Brooke's Briefing: Public Safety, FY23 Budget, Agency Oversight

Posted by
Genevieve Hulick
February 8, 2022

Dear Neighbor,  

So much is going on in our city. I want to give you three primary updates:

I will continue to work every day on your behalf to improve public safety, advocate for our shared budget priorities and investments, and improve the efficiency and responsiveness of our agencies. Stay engaged and hopeful -- I know I am.  

Below you’ll find updates on the following:

Yours in Service,  



In the last few weeks, Councilmember Pinto and the team were thrilled to be in the community at events including:  


Public Safety: Councilmember Pinto spoke with the Washington Post about public safety in Ward 2 and throughout the District.  

Duke Ellington: In response to investigative reporting, Councilmember Pinto sent a letter with State Board of Education member Allister Chang (Ward 2) to the Office of the State Superintendent for Schools regarding sexual misconduct at Duke Ellington and lapses by DC Public Schools and Metropolitan Police Department in fully investigating the matter. In an interview with News 4, Councilmember Pinto shared the changes she has asked OSSE to consider implementing to keep our kids safe in school. You can read the full letter here.  

The Hoya: Councilmember Pinto spoke with the Hoya about the passage of her bill to provide period products in all DC schools.


Business and Entrepreneurship Support to Thrive Act: Legislation introduced by Councilmember Pinto to simplify and streamline the business licensing process had a hearing in the Committee of the Whole on Monday, February 7th. Witnesses testified in support of the bill sharing how helpful it will be to small businesses and entrepreneurs across the District, making the city a more competitive place to do business. You can listen to Councilmember Pinto’s remarks here.  

Period Products in Public Buildings: Building on legislation introduced and passed to provide period products in schools, Councilmember Pinto introduced new legislation to provide period products in all public buildings and spaces. This is an important step in reducing period poverty and advancing equal rights.

Annual Comprehensive Financial Report: On February 4th, the Committee of the Whole held a hearing with the city’s Chief Financial Officer to review and discuss the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. You can review the report here. DC has $566.4M in surplus from FY21. Councilmember Pinto will be working with colleagues & the Mayor to ensure these funds are directed to meet our immediate needs, including COVID mitigation & support for excluded workers, unhoused residents, small businesses, students and teachers. You can read more of Councilmember Pinto’s insights on the report here.  

Oversight Hearings:  The full oversight schedule can be found here. Councilmember Pinto recently participated in the following oversight hearings.  

Redistricting: The new Ward 2 boundaries are now official! The Ward 2 ANC Redistricting Taskforce is now meeting to provide the Council with recommendations on how the ANC boundaries should be redrawn. The next meeting is TONIGHT Tuesday, February 8th and is open to the public to view. The full list of meetings can be found below and you can register for all the meetings here.  


Tax Assistance: AARP Foundation has Tax Aide Sites across the District including at the Georgetown Library at 3260 R St. NW.  Wednesdays and Fridays from 10AM-2PM. 202-656-1825

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