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Medical Homes Town Hall Meeting
Voting Rights and Human Rights
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Volunteers Needed for Free Tax Preparation Clinics
Calendar, January 2005
Local and Regional Program Planning 2005-2006
Juvenile Justice Brown Bag Dialogue Series
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE, By Frances Gemmill
The National Park Service has announced that it will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the impacts associated with the construction of a proposed boathouse near Key Bridge. A public scoping meeting will be held Tuesday, January 11, 2005 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Latham Hotel, 3000 M St. NW, in Georgetown. The purpose of the scoping is to offer the public an opportunity to identify the issues and alternatives that should be considered in the EA, including, but not limited to such issues as natural resource impacts, floodplain and wetlands, views and vistas, size and design, potential effects on historic properties, and potential impacts on the Capital Crescent Trail. The EA will then be made available to the public for subsequent to the public comment period, the National Park Service will render a decision.
As long ago as May 2003, we in the LWVDC urged the DC Zoning Commission, and later the National Capital Planning Commission, to insist on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before final approval of the proposed boathouse plan. An EIS is broader in coverage and more rigorous than an EA. We will therefore maintain contact with the issue and participate in the Jan. 11 scoping meeting. LWVDC Board consideration will be on the January 5 Board meeting agenda. If you are interested, concerned about this issue, please contact Geri Albers or Geri Whitley. Copies of our earlier statements are available-call the League Office, 347-3020.
As we begin the New Year 2005, please accept my sincere thanks for your contributions to the League both in labor for the good of the community and financially.
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Annual weekday bus revenue miles, by state: 37.5% DC, 37.3% MD, 25.2% VA; total 32,099,574 miles. The 85 rail stations that will be in place for FY06/07 include 40 DC, 47.6%; 25 MD, 29.6%; 19 VA, 22.8%; 1 Federal (Arlington Cemetery. Some stations and boundaries are partly counted in each jurisdiction. In. the next year, 06/07, the total operating budget is projected to rise by 6.5% to more than a billion dollars, with a projected subsidy increase of 10.4%, to $444 million (9.3% of the total). Some of this increase is for additional staff for improved station crowd and cleanliness management. DC representatives on the budget committee include Gladys Mack, Chair, appointed by the Mayor and a member of the Board since its inception, and Jim Graham and David Catania, appointed by the DC Council.
This year the deferred maintenance of METRO assets moved the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to create a "Regional Panel to Address Dedicated Funding for WMATA" (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority), in response to alarms raised in reports by the General Accounting Office, the National Capital Regional Transportation Planning Board (chaired by DC Councilmember Phil Mendelson) and the Brookings Institution. The panel was due to report a new funding plan December 15, 2004. Grace Malakoff (387-7540), Chair
The January 18th Program Planning Meeting will be held in lieu of individual Unit meetings this month. We encourage all members to attend this important planning meeting.
Cody Rice, ANC Commissioner (6A03) visited the December 15 meeting of the Capitol Hill Unit, which took place at the home of Betty Pierce, Chair. Mr. Rice reviewed the history, operations, and activities of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and introduced those present to the web -site. Councilmember Catania is the councilmember who oversees ANC operations. The position of ANC Commissioner is nonpartisan and unpaid, but Commissioners do have access to funds for community grants as well as for expenses, such as publication of newsletter. The Capitol Hill Unit members decided to meet again on Wednesday, January 19, when Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose has accepted an invitation to attend. They will meet at 7 pm at the home of Janice Kruger, 317 5th Street, SE (544-1812).
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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of the DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
733 15TH Street, NW, Suite 432, Washington, DC 20005-6020 (tel) 202 347-3020 (fax) 202 347-2522 (email) firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Planning 2005-2006
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, 1-3 pm
LWVUS Board Room, 1730 M Street NW, 10th floor conference room
Your opportunity to be part of the planning for DC League activities for
Each League Member Has A Voice In This Process!
Consider what local and/or regional issues you would like studied and/or acted upon in the coming two years.
Do some of our positions need to be revisited?
Are there areas we have never examined, or areas that we examined too long ago? [Libraries? Rental housing? Comprehensive Planning? Environment? Other?]
But, remember... it's not enough to cite an area of interest... that's the easy part. We need people willing to work on the issue, and especially we need enthusiastic leadership for any given issue. Are you that person? If you have suggestions for issues and want to be involved, but unable to attend this meeting don't hesitate to mail or email that information to the office or to Madlyn Calbert, 2nd Vice President (Local Program).
League members routinely and proudly assert that the League is a "grass roots" organization; we regard that as one of our basic strengths. And the grass roots process. begins in our program planning meetings. Planning for local and regional issues will take place this year on Tuesday, January 18, 2005. See the reverse side for particulars.
What new issues do you want the League to study? Which of our current positions are still valid? Which need updating? Which should be dropped because they no longer reflect our membership's views or perhaps they no longer are relevant? Tell us what YOU think.
We will first review our current DC and NCA positions and then focus on new issues raised by our membership. If you cannot attend, make your views known to Madlyn Calbert by written note or email. But, the exchange of ideas during discussion is always enlightening,. so come if you can.
Remember that League action is based on its positions, which result from study and consensus. It is useful to keep some definitions in mind as we review our current positions:
Retain: Keep position as basis for action; the position is still valid.
Drop: The position is no longer valid as a basis for action. Note that we would need to restudy' and reach consensus anew to bring the position back.
Update: We think there is value in the position but there are new factors that need to be considered. Meanwhile, the position is retained and can be a basis for action.
As we consider new program items, we should keep in mind the criteria listed below. (You may have additional criteria; share them with us):
Is the issue timely?
Can the issue/problem be solved by local or regional government?
Do political realities permit effective action?
Is member interest sufficient to sustain study and action? This criteria cannot be overemphasized. In fact, it is helpful if leadership for any new study :under consideration can be identified.
An important byproduct of the planning meeting is clarification of the areas on which our members want to see the League place emphasis for action ... how to use our limited resources.
Again, this is your opportunity to tell the rest of us what YOU think and want accomplished. Join us Tuesday, January 18th.
Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport!
2nd Vice President (Local Programs)
1261 Kearney St., NE
Washington, DC 20017-0022
LWVDC Acclaimed Brown Bag Dialogue Series
Ms. Retta Morris
Director of the Justice for DC Youth Coalition
Monday, January 24. 2005
11:30 am-1:30 pm
1730 M Street NW Suite 1000
Bring Your Lunch, Your Questions & a Friend!!
What is Justice For DC Youth Coalition: A coalition of youth, youth providers, policy advocates, parents and concerned residents who are working for a more fair and effective youth justice system in the District. We are trying to shift the city's focus from punishment and incarceration to education and youth development. We are doing this because:
100% of the youth locked up in Oak Hill are Black and Latino. This is NOT representative of DC youth demographics.
70% of youth are locked up for non- violent offenses (including status offenses like running away and truancy)
It costs over $50,000 to lock-up a youth in DC, while we spend less then $12,000 to educate one in DC public schools.
Taxpayer dollars could be better spent more effectively on community based alternatives-to-incarceration.
Why you should attend this Dialogue: By attending you will learn what action the Coalition is taking to instigate a shift in the city's focus from punishment and incarceration to education and youth development and what you as a DC citizen can do to help.
LWVDC's BROWN BAG DIALOGUE SERIES brings together the DC citizens and community or government leaders around a table to discuss issues that affect our lives.
For Further Information Call 202 347-3020
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