News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: A Running Start to 2017

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
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January 5, 2017 | Vol. 3, Issue 1

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone who came out to the Fit DC Fresh Start 5K on January 1st. Joining residents of all ages and from all eight wards was the perfect way to start the new year! 

I begin 2017 energized and ready to build on the progress we have made over the past two years, and this week we got off to a running start with a focus on public safety. Since the start of my Administration, violent crime in Washington, DC has decreased by 7 percent and property crime has decreased by 9 percent. In 2016, Washington, DC saw a 17 percent decrease in homicides, a 17 percent decrease in burglaries, and a 13 percent decrease in violent robberies. And there is still more work to do. 

This week, we took another step toward fixing Washington, DC's complex criminal justice system. In the past, a lack of coordination between federal and local agencies has allowed some criminals in DC to take advantage of loopholes and evade the justice system. Yesterday, I signed legislation that makes it a criminal offense for persons on probation or parole to tamper with GPS monitoring devices. The legislation - which I proposed and that is part of my Safer Stronger DC initiative - closes a critical loophole that previously allowed individuals on supervised release who were ordered to wear electronic monitoring devices to go unpunished after removing, disabling, or tampering with the device. Under the new law, individuals found guilty of tampering with their GPS monitoring devices can face up to six months in jail.

Going forward, my Administration will continue working with our partners on the Council and in the federal government to close loopholes and make our city safer. The residents and visitors of Washington, DC deserve nothing less.


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Stat of the Week


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Join Us at the DMPED Open House


Mayor Bowser's Economic Development Cluster has 14 different agencies that oversee a range of areas, including arts, business, transportation, regulations, and the environment. On January 12, Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner is bringing all the agencies together for a cluster-wide Open House at the Convention Center. The event will provide residents with the opportunity to meet agency leadership and learn about the programs and services the cluster offers. 

Residents can RSVP and find more information HERE

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Funky Fitness Friday

funky friday

On New Year's Day, residents from all over DC joined Mayor Bowser at the Fit DC Fresh Start 5K to jump-start a fit and healthy 2017.

On Friday, January 6, join us at the first Funky Fitness Friday of the year at the Columbia Heights Community Center and keep the momentum going. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Bowser Administration will showcase various instructor-led fitness activities, and participants can sign up for a one-on-one assessment with a fitness trainer. The event will have music and healthy food and activities will include: bootcamp, yoga, tai-chi, cooking demonstrations, giveaways, and more.

Register for Funky Fitness Friday HERE

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Holiday Tree Pickup


Christmas trees and greenery will be collected through January 27, 2017 to be composted. After January 27, trees and greenery will be collected with the trash as space permits in the truck. 

Residents should place trees on the curb in front of their residence or on the nearest corner with all ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations removed. Trees should not be put in plastic or cloth bags.

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A District Minute

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This week's District Minute features stories about the Mayor's Fit DC Fresh Start 5K, Monday's swearing in ceremonies, and DC's new GPS monitoring legislation.  

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Pathways to the Middle Class: DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Fusion Intelligence Analyst

job posting

The mission of the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA) is to support and coordinate homeland security and emergency management efforts, ensuring that Washington, DC is prepared to protect against, plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-made hazards.

The Fusion Intelligence Analyst provides intelligence support and disseminates information to members of local and federal homeland security agencies throughout Washington, DC, the National Capital Region, and others in the United States. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement

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