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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
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Statement on the Tragic Killing of a Student in Petworth on Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Our community is heartbroken and outraged by the senseless killing of a 17-year-old Roosevelt High School student, who was shot outside the school on Wednesday. MacFarland and Roosevelt entered lockdown immediately and accounted for the safety of all other students as MPD, DC FEMS, the School Resource Officer, and school security staff responded to the incident. Then, after the area was secured, the schools and law enforcement coordinated a staggered dismissal of students. MPD officers, Safe Passage workers, and violence interrupters from the Office of the Neighborhood Safety and Engagement all responded to the scene and will maintain a presence

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Small Businesses, Safety Updates, CARE Day in Manor Park, and Happy Mother’s Day!

Dear Neighbors, We’re in the final stretch of the DC budget process. On Monday, the Chairman will release a revised budget, and on Tuesday, the Council will hold its first and most impactful vote on the DC budget and any budget amendments that Councilmembers propose. Now is the most important time to contact Councilmembers about the budget needs that matter most to you — from Ward 4 investments to citywide programs that make our communities safer and stronger. Please make your voice heard, and stay tuned for major budget updates from me next week. My newsletter this week includes important

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Ward 4 Dispatch: DC Budget Status, CARE Days, and Events All Over Ward 4

Dear Neighbors, First off, I’m excited that we are launching our Ward 4 CARE Days later in May as a way to engage our community and bring resources to every Ward 4 neighborhood. If you haven’t yet, please find your closest CARE Day event and sign up. My newsletter this week focuses on updating you about our work on the DC budget and critical legislation to replace lead pipes in DC and strengthen DC’s minimum wage law. We also have an amazing lineup of Ward 4 events this weekend, including Brightwood’s Spring Cleanup, live music on Kennedy Street, the Shepherd Park Garden Tour,

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Kennedy Street Library, Budget News, Earth Day Fair, and PorchFest!

Dear Neighbors, This week I am reporting back on the big strides we’re making in the DC budget, even as we recognize there is much more to do. Also, there are many amazing events in Ward 4 this week, including the ANC 4B Earth Day Resource Fair at Whittier, Petworth cleanups, and the rescheduled Petworth PorchFest. Whether you’re cleaning up your neighborhood, enjoying music, or supporting a local business, I hope you get a chance to go out and be in community. And this Monday is the deadline for enrollment through MySchoolDC, so remember to enroll! Important Update on our Ward 4

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Making Major Investments in Maintenance, Disability Programs, Children, and Families

Today the DC Council Committee on Facilities and Family Services, chaired by Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, approved strong investments in the maintenance and security of DC schools and rec centers, programs that serve residents with disabilities, the welfare of children, and other priorities for DC families. The changes in the Committee’s budget markup report come after extensive public hearings, community input, and ongoing oversight of agencies. DC Department of General Services (DGS): DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA): Support for Residents with Disabilities (DDS, ODR, MODDHH): Other Priorities for Families in the District: These investments were unanimously

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Job Fair, Curbside Composting, Housing, and Petworth Porchfest!

Dear Neighbors, This week was spring recess at the Council, but we have been focused on making our initial changes to the proposed DC budget through our Council Committees. It is a tough budget year with less funding to go around, but we are working to reverse some of the cuts to critical housing, education, and safety programs that our communities depend on — and to strengthen DC’s investments in Ward 4. Next week, I will report back on some of the progress we were able to make, so stay tuned. Also, we have a great Ward 4 day lined up

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Our Libraries, Spring Events, Small Business Spotlight, and DC Emancipation Day

Dear Neighbors, As we start the holiday weekend, I want to share the most important updates on the Council’s budget process, city services, community safety, and upcoming events. While our office will be closed this Monday in observance of Emancipation Day and the Council will be in spring recess next week, we will be hard at work beginning to make changes to the proposed DC budget based on the input we received from DC residents. Here’s everything you need to know: Ward 4 Business Spotlight: Hedzole and Coffee on Kennedy Please join me in giving a big Ward 4 welcome

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Egg Hunts, Spring Clean Ups, and Last Week of Budget Hearings

Dear Neighbors, We made it to the weekend! My update this week centers on key takeaways from our budget oversight work, a recap of the Council’s legislative meeting, and important community resources you should know. Also, Ward 4 is not letting the warm weather go to waste: we have more than 30 events lined up, including many Egg Hunt events and community clean ups. DGS Budget Oversight Hearing This week I chaired the Council’s annual budget hearing on the Department of General Services (DGS). We started the day with public witness testimony, including Tischa Cockrell of the Friends of Riggs-LaSalle Rec

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Traffic Safety, Rental Assistance, Medicaid Renewal, and Ward 4 Events

Dear Neighbors, There’s a lot to cover this week! DC School Lottery results. Renewing your Medicaid coverage. Deadline to apply for DPR summer camps. COVID Centers closing. Ward 4 traffic safety improvements. Great community events, including Spring Carnival at Petworth Library. New legislation on emergency rental assistance. And more Congressional meddling in DC affairs. Most of my time was dedicated to budget oversight hearings lifting up community issues. I pressed the Department of Buildings about addressing blighted properties in Ward 4, inspecting tenant buildings for housing violations, and the questionable quality of companies that do “third party inspections” of residential construction and

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Proposed DC Budget, Budget Season, and The Welcome Table at Fort Stevens

Dear Neighbors, It is now officially spring and officially budget season! My team and I have been analyzing the Mayor’s proposed budget since it was released on Wednesday, and I laid out some initial impressions for you in this newsletter. I am grateful that this week included a powerful listening session with Ward 4 residents hosted by DC Attorney General Brian Schwalb and his team. The experiences, priorities, and ideas that neighbors shared there are grounding me as I begin my work on the DC budget on behalf of our community. In addition to the deep dive on the budget, I

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