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.
Council Unanimously Passes Allen and Lewis George Emergency Bill Allowing DCPS Teachers and Staff to Run for State Board of Education
In advance of this evening’s State of the Union address by President Biden, I wanted to update Ward 6 residents on ongoing security preparation and restrictions.
Committee to Hear Testimony on Charles Allen’s Metro For DC Proposal, providing $100 SmarTrip Balance to DC Residents and Major Bus Investments
Today, Wednesday, February 23, the Council's Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a public hearing beginning at noon on Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen's Metro For DC Act, which would provide any DC resident with a monthly balance of $100 on a registered SmarTrip card and create a dedicated fund of $10 million to improve bus service with a priority on neighborhoods historically underinvested in and transit-dependent.
As the long weekend winds down, I've got a number of updates I want to share with you. Last week was a busy week at the Council and in local government in general.
I'm throwing together a quicker Ward 6 update to touch on a few urgent topics around public safety, our COVID-19 response, and some notes for small businesses, fans of Metro (aren't we all?!), and more. I hope you're staying warm and looking forward to a bit of a reprieve this week from the cold and the snow.
I'm excited to share we have a public hearing date for my Metro For DC legislation!
Omicron and COVID have hit DC hard, and the lagging effects of spiking cases are playing out at every level of our community -- from DPW's ability to collect trash and clear streets, to WMATA running enough buses, to many of our small businesses' ability to operate.
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