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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
ataliadoros@dccouncil.us • 202-286-5268

Ward 4 Dispatch: Key Hearings, Baby Bonds, and Carter Barron Concert!

Dear Neighbors, There’s a lot to get into this week so I’ll try to get right into it. Here is my update on key legislative hearings coming up next week, a new baby bonds program established by the DC Council, a reflection and video for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and many Ward 4 events – including a rare concert at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, a Fall Festival at First United Church of Jesus Christ, and some of the many Halloween events happening next week! Legislative Updates Next Week Is Packed with Important DC Council Hearings We have an action-packed week coming

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Community Safety Update, Preventing Evictions, and Fall Fun at Lorenzo Allen Park!

Dear Neighbors, This week I am sharing an important update on arrests made in connection to the deadly shooting on Longfellow Street last month. This month we also have important changes to the hours and services offered at Fort Totten Transfer Station. Sadly, we are starting to see evictions return to our community, so I included a detailed update on tenant protections. Meanwhile, the next two weeks include key Council hearings on education governance, my legislation to address abandoned vehicles, police accountability bills, a student vaccine mandate, and more. Be sure to sign up or submit written comments to make

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Foreclosure Prevention, School Updates, and Down in the Reeds!

Dear Neighbors, It’s been a very active week with Council back from recess. We held our first legislative hearing where we passed emergency legislation to make DC school operations safer, extended DC’s moratorium on foreclosures, ensured green energy expertise on the Public Service Commission, and passed ceremonial resolutions to honor the 21st anniversary of Paul Public Charter School operating in our community, 50 years of outstanding principals at School Without Walls, and the 165th anniversary of St Paul AME Church in Ward 4. This weekend coming up is no different than any other in our community: there’s so much to do! From a community planting day

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Ward 4 Dispatch: School Legislation, WMATA Buses, and Open Streets Georgia Ave!

Dear Neighbors, I hope you are enjoying the early shades of Fall weather! It’s a new fiscal year and the Council is back from Recess! I am gearing up our first legislative session this Tuesday, which includes emergency legislation on health and safety protocols in our schools. This week I also engaged in hearings on the (inadequate) state of school facilities during reopening and a roundtable on the need for faster electrification of WMATA’s bus fleet. And I wrote to WMATA calling attention to bus routes in Ward 4 that need improved service or restoration. We have yet another action-packed

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Update on Karon Hylton, Northern Bus Garage, and Vaccine Boosters

Dear Neighbors, This week I’m focusing our newsletter on updating you about the charges filed against officers involved in Karon Hylton-Brown’s death, as well as WMATA’s announcement on plans to make Northern Bus Garage the first all-electric bus facility in the DC region. Ward 4 also has some big events this weekend! Tonight into tomorrow we are celebrating DC Art All Night with Uptown Main Street, Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street, and then the Parks Main Street in Manor Park. Tomorrow will also bring the return of the Celebrate Petworth festival. And then Sunday we’ll have the Fall Fun Fest at the Soldiers Home! Check out

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Peace Walk, Redistricting, Schools, and New Dog Park

Dear Neighbors, This newsletter is focused on updating you all about community safety, the DC redistricting process, upcoming hearings on the reopening of schools, and our new dog park in Ward 4! There’s always plenty happening in our community, so make sure you check out what events and resources we have listed. Just this weekend we have a community health and wellness fair, a Riggs Park forum on opioids, the commemoration of Lincoln-Thomas Day at Fort Stevens, the Chevy Chase Day festival, the Tour de Roosevelt bike ride, Ward 4 Day at Nationals Park, as well as the final Petworth

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Responding to Gun Violence in Our Community

Dear Neighbors, It has been a heavy week for our community. I’m dedicating this newsletter to updating you on all of the work that is happening to address gun violence in Ward 4. And as always, I’m sharing a wide range of events and resources in our community. This weekend alone we have a National Symphony Orchestra performance and outdoor film screening at the Parks at Walter Reed, an interactive garden planning event at Upshur Community Garden, a community yard sale in Takoma, another Petworth Summer Saturdays concert, an opening for a new exhibit at Art of Noize gallery, and

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Responding to Gun Violence in Our Community

My heart is heavy this morning as our community was again devastated by gun violence. Each life lost is someone who will never take their child to a ball game, share a laugh with their friends, or care for an aging parent. Each person lost leaves family, friends, and community bereft, and my heart breaks for them. My team was on the scene last night and I received a comprehensive update from Chief Contee this morning. Chief Contee confirmed that the shooting last night involved neighborhood crews. He has assigned the case to a major case squad and brought in investigative resources from

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Military Road School, WMATA, and Labor Day!

Dear Neighbors, Council may be in recess, but it was another action-packed week with Upshur Day, school supply giveaways, the first week of school, and a new early learning center in Ward 4! There are at least two neighborhood block parties happening this weekend for 16th Street Heights and 7th Place in Takoma, so don’t miss those if you live in the area. I’m also writing to share important service updates related to WMATA, a reminder about the deadline to renew your driver’s licenses by September 9, and a much-needed extension for our splash parks. And scroll all the way

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Back to School Edition

Dear Neighbors, A lot has happened since the last time I got to write to you. I’ve spent the last two weeks touring every Ward 4 DCPS school (some multiple times) to follow up on outstanding maintenance work with DC agencies, as well as pressing for additional measures to be taken to protect the health and safety of students and educators this school year. I’m grateful that some new measures were announced today, but I still share many of the concerns that many families have about returning to in-person learning. There will be two Back 2 School giveaways in Ward

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