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.Continue reading “Creating a Better Environment Together | July Newsletter”


DC’s Tenant Bill of Rights and what it means for renters and landlords

Starting on July 3, 2015, landlords in the District of Columbia must provide rental applicants with a copy of the Tenant Bill of Rights. The Tenant Bill of Rights outlines the rights of tenants in the District of Columbia and covers areas such as leases, security deposit, disclosure of information, rent increases, building conditions, quiet enjoyment, discrimination, right to organize, retaliation and eviction.Continue reading “DC’s Tenant Bill of Rights and what it means for renters and landlords”

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

Earlier today, Commissioner Deleon stood alongside DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier as they announced a new drug enforcement strategy on Monday. Bowser’s office says the 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.

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.

May Updates & Community News


DDOT street closures:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will perform a Slurry Seal application on Central Ave NE, from Vista Street to Rhode Island Ave NE; and on Monroe Street, from Rhode Island Ave NE to Chestnut Street NE on or around June 1st to June 3rd, 2015. Slurry Seal application involves a thin layer of liquid asphalt being applied on roads.Continue reading “May Updates & Community News”

Fire Results in Several Injuries on 24th St.

Earlier today I walked by the scene of the house fire at 2600 24th St. NE. One person was transported with serious injuries. Two firefighters were transported with minor injuries.

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, this is a great opportunity to confirm that your smoke detectors are working properly. The DC Fire and EMS Department installs smoke detectors free of charge to residents, simply call 311 or request one online by clicking HERE and selecting “FEMS – Smoke Alarm Application” from the drop down menu.


May Town Hall Meeting at Bliss Nightclub


Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Bliss Nightclub – 2122 24th Place NE Washington DC


  • Introduction
  • Presentations (see list below)
  • Community Announcements & Concerns
  • Adjournment


  • Woodridge | Woodridge South Civic Associations
  • Q & A session with area nightclubs and entertainment establishments
  • Representatives from CM Kenyan McDuffie, CM Elissa Silverman
  • Representative from Attorney General Karl Racine
  • Representative from Executive Office of Mayor Bowser

Commissioner Deleon Announces the 50 For 51st Project

Walter Deleon LetterheadAt the spring DC Students Leadership Summit, Commissioner Walter Deleon announced the 50 For 51st Project. The 50 day long project aims to make DC Statehood part of a national conversation through organizing at least 50 people to contact their Congress members in support for Statehood.

To learn more about the project and sign up, visit