Ward 6 Week is back! Join Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen August 7-13 for a week of fun activities highlighting all that our community has to offer.
Have you ever thought, “why isn’t anyone talking about putting in speed bumps on this street?” or “why isn’t someone helping get a new business into that vacant building?” or “why aren’t we getting better benefits from developers on new construction?” Well, I'm excited to tell you about an opportunity to start solving some of those problems–and more! This fall, all 42 of our Ward 6 Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seats will be on the ballot. That's 42 Single Member Districts (SMDs). After the redistricting last year–which was not just for the Ward lines but also for our ANC and SMD boundaries–Ward 6 now has four additional SMDs and many of ANC and SMD lines you're used to have been adjusted to balance population size.
RELEASE: Councilmember Allen Bill Exempting Monthly Basic Income Payments from Income Eligibility Thresholds Passes Committee Vote
Beginning next year, DC residents who earn a lower-wage (think less than $60,000 for a family of four) will begin receiving a monthly check, akin to a first-in-the-nation monthly basic income.
Well, summer's officially here! That means schools are out, pools are open daily, the Nats are...well, they're doing something, I guess. It also means the District's minimum wage increases as of...today!
Pools are open, splash parks are splashing, and we've had an incredible run of weather and temperatures to make getting out into the neighborhood easy. Hopefully you've been able to enjoy. Lots of updates in this newsletter below for your summer planning, as well as the latest news from the Council.
Text of a June 8, 2022 letter from seven members of the Council to Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton:
RELEASE: Councilmember Allen Introduces Bill Overhauling Department of Forensic Sciences, Proposes Making it an Independent Agency
Today, Councilmember Charles Allen – along with his colleagues Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau, Brooke Pinto, Mary Cheh, Janeese Lewis George, Vince Gray, Christina Henderson, Robert White, and Anita Bonds – introduced legislation to overhaul the District’s Department of Forensic Sciences (“DFS”), which since April 2, 2021, has been unaccredited and incapable of analyzing evidence such as firearms and ballistics, DNA, digital evidence, and fingerprints in criminal prosecutions.
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.