I’m extremely excited about returning to the DC Council as an Independent Progressive Democrat. This opportunity is made possible by the announcement of David Grosso, Independent At-Large, that he will not seek re-election. This occurrence highlights the destination of the District of Columbia as a Federal territory of the United States and the DC Home Rule Charter which prevents more than two at-large seats of the DC Council being occupied by Democrats. Two of the four at-large seats on the DC Council must go to another party other then the Democrats. Thus, the DC Voters must vote for an Independent, Republican, Statehood, or Libertarian for the two of the four at-large seats on the DC Council. Another reason why we must have DC Statehood now!
Rebooting the DC economy and getting our DC workforce back to work in the “new normal in a safe working environment”. We must provide meaningful “business interruption grants” designed to get the DC Economy, jobs and facilities operating again.. The DC hotel, retail, restaurants, and sports and entertainment is an eight (8) billion dollar revenue generator for the District employing more than 10,000 workers. We must get them back to work in safe environments which include Personal protective equipment (PPE), individual temperature readings and Centers for Disease Control clean working environments.
We must replenish the District’s rainy day fund in order to prevent the return of the federal control board exercising control over the District affairs. The District’s rainy day fund has gone from nearly $2 Billion to $149 million.
I will work to establish a Business Recovery Commission and pursue Chairmanship of the DC Council Committee of Finance and Revenue and/or membership thereof.
I will also work to increase more contracting opportunities with the District’s certified business enterprises which are subject to DC taxation and they hire DC residents for employment. The DC Government and DC taxpayer dollar must circulate in the DC economy which helps everyone in the District of Columbia.
UNIVERSAL PAID LEAVE BENEFITS FOR ALL DC TAX PAYING WORKING RESIDENTS
The DC Universal Paid leave benefits which became effective July 1, 2020 excludes benefits to 94,000 DC taxpaying working residents while providing these benefits to 322,000 nonDCResidents working in DC, paying no DC taxes, and returning home each night to primarily Maryland and Virginia. The cost for providing universal paid leave benefits to nonDCResidents is $160 Million. The $160 Million cost is paid solely by DC based Businesses. This is not right and must change immediately.
How can the District of Columbia provide universal paid leave benefits, costing $160 Million for nonDCResidents while excluding 94,000 DC taxpaying working residents, consisting of the following:
1. Paid leave benefits of eight weeks to bond with a new born child.
2. Paid leave benefits of six weeks to care for a sick family member.
3. Paid leave benefits of two weeks to address a personal serious aliment.
I am NOT proposing the elimination of universal paid leave benefits. I’m proposing and will champion treating DC residents and nonresidents alike in the coverage of paid leave benefits through legislation originally introduced by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, supported by Appleseed and opined to be legally sufficient by the DC Attorney General Karl Racine.
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I will champion the following for the “everyday people” of the District of Columbia.
1. Free tuition for DC residents at the University of the District of Columbia (“UDC”)
2. Goals and measurements for the Head Leadership of DC Public and Charter Schools:
3. Vocational Educational Opportunities
4. Appropriate communication technology for all DC students
5. Secure free WiFi for all DC residents
6. Fully fund returning citizens business development legislation
7. Comprehensive Police Brutality and Reform review, implementation of a Citizens Review Board, and increase community policing
8. Examine reduction or removal of speed cameras in DC low income communities
9. Mobile Shower Buses, personal protection equipment and personal hygiene products for the DC homeless community
I. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE LEGISLATION
While previously on the DC Council, I commenced legislation to remove DC Council Members for “gross misconduct”. DC voters approved by more than 225,000 votes a referendum to remove Council Members from office due to gross misconduct. However, the legislation to apply this measure to the Mayor and the Attorney General was not completed.
While there is no allegation of gross misconduct on either the Mayor or the Attorney General, I will complete the process by doing the following:
A.) Propose and enact legislation removing the Mayor of the District of Columbia from office for gross misconduct
B.) Propose and enact legislation removing the Attorney General of the District of Columbia for gross misconduct
II. TERM LIMITS
I will propose and enact term limits on DC elected officials.
III. BAN OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT
I will propose and enact legislation banning outside employment by Council members. These restrictions already applies to the Mayor, Council Chairman, and the Attorney General.