Building a livable, walkable city means creating a mix of neighborhood amenities, like the spectacular Barracks Row, within minutes of your home.

Since joining the D.C. Council, Tommy has won support throughout Washington for his fundamental goal: creating a livable and walkable city for all. He brings the skill to forge the kind of collaboration that translates great ideas into real improvements. Whether bringing Ward 6 residents back to their neighborhood schools or creating the next generation of public transportation, Tommy works with the leadership and communities in every corner of Ward 6 — from the Southwest Waterfront to the H Street Corridor, from Shaw to Capitol Hill — to guide development that focuses on neighborhood needs.


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July 22, 2014 H Street NE to Celebrate DC Streetcar Line With Upcoming Stroll and Roll Events

Pedicabs to give the public free rides along future streetcar route; participants encouraged to visit H Street Corridor businesses, restaurants and bars

H Street Main Street, in conjunction with H Street Corridor businesses, will host "Streetcar Stroll and Roll" events on Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 23 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. to promote the upcoming launch of the District's first streetcar line and highlight the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it's vibrant businesses.

A number of streetcar style decorated pedicabs will provide the public with free rides along the H Street Corridor from the Union Station to Maryland Ave. NE--the route of the upcoming H/Benning DC Streetcar line. While enjoying the pedicab rides, participants are encouraged to visit H Street NE businesses, restaurants and bars, enjoy displays from local artists that will be featured along the corridor and experience the neighborhood's unique atmosphere.

"The H Street Corridor has really undergone a dramatic transformation over the last decade and we're excited the streetcar line will open soon, making travel to H Street NE even easier for District-area residents and tourists," said Anwar Saleem, Executive Director of H Street Main Street. "H Street NE has so much to offer--exceptional food, shopping and entertainment--and we hope that the public will take advantage of these events and explore the area."

The H/Benning line will be the first segment of the DC Streetcar system running 2.4 miles along H Street NE and serving residents, businesses, commuters and visitors between Union Station on the west and the Anacostia River on the east. Eventually, the H/Benning segment will be just one piece of the overall One City Line that will cross the city east to west from beyond the Anacostia River all the way to the Georgetown waterfront and facilitate easy travel to the H Street Corridor and other areas of the District.

In addition to celebrating the upcoming launch of the streetcars and the evolution of the H Street Corridor, the July 26 Streetcar Stroll and Roll will mark the grand opening of seven new H Street NE businesses:

  • Art By The Glazz, 407 H Street, NE
  • Halftime Sports Bar, 1427 H Street NE  
  • H Street Organic Market, 806 H Street, NE (Great Streets Grant Recipient)
  • Island Dyes, 331 H Street NE
  • Micho's Lebanese Grill , 500 H Street, NE
  • Po Boy Jim, 709 H Street, NE
  • The Pursuit - Wine Bar & Grill , 1421 H Street NE

The events will take place on Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. along the route of the upcoming DC Streetcar line. The cabs will take passengers from Union Station to Maryland Ave. NE and back at no charge.

July 17, 2014 Ward 6 School Uniform Drive Continues As we reach the midway point in summer break, CHPSPO, Evolve, and the Homeless Children's Playtime Project requests your support in making the lives of families experiencing homelessness a bit easier by providing for common needs (toiletries, school uniforms, socks, underwear, etc.) Donations can be recognized as a tax deductible donation when donors include their name, dollar value of donation, and address on a gift receipt. The tax ID number for the Homeless Children's Playtime Project is 203380456.

Here is the Facebook page has the information on it. https://www.facebook.com/ClothetheKidsCapHillUniformDrive 

Here is the Amazon Wishlist: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/SGKH8FLM7WFU/ref=cm_sw_su_w

Here is the contact for the Playtime Project at the Shelter at 19th and Mass Ave. NE  Kelli Beyer office: 202-329-4481direct: 202-321-1810 kelli@playtimeproject.org

July 17, 2014 DPR now hiring coaches for DC Wave Season The Department of Parks and Recreation is now actively recruiting coaches for the DC Wave Season. There are several positions available. Click here for the full list of positions along with the employment application: http://dpr.dc.gov/node/562522 
July 14, 2014 Councilmember Tommy Wells's Statement on Council Approval of Contract Agreement for DC Firefighters and EMTs

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, DC Council voted to approve the Interest Arbitration Award and Compensation Agreement between the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and Local 36 International Association of Firefighters Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2014.

"Contracts are the foundation of all labor-management relations," said Councilmember Tommy Wells who chairs the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. "However, the men and women of our Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department have not been afforded this essential cornerstone since 2006. Despite the absence of a contract or pay raise for seven years, our firefighters and EMTs have continued to risk their lives each day, working for the safety and well-being of District residents. Today's vote marks a much needed major step in restoring morale within FEMS rank and file."

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July 14, 2014 Councilmember Tommy Wells's Ban the Box Legislation Unanimously Passes Final Council Vote; Heads to Mayor's Desk for Signature

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, the DC Council voted unanimously to pass the "Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014," commonly referred to as 'Ban the Box'. The bill was introduced by Councilmember Tommy Wells on January 17, 2014 and was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. The bill passed its first Council vote unanimously on June 3, 2014.

"Today's vote represents a major victory for social justice in the District of Columbia," said Wells. "Gaining employment is one of the most significant barriers facing returning citizens," said Wells. "This legislation is a vital step toward addressing that challenge and I commend my colleagues for their diligence and commitment to ensuring passage of this bill prior to Council recess."

The "Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014" legislation:

  • removes questions about an applicant's criminal history from employment applications;
  • prohibits any inquiry into an applicant's arrest record; and
  • delays inquiry into an applicant's criminal convictions until after a conditional offer.

Approximately 60,000 District residents--roughly 10% of the total population--have a criminal record. This number is increasing with 8,000 people returning to the District every year after serving time in jail or prison.

Research shows that more than half of returning citizens are unemployed. One of the primary causes of this high unemployment rate is that employers often automatically disqualify returning citizens solely because of their criminal background--without considering the nature of the offense or the nature of the job sought.

Delaying the point at which employers can ask about convictions gives applicants the opportunity to explain their criminal record, correct inaccuracies in the criminal record, and make the case that they are qualified for the position sought.

The District of Columbia is already one of ten states and 50 localities that ban the box in governmental hiring. With today's vote, DC joins ten jurisdictions that have taken the additional step to ban the box for private employers.

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