In the closing days of 2017, we
reflect on what has been a year of progress in Ward 5 and the
District of Columbia. We have been inspired by our young people and
senior citizens alike, we have stood together in the face of
tragedy, and we have continued to move Ward 5 and the District
forward. I invite you to review all that we achieved together in my
2017 Year End Report:
There are many distinct elements of my role as Councilmember:
introducing and passing legislation, hosting and taking part in
community events, and engaging stakeholders. Below have a look at
of the highlights in these areas from this year.
Introduced the Short-term Rental Regulation and
Affordable Housing Protection Act and became Chairman of the
newly-constituted Council Committee on Business and Economic
Presented Ceremonial Resolutions honoring Ward 5
resident and former Tuskegee Airman William T. Fauntroy, as well as
Ward 5 civic leader Shirley Rivens Smith. Rallied outside the U.S.
House of Representatives to tell Congress to keep their
Brought the Mayor and the Police Chief to Ward 5 for
a public safety town hall. Saw the launch of a new bus route along
Rhode Island Avenue, the G9.
Introduced the Managing Outdoor Work for Seniors
Act, or the M.O.W.S. act, which creates a program to help seniors
with outdoor yardwork. Ceremonially renamed 100 block of Rhode
Island Ave NW for William H. Jackson.
Joined seniors at Seabury Resources Ward 5 Senior
Day at the North Michigan Park Recreation Center. Championed and
funded program to provide lawyers to low-income tenants facing
Introduced a bill to authorize a statue in each ward
recognizing native Washingtonians who are people of color or women.
Joined partners to host the NXG Leaders Youth Town Hall at
Brookland Middle School w/ Jermaine Dupri.
Brought District Department of Transportation to a
Council Roundtable in the community at Catholic University.
Another successful Chuck Brown Day! Over the course
of the Council summer recess, hosted over 52 community office hour
sessions throughout 14 neighborhoods, totaling over 100 community
Hosted a Community Peace Walk & Sleep Out for
Solutions. Brought back the tradition of Ward 5 Day. Hosted Mayor
Bowser for a community walk-through of Brookland.
Opening of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and
Engagement, a key component of the NEAR Act. Hosted Ward 5 Senior
Bingo at North Michigan Park Recreation Center. Successfully fought
to restore service to Transport D.C. program for seniors and
residents with disabilities.
Hosted a turkey drive that provided turkeys to each
senior building in the Ward, as well as many seniors in their
homes. Honored by the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth for
leadership in juvenile justice.
Hosted the Ward 5 Holiday Party, and collected toys
that were donated to worthy organizations around the Ward and the
District. Introduced legislation to protect senior citizens from