Sharing for those interested in participating and voicing priorities for budget allocations.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 18, 2015
LaToya Foster (EOM) – (202) 727-5011, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Bowser Announces Budget Engagement Forums
Input Used to Shape Administration Priorities and Investment Decisions
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser announced that she will host three Budget Engagement Forums throughout the District in February. The forums will be open to the press and the public. The purpose of the forums is to solicit public input, and then use that input to shape Bowser Administration priorities and investments.
“Starting next week, residents have another opportunity to have a seat at the table,” said Mayor Bowser. “At each forum, residents will have the opportunity to help my team make some tough choices. I will draw on the input from these forums to shape my priorities for the coming year, and determine where to invest our resources in the next fiscal year budget.”
This is the second year the Mayor will host the Budget Engagement Forums. Last year, based on input Mayor Bowser received at the forums (and through other kinds of resident engagement), she made historic investments in affordable housing and strategies to end homelessness.
The Budget Engagement Forums are scheduled for Thursday, February 25 at Roosevelt Senior High School, Saturday, February 27 at the Department of Employment Services, and Monday, February 29 at King Greenleaf Recreation Center.
At the forums, Mayor Bowser, City Administrator Rashad Young and Budget Director Matt Brown will present an overview of the current budget environment. Following the presentation, Administration Officials will facilitate small group discussion on specific budget priority topics.
WHEN: Thursday, February 25
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Roosevelt Senior High School
4301 13th Street, NW
*Near Georgia Ave – Petworth Metro Station*
WHEN: Saturday, February 27
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE
*Near Minnesota Avenue Metro Station*
WHEN: Monday, February 29
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: King Greenleaf Recreation Center
201 N Street, SW
*Near Waterfront and Navy Yard Metro Stations*
Press interested in covering this event should RSVP to email@example.com.
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As Mayor, my top priority is your safety. While crime as a whole remains flat, the District of Columbia has experienced a spike in violent crime in 2015, similar to what is happening in cities across the country – from Los Angeles to Milwaukee to New York. I want you to know that my Administration is working around the clock to prevent crime, respond swiftly when it happens, and hold criminals accountable.
Over the past several weeks, I have been meeting with my public safety team on a frequent basis, talking to community leaders, and working with our federal public safety partners to address violent crime in the District. Meanwhile, Police Chief Lanier continues to keep MPD officers on the forefront of effective policing. Just last week, the Chief hosted a national summit with big city police chiefs to identify trends and share best practices.
We are using proven methods and trying new ones to tackle crime. MPD has increased its street presence through a combination of foot, bike, and Segway patrols. We are beefing up our patrols in neighborhoods that have experienced higher levels of crime. And we are using every tool at our disposal to prevent the violence that occurs from synthetic drugs – including our new law that punishes bad acting businesses that sell these extremely harmful and dangerous substances.
We are also working hard to close cases: we will find and arrest individuals that commit violent crime. We work closely with Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen and our federal partners to ensure that criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that their sentences reflect the harm they cause to our communities.
Most importantly, we are listening to the residents of DC. Remember, during an emergency, you should call 911. And if you have information about a crime, we urge you to send an anonymous message to MPD’s text tip line (50411). If you see something, please say something.
As we fight crime, we continue to build stronger ties between the police force and District residents. Our officers regularly attend ANC and community meetings, and they conduct frequent neighborhood walkthroughs. Residents can sign up for MPD’s neighborhood listserv groups HERE.
Together, we are stronger. We need your continued involvement and support to maintain the strength and vibrancy of our community. To find ways to get involved, please reach out to your ward representative at my Office of Community Relations and Services by clicking HERE.
With innovative policing, a committed public safety team and your help, we will keep DC on the right path toward safety and security.