Saturday, May 12, 2007

97 Year Old Citizens Group (B)logs on!

Fellow Citizens of the District of Columbia-

Welcome! As we wind down our 97th year of citizen activism and involvement and prepare for our summer break, we thought it was about time to bring the Federation into the 21st Century.

During the summer months, we will be busy working behind the scenes and will keep you regularly posted (no pun intended) on matters of interest. We also will be continually updating this blog and will be adding ways for your citizens group to contact us, connect up and get involved.

Please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions for helping us create an even better District of Columbia.

We wanted to share with you the Federation's activities and accomplishments on behalf of residents throughout the District of Columbia.

Federation's 2006-2007 Annual Report

Testimony before the DC City Council
-In support of keeping Martin Luther King Library
-New DC Comprehensive Plan (four times)
-Office of Zoning Oversight
-Office of Planning Oversight
-DC Fire & EMS Budget
-DC Fire & EMS Oversight (2 witnesses) (also numerous letters to the Council and Mayor)
-Opposed nomination of Geoffrey Griffis to Zoning Commission
-Nomination of Harriet Tregoning to Director, Office of Planning
-Nomination of Dennis Rubin as Fire Chief
-Mayor's Education Plan
-Citywide Call Center
-Board of Elections oversight
-Supported increase in number of police officers
-DC Department of Transportation Oversight Hearing (before the Committee on Public Works and the Environment, 3-5-07)
-PR17-209, "Chief of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department Dennis Rubin Confirmation Resolution of 2007" (before the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, 4- 26-07)

Zoning Commission Filings
-In opposition to proposed Inclusionary Zoning proposal (No. 04-33)
-In opposition to new campus plan for GWU (Nos. 06-11 & 12)

Other actions
-Met with Mayor Fenty re transition
-Moderated Mayoral Debate 8-8-06
-Moderated Ward 3 Candidates' Forum 9-5-06
-Filed Amicus Brief in DC Court of Appeals in support of Peter Craig suit striking down property tax assessment system
-Letter to Attorney General re Juvenile Prosecutions
-Letter in support of maintaining classical music at WGMS
-Letter to Board of Elections re at-large results
-Attended and monitored monthly meetings of the Comprehensive Plan Task Force and submitted comments on issues
-Numerous letters to Council re Comprehensive Plan
-Freedom of Information Act requests on DCF&EMS issues
-Held series of 8 meetings with citizens groups from across city on Comprehensive Plan
-Supported proposed Open Meetings law Bill 16-0747
-Supported creation of DC Planning Commission
-Attended meeting of Rosenbaum Task Force on EMS
-Attended all 7 meetings of EMS Commission appointed by At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson
-Participant, DC Fire Chief Selection Panel
-Participated as party in PEPCO rate case at Public Service Commission
-Letter to editor of Washington Times re EMS
-Current article re EMS

Our final Federation Assembly for the 2006-2007 season will be held starting at 6:45 pm on Monday, June 26, at: THE CHARLES SUMNER SCHOOL 1201 Seventeenth Street, NW (At M Street). Check back in a couple of weeks for speaker information.

See you soon!

The Federation of Citizens Associations Officers & Board