After the snow and ice last weekend, I hope everyone is looking forward to some beautiful spring weather in the days ahead! With the Emancipation Day commemoration, the conclusion of the Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Anacostia River Festival this weekend as well as many other great community events, I hope to see you around the neighborhood. And as spring arrives, so does the annual work on the District budget for next year. I have spent the last several weeks preparing for budget hearings and working hard on priorities across Ward 6.
Ward 6 Budget Town Hall Next Thursday, April 21 - 645 H Street, NE (enter from 7th Street)
At the Council, the month of April is consumed with agency by agency budget hearings for the Mayor's proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Thank you to the dozens and dozens of Ward 6 residents who have come down to the Council to testify. But I know not everyone can take time off work or get a babysitter so they can attend hearings down at the Wilson Building. That’s why I am hosting another Ward 6 Budget Town Hall on Thursday evening, April 21, at 645 H Street, NE to bring the budget closer to home, to share my budget priorities, and to ask you to share yours. Please plan to join me there and let your voice be heard!
Updates to Security Camera Rebate Program
About a month ago, the Mayor rolled out details for the Security Camera Rebate Program I led through the Council. At the time, the Mayor shared the application and eligibility criteria, and as I noted, the city would issue revised and final rules for the program in April.
Initially, five PSAs in Ward 6 were eligible for the program and several neighborhoods were left out. But over the last several weeks, I've been working hard to expand the eligible areas across Ward 6 and have had great support from your ANC Commissioners. I'm glad to share that with the final regulations that were just published, almost every block of Ward 6 is now covered. Eligibility has expanded to now include PSAs 307 and 308 (roughly the Shaw neighborhood of Ward 6), and PSA 106 (roughly the Navy Yard neighborhood and southern portions of Hill East). The full list of Ward 6 PSAs now covered includes 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 307, 308, and 507. The priority areas outlined will remain the only eligible areas until July 31, 2016, at which time the entire city will become eligible.
Please remember that residents, businesses, non-profits, and religious institutions in these PSAs are now eligible to apply for the program. Complete information about the program, as well as the rebate application form, can be found here. The program can also be reached by phone at 202-727-5124 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument Dedicated
On Tuesday, I was honored to join President Obama, Congresswoman Norton, Senator Mikulsi, and many others for the dedication of the Sewell-Belmont House as the new Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument. After working with all of my DC Council colleagues to send the President a letter asking for this designation, it was inspiring to see this important site receive the protection and investment so many have worked for so long to secure. Here in DC we have a special appreciation for the fight for voting rights and equality. The Women's Equality National Monument has an extensive collection of artifacts and documents from the US and across the globe. They are an amazing, humbling, inspiring reminder of the hard-won, decades-long fight for women's suffrage. Make sure you visit!
Ribbon Cutting At New Ryan Zimmerman Field