Friday, July 29, 2016

Update your media list: WUSA's Roane demoted

From DCRTV July 27:
Andrea Roane Downgraded At 9 - 7/27 - From DCRTV's Wednesday Mailbag: "So it looks like WUSA-TV management is trying to cull the herd, so to speak. Andrea Roane (right), with 34 years at the station as an anchor and reporter, has been waiting for over two years for the station to negotiate a new contract with her. Now they have, and it ain't good news. Andrea has been removed as the co-anchor of the 'Wake Up Washington,' and has been relegated to doing only the noon show. And, with this demotion comes a dramatic cut in pay. It looks like the station is trying to save money to hire a few more former Miss (enter the name of the state here) beauty pageant queens, and increase their profit margins in the process. While [station manager/news director] Bill Lord is thought to have a penchant for hiring the young, cute, and perky, he's missed the boat on this one. Ms. Roane's years of service to the station and the community have distinguished her as a real professional, working among the relative newbies that have proliferated over the past several years. She has weathered many storms in that den of journalistic iniquity, and come out still smiling with nary a complaint, publicly anyway. WUSA/Gannett/Tenga are very lucky that Andrea doesn't seem to be the litigious sort. That could get very ugly, and revealing. So it looks like her co-anchor Mike Hydeck will soon have another of Bill Lord's bevy of female Facebook reporters to share the set with. Hopefully they will regret this move, and lament the loss of such a professional presence in that seat. If not, they are dumber than they appear".....

Workforce development program in Mayfair Mansions/Paradise Parkside seeking participants

Ready to Work Flyer 072816

Questions?   Want more information?   Contact Latisha Atkins via email,, or (202) 827-8018.

The weekend in Wards 7 and 8

Check out the entire calendar: Wards 7 & 8 Community Calendar.   Have an event to add?   Submission instructions are on the website.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Update your media list: WPGC adds talent to morning show

From DCRTV July 27:
Steph Lova Joins Joe Clair At PGC - 7/27 - Steph Lova (right) will join Joe Clair's morning show on CBS's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5, as co-host. She replaces Tati, who left Clair's show back in May to return to a radio gig in San Diego. Lova started her radio career at the old WPGC-AM, back when it was rap outlet Flava 1580. She then moved to nights at Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9. Lova then jumped to NYC urban contemporary outlets Hot 97, WQHT, and Power 105, WWPR. She also was seen on BET's "Rap City" and MTV's "MTV News." During her years in the Big Apple, Lova's been a sideline reporter for the Knicks, Giants, and Jets games for, and done numerous voice work gigs for TV shows and commercials. "We are excited to have her back in the WPGC family," says Steve Davis, vice president of programming for CBS's DC radio cluster and program director of WPGC. "Steph is no stranger to DC being a Howard graduate and working in DC for many years." Adds Lova, "I'm more than ecstatic to be back home at WPGC 95.5. I absolutely love the DMV and it feels amazing to be back on air with Joe Clair. I can't wait to get started".....

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Greatness can take time

What Michelangelo, Colonel Sanders, and Vera Wang have in common is an important read.   Braden Thompson (@bradensthompson) considers what Malcolm Gladwell refers to as prodigies and late bloomers and highlights several in the latter category who are anything but failures even though they achieved great success as something other than twenty-somethings.   Among the highlighted are
  • "Diana Nyad, who was breaking records in open water swimming left and right in her 20s and 30s, didn’t accomplish her most coveted goal until she was 64 years old." (emphasis added)
  • "Anna Mary Robertson Moses, nicknamed Grandma Moses, was an embroidery artist for many years... But at the age of 78, after arthritis made it difficult for her to continue embroidering, she began painting instead. She was entirely self-taught, using whatever she found around the house to paint her early paintings. It wasn’t until age 90 that she was discovered and began exhibiting her work internationally." (emphasis added)
  • "Momofuku Ando ― Though you may not recognize his name, if you’ve spent any time as a penniless college student, you're likely very familiar with his work. As a penniless 47-year-old man due to a bankruptcy, Ando invented what we now know as Cup Noodles and Top Ramen."
  • "Vera Wang ― Wang was a standout figure skater in college, placing fifth in two U.S. National Championships. She even spent 15 years in journalism at Vogue. But it wasn’t until she was 40 that she really hit her stride in the fashion industry, opening her first bridal boutique. Today Wang is 'arguably the most prominent designer of bridal wear in America.'"

Thompson concludes with this quote from Malcolm Gladwell: "...sometimes genius is anything but rarefied; sometimes it's just the thing that emerges after twenty years of working at your kitchen table."

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Must read: "Why It’s So Hard to Build Affordable Housing: It’s Not Affordable"

Bloomberg's Why It's So Hard to Build Affordable Housing: It's Not Affordable starts with this:
A real estate developer wanted to increase affordable housing in Denver, trying to make fiscal sense out of a plan to build rental apartments for people making only 30 percent of the area's median income—the kind of housing America desperately needs. He discovered that, no matter what lever he moved or compromise he made, he was going to need some money from the government to make it work. Then he was going to need some more.

DC has the same struggles as Denver: low-income people requiring housing, too few affordable apartments, and too little affordable apartment development.   Writes journo Patrick Clark (@pat_clark):

About 10 million renter households earn 30 percent or less of the area median income, accounting for a quarter of the renter population. The U.S. would need to add more than 7 million cheap apartments to meet demand from such extremely low-income renters, according to a recent report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

The solution?   More government assistance.   The new Urban Institute app The cost of affordable housing: Does it pencil out? explains why this is the case.   The interactive tool explains housing development costs (acquisition, construction, etc.) and financing (loans, tax credits, etc.) and most important, the tool allows users to make decisions to close the gap.   But as Clark writes, "No matter how you slice it, creating the affordable housing needed today probably requires government help."

Image: Screen shot of The cost of affordable housing: Does it pencil out? Introduction.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Donate blood; supply in region precariously low

Have a disability? Take this survey.

From an email from DC government:
My name is Laraven Gaymon and I'm a 2016 DC Advocacy Partner, a nine-month course designed to educate advocates on the Disability Rights movement. Part of my requirements for graduation is to complete a long-term project that will positively impact the community. My long-term project is going to be a ten-question survey for people with disabilities that will hopefully raise awareness to people in the community, so that they can have a better understanding of the experiences of people with disabilities. I plan to share the results of the survey at some community events and graduation to help the general public improve their way of interacting with people with disabilities.

The purpose of doing this survey is to drive home the point of people with disabilities living normal lives. I would love if you would be a part of this initiative by completing the survey. This survey is solely for persons with disabilities, so if you have a disability, please complete the survey. Please also share with your friends and family with disabilities. If you are a parent of a child with a disability, you can assist them in completing it, if needed.

Here is the link to the survey: If you need any assistance with completing the survey or have questions or concerns, please email me at Thanks in advance!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dr. Nathaniel Beers moves from DCPS to Hospital for Sick Children

Change of leadership at Washington Peace Center

Sonia Silbert has left WPC after eight years as director.   Taking the helm are co-directors Darakshan Raja and Dia Bui.   A little about the new co-directors is in WPC's June 28 newsletter.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 23-24 in Wards 7 and 8

Take in some activities in Wards 7 and 8 this weekend; check the calendar for event deets.

Cooling centers across the city

Stay cool in the wicked heat at one of the cooling centers across the city.

OCTO publishes more data!

OCTO recently announced the publication of more data:
  • June 2016 data
    • Summer Crime Initiative Areas: Area boundaries for the 2016 MPD Summer Crime Initiative. The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and other partner agencies have identified these areas for improvement in social and public safety resources.
    • Certified Business Enterprise: Certified businesses enterprises in the District of Columbia as identified by the DC Department of Small and Local Business. A Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) is a business that is headquartered in the District of Columbia and has been certified by the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). Businesses with CBE certification receive preferred procurement and contracting opportunities.
    • Federal Zones: A data layer of federal zones in the District of Columbia from the DC Office of Planning.
    • New Columbia Boundary: Proposed boundary changes to the District of Columbia by the DC Office of Planning. New Columbia. Read the complete testimony from the DC Office of Planning at: Office of Planning Proposed New Columbia Boundaries
    • Child Development Centers: Child development centers in the District of Columbia. These centers are provided by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
    • Affordable Housing: Affordable housing production and preservation projects are managed by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the DC Housing Authority, the DC Housing Finance Agency and DC's Inclusionary Zoning program.
    • Industrial Revenue Bond Projects: The District of Columbia Revenue Bond Program provides market interest rate loans to help lower cost of funds available for capital projects. These bonds are used to finance a wide variety of projects including industrial and commercial development.
    • Real Estate Portfolio at DMPED: The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is charged with executing the Mayor's economic development strategy. DMPED manages a portfolio of real estate projects located across the District of Columbia. More information is available on the Project Pipeline Database (PPD) Public Access Dashboard.
  • July 2016 data
    • Parking Violations in April 2016: Parking citation locations in the District of Columbia. The Vision Zero data contained in this layer pertain to parking violations issued by the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and partner agencies with the authority. For example, the District Department of Transportation's (DDOT) traffic control officers write parking violations to prevent congestion through enforcement and control at intersections.
    • Moving Violations in March 2016: Moving citation locations in the District of Columbia. The Vision Zero data contained in this layer pertain to moving violations issued by the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and partner agencies with the authority. For example, DC's enforcement camera program cites speeders, blocking the box, and other movng offenses..Moving violation locations are summarized ticket counts based on time of day...
    • Parking Violations in May 2016
    • Zoning Downtown Subareas: The review of the Zoning Regulations of 1958, as amended, was a project that began in 2007. The new Zoning Regulations of 2016 were published on March 4, 2016 and effective on September 6, 2016.The purposes of the Downtown (D) zones (D-1-R, D-2, D-3, D-4, D-4-R, D-5,D-5-R, D-6, D-6-R, D-7, and D-8) are to provide for the orderly development and use of land and structures in areas the Comprehensive Plan generally characterized...
    • Parking Violations in March 2016
    • Parking Violations in February 2016
    • Parking Violations in January 2016
    • Moving Violations in May 2016
    • Moving Violations in April 2016
    • Moving Violations in February 2016
    • Moving Violations in January 2016 Zoning Downtown Designated Streets: The review of the Zoning Regulations of 1958, as amended, was a project that began in 2007. The new Zoning Regulations of 2016 were published on March 4, 2016 and effective on September 6, 2016.The purposes of the Downtown (D) zones (D-1-R, D-2, D-3, D-4, D-4-R, D-5,D-5-R, D-6, D-6-R, D-7, and D-8) are to provide for the orderly development and use of land and structures in areas the Comprehensive Plan generally characterized...
    • Zoning Regulations of 2016: The review of the Zoning Regulations of 1958, as amended, was a project that began in 2007 with the Zoning Commission holding two roundtables and concluded on January 14, 2016 with the Zoning Commission voting unanimously to adopt text to revise the DC Zoning Regulations and approve map amendments to implement that text. This is the first time the Zoning Regulations and Zoning Map have been comprehensively revised...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 28: persons with disabilities commission meeting

The DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities will meet Thursday, July 28 from 9:00 - 11:00 am at 441 4th St NW, Suite 1114.   Those unable to attend in person may call in: (866) 628-2987, passcode 8488992.

Some of the agenda items are a review of health care survey result, a discussion of the DC Service Animal event and White Cane Day, and comments from the public.

To RSVP or request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kali Wasenko, (202) 481-3880 or via email, by Friday, July 22.

UPDATE 7/21, 12:17p: Day corrected.

Thought you might be interested Thursday: No congrats, thanks anyway

Read more about the dressing of Leslie Jones in Don’t Praise the Designer Who Made Leslie Jones a Gorgeous Dress for the Ghostbusters Premiere.   

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Falcon goes to DC Jobs With Justice as ED

DC Jobs With Justice (DC JWJ) has announced Elizabeth Falcon will be the new ED.    According to the announcement, "Ms. Falcon officially starts at DC JWJ on August 15, 2016. Our current Executive Director, Nikki Lewis, will step down on August 31, 2016."

Congrats Elizabeth!

Photo from DC JWJ.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Update your media list: Current newspapers being sold, more

Improving FOIA

I suggest DC agencies post all reports to the federal government on their website.   In my experience, this would address many advocate requests for information.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Update your media list: Qwesi McCray joins WJLA

From DCRTV July 14:
Qwesi McCray Joins 7 & 8 - 7/14 - Qwesi McCray joins Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 as a news anchor and reporter. He comes from WOIO-TV in Cleveland, where he anchored the morning and noon newscasts. Before that, he reported for KABC-TV in Los Angeles. McCray, who was born in DC but raised in Montreal, has also worked for TV stations in Mobile, Miami, and Orlando. He starts July 25.....

Follow McCray on Twitter, @qmccray1.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

TA: Tips for using Facebook Live

11 Tips to Get Your Nonprofit Live on Facebook is a must-read if you are interested in using Facebook Live at your organization.   The post does more than simply list tips.   Instead, digital expert John Haydon offers way for newbies using this new tool to recover from mistakes.

Some of the tips include "Don’t freak out," "Get your feet wet with a small group," and "Pick a SPECIFIC topic people WANT to discuss."

MWPHA conference focuses on equity and racism

Registration is open for the MWPHA 2016 annual conference The Road to Health Equity: Overcoming Racism to Improve Community Well-being.   The event takes place Thursday, September 8, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at UDC.   Early bird registration ends August 25.

Features of the conference: APHA president Dr. Camara Jones will keynote, panel on mental health and incarceration in the DMV, women and girls in the criminal justice system, and challenges and solutions in the juvenile justice system.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Gardens in grocery stores increase sales

Mayor Bowser's July 12 sked

On Mayor Bowser's July 12 schedule:
  • 2:00 pm: Host Legislative Agenda Update Press Conference, John A. Wilson Building, Mayor’s Press Briefing Room (G-9) (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). Watch the presser on DCN.
  • 3:30 pm: Attend Public Safety Community Walk and Office Hours, start at 4100 Anacostia Ave NE, end at 3701 Hayes St NE

June 2016 economic trends report published

OCFO has published District of Columbia Economic and Revenue Trends: June 2016 (PDF).   Contents include resident employment growth, personal income growth in the first quarter, the increased value of property transfers, and the usual economic data, charts, and summaries.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Einstein on solving problems

Highlights of activities and events in Wards 7 and 8 week of July 11

July 28: Shay Bilchik on juvenile justice reform

We Really Do Know What Works - Using the Evidence to Create Lasting Change in Juvenile Justice and Beyond, featuring Shay Bilchik (Founder and Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University) and Karen Pittman (Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Forum for Youth Investment), takes place Thursday, July 28 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

During the free online event, Pittman and Bilchik will discuss a variety of topics including:

  • A large meta-analysis of juvenile justice programs concluded that "there is no indication that there were juveniles whose risk level was so high that they did not respond to effective interventions"
  • The analysis of more than 500 studies identified four elements of a successful program
  • A standardized program evaluation protocol can be used to identify gaps in major juvenile justice and child welfare system practices
  • This model is similar to the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality used by many after school systems

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mayor Bowser participates in July 11 stopping violence and keeping peace panel

Mayor Muriel Bowser will join other regional leaders Monday, July 11 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for the WPGC Yo Listen Up: Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace event.   Tune in to WPGC (95.5 FM ) or watch in person (WPGC Studios, DC Lottery Live, 1015 Half St SE).   Send comments and questions to WPGC on Twitter, @WPGC; Instagram, @WPGC; or on Facebook, /WPGC.

Panelists, on-air personalities, and the public will "discuss police/civilian relations, law enforcement accountability, safety measures when dealing with police and coping methods if you are worried about being shot or losing a loved one."

July 11: Legislative meeting media briefing

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The July 8, 2016 DCR tweeted

Nonprofit Votes Count: Registering Nonprofit Staff and Volunteers to Vote in 2016

The free webinar Nonprofit Votes Count: Registering Nonprofit Staff and Volunteers to Vote in 2016 takes place Thursday, July 21 at 2:00 pm.

According to sponsor Nonprofit VOTE,

The nonprofit sector employs more than 14 million people. More than 60 million volunteer for a nonprofit every year. Imagine if every one of those people registered and voted! In this webinar we'll discuss voter registration and voter education efforts aimed at our staff, volunteers and board members. Voter engagement starts with you!

Friday, July 8, 2016

The latest designs for sale by Susie on Spoonflower

Interested in buying any of the latest designs?   Go to my Spoonflower shop; all are available for sale as fabric, wallpaper, and wrapping paper.   If you don't like my designs, look around Spoonflower for other designs.

The weekend in Wards 7 & 8

Take a look at the entire Wards 7 & 8 Community Calendar and learn how to submit events.

July 14: What Works to Combat Poverty: Lessons from NYC's Center for Economic Opportunity

The American Enterprise Institute, Results for America, and Washington Monthly are sponsoring the roundtable discussion "What Works to Combat Poverty: Lessons from NYC's Center for Economic Opportunity" Thursday, July 14, 1:00 - 2:30 pm.   The event will be held at Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in the Kenny-Herter Auditorium (1740 Massachusetts Ave NW).   Register for the free event.

According to the sponsors:

The Bloomberg administration in New York City spanned from 2002 through 2013, a turbulent economic time that included the Great Recession and marked a 28 percent rise in national poverty. Surprising, poverty did not increase in New York City, the epicenter of the market collapse. What drove this surprising result? How did a city that was reeling from the bottoming out of the market show such resilience for those in greatest need?

In a new series produced for the Washington Monthly, Results for America Senior Fellows Robert Doar and Linda Gibbs provide their on-the-ground perspective on the evidence-based and data-driven decision making as embodied in one effort - the mayor's Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), a poverty fighting research lab committed to experimentation and scaling what works in moving people out of poverty. In a roundtable discussion, Mr. Doar and Ms. Gibbs will be joined by federal policy experts Melody Barnes and Gordon Berlin to discuss the lessons learned from the anti-poverty experiments of the Bloomberg administration through the development of CEO, and the potential for these experiments to inform federal anti-poverty strategies.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July 7: Heat Emergency activated

HSEMA just issued a heat emergency alert. Temps near 100 are no joke so stay cool:

  • Stay inside
  • Visit a DPR pool — locations are listed online:
  • Call 311 for information about cooling center locations
  • Get water for the homeless by calling the DC Shelter Hotline — (202) 399-7093
  • More information about heat emergency and hyperthermia is on the HSEMA website
  • DO NOT open fire hydrants

UPDATED July 8, 7:45a: URL for more information updated.

Free webinars in July, curated by @WildApricot

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   24 Free Nonprofit Webinars for July 2016 includes trainings on topics such as fundraising, social media, volunteers, websites, and more!

These are perfect for interns and summer employees!

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Fathers and mental health

The complete letter is here: The Duke of Cambridge on Fatherhood and Mental Health.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Goodman joins @cmdgrosso as COS

How are DC government agencies doing? Read these DC auditor reports.

Reports from the DC Auditor keep coming.   Releases since March include (in no order):
  • Review of Sustainable Energy and Energy Assistance Trust Funds (June 20, 2016): Two of the findings (from the executive summary):
    As pointed out by the Public Service Commission, funds in the SETF and EATF are not tax dollars but surcharges added to the monthly bills and collected from District utility consumers for the specific purpose of funding clean and affordable energy initiatives.

    DOEE does not have a process and controls in place to verify the accuracy of the funds provided by the utility companies.

  • Customer Service Tests of Seven Large Agencies Show Mixed Results (June 27, 2016): ODCA testers sought assistance from seven agencies: 311 Operations Division (part of the Office of Unified Communications), Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Metropolitan Police Department, D.C. Public Schools, Department of Human Services, and Department of Public Works.   Several of the findings (from the executive summary):
    Overall performance of the seven agencies in responding to customer service inquiries was generally fair to good.

    The failure to respond to telephone and e-mail messages was the main cause of poor performance.

    The inconsistency of customer service at the seven agencies was reflected by varying responses to telephone and e-mail requests about the same subject.

  • The District of Columbia Voter File: Compliance with Law and Best Practices (June 7, 2016): ODCA assessed how well the Board of Elections maintained the voter registration file and voter registration policies and practices so the office could determine BOE's compliance with various local and federal laws.   Problems, problems everywhere.
  • DYRS Can Strengthen the Management of DC YouthLink, Community-Based Residential Facilities, and Performance Reporting (March 27, 2016): ODCA found both positive and negative in their evaluation.   Areas to improve include revising cost structure to allocate more money to services, improving oversight of Community Based Residential Facilities by modifying Human Care Agreements, and retrict users to case management system to ensure only those with the need to access records can.

UPDATE 7/5/16 8:45a: Links added.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

July 28: Learn the in's and out's of alcohol laws, protest processes, more

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) has a new training for community members.   The training covers DC alcohol laws, protest processes, the process for filing settlement agreements, and ABRA resources and hearing processes.

This new training takes place Thursday, July 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Reeves Center (2000 14th St NW, Suite 400 South).   RSVP by July 22 to Sarah Fashbaugh, ABRA Community Resource Officer, or (202) 397-3971.