Mayor Bowser paid our neighborhood a surprise visit during her community time on Wednesday afternoon. ANC Commissioners Sydelle Moore (5D05) and Bernice Blacknell (5D04) along with LCA vice-president Juanita Diggs gave the mayor a tour of our neighborhood and spoke with her for over an hour about the new strategies we've deployed to fight crime. As you know, for the first time in more than a decade our community has made it through the first quarter of the year without a murder due to a new, comprehensive approach to addressing the root causes of violent crime. Comm. Moore spent a lot of time speaking to agency directors about our progress and was happy to receive a promise of continued support from the mayor.
The group also discussed the challenges that we still face and the need for continued support and consistency with Mayor Bowser and Patrol Chief Lamar Greene. In addition to the need for ongoing anti-violence support, we also discussed graffiti, illegal dumping, illegal parking, vacant/nuisance property management and other long-neglected issues in our area.
As a note to the community, your increased 311 complaints over the past few months have helped make this type of advocacy a lot easier and Comm. Moore is asking every neighbor to speak up when they see issues. Langston has a track record of under-reporting issues to 311 as compared to other neighborhoods across the city. The more we report, the more agencies are aware of our issues and can request adequate funding to address them. You can call, email or even tweet @311DCgov using your smartphone as you walk around the community. Filing even one 311 complaint per week is an easy way for every neighbor to show that we take pride in our homes.
Press Conference: Litter Prevention Campaign
The mayor is scheduled to publish her budget on March 20, which triggers a series of budget oversight hearings at the Council. During each hearing, the agency's proposed budget is examined. The public is invited to testify at those hearings, and I strongly encourage residents to do so. You can view the full list of budget oversight hearings on the Council's website, and I look forward to seeing Ward 5 residents out in force.
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You should now call 311 for police non-emergencies. Before, 911 was for any police contact, now it is ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES. This changes starts NOW.
Police Non-Emergencies include, but aren't limited to the following:
City officials are taking steps to expand the safety net for unpaid federal employees, contractors and residents who are struggling to make ends meet as the partial government shutdown stretches into a second month.
The D.C. Council unanimously passed emergency legislation put forward by Cm. Anita Bonds to protect workers from losing their homes, while the Bowser administration found $2 million in emergency funds to help food stamp recipients.
Mayor Bowser also announced she was introducing legislation to give the city authority to grant unemployment benefits to federal employees forced to work without pay, such as TSA airport screeners and special police. Furloughed workers who are not being forced to work are already eligible for benefits. The U.S. Labor Department denied her request to authorize such benefits last week.