News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: Raising the Minimum Wage

Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
Scheduling Requests:

July 1, 2016 | Volume 2, Issue 24

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

This was a BIG week for DC residents.  I signed legislation that will increase the minimum wage in the District to $15 per hour by 2020.  This will ensure that every single Washingtonian who works hard and plays by the rules has a fair shot in Washington, DC.  And on Tuesday, President Obama praised DC for joining the #fightfor15.  
Our creed is that every Washingtonian, regardless of who you are, where you live, or who you love, deserves a fair shot at a good life in the District of Columbia.  And that includes our youth.  This week, we kicked off the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program.  More than 12,000 young adults, ages 14-24, fanned out to jobs across the District.  Last year, I fought hard to expand the opportunity to 22-24 year olds - and I am proud to say we did it again this year!

There is more work to be done to bring opportunity to every person in every corner of our city.  In the meantime, we should all celebrate our progress.  


Muriel Bowser


ICYMI: Last weekend, Mayor Bowser attended the 84th United States Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting.  Mayors from across the United States of America adopted a resolution in support of Statehood for Washington, DC.  Learn more about the conference and the resolution HERE.


Becoming the 51st State


The New Columbia Statehood Commission has moved Washington, DC one step closer to statehood. This week, the commission approved a draft state constitution. Over the past month, the five-member commission received ideas and concerns from hundreds of residents.  One concern they heard over and over was about the size of the legislature. On Tuesday, Mayor Bowser proposed increasing the legislature to 21 members (it was subsequently passed). To learn more about the push for statehood visit:

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Changes at DCPS: #ThankYouKaya


On Wednesday, Mayor Bowser and Chancellor Henderson announced that the Chancellor will be leaving her role on September 30, 2016. Henderson joined DCPS in 2007, and has played an integral role in making DCPS the fastest improving urban school district in the country. During her tenure, Henderson built a strong team, both in the schools and in the DCPS Central Office, and we are confident that they will be able to sustain the progress she has made and continue to move the system forward. 

While we conduct a nationwide search for the next chancellor, John Davis, the current Chief of Schools and a DCPS parent, will take over as Interim Chancellor.


Biking the District



The District's Capital Bikeshare program is playing a vital role in the effort to reduce traffic congestion during SafeTrack. Extra bike pick up spots have been set up at key locations. Street teams are educating users and ridership for the program is setting new records. The District is also offering a $2.00 per trip fee to attract new customers. This is just one part of the traffic congestion mitigation strategy implemented by Mayor Bowser to keep the District moving during WMATA’s 10-month campaign to make repairs on the Metrorail system.    

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Calling on Congress: Pass Common Sense Gun Reform


Last week, Mayor Bowser stood with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier to call on Congress to pass common sense gun reform. In DC, we know that families are torn apart all too often by gun violence. It's time for Congress to curb this local and national challenge.  Mayor Bowser supports those members of Congress who are calling on their colleagues to take on this important issue, and she will continue to push for reform.

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Get Out on the River with DOEE!



The Department of Energy & Environment invites you to get out on the water through their new Anacostia River Explorers educational boat tours. Aboard these free, guided motorboat and canoe tours you’ll learn all about the Anacostia River including its human and natural history, the threats it faces, and what solutions are being implemented to help the river realize its full potential as an invaluable asset for the District of Columbia and our residents. These boat tours are funded by the 5-cent plastic bag fee and are available to anyone, no matter their age, ability or language. Learn more and sign up for a tour at or call (202) 645-4231. 

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Breaking Ground on Plaza West


Last week, Mayor Bowser and District officials broke ground on Plaza West, a Ward 6 development that will bring 223 units of affordable housing for seniors and families in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. This unique $84 million development project will provide 50 housing units for “grandfamilies” (grandparents raising grandchildren), the first project of its kind in the District.

Plaza West is part of the first annual “June Housing Bloom,” Mayor Bowser’s month-long initiative that showcases how the public and private sectors are partnering to produce and preserve affordable housing, and revitalize neighborhoods across the District.

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Pathways to the Middle Class: Child and Family Services Agency, Social Worker

job of the week

Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is the public child welfare agency in the District of Columbia responsible for protecting child victims and those at risk of abuse and neglect and assisting their families.

CFSA has an opening for a social worker to join their team. Responsibilities include provides a variety of child welfare casework services to children and to families to investigate, assess and remediate situations, allegations and reports, as well as conducting home visits to assess strengths and needs of families. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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