Let me begin by thanking the over 500 residents who shared their
budget priorities with me throughout January and February. Your
input is invaluable as I advocate for the needs and desires of the
residents of Ward 5.
The mayor is scheduled to publish her proposed budget on March 19,
after which Council committees hold a series of budget oversight
hearings. 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. Thank you for your engagement
On Wednesday, March 4,
Councilmember McDuffie’s Committee on Business and Economic
Development held a Performance Oversight Hearing on the Office of
Lottery and Gaming & the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.
Meet Cleshay Sutton (Center), the
creative mind and owner of Studio Elan located at 405 Rhode Island Ave NE. Studio Elan
is a community based salon and beauty lounge that has been in
business for 17 years here in Ward 5. Studio Elan is well known
for its excellent service and community outreach.
Ward 5 Walks for Minority Health Awareness Month
Date: Saturday, April 11th, 2020 Start
Time: 10:00 am Location: The
walk will begin at Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro
station. The walk will proceed up 10th Street NE and finish
at Brookland Metro Station RSVP here
Councilmember McDuffie has
submitted a letter to WMATA objecting to service cuts in #OurWard5 and the inequitable $.25
surcharge for putting money on your smart trip on buses (but not
rail). WMATA has extended the deadline for public comment to
Monday, March 9, 2020. Submit your comments today!
Public feedback will be accepted online at wmata.com/budget or by mail through 9 a.m. on
Monday, March 9.
The extension allows extra time for individuals to review the full
290-page budget book, parts of which have been updated to ensure
full compatibility with screen reader technology for the visually
impaired. The accessibility updates do not affect the content of
the budget book, which has not changed.
The WMATA Board considers public comment prior to making key
decisions about the budget, along with fare and service changes.
Any Board-approved fare or service changes will begin on or around
July 1, 2020.
How to Protect Yourself From The Coronavirus
Protect Yourself and Your Home From Fire
In the last year, at least two people have
lost their lives in Ward 5 in fires where the home did not have
working smoke detectors. The good news is that the DC Fire and
Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) is here to help. They will
install smoke detectors in qualified DC homes and are also
available to answer your general questions on fire
safety. For additional information or to request the installation
of smoke detectors, visit the FEMS website or call (202) 673-3331.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) began
residential street sweeping on Monday March 2. The program will run
through October 30, and motorists are asked to obey posted signs
indicating the schedule of parking restrictions in order to ensure
streets are swept thoroughly.
To remind motorists of the restrictions, DPW will issue warnings
between Monday, March 2 and Friday, March 6, to vehicles parked
during the sweeping periods. After March 6, violators will be
subject to $45 fines.
For more information about street sweeping, go to dpw.dc.gov.