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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: Expanding Bus Service, Council News, EdFest, and Events!

Dear Neighbors, There’s a lot to look forward to this week! The Council is advancing several major bills next week, taking on critical issues like public housing and lead service line removal, and we’re preparing for the next Council term. We are also taking a major step towards expanding public transit and making it free in DC! Do you have yard signs you’re looking to recycle? There’s a great opportunity to recycle them on Saturday. We also have fun events coming up this weekend, like the Miracle on Upshur Street, Pajamarama shopping and the holiday market in Takoma, the holiday

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Happy Thanksgiving, Ward 4!

Dear Neighbors, As we gather to share Thanksgiving meals with loved ones, I want to take a moment to wish each of you and your families a happy Thanksgiving! In my family every year, we go around the table and each share one thing we’re thankful for. This year I’m especially grateful for our DC government workers, who work hard to keep our city running and get our community the resources we need. Thank you to the wonderful staff at our COVID Centers, the DPW workers who are up early serving our communities, our dedicated educators and staff in DC

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Turkeys, Traffic Safety, and Thanksgiving in Our Community

Dear Neighbors, As we gear up for Thanksgiving, here is my update on what’s going on in our community, on our streets and intersections, in the District as a whole, and at the DC Council. Ward 4 and Council News What the DC Council Passed This Week On Tuesday we held our third-to-last Committee of the Whole meeting and legislative session for this year and for this two-year Council term. Here are highlights on the bills voted on, as well as some other legislative updates: At 14.3%, DC has one of the highest rates of food insecurity for seniors in

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Turkey Giveaway, Council News, Walter Reed History, and Fall Fun Fest

Dear Neighbors, I want to start by thanking every Ward 4 resident who exercised their sacred right to vote in this election. Ward 4 has the third highest tally of votes cast, and the second highest participation rate in this election based on the number of registered voters in each Ward. I also want to thank everyone who stepped up to run for office, serve as a poll worker, or otherwise engage in voter outreach. Having a vibrant and active democracy is critical for creating strong communities. I’m grateful for everyone who will be representing Ward 4 in elected leadership

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Council News, Election Day, Leaves, and Green New Deal Trainings

Dear Neighbors, I’m writing to update you on the latest from the DC Council, NPS’ announcement on Upper Beach Drive, our Election Day on November 8, the start of leaf collection next week, vaccine clinics in Ward 4 congregations, community events, local news, and more. Check it out! Ward 4 and Legislative News Council News: DC’s Criminal Code Revision On Tuesday, the Council unanimously passed the first of two votes on a bill to revise DC’s criminal code. This legislation is the outcome of a 16-year process, multiple public hearings, and the recommendations of an independent commission made up of key stakeholders from the US

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Safety Updates, Early Voting, DPR Winter Programs, and Halloween!

Dear Neighbors, This week I’m sharing updates on community safety, DPR winter programs, leaf collection, pumpkin and gourd composting, the start of early voting, the end of street sweeping, neighborhood events, and two dozen Halloween events across Ward 4. Check it all out! Community Safety Updates This week we had our first Mayor-Council breakfast since before the pandemic. The discussion focused on public safety given our citywide gun violence crisis. I made several requests to strengthen our ongoing efforts to prevent gun violence on Kennedy Street. I asked Mayor Bowser and her administration to collaborate with me to purchase or use eminent domain to take

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Councilmember’s Corner: So many Halloween weekend festivities in Ward 4!

This column first appeared in Petworth News. As we gear up to celebrate Halloween, I wanted to share some of the many amazing Halloween events happening across our community. Chances are that you won’t have to go far from home to get your frights and treats this weekend. Thank you to every neighbor who has been planning these events or gather treats to distribute to trick-or-treaters. A friendly reminder to be extra slow and cautious if you’re driving over the course of the weekend. Let’s keep each other safe! I’m excited to see our community out and about enjoying all that Ward

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Jubilee Recap, Council News, Leaf Collection, and Piney Branch Parkway!

Dear Neighbors, I’m excited to share the latest on our work at the Council and all that’s happening in Ward 4! Ward 4 and Legislative News A Joyful Ward 4 Senior Jubilee It was an honor to host so many of our seniors this week at our Ward 4 Senior Jubilee. We gathered at Fort Stevens Park and enjoyed music, dancing, food, drinks, prizes, and a resource fair with over a dozen DC agencies and community groups. My favorite moment came at the end, when Ward 4’s own Shirleta Settles sang Happy Birthday to all our seniors who celebrate an October birthday.

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Three New Bills, Ballot Drop Boxes Open, and Senior Jubilee!

Dear Neighbors, I hope the week wrapped up well for you and that you have fun plans for the weekend! My newsletter this week focuses on our Ward 4 Senior Jubilee, which is coming up this Wednesday! I also detail three new simple but important bills that I introduced this week to address constituent headaches. And I share important updates on the bivalent COVID booster for children ages 5-11, the Monkeypox clinic, ballot drop boxes, and DC paid family leave. And of course, we have a full sweep of great events happening in Ward 4 in the coming days. Ward

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Introducing the Work Order Integrity Act to Improve Repairs at DCPS Schools

On October 11, 2022, Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George introduced the Work Order Integrity Amendment Act of 2022 to require DGS to get affirmative approval from a school-level staff member (like a principal or foreman) before closing a work order ticket in a school. This legislation will improve coordination on school maintenance between school leaders, DCPS, and DGS, while also preventing important repairs from slipping through the cracks. “Principals and school staff know their school building better than anyone. Requiring their sign-off to close out a work order is a common sense accountability measure to ensure maintenance issues in

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