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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:
Ronald R. Ross

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Lamont Akins

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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January 17, 2019 | Vol. 5, Issue 3

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

During my first term, we saw that in order to set and achieve bold goals, we need to start working on them in year one. This is how we closed DC General and opened the Entertainment and Sports Arena. With both of these projects, we started the work in my first year in office, stayed focused and worked with the community, and, four years later, we cut the ribbon on the ESA and locked the doors to DC General. 

While the work continues on much of what we started in my first term, we're also looking forward to building on our progress by re-evaluating our successes and challenges and pushing ourselves to think creatively about how we build a stronger, more inclusive Washington, DC. We're asking ourselves questions like:

  • What would it take to solve housing affordability so that DC is a place where people of all incomes can continue to thrive?
  • What would it take to allow all District residents to live mentally and physically healthy lives?
  • What would it take to enable all DC residents to travel safely between any two points in the city in under 30 minutes and for for less than $5?
  • What would it take to completely close the achievement gap?
  • What would it take to provide a pathway to the middle class for every District resident - today and for jobs of the future?
  • What would it take to cut gun deaths in half?
  • What would it take to make all interactions with DC Government more seamless and personalized?
  • What would it take to make DC the greenest, most sustainable city in America?

By working together across all eight wards, we can answer these and many other questions. I hope that next month you will join me at our annual budget engagement forums as we consider these questions and work to develop and fund solutions that work for our community. 


Muriel Bowser

ICYMI: As the partial federal government shutdown continues, the Bowser Administration has launched dc.gov/shutdown. This website, which we will continue to update, lists resources available to impacted federal employees.  

In This Week's Newsletter:

This Monday: Join Mayor Bowser at the MLK Peace Walk and Parade

MLK Walk and Parade

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, walk with Mayor Bowser in the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk and Parade. To join us in honoring the legacy of one of our country's greatest leaders, meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Anacostia Park entrance on Good Hope Road and MLK Jr. Avenue, SE. 

Learn more and RSVP HERE.

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Submit My School DC High School Applications by February 1, 2019

My School DC

The My School DC lottery application for school year 2019-2020 is now open. The application deadlines are February 1, 2019 for grades 9-12 and March 1, 2019 for grades PK3-8. 

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)

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 email info.myschooldc@dc.gov.

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

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DC Econ Unplugged

DMPED Open House

On January 31, join the Bowser Administration at DC Econ Unplugged, an event to connect residents and businesses to the services and resources that grow DC’s economy. From arts to housing, transportation to environment, come meet the people who keep Washington, DC the capital of inclusive innovation.

At this open house for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, participants can:

  • meet your DC economic development leaders;
  • ask questions about housing, small business, transportation, and more; and
  • enjoy DC music, arts, and food tastings.

Learn more and RSVP HERE.

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the signing of the LOVE Act and the Mayor's Second Term Outlook Address

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Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Scientist

Pathways to the Middle Class

The mission of the Department of Forensic Sciences (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 Scientist. This position is responsible for recognizing, recording, and recovering evidence in criminal investigations at crime scenes by analyzing, photographing, collecting, preserving, and presenting physical evidence. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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