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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.

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Readiness Tour Takeaways on Improving Maintenance of DC Schools and Rec Centers

In June, I toured 13 DCPS schools and 8 DPR centers across DC as part of my oversight work with the Facilities & Family Services Committee. Our goal was to identify systemic issues in building maintenance — and to ensure DCPS readiness for the fall and DPR readiness for summer. We identified several systemic issues that DGS, DPR, and DCPS all need to all work together to address. Many of these issues have come up before in our Committee oversight hearings and other site visits to schools and recreation centers. I’m laying them out here: We are confronting these issues

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Public Safety Bill, Late Night Hype, and Battle of Fort Stevens Commemoration

Dear Neighbors, The Council is officially on recess until September, but my oversight and community work continues throughout the summer. In this newsletter, I am updating you about the emergency crime bill the Council passed on Tuesday and our broader work on public safety. We also have important meetings coming up on the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Fort Totten to Takoma, logistics for the CitiOpen Tournament in Ward 4, and the 14th Street Bus Priority Project. And there are great Ward 4 events planned, like Late Night Hype at Emery Heights, the Battle of Fort Stevens Commemoration, the Riggs Park Art

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Ward 4 Dispatch: DCPS Repairs, Lead-Free DC, and Jazz in The Parks at Walter Reed

Dear Neighbors, There’s a lot to report on this week: key insights on school repairs, an update on the 16th Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project, a landmark hearing on my bill to replace all lead pipes in our city and create a green jobs pipeline for DC residents, an open house for the Georgia Avenue Bus Priority Project, a map of free summer youth meals in Ward 4, today’s nomination deadline for the Ward 4 Commemorative Project, and many community events. Lessons from School Readiness Tours As part of my work as Chair of the Facilities and Family Services Committee, last

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Summer Safety, New Whole Foods, and Fourth of July in Ward 4

Dear Neighbors, As we enter the Fourth of July weekend, I’m sharing updates on public safety in Ward 4, the new Whole Foods at the Parks at Walter Reed, free summer youth meals, outdoor pools staying open on weekdays, a higher DC minimum wage, WMATA’s new nighttime courtesy stops, and modified city services for the holiday weekend. Speaking of which, our office will be closed this Monday and Tuesday (July 3-4) in observance of the holiday. This newsletter also highlights Fourth of July events at Soldiers Home, Crestwood, Takoma Park, and The Parks at Walter Reed — along with many

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Rec Center Repairs, Summer Safety, and Reduced WMATA Fares

Dear Neighbors, It’s officially summer! This week I’m diving deep into recreation center maintenance, highlighting upcoming Council hearings, and announcing a Ward 4 summer safety strategic planning meeting. We also have the details on Whole Foods opening at The Parks at Walter Reed next week, WMATA’s new reduced fare program, new operating hours at our public libraries, and more. We also have great events lined up, but keep an eye on social media (of the group planning each event) in case any of the outdoor events are postponed due to rain. Zeroing in on Rec Center Maintenance As part of

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Ward 4 Dispatch: DC Budget Wins, Home Rule Music Fest, and Juneteenth

Dear Neighbors, There is so much to report on. We finalized the DC budget this week, and I have all the highlights for you! The Juneteenth holiday is shifting city services: DPW collection will slide a day later next week but outdoor pools and spray parks will be open all holiday weekend. And next week, WMATA is launching its major fare discount program, which will reduce fares by 50% for any resident enrolled in SNAP. We also have the Home Rule Music Festival taking place tomorrow at The Parks at Walter Reed, and you won’t want to miss that. In

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Weekend of Pride, Rent Control Relief, and Caribbean Restaurant Week!

Dear Neighbors, From wildfire smoke descending upon the DMV to a black bear roaming DC streets, it has been quite the week here! Thankfully, the air quality has improved considerably today and is expected to continue to improve over the weekend. Still, please keep an eye on the Air Quality Index for your zip code and consider taking precautions — especially at-risk groups like seniors, children, and people with heart and lung conditions. And do not forget that trash and recycling collection was paused on Thursday to safeguard the health of our DPW workers, so collection the rest of this

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June 11-17: Celebrate Caribbean Restaurant Week in Ward 4!

Ward 4 is the proud home base of DC’s vibrant Caribbean-American community. All throughout June, we are celebrating National Caribbean-American Heritage Month and reflecting on the great contributions of our Caribbean-American communities to Ward 4 and all of the District. One special way to be part of the festivities is to participate in Caribbean-American Restaurant Week on June 11-17. By visiting Ward 4’s Caribbean restaurants, we can support the businesses that preserve Caribbean cuisine and culture, provide valuable jobs and entrepreneurship, and serve as a hub for community life. Andrene’s Caribbean & Soul Food Cafe (Brightwood Park)308 Kennedy St NW |

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Expanding SNAP, Rent Control, and Fort Totten Transfer Station to Reopen

Dear Neighbors, Happy June! This week we held our second vote on the DC budget and have one more vote on the Budget Support Act next Tuesday to complete our budget work for the year. In my next newsletter, I will share a breakdown of everything you need to know about the final DC budget, but this week I want to focus on our efforts to expand SNAP benefits, limit rent increases on rent controlled units, and update you on everything happening in Ward 4. Check it all out: Expanding SNAP Benefits and Excluded Workers While Congress slashes food assistance

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Outdoor Pools Open, Roosevelt Roundtable, and Remembering Linda Harllee Harper

Dear Neighbors, As we kick start Memorial Day Weekend, here is the latest news about outdoor pools and spray parks opening, my work on your behalf on the DC Council, our oversight roundtable on school maintenance, trash collecting ‘sliding’ next week, city services, community resources, neighborhood events, and a tribute to Linda Harllee Harper, who we tragically lost this week. Thank you to everyone who attended our presentation with DDOT on how to organize a neighborhood block party. For those who missed it, you can check out the recording. I’m looking forward to being in community with you, and stay tuned for

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