Happy Women’s History Month! While the myriad contributions of women are seen year-round, we are excited to dedicate the month of March to celebrate the ways women continue to make our society stronger. We must also acknowledge that women have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic – as frontline healthcare and childcare workers, grocery workers, and first responders – and a demonstrated mass exodus from the workforce. This must be addressed throughout our recovery.
We must also reckon with and denounce the recent acts of hate and violence that we have seen towards our Asian-American neighbors across the country. I condemn these actions and want to remind all District residents that in December, the Council passed legislation banning hate crimes in our city. We all need to look out for one another – hate has no place in Ward 2 or our city.
Lastly, the Council is entering the final stretch of performance oversight and will continue working to ensure that District Government agencies are operating efficiently on behalf of District residents. Always know that my office is here to assist you. Please reach out to us at www.brookepintodc.com/help. Thank you for remaining engaged.
Yours in Service,
In this newsletter you will find updates on:
Today, DC Health launches the new pre-registration system for vaccine appointments! To pre-register your information, visit vaccinate.dc.gov. You will be notified in the future once you are able to access the website to book an appointment.
For a comprehensive list of COVID and Vaccine updates, see our weekly COVID update from last Wednesday, March 3, here: https://www.brookepintodc.com/newsroom/covid-update-march-3
For an update on Councilmember Pinto’s questions and insights about changes to the vaccination process, language access, and data discrepancies concerning the District of Columbia in national reporting, see her tweet thread here: https://twitter.com/CMBrookePinto/status/1367939259760541699?s=20
Councilmember Pinto contiunes to connect with residents, businesses, and cultural curators to hear from them, share her legislative goals and priorities, and celebrate milestones. In just the last two weeks, Councilmember Pinto:
Ward 2 Community Budget Meeting
Councilmember Pinto would lke to thank the many residents and stakeholders who participated in the Ward 2 Community Budget Meeting last week. If you did not testify, but would like to submit written testimony with your concerns about the District’s upcoming budget, please email it firstname.lastname@example.org March 31, 2021.
If you’d like to hear what your neighbors had to say, you can click here to watch the full Ward 2 Community Budget Meeting.
Public Health Emergency Extended
This week, the Council passed the Coronavirus Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2021. This legislation extends the Mayor’s authority to declare a public health emergency through May 20, 2021 and provides the Executive with additional time to prepare the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget.
Why Does the Mayor Need Additional Time to Prepare the Budget? What is the District’s Current Financial Status?
Councilmember Pinto Co-Introduces Legislation
Councilmember Pinto recently co-introduced legislation to address historical inequalities in the District's healthcare system, bring equity to cannabis regulation, and improve financial conditions for senior citizens.
These bills include the:
Drastic Cuts Proposed to Metrorail & Metrobus Service, Public Comment Period Currently Open:
Metro is facing a significant budget shortfall due to decreased ridership caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the steady decline ridership and revenues and an absence of federal relief funding, Metro is proposing to:
To view the full list of proposed service cuts and adjustments, click here: https://wmata.com/budget.
To help Metro appeal to Congress for additional relief and support, residents can submit written testimony and/or take a user survey before the public comment ends on Tuesday, March 16, at 5:00 p.m. Click here for more: https://metro2022budget2.questionpro.com/.
Residents can also provide oral testimonies during WMATA’s virtual public hearings by dialing in and entering a four-digit code. Hearings begin TODAY, Monday, March 8. For more information, click here:https://wmata.com/initiatives/budget/#2022-proposed
The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) have reopened the Ready2Play Citywide Survey until April 4, 2021.
If you have not shared your thoughts, suggestions, and priorities regarding parks and recreation in the District, you can take the survey here: ready2playdc.com/citywide-survey.
DPR has also launched a voicemail box number (202) 282-2198, which is available 24/7 for residents facing technological challenges to ensure that their voices are heard.
Finally, Ready2Play developed 8 Key Priorities as part of its SCORP planning process last summer.
Each of these priorities has an individual webpage where you can go to receive more information and leave feedback and suggestions. You can find these by scrolling down on DPR's homepage, right below the section on ward by ward engagement.
Georgetown University's Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership and the Crimsonbridge Foundation Offering Partial Scholarships
Georgetown University's Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership and the Crimsonbridge Foundation have partnered together to offer partial scholarships to CPNL's Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program!
Targeted towards leaders from diverse backgrounds serving locally-based and locally-serving organizations, applications for the program are due on April 30, 2021. Want more information on the program?
There will be an open house on March 31st at 5:30 pm, or you can visit this website https://cpnl.georgetown.edu/nonprofit-management/application/.
Unemployment Updates for District Residents and Workers
Residents should be aware of recent updates to unemployment benefits due to the extension of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs and the DOES’ implementation of the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act (CAA) by the District’s Department of Employment Services (DOES).
These updates include an explanation on the increased or decreased number of benefit weeks, deadlines for additional assistance through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Extended Benefits (EB) programs.
There is also information on the “High Unemployment Trigger” that the District of Columbia has set off, per the federal government and what this means for PUA and EB recipients.
For more information, please visit: https://does.dc.gov/page/unemployment-compensation
Show Up for DC in Ward 2 at Dupont Circle! Meet at 2000 P Street NW starting at 8:30 a.m.
It's time to let all of DC know it's time for DC Statehood! Join neighbors on the morning of Thursday, March 11, 2021, for the DC Statehood Hearing in the United States House of Representatives. DC Statehood signs will be provided! Feel free to wear Red and White and/or bring Pom Poms and/or Noise-makers!
For details on visibility events in each Ward from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., click here: https://www.facebook.com/dcvote/events.
Please be mindful of social distancing, wear a mask, and be sure to wash and sanitize your hands when possible.
Near Northwest III Safety and Mobility Study – Public Workshop #2
DDOT is holding its second virtual public workshop to gather community input and discuss ideas for transportation safety projects in near northwest neighborhoods for the Near Northwest III Safety and Mobility Study on Tuesday, March 9 at 5:30pm and 7:00pm. The first meeting was hosted February 16, 2021 and introduced the study area and project overview. The Second Public Meeting will:
We are hoping to reach our local Spanish speaking community to attend the 7:00pm meeting which will be facilitated fully in Spanish. Participants can join the virtual meetings with the links below.
What: Near Northwest III Safety and Mobility Study Public Workshop 2
When: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
English Meeting 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - join online at rebrand.ly/NearNWIII
Spanish Meeting 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - join online at rebrand.ly/NearNWIII-Spanish
For more information, please visit: https://nnwiii-dcgis.hub.arcgis.com/
Real Property Taxes Due March 31, Bills Mailed
This week, the DC Office of Tax and Revenue began mailing real property tax bills for the 2021 first half tax year to District property owners. Payments, which reflect current and past due real property tax liabilities, are due March 31. Please reference the attached pdf document for additional information. It also outlines some of the real property tax functionalities available at OTR’s online portal, MyTax.DC.gov.
#TakeOutTuesday Has Come to Dupont Circle!
There are now two neighborhoods in Ward Two – Georgetown and Dupont Circle – offering #TakeOutTuesday deals for neighbors!
Each week, neighbors will promote all restaurants, and highlight two of them that will offer specials and featured dishes. Those dining out are encouraged to support our neighborhood restaurants and to remember those servers and staff members who have had hours cut, lost wages, or been laid off.
This week's specials in Georgetown include:
This week's specials in Dupont Circle include: