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2023 Year in Review

Earlier today, I shared my office’s 2023 Year in Review report and I want to make sure to share the highlights of the last year with you. Check it out here. While last year was full of challenges, it was also full of the resilience, collaboration, and community of Ward 5 neighbors. I am proud…

Secure DC

On Tuesday, the Council unanimously approved the Secure DC Omnibus legislation on first vote. There has been a lot of talk about this bill, so I want to take a moment to explain some of what it contains, and what it doesn’t. As with all legislation, we will vote on the bill a second time…

Banning Water Shutoffs, Celebrating Black History, and More

Dear Ward 5 neighbors, Performance oversight is in full swing at the Council. While the function of oversight never really ends, this is the Council’s annually set time to investigate how every DC agency is delivering on its mission in service of District residents. Whether it is about public safety, trash collection services, your neighborhood…

What are your budget priorities?

Dear Ward 5 neighbors, Each year, the Council goes through a lengthy process to allocate the District’s many resources for the next fiscal year. It is through this budget process that neighbors, advocates, and organizations are able to voice their budget priorities. I want to know what’s important to Ward 5 neighbors, so I am…

What Snow Days Show Us

Dear Ward 5 neighbors, This week, the District experienced two of its most significant snowfall days in years. There have been sledding parties, snowball fights, and of course the beauty of snow-laden trees and homes. But snow days show us more than a winter wonderland and child-like joy. They also reveal District agencies’ capabilities for…

MLK Holiday Weekend and Opportunities to Engage

Dear Ward 5 neighbors, As my office prepares for oversight season, engaging directly with you is my priority. I am best equipped for the many hours of asking questions of District agency directors in oversight hearings when I know what is most important to you. To that end, the next few weeks are full of…

Community Wealth Building

A staggering 32% of individuals face food insecurity in our region. What’s more, almost half of all food insecure individuals have children in the household. That’s why the Council voted to increase SNAP benefits (food stamps) to begin January 1 of this year, and the Mayor signed the legislation into law. The Council mandated that…