I hope your new year is off to a good start. For me, it marked my first full year in office. I am incredibly grateful for this responsibility to serve all in Ward 3, and it is my privilege to work to make our neighborhoods even better places to call home. I look forward to sharing more with you soon about all we’ve accomplish in the last year.
Unfortunately, we also started the immediate new year learning of a tragic homicide in Friendship Heights. My office was in communication with MPD shortly after the shooting, and a day later, MPD 2nd District Commander Tatjana Savoy notified me that the department closed the case with an arrest, in addition to closing two other recent violent crimes in the ward. We must do all we can to prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place; however, I am grateful for the MPD's quick work in bringing these criminals to justice.
We face an epidemic of crime and gun violence in our city that impacts every resident, regardless of age, income, or ward, and we must work together to empower public agencies to stem the tide of violence. You’re part of that conversation: Please plan on attending my Ward 3 Public Safety Forum next Wednesday.
Yesterday, my colleague Councilmember Brooke Pinto introduced the Secure DC Omnibus, a package of bills and initiatives aimed at taking action to address public safety. While I do not vote on the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, I have been actively engaged in the measures that comprise the omnibus. I met with Councilmember Pinto in advance of the bill's release and will be actively engaged in the debate going forward.
January marks the start of Performance Oversight Hearings, followed by the budget process. As I finalize my budget priorities, I want to hear from you. Saturday, January 20, we’ll have a virtual listening session to hear what you think is most important to you as we plan the next DC budget.
Keep reading below to see how you can join my office in the MLK Day Parade, learn what happened in the Council this week, catch up on neighborhood news, and meet my office’s new communications director.
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