Friday, May 31, 2013

There is still time to register for Moving Forward – Building Greater Sustainability June 7

Yes, it's that time again: The Annual Public Private Partnership Conference (the 13th annual!) takes place June 7 from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm at the World Bank.   This comprehensive day of learning and networking will connect you with leaders from across the region and resources to move you towards greater sustainability.   Sessions will provide learning opportunities for all levels in financial management, social media, fundraising and partnerships.

SPECIAL: Register now and get a $25 discount.   Use the code PPPConf (case sensitive, no spaces).

Ribbon cutting at DPR's first inclusive play space, May 31

Mayor Vince Gray will cut the ribbon on the first completed inclusive playground―Rosedale Recreation Center Playground (1701 Gales St NE)―May 31 from 10:00 - 11:00 am.   This is part of the city's Play DC initiative managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Department of General Services (DGS).

Play DC is a multi-year effort to renovate 32 playgrounds across the city.   It is the largest playground renovation project in the District’s history.

FY 2014 budget update, May 31

The certified, final FY 2014 committee reports are posted on the DC Council website.   The two committee reports not posted are Committee of the Whole and Committee on Finance and Revenue; email me (susie.cambria@gmail DOT com) if you want the F&R report.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tell OSSE what you think!

From the Office of the State Superintendent of Education:
In an effort to better serve DC’s education stakeholders, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has embarked on an initiative to create a statewide report card for all public schools. These report cards will build on the success of the Public Charter School Board’s Performance Management Framework and the DCPS Scorecards by providing parents and stakeholders access to a uniform set of school factors and data points across all public schools. The goal of the effort is to provide the most important and relevant comparison information to help parents and stakeholders become more informed consumers regarding their publicly funded school options.

As part of this effort, we are asking you to participate in our discovery process in two ways.

  1. By completing the survey found at the following link http://srvy.it/10pUgRx. The deadline for responses to the survey has now been extended until 5pm on Friday, June 7, 2013.
  2. And/Or

  3. By joining us on Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 6:00-7:00 pm for a focus group exploring what information to include in the report card and how to make sure it is accessible and easy to use. The focus group will be held in the 3rd floor conference room of OSSE’s headquarters, located at 810 First St., NE in Washington, DC. To RSVP for this event, please contact Maisha Hayes at maisha.hayes@dc.gov.

By participating in one or both of these efforts, you will give us insight into what the most important factors are to you when choosing a school for your student and how we can make that information available to you in the most convenient and usable way.

If you have any questions regarding this initiative, please contact Kilin Boardman-Schroyer at kilin.boardman-schroyer@dc.gov.

FY 2014 budget update, May 30

Wild Apricot's list of free webinars in June 2013

Wild Apricot's list of free webinars for nonprofits in June 2013 contains the usual list of fundraising webinars and these:
  • Leadership Engagement as an Operations Strategy (June 5)
  • 10 Super Solid Ways to Grow Your Nonprofit Email List Now (June 11)
  • Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks to Organizational Success (June 18)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Will the BAC be cut to .05? Watch NewsTalk May 29.

Washington Regional Alcohol Program's Kurt Erickson will appear on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt May 29 at 10:00 am to talk about the proposal to reduce the legal blood alcohol limit to .05.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here, http://news8.net/, to see the conversation.

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

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Everyone can play a role in engaging parents in the education of their children

You've heard by now that DC Public Schools has released the 2013 DCPS Parent Handbook.   The handbook is a terrific way for nonprofits of all kinds to engage clients whose children are enrolled in DCPS.   Front-line workers know, for example, that some parents need to address their own challenges with education, school, and learning before they can ever be real champions for their children's learning.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Grosso's arts open house, May 29

At-large CM David Grosso is hosting an Arts Open House May 29 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW) in Room 406.   The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is partnering with the CM on this event.   Art by local artists an an exchange of ideas will be featured.

Mayor Gray's May 29 sked

On Mayor Gray's May 29 schedule is his regular biweekly presser from 10:00 - 10:45 am at St. Elizabeths East Campus (1100 Alabama Ave SE).   The mayor will ceremonially break ground on the St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion as part of his regular bi-weekly presser.

Are you offering programming this summer? Do tell!

Summer is right around the corner and parents are still looking for programs for their children and teens and young adults (to age 24) are searching for meaningful activities.

If your organization/agency (nonprofit or DC government) have programs for kids, enter the information into this form and it will be included in The BRIDGE Project searchable database (and yes, the website is undergoing a complete overhaul and will feature youth programming!).   Please complete the organizational and program information; it won't take long, promise!

Sandra's success!

Sandra Gomez, a DC resident and staffer in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, ran her first half-marathon in April.   She took the challenge seriously, training hard, and raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.   Unfortunately, Sandra's family has been negatively affected by cancer.

Her post-run marathon note to supporters and photos are below.

I was able to complete my 1st Half in 2:54:57!!! Before and after crossing the finish line and see my friends, my daughter and parents was priceless! Hearing them say "Go Sandrita," "that's my daughter" and "mommy I’m so proud of you!" All the training was worth every step I took!

When my legs would hurt I would think of each of you that believed in me and I ran!

I’m humble to say that I have some amazing family and friends!

This experience has taught me and inspired me so much! Until my next marathon! This is only the beginning! I even started a running group! Next year I hope to have a lot of my family and friends join me!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Signs-ons needed for letter supporting health insurance plan

DCFPI is asking for sign-ons for this letter supporting the plan for the HBX to be sole marketplace for health insurance for small businesses and individuals.
The DC Fiscal Policy Institute and a coalition of organizations needs YOUR HELP, AS A SMALL BUSINESS, to make the new DC Health Exchange as affordable and consumer-friendly as possible. On June 4, the DC Council will vote on legislation -- the Better Prices, Better Quality, Better Choices for Health Coverage Amendment Act of 2013 -- which would make the exchange the sole marketplace for all insurance sold to small businesses and individuals. We need your support to ensure the bill passes as is, without insurer-led amendments that would weaken the bill.

Small employers, like ours, stand to benefit substantially from this legislation as currently drafted. The exchange will act as a one-stop shop and display prices and benefits of all plans available in the market ---providing maximum choice and value for our employees. Insurers will finally have to compete for our business, while providing the benefits promised to us by the Affordable Care Act.

But insurance company interests are pushing back and want to significantly delay the transition to a one-stop shopping market, or kill it altogether.

Attached is a small employer sign-on letter in support of mayor’s legislation as introduced. The letter will be distributed to the DC Council. If your organization would like to sign on, we ask that you submit your organization’s name and contact information (address, phone) by Close of Business Wednesday, May 29th to Wes Rivers (rivers@dcfpi.org ).

Friday, May 24, 2013

Community transportation visioning starting June 6

Move DC is the city's online portal concerning all things transportation visioning and reform.

But it's the work behind this robust online presence that is incredibly important: Starting June 6, Move DC (coordinated by DDOT) will host numerous community input events about the future of transportation in DC.   And not just one mode of transportation will be considered.   Rather, the public workshops―Ideas on Choices―will consider bus (Metro and Circulator), Metro Rail, automobile, sidewalks, streetcar, and biking.

Four meetings are scheduled throughout the District (all the same, just different locations and times):

  • June 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Lamond Riggs Library (5401 South Dakota Ave NE)
  • June 8, 10:00 am - Noon, Anacostia Library (1800 Good Hope Rd SE)
  • June 11, all day (specifics TBA), Union Station
  • June 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Georgetown Library (3260 R St NW)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

May 23 FY 2014 budget update

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DC Council approves $15 million competitive fund for nonprofits in FY 2014

The DC Council voted May 22 in support of Mayor Gray's proposed $15 million fund for nonprofits to benefit DC residents.   While Mayor Gray called the fund the One City Fund, the DC Council renamed it; the new name is "Innovation Fund."   The draft FY 2014 budget support act committee report says this about the fund:
Subtitle B. Innovation Fund Establishment: establishes the Innovation Fund and designates a grant managing entity to make sub-grants from the Fund for the purpose of promoting a growing economy, educational improvement, increasing sustainability, and improving the quality of life for all residents.

The DC Council made no other changes to the fund other than the name.   The BSA voted on by the DC Council (draft Committee Print, Subtitle B. Innovation Fund Establishment excerpt) May 22 retains the Community Foundation as the granting agency, the focus issue areas, funding for capacity building and operations, evaluations, nonprofit audit requirements, and other provisions.

Many thanks to those who advocated tirelessly in support of the fund.

CFSA announces database to connect family members

A press release from Child and Family Services Agency:
New Database Helps Reconnect Families Separated by Child Welfare

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Youths currently or formerly in foster care and their immediate birth family members who got separated in the District’s child welfare system now have a way to find each other again. When both parties enroll in the Voluntary Foster Care Registry, the DC Child and Family Services Agency can let them know how to contact each other.

"Even if people were in the system a long time ago or only for a short time, this may be a way to get back in touch with family," said CFSA Director Brenda Donald.

People eligible to enroll in the Voluntary Foster Care Registry must be at least 18 years old and:

  • Currently or previously the subject of a child abuse or neglect case in the District.
  • A birth parent who lost touch with a son or daughter in the District child welfare system.
  • A birth sibling separated from brothers or sisters in the District child welfare system.

While the Voluntary Foster Care Registry does not search for people, it will connect family members who enroll to find each other. People who want to sign up should complete a VFCR Registration Form that they can get in three ways:

  • Download and print the form from www.cfsa.dc.gov.
  • Email a request for the registration form to CFSA.VFCR@dc.gov.
  • Call (202) 442-6188 and ask to get a registration form through the mail.

The Council of the District of Columbia called for establishment of the Voluntary Foster Care Registry in the Adoption Reform Amendment Act of 2010. CFSA manages the Registry. The attached sheet of frequently asked questions contains full details.

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The DC Child and Family Services Agency is the first responder to child abuse and neglect in the District of Columbia, taking and investigating reports 24/7 at 202-671-SAFE. CFSA protects child victims and those at risk and assists their families.

More information is available from Mindy Good, (202) 409-2812, mindy.good@dc.gov.

Presentation of findings on needs assessment related to employment for residents with disabilities, June 7

The Department on Disability Services is hosting an event to present the findings of the recent needs assessment related to improving employment outcomes for District residents with disabilities.   The event takes place June 7.   More information is in the flyer, below.

CSNA Flyer

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

FY 2014 budget documents from the DC Council

The DC Council will hold the first and only vote May 22 on the FY 2014 budget request act and the first of two votes on the FY 2014 budget support act.

Related documents are:

Two items jump out as earmarks, the practice banned during Vince Gray's tenure as DC Council chair.   The first is the $1 million for truancy:

... the Committee increases the budget for the Justice Grants Administration, under DMPSJ, by $1million to fund grants to neighborhood collaboratives...

The second is for counseling services:

Additional funding is provided for vital contractual services in this cluster, such as an additional $65,000 in grief counseling services through the Wendt Center.

At the same time, however, the Committee of the Whole calls for better granting processes, though if this new BRA provision applies to the earmarks is anyone's guess.

General Budget/Balancing Exercises
In recent years, much attention has been focused on the targeting and oversight of grants within the District’s budget. In response to these concerns, which were shared throughout the District government, the Council proposes that procedures for the administration of grants, and reporting requirements that lay the groundwork for rigorous oversight, be included in a subtitle of the BSA. Funds set aside for grant-making in the FY 2014 budget will be subject to the provisions of the Grant-Making Administration Act. This legislation establishes specific transparency, competition, clean-hands, reporting, and other requirements to safeguard public dollars and ensure the integrity of the grant-making process.

Those interested in watching the latest budget battle should tune in to the May 22, 10:00 am Committee of the Whole meeting and the 11:00 am Legislative Meeting in the Council Chamber on Channel 13 via OCT.

New events added to Advocacy and Learning Calendar, May 20

Webinars and events have been added to the Advocacy and Learning Calendar.   There are many more on the calendar than those highlighted here:
  • Affordable Care Act and Youth - Solutions Desk - Helping Youth Transition (May 22)
  • 21st Century Drug Policy Reform: A Conversation with Gil Kerlikowske (May 23)
  • Congratulations, the IRS Says Your Organization is Exempt: A Webinar that Discusses What Happens Next (May 29)
  • A New Era in Nonprofit Marketing: Why Winging It with Social Media No Longer Works (June 4)
  • Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality (June 5)
  • DC Environmental Network Brown-Bag Pay Dirt: Composting to Reduce Waste, Create Jobs, and Protect the Bay! (June 6)

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

Monday, May 20, 2013

Consider signing this petition supporting neighborhood schools

Education experts, advocates, community leaders, and parents have come together to support and advocate for matter-of-right neighborhood schools and other important education policies.   This group, primarily comprised of parents, is gathering signatures on a petition to 1) gain support for some basic principles and 2) move the issue of matter-of-right neighborhood schools.   The petition's preamble says this:
A critical mission for our city is to ensure great, matter-of-right schools from pre-school through high school graduation in all of our communities.

In large parts of the city, parents have little confidence that there are viable, matter-of-right neighborhood options for their children, and find themselves at the whim of a lottery system. That reality undermines their enthusiasm and even willingness to stay in the city and detracts from quality of life for all of our citizens.

The petitioners are encouraging folks across the city to sign the petition.

EOTR residents: Your input is needed!

Dreaming Out Loud is conducting a survey of east of the river residents about the idea of locating a farmers market in Ward 7.   The nonprofit organization is interested in hearing about the items residents buy or would buy at a farmers market, where they shop for groceries now, and whether they would shop at a farmers market.

Why is this organization interested?   Because they founded Aya Community Markets.

Please take the survey and encourage others to do the same.

Your action is needed to protect the $15 million One City Fund

Attend the Committee of the Whole's May 22, 10:00 am vote on the FY 2014 budget and hold up* the sign (below) and you'll let CMs know that you support this important investment in the community and nonprofits, the organizations providing valuable services to residents.

Public presence is essential.   So organize your colleagues to attend the first reading of the budget support act.

*Hold the sign at chest level; anything else will likely considered to be demonstrating and demonstrating is not allowed in the Council Chamber.

CM Tommy Wells on NewsTalk May 20

Ward 6 CM Tommy Wells will guest on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt May 20 at 10:00 am.   Wells will be asked about the FY 2014 budget, streetcars, ethics reform, legalizing marijuana, and his run for mayor.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here, http://news8.net/, to see the conversation.

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

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Is your organization offering summer programming for children and/or youth?

Summer is right around the corner and parents are still looking for programs for their children and teens and young adults (to age 24) are searching for meaningful activities.   If your organization/agency (nonprofit or DC government) have programs for kids, enter the information into this form and it will be included in The BRIDGE Project searchable database (and yes, the website is undergoing a complete overhaul and will feature youth programming!).   Please complete the organizational and program information; it won't take long, promise!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pre-COW media briefing, May 20

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will brief the media about the May 21 Committee of the Whole May 20 at 10:00 am in Room 123 of JAWB.   Additional information is available by calling (202) 724-8032.   If you can't make it to the Wilson Building, you can watch the briefing via Granicus.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Save the date: May 22 for one final push for the One City Fund

We're not done!   Another push, a final one, is needed to ensure the $15 million One City Fund survives as proposed during the May 22 first vote on the budget support act.

If you believe in the value of the One City Fund to improve the lives of DC residents via nonprofits all over the city, turn out May 22 to the John A. Wilson Building to show your support (small sign to hold here).

More details to come May 20.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

FY 2014 budget update, May 16

CM Budget Updates

The Mayor Gray Report

Do you receive The Mayor Gray Report?   It is the weekly report to stakeholders, community leaders, and opinion makers of the important steps the Gray Administration is taking to move the District forward.   If you would like to receive this regular update or suggest topics, projects, or initiatives to be profiled in future editions, email Sheila Bunn, Sheila.Bunn@dc.gov.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

CM Tommy Wells' new staffer

Ward 6 CM Tommy Wells has hired a new Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor―Jack Pfeiffer.    Pfeiffer's contact info is:
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 109
Washington, DC 20004
jpfeiffer@dccouncil.us
www.TommyWellsWard6.com
(202) 724-8063

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

FY 2014 DC Council budget deliberations continue May 15

The DC Council will meet May 15 starting at 9:30 am in Room 502 to discuss the FY 2014 budget support act.   You can watch the deliberations on Channel 13 via OCT stream.   Or, you can head to the Wilson Building and sit in any of the hearing rooms.

Mayor Gray's May 15 schedule

On Mayor Gray's May 15 schedule is his regular biweekly presser from 11:00 am - Noon in Room G-9 at JAWB.   The mayor will talk about the interim report from the Power Line Undergrounding Task Force.

If you can't make it to the Wilson Building, you can watch the presser on Channel 16.

DC Council FY 2014 budget deliberations May 14

The DC Council will meet May 14 starting at 9:00 am in Room 502 to discuss the FY 2014 committee reports and budget support act.   You can watch the deliberations on Channel 13 via OCT stream.   Or, you can head to the Wilson Building and sit in any of the hearing rooms.

Supporters of the One City Fund should hold this sign up while they are watching in one of the JAWB rooms.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Tweets in support of the One City Fund

Follow along the tweets in support of the $15 One City Fund proposed by Mayor Vince Gray.   You can join in by tweeting between Noon May 13 and Noon May 14 and using the hash tag #dcfy14.   Check out these sample tweets and CM Twitter handles.

(Finally) The Committee on Human Services FY 2014 mark-up

The Committee on Human Services will hold their FY 2014 budget mark-up May 13 at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber.   Watch the event on Channel 13 via OCT.

Tweet to protect the One City Fund, May 13-14

One City Fund Twitter by Susie Cambria

Friday, May 10, 2013

Save the date for Ward 7 Economic Summit June 29

Mayor Gray's Ward 7 Economic Summit will take place June 29 at 9:00 am at H.D. Woodson High School (540 55th St NE).   More information is on the Great Streets website.

FY 2014 budget update, May 10

The FY 2014 budget process continues with these events calendared:
  • Rescheduled Committee on Human Services mark-up: The new date and time, May 10, 10:00 am.
  • First reading of the BSA and only reading of BSA, May 22

Some additional budget-related items:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Resilient DC Community Forum May 15

The Department of Health is sponsoring the Resilient DC Community Forum May 15 from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm at the District Architecture Center (421 7th St NW).

The forum will focus on helping attendees make meaningful connections that strengthen the community and build resilience particularly as they relate to successfully dealing with emergency situations like Snowmageddon, Hurricane Sandy, or widespread power outages.   The forum will feature discussions, presentations, break-out sessions, and networking focused on strategies for building community connections and resilience in the District.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register online.

Contact the DC Council May 9 to protect the $15 million One City Fund

Immediate action―May 9, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm―is required to protect the $15 million One City Fund to help District nonprofits help District residents better.   If you support the $15 million fund, proposed by Mayor Gray as part of the FY 2014 budget, call or email DC Councilmembers and deliver the message below.   Also, encourage your board, colleagues, supporters, and clients to deliver the important message.
"I am (name) and I am calling from (organization) located in (Ward __).

I urge you to support of the One City Fund as introduced by Mayor Gray when you vote at the Committee of the Whole mark-up this afternoon. The Fund will infuse much needed operating funding into the nonprofit community in the areas of education, job training, health, services for seniors, arts, public safety, and the environment. This money will directly benefit District residents, your constituents.

As designed, the Fund provides maximum transparency and accountability. Further, the Fund's operator, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, will evaluate individual grantees and the effort overall. These evaluations are a particular value added, something never done of funding let by the government. In this way, the city will best serve residents and establish the District as embracing quality practices."


Contact information for the 13 CMs is in the council directory (PDF) and here:

Chairman Phil Mendelson: pmendelson@dccouncil.us, 724-8032

Anita Bonds (At-large): abonds@dccouncil.us, 724-8064

David Grosso (At-large): dgrosso@dccouncil.us, 724-8105

David Catania (At-large): dcatania@dccouncil.us, 724-7772

Vincent Orange (At-large): vorange@dccouncil.us, 724-8174

Jim Graham (Ward 1): jgraham@dccouncil.us, 724-8181

Jack Evans (Ward 2): jevans@dccouncil.us, 724-8058

Mary M. Cheh (Ward 3): mcheh@dccouncil.us, 724-8062

Muriel Bowser (Ward 4): mbowser@dccouncil.us, 724-8052

Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5): kmcduffie@dccouncil.us, 724-8028

Tommy Wells (Ward 6): twells@dccouncil.us, 724-8072

Yvette Alexander (Ward 7): yalexander@dccouncil.us, 724-8068

Marion Barry (Ward 8): mbarry@dccouncil.us, 724-8045


Details about the One City Fund are below and in the April 15 One City Fund presentation (PDF).

Mayor Gray's May 9 sked

Two items on Mayor Vincent Gray's May 9 schedule are:
  • Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, 1:00 – 1:30 pm at Friendship Public Charter School (2959 Carlton Ave NE)
  • BrightFarms Ward 8 Hydroponic Greenhouse Farm opening, 2:00 – 3:00 pm at Oxon Run Park (near the intersection of South Capitol St and Southern Ave SE; the entrance is behind the Bank of America, which is located at 4675 South Capitol St SW)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

FY 2014 budget update, May 8

If you missed the Committee on Health mark-up May 7, you can still take a look at the draft report.

On the May 8 mark-up agenda are:

OCT change allows viewers to watch hearings in all JAWB rooms!

A terrific addition to the Office of Cable Television's (OCT) Channel 13 capability:   Viewers now have a choice of which meeting to watch online.   Not that long ago, viewers could only watch the event taking place in the "senior" room, typically Room 500 in the John A. Wilson Building.   Now, viewers can use the OCT Channel 13 tool to watch a hearing or event in any of the hearing rooms.   Thanks OCT!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

FY 2014 budget update - mark-up sked updated, May 7

From the DC Council Budget Office:
REVISED COMMITTEE MARK-UP SCHEDULE
As of May, 6, 2013 @ 9:01 PM

TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013; COUNCIL CHAMBER (ROOM 500)
• 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Health
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013; COUNCIL CHAMBER (ROOM 500)
• 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Business, Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
• 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Workforce & Community Affairs
• 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Finance & Revenue
• 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Economic Development
• 5:00 p.m. – End. Judiciary & Public Safety
THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013; COUNCIL CHAMBER (ROOM 500)
• 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Education
• 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Transportation and the Environment
• 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Government Operations
• 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Human Services
• 4:00 p.m. – End. Committee of the Whole

Chief Lanier on NewsTalk May 7

Police chief Cathy Lanier will guest on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt May 7 at 10:00 am.   The chief will be asked about the city's readiness for a Boston-like emergency, gun violence, and more.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here, http://news8.net/, to see the conversation.

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

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May 7 Legislative Meeting details and links

The DC Council will hold a Legislative Meeting May 7 at 10:00 am.   The agenda and measures under consideration are here.

If you can't make it to the Wilson Building, you can watch the action on OCT's Channel 13.

New events added to Advocacy and Learning Calendar, May 6

Webinars and events have been added to the Advocacy and Learning Calendar.   There are many more on the calendar than those highlighted here:
  • Unwed Dads in the Inner City: What’s Changed and Why it Matters (May 8)
  • Encouraging Healthy Food Choices in SNAP (May 14)
  • Voter Registration Modernization (May 16)
  • DC Campaign Roundtable on School-Based Health (May 22)

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

Mayor Gray on student radio May 7

Mayor Gray will be interviewed by students on Eliot Hine Radio May 7 from 2:30 - 3:00 pm.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Human services committee draft FY 2014 report

UPDATED May 7: The document has been taken down as it was an unofficial draft. The Committee on Human Services (Ward 1 CM Jim Graham, chair) released the draft FY 2014 Committee on Human Services committee report (Word) late in the day May 6.

With the release, the committee has rescheduled the Committee on Human Services budget markup; it will now be held May 9 at 3:00 pm in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building.

Legislative meeting briefing May 6

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold his regular Legislative Meeting briefing to the media May 6 at 10:00 am in Room 412 of JAWB.   Chairman Mendelson will preview major legislative actions to be taken at the upcoming legislative meeting, scheduled for May 7 at 10:00 am.    Additional information: (202) 724-8032.

FY 2014 budget update, May 6

The Committee on Economic Development (Ward 4 CM Muriel Bowser, chair) mark-up has been moved to May 8 at 3:00 pm.

The Committee on Human Services markup (Graham, chair) has been rescheduled to May 7 at 5:00 pm. Thanks Lindsey Bartlett for info! (UPDATED May 6, 8:40a).

ICYMI: FY 2014 budget updates

Mayor Gray Releases FY 2014 Children’s Budget Report: Mayor Gray released the FY 2014 Children's Budget Report May 3.   The report shows that more than 20% of the proposed FY 2014 operating budget is directed to children, youth, and their families.

FY 2014 budget update, May 5: This post Storifies tweets, the news, and blog posts.

Spring 2013 Community Broadband Summit, May 18

OCTO's Spring 2013 Community Broadband Summit takes place May 18 from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Ave NE).

The summit, a day devoted to hands-on technology learning for work and play, is an opportunity to learn new skills and meet DC residents, businesses, nonprofits, and public/private sector digital experts.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Grant proposal reviewers needed; apply by May 10

The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation are looking for volunteer reviewers for the YouthLink FY2014 Service Coalition grant proposals.

Broadly, appropriate reviewers have experience within the juvenile justice system, delivering services to court-involved youth, and with special or traditionally under-served youth populations with high achievement gaps.   Previous grant review experience is preferred, but not required.   Reviewers may not have any direct or indirect affiliation with either an existing DC YouthLink service provider or organization currently applying for DC Youthlink Service Coalition membership.

Read the detailed description of proposal reviewer requirements (Word) for more information.

The deadline to apply is May 10.

FY 2014 budget update, May 5

Friday, May 3, 2013

Mayor Gray Releases FY 2014 Children’s Budget Report

Mayor Gray has announced the release of the FY 2014 Children's Budget Report:
Mayor Vincent C. Gray today released the Fiscal Year 2014 Children’s Budget Report. The operating budget contains $2.1 billion for children, youth, and families, comprising nearly 21 percent of the total FY 2014 Budget proposal of $10.1 billion. In addition, the capital budget includes more than $579 million for children, youth, and their families. This is 42 percent of the total FY 2014 capital budget of $1.4 billion.

The report is comprised of two parts: the narrative with consolidated operating and capital budget appendices and the budget numbers and program descriptions in Excel.   The latter was a request from the community.

Where's Loose Lips?

Alan Suderman's last column as the Washington City Paper's Loose Lips was April 26.  Suderman has moved to a new job at the Center for Public Integrity.    No worries, LL will return soon.

Reminder: Youth budget town hall is May 4

Remind young people and their parents about the mayor's Youth Budget Town Hall taking place May 4 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.   The event for youth will be held at Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives (1201 17th St NW).   From the DCYAC website (where you can also find the flier for the event):
Are you age 21 and younger? Do you want your voice to be heard? If yes, then Mayor Gray wants to hear from you at his Youth Budget Town Hall Meeting. Questions? Want to RSVP a table for your youth organization? Contact DCYAC at (202) 727-7968 or email: dcyac@dc.gov. For translation or interpretation services, call (202) 442-8150

Thursday, May 2, 2013

CM Evans on NewsTalk May 2

Ward 2 CM Jack Evans will guest on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt May 2 at 10:00 am.   Evans will be asked about the search for a new CFO, the city's new Medicaid contract, 2014 and more.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here, http://news8.net/, to see the conversation.

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

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

ICYMI: Martin Austermuhle has a new gig

Not evident in the tweets below from Martin Austermuhle is that the journalist has left DCist for WAMU.    April 29 was his first day at WAMU.

Young adults needed to coordinate programming for summer

Ocs i Young Adult Coordinator Position