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Thanks to textdoc for passing on the story from WAMU:

“In June, the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles will revert to using “Washington, D.C.” on all new driver’s licenses, a change aimed in part at addressing uncertainty in some quarters over what exactly the “District of Columbia” is.

“The administration determined ‘Washington, D.C.’ better represents the city and will reduce confusion in other jurisdictions,” said DMV director Lucinda Babers in an email.”

I mean I get it but I don’t like it.

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Assistant Chief for Patrol Services and School Safety Bureau Dianne Groomes Ed. Note: That’s what today is The Coupe in the background back in 2008

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Assistant Chief Diane Groomes effective April 29, 2017. As Assistant Chief for Patrol Services and School Safety Bureau for nearly 10 years, AC Groomes has been instrumental in creating a model community policing program in Washington, DC. During her 27 year-tenure, she developed and expanded a number of innovative patrol initiatives and undoubtedly has been one of the Department’s most valuable assets in building relationships with the community and reducing crime throughout the city.

For the past three decades, I have had the honor to work alongside Diane and consider her a trusted friend and colleague. The District of Columbia meant the world to her and it showed in her approach to policing. She policed the city with compassion, integrity, and grit. Diane was proud to wear the MPD badge and embraced the great responsibility that came with it. I am thankful for her service to the community and wish her all the best in her retirement.

patrol services_fact sheet (PDF)

With this transition, we will be restructuring the Patrol Services Bureau. First, Patrol Services will be divided into two bureaus: Patrol Services North (PSN) and Patrol Services South (PSS). Taking effect April 23, 2017, the Patrol Services North Bureau includes the second, third, fourth, and fifth police districts and the Patrol Services South Bureau includes the first, sixth, and seventh police districts. Each patrol bureau will be led by a Patrol Chief, who will ensure a seamless transition. (more…)

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Rebecca Menes, a 13 year Logan Circle resident, writes:

“What did you do on Easter Sunday? Maybe you went to church, had an Easter egg hunt with your children, or enjoyed brunch with friends. Not for the DC Fire and EMS Department, who gave up their holiday to help people in a pickle, and that included me. Stuck on an elevator between floors in the Rainbow Lofts residential building on Church St. NW with no consolation but my bags of defrosting groceries, this rescue squad was there in no time flat. My neighbors had rushed to the scene, as well as my best friend (a former journalist) who understood the importance of the moment and snapped some pics. But it was six of our city’s finest who pried open the elevator door and brought me and my groceries to safety.

I considered for a moment to pretend to be in tears — or at least ready to swoon from the heat into those trustworthy arms — but I thought better about it when these able professionals extricated me with little fuss. I was only able to shake one of their hands before they rushed off to help another innocent victim somewhere in the city.

Thank you, DC Fire and EMS Department, for being there when I needed you most.”

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From an email:

Deadline for letters to be signed and returned is Tuesday, April 11 evening (i.e. tomorrow). This is not just for Tricia, whom we lost tragically and brutally, but also for the Public Safety of the DC community, so that such a thing never happens again.

Hello,
Just a reminder (if you have not already) to send your letter in memory of the tragic loss of our beloved friend and Bloomingdale resident
Tricia McCauley.
(and please pass this email along to friends and other DC residents, and/or share on Social Media) (more…)

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From a press release:

“A new alcohol law is in effect beginning today that creates new ways of doing business for District alcohol manufacturers and retailers.

“This new law allows District businesses to expand areas of their operations consistent with other jurisdictions,” said Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Director Fred Moosally. “It also clarifies existing law for licensees and the public. We greatly appreciate Mayor Muriel Bowser’s introduction and support of the legislation.”

The Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment of 2016 (D.C. Law 21-260) makes a variety of new licenses available to businesses. It creates a new bed and breakfast license that is the first of its kind in the District. The license permits an inn that has fewer than 30 guest rooms to serve alcohol to registered guests as part of a room fee. Another measure in the law allows for hotels in the District to apply for an off-premises license to sell beer and wine to guests from a store inside of the hotel. Previously, hotels in the District could generally only sell alcohol to guests from restaurants, bars or minibars. The legislation also makes additional licenses available for beer and wine stores in the District.

Businesses can also expand the types of containers they offer under the new law. Grocery stores are now able to sell wine, cider, and mead in growlers for the first time instead of only beer. In addition, restaurants and taverns that brew beer—known as brew pubs—can sell the beer they manufacture in cans, kegs, bottles and other sealed containers for customers to take home. Brew pubs were previously only permitted to sell beer in growlers. The law also allows a distillery or winery to sell its products in cans and kegs instead of only barrels and bottles. (more…)

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Thanks to a reader for passing on the warning from a local listserv:

“As I was walking home from work today, a large tree branch suddenly fell and narrowly missed hitting me. I called 311 to report the incident. The 311 operator said that she put in a tree removal request. I later received a confirmation e-mail with an estimate that D-Dot would remove the tree on or around December 22. That seems like quite a ways off, as the tree strikes me as a public safety risk. So, I sent at e-mail to Charles Allen to see if he can expedite things, or at least have the tree looked at.

In the meantime, if you would like to avoid this tree, it is at the corner of Maryland and 8th Street, close to Kenny’s BBQ. I won’t be walking under the tree again anytime soon.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser presented “DC Values in Action,” DC Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) Budget and Financial Plan, to DC Council. As the twenty-second consecutive balanced budget, this proposal will help ensure that every single resident has a roadmap to inclusive prosperity. For the third consecutive year, Mayor Bowser hosted a series of budget engagement forums to hear directly from residents about their ideas and concerns about education, public safety, affordable housing, jobs, economic development, health, and human services.

“This budget fulfills our commitment to promote and defend DC Values and to aim for inclusive prosperity,” said Mayor Bowser. “From historic investments in public education, to investments in job training, second chances for returning citizens, and ensuring our families have a safe, affordable place to call home, this budget prioritizes DC residents by standing steadfast to our DC values.”

“DC Values in Action” incorporates this feedback along with agency recommendations and mayoral priorities to formulate the FY2018 budget proposal. From again investing $100 million in the Housing Production Trust Fund to allocating more than $1 billion in full-scale school modernizations, this budget will continue to move Washington, DC forward. Here are a few of the key investments proposed in DC Values in Action:

High-Quality Education

Rising enrollment in our traditional public and public charter schools, and increasing student achievement demonstrate that school reform in DC is working. The FY2018 budget makes the largest investment in public education in the history by:

  • Committing an additional $105 million to increase the per student rate and meet the needs of a growing student body;
  • Increasing charter school facilities by 2.2 percent to $3,193 per student for non-residential charter programs and $8,580 per student for residential charter schools;
  • Improving technology to help parents navigate and engage in public education, specifically the parent portal for DC Public Schools; extending MySchoolDC for mid-year entries and transfers; and launching a new MyChildCareDC site;
  • Increasing the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the Community College of the District of Columbia funds for the staff and programs by $5.7 million;
  • Expanding and improving Child Care by $15 million. Potential sites include UDC’s Flagship Campus (4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW), UDC’s Community College Campus (5171 South Dakota Avenue, NE), UDC’s Community College Campus Headquarters (801 North Capitol Street, NE), and the Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE);
  • Transferring $4.9 million of former DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC) funds to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) for out-of-school-time programming; and
  • Investing $1.3 billion for school modernization over 6 years to ensure that schools in line for modernization under established, defined criteria are budgeted for necessary improvements.

Safer, Stronger DC

The District is committed to ensuring that those in all neighborhoods feel and are safe, providing an environment in which residents and businesses can thrive. The FY2018 budget includes the following investments: (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lindsey Robinett

From a press release:

“Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will introduce emergency legislation at next Tuesday’s meeting of the full Council to protect women’s health care benefits required under the Affordable Care Act by making them local DC law. All 12 of Councilmember Allen’s colleagues on the Council will join him in co-introducing the bill.

“This Presidential administration is threatening to roll back basic, life-saving women’s health benefits by any means necessary,” said Councilmember Allen. “Just this week, we saw HHS Secretary Tom Price promise before a congressional committee that he’s going to do everything he can to take away coverage for women. We know benefits like cancer screenings and contraception improve health outcomes and lower spending. We need to make these critical benefits local law for District women now.”

Many of the benefits guaranteed to women in the Affordable Care Act aren’t written into the law itself, but instead are required by guidelines and recommendations created by the Health Resources & Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Preventive Services Task Force. These guidelines and recommendations are particularly vulnerable to federal action. (more…)

missing children

From the Mayor’s Office:

“In recent weeks, news about Washington, DC’s missing youth, particularly teenage girls of color, has garnered local and national attention and concern. Ensuring that Washington, DC continues to improve its response to missing children, Mayor Bowser has identified six immediate initiatives to locate young people who have been reported as missing, provide critical resources to better address the issues that cause young people to run away from home, and support young people who may be considering leaving home.

Recently, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Youth and Family Services Division began aggressively using social media to generate immediate public attention for missing young people, and these six initiatives will build on this strategy. By using social media to make the community aware of missing young people, MPD has been able to generate significant public attention around the cases – often a key contributor to finding missing persons. The tweets have also brought much-needed attention to the fact that in cities across the country, hundreds of youth, particularly young people of color, are reported missing each year.

“One missing young person, is one too many, and these new initiatives will help us do more to find and protect young people, particularly young girls of color, across our city,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through social media, we have been able to highlight this problem and bring awareness to open cases, and now we are doing more to ensure that families and children are receiving the wraparound services they need to keep families together and children safe.”

The six new initiatives announced by the Mayor include: (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

“Dear PoPville,

I thought I would give everyone a heads up on an experience I just had.

I was thinking yesterday that I hadn’t received my DC tax return yet, so I went to MyTaxDC.com to check the status. It stated that my refund had been processed on February 24th. So, I called the office. An hour after being on hold they told me a very humorous story.

I moved in Sept 2016, so this address change was flagged by some new fraud software the tax department implemented. This flag cancels the direct deposit and cuts a paper check to send to the address they have in their “system”. The funny thing is, their fraud software does not update the new address in their “system” so the paper check is mailed to the OLD address. (more…)