Saturday, February 28, 2015

Here's the 411 on DC's #dcfy16 budget, in development

The February 27 DCR via @hgil

A common sense discussion about privilege and white privilege in particular

March 13: DC Supporting Families Community of Practice meeting

The next DC Supporting Families Community of Practice meeting will take place Friday, March 13 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at DLA Piper, LLP (500 8th St NW).

The meeting will be co-sponsored by the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making and will offer an opportunity to learn about and discuss important issues related to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to make decisions throughout the life course. Additionally, we will provide updates on the progress made by our subcommittees since our last meeting on: (1) starting up a DC Parent to Parent chapter; (2) launching an Advocacy Across the Lifespan Guide; and (3) establishing a Family Support Council to advise DC government agencies.

RSVP to Jestina Heroe by phone, (202) 730-1586, or via email,

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Latest revenue estimates: DC will have more money now and in future

My two cents on new approach of the city re: health

WBJ's Tina Reed gives a snapshot of DOH director Dr. Nesbitt's approach to health policy and practice in the District in D.C.'s new health chief wants to bring a health-in-all-policies approach to District.   My two cents:
  1. This is a sensible approach.
  2. For this cross-agency approach to work, DOH must afford other agencies and policy developers the same courtesy.

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March 2: Legislative meeting media briefing

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold a Legislative Media Briefing to discuss the Council's Tuesday, March 3 Legislative Meeting.   The briefing takes place Monday, March 2 at 10:30 am in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).  

Roundup of free webinars in March, brought to you by @WildApricot

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   The 17 Free Non-profit Webinars For March 2015 post includes Wild Apricot events (which look great!) and trainings by others about volunteer recruitment and retention, fundraising, social media, and more!

TA: Online tools for collaboration, engagement, advocacy

The AEA265 post Sara Vaca on Creativity and Evaluation Part II led me on an hours long online excursion, looking at recommend tools, testing some, rejecting a lot.

Here are some of the tools I find most useful, in no particular order:

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Background: Why there was an ASL interpreter at a recent mayoral presser

On February 17, I blogged Sign language interpreter added to Mayor Bowser's February 17 snow presser.   You may be wondering what the big deal is, why it's taken so long, or how this came to be.

Dara Baldwin, who describes herself in her Twitter (@NJDC07) profile as "Fun loving Newark, New Jersey girl residing in DC living a dream! Enjoying blessings of friends & family! RU NWK grad BA & MPA! Advocate for Disability Rights!", explains her unrelenting advocacy for ASL interpreters in her blog post When will DC Officials have ASL Interpreters on TV with them?.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mayor Bowser's February 27 schedule

Mayor Bowser's February 27, 2015 schedule includes several education announcements at 11:00 am at Randall Highlands Elementary School (1650 30th St SE).

ICYMI: Meryl Streep is digging Patricia Arquette's advocacy for women

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Physics Girl

Thanks to Phil Plait (Why Do Mirrors Reverse Left and Right but Not Up and Down?) for sending me to Physics Girl on Facebook and her website.   After watching the two videos recommended by Plait, I perused videos on YouTube and read over her website.   And this is what I found:
Physics Girl is a resource for fun physics videos and other materials about physics and physics outreach. This site is a resource for teachers, a source of entertainment for physics nerds, and a way for me to share a passion for physics while advocating for women in the sciences.

So if you want to learn cool stuff, or want to make sure the girls in your life get some pesky questions (such as Why is the universe flat? or What's the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse?) answered, take some time to look at Physics Girls' website and YouTube channel.   You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oversight and budget hearing schedules updated Feb. 25

ICYMI: Mike DeBonis is now covering Congress

Highlights of "Maximizing the Power of the EITC"

Buh-bye stars and bars, hello "We Are Washington, DC"

Want to read the entire order?   Here it is: MO 2015-078: Policy Establishing a Standard for Official Letterhead, Publications and Signage (PDF).

Did you miss the news of this change?   You can subscribe to the blog (top right) so you won't miss the DCR in Tweets from @hgil and Storified by me.   You may also subscribe to me on Storify.

Budget director Matt Brown is on Twitter

Matt Brown, the mayor's budget director, is on Twitter (@matthewtbrown).

Monday, February 23, 2015

Preview of February 24 Mayor-Council breakfast

Mayor Bowser will have members of the Council of DC to a breakfast meeting Tuesday, February 4 at 9:00 am in the Mayor's Ceremonial Room.   According to the release,
Mayor Bowser will attend and deliver brief remarks along with Administration Officials on several important issues, including the implementation of Initiative 71, the District’s Boys and Men of Color Initiative and the new Mayor's Commission to Honor the Honorable Marion S. Barry.

#DCision15 voter education

Ward 8 Conversation with Candidates, Saturday, February 28, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Ambassador Baptist Church (1412 Minnesota Ave SE).   This Women in Politics event will be moderated by Gloria Murry Ford, president of Murry Ford Communications.   RSVP online, via email,, or phone (Anita Shelton , 202-234-9089 or Ward 8 ANC Theresa H. Jones, 202-561-7318).

Event deets:

  • Each participant will be asked to share her ideas on key women's issues.
  • The format of the debate will include a five-minute opening statement from each candidate.
  • The discussion will include questions from a panel of experts and the audience.
  • A preference poll will be held among the Ward 8 residents and DCWIP members in the audience.

Ward 4 Conversation with Candidates, Sunday, March 1, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Fourth District Police Headquarters (6001 Georgia Ave NW).   This Women in Politics event will be moderated by Ebony McMorris, News Director, Radio One.   RSVP online or to Willie Delaney via email,

Event deets:

  • Each participant will be asked to share her ideas on key women's issues.
  • The format of the debate will include a five-minute opening statement from each candidate.
  • The discussion will include questions from a panel of experts and the audience.
  • A preference poll will be held among the Ward 8 residents and DCWIP members in the audience.

The residents behind Ward 4 Candidates Info recently announced that candidate responses to Ward 4 voter questions have been posted in the Q&A Responses section.   Topics covered so far are:
  • Budget Deficit
  • DC Public Schools
  • DC Street Car Initiative
  • Affordable Housing
  • DC Statehood
  • Limitations on Pop-Ups
  • Same-Sex Equality
  • Working Full-Time on Council
  • PEPCO/Exelon Merger
  • Walter Reed Redevelopment

February 24: Mayor-Council breakfast

The next Mayor-Council breakfast takes place Tuesday, February 24 in the morning.   Watch what happens on Twitter by following @maustermuhle, @tomsherwood, and @SegravesNBC4.

Updated ANC contact information list

Thanks to ANCs and others, ANCs 2015 has been updated.   Commissioners, residents, and good government types have combed through the DC government ANC website, ANC websites (such as ANC 6a ), and Twitter followers, and used their personal knowledge to add and correct information to this file.

Feel free to use the information in ANCs 2015.   If you see a mistake, or have social media information, please add it!   This is a resource for and by the community.

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TA: Three upcoming Nonprofit Tech for Good webinars

Save the dates for three upcoming Nonprofit Tech for Good free webinars:
  • How to Launch a Social Media Strategy for Your NGO, February 26
  • Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits, March 17
  • The Math and Science of Social Media: 20 Tips and Tricks for NGOs, April 2

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Maximum parent and community participation goal of new DCPS hearing sked

The Committee on Education's April 23 budget hearing for DCPS has two starting times for parents and community members.   The first starting time is 10:30 am and the second is 5:30 pm.   To register to testify in one of the two time periods, go to the signup form online.

Why try this new way of scheduling witnesses?   CM Grosso explains:

One of things that I have heard consistently is that the timing for budget and performance oversight hearings doesn’t allow many parents or community members who work during the day to participate. So for the upcoming DCPS budget hearing on April 23, we are going to do something a little different.

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The proper way to refer to the Council of the District of Columbia

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mayor Bowser's February 21 budget forum rescheduled to February 28

The February 20 DCR Storified

The CA is on Twitter

Rashad Young, DC's city administrator, is on Twitter (@Young_CityDC).

TA: Effective delegation webinar Feb. 25

4Good's free "Effective Delegation" webinar takes place Wednesday, February 25 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.   From the event invitation:
Key take aways:
-- Learn why we do and don't delegate
-- Understand how to develop an optimal delegation mindset
-- Learn a five step delegation process
-- Discover how to handle common delegation challenges

Friday, February 20, 2015

Make a donation to UPO, help people who are homeless

UPO is collecting adult-size hats, gloves, scarves, and white socks and blankets, and sleeping bags to give to people who are homeless.   UPO distributes the items as part of their Shelter Hotline work for the District.   If you are interested in making a donation, drop off the items at UPO's main office, 301 Rhode Island Ave NW from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, seven days a week.   More information is available by calling (202) 399-7093.

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ICYMI: Carrie James on Disconnected at Berkman Center in January

If you missed Carrie James on Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap in January 2015, here's a bit about the book:
Fresh from a party, a teen posts a photo on Facebook of a friend drinking a beer. A college student repurposes an article from Wikipedia for a paper. A group of players in a multiplayer online game routinely cheat new players by selling them worthless virtual accessories for high prices. How do youth, and the adults in their lives, think about the moral and ethical dimensions of their participation in online communities? In this talk Carrie James -- Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of "Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap" -- explores how young people approach questionable situations online as well as more dramatic ethical dilemmas that arise in digital contexts.

A number of service providers, advocates, policy wonks, and interested residents came together January 20, 2015 to watch the Berkman Center event.   I captured the official Berkman program and the local feedback in DC youth advocates and the @BerkmanCenter's @carrie_james event January 20, 2015.

You can also watch the entire Berkman Center video.

Thursday, February 19, 2015, an online budget recommendation tool

Tell Mayor Bowser what you want to see in her proposed FY 2016 budget on   You have until February 28 to use this online tool.

What I had to say about the ANC office for oversight

I just submitted my statement for the record re: Office of Neighborhood Advisory Commissions and thought I would share.   Excerpts:
In the various roles I have had in the District of Columbia since I graduated from the Howard University School of Social Work in May 1997, I have had the occasion to communicate with SMD commissioners. I have mainly relied on the ANC website for contact information. Unfortunately, it is neither complete nor in a usable format unless the user is only looking for contact information for one commissioner. What I, and others, would like to see: Definitive contact information by ANC and the addition of a downloadable version of the contact list in Excel or .csv.

If is the website of record for ANC and SMD commissioner information, then the website should have all the information. I suggest that the following information be available on
1. Name
2. Home address
3. Phone number used for ANC business, including area code and presented in the OCTO standard format (202) XXX-XXXX.
4. Email address used for ANC business. Only the email addressed used for ANC business should be listed. Meaning that if a commissioner does not use the standard, then that address should not be listed on the ANC website.
5. Website (as appropriate).
6. Social media platforms used for ANC business (as appropriate).

February 24 event: Economic Inclusion: Maximizing the Power of the EITC

Economic Inclusion: Maximizing the Power of the EITC, sponsored by Capital Area Asset Builders and others, will take place Tuesday, February 24 from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm at The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center (2730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE).   The event includes a networking lunch.   Attendance is free, but registration is required.

According to the invitation,

Kartik Athreya, group vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will discuss his recent research on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), with a focus on EITC use in DC. The EITC is the Nation's largest income-support program. Rich Petersen and Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz of Capital Area Asset Builders will lead a discussion of current efforts to maximize the number of DC residents who benefit from the EITC and the partnerships required for success.

The February 24 event is the first in the series of discussions about improving financial health in DC.   Future topics include access to credit and new financial products for unbanked and under-banked households; credit building and repair; and will culminate in the development of a financial inclusion action plan for DC.

Direct questions to Sybongile Cook via email,

Thought you might be interested Thursday: The failures of higher ed at the elites

If you are interested in how colleges and universities are serving young people, take some time to watch the BookTV video After Words with William Deresiewicz.   According to the website,

William Deresiewicz talked about his book Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, in which he argues that the most sought after universities in the country fall short of providing the key components of a good education. According to Mr. Deresiewicz, these components include how to think critically and be creative, and to have a goal in life beyond material desires. He spoke with Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown University's College of Arts and Sciences.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

March 12: The Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Forecast: Stormy or Calm?

The DC Bar and others are sponsoring The Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Forecast: Stormy or Calm? Thursday, March 12 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm at K&L Gates (1601 K St NW in the Boardroom) (Metrorail: Farragut North/Farragut West).

According to the announcement:

The Fiscal Year 2016 Budget will be the first budget for Mayor Bowser. In addition, 5 of the 13 Members of the District of Columbia Council are new to the Council. How will the Mayor and the new Council make their mark in a fiscally restrained environment? Hear directly from three key budget officials for the District: the District's CFO, Jeffrey DeWitt; the Mayor's Budget Director, Matthew Brown; and the Council's Budget Director, Jennifer Budoff; who will offer their thoughts on the FY 2016 Budget in an intimate setting. In addition to local fiscal challenges, what challenges will the District's Budget face from the new Congress? Stop and see if the forecast is stormy or calm.

This brown bag event is free.

In the event of inclement weather, check on the status of the event by calling the D.C. Bar, (202) 737-4700.

Tweet of the day from Bryan Weaver

The format I'd use if I were presenting at a #FreshStart budget forum

As a follow-up to My answers to John Falcicchio's questions, I'm sharing the advice I am giving those who have asked how they should format their budget recommendations to be presented at the Bowser Administration Budget Engagement Forums February 19, 21, and 23.

First, let's start with the fact that all recommendations from the community are enhancements.   Why?   Because the FY 2016 budget is based on the FY 2016 Current Services Funding Level (CSFL).   You can learn how the CSFL is developed, along with what it includes and excludes, in CSFL From FY 2016 Operating Budget Manual, below.

CSFL From FY 2016 Operating Budget Manual by Susie Cambria

Second, consider these words, included in the original guidance (fall 2014) to agencies:

Please remember that the budget is very tight this year. Please consider how any enhancements would be paid for, and provide that as part of your submission.

And now to the formatting of your recommendations.   DC government agencies are required to use Form B for enhancements and this is what I suggest members of the public use to format their FY 2016 budget recommendations.   You will see that you have to provide the hierarchy level.   There are three (Obligatory Needs, Core Function Needs, Other Needs) and they are explained in Enhancement - Form B - FY16, below.

Enhancement - Form B - FY16 by Susie Cambria

FY 2016 Agency Hierarchy of Budgetary Needs by Susie Cambria

Do you have some recommendations that require a change in the law?   Submitting draft BSA language goes a long way toward getting your recommendation considered and adopted.   The BSA template is below.

FY 2016 BSA Summary Template by Susie Cambria

How fab is this: Guide to silent auction planning

If you want to host a silent auction, the Wild Apricot guide will get you started with the basics.   The guide identifies the basic steps and helpfully, provides explanations and even forms.

The guide is free.

Recap of electeds on NewsTalk

Ward 2 CM Jack Evans appeared on NewsTalk February 6.   Watch Bruce interview CM Evans.   (For some reason I can't embed the video.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ward 1 ed resource

Sign language interpreter added to Mayor Bowser's February 17 snow presser

Council gets credit for progressive #dcfy15 tax package

According to Accolades for FY 2015 Council budget, tax reform package continue to mount, the DC Council has received credit for managing a balanced approach to tax reform.   Take a look at the highlights of the high-fives to see if you agree.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mayor Bowser on NewsTalk Feb. 17

Mayor Bowser will appear on NewsTalk Tuesday, February 17 at 10:00 am.   Tune in to the show streaming here:   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

TA: Options for cloud storage webinar Feb. 19

"OneDrive versus Dropbox" is the topic of conversation for the free Community IT webinar Thursday, February 19 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.   From the invitation:
Organizations continue to look for ways to move their file and document management solutions to the cloud. Over the past two years, Dropbox for Business and OneDrive for Business have emerged as frontrunners among cloud file managers.

In many ways, it is an "apples to oranges" comparison and there may be scenarios in which it makes sense to use both solutions. (Or neither!)

OAPIA community office hours Feb. 19

From an email:
Director David Do of the DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) is holding his office hours in the neighborhood to stay connected with the community and to provide constituents with easy access to District government to share their concerns and issues. Please come with your questions or concerns or just come to say hi.

*What*: OAPIA Director David Do's Office Hours in Ward 1

*When*: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 11 am to 12 noon

*Where*: Samuel Kelsey Apartments, 3322 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20010

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Be glad you don't live in Portland, OR

I was merrily reading Auditor not happy with city's budget process, hoping to find at least one thing the District of Columbia could take away from the Portland, OR budget process audit (PDF).   I did not expect to read this:
And the audit questioned the value of the extensive public involvement process that includes citizens serving on a variety of budget advisory committees. Although some committee members and bureau managers found their input helpful, others disagreed.

Thinking about DC, I believe the government could be more strategic learning from the public.   I also believe that nonprofits and other community organizations can do a better job of helping the government think through budget priorities and policy changes to ensure budgets achieve the promised goals.

We are lucky in many ways in DC.   Long ago I learned that in some states, you have to be invited to testify.   In others, budget hearings are closed-door affairs.

Mayor Bowser has elevated public input into the development of the budget.   Take advantage.   Learn more about how to tell the mayor what you want to see in the FY 2016 budget.

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My wish: Daily CM schedules published

FYI: The latest in nonprofit communications trends

Wild Apricot recently shared the latest communications analysis Nonprofit Communications Trends Report by Kivi Leroux Miller.   From the Wild Apricot blog post 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report:
Here are some highlights:
  • 57% of respondents said that "Engaging Our Community" was their most important communication goal.
  • 81% thought that their website was the most important communication channel and 92% thought podcasting is the least important.
  • The respondents reported that Facebook updates took the most time in a typical week.
  • Facebook is still no. 1 in social media - 96% of respondents have a Facebook page.
  • Respondents ranked the "lack of time to produce quality content" as "very challenging".
  • 62% will send an email newsletter at least monthly.

The findings are also depicted in an infographic (use the link above).   A snippet of the graphic is below.   What I find most interesting is that the website ranks highest as major communications channel.   In my experience, nonprofit (and for that matter DC government) websites are not updated in a timely manner.   Specifically, as a rule I find that websites are not updated with event information or newsletters.   Newsletters and event invites are emailed but the information is not on the website.   I would urge nonprofits and DC government agencies to post information on sites before the content is emailed.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The February 13, 2015 DCR in Tweets

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February 24 panel: Economic and Workforce Development Impacts of Language Immersion

#BlackLivesMatter And The Power of Sports Feb. 25

Event details:

  • Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Watha T Daniels Library (1630 7th St NW)
  • RSVP on Facebook

Friday, February 13, 2015

How awesome is this: The DC gov PIO list

On February 13, the mayor's comms office published a list of agency PIOs.   Sweet.

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Cold Emergency to be on February 13, 2015

The DC government has announced that the Cold Emergency will be activated Friday, February 13.   This means that additional services and supports are put in place for homeless individuals.

More about the activation and what you can do in What to do for homeless individuals during this cold snap.

The latest Facebook change

Facebook 'Legacy Contact' Will Manage Your Account When You Die explains the latest Facebook decision about handling pages when the user dies.   Perhaps you can use the info personally or with clients in social media classes.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What to do for homeless individuals during this cold snap

While the District government and homeless services contractors do the bulk of the work helping homeless individuals stay warm during hypothermia season and when Cold Emergencies are activated, there is much regular people can do.

First, program your phone with the contact info for the Shelter Hotline operated by UPO.   The phone number is (202) 399-7093 and the email is

The second thing you can do is tell homeless individuals you see―many hang or sleep at Metrorail stations―that they can go to a warming site (not a shelter) to eat, keep warm, and sleep overnight.   The warming sites tonight are recreation centers so those who are homeless can enter at any time to stay warm.   They will not be able to sleep until the centers close to the general public and transition to a warming site.   Contact UPO and request transport for one or more people to a warming site or shelter; individuals will tell you which type of facility they like.

The third thing you can do is to tell others to program their phones and to look out for those who rely on the shelter system and warming sites.

Finally, you can learn more about Cold Emergencies by visiting the DHS website: Information About Cold Emergency Alerts.

WaPo's weekend editions get a facelift

Andrew Beaujon writes.

The Washington Post's Saturday print edition no longer exists for 7-Eleven customers: "We’ve expanded the Saturday product on newsstands," a Post spokesperson tells Washingtonian. If you want a print paper that day you can buy only the "early Sunday" edition, "which has all of the content from Saturday's paper, plus some additional content, coupons, the Magazine, TV Week and more from the Sunday paper," the spokesperson says.

Read the rest in Washington Post Kills Saturday Newsstand Edition.

Thought you might be interested Thursday: The latest from Dove

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mayor Bowser's February 12, 2015 schedule

I don't like this at all: Mike DeBonis leaving local reporting

My answers to John Falcicchio's questions

My answers to the Tweet from Mayor Bowser's Chief of Staff John Falcicchio are "yes" and "no."

Yes, I read Muriel Bowser budgets carefully.   And I agree that the mayor is spending―not budgeting, as the Post ed board writes―with restraint.   And while the editorial contrasts Mayor Bowser with the current council, it must be said: Mayor Gray also limited spending at the beginning of each fiscal year.   This is what leaders do: manage, lead, and make hard decisions.

To the question about registering for a budget forum: No, I have not registerd.   Why?   If I have a recommendation, I send it to the mayor's budget staff led by Matt Brown (, CA Rashad Young (, deputy budget director Jenny Reed (, and DMs.   This behavior is not new; staff going back to Gregory McCarthy, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Anthony Williams, will attest to my emailed and snail mailed budget recommendations.

I see my role, as a DC resident and long-time advocate, as sharing what I've learned since 1996 in DC, helping others learn about and navigate the budget process.   Over the past two months, in particular, community activists and service providers have asked for my help understanding the process (info is here) and identifying ways to effectively communicate and urge the mayor to fund their priorities.   Other such meetings are scheduled for later this week and next.

So while I've not registered as John asked, I think I've done one better.

TA: Free resources from Community Tool Box

Community Tool Box has some fabulous tools to share for free.   Among the useful freebies are the toolkits Analyzing Problems and Goals, Building Leadership and Influencing Policy Development.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Crowdsourcing ANC contact information

Interested in contributing to a better list of ANCs?   Go to ANCs 2015 and update what is there; be sure to note when you made the change (the far right column).

ICH update and call for nominations

From an email from Kristy Greenwalt, ICH director:
ICH stakeholders:

I hope this message finds you well. I have a few updates I wanted to pass along this morning.

First, a new year and a new team presents us with the opportunity to rethink the way we use the ICH to drive systems change and coordinate efforts across our community. We’ll be moving to a quarterly meeting, with the first meeting of 2015 planned for March. The focus of the March meeting with be our new 5 year Strategic Plan. I am currently working with the City Administrator and Deputy Mayor Donald to finalize the meeting calendar for the year. We will share this as soon as the dates are confirmed.

Second, I wanted to alert you that I have transitioned over to the Wilson Building and will be housed in Deputy Mayor Donald’s Office (new contact information below). In addition, I am VERY excited to introduce you to two new team members that will be joining me the week of February 16 to assist with the work of the interagency council. Many of you already know Kimberly Henderson, who is going to be detailed to me from CFSA. In addition, Theresa Silla will be joining me as a Policy Fellow through the end of the fiscal year, thanks to generous support from our partners at the William S. Abell Foundation, the Meyer Foundation, and the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation. Please join me in welcoming them to the team!

Finally, I wanted to remind you that we are in the midst of accepting nominations for the open seats on the ICH. We will be filling the following vacancies:

  • Up to seven seats for service providers;
  • Up to four seats for individuals that are currently experiencing or have formerly experienced homelessness; and
  • Up to two seats for advocates.

It is important to note that individuals currently in a seat that is set to expire in 2015 must submit a nomination form in order to be considered for a subsequent term. All nominations must be submitted to the ICH Executive Committee (c/o Darrell Cason at by Friday, February 20th. Please keep in mind that individuals may nominate themselves, and they do not have to be a District resident to serve on the ICH. Please review the attached message for additional information.

We’re looking forward to a productive year ahead working in partnership with all of you.


Kristy M. Greenwalt
Director, Interagency Council on Homelessness
Office of the Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services
Government of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW | Washington, DC 20002
O: 202.727.2823 | C: 202.304.8318

The nomination paperwork is on the ICH website.

Storify just got better

Monday, February 9, 2015

February 9 Ward 8 candidate event Storified

The do's and don'ts of making Twitter work better for you

While the following Storify captures advice to journalists, the suggestions and research mentioned can be applied to nonprofits and government agencies using Twitter.

Ward 4 special election candidates website live

Several Ward 4 residents, not affiliated with any campaigns, have created Ward 4 Candidates Info to provide "comparative information on the 13 candidates now running for Ward 4 Member of the Council."   There's a lot of good info on the site, some categories shown below.   Ward 4 residents will also be able to submit questions they have for the candidates.

From the email announcing the launch of the site:

*About Missing Candidate Information*

Each of the original 14 people listed by the DC Board of Elections and Ethics as candidates were contacted via the phone numbers and email addresses published by the DC Board of Elections and Ethics. We personally called each candidate upwards of three to four times and spoke to all candidates at one point or another. Every eligible candidate committed to submitting content, except Bobvala Tengen.

Candidates who did not submit information for publication on this site have a blank profile page and a generic silhouette profile photo.

- Aqunetta Anderson: Stated she will participate but never sent information (did send a small photo).

- Ronald Austin: Stated he will participate but first submitted severely incomplete content, and did not send updated information.

- Gwenellen Corley-Bowman: Stated she will participate but never sent information.

- Bobvala Tengen: The only candidate to confirm by phone (on Feb 6) that he did not want to participate on this website.

- Brandon Todd: Stated he will participate but never sent information.

Note on Bruce Morrison: As of February 6, 2015, Mr. Morrison is listed by the DC Board of Elections and Ethics as a candidate, but Mr. Morrison does not appear on this website. In telephone conversations with Mr. Morrison (as recently as Feb 3), he stated he did not obtain the required 500 signatures on his petition in order to appear on the special election ballot. The DC Board of Elections and Ethics confirmed (on Feb 6) that he did not receive the number of required signatures, and that he would continue to appear on the candidate list until the petition challenge period ends (Feb 9). You can see the latest information on the website.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mayor Bowser's February 9, 2015 sked

Some of what the mayor will do Monday, February 9, 2015:
  • WPGC 95.5 Morning Show Call-In, 8:00 am
  • Mayor's Community Office Hours, Kennedy Recreation Center (1401 7th St NW), 4:00 pm

@TeamMuriel/DigitalBowser on Storify

Follow @TeamMuriel on Storify to stay on top of the digital life of Mayor Bowser according to her staff.

@TeamMuriel's Storify account is presumably managed by Earnestine E. Dawson, Digital Director, Office of Communications (202-727-6853, via email,

Ward 8 council candidates at town hall Feb. 9

Excerpts from the original post Feb 9| Town Hall Meeting with the Ward 8 DC Council Candidates:
St. Paul Senior Living at Wayne Place Cordially Invites You To Join Them As They Kick Off Their "Town Hall Meeting with the Ward 8 D.C. Council Candidates".

Ward 8 D.C. Council Candidates will answer questions, concerns, and share their vision

The residents of Ward 8 are invited to join the conversation as St. Paul Senior Living at Wayne Place kick off their first Town Hall meeting Monday, February 9, 2015 at 114 Wayne Place, Southeast (D.C.), hosted by Property Manager; Michael Tunstall. The meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m.

This forum is an opportunity for D.C. Council Candidates to share their vision with the Ward 8 community. The following DC Council candidates are confirmed to join the panel discussion; LaRuby May | Trayon White | Sandra Seegars | Shelia Bunn | Marion C. Barry | and more.

The release was dated January 29, 2015 so the list of confirmed candidates may have changed.

Save the date April 25 for New York Avenue gateway corridor event

The Greater New York Avenue Gateway Group, Inc. is planning a follow-up summit/symposium Saturday, April 25, likely at Mt. Horeb Church Annex.   A key purpose of the summit is to develop an action plan on short- and long-term activities to improve the New York Avenue gateway corridor.

In anticipation of the summit, GNYAGG will meet during the week of February 16 to identify additional ideas and make plans.   The group expects to learn from BIDs and Main Streets, among others, to drive improvements in all facets of the New York Avenue corridor.   Volunteers and co-sponsorship opps are available for the event.   Contact Kathryn Pearson-West via email, to learn more about these and other opportunities.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The February 6, 2015 DCR Tweeted and Storified

Politics & Prose recommended children's books of 2014

While the list may be from 2014, it's still a terrific resource.   The Politics & Prose list includes:
  • Who's Next Door
  • The Way to the Zoo
  • Blizzard
  • Once Upon an Alphabet
  • Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Riddle
  • The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
  • Brown Girl Dreaming
  • Jackaby

Read reviews of the books on the list.

UPDATED: Link corrected 2/7/15 7:10a.

Where to find budget info

I recently updated the budget documents and resources one-pager.   You can find it in the Budget Info page of this blog.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Recently on NewsTalk: Measles, child literacy, crime, and more

Chief Cathy Lanier talked with Bruce DePuyt January 20, 2015.

Nominations now being accepted for Ward 7 Women of Excellence awards

East River Family Strengthening collaborative (ERFSC) has opened nominations for Ward 7 Women of Excellence awards.   Submissions are due Friday, February 27.

Qualified nominees are those who have been in the Ward 7 business community for at least two consecutive years.   Winners will demonstrate superlative leadership and an unparalleled dedication to community service.

The winners will be recognized at the Second Annual "7 Ward 7 Women of Excellence" Luncheon March 26; deets below and on the ERFSC website.

Ward 7 Woman of Excellence

2015 Std

UPDATE: The files were updated 2/6/15 at 10:28a.

The value of Street Sense Storified

Thursday, February 5, 2015

CM Evans to be interviewed on NewsTalk Feb. 6

On Friday, February 6 at 10:00 am, Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) will guest on NewsTalk on NewsChannel8.   Tune in to the show streaming here:   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email ( the show.

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DC has a new Office on African-American Affairs

And no release from the mayor about the appointment or new office.

DOES gets a director

Last week at the SYEP kickoff, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that Deb Carroll, longtime director of the Economic Security Administration in DHS, would run DOES.   No release was issued by the mayor about this important announcement.   There are, however, these emails.   From Carroll:
Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced my appointment as the Acting Director for the Department of Employment Services. I am truly excited about the opportunity to help shape workforce development policies and practices that benefit all residents, including those we serve at DHS.

And from Laura Zeilinger, Acting Director of DHS:

Please join me in wishing congratulations to Deborah Carroll on her appointment to lead the Department of Employment Services! I am not surprised the Mayor recognized Deb’s leadership and talent and decided that she had to have her for that role. I admire Deb's presence, legal mind, determination, and ability to keep the people we serve at the forefront of her decision making. Having her at the helm of DOES will be fantastic for our collaboration with DOES and efforts to support DHS clients in accessing meaningful employment. Nevertheless, I know many of us will miss having her part of the day to day at DHS.

Right-sizing licensure in DC

MSN's The Silly Way We License Jobs Costs Us All $203 Billion a Year starts:

Over the course of two generations, the percentage of workers in the U.S. who are required to hold a license to do their job has gone from 5 percent to about 30 percent. Some of that increase is due, no doubt, to the increasing technological sophistication of modern society – the set of skills an auto mechanic needed in 1950 would never suffice in 2015, for example.

Some of the licensing is clearly safety driven – and some of it just makes good sense. But consider this: In 21 states, you must have a license to be a travel guide. In Nevada, a travel guide must train for 733 days before being able to earn a license, which costs $1,500. Florists, hair braiders, upholsterers, manicurists and many others also need licenses in some states to legally perform their work, and many if not all licensed professionals must regularly renew those licenses, also for a fee.

The findings of the Brookings' commissioned paper Reforming Occupational Licensing Policies (PDF) matter to DC because there are more than 100 boards and commissions and laws in every nook and cranny of the DC Code related to licensure, accreditation, and training.   There are, for example, boards for accountancy, social work, barber and cosmetology, chiropractic, industrial trades, and veterinary medicine.

DC Council committee staff and chairs should take the time to read the Brookings report and use it to jump start oversight in the hearings staring the week of February 9.   Upon completion of FY 2016 budget consideration, the council should turn to top-to-bottom review of licensure with the goal being to right-size systems to protect the public balanced against too much or out-of-whack certification requirements.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Contact info for DMHHS staff

This just in from the office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services:
  • Brenda Donald, Deputy Mayor,, 727-7973
  • Rachel Joseph, Chief of Staff,, 727-0879
  • Amber Tate, Administrative Support Specialist,, 727-9648
  • Maria-Esmeralda Paguaga, Communications,, 727-1751
  • Jennifer Valdivieso, Program Analyst (Intake),, 727-7973
  • Christian Barrera, Policy Analyst (Health),, 727-2320
  • Lee Hagy, Policy Analyst (Human Services),, 727-3607
  • Jenna Cevasco, Senior Policy Advisor,, 724-7742
  • Gail Kohn, Age-Friendly DC Coordinator,, 727-2736
  • Laura Newland, Policy Analyst (Community Living),, 727-8004
  • Nick Kushner, Capital City Fellow,, 727-7983
  • Kristy Greenwalt, ICH Director,, 727-2823

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