Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Citizen Jane, cities are for people

From the film's website:

In 1960 Jane Jacobs's book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners' and architects' reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop "master builder" Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.

The film opens in DC May 5. Learn more and buy tickets.

Politics and Prose has the paperback on shelves now if you are interested in reading Jacobs' book.

Thanks to SwissMiss for sharing! (Citizen Jane).

Monday, April 24, 2017

Starting the week of April 24 off right

  • CFSA FY 2018 budget briefing presentation
  • Want to make sure the progress already made toward cleaning up the toxics in the Anacostia River are maintained next year?   (The answer is "Yes!")   Take a look at The Facts about the FY 2018 DOEE Capital Budget.   Want to advocate for a realignment of the CIP in support of the Anacostia River and the contaminated Kenilworth landfill site?   (Again, the response is "Yes!")   Here's what you can do: Take Action in FY 2018 to support Anacostia River and Kenilworth Landfill cleanup.
  • has collected examples of great webpages... use them to update or design your website!
  • Laura Kelly is the new health and general assignment reporter at The Washington Times.   (New Staff and Roles at The Washington Times)
  • DOEE launched Sustainable DC 2.0 April 19 and released the Fourth Year Progress Report (PDF).   Sustainable DC 2.0 is grounded in a "large-scale community-driven process to update the plan to reflect changes in policies, programs and technology as we make progress towards the plan's 2032 goals."
  • ICYMI, 20 To Become Fox 5 Plus. On April 20, DCRTV shared the news from 'The Fox station group is making changes at Channel 20/WDCA, DC's MyNetwork affiliate, to more closely align it with its primary sister station, Channel 5/WTTG. Starting July 17, WDCA will be branded Fox 5 Plus, a tie-in to the name WTTG goes by - Fox 5. WDCA also will be home to a nightly 8 PM newscast called 'Fox 5 News On The Plus,' anchored by WTTG's Tony Perkins and Shawn Yancy. The station will add breaking news updates when pertinent. 'Given Fox 5's brand recognition, this extension gives us the ability to build upon our strength in the marketplace and provide our viewers with additional opportunities to watch Fox 5 News,' says Patrick Paolini, WTTG/WDCA's vice president and general manager. WDCA's syndicated programming, including 'Judge Judy,' 'Big Bang Theory,' and 'Dr. Oz,' will continue to air. The change comes as Fox prepares to move its programming from WDCA to WTTG's spectrum. Fox sold WDCA's spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction for $119 million. Stations will have 39 months to give up their spectrum and, as in the case of WDCA and most stations in the auction, start sharing spectrum with a station in the market with which a sharing agreement has been struck....."
  • ICYMI, Adrianna Hopkins To 7.   On April 17, DCRTV shared the news.   "Adrianna Hopkins (right) will join the anchor team at Sinclair-owned Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8's "Good Morning Washington" program beginning May 29. She comes from WDSU-TV in New Orleans. 'Washington DC is one of my favorite cities and I am thrilled to make it my new home,' says Hopkins. Before New Orleans, she worked at WSVN-TV in Miami, WHAS-TV in Louisville, and WGXA-TV in Macon GA. She began her career working behind the scenes in the consumer investigative unit at WRAL-TV in Raleigh....."
  • ICYMI, Leon Harris Joins 4. On April 20, DCRTV shared the news. "Leon Harris (right) joins NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC. A veteran news anchor who spent 13 years covering the Washington area at Channel 7/WJLA, he will anchor weekend editions of "News4" at 6 PM and 11 PM with Erika Gonzalez. During the week, Harris will contribute to coverage of breaking news and special events and handle other reporting duties. 'Leon has been an incredibly well-respected journalist, both in Washington and on a national stage for many years,' says Jackie Bradford, president and general manager of WRC. "We are very glad he has agreed to join our team and continue his career here." The former CNNer ended his long career with Sinclair-owned WJLA last fall, when he contract was not renewed. While there, he anchored evening newscasts, hosted specials and weekly shows, and did his 'Harris' Heroes' segment that covered outstanding members of the DC area community. 'As a long-time admirer of the quality of the work and reputation of the 'NBC4' news team, I am beyond thrilled at the opportunity to work alongside some of the very best in the field,' Harris says. 'Being able to continue to cover and serve this incredible Washington region is a real treat and an absolute honor.' DCRTV wonders: Is high-profile Harris being groomed by WRC management to be the replacement for legendary weekday evening anchor Jim Vance, who is rumored to be retiring from WRC later this year? Stay tuned....."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Cool science illustrations

Tabletop Whale "is an original science illustration blog."   I'm not a science geek but man, oh, man are these illustrations wicked cool!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 14, 2017 DC Register (finally) tweeted

Starting the week off right (April 17)

Good Council, April 16 on DC Council basics

Monday, April 10, 2017

Starting the week off right (April 10)

Good Council, April 9 on JAWB by bus

April 7, 2017 DC Register

Monday, April 3, 2017

April 4: Mayor Bowser releases budget to public mid-morning

Mayor Bowser will have a press event Tuesday, April 4 following the 9:00 am Mayor-Council budget event.   The press event will be held in the Mayor’s Press Briefing Room (G-9).   If you can't make it to JAWB, watch live on District of Columbia Network.

Both events are open to the press.

April 4 is budget day!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4, Mayor Muriel Bowser will submit her proposed FY 2018 (#dcfy18) budget.   The mayor will present her budget to the council at the Mayor-Council Breakfast at 9:00 am.    Later in the morning, Mayor Bowser will hold a press event on the proposed budget.   More on the presser later today.    Finally, the budget will be online by mid-day tomorrow.

Good Council, April 2 on getting the lay of the JAWB land

Starting the week off right (April 3)

  • FW: Chairman Mendelson's April 2017 Newsletter starts with a discussion of the FY 2018 budget:
    On April 4th the Mayor releases her proposal for the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget.   FY 2018 begins this October 1st.   Every year there are complaints that there is not enough funding: more money for housing, schools, homelessness, public safety, etc.   Sometimes the demand is for "full funding," whatever that entails.   (emphasis added)

    As we are about to embark on budget season for deciding the FY 2018 budget, it is useful to know just how much money we actually have.   This discussion concerns only local funds; e.g., it excludes federal funds such as for Medicaid.

  • Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) is holding the Ward 6 Budget Town Hall Monday, April 24 at 6:30 pm.   Attendees will learn the basics of how DC government's budget is created and what's being proposed in the mayor's budget.   Attendees will also have the opportunity to share their priorities with the CM.
  • Emergency Bill Status Report April 4 2017 Leg Meeting
  • Bob Spagnoletti is taking over the helm of the DC Bar Association (DC Bar Gets New Leader, Lawyers Flock to Trump Probes, a New Firm Is Born)
  • The D.C. Sentencing Commission has released the first multi-year evaluation of DC's voluntary sentencing guidelines.   Several highlights from AN EVALUATION OF THE D.C. VOLUNTARY SENTENCING GUIDELINES (PDF) are:
    • "The Sentencing Guidelines have influenced sentencing in the way they were intended with the likelihood of receiving a prison sentence increasing as an individual’s criminal history and the severity of the offense increase (Page 22)."
    • "There has been consistency and certainty in the length of sentences imposed for prison sentences on the Drug Grid (Page 29)."
    • And to understand the data in context, "The Evaluation Study revealed that the demographics of individuals sentenced have generally not changed since the implementation of the Guidelines. Under both the pre-Guidelines and Guidelines sentencing structures, the majority of individuals sentenced were black males between the ages of 18 and 40." (p 1)
  • The Office of the Attorney General has launched an informal mediation pilot program to resolve lawsuits (claims under $10,000) against the city government.   Learn more online, Community Dispute Resolution Program.   Particularly noteworthy is that the information is also available in Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish.
  • The Office of Disability Rights is accepting comments on the draft Olmstead Plan 2017-2020 (Word) through April 17.   Learn more about Olmstead online, Olmstead Community Integration Plan - DC One Community for All.
  • Good news for IG users:
    Instagram Is Now Allowing Users to Save Their Live Videos Instagram live videos still vanish from the application upon completion, but now there's a way to save them. The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network announced that users can now save their live videos to their phones for future viewing. (Adweek)

    With the update, which is out now on iOS and Android, a "save" button will appear in the top right corner of the app after you finish a live video. (Mashable)