Creating a Better Environment Together | July Newsletter

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Creating a Better Environment Together

Last week I met with Tommy Wells, not just a good friend and mentor, but the head of the District Department of the Environment. Our conversation covered a range of issues, from still water around CSX-owned tracks, to Ward 5’s spray booth problems, and to our underutilized green spaces.

Tommy and I share the commitment to creating a better, more environmentally sound place to live, work, and raise a family in 5C-02. And with your help, we will.

Commissioner Deleon stands with Mayor Bowser in announcing new drug enforcement strategy

Commissioner Deleon stood alongside Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier as they announced a new drug enforcement strategy on Monday. The Mayor’s office says the Metropolitan Police Department will focus more of its attention on suppliers who feed dangerous narcotics into the communities, and shift away from out-dated tactics focused on low-level users.Walter Deleon Mayor Bowser DC

Mayor Bowser also announced emergency legislation that gives the Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs enhanced authorities to crack down on the sale of synthetic drugs. In addition, the District’s Department of Health (DOH) will use its surveillance system to allow hospitals to report to the DOH when an individual arrives with issues related to synthetic drug use.

Commissioner Deleon leads efforts to revamp ANC 5C’s public outreach:

As the Secretary of ANC 5C, it is my pleasure to announce that all public meetings of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C will be live-streamed beginning with our meeting in October.

It is also my pleasure to announce a complete redesign of the Commission’s website, which will go live later this year. A sneak peak of the site can be seen here.

Join me in marching in the Barracks Row 4th of July Parade:

I’ll be joining the DC Statehood Coalition in the Barracks Row 4th of July Parade! The parade steps off at 10 am, but I recommend arriving at 9:30 am by 8th and I Streets, SE (near the I-295/395 overpass) . The parade should wrap up by about 11 am by the plaza at Eastern Market Metro.

Quick Info:

Heat Emergencies
If you see someone struggling with the heat or in need of a ride to a cooling center during a DC Heat Emergency, call the hotline at 1-800-535-7252. Rec centers, DC public libraries, & senior wellness centers, are all places to beat the heat and are open to the public.

Know your rights as a tenant!
Starting July 3rd, DC landlords must provide prospective tenants with a copy of the updated Tenant Bill of Rights. Make sure to know your rights! More information can be found here.

Commissioner Deleon quoted in Inside Sources
I am delighted to have been quoted in an Inside Sources article about Governor O’Malley’s recent announcement in Baltimore. Read the story here.

DCPL kicks off Summer Reading program
The DCPL Summer Reading program is a great way to get kids, teens, and even adults reading! Kids can win free Chipotle & Nats tickets! Learn more about the program here.

June showers May bring floods
Just a quick reminder that for all water/sewer emergencies, remember to call DCwater’s 24 hour hotline at 202-612-3400.

Thanks for reading and all the best,

Walter Deleon
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 5C-02
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Shannon Place Open House July 1, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 2235 Shannon Place, SE

Barracks Row 4th of July Parade – July 4th, 9:30 am – 11 am, 8th and I Streets, SE

Metro Movie Night at Fort Totten Station July 11, 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Fort Totten Station

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Published by Walter Deleon

Youngest elected official in DC, coffee addict, and proud Washingtonian.

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