News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: The Future of DC Statehood

Muriel Bowser Ward 4  



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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
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November 3, 2016 | Vol. 2, Issue 42

Letter from the Mayor


Dear Washingtonians,

We are now into our second week of early voting in Washington, DC! Residents have through tomorrow, November 4, to cast their votes at one of the nine early voting centers

I urge all eligible voters in Washington, DC to get out and vote. Early voting is open through Friday, November 4, and polls are open on Tuesday, November 8 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Residents can find their polling place HERE.

As most residents know, DC statehood is on the ballot. The question I get a lot these days is: What's next?

If a majority of voters vote yes on DC statehood, the Statehood Commission will submit information to the President and Congress, requesting admission to the United States. If Congress approves the request, then Washington, DC will become the 51st state in the nation. 

If the referendum passes and Congress approves DC statehood, Washington, DC’s 672,000 residents will finally have full access to our country's democracy. Like the citizens of every other state in the union, the citizens of Washington, DC will have voting representation in our federal government. 



Muriel Bowser

An original version of this newsletter incorrectly stated that if a majority of voters vote yes on DC statehood, then “ it will go back to the Council for a second vote.” This is incorrect, and the newsletter has been updated with the correct information. 

In This Week's Newsletter:

Stat of the Week


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Bridging DC's Digital Divide



Last week, the Bowser Administration and the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) announced that 1,785 DCHA households now have free Wi-Fi access through the dcConnectHome initiative, surpassing the goal of connecting 1,500 households.

Washington, DC is one of 28 communities nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to participate in ConnectHome, a federal initiative that aims to increase access and technology education for HUD-served families.

Learn more about dcConnectHome HERE

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Celebrating Success in DCRA's Pre-Apprenticeship Program



On Monday, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner celebrated the hiring of Daniel Gibson and Quanya Reese, graduates from the Dunbar Senior High School Class of 2016, as housing code specialists for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). Daniel and Quanya acquired the skills necessary for their positions in DCRA's Pre-Apprenticeship Program. 

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program is intended to create a pipeline of District residents to become DCRA inspectors by offering participants classroom instruction focused on code enforcement and experience shadowing trained inspectors in the field. Students enrolled in the Dunbar Senior High School Engineering Program are eligible to apply. Last year, seven students participated in the program. 

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Leaf Collection



Fall leaf collection begins Monday, November 7. Collecting leaves reduces potential accidents and injuries caused by slipping on wet leaves, and prevents catch basins and storm drains from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains.

DPW will collect leaves at least twice from each residential neighborhood by “vacuuming” loose leaves residents rake into their treebox(es). Loose leaves will be sent for composting. In neighborhoods with alley trash/recycling collections, bagged leaves may be placed where trash and recycling are collected. Residents bagging their leaves should use paper bags. 

Find the leaf collection schedule for your neighborhood HERE

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A District Minute



Watch the most recent District Minute to learn more about what has been going on in DC. This week features stories about WMATA's SafeTrack Surge 10, the Walter Reed development project, and the snow dry run practice session. 

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Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Behavioral Health, Recovery Advocate

job posting

The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) provides prevention, intervention and treatment services and support for children, youth and adults with mental and/or substance use disorders including emergency psychiatric care and community-based outpatient and residential services.

DBH has an opening for a Recovery Advocate. The Recovery Advocate will help individuals in care develop confidence in their ability to live successfully outside the hospital. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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