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The Ward 5 Report

October 24, 2014



Letter from the Councilmember

Dear Reader,
Last newsletter, I mentioned that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Tuesday, October 21, the Council
introduced a ceremonial resolution at our Committee of the Whole meeting to recognize
an issue that impacts 1 in 8 women in the United States. Representatives from the
American Cancer Society, Project Wish, and several hospitals were also at the meeting
to receive the resolution.
On Thursday, October 16, I joined MedStar's Washington Cancer Institute to announce
a new program. Ward 5 has the highest breast cancer mortality rate, but thanks to a
grant from the Avon Foundation, MedStar has hired two breast health
navigators/educators to conduct community outreach activities and support additional
screenings for women. The navigators will also help women with an abnormal finding
receive follow-up diagnostic testing and treatment.
A special thank you to all of our medical professionals in Ward 5. Together, as doctors,
nurses, neighbors and friends, we can reduce our Wards breast cancer mortality rate.
In Service,
Kenyan

Legislative & Committee Updates
On Tuesday, October 21, Councilmember McDuffie introduced legislation that will allow
the District to match its economic policies with the city's first-rate information technology
infrastructure. The High Technology Investment Authority Act of 2014 establishes a
new independent authority whose mission and purpose will be to work as an angel
investor for startup high technology companies, to provide mentorship, access to
infrastructure, operating space, assistance with locating additional capital, and generally
to foster a tech-friendly environment in the District.
Next Tuesday, October 28, the Council will hold a Legislative meeting where two of
Councilmember McDuffies bills will be up for a final vote:
The Solid Waste Facility Permit Amendment Act of 2014 is important, especially to
Ward 5, because if enacted it will require the Department of the Environment and the
Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs to conduct quarterly inspections of each
facility to ensure that solid waste is properly processed, enclosed, and disposed of, and
that nuisance odors are eliminated. To reduce the impact of the facilities on the
surrounding neighborhoods, the bill would also require facilities to close at 7:00 p.m.
rather than 10:00 p.m., and would provide for public meetings and enhanced public
comment periods on permit renewal applications.
The Disposition of Land for Affordable Housing Amendment Act of 2013 will require
affordable housing set-asides whenever District-owned land is sold or leased for private
multi-family residential development consisting of 10 or more units. Specifically, at
least 30% of the new units must be affordable if the property is near a Metro station,
major bus route, or streetcar line. All other developments using public land would be
required to include a 20% affordable unit set-aside. Moreover, the guidelines set forth
in the bill are designed to create mixed income buildings. For rental properties, the
affordable units must accommodate two categories of residents: those earning up to
30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and those earning up to 50% AMI. Ownership
units would also be divided to produce mixed income residences, with a set-aside for
those earning up to 50% AMI and another set-aside for residents earning up to 80%
AMI.
Upcoming Committee on Government Operations Hearings
The Committee on Government Operations upcoming hearing schedule is as follows:
October 29, 2014
Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building
11:00 AM
Public Hearing on the Department of General Services Reporting and Use of Certified
Business Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises
November 12, 2014
Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building
10:00 AM
Joint Public Roundtable (with the Committee on Economic Development) on the surplus
and disposition of the McMillan Sand Filtration site. For more information about the
roundtable, please visit our website.

Announcements
Councilmember McDuffie hosts the Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute
On Monday, October 20, Councilmember McDuffie hosted the Mayor's Youth
Leadership Institute (MYLI) to talk shop: politics, policy and constituent services. Over
20 students, including many from Ward 5, attended the meeting and engaged the
Councilmember on a host of subject matters.

The MYLI was founded in 1979 as a year-round program to train District of Columbia
youth in the concepts of leadership and self-development. The MYLI training model
emphasizes practical, hands-on experience and a holistic approach to developing
leaders for the 21st century. Each year, 250 young people participate in the year-round
program and 500 youth participate in the Summer Training Program. Thousands of DC
youth have received leadership training to date.
The Public Service Commission announces two upcoming community hearings
The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia has two upcoming
community hearings in November. Please feel free to share the following information
with your constituents. Thank you.
FORMAL CASE NO. 1102, IN THE MATTER OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE
CONTINUED USE OF VERIZON WASHINGTON, DC, INC.S COPPER
INFRASTRUCTURE TO PROVIDE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
The Commission seeks input on its investigation regarding Verizon Washington, DC,
Inc.s continued use of its copper infrastructure for the provision of telecommunications
services in the District of Columbia and whether, and under what circumstances, the
Company plans to transition customers from the telecommunications services provided
over copper facilities to telecommunications services provided over fiber facilities. On
December 3 and 4, 2014, the Commission will hold an evidentiary hearing.
The Commission will convene community hearings to receive comments from the public
on this issue on the following dates:

November 5, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia
Hearing Room
1333 H Street, NW, Suite 700, East Tower
Washington, D.C. 20005

November 10, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library
First Floor Auditorium
3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Those who wish to testify at these community hearings should contact the
Commission Secretary by the close of business on October 30, 2014 by
contacting the Commission Secretary at (202) 626-5150 or Psc-
commissionsecretary@psc.dc.gov. Representatives of organizations shall be
permitted a maximum of five minutes for oral presentations. Individuals shall be
permitted a maximum of three minutes for oral presentations. If an organization or an
individual is unable to offer comments at the community hearing, written statements
may be submitted by November 17, 2014, addressed to Brinda Westbrook-
Sedgwick, Commission Secretary, Public Service Commission of the District of
Columbia, 1333 H Street, NW, Suite 200 West Tower, Washington D.C. 20005.
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FORMAL CASE NO. 1123, IN THE MATTER OF THE POTOMAC ELECTRIC
COMPANYS NOTICE TO CONSTRUCT A 230kV/138 kV/13 kV SUBSTATION AND
FOUR 230 kV/138 kV UNDERGROUND TRANSMISSION CIRCUITS ON BUZZARD
POINT
This Notice informs the public that the Commission seeks input on the Potomac Electric
Power Companys (Pepco) Formal Notice of its intent to construct a 230 kilovolt
(kV)/138 kV/13 kV substation and four (4) 230 kV/138 kV underground transmission
circuits on Buzzard Point in the Southwest section of the District of Columbia.
The Commission will convene a community hearing at the following location on the
specified date to receive comments from the public:

November 6, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
Those who wish to testify at the community hearing should contact the
Commission Secretary by 5:30 p.m. on November 3, 2014, by calling (202) 626-
5150 orPsc-commissionsecretary@psc.dc.gov.
Representatives of organizations shall be permitted a maximum of five minutes for oral
presentations. Individuals shall be permitted a maximum of three minutes for oral
presentations. If an organization or an individual is unable to offer comments at the
community hearings, written statements may be submitted by November 14, 2014 to
the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, 1333 H Street, NW, Suite
200, West Tower, Washington D.C. 20005.









Councilmember McDuffie attends the District of Columbia Commission for
Women's Inaugural Policy Conference
On Saturday, October 18, Councilmember McDuffie joined Mayor Gray and Chairman
Mendelson for the District of Columbia Commission for Women's inaugural policy
conference. The Commission for Women hosted a full day of sessions on issues of
importance to women in the District of Columbia.
Since taking office, Councilmember McDuffie has crafted legislation and identified
resources to tackle critical women's issues. Councilmember McDuffie introduced
legislation to address Title IX compliance in DC public schools, wage
transparency, professional re-licensing for military spouses, and discrimination in
employment against survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. In
addition, he doubled the Commission for Womens staff for Fiscal Year 2015, provided
$120,000 to the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs for domestic violence
prevention initiatives, and created up to eight weeks of paid leave for DC Government
employees for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a
serious health condition.

Chairman Mendelson Announces a Public Roundtable on the Mid City East Small
Area Plan
Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces the scheduling of a public roundtable of
the Committee of Whole on PR 20-1103, the Mid City East Small Area Plan Approval
Resolution of 2014. The roundtable will be held Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:30
p.m. in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW.
The stated purpose of PR 20-1103 is to approve the proposed Mid City East Small Area
Plan (SAP). The SAP was initiated by the Office of Planning in February 2013, a draft
was made public on July 7, 2014, and a Mayoral hearing was held on July 29,
2014. The purpose of the SAP is to provide a framework for conservation,
development, sustainability, and connectivity in the Bates/Truxton Circle, Bloomingdale,
Eckington, Hanover, LeDroit Park, and Sursum Corda neighborhoods, including
portions of Edgewood and Stronghold. The Plan is based on the following core themes:
neighborhood character; commercial revitalization; redevelopment opportunities and
housing; neighborhood placemaking and public realm; parks, green space, and
stormwater; and connectivity. Once approved, the SAP will provide guidance to the
Zoning Commission and other District agencies in carrying out the policies of the
Comprehensive Plan.
Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole, at (202)
724-8196, or e-mail Jessica Jacobs, Legislative Counsel, at jjacobs@dccouncil.us and
provide their name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any, by
the close of business Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Persons wishing to testify are
encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by
the close of business on October 28, 2014, the testimony will be distributed to
Councilmembers before the roundtable. Witnesses should limit their testimony to five
minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses. A copy of
PR 20-1103 can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary
of the Councils office or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.
If you are unable to testify at the roundtable, written statements are encouraged and will
be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted
to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the
John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014.