FOCuS On 4: WArD 4 MID-YEAr uPDATE Staff On April 4, Councilmember Bowser joined 100 volunteers in the removal of 300 bags of COuNCiLMeMBeR BOwSeR OPeNeD PaRk PLaCe 14th Street Corridor Councilmember Muriel Bowser litter and 500 pounds of debris from the parkland and streams email@example.com of the Fenwick Tributary. The Efforts are now underway for a cleanup was part of the 21st Maternal and Child Care, which already revitalization corridor along 14th Street. Joy holland operates two health clinics in the District Potomac River Watershed Cleanup The corridor is a major thoroughfare and Chief of Staff Day. Councilmember Bowser co- of Columbia, will have a location on the efforts need to be focused on making firstname.lastname@example.org introduced the “Anacostia River ground floor of the building. it safer, cleaner and more attractive. Clean Up and Protection Act of Councilmember bowser, along with her 2009,“ a bill put forth to help colleague Councilmember Graham, COMMuNiCatiONS aND OutReaCh: clean up the Anacostia. the Residences at Georgia avenue will work with representatives from the Phallan Davis This new affordable housing complex, residential and retail communities along Communications Director located at 4100 Georgia Avenue nW in the corridor and officials with the Office email@example.com Petworth, opened in March. This project of Planning and other city agencies to boasts 72 apartment units in addition discuss next steps. brandon Todd to ground level retail to include a Yes! Community Outreach Director Organic market, set to open in August. firstname.lastname@example.org Councilmember bowser joined Mayor Adrian Jim Slattery M. Fenty, representatives of Donatelli Special Assistant/Scheduler Development, Inc. and community members on July 15 for a ribbon-cutting email@example.com On May 9, Councilmember Bowser attended the spring ceremony to mark the opening of Park Place, the largest mixed-use development CONStitueNt SeRviCeS: fair at Chevy Chase's Lafayette Elementary, hosted by along Georgia Avenue. Located atop the Judi Gold its Home School Association. Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station, Constituent Services Specialist this latest project is just one example of This $28 million neighborhood Development the revitalization necessary to keep the firstname.lastname@example.org District competitive even in our economic Project stands seven stories with six downturn. stories of residential housing, ground robert Idlett FrOM ThE DESk OF COunCILMEMbEr bOWSEr level retail, a green roof and one level Constituent Services Specialist of below grade parking and space saver email@example.com car elevators. The first half of 2009 has provided many opportunities to advance our Ward 4 agenda. LeGiSLative: Where there once was a vacant lot now sits a new apartment complex. Walls that were Ft. totten Pictured here with attendees at the 2nd Annual Spencer Maguire once defaced with graffiti have been wiped clean. Long-stalled and often promised State of the Ward 4 Senior Address at the pedestrian safety improvements are now in motion. And this fall, we will welcome Yes! 19th: breakfast with Santa for Children id With $2.1 million in funding, DDOT Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, Council- Legislative Director Organic Market to Georgia Avenue. r sa will soon begin the reconfiguration Bowse member Bowser is a tireless advocate for the firstname.lastname@example.org ilmem ber ce to of the riggs road and South Dakota Even in tough budgetary times, I am pleased that we will continue to fund our green Counc rk Pla intersection, which will make it safer for senior citizens of Ward 4. She introduced leg- robert hawkins of Pa s islation that would provide senior homeowners with teams, improve our parks and recreation sites, and help prevent youth violence. We dition usines additional motorists and pedestrians. please send an e-mail to Phallan Davis at email@example.com. Legislative Counsel “t he ad ave nue b DDOT has been working with the the money to make improvements to their homes. will also maintain our commitment to reform our public school system, and such a To sign up for Councilmember Bowser's e-newsletter, out firstname.lastname@example.org laser-sharp focus on education will continue to result in gains each and every year. eorgia es ab 12th: Ward 4 holiday Party development team to redesign the t he G volum of There have been remarkable reductions in serious crime. This has allowed us to remain eaks bility intersection and ease congestion. DDOT nathan Ostrander or sp desira keenly focused on providing needed police resources to rid our neighborhoods of corrid sed Park anticipates an October 2009 start date. Legislative Counsel what are often considered non-serious crimes. increa like email@example.com the Pr ojects d rea. ntinue We’ve worked to approve the District’s twelfth consecutive balanced budget. The he a the co Park Place t Davida Crockett recession forced us to open up the budget for a second look and to make difficult al to orth are vit e Petw Legislative Analyst decisions on revenue and spending. Even with making our government leaner, we are Place alit y of th confident that we will keep improving on service delivery to our neighborhoods. December mic vit firstname.lastname@example.org econo unity.” comm Chairing the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs has allowed me to weigh in on many issues affecting the entire District of Columbia and enact much- needed changes to the law, especially in vending regulation, cleaner and greener energy infrastructure, and mortgage regulation. In our first session in September, we will continue to lead the fight against vacant and blighted property to ensure Georgia Commons that scofflaw property owners do not benefit from tax rollbacks. Other bills referred 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. nW, Ste. 110 to my committee, including the Chemotherapy Pill Coverage Act, Certified Capital The District will work with Jair Lynch Companies Improvements Act, and Tenant Advisory Council Clarification Act, will 30th : halloween Party for Children Development Partners and Affordable make their way through the legislative process along with nearly a dozen others. 16th: Small business roundtable housing Developers (AhD) to transform 3910-12 Georgia Avenue nW site into Each spring we celebrate Ward 4’s robust community of senior citizens with State of Georgia Commons, a new $35 million Ward 4 Seniors Address and Symposium. And, each budget year, we ensure that the 19th: Thanksgiving Activity OFFICIAL buSInESS mixed-use project that will include new District is living up to its promises to seniors, to families, and to young people. We Save the DateS! residential units on top of a new health need your help to make sure that government is working for everyone. Washington, DC 20004 clinic in the Petworth neighborhood. I look forward to continuing to advocate for the people of Ward 4 for better schools, At 30,000 square feet, the site will safer neighborhoods, and a more effective government. accommodate approximately 130 units of new housing for District residents September : on the second floor, of which 119 will November be dedicated to low-income families. October Additionally, the Mary’s Center for MurIEL bOWSEr’S FOCuS On 4: WArD 4 MID-YEAr uPDATE COMMittee ON PuBLiC SeRviCeS aND CONSuMeR aFFaiRS LeGiSLative FOCuS waRD 4 PRiORitieS iN FY2010 BuDGet Councilmember bowser serves as chair Mortgage Lender and Broker amendment Senior housing Modernization Grant Clean and affordable energy The smart economic Development foot trails that run throughout rock of the Committee on Public Services act of 2009 This legislation brings the Fund act of 2009 The purpose of this grid is coming to the District soon Creek Park. and Consumer Affairs. Fellow committee through an emergency provision in the vinegar hill South Main Street District into compliance with Title V of the bill is to ensure that the District’s senior ($150,000): The program will be funded Construction is set to begin in mid- members include Councilmembers Jim federal housing and Economic recovery homeowners get the assistance they FY2010 budget. The American recovery Graham, Mary Cheh, harry Thomas Jr. and reinvestment Act (ArrA) contained to continue to assist businesses along the September. Also, a crosswalk will be Act of 2008 (hErA) that mandated that all need in order to make improvements to kennedy Street corridor in revitalization painted at the intersection at beach Drive. and Michael A. brown. This committee mortgage regulators become members their homes. This bill creates a special billions of dollars intended to begin the is responsible for matters related to transformation of our country’s energy efforts. of the nationwide Mortgage Licensing revenue fund to be administered western avenue: DDOT received consumer and regulatory affairs, public Nominations to boards and System (nMLS) by August 1, 2009. by the Deputy Mayor for Economic infrastructure. Some of the stimulus upper Georgia avenue Main Street $3,745,826 in federal stimulus money for utilities, the regulation of banks and commissions The legislation also required all states Development, which will make available funding will go towards the development ($150,000): The program will be funded banking activities, and securities and of the city’s smart grid. The smart grid will to continue to assist businesses along the Ward 4 to reconstruct Western Avenue to license mortgage loan originators grants of up to $5,000 to qualified senior from Chestnut Street to 31st Street nW insurance, including private health who take mortgage applications and citizens. Most of the funding will come utilize wireless sensor networks, software Georgia Avenue corridor in revitalization insurance matters. betty Ann kane confirmed as the negotiate terms with residential mortgage from developers utilizing the Planned and computing to enable utilities to efforts. in Ward 4. This will allow DDOT to rebuild chairperson of the Public Service borrowers. unit Development (PuD), which requires identify the location and amount of Western Avenue with new road surface Commission. e to and to install a sidewalk. WASA will use developers who use the PuD process to er studies the "Notic energy consumption, and to determine kennedy Street and Georgia avenue The Committee held public hearings Councilmember Bows of a used care the presence of network blackouts and Green team ($250,000º: neighborhood the opportunity to replace the water main negotiate a community benefits package n in front Abate Nuisance" sig , At- as well. The work is scheduled to begin in and roundtables on the following bills richard Gersten confirmed as a Raze Permit Community Notification with affected communities. Deposits into joined Mayor Fenty other problems. This measure will put the clean team services supplement public dealership where she ec- October. and topics: licensed real estate broker member amendment act of 2009 Approved this new Senior Citizens Modernization er Nic kles and DCRA Dir District on track to become a leader in maintenance by the Department of Public of the board of real Estate. by the Council, this bill, introduced by Grant Fund can be part of their obligated torney General Pet conference to clean and renewable energy. Works. It is an effective mechanism for at a press tor Linda K. Argo Councilmember bowser, will require that se 23 addressing targeted cleaning and safety New traffic signal at Georgia avenue community benefits package. A hearing trict planned to clo ounce that the Dis elevator Maintenance Standards act the owner of a structure to be razed post ann Safer elevators The “Elevator Mainte- needs of commercial corridors that have and hemlock Street: DDOT received will be held on this bill in the fall. ckdown. Franklin kelly confirmed as a barber ywide cra permission from the Federal highway of 2009 a placard, sign, or notice on the exterior dealerships in a cit nance Standards Act of 2009” was trouble spots and high-volume traffic member of the board of barber and of the structure 30 days prior to the due included as a provision in the FY2010 areas. Administration (FhWA) in April 2009 to Cosmetology. date of raze, so that the neighborhood budget to help protect our residents and experiment with hAWk signals. hAWk Demolition or Raze Permit Community will know that raze will take place and visitors by establishing a professional ward 4 Corridor improvement Grants stands for high-intensity Activated cross- Notification amendment act of 2009 District agencies have performed due licensure category for those individuals Program ($150,000): This program includes Walk. The hAWk signal was installed at Lori Murphy Lee confirmed as a Georgia Avenue and hemlock Street nW. commissioner on the diligence. who work on or inspect elevators, or who funding for property improvement Board of enhanced access to Public Space own companies that work on elevators grants to address deferred maintenance, The hAWk remains dark for traffic unless a Continuation of health Coverage Public Service Commission. and Buildings establishment act of 2009 and other related conveyances within the exterior security fixtures, business pedestrian activates the push-button. The amendment act of 2009 Continuation of health Coverage amendment The District’s facilities and playing fields District, and it would protect the health, branding and demarcation, and other overhead signal begins flashing yellow act of 2009 Mini-CObrA (Consolidated are open to the public, but the process safety, and welfare of District residents storefront upgrades. and then solid yellow, advising drivers to Tanya Lewis confirmed as a licensed prepare to stop. The signal then displays electrician member of the board of Omnibus budget reconciliation Act) is for residents to access these spaces for and visitors by establishing licensure tenant Opportunity to Purchase act the term for state legislation that applies community meetings and gatherings is qualifications. Public safety a solid red and shows the pedestrian a exemption Clarification Industrial Trades. “Walk” indication. to businesses with fewer than 20 workers. cumbersome. This bill would establish a Gang intervention Partnerships ($2 million): Previously, the mini-CObrA benefit was board to undertake a best-practices study Crackdown on illegal used Car Dealers Josephine ricks confirmed as a only available for three months after of the surrounding jurisdictions and other regulations enacted in December The GIP is a unique evidence-based, insurance Claims Consumer Protection licensed real estate broker member employment is terminated. The approval municipalities and make a report to the 2008 led to the crackdown on used car multi-agency gang prevention and amendment act of 2009 of the board of real Estate. of this bill ensured that District workers Council. The Council could then use the dealers in the District. DCrA conducted intervention initiative that brings together law enforcement, community institutions will be able to collect the continuing er joined Police report to design a better system, which a sweep of 200 used car dealers and it Councilmember Bows and city agencies to address gang- health coverage benefit subsidy provided on February 20 would enhance the public’s access to was revealed that many cars stored on tenant Protection act of 2009 roger Small confirmed as an under the federal stimulus package. Chief Cathy Lanier ing the these rich resources. related violence through comprehensive ss conference regard asbestos worker member of the the lots were never intended to be sold and holistic strategies and services. This at a pre r, board of Industrial Trades. disappearance of Pamela J. Butle in the city. In support of Mayor Fenty’s money will be available for competitive Omnibus Rental housing amendment In response to Build the Dream income tax Check-off reform efforts, Councilmember bowser Comprehensive Boards and Commissions a Ward 4 resident. establishment act of 2009 This bill will grants to groups like the Georgia Avenue act of 2009 s, Councilmember led the fight to defeat efforts to roll back robert Smith confirmed as a Review amendment act of 2009 The summer crime trend allow District residents to contribute via this vital initiative for District corridors. rock Creek East Collaborative, in order supporter of Bowser was a vocal licensed electrician member of the legislation would require the Mayor their income tax filing to the build the The proposed “used Car Dealers License to implement this important strategy in g vending Regulation act of 2009 board of Industrial Trades. to undertake a review of the District’s legislation that imposed civil gan er. Dream Foundation. The Foundation is reform and relief Emergency Act of Ward 4. boards and commissions. There are 185 injunctions to ma ke neighborhoods saf raising funds and obtaining final permits 2009” would not have required these Councilmember Bowser joined Mayor Adrian Fenty, boards and commissions, and this bill is to begin building the Martin Luther used car dealers to have business hours, Parks and Recreation Acting Director of the DC Department of Parks Chemotherapy Pill Coverage act necessary to ensure that these boards king Jr. Memorial. As of December, the sell cars, or keep files. During this year’s budget consideration, and Recreation Ximena Hartsock and Commissioner of 2009 and commissions are serving their proper Foundation had raised $108 million of Councilmember bowser was able to Brenda Speaks to dedicate the renovated athletic role in the government structure. This the $120 million needed to complete target more than $4.2 million for capital fields and courts at Emery Heights (Soldiers Field). bill is currently being reviewed by the construction. The bill has been referred to improvements at several Ward 4 parks the Mortgage Lender and Broker Committee on Government Operations the Committee on Finance and revenue. and recreation sites. This newly dedicated amendment act of 2009 and the Environment. funding includes an additional $2.1 million vending Regulation act of 2009 for renovation of raymond recreation Approved by the Council on July 14, the . as a native tive measure Center; $1.5 million for Shepherd Park * Public roundtable held to review veterans License Plates establishment bill represents a thorough and much- a proac tive, not reac ssed in for field improvements and a tot lot; act of 2009 This bill would put the District needed legislative reform of our city’s “this bill is ty has progre “it’s n the critical findings of the District of how far our ci an additional $500,000 for upshur Park ot an Columbia auditor on the Certified on the same footing as nearly all other vending system. The legislation requires , i know just nnot rest easy t own. But we ca for completion of its playground and washingtonian figure o ax to Capital Companies Program states that allow their veterans to have vendors to hold a vending site permit mber of vi olent crimes d $145,000 for improvements to the Fort ut, but a special license plate. The legislation in addition to the basic business license bringing the nu ded of three it would s, i am remin Stevens tennis courts. unaccep be owser serves two purposes: first, it creates these properly endorsed for vending. The as summ er approache lation table t o me uncilmember B on our laurels. cy crime legis these sc to give * Public roundtable held to review On May 5, Co lene Drew plates as a way to honor and recognize vending site permit designates a specific pas sed emergen FY2009 Budget enhancement & updates offlaw p the impact of foreclosures on home presented Dr. Char the contributions of our veterans, and location for the vendor. The passage when the city is bill allows us to roperty ownership and affordable housing in Ward 4 Council - second, it takes the fees from the plates of this bill ends years of study and summers ago crime wave. th Blagden avenue Bicycle and Pedestrian a tax br eak whil owners Jarvis, former of ath of a viole nt tch up.” e we’re er president Path: DDOT received $200,000 in funding the District of Columbia member and fo rm and spends it on services and programs discussion over vending in the District in the afterm not playing ca police o cutting University , with a for veterans. A hearing has been held on of Columbia, creating more varied and lem head -on so we’re to construct a pedestrian path on blagden fficers a nd teac Southeastern ars face the prob Avenue between Matthewson Avenue r her many ye this bill and Councilmember bowser is safer options for residents, employees Councilm hers,” re solution to hono to residents and beach Drive. The trail would allow ember B service hopeful that it will become law in the fall. and visitors. e Council to pass owser sa of dedicated sing need for th safe pedestrian and bicycle access to id. t of Columbia. wser on the pres Act of 2009. Councilmem of the Distric Councilmember Bo ime Amendment rock Creek Park and associated facilities, Examiner ber Bowse r in Wash the Omnibus Anti-Cr including beach Drive and the bike and article on the Counc ington to halve th il's decisio e 10 perc n en vacant prop t tax rate on erty.
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