Saturday, January 31, 2015
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1201 15th Street NW, Suite 420
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 303-2438 (office)
Friday, January 30, 2015
To get help for homeless individuals, contact the Shelter Hotline via email, email@example.com or (202) 399-7093. The Shelter Hotline vans, operated by UPO, will transport those interested in shelter to a shelter, should beds still be available, or to a Warming Site, a facility providing food and the opportunity to sleep in a warm place overnight.
Learn more about cold emergencies.
The draft agenda for the February 3 leg meeting is below.
the blog of the District’s Office of Revenue Analysis. Here we share our research on economic and demographic trends taking shape in the District of Columbia.
Subscribe to the blog to stay on top of posts. The most recent posts are The D.C. Tax System's Effect on the Income Gap, Low-wage earners in the District of Columbia, and the previously shared Who stays in the District? Who leaves?.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The draft witness list is below.
If you can't make it to the roundtable in person, you can watch it online via the DC Council website.
Private conversations on Twitter are a great complement to the largely public experience on the platform. You might prefer to read (or watch) Tweets but converse about them privately. You might want to continue a public conversation privately with a smaller group, or start one based on a Tweet you saw. Many of you use Direct Messages to reach the people and brands you’re only connected to on Twitter. Whatever the case may be, the ability to converse privately with groups gives you more options for how and with whom you communicate on Twitter.
New! Use Direct Messages to speak privately with a group of up to 20 people. Share Tweets, show emoji & be yourself. https://t.co/8giGhC6OO0— Twitter (@twitter) January 27, 2015
Let others know how you will use this new Twitter tool in a comment.
- Burning Bonus March shacks, 1932
- Wide shot of people working at message center where the teletyped messages are received, decoded and sorted, Washington DC, USA
- "the Causeway," James Parmelee House, 3100 Macomb Street, Washington, D.C.
- 1944 Passover For Members Of The Armed Services In Washington, Dc
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
News from Mayor Bowser: Rev. Donald L. Isaac, Sr. is new Director of the Office of Religious Affairs. @TeamMuriel— Susie Cambria (@susiecambria) January 29, 2015
Nonprofit Vote has a terrific year of learning lined up for nonprofits, starting with their webinar series (PDF). Topics include Nonpartisan guidelines for 501(c)(3)s, Voter registration, and candidate engagement.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
"In Fresh Start February, my Administration will continue to focus on fiscal responsibility and transparency," said Mayor Bowser. "We look forward to working with the Council and the public to develop smart solutions to support our key priorities, like investing in education, job training and affordable housing."
The fora will take place:
- Thursday, February 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Woodrow Wilson High School
- Saturday, February 21, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Anacostia High School
- Monday, February 23, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Dunbar High School
The administration is also hosting an open house Monday, February 2 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm during which time all EOM offices in JAWB will be open to the public.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
- Key D.C. posts remain in flux three weeks into Muriel Bowser's administration
- Mayor Bowser Announces Senior LGBT Leadership, Joins Mayors for Marriage Equality
- The January 16, 2015 DCR in Tweets, Storified
Another Bowser appointment: Dionne Burkett is the new Director for the DC Youth Advisory Council @TeamMuriel— Susie Cambria (@susiecambria) January 24, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Council to meet on projected budget shortfall
The Council will meet to discuss the projected budget shortfall on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10AM in the Chairman's Conference Room.
Please contact, Nyasha Smith, Secretary to the Council, with any questions: (202) 724-8080.
Atul Gawande―general surgeon at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Harvard Medical School professor―concludes that while medicine is important, it is not the only framework to use when considering disease and end-of-life options. Asking people what they want, for example, helps determine an individual's priorities which informs medical and other decisions.
Gawande does a terrific job of explaining the changes which have resulted in more older adults living in nursing homes. He explains, for example, that extended families are not the norm and have not been for many years. In order for young people to succeed, they move away, often to cities, for education and work. This leaves parents and other relatives alone to care for themselves. Doctors, and nurses, are often called in to help make decisions that families had once made for and with older relatives. (Gawande's explanation is better; go to minute 4:05.)
I suggest you set some time aside to watch this BookTV program.
To get to the ~$400 million, the Bowser budget team has required all agencies to prepare budget proposals reflecting cuts of 5%, 6%, and 8% based on the original MARCs (which were based on the CSFL).
The Bowser budget team is bringing back the budget hierarchies; they will help agencies, deputy mayors, budget team, and mayor understand where Programs (Divisions) and Activities (Sub-Divisions) stand related to being essential versus nice-to-have. Also brought back (from the middle of the Gray administration) are BRTs (budget review teams); will likely involve agencies, budget office staff, the appropriate DM, and Mayor.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Check the council site often as the schedule will change.
Check back often as the schedule will change.
On February 10th, (10am - 12:00pm) the CEBCP will partner with WestEd to jointly host its 2015 Congressional Briefing on "School Safety and Violence Prevention on Capitol Hill." This briefing brings together leading experts in the field to discuss current research evidence and recommendations for policy and practice in this important area. Registration is free, but required as space is limited. For more information about the speakers and topics, and to register, visit http://cebcp.org/outreach-symposia-and-briefings/school-safety/
Gear-Ties hold various computer and charging cords together and keep long lamp cords tidy. They are sturdy and reusable. Am sure glad Santa gave me more!
A favorite Xmas present. These ties rock! pic.twitter.com/WyflQfB96n— Susie Cambria (@susiecambria) January 17, 2015
I just signed up for Twurly and an enamored. The tool does as it promises:
No more scanning your Twitter feed just to find the links.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
RSVP to Tammy Seltzer via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone, (202) 527-7044, by January 30. To request an ASL Interpreter or other accommodations, contact ULS by January 26 via email (email@example.com) or by phone, (202) 527-7033.
- National Building Museum's 2015 Summer Camp: For campers entering 3rd through 5th grade. Registration open. Learn more about Summer Camp and sign up today.
- River School Summer Camp: Open to all children ages 4-10. The one-week camps take place during July. Information is online.
And then there's the Summer Opportunities Camp Fair which takes place Saturday, January 24 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at The Sidwell Friends School (3825 Wisconsin Ave NW). Attend and meet overnight camp and teen program representatives and get free advice from Tips on Trips and Camps consultants.
Can't make it to the John A. Wilson Building for the meeting? Watch the meeting online.
The report is on the OCFO website.
Monday, January 19, 2015
DCEN and many others assert that the merger would hurt poor and middle class DC residents, would stall the city's energy efficiency progress, and would decimate local control over our electricity.
The good news is that are several opportunities for residents and other stakeholders to voice their opposition to the Exelon plan. Power DC urges residents and organizations to sign on to the declaration opposing the merger. Signers on include Brookland Solar Coop, DC Chapter of Sierra Club, DC For Democracy, and DC Tenants' Advocacy Coalition (TENAC).
The Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing on the proposed merger Tuesday, January 20 at 6:00 pm at the DC Community College (801 North Capitol St NE in the Conference Room). Learn more and register to testify before the DCPSC.
The DC Council's Committee on Transportation & Environment (Ward 3 CM Mary Cheh, chair) is holding an oversight roundtable on "The Potential Environmental Effects of Exelon's Proposed Acquisition of Pepco" Friday, January 23 at 11:00 am in the Council Chamber (JAWB, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). The public is encouraged to testify; hearing and registration details are online.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Jan 22 | Ward 8 Community Meeting to discuss recent violent crime
Posted: 16 Jan 2015 12:00 PM PST
In response to the recent violence in Ward 8 involving shootings and homicides, you are invited to meet with Ward 8 residents next Thursday, January 22nd, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Old Congress Heights School, 3100 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. The meeting is sponsored by the Congress Heights Community Association, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8C, 7th District Citizens Advisory Council, Anacostia Coordinating Council, Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, and the River East Emerging Leaders. The representatives of these organizations are copied in this e-mail.
Please respond to this e-mail if you will be able to attend. If you are in need of further information, please contact me at 202-340-0788. Thank you for your consideration.
Yours for community progress,
Philip E. Pannell
Executive Director, Anacostia Coordinating Council
Get involved with DC Public Schools' budget―the detailed how-tos are online but here are the highlights of the four ways to be involved:
- Go to the new DCPS Interactive Data Center to get a better understanding of local school budgets and school-based data
- Engage with DCPS online: Engage DCPS is an online forum through which people can provide feedback, submit ideas, and see what others are thinking.
- Engage with your Local School Advisory Team (LSAT): LSAT meetings are scheduled for January 20, 22, and 27.
- Host a small group meeting
If you have questions or want more information, contact DCPS via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 719-6613.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
The Ward 8 Dems are focusing the Saturday, January 17, Noon to 2:00 pm general business meeting on violence. The recent double shooting in southeast prompted the move.
Invited speakers: MPD Commander Robin Hoey, 7th District Police Department; At-Large Councilman Vincent Orange; Ward 8 School Board Representative Tierra Jolly; Mary Cuthbert, Chair ANC8C; Tre'ona Kelty, Founder of "Beautiful You Yes You" organization (a youth development organization focused in Woodland Terrace, Ward 8 Grievance Counselors, and community youth.
The meeting takes place at the Anacostia Public Library (1800 Good Hope Rd SE, Conference Room #3).
Friday, January 16, 2015
CSOSA Reentry Reflection 2015 Announcements
- 1/18/2015 Justice Sunday; Brighter Day Ministries –2525 12th Place, SE; 11:00AM Service
- 2/7/2015 State and Clergy Together Finding Solutions: Allen AME Church 2498 Alabama Avenue, SE; 9:30-1:00PM
- 2/12/2015 A Reentry and DC Office of Human Rights Dialog –D. Height Library 3935 Benning Rd. NE; 6:00PM:-8:30PM
- 2/14/2015 Women’s Symposium Forum - Temple of Praise, 700 Southern Avenue, SE; 9:00AM - 3:00PM
- 2/19/2015 Citywide Reentry Forum - St. Luke Church Community Room, 4923 E. Capital Street, SE; 6:30PM - 8:30PM
The purpose of the event is to consider how mental health issues can be a cause and result of homelessness. The event features Angie Whitehurst, Street Sense Vendor; Michele May, Department of Behavioral Health; Celeste Valente, ULS; and Jake Bowling, National Council of Behavioral Health. HuffPo's Kate Sheppard will moderate.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
The rest of Mayor Bowser's January 16, 2015 schedule.
RSVPs are required by January 19 at Noon: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the presser, there will be a children's book reading inside the library in the children's area.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
This is terrific news for working DC residents. From the CAAB release:
"The EITC is one of the most effective policy tools for lifting Americans out of poverty. In the District of Columbia, the EITC puts money back in the pockets of working individuals and families, strengthens neighborhood businesses and boosts the local economy," said Rich Petersen, CAAB's Executive Director.
Individuals with income under $35,000 and families with income under $53,000 can benefit from the free tax preparation services. The DC EITC Campaign will run 6 tax sites throughout Washington, DC from early-February to mid-April. Information on location and business hours for free tax services are available on http://bit.ly/1xm8gHF.
- 4 Social Media Commandments for 2015 (and Beyond) by SHIFT Communications
- Make social communications one-way only (is a surefire #fail) in The 10 commandments for social media failure
- 10 Social Media Resolutions for 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC] from Adweek is worth printing out and placing prominently by your monitor.
- Social Media New Year's Resolutions for 2015 encourages thinking before you act.
- 7 Tips for Upping Your Social Media Game in 2015 in TIME includes fixing your avatar and updating your bio. Both are musts.
I'll leave you with my favorite commandment: limit the hashtags.
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. In her book, Disconnected, Carrie James explores how young people approach situations such as these as well as more dramatic ethical dilemmas that arise in digital contexts. Based on qualitative research carried out as part of the Good Play Project, Disconnected is an account of how youth, and the adults in their lives, think about— and often don’t think about — the moral and ethical dimensions of their participation in online communities. In this talk, James will share key insights from the book and related work on supporting meaningful and civil dialogue online.
The event will be webcast live.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
On Mayor Bowser's Jan. 13, 2015 schedule: Snow Stat Meeting (closed). @TeamMuriel— Susie Cambria (@susiecambria) January 12, 2015
Mayor Bowser's schedule is found in the EOM News Room.
In a memo posted Friday, The Washington Post announced changes to its education team and the introduction of a new blog, "Grade Point," which will focus on higher education. FishbowlDC Susan Svrluga has been named to lead the blog, set to go live mid-January. Svrluga moves to this position from her role as a reporter covering the outer suburbs of Virginia. Emma Brown, previously on maternity leave, rejoins the paper as a national education reporter. Michael Alison Chandler, who had been filling in as a D.C. schools reporter, has been named to the position permanently.
The purpose of this public hearing is to receive testimony from government witnesses, including the Executive, Chief Financial Officer, and Inspector General, regarding the results of the Fiscal Year 2014 CAFR. By law, the CAFR must be released by February 2, 2015. Copies may be obtained from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer thereafter.
Only government will speak at this briefing, though the public may submit written testimony:
While this roundtable is limited to oral testimony from government witnesses, written statements from the public will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015.
If you can't make it to the Wilson Building for this to-be-hours-long hearing, watch online.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
You are cordially invited to become a part of the new National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) Network, a virtual community designed to share timely information on emerging drugs and changing drug use trends.
NDEWS is a NIDA-funded national public health surveillance system coordinated by the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. NDEWS aims to provide the country with critically needed real-time information about changing drug use patterns. The project will focus on new drugs, such as synthetic cannabinoids and designer stimulants, as well as changes in the use of more traditional drugs, such as heroin and methamphetamine. For more information about NDEWS, please visit www.cesar.umd.edu.
A key component of NDEWS is the creation of the NDEWS Network, a virtual community of researchers, practitioners, and concerned citizens across the country who will be able to regularly share and discuss information about emerging drugs and changing drug use trends and assist with local NDEWS research.
To subscribe to the NDEWS Network electronic mailing list, send an email to email@example.com with subscribe ndews-network name-of-subscriber (where name-of-subscriber is your name) in the body of the email. This email should be sent from the email account that will be subscribed to the list.
If you know of others who would like to join the NDEWS Network email discussion list, please feel free to forward them this email.
If you have any questions about NDEWS or the NDEWS Network email discussion list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
To learn more about how you can add your logo, insert a progress bar, header images, and change fonts, read Ann Martin on Handy New Survey Features in Google Form.
Read more about the touching gesture in the NationSwell piece Watch Why This Crossing Guard Breaks Down After He Tries to a Move Parked Car.
Friday, January 9, 2015
I am happy to name Brian Kenner, City Manager of Takoma Park, MD, as Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).— Muriel Bowser (@TeamMuriel) January 8, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
- 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
- 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
Have you ever wondered how to market to teens? One teen is telling you how! http://t.co/Va0qXs9EnB— Robin Newton (@robinPRmadame) January 3, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Tonite at 7: Help get the homeless in DC out of the frigid weather - email@example.com or (202) 399-7093 @TeamMuriel— Susie Cambria (@susiecambria) January 7, 2015
(Updated 1/7/15, 8:15p)
Somewhat startling was the revelation that 20 organizations which applied for City Fund funding and were awardees did not have their Charitable Solicitation License or Charitable Exempt License. This raises all sorts of questions, such as are these organizations applying for other grants without the licenses in place? How do they receive funding if they do not have them? If I were prepping the council for oversight hearings coming up in February, I would put this issue at the top of the list.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
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Books That Shaped America is a project of American University and engages residents in talking about books that have helped shape American society. The project is co-sponsored by the American University Library and the Humanities Lab at American University.
Monday, January 5, 2015
If you missed the news, the OCFO released the latest revenue estimates in December 2014. Here are some links to get you up to speed:
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Whenever you feel appreciation for people, let them know. That’s it. Just do it.
Read more about thanking people for their help, commitment, passion, support (fill in the blank): Sheila B Robinson on the Importance of Saying Thank You.
For a local example of how an organization has shown its thanks to donors, check out A great way to use Twitter.