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Citizen Summit IV
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2005
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: Washington Convention Center
Citizen Summit IV Lifting All Communities

Mayor Anthony A. Williams will host Citizen Summit IV on Saturday, November 19, 8:30 am 4 pm, at the Washington Convention Center. Mayor Williams will convene citizens, elected officials and community leaders to begin making the tough choices involved in determining the citywide policies and priorities of the District government on youth development, employment and economic opportunity, and affordable housing.

Over the past six years, Mayor Williams has engaged more than 10,000 citizens in this unique planning process. As in past years, the daylong Citizen Summit the largest town hall meeting in the United States will significantly influence decisions on the Districts annual spending priorities and legislative initiatives.

Mayor Anthony A. Williams invites you to participate on
Saturday, November 19, 2005 from 8:30 am to 4 pm
at Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Hall D
Washington, DC

District residents may call (202) 727-2823 for more information. Translation and sign-language services will be available.

Attend and Participate in Mayor Williams Citizen Summit IV


Latest News
DDOT Designates Carsharing Spaces
October 27, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005

DDOT Designates Carsharing Spaces

(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the designation of 50 new on-street parking spaces for carsharing vehicles throughout the city, including Petworth, Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant and Historic Anacostia.

The spaces are marked with orange poles, special signage and pavement markings outlining the parking space. These 50 are in addition to 150 spaces already in use, mostly on private property, with a small number on property controlled by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The 50 DDOT spaces were picked in consultation with local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. Zipcar and Flexcar are the two companies working with DDOT on this endeavor.
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Chief Charles H. Ramsey statement
October 27, 2005
October 26, 2005

Public Roundtable on Police Conduct in the Enforcement of the Drunk Driving Laws in the District of Columbia

Charles H. Ramsey
Chief of Police
Metropolitan Police Department

Chief Charles H. Ramsey delivered the following statement to the Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on the Judiciary, The Honorable Phil Mendelson, Chair on October 26, 2005, at the Council Chamber, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

I want to thank both the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Public Works and the Environment for your interest in the issue of traffic safety and the enforcement of impaired driving laws in the District of Columbia. We all recognize that impaired driving is a serious threat to the safety and well-being of our residents and visitors. And I share your goals of ensuring that our laws on impaired driving are fair, but tough, and that our police officers and the public have clear directions on what our laws say and how they are being enforced. I appreciate and support the Councils interest in taking a thorough and comprehensive look at our laws in this area.
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DCRA Director Patrick Canavan Announces Appointment of Zoning Administrator
October 24, 2005
News Release for Immediate Release

DCRA Director Patrick Canavan Announces Appointment of Zoning Administrator

(Washington, DC) After conducting a nationwide search, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Director Patrick Canavan, Psy. D., today announced the appointment of Bill Crews as DCRA Zoning Administrator.
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DC Board of Real Estate Announces Consumer Protection Changes
October 24, 2005
News Release for Immediate Release

October 20, 2005
DC Board of Real Estate Announces Consumer Protection Changes to Regulations

(Washington, DC) DC Board of Real Estate Chairperson Constance W. Maffin, GRI, today announced revised real estate regulations for Chapters 26-27 of the Non-Health Related Occupations and Professions Licensure Act of 1998. This proposed rulemaking amends previous real estate licensing rules to reflect changes in legal requirements for the licenses and practices of real estate brokers, salespeople, and property managers.

These new regulations reflect a tremendous amount of diligent work by the entire board, which saw a need for amendments due to the changing real estate environment here in the District, Chairperson Maffin said.

To assure that buyers know when they are acquiring historic properties, the board added a three-part question to the seller disclosure statement. Licensees are required to tell sellers about these requirements.
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What D.C. DMV Wants you to know:
September 26, 2005
Service Impact Summary as of August 24, 2005

Ticket Payments
Tickets may be paid by credit card online at the DMV website, or by phone at (202) 289-2230. Payment by check or money order may be sent to the address listed on the back of the ticket. Payment may also be made at 301 C Street, NW, Room 1140, Monday through Friday, 8:15 am - 5 pm.
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D.C. DMV LEAVES 65 K Street Early Online services are available
September 26, 2005
DMV Ticket Services to at 301 C Street, NW;
DMV was scheduled to vacate the leased 65 K Street location by October 1, 2005, due to plans to redevelop the property. DMV's building at 301 C Street location was to be the successor location for the ticket payment/adjudication functions. That relocation was dependent on plans to relocate the current driver and vehicle services out of C Street to an expanded Georgetown Park office and a new DMV facility being developed at 95 M Street SW. Both of those projects are underway and pending completion for the October/November timeframe.

In order to resume the ticket payment and adjudication functions, the Department accelerated the construction of hearings rooms and the wiring for the ticket information system at C Street and relocated or doubled-up headquarters functions there. DMV also "borrowed" extra cashiering space from the Office of Finance and Treasury, and entered into a short-term lease for space from the city's ticket processing contractor (where access to the specialized ticket computer information system is available) for ticket support "back-office" functions.

"It's a classic case of good news and bad news," DMV Director Anne Witt said. "We're pleased to reopen these important ticket functions, but it's going to be crowded at C Street until our other facilities are ready." Citizens are urged to 'skip the trip' by utilizing the DMV's online, mail and phone services available to pay and contest tickets. Details are spelled out on the back of each ticket. Those not requiring ticket-related services are also reminded of the availability of DMV's Brentwood and Penn Branch service centers.

Because of the space limitations until the Georgetown and M Street SW locations open, scheduled hearings are being cancelled and rescheduled. Citizens who requested hearings are in full compliance with response requirements, and will have no adverse impacts (doubling, fines, stops). Notices of the new hearing dates will be issued by mail.
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Make sure your traffic tickets don't double!
September 26, 2005
Normally tickets have a "life" up to 60 days. During the first 30 days after issuance, a payment or request for adjudication may be requested without penalty. If neither has been done by the 31st day, the value of the ticket doubles, but a hearing may still be requested. If there is no further response by the 60th day after issuance, a $5 penalty is added, the ticket "defaults" and the citizen is automatically deemed liable, all fines become payable, and the right to contest the ticket is lost. Thirty additional days to reply have been added to all tickets affected by the closure as follows:

* Unanswered tickets issued between June 9 and July 7 had already doubled when the K Street office closed on August 8. They will have 90 days from the date of issuance (instead of the usual 60 days) to be paid or contested before they default.
* Tickets issued between July 8 and August 23 will have 60 days from date of issuance to be paid or contested before any doubling or penalties apply (rather than the usual 30 days).

Detailed service impact descriptions effective August 24, 2005 are attached to this release.
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September 26, 2005
SERVICE IS AT 301 C Street, NW
(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles will resume ticket payment and adjudication functions at its 301 C Street NW location, beginning Wednesday, August 24, 2005. Adjudication services previously offered at 65 K Street, NE have been transferred to the 301 C Street, NW facility. The agency suspended the functions on August 8, when it was forced to close its 65 K Street, NE facility due to air conditioning system failures and unhealthy interior conditions. The permit control, driver record and insurance services, also previously at K Street, have already been relocated to 301 C Street. The DMV call center, (202) 727-5000 is the only function remaining out of operation - and is not expected to resume before September 6, 2005.

During the period of closure, tickets for the relatively small number of persons who had already scheduled hearings were dismissed. However, the "clock" was stopped for the majority of tickets, and will resume on August 24. Because of the inconvenience of the facility closure, DMV is allowing 30 additional days to respond to whichever deadline (doubling or default as described below) came due during the period of closure.
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D.C. DMV Suspends Re-Inspection
September 26, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005

DMV Updates Vehicle Inspection System; Suspends Re-Inspection by Private Service Stations

(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) announced it has begun installing new vehicle inspection station hardware and software at its Southwest Inspection Station located at 1001 Half Street, SW. The effort is occurring in phases and will be completed over the next 18 months. As a result, beginning Monday, September 19, 2005, re-inspection services made by private neighborhood service stations will be suspended.

The system upgrade is necessary to ensure accurate testing results, particularly given the continuing design changes and electronic systems involved in inspections on newer model vehicles. Up-to-date systems improve our inspection process in two ways," said DMV Director Anne Witt. In addition to better data integrity, we will have fewer calibration and break-down delays, which can speed the process and reduce lines, Witt added.

DMV had certified 14 private service stations to conduct re-inspections on vehicles which fail certain safety criteria. These stations, which require access to DMVs system and database, were authorized to charge a $25 fee for the re-inspection service (which can also be obtained at no additional fee at the SW station).
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Metro D.C. Riders Advisory Council
September 26, 2005
Applications for Riders Advisory Council accepted through Oct. 17

Metro is looking for bus and rail riders and MetroAccess users to be part of its Riders Advisory Council.

Applications are available on Metro's Website http://www.wmata.com/riding/rac_application.cfm, rail stations, on buses and MetroAccess vehicles. They can also be picked up at the Metro Center and Pentagon sales offices, the Lost and Found office, at Metro's headquarters, 600 5th St NW, Washington, D.C., and by calling 202-962-1034. The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. on October 17.

The Council will be made up of 21 riders with six each from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. There will be two at-large seats and a third will be held by the head of Metro's Elderly and Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee. There will be a cross-section of bus, subway and MetroAccess riders in the group. The council will be made up of commuters, occasional riders and those who are transit dependent, but not Metro employees or elected officials. Members would serve staggered three-year terms and hold monthly public meetings.

"I'm looking for folks who are willing to roll up their sleeves, interact with riders and engage in deep thought," said Metro Board Chairman Dana Kauffman, who represents Fairfax County.

A selection committee from each of the areas will be made up of at least one Board member from that particular jurisdiction. The panels will come up with a list of candidates, then the full Board will select members from the applicant pool by the end of the year.

The Council is part of a series of initiatives to improve communications with riders. The agency also has held more town hall meetings, provided e-mail contact for board members, added a public comment period to meetings and posted Board presentations on the Web site.
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