Volume 08 | September 2017
Stay Connected With Me

I have a new website! You will be able to follow many of my policy updates and actions I take during the course of my term.

Hello, friend,
It’s hard to believe that I have been in office for a full year. September 16, 2016,
seems like just a few weeks ago. That morning my wife, daughter, and some of my family and close friends gathered in the Council chamber of the John A. Wilson Building for a
quick swearing in as I assumed the last few months of my predecessor’s term. The day was filled with nonstop tasks, updates, and as you could imagine, queries from constituents. Since that day, my team and I have been working at full capacity to represent you well.

Here is a quick snapshot of the past year and a preview of what is ahead.
When I started on the Council, I knew that I wanted to build a reputation for being hardworking, diligent, and easy to collaborate with. I hope that you have been able to see those qualities as my team and I have worked tirelessly to ensure the city is better than when I started.

As an At-Large Councilmember, my team and I have attended over 350 events across every ward, including Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) and civic association meetings, senior home and senior wellness center visits, neighborhood block parties, and schools. In order to engage people who are not able to attend community meetings, I have started holding office hours across the city so residents can chat with me and my team in their own neighborhoods. The residents we meet and neighborhoods we visit allow us to better understand the issues impacting our most vulnerable communities as well as our most affluent.

We also spent countless hours poring over legislation, the city’s budget, and performing agency oversight. I carefully read each bill that comes across my desk and work hard to
weigh the positive and negative near- and long-term benefits. I study agency and policy reports to measure government efficiency while working closely with the chairs of the five committees I sit on to address the issues that our city faces. My legislative priorities continue to include improvements to education, affordable housing, workforce development, and opportunities for returning citizens. Already, I have gotten several bills and amendments passed and have gotten millions of dollars in funding for programs that I believe can help transform the lives of District residents.

As you know, I assembled a talented Transition Committee to help me vet and prioritize
legislative and oversight goals for my first term. After months of research and meetings, we released our Transition Report publicly to give clarity to my goals and to set a high bar for execution. I will be conducting and releasing an audit of my Transition Report at the end of this year to identify the goals I have completed and the items I still have to address. 
In the upcoming year, I will continue to be in the community listening to the concerns of
residents with an eye toward oversight of the agencies that provide you with services.
Accountability for our agencies is critical to making sure that residents are being served well.

Nearly every day, someone asks if I like this job as much as I thought I would. My response
every time is that I love it. Being a Councilmember allows me to help my hometown and fight along side my neighbors. However, I am not content because there is so much more work to do. So, I continue to push myself to get better at meeting the needs for the residents and our city.

 My team and I work hard to maintain a presence in the community so that every resident can connect with us directly. Here are a few highlights from our community outreach over the past month:

  • I spent time chatting with seniors in Samuel Kelsey Apartments about neighborhood concerns. It was so good to see them again.‬

  • In August, I was at Nationals Park with my family, senior citizens, and students. I could not think of a better way to spend a Wednesday than with residents from across the city.
  • I discussed DC's housing crisis with Jonetta Rose Barras of the Barras Report. Check your local listings for air time on UDC-TV (Comcast Channel 98, Verizon Channel 19, RCN Channel 19). https://youtu.be/ninAP6WlSIA
If you would like to connect with my team and me, here are upcoming public meetings where you can find us:
*Dates, times, and locations are subject to change.
Thursday, September 14

Mini Commission on Aging | 10:00 a.m. | Metropolitan Police Department Fourth District Station, Community Room |  6001 Georgia Avenue NW | 

Stand for Quality Forum | 5:30 p.m. | Paul Laurence Dunbar High School | 101 N Street NW| 

State of Ward 8 Address | 6:30 p.m. | Union Temple Baptist Church | 1225 W Street SE| 

ANC 3E | 7:30 p.m. | Embassy Suites Hotel, Chevy Chase Pavilion | 4300 Military Road NW|

Saturday, September 16

Office of the Tenant Advocate Summit | 12:00 p.m. | Gallaudet University, Kellogg Conference Center | 800 Florida Avenue NE| 

Chevy Chase Day | 12:00 p.m. | Chevy Chase Community Center | 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW| 

Ward 5 Day | 1:00 p.m. Langdon Park 2901 20 th  Street NE

Tuesday, September 19

ANC 4D | 6:30 p.m. | Washington Latin Charter School – Multipurpose Room 5200 2 nd Street NW|

Thursday, September 21
Community Meeting on BEGIn Act | 6:30 p.m. | Eagle Academy PCS | 3400 Wheeler Road SE|

Saturday, September 23
Fort Lincoln Day | 1:00 p.m. | Fort Lincoln Park | Fort Lincoln Drive NE|
To connect personally with District residents, my team will be hosting Community Office Hours in Ward 5, Friday, October 6 from
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Location TBD) I look forward to discussing neighborhood issues with residents. I hope you will join me.
I hope you enjoyed this month's edition of my newsletter. If you have any questions or need to bring an issue to my attention, please call my office at 202-724-8174 or reach out to my team.
·         Robert White |  Councilmember  |  rwhite@dccouncil.us

·         Mtokufa Ngwenya  | Chief of Staff |  mngwenya@dccouncil.us

·         Shawn Hilgendorf  | Legislative Director shilgendorf@dccouncil.us

·         Breanna Bledsoe  | Legislative Counsel |  bbledsoe@dccouncil.us

·         Rebekah Caruthers  | Communications Director |  rcaruthers@dccouncil.us

·         Luz E. Martínez  | Staff Assistant / Scheduler |  lmartinez@dccouncil.us

·         Andre Strickland  | Constituent Services Coordinator astrickland@dccouncil.us
My Best,

Robert C. White, Jr. Councilmember, At-Large | Council of the District of Columbia
Phone: (202) 724-8174 | Fax: (202) 727-8210 |  www.RobertWhiteAtLarge.com