Friday, March 29, 2013

Mayor Gray reinstitutes weekly radio address, starts Mar. 31

DCist ran with the tweet from Matt DelSignore and published Mayor Gray Gets Weekly Radio Address.   WNEW 99.1 FM will host Mayor Gray's weekly three-minute radio address.   The mayor's first address takes place March 31 at 10:05 am.

Mayor Gray's FY 2014 proposed budget release Storified

City looking for Age-Friendly City Program Coordinator

Interested in helping the District become an Age-Friendly City?   Then consider applying to be the Age-Friendly City Program Coordinator.

According to the notice,

The Age-Friendly City Initiative is a movement that will benefit all residents of the city and challenges public agencies, businesses, cultural, educational and religious institutions, community groups, and individuals to consider how changes to policy and practice can create a city more inclusive of older adults and people living with disabilities.

Details about duties and how to apply are online.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mayor Gray releases his budget Mar. 28 at 11a

Mayor Gray will release his FY 2014 proposed budget March 28 at 11:00 am (or thereabouts) in JAWB, Room G-9.

My favorite Knight Foundation challenge ideas, Part II

I've been following the Knight Foundation News Challenge and am most interested in these submissions:
  • HousingCheckup: Access Your Home’s Full Health and Safety History:   veryone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. HousingCheckup provides tenants and their advocates access to a property’s complete health history, including landlord information, current code violations, and past health and safety inspections.

    What I like about this idea:   The combination of health status and regulatory-related data can be a great way to do as the submitter has said: to help identify good places to live and use information for individual and collective advocacy.

  • Sportscenter for Government:   Modernize political coverage by combining traditional public meeting video with open data, providing citizens a more interactive, contextualized political entertainment experience.

    What I like about this idea:   Another loved idea.   This would be the central place where prior votes, videos related to the issue, previous iterations of legislation, and much more could be aggregated.   Not sure about you, but when I watch public hearings, and COW and legislative meeting events I'm searching on LIMS for references to enacted law and failed legislation, media references, and the like.   This could help reduce the need for that AND allow crowdsourcing at the same time.   Love, Love, LOVE this idea!

Electeds doing the Electric Slide

Photos by Bill Burke/Page One

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Save the date: Bike to Work Day, May 17

Get your ride on May 17 for Bike to Work Day 2013.

Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association are planning an extravaganza for May 17 including 70 pit stops throughout the District, Maryland, and Virginia; t-shirt giveaway, refreshments, and a raffle for a free bicycle!

The organizers expect more than 10,000 area commuters to participate in this annual event dedicated to celebrating bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work.

Register today!

Who knew Mayor Gray's on Instagram?

I totally missed that Mayor Gray uses Instagram.   Check out the Mayor Vince Gray gallery.   You can also get to the gallery by using the link on the EOM page (see below).

My favorite Knight Foundation challenge ideas, Part I

I've been following the Knight Foundation News Challenge and am most interested in these submissions:
  • Cspace:   An online network that will provide governments and stakeholders with interconnected online "Community Networks" that make public information easily available and engage all stakeholders in development activities.

    What I like about this idea:   "Cspace will serve as the primary community 'bulletin board' or 'dashboard' that allows the numerous desktop and mobile apps that are being developed for governmental and community development use to connect together conveniently."   Rather than creating another tool that is isolated from other tools, CSpace would bring together the myriad tools already developed and in process.   I would appreciate such an place that aggregates all this wonderful information and capacity to identify and analyze data and issues and communicate with others about it.

  • My Tweet Put That Video On TV:   Technology makes it easy to record hours of government video, but the hard part is finding the important moments. Our Twitter tool uses trusted observers and the public to find the key moments that will make an engaging and informative video.

    What I like about this idea:   I like that moments at DC Council hearings and events can be captured in a systematic way.   The challenge, of course, is to do something with the tweets and videos beyond sharing them.   Along with this, advocates and others would have to figure out how to use the information generated as an accountability tool.

  • PDF - The People's Data Format:   "Our test case is Philadelphia’s reassessment of all property. The city has made massive amounts of information available online, but as an analysis we did for the Daily News made clear, poorer neighborhoods and those that don’t speak English aren’t well enough informed on this complex issue. They aren’t applying for homestead exemptions at the same rate as other areas and probably aren’t prepared to appeal their assessment if it’s out of line... We’ve already built online databases and maps to help those with Internet access, including the tools to allow a neighborhood group to embed our map of their area. Now we want to create tools to make this information available to those without computers."

    What I like about this idea:   This should be "What I love about this idea."   What I love is the simplicity.   Taking what you have and making it usable to others.   Can't get much better than this.

  • 596 Acres:   596 Acres makes data regarding vacant public land accessible online via its interactive map and offline with printed maps posted on lots. Neighbors interested in starting projects on lots can post their information online to meet each other.

    What I like about this idea:   I like that this idea has been thought through and is simple and specific.   The submitter knows what the problem is and the solution seems to match well.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

DCAYA wants to talk with disconnected youth. You can help.

From the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates:
Starting in late March and running through April 23rd, 2013 the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates will conduct a youth survey of young people ages 16-24 who are currently experiencing disconnection from education or the labor market and those who have experienced disconnection in the past.

Existing data about disconnected youth locally points to a definitive need to better invest in services and supports that aid this population.

Go to the website to learn how you can help.

Special election candidate fora, Mar. 26 update

  • March 28, 7:00 pm at Heart House (24th & N Sts NW, multi-purpose room).   Sponsored by the Foggy Bottom Association along with the Dupont Circle Citizens Association and ANC 2B, the event will be moderated by Tom Sherwood and Mark Segraves.
  • April 18 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Cleveland Park Library (3310 Connecticut Ave NW, second floor meeting room).   The event is sponsored by the Cleveland Park Citizens Association and moderated by Mark Plotkin.

Mayor Gray to break ground on Ballou Mar. 26

Mayor Gray and others will participate in the new Ballou Senior High School groundbreaking ceremony March 26 from 11:00 am - Noon at Ballou Senior High School (3401 4th St SE).

Monday, March 25, 2013

Apr. 23 special election, Mar. 25 update

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Omega, Xi Zeta Omega, and Rho Mu Omega Chapters are sponsoring a forum for the at-large DC Council candidates running in the April 23 special election.   This forum takes place April 7 from 4:00 - 6:30 pm at the Xi Omega Chapter Center (4411 14th St NW).   RSVP online.   Ask questions of the organizers via email.

Quick and easy whole wheat bread recipe

Susies Quick Easy Wholewheat Bread Recipe

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Apr. 23 special election, Mar. 24 update

Additional candidate fora for the April 23 special election are:
  • March 26, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Saint Stephen Martyr Church (2436 Pennsylvania Ave NW).
  • April 4, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Ave NW).   Sponsored by the Chevy Chase Civic Association and ANC.
  • April 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Cleveland Park Library (3310 Connecticut Ave NW).   The event is sponsored by the Washington Area Secular Humanists.

The Board of Elections announced (PDF) March 22 that the deadline for voters to register by mail for the April 23 special election is March 25.   The deadline to register in person is April 5.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

News from DC Courts

DC COURTS ANNOUNCE NEW DC COURTS NEWS WEBSITE to feature latest news about court programs, initiatives and events

WASHINGTON DC—The District of Columbia Courts are proud to announce another addition to their online presence: a new website with stories relating to court services, ceremonies, events and initiatives. The DCCourts have a website, which provides a range of information about the courts for the public, jurors, legal professionals and the media. In addition, the DC Courts are currently on facebook, twitter and youtube. The website will be in an e-zine format, with news stories posted at least once a week, with links to photos and more detailed information on the Courts’ website.

"We are pleased to have another avenue for getting the word out to DC residents about the various services, programs and initiatives offered by the DC Courts. We take seriously our responsibility to educate the public about the justice system and to earn the public’s trust and confidence. This website is another way for us to communicate with the public and keep them aware of our activities," said DC Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, chair of the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration.

The new website features an RSS feed, a listing of recent 'tweets' posted by the DCCourts (for those who are not on twitter), as well as a newsletter feature to allow people to sign up for semi-monthly email newsletter that will aggregate recent stories from the site. To sign up for the email newsletter, click here:

The DC budget process explained

The document is also here with other DC budget information.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CM Barry's State of the Ward, Mar. 28

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DC gets additional money from 1998 MSA (tobacco settlement)

The Office of the Attorney General announced March 14 that the District will receive $11 million more from the tobacco settlement/Master Settlement Agreement.   According to the release, "The District’s tobacco settlement money goes first to pay holders of bonds issued when the District's settlement-payment stream was partially securitized in 2001 and 2006. Residual amounts are retained by the District Government."

While I may not agree with the decision to securitize the settlement funding, I am pleased with the number of organizations and residents who stepped up in early 1999 to take action around the tobacco settlement.   A press release from DC Action for Children in February 1999 captured the very beginning of the DC Coalition on the Tobacco Settlement.   The coalition was a collective effort that engaged about 200 individuals and organizations for several years.   While the coalition may not have been successful in achieving the allocations it recommended, it did do an amazing job working together across issues, galvanizing additional support, and making and maintaining relationships in the executive and legislative branches.

Share your summer 2013 camp information!

As you can see, the Georgetown Patch is compiling summer camp information.   Provide your information is here.   Be sure to partake in this opportunity!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mayor Vince Gray's Mar. 20 sked

Mayor Vince Gray's March 20 schedule includes his regular biweekly presser from 10:00 - 11:00 am at the JAWB in the Mayor’s Press Briefing Room (Room G-9).   The mayor will offer remarks on the CBE Reform Advisory Panel and launch the One City Action Plan website.   From 4:30 – 5:00 pm, the mayor will attend the 2013 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Reception in the JAWB in the Mayor’s Press Briefing Room (Room G-9).

Are you ready to testify at DC Council budget hearings?

Are you ready for the FY 2014 budget hearings that start in early April?   Communications for DC Advocates: How-to's and lessons learned over 15 years can help.   The guide details how to prepare and deliver testimony and to submit written statements.

Buy the guide here for only $35 and have important how-to steps to engage elected officials at your fingertips.

Advocacy and Learning Calendar update, Mar. 19

Webinars and events have been added to the Advocacy and Learning Calendar.   There are many more on the calendar than those highlighted here:
  • Knot Yet: The Future of Marriage in the U.S. (March 20)
  • Health Care has Changed (April 5)
  • "How Can We Stop Mass Shootings in Our Communities?" (April 10)
  • Bridging the Gap: Connecting Black Communities to the Green Economy (April 15)
  • Making Shared Leadership Work: 5 Steps to Mastering Collaboration (April 24)

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

Monday, March 18, 2013

2013 special election candidate fora, Mar. 18 update

March 20, 8:30 - 10:00 am, First Congregational United Church of Christ (10th and G Sts NW), Breakfast/Forum sponsored by the Penn Quarter Association

March 26, 6:30 pm, Camino Real Restaurant (5217 Georgia Ave NW), Latino Cooperative Forum

March 30, 9:30 am, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th St NW), Returning Citizens Forum Candidates Forum

April 8, 6:30 pm, Ballou High School (3401 4th St SE), Candidates Forum sponsored by Ballou PTSA, ANC 8A-E, Congress Heights Community Association, and Anacostia Coordinating Council

COW and leg meeting, Mar. 19

The Committee of the Whole will meet March 19 at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber.   The 3/19 COW agenda is here.

An additional Legislative Meeting will follow.   The 3/19 leg meeting materials are here.

If you can't make it to the Wilson Building, you can watch the briefing via Granicus.

Mayor Gray on healthy food Mar. 18

Mayor Vince Gray's March 18 schedule includes the launch of Healthy Food = Healthy Hearts: D.C. Fresh Mobile Produce Carts Pilot Program.   The event takes place from 1:15 – 2:00 pm at A1 Grocery (615 Division Ave NE).

ICYMI, Mar. 18

In case you missed these posts:

Saturday, March 16, 2013

2013 special election candidate fora, Mar. 17 update

March 19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Ward Memorial AME Church (241 42nd St NE), Tracee Wilkins and Sam Ford moderators

March 20, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center (3500 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE), Stuart Rosenthal, moderator

March 27, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Eastern Senior High School (1700 East Capitol St NE, Stadium Armory Metro Station), Sam Ford, moderator, a straw poll will be conducted after the forum

April 8, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Ballou Senior High School (3401 4th St SE), Denise Rolark Barnes, moderator

April 9, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Eliot-Hine Middle School (1830 Constitution Ave NE, Stadium/Armory Metro; D6, 96, 97, & B2 Metrobus; BikeShare at Stadium/Armory Metro; on-site parking available). Event focuses on schools and education issues and features Eliot-Hine Middle School civics club and student government association. The forum will be co-moderated by the students and a member of the DC media.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Performance oversight hearing sked update

The DC Council's budget office updated the FYs 2012 and 2013 performance oversight hearing schedule March 12.   The update is here (PDF) (go to the last page).   Note: The list does not include the reconvening of the Department of Human Services performance oversight hearing March 15 at 1:00 pm.

DMHHS and CFSA oversight hearing testimony

The Committee on Health (Ward 7 CM Yvette Alexander, chair) held its performance oversight hearing on the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services March 12.   Deputy Mayor BB Otero's testimony is on the DMHHS website.   CFSA's performance oversight hearing was held February 26 by the Committee on Human Services (Ward 1 CM Jim Graham, chair).   Brenda Donald's testimony is here.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Discussions about the future of transportation

DDOT is hosting four community meetings in March to engage residents and other stakeholders about the future of transportation.   Not able to attend any of the four?   There is a web meeting April 9.

Think that transportation is not your thing?   Consider, then, the challenges low-income residents have navigating services, supports, job search, and work with the transportation system.   How can it work better for them?   Ask your clients and share the results at one of the meetings or encourage your clients to attend.

Mayor Gray's proposed FY 2014 budget town halls

This just in, the schedule of community briefings by the mayor on the proposed FY 2014 budget in date order:
  • ANC Chairs, April 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Old Council Chamber at 441 4th St NW
  • Ward 5, April 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Luke C. Moore High School (1001 Monroe St NE)
  • Ward 1, April 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard St NW)
  • Ward 8, April 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Turner Elementary School (3264 Stanton Rd SE)
  • Ward 4, April 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Brightwood Education Campus (1300 Nicholson St NW)
  • Youth, April 20, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Charles Sumner School (1201 17th St NW)
  • Ward 2, April 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Charles Sumner School (1201 17th St NW)
  • Civic/citizen associations, April 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, location TBA
  • Ward 6, April 25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Logan School (215 G St NE)
  • Ward 3, April 30, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Deal Middle School (3815 Fort Dr NW)
  • Ward 7, May 2, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, DOES Community Room (4058 Minnesota Ave NE)

Mayor Gray presents his proposed FY 2014 budget to the DC Council and community March 28.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DC gov agencies using social media

I've been collecting details about where DC government agencies, executive and legislative branches alike, are in the social media universe.   I hope you will find this this list of DC gov agencies on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, etc. useful.   If you work for a District government agency, please review the list and update as needed.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mar. 12 schedule for Mayor Vince Gray

Two items are on the mayor's agenda for March 12:
  • Release of Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force Report, 10:00 – 11:00 am at The Summit at St. Martin’s (116 T St NE)
  • FY 2014 Public Education Budget Hearing, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Ave NE)

Youth town hall on public safety, Mar. 16 (updated)

Mayor Gray’s next Youth Town Hall Meeting on Public Safety will take place Saturday, March 16 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Metro headquarters (Jackson Graham Building, 00 5th St NW). (UPDATE: Event time changed 3/15/13)   More information is available from Peter Blue, 727-7966 or via email.

DCYAC 031613 Youth Town Hall

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Candidate fora for Apr. 23 special election

The special election for the At-large DC Council seat is April 23.   Organizations all over the city are having events to educate voters.   Events include:
  • March 13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Logan Cir):   DC Council At-Large Candidates Forum sponsored by Logan Circle Community Association, The New Cambridge Tenants' Association, ANC 2F, Urban Neighborhood Alliance.   For more information contact Tim Christensen, President of the Logan Circle Community Association, via email.
  • March 20, 6:30 pm at The Gateway (14th and Meridian Sts NW):   The North Columbia Heights Civic Association is sponsoring this forum.
  • March 21 at 7:00 pm at Metropolitan Community Church (474 Ridge St NW):   More information about the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club Endorsement Forum is available on the Stein website.
  • March 27, 6:30 - 9:00 pm at Eastern Senior High School (1700 East Capitol St NE):   Sponsors of this forum are the DC Federation of Civic Associations, Anacostia Coordinating Council, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A, and The Hill Rag Newspaper.   The moderator is Sam Ford, WJLA TV News Reporter.   For more information contact Philip Pannell, 889-4900 or via email.

Ward Eight Democrats Endorsement Forum

Friday, March 8, 2013

Save the date: Used book sale Mar. 22 and 23

Friends of Palisades Library will hold its huge Spring Used Book Sale at the Palisades Library (4901 V St NW) March 22 and 23 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.   Thousands of books will be for sale―most for $1.   Some books will be priced at 25¢ each!   Direct questions to the Friends via email.

Save Our Schools Summit, Mar. 14

From the Ward 7 Education Council:
Join us 6:30pm on March 14, 2013 at the Temple of Praise (700 Southern Avenue SE) Last month despite community and stakeholder outcries, Chancellor Henderson decided to move forward with a plan to close 15 DC Public Schools. This decision does not solely affect the close to 3000 students who will see their neighborhood schools close as a result, but rather it affects all of us. These closures impact the health and landscape of our neighborhoods, impacting our property values, voting precincts, meeting locations, and educational options for both current and future parents.

The Ward 7 Education Council passed a moratorium supported by Ward 7 Parents, PTAs, our Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Ward 7 SBOE Representative Karen Williams, the Ward 7 Democrats, numerous ANCs, and most importantly YOU!!!

We are supporting EmpowerDC in their legal action ask you to show your support as well.

Thursday March 14th – Save Our Schools Summit – 6:30-8:30pm – Temple of Praise (700 Southern Avenue, SE) – Join us for an information session and rally building support for our Lawsuit to stop the planned closure of 15 DC Public Schools impacting over 2,700 students of color. We will be introducing our plaintiffs from the impacted schools, introducing our legal team, reviewing the legal strategy and building general support for these efforts.

Take action by attending and sharing this email with others. Please forward to at least 10 DC residents, especially in Wards 5, 7, and 8, which have born the brunt of these closures, or to parents with school age children.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Department of Health oversight hearing, now Mar. 8

The Committee on Health has rescheduled the Department of Health public oversight hearing to March 8 at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber.   The original date was March 6 and because of the storm, March 18.   You can watch the hearing via a link on the DC Council website.

Special election candidate forum, Mar. 17

The At-Large DC Council Special Election Candidates Forum takes place March 17 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ (4704 13th St NW).   The event is sponsored by the Peoples UCC Social Action Committee, co-sponsored by, and organized by the Faith-based Voters Project DC; contact the project via email,

Community Organizing 101 training, Mar. 21

DC Jobs with Justice is offering a free organizing training March 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm.   The announcement:
You can make a change!

Interested in community organizing but don’t know where to start?
Community Organizing 101
Special Guest Facilitator: Longtime DC Community Organizer, Roger Newell
Where:Operative Plasters & Cement Mason’s Local 891
1517 Kenilworth Ave NE, Washington, DC
When: March 21st
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Closest metro: Deanwood, Orange Line

RSVP to Lilly at via email ( or 543-1542. Childcare available upon request. You must RSVP for childcare by March 18th.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Oversight hearings rescheduled as consequence of Snowquester

The three performance oversight hearings scheduled for March 6 have been rescheduled:
  • Committee on Education: March 15
  • Committee of the Whole: March 7 in Room 412
  • Committee on Health: March 18 in Room 412

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Good news from CFSA

Child and Family Services Agency yesterday announced border placement agreement with Maryland:
District of Columbia and Maryland
Streamline Placing Children Across Borders for Foster Care

WASHINGTON, DC—The District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency and State of Maryland Department of Human Resources have signed an agreement that makes it easier for each jurisdiction to place children in foster care in the other locale. The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) governs procedures for child welfare systems to place children across borders. However, it also allows for neighboring states and territories to establish their own rules. The DC-Maryland agreement supports safe but faster placement by cutting paperwork requirements and waiving the need for state approval before enrolling District foster children in Maryland schools. The agreement also solidifies procedures for rapid placement of children with their relatives in emergency situations.

"The reality of local demographics is that families and other resources span jurisdictions," said Brenda Donald, director, DC Child and Family Services Agency. "We appreciate Maryland DHR for partnering with us to speed up getting District children into temporary safe havens at a difficult time in their lives."

"We thank Director Donald for her continued partnership with Maryland," said Ted Dallas, secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources. "This border agreement will help both Maryland and the District work through unnecessary delays in the placement of children and help us keep kids safe."

Of the 1,400 DC children and youth in District foster care, some 690 (49%) are in Maryland foster homes. To maintain enough beds for DC children and youth in need of foster care, CFSA has traditionally entered into contracts with private agencies that operate networks of foster homes, most of which are in Maryland. CFSA’s current inventory of foster care beds includes 953 in Maryland and 532 in the District. Given the volume of inter-jurisdictional placements from the District to Maryland, the new border agreement is a significant help.

At the same time, CFSA is seeking to recruit more foster homes in the District. Increasing the inventory of homes in the city will allow more District children and youth in need of foster care to remain in their home community. District residents interested in becoming foster parents should call 202-671-LOVE. Maryland residents who want to foster in Maryland should call 888-MD-KIDS2.

More information about the border agreement is available from Mindy Good, 442-6180 or via email.

Poster contest: Our Future Depends on How We Protect Our Environment Today

The Hillcrest Community Civic Association has announced their 2013 Poster Contest: Our Future Depends on How We Protect Our Environment Today.

Qualifying entrants are Hillcrest residents who are 5 – 17 years old.   The deadline for submitting posters is April 12.   More information, including contest rules, is online (PDF).

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

CM Graham's opening statements from Mar. 4

The Committee on Human Services (Ward 1 CM Graham, chairman) held an oversight hearing on the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) and the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (Trust) March 4.   Read CM Graham's opening statement for DYRS and his statement for the Trust.

One City Summer 2013 RFP issued; due Mar. 25

The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (Trust) issued the One City Summer Initiative (OCSI) 2013 RFP February 25.   Important deadlines are Notice of Intent to Apply (March 13) and Proposal Submission Deadline (March 25).   More information is on the Trust's RFP page online.

March 5 Legislative Meeting

The DC Council will meet March 5 at 11:00 am for the Fifth Legislative Meeting.   The draft agenda and measures from councilmembers are online.

Watch here on the DC Council website.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Public Service and the Women of Washington

RSVP for this event to Kiara Pesante via email or by calling 724-8089.

Quote of the day from CM Alexander

Wondering what we can learn from Ward 7 CM Yvette Alexander, quoted in this story by Alan Blinder, D.C. leaders get set for battle over extra $190 million:
And Ward 7 Councilwoman Yvette Alexander wants Gray to devote cash to deploying professional lobbyists to Capitol Hill to press the District's case for statehood.

"Look at how it works at the [John A.] Wilson Building," Alexander said. "You've got a gazillion activists that come in, and then when the lobbyists come in who represent the interests of the people, that's what gets the deals done."

Friday, March 1, 2013

Mendo's Mar. 4 legislative meeting briefing

CM Graham on NewsTalk Mar. 1

Today on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt, Ward 1 CM Jim Graham will be asked about the reprimand he received this week from his colleagues.   The CM will likely appear in the second half of the 10:00 - 11:00 am program.

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.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes at WaPo

D.C. Wire has moved.   At the new location you will find local politics reporting and District of DeBonis.