent uproar.

I am requesting that the Council Chair select the Chair of the Committee with oversight over the entity you chair and the public funds …which by the way probably still constitute about 95% or more of the CYITC total budget.

There is another point.

It has been difficult under your chairmanship for my committee to obtain information from the CYITC. You yourself have repeatedly refused to testify before the Committee.

For example, we have yet to receive a copy of the FY2010 audit (year ending September 30, 2010!) despite numerous promises that it was at long last complete and it would be provided. I needn't have to tell you that the Council has a vitally important role in in stewardship over the DC funds entrusted to the CYITC. It was my committee that made public all of the disturbing problems concerning the FY 2010 audit. Most recently we were told that it was finally complete and in the hands of the board for review. That was several months ago.

That gives you a better understanding, I hope, why this appointment matters. I am concerned that absent that, you will continue to be less than forthcoming in providing information to the committee.

But rest assured, I believe in reform of the structure of the CYITC and that is reflected in all the work we did last year on these and related issues. But since no task force has been created, I will proceed to draft a proposal reorganizing the Trust governance. In the meantime, we have what we have.

Councilmember Jim Graham

Jim Graham, Councilmember, Ward One, 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #105, Washington, DC 20004. 202-724-8181; 202-724-8109 (fax).

Chairman, Committee on Human Services (including alcohol regulation). Main Committee Number: 202-724-8191. 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #116, Washington, DC 20004.

Bobb fights back

Trust chair Robert Bobb has asked CM Jim Graham to withdraw his request to be appointed an ex officio member of the nonprfit board.   Read the letter (PDF), full of consternation.

Hypothermia alert on Jan 18 6:32 am

When the temperature or wind chill is 32°F or below, the District issues a Hypothermia Alert.   The notice appears on the Department of Human Services website (in "DHS Popular Links") and is emailed and texted out by HSEMA.

If you see a homeless individual or family, call the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline, 1-800-535-7252.

Thanks to Marina Streznewski for the fabulous idea of programming your mobile phone with the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline number!

Health committee org meeting, Jan. 18

The DC Council Committee on Health (Ward 7 CM Yvette Alexander, chair) is having its organizational meeting for CP 20 January 18 at 2:00 pm in Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building.

If you can't make it to the Wilson Building, you can watch the meeting via this DC Council link.

SYEP opens for apps Jan. 25

The One City Summer Youth Employment Program will start taking applications January 25 at 12:15 pm.   Youth ages 14 to 21 should apply online at   SYEP dates are July 1 - August 9.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Recipe-finding made easier

I finally took the time to alphabetize the recipes on this blog.   Now you can easily find what you are looking for!

Mayor Gray on NewsTalk, Jan. 17

Today from 10:00 - 11:00 am on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt:   Mayor Vince Gray makes his regular monthly visit.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here,, to see the conversation.

If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

CM Bonds is on Twitter

At-large CM Anita Bonds is on Twitter!   Follow her (@AnitaBondsDC).

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Let's Choose DC, a site dedicated to the April 23 special election

The Election
Wait, didn't we just have one of these? Yes, we did. This election—set for April 23—is to fill an open At-Large seat on the DC Council.

Let's Choose DC is helping voters in the District understand the special election process and assess the candidates.

No youth detention facilities at St. Es

The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services has responded to the Ward 8 Dems claim that DMPED is building three youth detention centers at St. Es:
"Rest assured that neither DYRS nor the Mayor’s office have plans to build juvenile detention facilities on St. Elizabeths’ campus."

This formal response is consistent with the immediate response to my blog post about a candlelight vigil at the mayor's house.

The state of DC public schools and the Rhee legacy, NewsTalk Jan. 16

Today from 10:00 - 11:00 am on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt:   DePuyt and guests state board of education member Patrick Mara, former CM Sekou Biddle, and parent activist Suzanne Wells will talk Michelle Rhee and the state of DC education.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here,, to see the conversation.

If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

A look at improvements made in Council Period 20 rules

If you follow this blog or DCFPI's work, you know that advocacy around improving the rules governing the operations of the DC Council takes place every two years with each new Council Period (CP).   DCFPI reported in DC Council Lays the Groundwork for Council Period Twenty that only some of the recommendations offered for CP 20 were adopted.

But the DC Council has made improvements in operations as is illustrated in the cheat sheet shown below.   For example, hearing and roundtable notices must be published in the DC Register with 15 days' notice.   This is a huge improvement over the past.   Committee reports also get a makeover under the CP 20 rules.   The rules require committee reports to state the position of the Executive; respond to ANC concerns; list witnesses (those who testified at the hearing, or who submitted a statement for the record before close of the record); explain the impact on existing law that the measure would modify or affect; and summarize the fiscal impact.

Dc Council Cheat Sheet Cp 20


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Inauguration schedule for homeless services in DC

The inauguration is more than rolling street closings, rigorous security, and a dramatic influx of people.   All of the changes affect homeless individuals and families and the services available to them.

Inauguration Schedule for Homeless Services in the District of Columbia provides information about open shelters and other important homelessness-related information between January 19 and 22.   The brochure, on the DHS website, was prepared by the Interagency Council on Homelessness, Operations and Logistics Committee.

Final CP 20 rules

The enrolled "Rules of Organization and Procedure for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period 20, Resolution of 2013" (PDF) are now available in LIMS.

Early learning standards revision

OSSE will brief the DC State Board of Education about the alignment of the revised Early Learning Standards with the Common Core State Standards at the boards January 16 meeting.   The board will take written comments from the public on the Early Learning Standards and the proposed graduation requirements.   More about meeting and commenting are in the meeting notice (PDF).

Chief Lanier on NewsTalk, Jan. 15

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier talks with Bruce DePuyt on NewsTalk January 15 from 10:00 - 11:00 am.   Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here,, to see the conversation.   Lanier is expected to talk about the inauguration, the gun debate, and the need for more sworn personnel.

If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

Localized 2013 editorial calendar, a great advocacy and communications helper

The Lightbox Collaborative's 2013 editorial calendar is a great gift to advocates.

The only thing that makes this tool better is that it's been personalized for the District.   I've added some DC- and issue-specific items and posted the (see DC 2013 editorial calendar).   If your organization has day, week or month celebrations or recognitions you hope others will rally around, please add them to the DC calendar.   It's open to the public for editing.

Monday, January 14, 2013

CM Grosso-sponsored community events, Jan. 17

At-large CM David Grosso will hold his first official "Grosso Near You!" community meeting January 17 from 8:00 - 9:30 am at Big Chair Coffee and Grill (2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE).   This informal meeting time is open to the public.

Later in the day, the CM will host an open house from 4:30 - 7:00 pm in Suite 406 in the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).   Community members will meet key staff in the CM's office over light refreshments.

Judiciary committee org meeting Jan. 14

The Committee on the Judiciary (Ward 6 CM Tommy Wells, chair) is holding its CP20 organizational meeting January 14 at 10:00 am in Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building.   Read the proposed org rules (Word) and the staff appointment resolution (Word).

If you can't make it to the Wilson Building, you can watch the meeting via this DC Council link.

Easy-to-use ANC information

Keith Ivey, techie and problem-solver extraordinaire, has pulled together an easy-to-use list of ANCs.    As you can see from the screen shot below, Ivey captures contact information.   Even better, you can download the information in a .csv format.   This means you can manipulate the information in lots of ways, adding it to Outlook, Gmail, and Access.   No matter how you use it, Ivey's once again done a great public service.

Thanks, Keith!

NewsTalk, Jan. 14

DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is one of the guests on NewsTalk January 14 at 10:00 am.   Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here,, to see the conversation.   Norton is expected to talk about the budget drama facing Congress, gun control, the lack of diversity in the president's cabinet, the budget autonomy referendum and the effort to get the White House to put DC's tax-message license plates on the president's limo.

If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

Advocacy and Learning Calendar update, Jan. 14

Webinars and events have been added to the Advocacy and Learning Calendar.   There are many more on the calendar than those highlighted here:
  • Ward Five Council on Education meeting (January 15)
  • SIBling Revelry: Are Social Impact Bonds the Next Big Thing? (January 16)
  • "Foodopoly" Book Signing and Talk with Food Advocate Wenonah Hauter (January 16)
  • Critical Immigration, Health, and Education Policies Affecting Young Children of Immigrants (January 17)
  • Arc of Justice Parade (January 21)
  • March on Washington for Gun Control (January 26)
  • Chat with OTA (January 29)
  • Learning Circle about gentrification (February 1)
  • Child Maltreatment 2011—Key Findings and Expanded Discussion (February 7)

If there are events you think belong on this calendar, email me the information and I will add them.

Recap of blog posts, week of Jan. 7

In case you missed the blog last week, here are the blog highlights:

DC Council's draft oversight/budget hearing sked, FYs 2013 and 2014

The DC Council will vote on the schedule for the FYs 2012 and 2013 performance and oversight hearings and the FY 2014 budget hearings at the January 22 Committee of the Whole meeting.   The broad strokes of the schedule are:
  • CAFR Released (February 1)
  • CAFR Briefing (February 6)
  • Performance Oversight Hearings Period (February 11 - March 15)
  • Budget transmitted to Council (March 28)
  • Mayor/Council Budget Briefing (April 8)
  • Budget Oversight Hearings Period (April 10 - May 3)
  • Committee Budget Markups (May 6, 8, and 9)
  • Vote on Budget Request Act and Budget Support Act (May 21)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Candlelight vigil at mayor's home Jan. 15

The Ward 8 Democrats are organizing a candlelight vigil at Mayor Vincent C. Gray's home January 15 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm to protest school closures and the youth detention center proposed at the St. Elizabeths East campus.

WED SchoolRally by phopalmer

Friday, January 11, 2013

FY 2014 budget item, Jan. 11

Did you know "pencils down" for the mayor's proposed FY 2014 budget is March 12?

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Science Daily and public policy

In the past several weeks I've found interesting summaries in Science Daily.   All have implications for public policy and practice.   My favorites are here:

Mayor Gray's Jan. 11 sked

Mayor Gray has a busy January 11.   Two of his events (more here on the mayor's daily schedule) are:
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am: Announcement of the creation of the new Department of Behavioral Health, Mayor’s Press Briefing Room (Room G-9) in JAWB
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Transit careers workforce development announcement with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts (1346 Florida Ave NW, main entrance lobby)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Finance and rev org meeting, Jan. 15

The Committee on Finance and Revenue (Ward 2 CM Jack Evans, chairman) will hold its organizational meeting January 15 at 1:30 pm in Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The committee has oversight responsibility for the following:

  • Board of Review of Anti-Deficiency Violations
  • College Savings Program Advisory Board
  • Commission on Arts and Humanities
  • Destination DC
  • District of Columbia Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board
  • Multistate Tax Commission
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of Financial Resource Management
  • Office of Financial Operations & Systems
  • Office of Finance and Treasury
  • Office of Tax and Revenue
  • Office of Revenue Analysis
  • Real Property Tax Appeals Commission for the District of Columbia
  • Sports Authority Subsidy
  • Washington Convention and Sports Authority/Events DC

You, too, can learn information like this.   Subscribe to the CM's e-newsletter.

NewsTalk, Jan. 10

Today on NewsTalk is Don Blanchon from Whitman-Walker Health to talk, presumably, about WWH's new space (2014).   Tune in at 10:00 am to NewsChannel 8 streaming here:   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

Ed committee director contact information

Brendan Williams-Kief
Director, Committee on Education
Office of David Catania, DC Councilmember At Large
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 724-8081 DIRECT

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Join the discussion about Ward 8, Jan. 16

Learn more about the ARCH Development Community Update - Winter 2013.

"Get Fit" Boot Camp starts Jan. 14

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ed committee org meeting time change

Thanks to Soumya Bhat at DCFPI for this update:
Good Morning Education Stakeholders,

On Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 123, the Committee on Education will be holding its Organizational Meeting. Tomorrow afternoon we will circulate a draft agenda along with drafts of the staff appointment resolution and committee rules, but I wanted to inform you of this upcoming meeting.

Erika Wadlington
Deputy Committee Director
Committee on Education
Council of the District of Columbia
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pensylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 724-8124

Save the schools summit, Jan. 12

Empower DC is encouraging parents and others to get involved in the campaign to stop unjust school closures January 12 from Noon - 4:00 pm at Guildfield Baptist Church (1023 Otis St NE).   Email or call (234-9119 x104) Daniel Del Pielago.

Petworth Library Kids' Inaugural Ball

The Petworth Neighborhood Library is hosting the Petworth Library Kids' Inaugural Ball January 16 at 6:00 pm.

The event will feature music, snacks, inauguration themed readings, trivia word puzzles, and crafts and is appropriate for families with children ages 4 years and up.   Attendance is free but RSVPs are required (via the library's FB page, link above, or by calling 645-8337).

Petworth Neighborhood Library is located at 4200 Kansas Ave NW (corner of Georgia Avenue), three blocks north of the GA/Petworth Metro.

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Yoo hoo... Are you in the social media universe DC gov agencies?

The new Committee on Education, under the leadership of At-large CM David Catania, has a new Twitter handle:   @Catania_EdCmte.   I recently updated this list of DC gov agencies using social media with this information.

Is your District government agency on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, or some other network?   Check the list to see.   If not, enter your agency's Twitter handle, Facebook page address, or any other social media site the rest of us can follow you.

New ANC boundaries in effect

Last year, the DC Council considered legislation (the final Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Boundaries Act of 2012 (PDF) describes the boundaries) to amend ANC boundaries.   Boundaries change every 10 years based on U.S. Census data to assure equal representation.

The new ANC and Single Member District (SMD) boundaries are depicted in maps on a special ANC website.

Information related to the redistricting (of Wards and ANCs) can be found on the site DC redistricting after the 2010 Census.

Why this matters to nonprofits:   Community-based organizations sometimes use ward and ANC boundaries for service delivery purposes and so changes in these boundaries are important.   In other cases, nonprofit staff participate in ANC meetings; knowing boundary changes is important for this as well.   Finally, nonprofits should, as neighbors, know their elected officials and this includes ANC and SMD electeds.

Nonprofits, how will you recognize the change and take action in 2013?   If you need some ideas about organizing site visits, check out Communications for DC Advocates.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Radio program on children's mental health, Jan. 9

The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, will guest on the Healthy Children radio show January 9 from 1:00 - 1:20 pm.   McInerny will talk about mental health and depression in children this parent-oriented Internet radio talk show (listen live on RadioMD).

The program will later be posted on

Q & A Cafe: Mayor Vincent Gray

The Washingtontian's Carol Joynt talks with Mayor Gray at the January 29, 2013 Q&A Cafe.   The lunch event takes place at at the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown.   Seating begins at noon.   The cost is an all-inclusive $38.   To make a reservation, call Esmaralda Prifold, (202) 912-4121 or via email.

Thanks to FishbowlDC for this information.

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DC Council actions Jan. 8

The DC Council's Committee of the Whole takes place today, January 8, at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber.   The January 8 COW agenda is here (PDF).

The legislative meeting will follow the COW.   The agenda and other materials for this meeting, scheduled to start at 11:00 am, are on the first leg meeting web page.

If you can't make it to the John A. Wilson Building for the sessions, you can watch via live stream on the council's website.

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College-bound students, apply for DCTAG now!

College-bound DC young people are encouraged to apply for the District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG).    DCTAG
provides up to $10,000 toward the difference between in‐state and out‐of‐state tuition at public four‐year colleges and universities throughout the US, Guam and Puerto Rico. DCTAG also provides up to $2,500 per academic year toward tuition at private colleges and universities in the District and private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and two‐year colleges nationwide.

The deadline for completing the DC OneApp, the mechanism to apply for DCTAG, is May 31, 2013.   Links to the DC OneApp are in this OSSE announcement.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Recap of blog posts, week of Dec. 31

Highlights from the blog during the week of December 31, 2012 are:

COW and leg meeting briefing, Jan. 7

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson's regular Legislative Meeting Media Briefing takes place January 7 at 11:30 am in Room 412 in JAWB (watch here on the DC Council website).   The chairman will preview major actions to be taken at the January 8 legislative meeting, which will be held on January 8 at 11:00 am.   This meeting follows the January 8, 10:00 am Committee of the Whole.

More information about the briefing is available by calling (202) 724-8064 or (202) 724-8032.

Items from Jan. 4 DC Register

The first 2013 issue of the DC Register is slim but does contain some important notices:

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Examiner's new education reporter

With the departure of Lisa Gartner to warmer climes, The Washington Examiner has brought on another reporter to cover the public education beat in the District and suburbs.   Rachel Baye will now cover education in the region.    Contact Baye via email, phone, (202) 459-4974, or Twitter, @rachelbaye.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

CP 20/CY 2013 legislative calendar

The DC Council's 2013 legislative calendar (PDF) is now online.   The calendar includes COW and legislative meetings, deadlines for submitting items for these meetings, and recess dates.

Be sure to print it out for all your staff involved with legislation, the budget, or advocacy.

Advocacy and Learning Calendar, Jan. 3 update

Webinars and events have been added to the Advocacy and Learning Calendar.   There are many more on the calendar than those highlighted here:
  • Proposed DC Waste-to-Energy Facility Brown-bag Lunch (January 3)
  • Civil Rights Film Festival (January 7, 14, and 28)
  • Managing Performance in Youth Civic Engagement Programs (January 11)
  • GLBT Affairs Advisory Committee Meeting (January 16)
  • Evidence for Violence Prevention Across the Lifespan and Around the World-A Workshop (January 23 - 24)

If there are events you think belong on this calendar, email me the information and I will add it.

Mayor Vince Gray's sked, Jan. 3

Mayor Vince Gray makes a number of appearances January 3 including the 2:00 – 3:00 pm press conference about the city's 2012 crime statistics.   The mayor will offer remarks.   The event takes place at MPD's Joint Operations Command Center (300 Indiana Ave NW, 5th Floor).

Mayor Gray will meet with community members from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Skyland Community Briefing (Francis Gregory Library, 2100 36th Pl SE).

More about the mayor's schedule is on the mayor's daily schedule web page.

One City Summer 2012's successes

DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation recently briefed the DC Council about the successes of One City Summer Initiative 2012.   The key takeaways are in the infographic, below.   A detailed explanation of the initiative and recommendations for future summer work are in the report and appendices.

Items from 12/21 and 12/28 DC Register

From the December 21, 2012 DC Register:

From the December 28, 2012 DC Register:

  • Final rules related to inpatient hospital services Medicaid reimbursement (Word):   The purpose of the rules is to "amend Medicaid reimbursement to hospitals to reduce hospital overpayments by updating the base payment rates for inpatient hospital services for hospitals participating in the Medicaid Program."
  • Emergency rules concerning procedures for the filing of financial disclosure statements and lobbyist registration requirements:   The emergency and proposed rules (Word) create
    procedures the Board will immediately apply to statutorily mandated filing requirements for lobbyists and financial disclosure statements by government officials and employees. Without the procedures established by these emergency rules, members of the public, as well as District employees, will not have the necessary guidance with which to comply with the law.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Council Period 20 Organizational Meeting, Jan. 2

The DC Council will meet January 2 at 1:00 pm in the Council Chamber for the CP 20 Organizational Meeting.   Perhaps the most important action to be taken today is approval of the CP 20 rules.   The rules govern public and elected official behavior and decorum (ok, they are supposed to), committee assignments, meeting notice requirements, and much more.   You may recall that DCFPI on behalf of others made numerous recommendations to the council in December 2012 (see The ground rules for CP 20).   Other agenda items are shown below.

You can watch the org meeting via the live stream on the DC Council website.

Elected official swearing-in ceremonies January 2

CMs will be sworn in January 2 at 10:00 am at the Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW , Ballroom A). Later in the day, at 2:00 pm, members of the State Board of Education, Statehood Representatives, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners will sworn in.

Info from Mayor Gray's schedule and the notice on DC Council website.

Mayor Gray's Jan. 2 sked

Mayor Gray is attending the swearing-in of CMs January 2, 2013 from 10:00 am - Noon at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Pl NW, Ballroom A).

Save the date: State of the District, Feb. 5

Mayor Vince Gray will deliver the State of the District Address Tuesday, February 5 at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (6th and I Sts NW).

Promote use of the DC Hypothermia Shelter Hotline number

Your organization can promote use of DC's Hypothermia Shelter Hotline phone number simply by adding this image (see below) to your blog or website.   Want a different look?   Design your own.   But no matter which image you use, please advertise the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline number because cold kills.

When the temperature or wind chill is 32°F or below, the District issues a Hypothermia Alert.   The notice appears on the Department of Human Services website (in "DHS Popular Links") and is emailed and texted out by HSEMA.

If you see a homeless individual or family, call the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline, 1-800-535-7252.

Thanks to Marina Streznewski for the fabulous idea of programming your mobile phone with the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline number!