Having been in contact with many of you about recent violence in Columbia Heights, I wanted to reach out prior to the weekend with information about what our public safety agencies and I have done so far, what we are doing in preparation for the long weekend, and to provide answers to some frequently asked questions.
At the May 7th, 2019 Legislative Meeting, the Vision Zero Enhancement Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019 was introduced. The bill, among other things, does the following:
Any crime in our community is upsetting, but the violence we have seen over the past several weeks is extremely distressing. I know firsthand how terrifying it can be when violent crime occurs in proximity to you, your children, and your neighbors. I pledge to use my role as your Councilmember to support effective tools to end community violence. In doing so, I don’t want to govern from a place of fear—rather, my work focuses on finding proactive solutions for oversight, enforcement, and enhancement of services so that we can all understand the tools we have at our disposal. This message is to better inform you of what I and others in the District government are doing.