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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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July 25, 2019 | Vol. 5, Issue 30

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Earlier this week, I joined Chief Newsham and other members of my public safety team to ask for the community's help in getting illegal guns out of DC.

After last week's deadly shootings, including the murder of 11-year-old Karon Brown, we are all outraged. We were, and continue to be, heartbroken and infuriated that anyone in our city would show such disregard for human life and for the innocence of childhood. 

We are grateful for all the calls, texts, and tips we have received from the community, but now we must work together to do more - to stop these heinous crimes before they happen. No one in our city wants to live in a neighborhood where they are scared of gunfire or scared to let their children go outside. That is not normal. 

My Administration will continue to invest in violence interruption programs, targeting those most likely to be involved in or become a victim of violent crime. We will continue working with our federal and regional partners to combat the flow of illegal guns from other states into the District. And we are going to do everything we can to hold perpetrators of violent crime responsible for their actions.

But we need those in our city who know about an illegal gun to tell us so that we can remove it before it is used to take the life of another child or person in our city. Residents can do this anonymously by texting 50411 or calling (202) 727-9099. 

Another way to help is by participating in our Private Security Camera Incentive Program so that when these crimes do happen, we have the evidence we need to bring the perpetrators to justice. Learn more about the program HERE


Muriel Bowser
Camera Program Video

Learn more about the Private Security Camera Incentive Program and get your camera today. 

In This Week's Newsletter:

Progress at Skyland Town Center


On July 18, Mayor Bowser celebrated the topping out of Skyland Town Center with partners, community members, and construction workers, signifying that Phase 1 of the 18-acre, mixed-use community has reached its final construction height.  

In May, Mayor Bowser and the development team announced that Lidl US, a well-known supermarket chain that operates more than 65 stores across nine East Coast states, will open at Skyland Town Center. The store, which will occupy 29,089 square feet within Skyland, will be the first internationally recognized full-service supermarket to enter Wards 7 and 8 since 2007.

Learn more about Skyland Town Center HERE

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Kids Ride Free Update


Instead of picking up new Kids Ride Free cards for School Year 2019-2020 at distribution events, new cards will be sent directly to all DC Public and DC Public Charter Schools for distribution starting August 26, 2019.

Your child’s School Year 2018-2019 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card (last year’s card) is valid until September 30, 2019. The new School Year 2019-2020 Kids Ride Free card will be provided to students by their school’s DC One Card Administrator before current cards expire on September 30.

Learn more HERE

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Celebrating Two Years of The Lab @ DC

the lab

Two years ago, Mayor Bowser launched The Lab @ DC because Washingtonians deserve a government that asks questions, tests policies, and iteratively improves how it serves the community. Since then, The Lab has developed an ever-growing network of District agencies and residents who have partnered with us on 34 projects that use science to improve the programs, services, and forms (yes, forms!) that you care about most.

To celebrate our first two years, The Lab is taking residents behind the scenes. Over the next six weeks, we’ll dive into a different part of our project cycle—Listen, Design, Do Something, Test, Decide, and Repeat—and release summaries of each of our 34 projects as we go. Follow along HERE

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ICYMI: Don't Wait, Vaccinate


Mayor Bowser is urging parents not to wait until school starts to get their children vaccinated. Specifically, as part of the #dontwaitvaccinate campaign, the Mayor is highlighting the importance of ensuring children and teens are up-to-date on the measles vaccine.

Find sites across DC where families can access free immunizations HERE

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features information about how residents can report illegal firearms by texting MPD's anonymous tip line at 50411 or by calling the tip line at (202) 727-9099. 

Pathways to the Middle Class: Office of Unified Communications, Telecommunications Manager

Pathways to the Middle Class

The Office of Unified Communications (OUC) consolidates the District's 911 and 311 call activities from the Metropolitan Police Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and customer service operations. The mission of OUC is to provide a fast, professional, and cost-effective response to emergency and non-emergency calls in Washington, DC. 

OUC has an opening for a Telecommunications Manager. This position is responsible for supervising staff and operating and maintaining the OUC radio system. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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