It's hard to argue with spring in Ward 6, isn't it? Truly every part of the Ward seems to be showing off as trees and gardens hit full bloom, the weather is perfect for walking, and the weekends are packed with trips to the local farmers market, little league games, outdoor dining, and lounging at the neighborhood park. I hope you've been able to get outside and enjoy some of the best weather we get each year.
Councilmember Allen Applauds Proposed Expansion of “Monthly Basic Income” to Undocumented DC Workers in Council Budget
Over the next two years, low-wage DC workers, including undocumented DC residents, will start receiving on average a monthly basic income of $300 from DC government
Later today, the Council will take a first vote on the city's budget for next year -- here's a rundown of the many projects funded for across Ward 6 that I wanted to share. This is after months of public hearings and debate, and with a lot of details coming into focus.
Press Release: Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Approves Budget That Fully Funds Public Safety in the District
Today, the DC Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety voted unanimously to approve budget recommendations for every agency in the District’s public safety cluster, totaling more than $1.7 billion and reflecting input from the public during agency performance and budget oversight hearings.
By now, you've heard me talk about how much of a priority public safety is for Ward 6 and across the District. And you've also heard me talk about how the approach we have to take needs to fully fund public safety, rather than falling into "either/or" arguments. We need both action and accountability when harm is committed, and we need to invest in proven strategies to prevent, interrupt, and break cycles of violence. As the Chair of the Council's Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, I've moved a budget forward today that does exactly this, and it was unanimously approved.
April is here with plenty of happenings in the neighborhood. The Nats are back -- and I, for one, am an optimist who chooses to believe we're going to do better than projected this year. Live music will return to Eastern Market Metro Park soon, and allergies aside, I think everyone is looking forward to the sweet spot of spring where the weather is nice enough to sit out, but we have a brief window before the mosquitos truly make their debut. Let's hope anyway.
Council’s Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Releases Roadmap for How District can Recover to Better
At a press conference on Tuesday, March 29, Councilmember Charles Allen and Councilmember Vincent Gray, co-chairs of the DC Council’s Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery, will present the Special Committee’s recommendations ahead of a vote on its final report on Wednesday afternoon.
Now that Capital Weather Gang has officially declared winter over and spring here, it's time for Ward 6 to put its best foot forward as we all come out of our winter hibernation. As a way to celebrate and reconnect with each other, please join me and my team for The Great Ward 6 Spring Clean on April 2 to do a little spring cleaning around the ward. Sign-up to join us at one of our locations across Ward 6, or just grab a neighbor and clean up your own block or alley - and be sure to post some pics with #GreatWard6SpringClean! The point is pretty simple: let's all welcome spring by taking a few minutes to show off our neighborhood pride and do a little spring clean on the block, in the alley, or at the park. More details below, and a lot of updates to jump into to!
Councilmember Allen Re-Introduces Bill to Add Open Captions to Some Showings At DC Movie Theaters for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Residents
Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) has re-introduced legislation that would require movie theaters show a certain number of films with open captions to ensure the movie-going experience is accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing residents who often don’t have viable ways to enjoy a trip to the movies.