Monday, January 30, 2017

January 31: Not Bugs, But Features: Hopeful Institutions and Technologies of Inequality

Dan Greene, a postdoc researcher at Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England, did three years of fieldwork in DC, interviewing librarians and people experiencing homelessness who spent time in DCPL branches.   Greene was interested in the question of "how poverty comes to be understood as a 'digital divide' and how that framework changes the nature and purpose of public institutions in an era of skyrocketing inequality."

Green is morphing his dissertation into a book.   Here's what he writes about the book:

The Promise of Access: Hope and Inequality in the Information Economy
In 2013, a series of posters began appearing in Washington, DC's Metro system. Each declared 'The internet: Your future depends on it' next to a photo of a middle-aged black Washingtonian, and an advertisement for the municipal government's digital training resources. This hopeful discourse is familiar but where exactly does it come from? And how and why are our public institutions reorganized to approach the problem of poverty as a problem of technology?

Learn more about "poverty as a problem of technology" Tuesday, January 31 at Noon at the Berkman Klein Luncheon Series event Not Bugs, But Features: Hopeful Institutions and Technologies of Inequality.   The event is being live streamed.

Good Council on the website and LIMS, Jan. 28

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Week of January 30 #eotr

Highlights of Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar week of January 30, 2017

Take a look at the entire Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar.

Small claims court cap raised to $10,000

Press release from DC Courts:


On January 3, 2017, the DC Superior Court raised the dollar amount limit for cases that may be filed in the Small Claims Branch from $5,000 to $10,000. This change allows hundreds more civil cases to be resolved in the faster, inexpensive and informal Small Claims court setting. The Court estimates that the change will provide improved access to justice by approximately 1,000 more cases to be filed in the Small Claims Branch each year.

"I am pleased that we can allow more DC area residents to take advantage of the expedient and cost-effective solution of filing in the Small Claims Branch. This change will help expedite cases seeking between $5,000 and $10,000 and thereby improve access to justice for those with limited means," said Chief Judge Robert E. Morin.

Previously the limit for cases to be filed as a Small Claim was $5000 and all suits seeking higher dollar amounts had to be filed in the Civil Division, where filing fees are higher, rules and procedures are more complex, and attorneys are often required. The Court’s increase in the limit will save parties time and money. Small claims cases tend to be resolved far more quickly than civil actions and have more streamlined processes, with less complex rules.

To learn more about the Small Claims Branch, and/or to chat with a court employee see (there is a link to Live Chat in the lower right).

To learn more about the Court's Small Claims Resource Center, see

January 27, 2017 DC Register

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development staff

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development staff (reference DRAFT Committee on LWD CP22 Staff Appointment Resolution (Word)):


H/t @hgil

Saturday, January 28, 2017

CM Allen's, committee's staff changes

Councilmember Allen recently announced changes to his council office and committee staff:

See the CM's full staff list.   See the full committee staff list.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Free webinars in February 2017, curated by @WildApricot

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   31 Free Nonprofit Webinars for February 2017 includes:
  • How Top Nonprofit Leaders Avoid Burnout, February 1
  • Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways, February 7
  • Using Facebook LIVE to Broadcast Impact, February 8
  • Social Media and Volunteer Engagement, February 23

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January 28-29 in Wards 7 and 8

Take a look at the entire Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar.

Committee on Human Services staff list

Staff of the Committee on Human Services, chaired by Ward 1 CM Brianne Nadeau, are:

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Books recommended by Barack Obama while president

CM Gray's staff list now online

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

February 9: Talks at the Schomburg: Women’s and Girls’ Lives Matter

Watch "Talks at the Schomburg: Women's and Girls' Lives Matter" Thursday, February 9 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

According to the announcement,

Join us for a close look at the roles, needs, and contributions of black women and girls in the context of the Black Lives Matter Movement moment. Nikole Hannah-Jones moderates a conversation with Monique W. Morris, author of "Pushout," Monifa Bandele, VP and Chief Partnership & Diversity Officer at MomsRising, and Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, renowned author, civil rights advocate, and founding scholar of Critical Race Theory.

Oversight and #dcfy18 budget hearings schedule

And the highlights:

  • February 2: Committee of the Whole briefing on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
  • February 8 - March 16: Agency performance oversight hearings
  • April 4: Mayor submits the proposed FY 2018 budget
  • April 6: Mayor briefs the DC Council on the budget
  • April 10 - May 11: Agency budget hearings
  • May 12: Committee of the Whole hearing on the budget
  • May 16 - 18: Committee budget markups
  • May 24: Day-long council work session on the budget (limited seating; live streamed)
  • May 30: Council's first of two budget votes
  • June TBD: Council's second of two budget votes

Monday, January 23, 2017

January 24: COW meets to organize, vote on #dcfy18 sked

ICYMI: Jeffrey Anderson is the new LL

In case you missed the news, Jeffrey Anderson is the new LL, taking over for Will Sommer.   Anderson's contact info is:, (202) 650-6925.

Updated: Mayor Bowser's budget office staff

Want to talk to the mayor's budget staff?   Here's how:

Good Council on JAWB (again!), Jan. 22

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bike to the Women's March

Heading to the Women's March Saturday, January 21 but not sure how you will get there?   Ride your bike!

A group of biking enthusiasts across the region are organizing a number of group rides from locations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.   DC departure sites are in Brookland, Anacostia, Mount Pleasant, Shaw, and Petworth.   Learn more and sign up.

From the Women's March Group Rides organizers,

We want to help remove barriers to participate in this monumental day. If you're able to bike, and have one, consider dusting it off and join a nearby group ride! If you don't have a bike we may be able to help you out.

These rides are organized by supporters (completely unaffiliated with the official Women's March) around the region who want to help provide a safe, free, convenient option to the start location of the march. If there isn't a ride in your neighborhood, help us by organizing one!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

D.C. Policy Center, the new local policy and budget shop

January 25: Improved public health through food policy

"Achieving Public Health 3.0 through Food Policy—A Broadening Vision of Food and Health" is the title of the Wednesday, January 25 Mailman School of Public Health Grand Rounds event.   This event features Mark Bittman, author and lecturer of Health Policy and Management, and Dr. Claire Wang, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and Co-Director of the Obesity Prevention Initiative.

Watch the streaming video.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Homeless services on and about Jan. 20

Need to get help for those who are homeless?   Call (202) 399-7093 or 311.

ICYMI: Council #dcfy16 CAFR briefing Feb. 2

In case you missed the hearing notice published in the January 13 DC Register, the DC Council's Committee of the Whole is having a public oversight hearing on the Fiscal Year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Thursday, February 2 at 9:30 am.

By law, the annual audit (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report or CAFR) must be released by February 1 each year.   The council holds a public oversight hearing to hear from the CFO about the audit, major and sometimes minor findings.

The hearing is open to the public but only government officials may testify.   Members of the public may submit written statements to the COW; more information is in the hearing notice.

This hearing kicks off budget season.   First this hearing, then individual agency oversight hearings focusing on FY 2016 budget and performance and FY 2017 performance to date, and finally hearings on the proposed FY 2018 budget.   Everything after the February 2 hearing, save for the hearing on Mayor Bowser's proposed budget in mid- to late-March, will be open to the public to testify.

Highlights of events and activities #eotr week of January 16

Find other events; take a look at the entire Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar.

How will DC gov spend the additional #dcfy17 revenue?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

More changes at NewsChannel 8

DePuyt Leaves Sinclair's NC8, Lucas Staying - 1/12 - UPDATED: NewsChannel 8 mid-morning news anchor Bruce DePuyt is the latest to leave Sinclair's DC TV operation, also home to Channel 7/WJLA. DePuyt's final show will air January 31. He joined NewsChannel 8 in 1993. More: We hear that a Thursday report from FTVLive that NC8 afternoon anchor Dave Lucas is also on the way out is not true. "In fact, I'm continuing to anchor four hours of live news every weekday, and will shortly take on a new and exciting assignment at the anchor desk," Lucas tells us.....

Lucas & Hastings To Host NC8 Middays - 1/12 - Sinclair announces that veteran NewsChannel 8 journalists Dave Lucas and Melanie Hastings (right) will anchor the Washington-area cable news station's new midday show, which launches February 1 at 11 AM. Both are original NC8 anchors who have been with the channel since it launched in 1991.....

Friday, January 13, 2017

TA: Transcription tool for quote pulling

January 14 and 15 in Wards 7 and 8

Look at the entire Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar.

January 23: Inclusion in the Workplace Panel Discussion

Inclusion in the Workplace Panel Discussion, sponsored by ImageWorks Consulting Firm, takes place Thursday, January 26 from 6:00-8:00 pm at ImageWorks (5521 Colorado Ave NW, Suite C-4).

The panelist will consider how all residents can be part of the workforce, even those who are not highly skilled, and how much responsibility the business community has to employ all elements of the potential workforce.   Panelists are Carlton Hadden, Director of EEOC's Office of Federal Operations; Julia Washburn, Associate Director for Interpretation and Education, U.S. National Park Service; and Joaquin McPeek, Communications Director, DMPED.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Follow @BruceDePuyt on Twitter

Thought you might be interested Thursday: The Simple Truth Behind Reading 200 Books a Year

Plenty of successful people have said oft-quoted things about reading and success: Garrison Keillor, Kofi Annan, Frederick Douglass, and Maya Angelou to name a few.   But it was Warren Buffet who motivated Charles Chu (@mmeditations on Twitter) to make a change in the face of Chu's not-so-satisfying life:
Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said,
'Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will...'

Chu breaks down the excuses for not reading everyday.   Read.   Then start reading books.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Bad news for local news coverage": @news8newstalk cancelled, DePuyt to leave station

ICYMI: Evans on Washington's football team moving to DC

Ward 2 CM Jack Evans spoke with Thom Loverro December 21, 2016.   They talked about getting Washington's football team to move into DC and more.   Listen (D.C. Council member Jack Evans with Thom Loverro).

TA: The value of and need for a style guide

Jill Lipski Cain, researcher, writes about the value of style guides in DVR TIG Week: Jill Lipski Cain on A Style Guide to Success.   According to Lipski, a style guide is "a plan for how all of these bits and pieces would create a semblance of a whole."   And rather than sweating over the layout and overall concept at the 11th hour, Lipski suggests creating a style guide.

Lipski's recommendations are certainly valuable but I suggest we step back a bit.   Start with an organizational style guide.   This guide is for grammar and writing style.   The grammar/writing style guide supplements an industry tome, such as the Chicago or AP guides.

When that is done, create a design guide.   CrackerJack Marketer, for example, suggests:

  • Logo Guide – Guide for size, colorization, and proper placement.
  • Color Scheme – Specific primary and secondary colors and combinations.
  • Font Guide – What typestyles to use, and when they’re appropriate.

Need a place to start?   Take a look at Richard Nordquist's style guide (reference work).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DC Council administrative meeting information

Leg COW Admin and Council-Mayor Meetings for 2017 by Susie Cambria on Scribd

Listing of CP22 CMs, committees, council offices

Council Listing2017 010417 by Susie Cambria on Scribd

Video of CP22 first legislative meeting

Rachelle Nigro: Thank You 6E04!

ICYMI: Tuohey and Jaffe on OurTown with Andy Ockershausen

Launched in September 2016, OurTown with Andy Ockershausen features
a different personality/talent each episode. Andy Ockershausen's experience, deep understanding and knowledge of Washington, DC during the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90's and his close relationships with the guests, will bring a unique perspective to their story. Andy will interview characters who have made an impact in the DC Metro for more than five decades.

Two recent interviews were with Mark Tuohey, Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel and Harry Jaffe, Editor at Large of Washingtonian Magazine.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ack! Bunyan out at WJLA

Good Council on council offices in JAWB, Jan. 8

Nonprofits, help your clients, constituents get climate ready

Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative is launching their series about climate change, readiness, and people Friday, February 3 with a meeting with nonprofits.

According to the group, "Extreme heat waves and flooding are predicted and they will have the greatest impact on older, sick, and poor residents."   Nonprofits are perfectly positioned to play an important role where climate change and readiness intersect with vulnerable DC residents.

APACC is inviting all nonprofits in Wards 7 and 8 and those across the city serving east of the river residents to this discussion featuring representatives from the Department of Energy and Environment.   Attendees will learn about the District government's Climate Ready DC Plan and will have the opportunity to meet staff from other organizations and share ideas about addressing these important challenges.

Learn more about the meeting (February 3: What climate change means to people, a meeting for nonprofits) and RSVP.

January 9: Mayor Bowser releases second annual accountability report

Mayor Muriel Bowser will release her Two-Year Transition Plan Accountability Report Monday, January 9 at 5:00 pm at Gallaudet University, Kellogg Conference Center. The public is encouraged to attend.

The report identifies the status of the priorities established by the mayor's transition team.

Read the first accountability report.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Updated and new hypothermia and cold emergency graphics

Tweets with images are more likely to be read, so says research.   Feel free to use one or more of the hypothermia images I've created.   Options are the "Help those experiencing homelessness in DC this winter" (right) and several in Hypothermia - You doin' this.

If you are looking for an image to use during a cold emergency, there's one for that.   Hypothermia Season images contains both images shown in this post.

These images are also terrific for websites.   Use whichever suits you.

TA: Word choice and writing style matters on Twitter

January 10: The Impact of Repealing the ACA for the Immigrant Community

Attend the Health Leadership Symposium The Impact of Repealing the ACA for the Immigrant Community Tuesday, January 10, 9:30-11:30 am to hear from panelists including reps from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the National Council of La Raza as well as an immigration attorney.

This event is part of Latino Week of Action.

RSVP for the symposium; it's free.

January 19: Using technology for good

"Do you ever wonder how new technologies like Augmented Realty and VR could impact real-world issues and society?"   Attend iStrategyLabs' The Social Impact of Emerging Technologies Thursday, January 19, 8:00-10:00 am.   RSVP for this free event.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Watch NBC4's Angie Goff on FB Live

You can watch NBC Washington's Angie Goff do the news via Facebook Live.   Catch up on older vids and watch live on Goff's FB video page.

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Kurt Vonnegut — 9 Wisdoms on Life and Writing

Kurt Vonnegut — 9 Wisdoms on Life and Writing is a must read.   Here's why:
On burning books
...books are sacred to free men for very good reasons, and that wars have been fought against nations which hate books and burn them. If you are an American, you must allow ideas to circulate freely in your community, not merely your own. [...] It was a rotten lesson you taught young people in a free society when you denounced and then burned books — books you hadn’t even read. You should also resolve to expose your children to all sorts of opinions and information, in order that they will be better equipped to make decisions and to survive.

On advice from parents
Most letters from a parent contain a parent’s own lost dreams disguised as good advice. My good advice to you is to pay somebody to teach you to speak some foreign language, to meet with you two or three times a week and talk. Also: get somebody to teach you to play a musical instrument. What makes this advice especially hollow and pious is that I am not dead yet. If it were any good, I could easily take it myself.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Emergency Bill Status Report for the January 10 leg meeting

Emergency Bill Status Report January 10 2017 Leg Meeting by Susie Cambria on Scribd

Just published: 2016 Green Book

About Green Book:
Since 1981, the Committee on Ways and Means has published the Green Book, which presents background material and statistical data on the major entitlement programs and other activities within the Committee's jurisdiction. Over the decades, the Green Book has become a valuable resource and standard reference on American social policy.

In 2016 Green Book you will find legislative history, explanations, links to Congressional Research Service reports and much more about the following entitlement programs:

  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Railroad Benefits
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Child Care
  • Social Services Block Grants
  • Child Welfare
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

You will also find useful appendices:

  • Federal Benefits and Services for People with Low Income
  • Social Welfare Programs in the Territories
  • Federal Benefits for Noncitizens
  • Poverty (a new section in 2016)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CP22 organizational meeting on demand

Congrats ANCs. Now let us know how we can stay in touch.

ANCs, we look forward to getting to know you, work with you, and more.   Please make it easy for constituents to contact you: Add/update your contact information in this crowdsourced Google spreadsheet.

Meet Kent Boese via Petworth News

Heard of Kent Boese but know very little about this Ward 1 resident and ANC?   Read Walking the walk in Park View: Talking with ANC Commissioner Kent Boese on Petworth News.

Author Zina Abdelaziz writes,

Every month I get updated on the happenings "around the way" via the monthly Park View News, a newsletter distributed by ANC 1A Commissioner and Chair Kent Boese. Although, I don’t attend the ANC meetings, I know who Kent is because of his newsletter. While you can read up on Kent's record on the ANC website, his blog, or check out his social media feeds to get to know who he is as a local politician, I thought it would be good for neighbors to get to know the guy who’s so very much involved and respected in the Park View neighborhood, and who takes the time to deliver newsletters each month, despite the weather.

And the main takeaways about Boese:

'Don’t underestimate the value of sitting on someone's porch and getting to know them,' he said. 'You learn a lot about your community and a lot about yourself.'


'We want healthy communities, we want inclusive communities,' Kent said. 'Everything you are willing to put into your neighborhood will be repaid. Be respectful. Be kind. And if you are willing to put in the effort, you will be rewarded significantly.'

Image: Clearing gravel from Warder Street Bike Lane

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 2: CM open houses

At-large CM Anita Bonds — Monday, January 2, 2017, Noon-2:00 pm, John A. Wilson Building, Suite 404 (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). 2016 Community Cornerstones Awards Ceremony and Office Open House. RSVP online. Light refreshments will be served. (CM Bonds' committee assignments: Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization (chair), Business Development, Education, Judiciary)

Ward 4 CM Brandon Todd — Monday, January 2, 2017, Noon-3:00 pm, John A. Wilson Building, Suite 105 (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). RSVP by calling (202) 724-8052 or emailing Light refreshments will be served. (CM Todd's committee assignments: Government Operations (chair), Health, Human Services, Transportation and the Environment)

Ward 7 CM Vincent C. Gray — Monday, January 2, 2017, Noon-3:00 pm, John A. Wilson Building, Suite 406 (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). (CM Gray's committee assignments: Health (chair), Business Development, Finance and Revenue, Judiciary)