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The DC Voter
League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia
Vol. 81, No. 2, February 2005

Making Our Voices Heard — Making Our Votes Count

733 15th Street, N.W., Suite 432, Washington, DC 20005
202/347-3020,  fax: 202/347-2522
Website:, E-mail:

President’s Message
NCA News: Homeland Security
Civil Liberties Resolutions
LWVUS News: Electoral College
Affordable Housing Committee
National Park Service Conducts Environmental Assessment
National Capital Area Sponsored Fundraising Workshop
Brown Bag Dialogue on Juvenile Justice Invites Hope
Welcome New and Returning Members to the DC League!
League Members Remembered
Transportation Committee: Sharing Cars, But Not Parking
Unit News
Membership Form
We Gratefully Acknowledge
Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period Sixteen


The DC Council begins the New Year and Council Period Sixteen with three new members who were sworn in on January 2. The new members are Kwame Brown (at-large), Vincent C. Gray ((Ward 7), and Marion Barry (Ward 8). Council Chair Linda Cropp has also made some changes in Committee assignments. Councilmember Carol Schwartz will continue as Chairperson of the Committee on Public Works and the Environment. Councilmember David Catania will chair the new Committee on Health. Councilmember Phil Mendelson will now be chair of the Committee on Judiciary. Councilmember Jim Graham will chair the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. For a complete rundown on Committee assignments, see and save the enclosed insert. 

A process to involve the public in a revision of the city's Comprehensive Plan is underway. The Office of Planning is holding a series of workshops in D.C. Comp Plan Week #1, with meetings combining Wards 1 & 2, 3&4, 5&6, and 7&8. The revised plan will guide how and where the city will grow for the next 20 years. The, Comp Plan provides policy and planning guidance on the physical development and redevelopment of the city. It addresses a range of issues: land use, economic development, , housing, environmental protection, transportation, public facilities, urban design, the types of uses allowed in residential and commercial areas and the amount of parking that must be provided. In the District of Columbia, the Comp Plan is a legally required document which includes District Elements - prepared by the DC Office of Planning - and Federal Elements - prepared by the National Capital Planning Commission. - which govern development on federally owned properties in the District:

DC Comp Week #2 will take place in June 2005, and Week #3 in January 2006. I hope many League members will become involved in this process which is not only legally required, but also important to the future of our city. Do try to attend the workshops in your Ward, and let us have feedback about the results.

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"Homeland Security for Today's World:
A Discussion of the UN High Level Panel Report on Threats, Challenges, and Change"

Tuesday, February 15
7:30-9:30 PM
Falls Church Community Center

(Carpools are forming, see below)

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Our 85th Annual Dinner Meeting 

will be held
April 28, 2005
(Location. & time will be provided in our next issue.)

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As a follow-up to the study of Homeland Security last year by a committee of the National Capital Area (NCA) League chaired by Andrea Gruhl, two NCA Leagues are sponsoring programs in February related to Homeland Security:

On the evening of February l5th, the League of Women Voters of Falls Church (LWVFC) invites members of all of the NCA Leagues to attend an event "Homeland Security for Today's World: a Discussion of the UN High Level Panel Report on Threats, Challenges, and Change". It will be held from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Don Kraus, Executive Vice President of Citizens for Global Solutions, will be the speaker. The meeting is at the Falls Church Community Center, and parking is available. We hope several DC League members will go, and car pools are being organized. If you are interested in going, please call the League office, 347-3020.

On February 26, the Fairfax LWV is sponsoring a Saturday Forum, 10:00 to noon, at the Heart and Hand Restaurant in Clifton, Virginia, featuring C. Douglas Bass, the Director of Emergency Preparedness for Fairfax County. Call the League Office if you are interested in going to this — car pools will be necessary. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a list of cities and states (362 communities in 43 states, approximately 55.2 million people) which. have passed resolutions opposing sections of the USA Patriot Act.

Note that this is not a League page or model document, but League has worked with ACLU and other organizations in many cities to support these resolutions. Also, ACLU has just released "Worlds Apart," a report documenting the devastating effects that the Bush administration's "anti-terrorism" policies have had on immigrant families and communities. — Frances Gemmill

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Following is an excerpt from a recent letter to State and Local League Presidents from Kay Maxwell, LWVUS President, and Mary Wilson, Advocacy Committee Chair:

In light of the recent presidential election, the ongoing discussion surrounding the Electoral College, and the fact that the League updated its position this biennium, we thought it would be timely to remind you of our position on the Selection of the President. The updated position, which was officially adopted in June 2004, reaffirms our steadfast commitment to abolishing the Electoral College. The League strongly supports uniform voting procedures nationwide, and promotes the principle of "one person, one vote".

The official position, overwhelmingly supported by members through the consensus process, is as follows:

The League of Women Voters believes that the directpopular-vote method for electing the President and VicePresident is essential to representative government. The League of Women Voters believes, therefore, that the Electoral College should be abolished. The League also supports uniform voting qualifications and procedures for presidential xxx supports changes in the presidential election system — from the candidate selection process to the general election. We support efforts to provide voters with sufficient information about candidates and their positions, public policy issues, and the selection process itself. The League supports action to ensure that the media, political parties, candidates, and all levels of government achieve these goals and provide that information. — Frances Gemmill

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Saturday, February 26, 2005
1:00 - 3:00 PM

2005 Annual Black History Month Luncheon

Howard University Blackburn Center Ballroom
Washington, DC 20059

Join the Association for the Study of African American Life and History on the occasion of their 90th Anniversary. Visit web site or call Madlyn Calbert for more information. — Madlyn Calbert (832-7305), 1st Vice President - Local Program

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If you or someone you know needs shelter this winter, call the District government's hypothermia hotline at 1 800 535-7252

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The monthly meeting of the Coalition for Housing and Economic Development, held at the Reeves Municipal Center on 14th St. NW on Friday, January 14, offered an opportunity to meet Kwame Brown, our new at-large DC Council member, who campaigned across the city on a platform that emphasized affordable housing and equitable development. Representatives of a number of organizations, including six members of the League of Women Voters, (Madlyn and Will Calbert, Frances Gemmill, Sheila Keeny, Grace Malakoff, and Geraldine Whitley) heard Brown's perspectives on the issues of the day and what he learned campaigning for citywide office.

Affordable Housing Gap

According to a report from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, the number of households with income below $20,000 in D.C. is rising, while the number of apartments these renters can afford is decreasing. Affordable housing advocates are demanding that Mayor Williams support a proposed requirement that any new or renovated housing units include moderate-priced units. This proposal is called "mandatory inclusionary zoning".

What Is Inclusionary Zoning? Inclusionary zoning (IZ) policies require new or rehabilitated residential developments to include housing units affordable to low and moderate-income residents. In exchange, developers may receive non-monetary compensation-in the form of density bonuses — that reduce construction costs. 

Who is using IZ? For almost 30 years, hundreds of cities and counties throughout the United States-including areas neighboring the District have used inclusionary zoning to help meet their affordable housing needs and build vibrant, mixed income communities. Jurisdictions with housing needs as varied as Boston, Sacramento, Santa Fe, Denver, Montgomery County, Boulder, Cambridge, and San Francisco have found IZ to be an effective strategy for producing and promoting the more equitable distribution of affordable housing. 

Why does DC need IZ? Many District families pay too much for housing. Incomes have not kept pace with housing prices in the District: from January 1999-March 2003, the sale price of homes rose four times faster than income, and the price of rentals rose three times faster. A household in DC would need to earn $85,052 to afford to purchase the average home, and $72,160 to afford the average rental. Yet, the median household income is $52,300. More than 35% of renters and 24% of homeowners are paying more than they can afford for housing.

Benefits of Inclusionary Zoning

Inclusionary zoning could provide some important benefits to the District, such as:

  • Producing affordable housing for lower and middle income. workers
  • Supporting the creation of mixed income communities;
  • Preventing rising prices from driving out low and moderate income residents;
  • Leveraging the expertise and capacity of the private market to develop affordable housing.

Getting Inclusionary Zoning Adopted in DC

Getting mandatory inclusionary zoning adopted in DC requires a modification of zoning and land use laws. The Campaign for Inclusionary Zoning will submit a text amendment to the Zoning Commission that proposes a mandatory IZ policy for the District of Columbia. League Members can help by contacting the Mayor's Office and the following people stating that you are in favor of Inclusionary Zoning for the District:

  • Adrian Washington, Co-Chair, District of comprehensive housing Strategy: Task Force, Neighborhood Development Company, 4110 Kansas Avenue, Washington, DC 20011
  • Alice Rivlin, Co-Chair, District of Columbia Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force, Brookings Institution, 1765 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Carole Mitten, Chair, District of Columbia Zoning Commission, 441 4th Street, NW-11th Floor, Washington, DC 20001

For more information or questions contact League members Elinor Hart (387-2966), Janet Brown (332-0789) or Sharron Hines ((703 328-1795). — Affordable Housing Committee

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Want to Become more active in the DC League?

The Nominating Committee is searching for members to fill the following board positions: President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, (3) Board Members.

Do you have special interests, talents, or experience you could bring to the League?

If interested or want more information, contact Anna Marsh 554-7719.

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On January 11, 2005, the National Park Service (Regional Office) conducted an Environmental Assessment as scheduled to initiate a review of the potential impacts of the proposed Georgetown Boathouse. Participants were asked to forward comments which will be considered in the NPS decisions as to next steps. Please note that a large number of the participants expressed concerns, and urged, requested, or demanded that a comprehensive EIS be undertaken. Following is the DC League's memo to the Office of Lands, Resources, and Planning:

To: Office of Lands, Resources, and Planning (NPS)

Please add these comments to the public record of scoping comments on the proposed Georgetown Boathouse on January 11, 2005:
Because the League believes in full review of the environ-mental, social, and economic impacts of major developments, we urge you to analyze the impacts of the proposed Georgetown boathouse through a full programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which would include not only the impacts of the proposed Georgetown boathouse, but also the impacts of all potential boathouses on the waterfront. A full programmatic review would provide an opportunity for full public participation in the planning process, address comprehensive impacts in a coordinated way, and allow project planning to proceed in a timely manner. In addition, a programmatic review would assess the needs of high school and college rowers as well as other public groups using the waterfront zone. Important issues an EIS should include are:

Impact on users of the C&O Canal, the Capital Crescent Trail, and neighbors

Impact on historic sites

Direct and indirect effects on the water quality of the Potomac River

Alternative sites which may be more desirable at this time

Mitigation measures

Assessment of parking at the waterfront

Cumulative impacts from several boathouse projects.

An EIS would address the many concerns of neighbors and boaters as well as bikers and hikers on the C&O Canal and the Capital Crescent Trail and other citizens who treasure this urban open space.

Without a doubt, the undeveloped area along the Potomac River West of Key Bridge provides a valuable resource to Washington DC as open space in an urban setting. As the Georgetown Waterfront Park and C&O National Historic Park state, "Above Key Bridge is one of the main scenic treasures of the Nation's Capital."

Since the proposed development would set a precedent for permanently removing public urban parkland from our national park system for private use, result in loss of wetlands, and impact views of an historic area. We urge that you proceed' with an environmental review in the form of a complete EIS of the waterfront area proposed for boathouse development. — Frances Gemmill, President, LWVDC

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SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2005 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Led by Linda Wassenich, CFRE
Board Member, League of Women Voters of Texas

While in the DC area, Linda, who is a Certified Fund Raising Executive has graciously agreed to share her expertise in a workshop tailored to our interests and needs. She is very interested in helping Leagues understand what would motivate someone to give and has experience in writing letters for direct mail and proposals to foundations and corporations.

The Workshop will be held at The Executive Conference Center, 3601 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600 (a/k/a One Virginia Square), Arlington, VA 22201 A very short distance from the Virginia Square Metro stop on the orange line: From station exit proceed on North Nelson St., cross North 9th St., and enter the One Virginia Square Bldg. on your right. Some street parking is available; check for any time restrictions and parking meter fares.


Open to all League members and highly recommended for Presidents, Finance Chairs and Committee members.

Send your name, League name, phone number and email address with a check for $15 (made payable to LWV-NCA) to
Bonnie Franklin, 3076 South Woodrow St., Apt A-2, Arlington, VA 22206.
Tel: 703-578-1935 E-mail:

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Brown Bag Dialogue on Juvenile Justice Invites Hope

 Amoretta Morris, Director of Justice 4 DC Youth! Coalition, shared her hopes for better things to come for juvenile justice in D.C. at the League's Brown Bag Luncheon which was attended by more than a dozen people on January 20. She based her optimism in part on the recent appointment by Mayor Williams of a new, experienced national expert on young people and their problems to head newly renamed Dept. of Rehabilitation and Youth Services (it was formerly simply Youth Services). The stature of this department was raised to Cabinet Level. Remember the name Vincent Schiraldi -you'll see it soon and often in the press.

Retta Morris, as she is called, is herself a forceful advocate for change in this city's treatment of juvenile offenders. She is by training a youth organizer, teaching high school classes techniques for navigating the perils of inner city life. As director of Justice 4 DC Youth, she has become a strong voice for reform before the City Council.

As you may know, ineffective juvenile justice systems are found in most cities and states in the country. The perils juvenile offenders face include possible transfer to adult court and prison, harsh conditions in oversized detention centers, interruption of schooling, lack of access to medical care, substance abuse treatment. For in D.C. the big detention center is Oak Hill in Laurel, MD.

There are many Dickenesque stories about life for the young at this center. The group homes for released offenders still under supervision have been described by articles in the Washington Post as unsafe, unhealthy and useless. The system has been under court surveillance for more than 17 years (to little avail) and now there is a four-year deadline to remake the system.

The thrust of Retta Morris' presentation was a hope for the community to be engaged in new ways in comprehensive community-based programs to support youth - rehabilitation, not punishment. She argued that the most promising strategy is better education, wraparound human services, full funding for youth programs and after-school activities, youth training programs, apprenticeships, - in short, a youth investment agenda.

Some of the statistics Ms. Morris shared tell the story of the lack of justice in juvenile justice. 100% of the youth locked up in Oak Hill are black and Latino. 70% of the youth who are locked up are there for non-violent offenses such as running away and truancy. The cost of incarcerating a youth at Oak Hill is $60,000/year vs. $11,500 to educate one student in DC Public Schools. — Joan Wilson (237-6264), Children At Risk Chair.

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John H. Adams
Margot Aronson
Noreen E. Beatley
Marie-Louise Bernal
Elaine Bevilacqua
Sandra J. Black
Amy Bloom
Ellen I. Brody
Ozeal Shyne Brown
Sharon L. Brownfield
Nora Carbine
William F. Carroll
Joyce M. Chadwick
Allayne F. Chappelle
Harold Cheilek (Hazel)
H. Russell Cort
Mary D. Crisp
Carroll Virginia Crumbaugh Love
Gloria Davis
James Dickson
K. Burke Dillon
Martina Teresa Driscoll
Paula Yvonne Edwards
L. Jean Emery
Allan Eustis Phoebe Fagan
Seth M. Galanter
Rosabel E. Goodman-Everard
Genevieve F. Gordon
Dr. Sheila Gray
Libby C. Halaby
Bailey S. Hand
Adelaide W. Henley
Joanne Hirsch
Wilhelmina Cole Holladay
Monica Holman
Sherrill M. Houghton
Roberta Johnson
Andra Jurist
Shulamith Deborah Kang
Dorothy G. Kearney
Ray Killian
Kristin M. Kurtenach
Betty Landesman
Tom Landis
Ronald Leve
Joann Lewinsohn
Terry R. Lewis
Ann Lordeman
Alta I. Mainer
N. C. Millet
Vivianne Mozon
Margaret Parlato
Kathleen Quinn
Iris T. Rache
Celeste E. Regan
Dr. Jo Ann A. Reiss
E. C. Robertson
Louise Sagalyn
Cynthia Shaughnessy
Bonnie Ward Simon
Lucile S. Stark
Linda G. Steckley
Elizabeth Stein
Emily W. Streett
Gennifer Sussman
Fannie Webb Taylor
Martin A. Tolcott
Jeannette Wedel
Carol Wansong
Linda Yohe
Ann Young Orr
Caroline A. Zimmerman

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We extend our deepest condolences to the families of four of our members who recently passed away:


The following remembrance comes from Jean Hall of the D.C. League, who kept in touch with Barbara and visited her, along with Anna Marsh, after she moved to La Plata, Maryland:

I met Barbara in the late 70s. We lived in the' same building on Davis Place. Shortly after we met, a new owner bought our building and began to. make life miserable for the tenants. He had an expressed purpose of turning the building into a condominium, and his plan was to drive everyone out. Barbara and I met while fighting this battle. At about the same time, we began attending the same League Unit - the Northwest Evening Unit.

Barbara and I became good friends, and our friendship continued even after we moved to different buildings. I met her daughter and spent many pleasant evenings with them. Barbara had ancestors who had crossed the U.S. in a covered wagon, and had kept a journal of that trip. It was fascinating. We loved to go to lunch and discuss politics.

After Barbara gave up her car, I began driving her to League meetings, and she fed me. I said I got the better end of the deal.

When her breathing got so bad she had to go on oxygen, Barbara moved to La Plata (Maryland) with her sister. We continued to go out to eat, to talk on the phone, and correspond. Barbara wrote great letters, mostly about politics. I grew to like her sister, and was sad when she died. Barbara's daughter had already died, and these deaths took a real toll on her.

Shortly before her sister died, Barbara moved into a nursing home in La Plata. She tried very hard to make a go of it. It became difficult to talk to her on the phone because of her hearing loss, but she still wrote great letters. One of her last letters to me was about her real fear of John Ashcroft and the Patriot Act. She was looking forward to the election and hoping George Bush would be defeated. I loved her and will really miss her. — Jean Hall 

Remembering Barbara Bays (continued): During the 1970s and 80s, Barbara Bays worked as a staff member at LWVUS, where she is remembered as a person who "was a joy to know and work with". After she retired from that job, (when Anna Marsh was President of LWVDC), she began working as a volunteer at the D.C. League Office five days a week. I was working two days a week to maintain membership records and communications, and thus had the good fortune to work with Barbara. When I mentioned this to an LWVUS staff member who remembers Barbara at LWVUS, she agreed. We remember the same Barbara Bays. — Frances Gemmill


Lois Laster, a valued member of the Southwest Unit of the DC League, died on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at age 93.   She was active in several local and global organizations. She was a charter member of the Red Cross Overseas Association, and a longtime volunteer with the-local Red Cross, UNESCO, and the League of Women Voters, where in recent years she worked with the Voter Mailing Crew to mail our DC VOTER.

Lois was the beloved godmother of Linda M. White of Chicago and Lois Margaret Kilpatrick. She is survived by a cousin, Joyce Chandler. She was viewed at Stewart Funeral Home, and lay in state at Christ United Methodist Church. Services were held Saturday, October 23, with Rev. Jason L. Robinson officiating, and interment was Thursday October 23 in Canton, Ohio. She will be missed not only in the Southwest Unit, but also throughout the D.C. League of Women Voters.


Joan died several weeks ago. We don't know the precise date nor other specifics but our understanding is that there will be a memorial service in the Spring when Joan's children visit the area. We'll keep you informed.

Joan was president of the DC League from 1973 - 74 when she suffered a severe stroke. She continued in her duties as president as long as she could, but soon had to resign her post. While president, she devoted much of her time and energy to advancing the cause of Home Rule for the District of Columbia. Many of us who attended the League Convention with Joan, held in San Francisco that year, remember the delight with which we received the news of the passage of the Home Rule Act (despite the faults it had and still has). It was a heady experience.

Unfortunately, Joan was beginning to ail even then. The Czameckis ultimately moved to Leesburg and Joan joined the League there, but she was not able to be physically active. She continued to fight for good causes, however, using her phone and her pen as weapons. She was a very special person. — Naomi Glass


Betty died peacefully, on January 8, 2005. She was a retired DCPS teacher at Wheatley Elementary School. A faithful member of the Upper 1e Street Unit, Betty belonged to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and was a recent past Vice President of the DC Retired Teachers Association. She also was instrumental in establishing the Berean Chapter of AARP here in the District. She was the beloved wife for 46 years of Dr. Albert M. DuPree; devoted daughter of Jessie Shorter Thomas and the late LeRoy Samuels; loving mother of Tracy A. DuPree Davis (Larry). Services and celebration of her life were held on January 14th with an overflowing crowd at Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ Paula McKann.

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SHARING CARS, BUT NOT PARKING: More "free" parking, for the automotive industry

In a breathtaking move to allow public street space to come under the exclusive use of private car rental companies, without compensation to the city, the DC Department of Transportation has proposed a "rulemaking" number 2406.12. Public authorities would be donating their services to enforce this exclusive control. Kalorama Citizens Association newsletter Jan. 2005 reports the details as follows:

Title 18, DCMR, Vehicles and Traffic is amended by adding two new subsections: New section 2406.12 The Director of the Department of Transportation is authorized to establish reserved on-street parking spaces for exclusive use of car-sharing vehicles provided: 

(a) Parking in spaces established pursuant to this subsection shall be permitted only for vehicles registered to and operated by Zipcar and Flexcar, or any other company that subsequently operates a car-sharing business in the District;

(b) All car-sharing vehicles parked at meters shall be accorded, the same privileges under the "individuals, with Disabilities Parking Reform Amendment Act of 2000" as disabled individuals holding special tags or special permits issued by the District, and 

(c) Unauthorized vehicles parked in such spaces shall be in violation of and subject to the fine set forth in Section 2601.

(d) The Director may authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue special license plates pursuant to this subsection properly identifying carsharing vehicles as such, in order to aid with the enforcement of 24016.12(c). New Section 2406.13: The Director may establish the parking spaces authorized by Section 2406.12 without first publishing the notice provided for in section 6 of the District of Columbia Administrative Procedures Act, approved October 21, 1968 (82 Stat. 1204; DC Code Section 1-1506), but shall provide affected Advisory Neighborhood Commissions with thirty-days (30) written notice of the intent to establish such spaces.

Chapter 99 is amended as follows: By amending Section 9901 to include the following: Car-sharing vehicle - any vehicles that allows multiple users ,via a membership to access the vehicle and use the vehicle based on a reservation. — Grace Malakoff (387-7540)

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As we go to press, no Unit meetings are scheduled for February, although Homeland Security was announced in the 2004-05 Member Handbook. I do hope several of you will join us in carpools to attend the program on Homeland Security arranged by the Falls Church League, to be held at the Falls Church Community Center. I am assured by the FC Program Chair that they can accommodate as many of our members as we can persuade to come.

Don Kraus, Executive Vice President of Citizens for Global Solutions, will speak on "Homeland Security for Today's World: a discussion of the UN High Level Panel Report on Threats, Challenges, and Change."

If you want to join a car pool, call the Office (347-3020), Frances Gemmill (362-6784) or Grace Malakoff (3877540). — Frances Gemmill

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MEMBERSHIP FORM TO JOIN OR RENEW: Questions concerning League membership can be directed to the League office at 347-3020. Print out this form.

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We gratefully thank the following members for their recent financial contributions: Nilda Aponte, Bonnie Barhyte, Hope Bogorad, Suzanne Campagna, Susan Catler, Joan Domike, Naomi Glass, Alan Johnson & Carol Falk, Barbara Luchs, Grace Malakoff, Ken Nesper, Billie Press, Carol Ragsdale, Joan Reid, Judith Smith, Felice Sorett, Elizabeth Wiener, Reggie Yancey, Barbara Yeomans.

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    1 2 10:00 am LWVDC Board Mtg. 3 4 10:00 am NCA Board Mtg. 5
6 7 8 9:45-11:00 am Voter Registration at Naturalization Ceremony for New US Citizens
March DC Voter deadline
9 10 11 12
13 14 15 7:30-9:30 pm Forum on Homeland Security 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 March DC Voter mailed 26
27 28          

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January 25, 2005   [Source for this document:]

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004


E-mail address to send to all Councilmembers at one time:

Chairman Linda W. Cropp (At Large)
Executive Assistant: Stephanie Rich 724-9700
Committee of the Whole (All Councilmembers)
Committee Clerk: Christopher Murray 724-8196
Room 504 724-8032 Democrat Fax 724-8085
Carol Schwartz (At Large)
Executive Assistant: John Abbott 724-8113
Chariperson: Committee on Public Works and the Environment
Committee Clerk: Adam Maier 724-8105
Room 404 724-8105 Republican Fax 724-8071
David A. Catania (At Large)
Executive Assistant: Linda Bumbalo
Chairperson: Committee on Health
Committee Clerk: Jordan Hutchison
Room 110 724-7772 Independent Fax 724-8087
Phil Mendelson (At Large)
Executive Assistant: 
Chairperson: Committee on Judiciary
Committee Clerk: 724-7808
Room 402 724-8064 Democrat Fax 724-8099
Kwame R. Brown (At Large)
Executive Assistant: Keith Perry
Room 406 724-8174 Democrat Fax 724-8156
Jim Graham (Ward 1)
Executive Assistant: Jeff Jennings
Chairperson: Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Committee Clerk: Fernando Rivero 724-8198
Room 105 724-8181 Democrat Fax 724-8109
Jack Evans (Ward 2), Chairman Pro Tempore
Executive Assistant: Shannette Grant
Chairperson: Committee on Finance and Revenue
Committee Clerk: Eric Goulet
Room 106 724-8058 Democrat Fax 724-8023
Kathleen Patterson (Ward 3)
Executive Assistant: Penny Pegano
Chairperson: Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation
Committee Clerk: Tameria Lewis 724-8195
Room 107 724-8062 Democrat Fax 724-8118
Adrian Fenty (Ward 4)
Executive Assistant: 724-8152
Chairperson: Committee on Human Services
Committee Clerk: William Singer
Room 308 724-8052 Democrat Fax 724-8120
Vincent B. Orange, Sr. (Ward 5)
Executive Assistant: Estell Mathis-Lloyd
Chairperson: Committee on Government Operations
Committee Clerk: Donna Cooper 724-8035
Room 108 724-8028 Democrat Fax 724-8076
Sharon Ambrose (Ward 6)
Executive Assistant: Marge Francese
Chairperson: Committee on Economic Development
Clerk: David Grosso 724-8198
Room 102 724-8072 Democrat Fax 724-8054
Vincent C. Gray (Ward 7)
Executive Assistant: Dawn Slonneger
Room 506 724-8068 Democrat Fax 724-8097
Marion Barry (Ward 8)
Executive Assistant: Linda Greene
Room 400 724-8045 Democrat Fax 724-8055

Committee Assignments

Committee Name Chairperson Members
Of the Whole (COW) Linda Cropp All Members
Government Operations Vincent B. Orange, Sr. Adrian Fenty, Jim Graham, Phil Mendelson, Carol Schwartz
Consumer & Regulatory Affairs Jim Graham Sharon Ambrose, Kwame R. Brown, David A. Catania, Adrian Fenty
Health David A. Catania Jack Evans, Jim Graham, Vincent B. Orange, Sr.,  Vincent C. Gray
Economic Development Sharon Ambrose Jack Evans, Kwame R. Brown, Vincent C. Gray, Vincent B. Orange, Sr.
Human Services Adrian Fenty Marion Barry, Vincent C. Gray, Kathy Patterson, Carol Schwartz
Education, Libraries and Recreation Kathy Patterson Marion Barry, Vincent C. Gray, Phil Mendelson, Carol Schwartz
Judiciary Phil Mendelson Sharon Ambrose, Kwame R. Brown, David A. Catania, Kathy Patterson
Finance and Revenue Jack Evans Sharon Ambrose, Marion Barry, Vincent B. Orange, Sr., Kathy Patterson
Public Works and the Environment Carol Schwartz Marion Barry, Kwame R. Brown, Adrian Fenty, Jim Graham
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