News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: Safer, Stronger, Brighter

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:

September 29, 2016 | Vol. 2, Issue 37

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

On Monday, we kicked off a week-long effort to identify street light outages in all eight wards of the District. We are eager to make our streets safer by making them brighter, so the focus this week is on identifying and reporting outages. To help us identify them faster, I am asking the community to report broken lights to DC311.

With the launch of Text to DC311, residents now have five ways to report city service issues and make requests to DC311. Residents can text DC311 (3-2-3-1-1), visit, use the DC311 mobile app (available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store), send a tweet to @311dcgov or call a live agent at the 311 call center. Our goal is to make reporting issues as convenient as possible for DC residents. 

In the past, I know there have been some questions and concerns about what happens after an issue is reported to DC311. We have heard these concerns and we are working to address them. At the end of October, we will do a full launch of an updated DC311 website with streamlined request types and more accurate and clearer communication about repair time and status

This week, join me and other residents in texting "street light" to DC311 (3-2-3-1-1) when you find a street light outage. The safety of everyone in the District is paramount to me, and I appreciate the efforts of the community in helping the District fix this issue. Together we will create a safer, stronger, brighter DC.


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Stat of the Week


Download the "Stat of the Week" and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SaferStrongerBrighter.

Polls Open: "People's Choice" for Greenest Business in DC


For the first time since 2009, the District Sustainability Awards will be open for a “People’s Choice” award honoring a DC business or organization for outstanding achievement in sustainability. Online voting is open to the public at until October 10. 

Each year, the District Sustainability Awards highlight businesses, individuals, and organizations that are working towards a more sustainable DC. Awardees’ projects and programs support the Mayor’s Sustainable DC Plan.

Summaries and case studies of award winners become part of an online library of best environmental practices in the District. 

For more information about the District Sustainability Awards, go HERE.  

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All Hands Day

all hands day

Last Thursday, the DC Department of Energy and Environment held its annual, agency-wide “All Hands Day.” All non-essential employees aided in neighborhood beautification and environmental education activities for residents throughout all eight wards. Staff were involved in picking up trash, removing invasive plants, planting trees and pollinator gardens, beautifying senior homes and more.

We thank everyone at DOEE for their committment to keeping DC clean and green! Learn more about DOEE HERE

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Woodridge Library is Open!


On Wednesday, Mayor Bowser joined Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and local elected officials to cut the ribbon on the new Woodridge Library. In addition to housing more than 40,000 books and other library materials, the 20,000 square-foot library features separate spaces for adults, teens and children; comfortable seating for 200 visitors; 40 public access computers and free Wi-Fi internet access; a large programming room for up to 100 people; two conference rooms; and a roof terrace that will serve as a space for library programming.

To learn more about upcoming events at Woodridge Library, go HERE.

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A District Minute

district minute

Watch the most recent District Minute to learn more about what has been going on in DC. This week features stories about the Safer, Stronger, Brighter initiative, the Mayor-Council Breakfast, and the Mayor's reception to celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science Technician

job posting

The Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) consists of the Forensic Science Laboratory Division, the Public Health Laboratory Division, and the Crime Scene Sciences Division. The mission of DFS is to provide high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services using best practices and best available technology, focusing on unbiased science and transparency, to enhance public safety and health.

DFS has an opening for a Forensic Science Technician. The position is responsible for assisting with technical laboratory work, which includes aspects of casework, accreditation, quality assurance and control programs within the Forensic Science Laboratory. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.   

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