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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 • 202-286-5268

Ward 4 Dispatch: Citi Open, Masks Return, and a New Playground!

Dear Neighbors, We have a new playground and a new Farmers Market starting in Ward 4 this week, an update on Citi Open, important public health news, and many resources and events in our community. Next week after our second budget vote I will share a detailed breakdown of the DC budget and all of the important investments for Ward 4, for the District as a whole, and for a just recovery after the pandemic. Ward 4 News New Playground, Farmers Market, Popsicle Party, Yoga, and Jazz! This Sunday will be a big one for the Parks at Historic Walter

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Responding to Gun Violence in Our Communities

This piece originally appeared in Petworth News’ Councilmember’s Corner column. Our communities are reeling from the devastating gun violence that our city is experiencing. From the shootings by Nationals Park and 14th Street to the tragic killing of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney in Southeast DC and the public safety incidents in our own neighborhoods, it’s clear that DC and Ward 4 have not been spared from the nationwide surge of gun violence. These crimes are senseless and catastrophic. We cannot afford for this situation to continue and for more lives to be claimed by gunfire.  Everything we do in the short term needs to be about keeping guns off

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Investing in Housing, Child Care, and Working Families

Dear Neighbors, I’m writing to update you on the latest about the DC budget, including a budget amendment that will have a huge, positive impact on our most vulnerable, most neglected, and most excluded residents. I’ll also share an update on the devastating gun violence crisis our city is experiencing. And as always, I have lots of events, resources, and community news to share. Legislative Updates A Huge Step Towards Ending Homelessness, Funding Child Care, and Lifting Up Working Families On March 5, 2016, city leaders gathered in a crowded Foundry Church and made a commitment to end chronic homelessness in the District.

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Citi Open, First Budget Vote, and Evictions and Utility Protections

Dear Neighbors,  I hope you’ve had a great week! I’m writing to share important updates to DC’s moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs, lots of Ward 4 news, and quite a few events and resources for our community. We’re also working hard to finalize DC’s budget, which will have its first of two final votes on Tuesday next week. Ward 4 News Citi Open Returns to Ward 4 at Full Capacity with Rafael Nadal Citi Open, DC’s prestigious tennis tournament is returning to Ward 4 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center from July 31-August 8 after being cancelled last year due to

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Budget Updates, Senior Housing, and Summer Concerts

Dear Neighbors,  As we head into the weekend, here is the latest on what’s happening in Ward 4 and DC! Ward 4 News NPS Opens Public Comment Period on Upper Beach Drive Ward 4 encompasses more of Rock Creek Park than any other Ward, so it’s important that our residents have a say on determining the future of Upper Beach Drive. Yesterday the National Parks Service held a public meeting and opened the public comment period for whether Upper Beach Drive should reopen to cars and during which time periods. The comment period will last until August 22, so you have until then to weigh in.

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No Pepco Pledge Disclosures

Councilmember Lewis George is a signatory of the No Pepco Pledge, which asks leaders to: Reject all contributions from Pepco, Washington Gas, and fossil fuel companies Voluntarily disclose all meeting times and topics with Pepco and Washington Gas representatives and lobbyists, and take and make available detailed minutes of all such meetings Support legislation for an economic feasibility study on the implementation of alternative utility models such as Community Choice Aggregation and municipalization in DC Meeting Disclosures February 11, 2021: Introductory meeting with PEPCO representatives, which touched on avoiding electricity shutoffs in DC, preventing rate hikes, and transitioning to clean,

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