It's officially spring (and Opening Day for the Nationals)! Get ready to see Ward 6 neighborhoods truly shine as flowers and trees bloom once again. And, of course, it means the city undertakes both Alleypalooza and Potholepalooza repairs after a long winter. I'd really love to see the same "-palooza" treatment applied to our sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes. Call it whatever you'd like, but I'm in favor of putting that same energy into improving pedestrian safety with a Crosswalkpalooza! A quick reminder - I'll be holding office hours tomorrow near Eastern Market at Radici.
As part of Sunshine Week, Councilmember Allen to introduce bill expanding FOIA and Open Meetings law to all public schools
Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) will announce a bill expanding FOIA and Open Meetings law to include charter schools as part of the “Public School Transparency Amendment Act of 2019” at a press conference on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building at 10:30 am. Media will hear from councilmembers, advocates, teachers, and parents all in support of the bill. March 10-16 is Sunshine Week 2019.
As much as I want it to be spring, I won't let March fool me this year -- I know there's still a few more chilly mornings to come. So warm yourself with an update from the Council and news around the Ward. We're close to finalizing a date for my annual Ward 6 Budget Town Hall in late April. Keep an eye here for the details once time and location are locked in.
Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, issued the following statement regarding the Office of the DC Auditor report on DC Jail. Tomorrow, Friday, March 1 beginning at 1 pm in room 123 at the John A. Wilson Building. Statement:
Allen reintroduces bills expanding open caption movies, expanding employer-paid parking benefits to all transit
Today, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will re-introduce three bills from last Council period.
We're in the middle of annual performance oversight hearings at the Council - thank you to the many Ward 6 residents who submitted concerns about (as well as some kudos for) District agencies to my staff. We haven't been able to respond to each submission, but know that they have been received, shared among my team, and included in questions I'll try to ask in hearings.
The following is a statement from Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, after learning inmates at the Department of Corrections’ Correctional Treatment Facility have had limited access to the outdoors for the past several months:
Full transcript of Councilmember Charles Allen's opening remarks at the third and final public hearing to consider the nominee to be the next Chancellor of DC Public Schools, delivered on Tuesday, February 12, 2019:
Statement from Councilmember Charles Allen on Office of the US Attorney’s decision to shift prosecuting District residents for local offenses in federal court:
"I am very concerned about the Office of the US Attorney’s decision to shift prosecuting local crimes under federal law in the US District Court, rather than under District law in the DC Superior Court.
The longest government shutdown in US history drags on and sadly there's not much else to say - it has to end now. The livelihoods of so many families are not bargaining chips in the political process. I'm grateful so many community organizations have stepped up to provide a hot meal, donate food and clothing, and other essentials.