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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

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 4, 2018 | Vol. 4, Issue 1

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Tonight, I will release my Year Three Transition Plan Accountability Report, a comprehensive look into my Administration's goals and priorities, our progress, and the work we still have left to do. When I was sworn into office, I pledged to work with all of you to make a greener, healthier, safer, and more fiscally stable city. 

By making bold and pragmatic plans and executing them every day, we've made tremendous progress:

  • Through unprecedented investments and a renewed sense of urgency, we have sparked the creation or preservation of nearly 10,000 units of affordable housing. And after our first full year of implementing Homeward DC, we saw a 22 percent reduction in family homelessness and a 10.5 percent reduction in overall homelessness. But until every Washingtonian has a safe and affordable place to live, we have more work to do.
  • Our Safer, Stronger DC plan is working - since 2014, total crime is down 14 percent and violent crime is down 28 percent. But we won't be satisfied with any level of crime, so we have more work to do.
  • After ten years of education reform, our public schools are not only serving more families, they continue to raise student achievement and expand opportunities for our young people both inside and outside the classroom. But until all students are performing at the highest levels and we have eliminated long-standing opportunity and achievement gaps, there is more work to do.
  • And by connecting residents to jobs, health care, education, and housing, we are getting more Washingtonians on pathways to the middle class. But even as we reduce unemployment and continue adding new jobs, we know that stark disparities still exist in our community, so we have more work to do. 

Together, we will continue to build on our city's progress. Washington, DC has never experienced better days and our best days are yet to come.


Muriel Bowser
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In This Week's Newsletter:

Register Today: MLK Day of Service

Weekend of Service

Join Mayor Bowser, the Thursday Network, and Serve DC to help assemble and distribute care packages for residents experiencing homelessness. Residents have two opportunities to volunteer during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Weekend - Saturday, January 13 and Monday, January 15 (MLK Day). 

Dr. King once said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." This MLK Day, be great and show your #DCValues by volunteering to help District residents in need.  

Register HERE.

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Now Open: My School DC

My School DC


The My School DC lottery application for school year 2018-2019 is now open. My School DC is the city’s common application and public school lottery for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the majority of public charter schools (grades PK3-12). 

Families must use the My School DC lottery application to apply to:

  • DCPS PK3 / PK4 programs (including programs at in-boundary DCPS schools); 
  • DCPS citywide and out-of-boundary schools (PK3-12);
  • DCPS selective high schools (9-12); and 
  • all participating public charter schools (PK3-12)

The application deadlines are February 1, 2018 for grades 9-12 and March 1, 2018 for grades PK3-8. 

Have questions or need help with your application? Call the My School DC hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit the My School DC team at CentroNía (1420 Columbia Road, NW) on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

For more information and to apply, go to www.myschooldc.org.

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Join Us at the DMPED Open House

Open House

The District's Economic Development cluster has 14 different agencies that oversee a range of areas, including arts, business, transportation, regulations, and the environment. On January 11, Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner is bringing all of 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 many programs and services the cluster offers. 

Find more information and RSVP HERE

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ICYMI: Christmas Tree Recycling

Tree Recycling


The District offers two environmentally-friendly ways for residents to recycle Christmas trees and greenery. Between January 13 and February 2, residents can put their trees and greenery out with trash and recycling, to be collected on regularly scheduled recycling days during this period. This collection service is only available to residents who are serviced by the Department of Public Works. (Note: In years past, residents could place their trees in the tree box space, adjacent to the curb. This is not the case this year, unless that is where recycling is normally collected.)

Residents can also bring their trees and greenery to either of the District’s transfer stations - the Fort Totten Transfer Station (4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE) or the Benning Road Transfer Station (3200 Benning Road, NE).

Before disposing of a tree or greenery, all ornaments and lights should be removed. Residents are also asked not to bag their trees or greenery. Learn more HERE.

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about Mayor Bowser's public safety announcement, the Fourth Annual Fit DC Fresh Start 5K Run/Walk, and the Administration’s multiagency approach to achieving building a safer, stronger DC. 

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

Job Search

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, DCthe National Capital Region, and the United States. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement

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