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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 20, 2020 | Vol. 6, Issue 8

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians, 

On Tuesday, we kicked off this year's Budget Engagement Forums at Edgewood Recreation Center. The room was packed, and people came ready to talk, listen, and share ideas about the future of our community. 


Residents came out in force to talk to us about child care, housing, homelessness, public safety, protecting our immigrant neighbors, and so much more.


If you weren't able to make it, we have two more opportunities for you to join us: 

  • Tonight (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)

You can also submit feedback at


I hope to see you tonight or Saturday—be sure to bring your fresh ideas and your most persuasive pitches! 


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

It's Official: Go-Go Is DC!

Go Go

On Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Go-Go Music of the District of Columbia Designation Act of 2019 to make Go-Go the official music of Washington, DC. The legislation, introduced by Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and unanimously passed by the Council, calls for the implementation of a program to support and archive Go-Go music and its history in the District.

Go-Go originated in the District during the mid-1960s to late 1970s and is a fusion of many different musical forms, including funk, blues, soul, and salsa. The unique genre got its name from one of its founders, the late “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown.

Mayor Bowser celebrated the milestone with a community celebration hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture, featuring performances by local Go-Go artists.

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#BlackHistoryDC: DC Sunday Dinners

Sunday Dinners

During Black History Month, Director of the Mayor's Office on African American Affairs, Ashley Emerson, is joining Washingtonians across the District to learn about their DC experiences and to highlight some of their favorite dishes.

Check out Episodes One, Two, and Three!

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New Opportunities to Responsibly Recycle Old Electronics


Have old electronics sitting at home that you're not sure what to do with? Recycle them!

The District's electronics recycling program, eCycle DC, is doubling in size. In addition to libraries, locations have been expanded to include recreation centers and the Mayor’s Office of the Clean City Roll-off Days. All collection dates and more information on eCycle DC can be found at

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about a celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, the Budget Engagement Forums, and the upcoming SYEP application deadline

Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Forensic Sciences, Medical Technologist

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 Medical Technologist. This position is responsible for performing laboratory testing of bodily fluids and tissues using manual or automated techniques. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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