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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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Join Our Team Serving Ward 4 in Constituent Services or as an Administrative Assistant!

I’m excited to share that we are expanding our Council team serving Ward 4 by hiring an Administrative Assistant and an additional Constituent Services Coordinator. You would be joining a dedicated, supportive, values-driven team working in a rewarding, fast-paced environment at the DC Council and our Ward 4 community. Check out detailed information for each position at the links below: Please consider applying or helping me recruit a great person for each position by sharing these openings with people who would make a good match! All applicants must submit a DC 2000 form (DC Government Employment Application) and may attach

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Emancipation Day, Taxes, and Family Egg Hunt!

Dear Neighbors, As we enter the holiday weekend, I wish our Jewish community in Ward 4 a meaningful Passover and Seders filled with tradition and joy – surrounded by loved ones. To our neighbors celebrating Ramadan, I hope your fast is fruitful and leads to peace, reflection, and love. And to all celebrating Easter this weekend, I hope it brings a renewal of hope and a deepening of our commitment to one another. Today is also Emancipation Day in DC, when we honor the freeing of 3,100 enslaved DC residents eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation. I share a reflection

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Council Updates, Library Week, and CARE Days Continue!

Dear Neighbors, I hope you were able to keep dry these past few days, and that you can enjoy some sunshine this weekend! Here’s a rundown of what’s happening at the Council and in Ward 4 this week! Legislative Updates Council Legislative Recap: Gifting Shops, Abandoned Vehicles, and Hotels At Tuesday’s legislative session, the Council narrowly voted down emergency legislation seeking to make two major changes to the District’s cannabis policies. First: ease barriers to safe, regulated medical marijuana by temporarily allowing anyone over the age of 21 to self-certify a qualifying medical condition, among other positive changes to our medical cannabis

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Redistricting Progress, Traffic Safety, Second Boosters, Summer Camps, and Cedar Street Housing!

Dear Neighbors, There’s a lot to report back on this week! The Ward 4 Redistricting Task Force settled on new ANC/SMD Ward 4 boundaries to recommend to the Council, I attended eight budget oversight hearings, we have more traffic safety updates from across Ward 4, and this week we celebrated an incredible affordable housing project in Takoma. In addition, second COVID booster shots are now available for residents who are immunocompromised or 50+ years old, the renovated Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library is seeking input on two potential names, and DPR summer camp registration starts next week! We also have several community events

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Spring Brings Spring Clean Ups, Budget Hearings, and Traffic Safety Upgrades

Dear Neighbors, Along with the blooming of the Cherry Blossom trees, spring this year brings us spring clean ups, budget hearings, and more traffic safety in our neighborhoods! I’m excited to bring you another update from our work on the Council and in our community. Here’s the latest on budget oversight, traffic safety upgrades in Sixteenth Street Heights, and community resources. There’s also a full itinerary of Ward 4 events for you to enjoy this weekend, including two spring clean ups and Cherry Blossom-themed kite events from DPR. Meanwhile, next week we’ll have our Ward 4 CARE Day in Crestwood,

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Budget Season Has Begun! Traffic Safety Updates and Kennedy Street

Dear Neighbors, I hope you are enjoying the first few days of spring, as declared by the Capital Weather Gang earlier this week. This year the start of spring coincides with the start of budget season at the DC Council, so I’ll be breaking down the Mayor’s proposed budget for you today. I’ll also share updates about traffic safety in Ward 4, actions being taken to address gun violence on Kennedy Street, community events, and more! Unpacking the Proposed DC Budget This week the Mayor released her proposed $19.5 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2023, which runs from October 1, 2022 through September 30,

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Ward 4 Dispatch: CLEAN Collections Act, Business Summit, Job Fair, and Ward 4 CARES Launch

Dear Neighbors, From launching Ward 4 CARE community outreach days to new legislation and updates on city services and neighborhood events – we have a lot of ground to cover this week. Let’s dive in! Ward 4 News and Legislative Updates Legislation from the Community: The CLEAN Collections Act During our community walkthroughs with neighbors, we identified an issue with several multifamily buildings in Ward 4. These buildings are not serviced by DPW, so they rely on private collection companies to pick up their trash. However, many of these multifamily buildings only have a small number of trash and recycling

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Introducing the CLEAN Collections Act to Address Trash Overflow and Rodents in DC Neighborhoods

Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, joined by six other Councilmembers, introduced the Containing Litter and Ensuring Adequate Neighborhood (CLEAN) Collections Amendment Act of 2022 to address trash overflow and rodent infestation across the District by requiring adequate trash and recycling cans and more regular waste collection in multifamily buildings. “As more people work from home and DC’s population grows, we’ve seen trash pile up around residential buildings – dirtying our streets, prompting illegal dumping, and drawing rats and vermin to our neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Lewis George. “The CLEAN Collections Act will make our communities cleaner and healthier by requiring

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Paid Family Leave Boost, Draft ANC/SMD Maps, and Ward 4 CARE Days

Dear Neighbors, I hope your Women’s History Month is off to a good start! I was lucky to wrap up this week speaking to our young bright scholars at Brookland Middle School about the importance of women’s history and women’s rights. We have a lot of good news to share this week, including: a big expansion of DC’s paid family leave program; emergency legislation to protect our urban tree canopy; permanent legislation sealing eviction records; fruitful performance oversight hearings; preliminary maps adjusting Ward 4’s SMD/ANC boundaries were released for feedback; the launch of Ward 4 CARE Days; the nonprofit that will run the Cure the Streets site in Ward

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Councilmember Lewis George Celebrates Major Expansion in DC Paid Family Leave Benefits

I am thrilled that the District will expand paid family leave benefits for private sector workers to 12 weeks of parental leave, 12 weeks of medical leave, 12 weeks of family care leave, and 2 weeks of pre-natal leave. This change will provide workers precious additional time to share with their babies, take care of sick family members, or recover from serious illness without having to sacrifice their paycheck. This issue has been close to my heart since needing to take unpaid leave to take care of my father before he passed away. Expanding paid family leave is how we

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