City Budget Includes Jefferson Modernization and Neighborhood Upgrades

On May 30, the DC Council held its first vote on the fiscal year 2018 budget, moving forward with a budget that included several of Councilmember Charles Allen’s top priorities. This included an increase in the per-pupil funding formula to 3%; significant investments in affordable housing, public safety, and aging-in-place programs; and fully funding the […]

Charles Allen Announces “Books from Birth” Initiative

DC Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen held a press conference Jan. 16 at the Southwest Public Library to announce the upcoming introduction of his bill to create a new early literacy initiative in partnership with DC Public Libraries. “Books from Birth” will mail a book to each child in the District every month from birth […]

Charles Allen Announces Council Staff Appointments

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen recently announced the appointment of his inaugural Council staff. Allen took office on Jan. 2 and will serve on the Committees on Education, Transportation and the Environment, and Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs. Serving as Chief of Staff will be Laura Marks, who was Chair of Allen’s Council campaign.  Marks previously worked for Democratic […]

OPED: Decriminalization Nation?

Four decades ago, Richard Nixon waged the modern war on drugs that still severely impacts Americans today, especially in our quaint neighborhood of Southwest DC. According to a study published in July 2013 by the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, there were roughly 950 drug arrests in Ward 6 in 2011. […]

MAYORAL DEBATE COMES TO WATERFRONT

On Saturday, February 22, the democratic candidates for mayor assembled at Arena Stage for a two-hour debate moderated by Shannon Vaughn, the Editor-in-Chief of this very paper.  Candidates Muriel Bowser, Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal, and Tommy Wells were in attendance, while Mayor Vincent Gray and Jack Evans were notably absent.   The two-hour debate began […]