Today the Council returns from recess and begins what will be a very busy fall legislative session. Whether overhauling campaign finance laws to limit big money in politics, crafting new regulations for short-term rentals like AirBnB, increasing energy and sustainability requirements, pushing for public safety and criminal justice reforms, and much more, I'll be working hard to keep you updated on a wide range of important issues the Council is considering. I wanted to begin this newsletter talking about Initiative 77 and today's public hearing considering a bill that would repeal the law.
Ahead of today’s groundbreaking to begin construction to transform 27 acres of parking lots into park and green space around RFK Stadium, Councilmember Charles Allen issued the following statement:
Another Ward 6 Week is in the books -- and this one might have been the best yet.
It gets pretty slow around the District in August - which means its a great time to enjoy some of the fun and free activities Ward 6 has to offer! Join Councilmember Charles Allen for a week's worth of fun events showcasing so much of what makes Ward 6 an incredible place to call home.
Starting Monday, August 6 through Sunday, August 11, you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors are invited to check out these great events and see all that Ward 6 has to offer. Unless otherwise marked, each event is free admission.
The Council has officially entered its summer legislative recess after a very busy final few weeks. Below I've covered some important legislative updates. My office remains open through the legislative recess and we will still be working on improving issues around Ward 6 - please reach out with any ongoing challenges and we'll be happy to help. Over the summer, I hope you and your family can take time to enjoy our parks, pools, and the many neighborhood activities that bring us together as a community (including Ward 6 Week events, coming up August 6-11 -- details below).
Councilmember Charles Allen introduced the “Sexual Misconduct Sunshine Amendment Act of 2018,” a bill aimed at preventing non-disclosure agreements from hiding sexual misconduct.
By a vote of 13-0, the DC Council passed comprehensive legislation to reform the Youth Rehabilitation Act (the “YRA”), a law passed in 1985 to provide a second chance to young adults convicted of eligible crimes to move forward without the burden of a criminal record.
While tickets to the All-Star game might be hard to score, there's a whole bunch of fun activities happening in Ward 6 to celebrate the MLB All-Star game. Scroll on to see what's happening when and where. The who is easy -- that's you!
Councilmember Allen to hold public roundtable on policing and public safety in Wards 7 and 8
On Thursday, July 12, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, will hold a public oversight roundtable to hear from members of the community on policing and public safety concerns specific to Wards 7 and 8. The roundtable is open to all residents.
Summer is officially here. With schools out and the pools open, take some time to enjoy our parks, recreation centers, and the many free neighborhood events that will be taking place. But we also know summer can be hard for our families who struggle to put food on the table. With school out, our food pantries will face extra demand and could use your generosity. I'll try to highlight ways we can take care of each other below. Let's make it a great summer in Ward 6 for everyone. Speaking of which, everyone is welcome to walk with me in the best Fourth of July parade in America next Wednesday, July 4, at 10am on Barracks Row.