Paid family leave, getting serious about affordable housing – Ward 1 Update
Posted on October 28, 2015 at 3:58 PM
Supporting Paid Family Leave
I recently co-introduced a bill that would give workers in the District up to 16 weeks of paid leave for a major life event such as birth or adoption of a child or caring for a sick or injured family member or for self-care. The bill would allow any employee in D.C., or any D.C. resident employed outside of the city, to access a government-run fund to cover the costs of the paid leave. The best-in-the-nation bill would help keep families healthier and workers happier while helping businesses increase employee retention, productivity, and profitability. The bill was authored by Councilmembers David Grosso and Elissa Silverman.
- Press release with background on the bill
- Washington Post Columnist Petula Dvorak: D.C.’s amazing paid family leave proposal: Generous and long overdue
- WAMU: U.S. May Lag On Paid Parental Leave, But D.C. Could Jump Ahead With 16 Weeks
Getting serious about affordable housing and government transparency
My bill to make the details of District land deals more transparent had a public hearing in September. The Land Disposition Transparency Act of 2015 will require posting details about the deals online and require the Mayor to provide more details about the process to the public and Council.
I also wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about how we have to use all the tools at our disposal if we are serious about producing the affordable housing we need. This includes turning to the untapped value of our vacant, publicly owned land.
- Washington Post Op-ed by Councilmember Nadeau: Get serious about affordable housing
- Councilmember Nadeau’s opening statement on The Land Disposition Transparency Act of 2015
Revised Pepco-Exelon Deal
After the Public Service Commission rejected a proposed merger of Pepco and Exelon several months ago, the Mayor, Attorney General, Office of the People’s Counsel and others involved in the proceedings negotiated a settlement that includes millions of dollars in additional concessions from Exelon. As you may recall, I spent a great deal of time reviewing evidentiary hearing testimony before I opposed the original proposal because I believed it did not adequately protect ratepayers and would set back our environmental goals. I, along with six of my council colleagues, have decided to support the proposed settlement, which addresses my original concerns by protecting ratepayers through early 2019, providing assistance for low income citizens and including a commitment to expand solar and wind power along with millions to support additional renewable energy development. While the Council has no formal role in the proceedings, we have sent a letter to the Public Service Commission for its consideration. The letter, linked below, outlines how the proposed settlement addresses my prior concerns.
- Letter from Councilmembers to the Public Service Commission in support of the settlement
- Details of Mayor Bowser’s settlement
Honoring Pleasant Plains Community Leader
I recently introduced a bill that will designate Theodore “Ted” Williams Alley in the Pleasant Plains neighborhood to commemorate the life of the community leader and the enduring legacy of his family. The bill will also remove a roadblock to the construction of a building on the property which includes publicly accessible community benefits.
- I had a great time meeting with Latino tech innovators at this year’s national #LATISM conference.
- Police have announced an arrest in a Park View shooting from this summer.
- Thanks to all who came out to my recent public safety meeting with MPD, ANCs and residents to address the rise in violence near 14th and V Streets.
- A great story about La Casa, an architectural and public policy success helping chronically homeless residents in Columbia Heights.
- Join me on December 12 for the Third District Police Citizens Advisory Council Awards Banquet where we’ll be honoring officers for the work they do in our community.