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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:
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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February 6, 2020 | Vol. 6, Issue 6

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians, 

Last week, I joined Congresswoman Norton, Chairwoman Maloney, and Chairman Mendelson to announce some major news in our fight to become the 51st state: for the first time in over 25 years, the House will vote on DC statehood when the Committee on Oversight and Reform holds a markup on H.R. 51. The markup is next Tuesday, February 11, at 10:00 a.m., and we need residents to show up in force, just like you did at the historic statehood hearing last September.

It was particularly fitting that we announced the markup at the African American Civil War Museum, which honors the more than 200,000 African American Civil War soldiers whose service and sacrifice helped us build a more equal and just nation. With DC statehood, we, too, seek to build a more perfect union.  

In 2016, we voted overwhelmingly to become the 51st state. Together, we've built record support for DC statehood. Now, I’m asking all Washingtonians: Are you ready to show up, speak up, and help us finish the fight for our democratic rights?


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

New Tool: DCPS Pocket Budget Guide

DCPS Pocket Guide

This week, Mayor Bowser launched the District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) Pocket Budget Guide, a first-of-its-kind resource for school communities to better understand the budget process. At the release of the Pocket Guide, the Mayor also announced that her DCPS FY 2021 budget will include a 4% increase to the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF) over last fiscal year’s amount, which will result in DCPS schools, on average, receiving an 8% local budget increase.

The DCPS Pocket Budget Guide is the latest tool for school communities to understand how dollars are allocated across all DCPS schools. DCPS kicked off planning for next year’s budget in October with a student roundtable discussion, a public budget hearing, and two community budget forums. In addition to the Pocket Budget Guide, school communities can visit the DCPS Data Center for a video tutorial on how school budgets are made and see their school’s budget with year-over-year comparisons. DCPS also released a Family and Community Guide.

Learn more HERE

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#BlackHistoryDC: Black History Month

Black History DC

Across all eight wards, for many generations, African Americans have made significant contributions to the civic, cultural, and economic prosperity of Washington, DC. As the Bowser Administration celebrates Black History Month 2020, join us in telling the stories and honoring the rich legacy of #BlackHistoryDC.

Visit for upcoming Black History Month events, and follow the Mayor's Office on African American Affairs on Twitter to learn more about DC history and upcoming events. 

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This Saturday: Join Mayor Bowser for a Conversation on Housing

Housing Conversation

This Saturday, February 8, join Mayor Bowser at The Howard Theatre for the third event in a series of citywide discussions on housing. At this event, we will discuss how policies affect the places we call home, and how we will meet the Mayor's #36000by2025 goal for housing equity.

Learn more and RSVP at

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Monday, February 10: Senior Telephone Town Hall

Budget Engagement Forums

Join fellow DC residents at forums to share your values, priorities, and ideas with the Bowser Administration as the Fiscal Year 2021 budget is developed.

  • Monday, February 10 at 12:00 p.m.: Senior Telephone Town Hall 
  • Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m.: Budget Engagement Forum at the Edgewood Recreation Center (301 Franklin Street, NE)
  • Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Budget Engagement Forum at the UDC Student Center (4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW)
  • Saturday, February 22 at 11:00 a.m.: Budget Engagement Forum at Kenilworth Recreation Center (4321 Ord Street, NE)

Learn more and RSVP HERE

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, DC statehood, and the 16th Street NW Circle safety improvement project. 

Pathways to the Middle Class: District Department of Transportation, Traffic System Operator

Pathways to the Middle Class

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is the District agency that manages and maintains transportation infrastructure in Washington, DC. DDOT's mission is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.

DDOT has an opening for a Traffic System Operator. This position is responsible for analyzing, recognizing, and monitoring incidents and potentially emerging incidents that will or could affect major traffic routes. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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