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Ward 6 Neighborhood Update

Over the last week, you’ve likely heard the news about lead in the drinking water at twelve DCPS schools. As a Councilmember, and also as a father, I have found this news totally infuriating. There is no safe level of lead and we all should feel a sense of urgency about getting to the bottom of how this happened and why parents weren’t notified immediately. At hearings last week, and again this week, I have talked with Chancellor Henderson, other DCPS leadership, and DGS Director Chris Weaver about the testing and notification process and I’m not satisfied that the city has done everything we should to make sure parents can have full confidence in the safety of the water in our schools. DGS has committed to retesting every water source at every school and DCPS has committed to notifying parents when above-limit results are found. I also believe testing should be offered for the children at the impacted schools to give parents greater confidence in their child’s safety.

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Ward 6 Budget Town Hall

W6-Budget-Town-Hall-16-slides.jpgDid you miss the Ward 6 Budget Town Hall? Click here for the slides from the budget presentation. Channel 13 filmed the Town Hall and will have the video available for streaming soon.

Still have questions about the FY17 Budget? Let us know.

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Councilmember Allen On Lead In DC Schools

As a Councilmember and also a dad, I find the news about lead in drinking water at DCPS schools totally infuriating. There is no safe level of lead and we all should feel a sense of urgency about getting to the bottom of how this happened and why parents weren’t notified immediately.

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Councilmember Allen Introduces Bill To Update DC License Plates To Read “End Taxation Without Representation”

At today’s DC Council legislative meeting, Councilmember Charles Allen introduced the End Taxation Without Representation Amendment Act of 2016 to update the District’s standard motor vehicle license plates.

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Councilmember Allen’s Made In DC and Tree Canopy Protection Bills Passed By DC Council

Compass_Coffee_Made_In_DC.jpgAt today’s meeting of the DC Council, Councilmember Charles Allen’s Made in DC Program Establishment Act and Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act were passed unanimously.

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Ward 6 Neighborhood Update

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.

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Councilmember Charles Allen’s Made In DC Bill Passed By Committee, Moves Ahead To Full Council Vote

At today’s meeting of the DC Council Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs, Councilmember Charles Allen’s Made in DC Program Establishment Act of 2016 was unanimously approved and will move next to the Committee of the Whole for consideration by the full Council.

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Ward 6 Neighborhood Update

It looks like spring has officially arrived and the Cherry Blossoms will soon be here. I've been spending most of my days at the Wilson Building in oversight hearings, and my evenings out at community events. Last night, we had a great conversation with ANC 6A about Books From Birth, public safety efforts, DC Streetcar, residential parking, and much, much more. I hope to see you around Ward 6 soon!

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Security Camera Rebate Program Now Accepting Applications

map_24x24_1D_2014_0.jpgWe've talked in the past about public safety concerns and the important role a Security Camera Rebate Program could play in helping MPD with more eyes on the street. I was very proud to lead this effort at the Council and have been working hard with the Mayor's team to get this program up and running. Earlier this week, the Mayor released the application and eligibility guidelines for rebates. I appreciate that she’s moved quickly to get this program started.

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February 16 Neighborhood Update

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! The groundhog tells us we only have a few more weeks before spring is here, and after the snow and ice on Monday, I think we're all looking forward to warmer weather. At the Council, we've begun our annual performance oversight hearings on how DC agencies have operated over the last year. We're also preparing for the upcoming budget hearings that start in early April. To help keep our neighbors better aware during these important budget conversations, I'll be hosting another Ward 6 Budget Town Hall on April 21st, 6:30 pm, 645 H Street, NE. I'll share all the details as we get closer to April, but for now, please save the date!

 

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