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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: Redistricting, Foreclosure Moratorium, and Oversight of DC Agencies

Dear Neighbors, We’re wrapping up a short but busy week at the Council. On Tuesday we passed my emergency bill to extend DC’s moratorium on foreclosures, as well as several other measures. We then transitioned to multiple performance oversight hearings, where I was grateful to see many Ward 4 residents testifying and where I pressed agency leaders to deliver on their commitments to Ward 4. In my update this week I lay out the schedule for upcoming hearings so you can more easily testify and make your voice heard! This week also marks the beginning of the Ward 4 redistricting process for

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Letter to Postmaster, Vaccine Requirement, New Businesses, and MLK Weekend

Dear Neighbors, We made it to Friday! I’m writing to report back on our work on your behalf and on what’s happening in Ward 4. This week I wrote to the DC Postmaster calling for reliable mail service for our community and improved communication from USPS. I also joined my colleagues on Council’s Transportation Committee in asking WMATA to restore MetroBus service as much as possible and ensure it’s following the schedule that it shared with residents. DC also secured additional rental assistance from the federal government, but even more is needed to meet the needs of our communities. Meanwhile, we just

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Ward 4 Dispatch: City Services Delays, Listen As We Climb, and a Snow Start to the New Year!

Dear Neighbors, We’ve certainly had a snow start to the New Year! I hope your streets are now clear and that you’ve found joy in the snow (and not just inconvenience). I earned a lot steps chasing down snow plows this week for Ward 4 neighbors! Today I’ll be updating you on what the Council did during its legislative session on Tuesday, my work to make the return to school safer, and efforts to improve city services. I’ll also be previewing performance oversight, which already starts next week! I’ll also be sharing community resources and events, including a reminder about our Listen As

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Safe Routes to School and Covid Precautions for the Holidays

Dear Neighbors, This Friday I’m excited to share my new legislation to require major traffic safety improvements at DC schools. I also have important updates on the surge of COVID cases in DC (don’t forget to get your booster and be frequently tested), the ANC boundary redistricting process and how you can be part of it, Ward 4 small businesses, two holiday markets this weekend for your holiday shopping, and much more! This will be the last Ward 4 Dispatch for the year and our office will be closed from December 23-31. I’m excited about all we have in the works for 2022 and to

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Introducing the Safe Routes to School Act to Make Major Traffic Safety Upgrades Around DC Schools

Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, joined by all twelve of her fellow Councilmembers, introduced sweeping legislation to improve traffic safety at every District school by installing extensive traffic safety infrastructure, expanding school zones, stepping up enforcement, and injecting accountability and equity in DC government’s plans to improve road safety near schools. “It’s been a year of heartbreaking loss on our streets, and those lost include our most vulnerable road users: children. Policy is a love language, and we show our children that we love them by passing, funding, and implementing the traffic safety policies we know are needed to protect them. Our young people deserve to be safe before, during,

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Leaf Collection, Council Updates, and Holiday Festivities!

Dear Neighbors, This Friday I’m bringing you a whole host of updates from the DC Council, touching on redistricting, encampments, rent relief, a new name for Wilson High School, legislation I passed to promote safe driving, and more. I also have an updated schedule for leaf collection in Ward 4, which has been significantly delayed. This week we’re also celebrating a new walk-up vaccine site at Petworth Library, where our Ward 4 adults and children can get their first shot, second dose, booster, or flu shot. We have some exciting holiday events coming up in our area. I want to

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Vaccines, Holiday Fairs, and Cure the Streets!

Dear Neighbors, I hope you all had a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones! My newsletter this week includes an important update on our community’s efforts to stem gun violence. I also have updates on vaccines and masks, community resources, and plenty of neighborhood events. We’re now officially in holiday season so don’t miss out on the Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting at the Parks on Saturday, Santa coming to Upshur Street this Sunday, and the Pajamarama Holiday Market in Takoma on Sunday too. Cure the Streets Comes to Ward 4 New Cure Team to Be Based in Petworth and Brightwood Park For years

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New Cure the Streets Site Coming to Petworth and Brightwood Park in Ward 4

The vast majority of gun violence we see in our community stems from personal disputes and conflicts between neighboring crews. Thankfully, we will soon have a dedicated Cure the Streets team working day in and day out in Petworth and Brightwood Park to forge trust, resolve conflict, prevent retaliation, and build lasting peace in our neighborhoods. Cure the Streets uses an evidence-based, community-led model with a track record of success. As a former Assistant Attorney General in the Public Safety Division, I know first-hand the positive impact that violence interrupters have on a community and in preventing gun violence. Cure

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Happy Thanksgiving, Ward 4 Community!

Dear Neighbors, Before we make our way to turkey trots, football games, and homes of family and friends, I wanted to share how thankful I am for our community. The most common characteristic of Ward 4 residents is that they’re always finding ways to help others. Looking out for their neighbor and volunteering to help their community. Getting involved with their congregation, their child’s school, or their local Main Street association. Planting flowers at local parks, cleaning up their block, or helping sustain Rock Creek Park as an urban oasis. Planning community events and bringing the arts and music to our neighborhoods. Devoting countless hours

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