Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
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.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
DC SUPERIOR COURT ENHANCES ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN SMALL CLAIMS CASES
- LOWER COST, MORE EXPEDITIOUS PROCESS -
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 http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/public/aud_civil/smallclaims.jsf (there is a link to Live Chat in the lower right).
To learn more about the Court's Small Claims Resource Center, see http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/documents/SmallClaimsResourceCenterFlyer.pdf
Saturday, January 28, 2017
- Andy Le, Director of Communications, ALe@dccouncil.us
- Kate Mitchell, Committee Director for the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, email@example.com
- Chanell Autrey, Deputy Committee Director for the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, January 27, 2017
- 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
- Tai Meah, Committee Director, esq., email@example.com, (202) 724-8835
- Michelle Loggins, Legislative Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 724-8170
- Jennifer Blemur, Legislative Counsel, email@example.com, (202) 724-8170
- Aamir Mansoor, Legislative Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 724-8170
- Ross Boone, William Cranch Legal Fellow, email@example.com, (202) 724-8170
- Aubrey Joseph, Legislative Aide, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 724-8170
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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.
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
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
FYI: Christian Barrera is interim chief of staff for new DMHHS HyeSook Chung. More on staffing soon! @DMHHS_DC— Susie Cambria (@susiecambria) January 23, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
Tomorrow-10AM-Rm 500-Cttee of the Whole meets re: its rules/staff, FY17 Performance Oversight & FY18 budget schedule https://t.co/KPDZmuLRKZ— Council of DC (@councilofdc) January 23, 2017
- Matt Brown – Director (Matthew.Brown3@dc.gov)
- John McGaw – Capital Program Director (email@example.com)
- Justin Constantino – Deputy Director and General Counsel – Education Cluster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Chris Murray – Government Operations Cluster (email@example.com)
- Tim Hatton – Public Works Cluster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Anthony Gamblin – Economic Development Cluster (email@example.com)
- Daniel Kornfield – Public Safety Cluster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Alexis Griffin – Health and Human Services Cluster (email@example.com)
Good Council: Post-Inauguration, JAWB will again have 2 public entrances/exits (Penn on 1, D St on G), & 3 exit-onlys on G (14, 13.5, Penn) pic.twitter.com/URGZmLtS6S— Council of DC (@councilofdc) January 22, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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
The Federal City Council is setting up a "non-ideological" think tank to counter DCFPI. Hmm... https://t.co/RbysFLZDqd— Neil Flanagan (@jg_bollard) January 18, 2017
Watch the streaming video.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
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.....
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
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
I haven't used this account much, but it's my new twitter home. NewsTalk will finish strong. Then, onward ho. Lots of tread on these tires.— Bruce DePuyt (@BruceDePuyt) January 12, 2017
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
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
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
Good Council: The Wilson Building has 8 floors (C-G-1-2-3-4-5-6), but Councilmembers' offices are only located on floors 1, 4, and 5. pic.twitter.com/TqvytrPsGM— Council of DC (@councilofdc) January 8, 2017
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.
The report identifies the status of the priorities established by the mayor's transition team.
Read the first accountability report.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
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.
This event is part of Latino Week of Action.
RSVP for the symposium; it's free.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Friday, January 6, 2017
Thursday, January 5, 2017
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
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
- 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
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.
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
Monday, January 2, 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, now that all the new Councilmembers are sworn in, I can present to you our new Brady Bunch social media graphic pic.twitter.com/d8El1M0sIQ— Council of DC (@councilofdc) January 2, 2017
Good Council: Forget your phone? This electronic kiosk, just inside the main entrance, can help with directory/calendar needs (or ask us!) pic.twitter.com/SYARs1OkmM— Council of DC (@councilofdc) January 1, 2017
Sunday, January 1, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)