In the past two weeks, we have lost four people to traffic violence – 4-year-old Zy’aire Joshua; 29-year-old bicyclist and safe streets advocate Jim Pagels; Brian Johnson, a 30-year-old father expecting another child; and 54-year-old Evelyn Troyah.
It is imperative that as a community, we learn and re-educate ourselves about street safety and take action to ensure that pedestrians, scooter users, bikers, and drivers can travel safely. I also remind all drivers that a moment of inattention, distraction, or speed, can result in the end of a human life.
As an elected official, I know that I MUST work with my colleagues to fully fund and implement Vision Zero and bring about citywide changes that will make our streets safer. Here in Ward 2, I will be having a Community Safety Bike Ride this Saturday, April 24th, starting at noon at the Georgetown Waterfront Park fountain (near K Street & Wisconsin Ave., NW). We will ride through and stop in various neighborhoods across Ward 2 to hear directly from neighbors about what safety and transportation issues need the most attention. I hope you will join us; more information is included below.
Moving forward, I will carry with me and honor the memory of those we lost too soon in my advocacy and work.
In this Newsletter you will find information regarding:
Yours in Service,
Johnson and Johnson Vaccine
The DC Department of Health has announced the temporary pause of the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while an investigation into reports of rare but severe side effects occurs. Appointments made via vaccinate.dc.gov should have received direct notification of the cancellation and been offered the opportunity to rebook their appointment for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations beginning last Wednesday.
Please note that only 6 cases out of 6.8 million were identified to have these rare side effects.
Appointment Eligibility and Availability
As of today, Monday, April 19, the District officially enters Phase 2 of the vaccination program. At this time, all District residents aged 16 and older are eligible to receive a vaccine appointment. If you haven’t already done so, please pre-register at vaccinate.dc.gov.
For more information related to the COVID-19 vaccine, visit coronavirus.dc.gov.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that it will provide financial assistance to individuals nationwide who have incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses. For more information, visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/funeral-assistance or call 844-684-6333.
DC Public Schools, DC Statehood, and the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget
The Reopening of DC Public Schools this Fall and an Announced Increase to the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula: At a press briefing on Monday, April 12, Mayor Bowser announced that D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) would fully reopen this fall for "in-person learning, five days a week, with all educators back in the classroom." Enrollment for students is now open at enrolldcps.dc.gov.
During the briefing, Mayor Bowser also shared that she intends to increase the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF), which is used to determine annual operating funding for the District's traditional public and public charter schools.
H.R. 51, Legislation for DC Statehood, Advances on Capitol Hill: On Wednesday, April 14, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and many other D.C. Statehood advocates celebrated the historic markup and vote on her statehood bill (H.R. 51) in the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Oversight and Reform. The bill will go to the Rules Committee early this week in the final step before a full vote on the House floor vote and its move to the Senate. The bill has 215 cosponsors, virtually guaranteeing House passage of the D.C. statehood bill for only the second time in history. To see Congresswoman Norton’s full statement, click here.
Councilmember Pinto joined with residents and other city leaders this week to address the immediate need for street safety for pedestrians, bikers, and vehicles and honored the memory of a safe streets advocate who we tragically lost.
Councilmember Pinto also took time to discuss shared visions for a gun-free DC, read to young students, and explore the nexus between health, housing, and law with the Georgetown medical and legal communities.
Last week, Councilmember Pinto and her team:
Legislative Updates and Council News
The Fiscal Year 2022 Budget: At its most recent meeting, the Council voted to delay further the date by which the Mayor is required to submit her proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget and financial plan to the Council. The passage of recent federal COVID response legislation requires the Department of the Treasury to issue, prior to May 10, guidelines on exactly how localities can spend the funds included in the massive bill. To ensure that the Mayor's budget proposal reflected the reality of the District's current circumstances and allow the Council an opportunity to discuss the budget proposal thoroughly, the Mayor will now submit the budget proposal on May 27.
After that time, budget oversight hearings will take place. We will be sure to keep you updated on the adjusted budget oversight schedule and share opportunities for public engagement.
Ward 2 Community Safety Bike Ride
Please join Councilmember Pinto and Team for the Ward 2 Community Safety Bike Ride this Saturday, April 24, starting at noon. We'll bike through various Ward 2 neighborhoods and hold listening sessions at each stop to hear directly from residents about their traffic and safety concerns. If you can't be with us the whole time, join us at one or more of the stops listed below. RSVP at: www.tinyurl.com/PintoBikeSafety2021.
The schedule of our stops and estimated arrival, departure, and transit times is as follows:
Georgetown Waterfront Park (at the Fountain near K St. & Wisconsin Ave, NW)
Start Time: 12 noon
Departure and Transit Time to Next Location: 12:25pm - 12:45pm
GW Patio in Foggy Bottom (2028 G St. NW, at the Plaza Near the GW Law & Learning Center Garage)
Estimated Start Time: 12:45pm
Departure & Transit Time to Next Stop: 1:10pm - 1:30pm
Estimated Start Time: 1:30pm
Departure & Transit Time to Next Stop: 1:55pm - 2:15pm
Estimated Start Time: 2:15pm
Departure & Transit Time to Final Stop: 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Mt. Vernon Square (in the Northeast Section of the Park)
Estimated Start Time: 3:00pm
Community Conversation with the Executive Director Men Can Stop Rape and the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Domestic Violence and Sex Offense Section
Join in a Community Conversation with Guest Speakers Neil Irvin, Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenechukwu Okocha, Domestic Violence and Sex Offense Section, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
They will have a candid discussion on the awareness and prevention of sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual abuse. This event is being held in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Link to Join: https://usao.webex.com/usao/j.php?MTID=e3ed4ebd2e1cd8346ecb9656418142c63
Event Number: 199 414 3793
Event Password: yQBSwWxe792
To join via audio conference at US Toll: +1-415-527-5035
If you have questions, concerns or need any special accommodations please contact Donice Adams at Donice.firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.815.8732.
Streateries 101, What Small Businesses Need to Know
Join Kimberly Vacca, of DDOT, and Kyle Mulhall, of ANC2B COVID-19 Emergency Response Task Force, for a conversation on DC’s Streateries program. Learn about how the program is changing, including new guidelines and plans to continue this popular outdoor patio program after the pandemic.
Kimberly Vacca is a transportation planner for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in the Neighborhood Planning Branch. Her work focuses on public space design, including development and public space review and implementing transformative tactical urbanism programs such as parklets, streateries, and cafes.
Co-sponsors: ANC2B COVID-19 Emergency Response Task Force, Dupont Circle Main Streets, and Logan Circle Main Street
Meeting ID: 852 2071 5859
One tap mobile: +13017158592, 85220715859#, *931539# US (Washington DC)
DC Mortgage Assistance Program
The DC Mortgage Assistance Program, administered through the DC Housing Finance Agency, is available to provide emergency mortgage support to District homeowners experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties due to sudden decrease or loss of income. You can click here to visit their website and view program qualifications and take the survey to see if you are eligible to apply.
Stronger Together by Assisting You (STAY DC)
The District of Columbia is set to receive $352 million in new federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) for the "Stronger Together by Assisting You" (STAY?DC) program and related efforts.
STAY DC will help residents pay 12 months of past-due rent and utility payments and 3 months of forward rent and utility payments.
For more information, visit https://stay.dc.gov or call 1-833 - 4 STAY - DC.
If you are in between jobs, you may qualify for unemployment insurance and/or additional benefits to keep you on your feet until the next job comes around. DC Department of Employment Service knows you work hard to help you and those around you, and they would like to offer their assistance in these trying times. Learn more and apply for benefits on their website by clicking here.
Order In, Help Out Innovation Challenge
Councilmember Pinto would like to congratulate Georgetown Main Street (GMS) on their recent application submission and third place win in the American Express Shop Small 'Order In, Help Out' Innovation Challenge.
In the application, GMS detailed their efforts to work with community partners to launch "Georgetown Take Out Tuesday," shared community and restaurant testimonials, and highlighted the giveaway made possible by the donation from the Nancy Taylor Bubes Group. GMS also celebrated the increase in orders throughout the seven weeks of the campaign.
Entries were judged on Strategy; Innovation & Engagement; Feasibility; Need/Response to COVID; and Results and Impact. The review committee was "very impressed with the community impact and creativity demonstrated" in the GMS application.
In addition to receiving $1,000, GMS was invited to participate in the "Supporting Local Restaurants in Their Recovery" session during the upcoming Main Street Now Conference, where GMS will be able to share "the strong bond of the Georgetown community with attendees all across the country."
DC Residents Urged to Take Advantage of $36 Million in Lower Health Insurance Premiums on DC Health Link
DC residents can potentially save thousands of dollars per year on health insurance premiums through the American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden.
District residents can go to DCHealthLink.com right now to preview their premium savings and enroll in a health plan.
Enrollment is open now! Visit DCHealthLink.com for more information or call 855-532-5465. Don’t delay, enroll today!