12th and H Street, NE
A reader reports:
“These spots are still going unused and have been for years. That DDOT has not taken any action has closed off two parking spots to neighbors who cannot park there because the disabled residents have since moved.
This is my original message from 10 January: “I am contacting you about three reserved disability parking spots in the front of 808-818 12th St NE. A number of these houses have sold in the past year, and the handicapped residents who occupied them have moved, yet the reserved parking remains unused by the neighborhood because the signs are still up. I am requesting a review of these three reserved spots (which take up this half of the block) to determine which are still in use by residents.”
D.C. lawmaker who said Jews control the weather visits Holocaust Museum but leaves early:
“The photo, taken in 1935, depicts a woman in a dark dress shuffling down a street in Norden, Germany. A large sign hangs from her neck: “I am a German girl and allowed myself to be defiled by a Jew.” She is surrounded by Nazi stormtroopers.
D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) studied the image. “Are they protecting her?”
Lynn Williams, an expert on educational programs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and White’s tour guide for the day, stared at the photo.
“No,” she said. “They’re marching her through.”
“Marching through is protecting,” White said…”
Please read the full story here.
You can learn more about the Holocaust Museum here.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the Right Care, Right Now initiative, which connects 911 callers with less serious and non-life-threatening injuries and conditions to primary care providers near their homes, helping preserve resources for serious emergencies. With the addition of a nurse triage line to the Office of Unified Communications, some 911 callers who may be better served and treated in a primary care setting, will be transferred to a nurse. If a nurse agrees that a caller may be best served in a primary care setting, the nurse will identify a doctor’s office in the caller’s neighborhood where the patient will be able to receive medical care the very same day. (more…)
— Helena Bottemiller Evich (@hbottemiller) April 16, 2018
I believe DHS said they’re coming down in response to community complaints…https://t.co/jg95vtd8w1
— Leah Douglas (@leahjdouglas) April 16, 2018
Statement from DHS:
“Two weeks ago, DHS sponsored a local advertising campaign aimed at protecting the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – also known as Food Stamps). The advertisements were intended to raise awareness of the program and help ensure that these crucial resources go directly to meeting the nutritional needs of District households. This campaign was 100% funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service for the explicit purpose of educating residents on ways to ensure the program can meet its goal of addressing food insecurity. (more…)
“In honor of Earth Month, the Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to announce the reopening of food waste drop-off’s throughout the city, and an array of other services. On Earth Day weekend (April 21-22), DPW will be giving away kitchen caddies to the first 50 participants at each open drop-off location to help residents compost their food waste.
Mayor Bowser kicked off DPW’s first citywide Food Waste Drop-Off program on Earth Day 2017. Through the free service, residents are able to drop-off food waste at designated farmers markets in all eight city wards. The food waste collected at these drop-off locations is composted locally at District community composting sites and at the Prince George’s County Organics Compost facility.
As of April 1, the Food Waste Drop-Off program had collected nearly 150,000 pounds of organics from more than 20,000 participants in all eight wards over the last year. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC
From Councilmember Grosso’s office:
“The following is a statement by Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) on the government shutdown of websites that allowed sex workers to operate with a greater degree of safety than on the streets:
“The latest government attacks on online platforms used by sex workers are directly undermining the safety, health, and human rights of these individuals. I am deeply concerned as I read the reactions of D.C. residents who will be pushed into less safe situations on the streets where they will be subjected to more violence, have decreased ability to negotiate condom use, and encounter greater risk of arrest, making them less likely to contact authorities if they are attacked. In working with communities in D.C. over the past few years to develop better policy approaches to the issue of commercial sex, I have heard far too many personal stories of violence and harm as a result of the criminalized nature of the sex trade. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.
From Councilmember Charles Allen’s office:
“Today, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will introduce the Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018 to lower the voting age in the District of Columbia to 16.
“At the age of 16, our society already gives young people greater legal responsibility. They can drive a car. They can work. Some are raising a family or helping their family make ends meet. They pay taxes. Ironically, they pay fees to get a license plate that reads ‘Taxation Without Representation.’ I think its time to change that,” said Councilmember Allen.
Councilmember Allen continued: “Some people will say young people aren’t mature or educated enough. But I beg to differ. Just a few weeks ago, young District residents organized a citywide school walkout and spoke passionately at the Rally for DC Lives calling for an end to gun violence. In hearings on our schools, students testified with well-informed opinions. And yet, they can’t exercise their voice where it matters most – at the ballot box.”
The bill would remove the Board of Elections pre-registration system and simply allow a District resident to register and vote starting on their 16th birthday in elections including Council, Mayor, State Board of Education, ANC, Congressional Representative, Shadow Senator, and President. (more…)
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Mayor Muriel Bowser today announced the launch of PaveDC, a comprehensive plan to eliminate all roads in poor condition in Washington, DC by 2024. The PaveDC plan has four priorities: road rehabilitation, road maintenance, alley repair and reconstruction, and sidewalk reconstruction. The Mayor also kicked off the 10th annual Potholepalooza – a month-long campaign led by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to accelerate pothole repairs across Washington, DC. (more…)
From the DMV Food Truck Association:
“On April 1st, DC’s Office of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) made a simple yet devastating policy change that only serves to impede small business growth and put food truck owners out of business; and we’re the ones “fooled” if we stand by and do nothing. The DMV Food Truck Association (DMVFTA) believes this change is misguided and unfair to all food trucks. Since this change, DMVFTA has been nothing but vocal about their feelings and support for their members, and DCRA has been nothing but silent to respond.
DCRA manages the DC food truck lottery system which provides vending spaces along the 10 most popular food truck vending streets in the city. DCRA has now decided, unilaterally of course, that only one truck per business can enter the lottery.
This one simple change is particularly catastrophic for businesses with two or more food trucks which maintain staff on all of them throughout the year. (more…)