Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ward 5 Report: Crafting the budget, W Street trash transfer station hearing, and employment opportunities with DC Fire and EMS

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 3:18 PM
Ward 5 Report: Crafting the Budget, W Street Trash Transfer Station Hearing, and Employment Opportunities with DC Fire and EMS

Watch Councilmember McDuffie as he addresses Banneker High School students at the Wilson Building.


Last week, the Council took the first of two votes on the fiscal year 2020 budget. Throughout the budget process, I have focused on balancing resident needs and priorities.

Among the difficult decisions in this budget cycle, the Council considered how to meet the needs of students and parents across the city. During this debate, I was proud to see Banneker High School students demand a modern educational facility for one of the District’s highest performing schools. Ultimately, I voted to support them and relocate Banneker from their current site, and I will continue to work on this issue leading up to the Council’s second vote.

The Committee of the Whole is tasked with compiling budget reports from all Council committees into one budget. As Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, I was pleased that our committee report was left largely untouched by the Committee of the Whole. Our report supported District based-small businesses, neighborhood revitalization, improved health outcomes, support for seniors, workforce investment, and pedestrian safety. I also identified $3 million to fund violence prevention and intervention through the NEAR Act’s Cure Violence model, which has demonstrated early positive results in addressing violent crime.

As the Council moves toward the second vote, scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, I will continue to work to strike a balance between needs and priorities of all District residents.

In Service,


Kenyan in the Community

Kenyan in the News

Congratulations to these Moms Who Enterprise

Congratulations to the Walker's Legacy Foundation and the Washington, DC Spring 2019 inaugural class of Moms Who Enterprise program, who celebrated the completion of this program over Mother's Day weekend. Moms Who Enterprise is a national entrepreneurship program for enterprising single mothers.  The program includes original curriculum, a dedicated instructor and a cohort model designed to support women in the growth and advancement of their firms.

Washington DC Spring 2019 Cohort:
  • Renee Davis
  • Courtney Edwards
  • Arielle Dixon
  • Tanika Johnson
  • Nefferteri Hamm
  • Ashley Quevedo
  • Raquel Brown
  • Danielle Williams
  • Ozoda Usmanova

Arboretum Bridge and Trail Project Meeting - May 21

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites the public meetings on Tuesday, May 21 (Ward 5) and Wednesday, May 22 (Ward 7) to discuss the Arboretum Bridge and Trail project. DDOT will present design concepts and gather comments from the community at these public meetings. Additional details available on the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative website.

DATE: Tuesday, May 21
TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
LOCATION: U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE

DCPS Dialogues - May 29

Chancellor Ferebee is looking forward to engaging more deeply on topics he heard mattered most to our families, students, staff and community members. Over the coming months, Chancellor Ferebee will be hosting a series of small-group “DCPS Dialogue” gatherings at schools, libraries, and community centers across the District. The purpose is to host topic-specific  conversations and gather feedback going into School Year 2019-2020. The first of these DCPS Dialogues will focus on Early Childhood Education in DCPS and will be hosted here in Ward 5. Attendees are asked to RSVP here: bit.ly/dcpsdialogue2019.

DATE: Wednesday, May 29
TIME: 9:00 - 10:30 am
LOCATION: Bunker Hill Elementary School, 1401 Michigan Ave NE

DC Water Townhall - June 4

Each year, DC Water conducts town hall meetings in all 8 wards, which provide customers an opportunity to learn about the water authority’s proposed rates and fees for next year while allowing the public to share concerns, comments and ideas. The meetings are intended to provide customers with an opportunity to comment on new rates for the fiscal year that begins October 1. The Ward 5 town hall will take place on Tuesday, June 4. Check the DC Water website for additional details.

DATE: Tuesday, June 4
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St NE

DC Firefighter and EMT Opportunities Available

The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services will be administering its entrance exam, which will be used to hire all Firefighter/EMT candidates for at least the next two years. FEMS is seeking candidates for Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians. For complete information visit: https://fems.dc.gov/page/employment-positions-fire-ems

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