I hope this month is a chance for you and your family to find some rest before the end of summer. The Council is on recess for the month of August and I'll be taking a little time off to rest up for the fall. My team will still be responding to constituents, moving projects forward, and generally available to assist. Council meetings, hearings, and votes will resume in September. In the meantime, there's a few urgent pieces of info I want to get in front of you.
Text of Councilmember Charles Allen's letter to United States Secret Service Director James Murray regarding a reported stop of two mothers visiting the National Mall on July 30, 2020
I want to share a quick update today on two new changes in how the District is responding to and slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus that are now in effect. At the top, I want to also note the Mayor extended the Public Health Emergency through October 9 (and may have to again as we move into the fall).
Councilmember Charles Allen Welcomes Chief Judge Josey-Herring, Offers Thanks and Congratulations to Outgoing Chief Judge Robert Morin
Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, issued the following statement regarding the Judicial Nomination Commission’s selection of The Honorable Anita Josey-Herring to serve as the D.C. Superior Court’s next Chief Judge.
A statement from Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Council's Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety:
Last week, the Council passed on first vote the $16 billion budget for the District of Columbia's FY21 (Oct 1 - Sept 30). We will take a second and final vote next Tuesday, July 21, followed by a final vote on the Budget Support Act on July 28.
Happy July! Originally, I was going to focus an update on my proposed budget for public safety agencies, but there's a lot of other important information to share, so please forgive the length of this newsletter.
Councilmember Charles Allen Circulates Budget Recommendations from Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety
Proposed budget would restore funding for violence interruption, civil legal aid, affordable housing, and victims’ services, including new domestic violence shelter
Starting today, the Mayor has declared the District will enter Phase 2 of Re-Opening. There are a lot of big changes in store, and I'll run through a few that are likely to affect many of us.
A lot has happened since my last update. I want to begin by saying thank you.