Neighborhood Update 7-17-17

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As of this week, the DC Council is on its legislative recess until September. So what does that mean? During that period, the Council will not hold any official hearings or take action on legislation. But the rest of the work for Ward 6 doesn't stop or take a break! And next week, we've got a special treat with our biggest ever Ward 6 Week...
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Ward 6 Week Starts July 24 - Walking. Biking. Kayaking. Ward 6ing. Ward 6 Week is back and bigger than ever. What is Ward 6 Week? It's a week of fun activities and events across the Ward that highlight all of our neighborhoods and the great things our communities have to offer. Most of the events are free and open to as many people as possible, a few others will have limited space and be RSVP-only, or have a cost. You can see the full listing here - CharlesAllenWard6.com/Ward6Week 

W6W_Sidebar(1).pngDC's Pedestrian Advisory Council Needs a Ward 6 Representative - Do you care about the walkability of your community? Are you interested in helping think through short- and long-term solutions and make recommendations? I need to name a new representative to the DC Pedestrian Advisory Council to represent Ward 6, so I'm putting out the call for volunteers to apply. I am also looking to create a similar council focused only on Ward 6 to provide feedback and make recommendations to improve walkability. If you're interested in serving or would like to learn more, here's how to apply

Making Elections More Fair and Strengthening Campaign Finance Laws - In the past few weeks, I held two hearings looking at issues I see as closely connected - creating a public financing option for campaigns for public office, and strengthening the laws that govern campaign finance and elected officials in office. The Washington Post Editorial Board weighed in to support the Fair Elections Act of 2017, which I co-introduced to create a public financing option for campaigns that pushes candidates to spend their time meeting residents, not wooing big donors. And WAMU 88.5 has a recap of the hearing I held to consider four different bills that close donation loopholes and combat pay-to-play politics. It is my intention to work on both of these bills during recess and bring them before the Council for a vote later this year.

DC Will Not Support Trump's Voter Integrity Commission - You may have heard about the White House's so-called Presidential Voter Integrity Commission, which sent a letter to all 50 states and the District of Columbia demanding sensitive personal information from our voter rolls. This is after the President falsely made claims of millions of "illegal votes" last year. I introduced emergency legislation last week that immediately blocks DC's Board of Elections from having to comply with any requests from the Commission - and keeps your personal information confidential. The Post covered the vote, where all 13 members of the Council joined me in moving the legislation.

Produce Plus Makes Farmers Markets Affordable for All - Some great information to share from the good folks at DC Hunger Solutions: DC residents who receive SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, TANF, SSI Disability, Medicare QMB, or Senior Grocery Plus are eligible for the Produce Plus program. Qualified customers can get $10 per farmers’ market visit up to two times per week to spend on fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs. Customers must pick up Produce Plus checks at one of the distributing farmers’ markets and can visit more than 50 farmers’ markets across the District to use the checks. This program is a great way for District residents to stretch their budget and be able to buy fresh produce. For a list of participating markets, check out this page. For more information about the Produce Plus program, email D.C. Greens at produceplus@dcgreens.org, or call the Produce Plus hotline at 202-888-4834.

Summer in the District: Are You Ready? - School may be out, but DC Public Library's Summer Reading Program, DPR's Summer Camps, the District's Summer Youth Employment Program, and free summer meal sites across the city are up and running. Readers of all ages can enjoy fantastic summer events and prizes, youth aged 18 and younger can find nutritious free summer meals, and our pools and spray parks are welcoming anyone needing to cool off. Last week the District announced a number of "heat emergency"days --check here for tips to stay safe during extreme heat and a full list of summer cooling sites.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if I can help with anything or if you need assistance. 

Thanks, 

Charles Allen

Upcoming Events:
  
Ward 6 Day at the National Building Museum: Hive Summer Block Party - Tuesday, July 25, 9-11am
WARD 6 WEEK IS HERE! July 24-30
DC Food Waste Collection at Eastern Market - Every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at Eastern Market (outside of the Rumsey Aquatic Center)
Southwest DC Community Farmers Market - Every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm in Lot SW

                   
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  • commented 2017-07-17 17:45:19 -0400
    Thank you, Charles! Lots of ideas to make summer better than ever and to celebrate Ward 6! Our Washington Channel is a wonderful place to take a walk and to watch the boating activities.