Monday, February 6, 2012

Guest Post -- DC Politics: It’s Been a Loooong Year

Written by Guest Blogger: ANC 7C04 Sylvia Brown

Have you ever had that awkward moment at work where you come in, get busy, take a breather and pat yourself on the back, and then look at the clock and realize it’s only…10 %@#*$ o’clock!

Mayor Vincent C. Gray may be thinking that same thing. Yep, the Mayor, who prefers to be called Vince, has only been mayor for a year.

There have been a number of efforts to reset the Administration—from shifts in personnel to starting new programs. Next week two prime restart buttons are being pushed.

On Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. at the historic Sixth and I Synagogue (600 I Street NW) the 2012 State of the District Address is slated to be delivered. Gray will give his outlook for the city’s future and growth.

Later in the week on Saturday, February 11, 9:00 a.m. the Mayor is hosting the One City Summit at the Washington Convention Center. The citywide chat-and-chew session will reportedly give the diverse swath of District residents a chance to weigh-in on the direction of their city. According to figures reported in mid-January about 989 residents had registered for the event. The Mayor hopes for at least 1,000 Washingtonians to participate. Snacks and lunch will be provided to attendees. More importantly, residents will have access to the Mayor and Cabinet heads. Pre-registration at is encouraged but not required.

Wards 7 and 8 are on the brink of immense change. Too often, though, our village set—late 20s-early 40s—doesn’t come out and participate in these feel-good but high visibility events. I challenge us to flip the script and not be obvious and not play the stereotype. We can:
-          plan to carpool to the State of the District and the One City Summit.
-          chat online and/or in person to come up with three-five issues we’ll push for Wards 7 and 8 at the One City Summit.

What do you say? What do you think?

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