Monday, April 3, 2017

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)

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