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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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Ward 4 Dispatch: Leaf Collection Begins, Towing Sweep, and Halloween in Ward 4

Dear Neighbors, As we kick off Halloween weekend, the start of leaf collection, and another busy week ahead, I want to share these important updates about our community and city services. Ward 4 Public Safety Updates On Thursday, our community experienced another terrifying incident, when sounds of gunfire on the 6400 block of 5th Street NW caused our nearby schools to go into lockdown and kept neighbors inside their homes while MPD set up a perimeter to secure the area. The case is being actively investigated, but here is what we know so far: an armed individual in a nearby

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Introducing Legislation to Create First-in-the-Nation Program to Fund Local News in DC

DC Residents Would Determine Which News Outlets Receive Funding Using News Coupons They Can Allocate to the Outlets of Their Choice Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George introduced legislation to create a first-in-the-nation program to fund local news. After years of declining revenue, painful layoffs, and discontinuations, the bill would provide a stable source of funding for local journalism that is decided by the public. “Strong journalism is indispensable for a healthy democracy and an accountable government, but local news is being shuttered by layoffs. This bill would create a stable funding source for local reporting so it can continue

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Leaf Collection, School Connect in Riggs Park, and a New Building for Friendship Ideal

Dear Neighbors, This was a jam-packed week on the Council and in Ward 4! We have a new DC School Connect program serving Riggs Park students, a new building for Friendship Ideal in Lamond, public safety walks and meetings, Council hearings on DPR, DOB, and trash issues, a preview of leaf collection, an early roundup of Halloween events in Ward 4, and surveys on the proposed rehabilitation of Rock Creek Golf Course, Upshur’s modernization, and the proposed redevelopment of the Chevy Chase Civic Core Site. Find it all below! Filling a Transit Gap for Riggs Park Students A few years ago, Ward 4 Education Alliance had its members travel to school alongside

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Ward 4 Dispatch: New Smart Streetlights, School Readiness, and Down in the Reeds

Dear Neighbors, There is a lot to catch up on this week, including our work to improve school conditions, public safety updates, new smart LED streetlights being installed in Ward 4, updates on curbside composting, temporary trail and park closures, and Down in the Reeds festival on Saturday. Check it all out below! New Smart Streetlights Coming to Ward 4 Did you know that DC is currently converting 100% of its streetlights on streets, sidewalks, and trails to improved, sustainable LED technology that is remotely monitored and controlled? The DC Smart Street Lighting Project is now underway in Ward 4

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Ward 4 Dispatch: SNAP Expansion, Senior Jubilee, and Open Streets Georgia Avenue!

Dear Neighbors, It has been a whirlwind of a week! Only seven days ago, we were able to secure funds that will increase DC residents’ SNAP benefits in less than three months. We also had two critical hearings on bills to address dangerous driving and fake license tags, as well as a hearing on DC’s troubled 911 call center operations. And just today, we had an amazing Ward 4 Senior Jubilee event to celebrate and share resources with our senior citizens. And tomorrow is the annual Open Street Georgia Avenue festival — so make the most of of all the

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Funding Secured to Expand SNAP Food Assistance for DC Residents and Support Excluded Workers

Through an amendment dedicating excess revenue to programs that benefit working families, DC residents will receive a $40 million increase in SNAP benefits and $20 million in relief funds for undocumented immigrants, cash economy workers, and returning citizens who are excluded by local and federal safety net programs. DC residents will receive a $40 million increase in SNAP food assistance starting January 1, 2024 because of a budget amendment introduced by Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George in the FY24 DC budget. The amendment dedicated potential future excess revenue to expanding SNAP benefits and providing relief funds to excluded workers

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Public Safety, School Boundaries, and ERAP

Dear Neighbors, As September comes to a close, a new fiscal year for the District commences. In this newsletter, I discuss public safety, including this week’s public roundtable on the nomination of the new MPD chief, and provide and update on school boundaries. I’m also excited to talk about one of my favorite events of the year, Art All Night, to celebrate Karen Feinstein’s many years of service to Ward 4 families, and to share that ERAP will be re-opening soon! Public Safety and the Role of MPD On Wednesday, September 27 the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Conservation Legislation, Council Recap, Petworth CARE Day, and Chevy Chase Day

Dear Neighbors, It is officially fall this week and the Council is back in session! We passed several bills at our first legislative meeting, including a free Master’s of Social Work program at UDC, stronger tenant and worker protections, and a new e-bike rebate program that will launch next year. In honor of Public Lands Day, I also introduced major legislation to improve how DC maintains our forest land and combats invasive plants in our parks. I also warn residents about heavy winds on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ophelia makes its way to our region. Unfortunately, Celebrate Petworth is cancelled

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Introducing Legislation to Create New Office to Manage and Conserve DC Forest Land

The bill will transform now DC maintains its 500 acres of forested land, spearhead community partnerships, and launch a strategic vision for conservation in the District. Ward 4 Councilmember and Chair of the Council Committee on Facilities and Family Services Janeese Lewis George introduced legislation to establish a new office to overhaul how the District manages and conserves its approximately 500 acres of forest land. The bill is co-introduced by a supermajority of Councilmembers and with support from the District’s leading conservation organizations. “Across DC, invasive plants are overtaking our natural forest areas and making our parks less accessible, less

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Council Returns, Upshur Modernization, and New Barnard Playground

Dear Neighbors, Legislative meetings and hearings resume next week, and we have a packed fall schedule! In this newsletter, I preview some of our most important upcoming Council hearings, update you on the new playground at Barnard Elementary, highlight the first community meeting for Upshur Rec Center and Pool modernization, share important public safety information, highlight new leadership at MPD Fourth District and the Ward 4 Mini-Commission on Aging, and share Ward 4 news, city services, and local events in our community. New Playground at Barnard Elementary Thursday was a particularly happy day at Barnard Elementary, since the school celebrated

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