With Memorial Day behind us, we're approaching summer in DC, when our Ward 6 communities burst with activities. Be sure to check the calendar of events at the end of this newsletter and save several dates to celebrate the warm weather with your neighbors - Pride Parade, DC Flag Day, and more are coming up!
It's been a busy spring and I have some big updates to share since I last wrote, so let's jump in.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the DC Council held its first vote on the FY2018 budget, moving forward with a budget that included several of Councilmember Allen’s top priorities. This included an increase in the per-pupil funding formula to three percent, significant investments in affordable housing, public safety, aging-in-place programs and fully funding the launch of Paid Family Leave.
WASHINGTON, DC – Eastern Market Metro Park is set to receive $4.5 million in funding to begin the planning, design, and implementation of a complete renovation of the two block space surrounding the Eastern Market Metro Station.
“Right now, the Eastern Market Metro Park is a place people walk through – but I want it to be a place that people walk to. We can build a greener, safer park that brings together our community and transforms this important public space. There are already a lot of great ideas about what this park can look like. This funding ensures we can take the crucial next steps to start implementing them,” said Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen.
Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Approves Its FY2018 Budget
NEAR Act Funded, Significant Investments for First Responders, and New Program To Provide Housing Attorneys for Low-Income Residents
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety approved its recommendations for the budgets of agencies and legislation under its purview.
“This budget balances two goals of the Committee – to be a nationwide leader in our approach to public safety by implementing community-based best practices and creating just outcomes for all; and ensuring our streets are safe, and our police, fire and EMS have the tools and support they need. I am proud of the work of the Committee and grateful to my colleagues on for their support,” said Councilmember Charles Allen, Committee Chair.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today the DC Council passed Councilmember Charles Allen’s Primary Date Alteration Amendment Act of 2017, which moves the date of all future DC primary elections to the third Tuesday in June, starting next year on June 19, 2018. As is common with legislation needing to take effect quickly, the bill was passed with identical emergency legislation, effectively moving the date immediately.
Spring is fully here! And while it's been a little cool, you won't hear me complain. There's no season in DC quite like spring. I was so pleased to be part of this year's Bike to School Day ride from Lincoln Park -- we had hundreds of kids and parents come out for this great annual tradition. And for the very first time, my daughter Cora Neal came along for the ride.
Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Passes Bill to Permanently Move DC Primary Election Date to June
WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety voted unanimously to approve Councilmember Allen’s Primary Date Alteration Amendment Act of 2017, which would permanently change the date of the District’s Primary Election from the first Tuesday in September to the third Tuesday in June, starting next year.
If you missed our 2017 Ward 6 Budget Town Hall, you can watch the Facebook Live video here and download Councilmember Allen's presentation here.
On Monday, April 24, more than 100 Ward 6 residents came together to hear a budget primer from Councilmember Charles Allen before asking questions and sharing concerns for next year's budget for Washington, DC.
In response to the retirement of Assistant Chief of Police Diane Groomes, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, issued the following statement:
Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Votes to Move Metropolitan Police Department Chief Nominee Peter Newsham Forward
WASHINGTON, DC – Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, which includes oversight of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), announced today the Committee voted to move the Mayor’s nominee for Police Chief, Peter Newsham, forward by a vote of 4 to 1 to 1 in support.