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Thanks to all who passed on responses from Councilmember Nadeau’s office regarding the recent DOH crackdown of dogs on restaurant patios:
“I am CM Nadeau’s legislative counsel on health. We are working on emergency legislation regarding the issue of dogs on restaurant patios. We have already met with Councilmember Gray’s office earlier this morning and started discussions about what the legislation would need to address. If there are any particular concerns you have that we should keep in mind while working on this, please feel free to let me know. We will certainly keep you updated as we make progress.”
via CM Allen’s Office
From Councilmember Allen’s office:
“Tomorrow Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, will introduce comprehensive legislation to reform the Youth Rehabilitation Act (the “YRA”), a law passed in 1985 to provide a second chance to young adults convicted of eligible crimes.
“Once we really sifted through the data, it became clear that YRA is applied inconsistently and isn’t predictive of who, from a public safety standpoint, would make the best use of a second chance at a clean record,” said Councilmember Allen. “The YRA is a promise that hasn’t been delivered. This bill adds the substance young adults, victims of crime, and District residents need to improve public safety, lower recidivism, and set young people convicted under the law up for success. These young people are coming back to our communities whether or not judges sentence them under the YRA, so the question is really whether we’re prepared to invest in what we know works.” (more…)
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Press release from our local ACNM (American College of Nurse Midwives) affiliate, please take a moment to read:
“Low-income DC women on the brink of maternity care crisis:
Two area hospitals shutting down and one drastically cutting maternal child health services, leaving many low-income women with no local options for maternity care.”
WASHINGTON, DC: A confluence of recent events have triggered a crisis that will leave thousands of Washington, D.C. women with little or no access to obstetrical care.
Policymakers have yet to address the problem. A coalition of women’s health care providers is coming together to attempt to identify ways to divert these women to other providers and identify possible resources before the District faces a wave of emergency births to women with limited to no access to proper prenatal care.
The sequence of events: (more…)
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From a press release:
“The Census Bureau released its annual 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) data last week, which once again shows that the city’s poverty rate remained stubbornly high at 18.6 percent (it was 18 percent in 2015). This is well above the 2016 national poverty rate of 14 percent.
Nearly one in five District residents lives in poverty, despite the fact that the 2016 median household income in the District of Columbia is $75,506, one of the highest in the nation. Income inequality in the District, and across the country, is a primary driver of poverty and hunger.
The District not only has an income inequality problem; it has a huge racial inequality problem, according to the ACS findings. The data reveal not just a gap but a chasm between white and black residents in terms of both poverty and median household income. The District’s poverty rate for white individuals is 7.9 percent, while the rate for African Americans is almost four times higher, at 27.9 percent. And the median income for white households is $125,747, compared to $37,891 for African American households. (more…)
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Mayor Bowser officially announced that Washington, DC will submit a bid to attract Amazon’s second headquarters to the city. The Mayor made the announcement in a video that asks the question: Alexa, what is the best city for Amazon HQ2? The video highlights Washington, DC as a global capital city with a thriving tech sector, vibrant and creative neighborhoods, and a growing and expanding business community. The bid, which will be led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), will engage community and business stakeholders in an effort to build on the collaborative and creative spirit of Washington, DC. (more…)
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From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Washington, DC was named the first LEED for Cities Platinum certified city in the world. Mayor Bowser was presented this honor by Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), at an event on the steps of Dunbar High School – the highest rated LEED-certified school in the United States. The Mayor and Ramanujam were joined by Mayor Bowser’s Chief Technology Officer, Archana Vemulapalli, the District Department of Energy and Environment’s green building expert, Jay Wilson, and other Administration officials.
“It is in the best interest of Washington, DC’s safety, economy, and future to take sustainability and resiliency seriously, and as the nation’s capital, we have a special obligation to lead the way on environmental issues,” said Mayor Bowser. “We are proud to be recognized as the world’s first LEED Platinum city. Our commitment to these issues will not yield, and we look forward to continuing to build a greener, more resilient, and more sustainable DC.” (more…)
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From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, as part of Washington, DC’s Vision Zero initiative, Mayor Bowser announced the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero project, a cutting-edge partnership between the District and Microsoft that will use video footage and crowdsourcing to prevent traffic accidents. The project will tap artificial intelligence and new technologies to analyze traffic camera video footage and use near-miss collisions to predict where crashes are likely to occur in the future. (more…)
hahaha thanks to Will for sending Council Member Jack Evans’ latest parking exploits at the Social Safeway.
I just received an email that our apartment building pool (near 17th and P) will be indefinitely shut down due to new laws. It’s ridiculous that our pool which is tiny, already has a fence, and is 5 feet deep max, needs a lifeguard and to be shut down for a larger fence. Email from building management [above.]”
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“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has released the Outdoor Aquatic Facilities Closure Schedule for the 2017 summer season.
Outdoor Pools will close in waves beginning on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Pools will close for the season at 6 pm on their respective Sundays; with the exception of Banneker Pool, Francis Pool, Kenilworth Pool, Oxon Run Pool, Rosedale Pool and Upshur Pool, which will close on Labor Day, Monday September 4, 2017.
All Spray Parks will close for the season at 8:30 pm on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017.
Below is the comprehensive closure schedule for the 2017 season. Pools are listed by date of closure. Please visit dpr.dc.gov should you have additional questions or need further assistance.
OUTDOOR POOLS CLOSURE SCHEDULE (more…)