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News about our work at the DC Council and in our Ward 4 community on your behalf. Learn about the legislation we introduced, important updates, and my messages to Ward 4.

Press Contact: Alex Taliadoros, Communications Director
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The Year We Had and the Year Ahead!

Happy New Year, Neighbors! I hope this new year is filled with new opportunities for you, quality time with loved ones, and plenty of fun and rest. As we bid goodbye to 2023 and welcome 2024, I want to share important updates on DC services and look back on what we accomplished together this past year. Updates on DC Services DPW trash, recycling, and curbside composting collection are all sliding one day later this week. That means that if your collection typically takes place on Wednesday, it will happen on Thursday this week. If it takes place on Thursday, then

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Council and Community News, and Happy Holidays!

Dear Neighbors, Before we bid goodbye to 2023, I want to share these updates on what is happening at the Council and in our Ward 4 community. This newsletter covers new laws the Council passed, important updates on SNAP, updates on public safety, changes to DC services, rental assistance, Ward 4 events, and much more… I am excited to connect with you in 2024, including our annual Listen As We Climb community meetings in every Ward 4 neighborhood! Council Action: Housing, Health, Schools, Worker Rights, Safety  As always, I want to keep you updated on what happens at the Council

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Ward 4 Dispatch: A Fight for SNAP, Metro’s Future, Council Action, and Holiday Events

Dear Neighbors, I am writing to share some important updates covering SNAP food assistance, Metro funding, 24-hour bus service, Council action, public safety, the DC School Lottery, leaf collection, the DC Plug Project, Ward 4 events this weekend, and more. I hope this is helpful for you! A Fight for SNAP Food Assistance On January 1, 2024, more than 140,000 DC residents are supposed to receive a badly-needed increase in SNAP benefits that the Council funded in the DC budget. Earlier this year, Congress let expanded SNAP benefits expire — significantly reducing food assistance for DC families while they were

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Work Order Integrity, Safety Initiatives, and Ward 4 Holiday Fairs!

Dear Neighbors, As always, I want to update you on what is happening at the Council and in our community. Check out the Council’s action this week, public safety updates, the latest on school boundary changes, leaf collection news (Petworth and Brightwood Park, you’re next), the start of 24-7 MetroBus service, applications opening for the DC School Lottery, Ward 4 events, and more! Passing the Work Order Integrity Act During my readiness tours and visits to schools, I often see the frustration caused when work orders for needed repairs are mistakenly marked as complete without the work being done. It

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Social Housing, Safety Updates, and Holiday Markets!

Dear Neighbors, We have quite a few updates, events, and resources this week, so let’s get into it right away. Building Conditions Matter Across DC Government Today I started a two-week readiness tour of a wide range of DC government facilities, including: DACL senior centers, DHS homelessness shelters, MPD police stations, DYRS juvenile justice facilities, and DC Fire and EMS engines and training facilities. These types of facilities do not typically get as much attention as schools or rec centers, but they are critical for DC government to function well. I will be working closely with DGS and their partner

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Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving, Ward 4!

Dear Neighbors, As we gather to spend Thanksgiving with family, friends, and loved ones, I am writing to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and share some helpful reminders ahead of the holiday. I am deeply grateful for our Ward 4 community. During the holiday season, I see first-hand how our community mobilizes to care for our neighbors in need. From turkey giveaways and clothing drives to hosting free Thanksgiving meals, so many Ward 4 residents are giving back to our community this time of year. Thank you to every neighbor finding ways to serve others during the holiday season. I

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Doing Right by Tenants, Turkeys, Xi Omega Way, and Celebrate Petworth!

Dear Neighbors, This week’s newsletter includes new legislation to protect tenants, reflections from our Ward 4 Faith Leaders Breakfast, an update on car break-ins, the newly-designated Xi Omega Way, our Ward 4 Turkey Giveaway and Celebrate Petworth Festival on Saturday, our final Petworth/Uptown Farmers Markets for the season, the latest on leaf collection, and plenty of other local events and resources. Let’s get into it all below. The Doing Right by DC Tenants Act In Ward 4 and across DC, far too many tenants face unsafe and undignified housing conditions in their apartment buildings. Right now, there is nothing to

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Introducing New Legislation to Protect Tenants from Unsafe and Undignified Housing

Today Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George and five other Councilmembers introduced legislation to protect tenants from landlords who neglect housing conditions and building safety. The Do Right by DC Tenants Amendment Act of 2023 would prevent any individual or business from obtaining a new basic business license or building permit if anyone in the ownership structure has received more than five Class 1 or Class 2 housing code violations in a 12-month period. “For too long, a small group of landlords has been able to profit by buying up rental properties in DC and then charging high rents while

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Grant Circle Traffic Safety, Council Action, and Turkey Giveaway

Dear Neighbors, Happy Veterans Day! This week I’m sharing key updates on Grant Circle, Council action, our Ward 4 Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, leaf collection, modified city services, the start of bus zone enforcement next week, public safety, ANC vacancies, local events, and much more! DDOT’s Draft Safety Plan for Grant Circle This week DDOT unveiled the initial design for its proposed traffic safety plan for Grant Circle in Petworth. Grant Circle is a community hub and one of the greatest resources we have in Ward 4, but it is unsafe for families due to dangerous driving, constant near-misses, and frequent

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Comprehensive Public Safety, Rock Creek Golf, and Newsletter by Text

Dear Neighbors, As we head into the weekend, take a moment to catch up on our collective work to improve public safety, important city services, key deadlines, upcoming Ward 4 events, and local news: Comprehensive Public Safety There is no more urgent priority than addressing the rise in crime and violence in our city and the fear and pain it causes in our communities. To turn the tide, we need to confront the reality that the issues we are facing are driven not by one specific agency’s failures — but by our whole government falling short of what it needs

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