Tommy Wells to Hold Oversight Hearing on Police Conduct
(Washington, D.C.) - On Friday, January 24, Councilmember Tommy Wells, Chairperson of the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, will convene a public oversight hearing on police conduct. The oversight hearing will review policies and procedures related to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) standards, training, internal investigations and interventions regarding police officer conduct.
WHAT: Police Conduct Oversight Hearing
WHEN: TODAY, Friday, January 24, 2:00PM
WHERE: John A. Wilson Building, Room 500, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
To watch the hearing online click here.
"We must review how the Department identifies and investigates reports of criminal conduct by police officers; we need to take a hard look at the hiring standards; we need to know how the Department responds to concerns about questionable conduct before that conduct becomes criminal," said Wells.
Recent reports of police misconduct in the MPD 7th District have been accompanied by news of 14 MPD officer arrests in 2013 and a September, 2012 Washington Examiner report that more than 90 officers had been arrested in the previous 3½ years.
DC Council set to debate minimum wage bill
Video from WUSA 9 CBS
Written report from WTOP 103.5 FM Radio
WASHINGTON - A bill forcing Wal-Mart to pay employees more didn't make it past the mayor's desk, but D.C. lawmakers are now eyeing a higher minimum wage for all workers.
D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells, who is running for mayor, says a majority of the council is in agreement on that goal, and he's confident that a minimum-wage hike will pass: "The only question is, how high does the minimum wage go and how soon?"
Wells would raise the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.25 over the next year and a half.
Separate tax breaks would allow workers to take home more pay, and give relief to small businesses who will be paying workers more.He expects the council to pass a bill by December or January.
CNN - Tommy Wells & CNN Discuss Decriminalization of Marijuana in DC
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer discusses Councilmember Tommy Wells' proposal to decriminalize marijuana.
CNN's Rene Marsh reports on a new proposal that could decriminalize marijuana use in Washington, D.C. Marsh discusses the proposed legislation with the bill's author, Councilmember Tommy Wells in Freedom Plaza.
Wells: Possible Federal Shutdown's Impact on DC Residents is an Outrage
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, DC Councilmember Wells released the following statement regarding the potential impacts of a U.S. government shutdown on the District of Columbia and its residents:
"It's an outrage that DC residents may suffer once again because of the dysfunctional behavior of Republicans in Congress," said Wells. "This sorry incident is one more emphatic example why DC needs full voting rights and full budget autonomy now. It's ridiculous that our city is held hostage to the federal budget. No other state in the country - no other city - has to go through this.
"Our residents deserve the services they've paid for. District residents shouldn't suffer just because Congress can't get their act together."
District of Columbia residents face a suspension several important local government services if the Federal government shuts down due to a failure of the House and Senate to pass a funding bill by Sept. 30. A shutdown would require some DC agencies to close, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the Department of Public Works and the DC Public Libraries. Trash collection and street sweeping would be suspended, and there would be limited operations in the health and human services departments.
Tommy Wells Discusses Need to Stop Illegal Guns from Entering DCTommy Wells joins the Politics Hour with Kojo Namdi and Tom Sherwood to discuss the need to stop illegal guns from entering DC.
Second Annual Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Waiver Beneficiary FairOn Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 9:00am to 3:00pm, the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) Division of Long Term Care will host the second Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver Beneficiary Fair at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 1407 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, near the Shaw Metro Station.
The event that will provide residents with information about the EPD Waiver program and services. At the beneficiary fair you will have the opportunity to:
- Bring your questions/concerns and get answers
- Learn more about Medicaid and the EPD Waiver program
- Take part in our raffle drawing and win prizes
- Meet various stakeholders including: EPD Waiver Providers, DC Government agencies and DHCF EPD Waiver staff
There will be two breakout sessions. The morning session will focus on the services and operations of the EPD Waiver program. The afternoon session will focus on community resources and services available to beneficiaries. The intent of these sessions is to foster discussions and to share best practices about person-centered planning. To register for the for the event click here.
Overtime Questions Prompt Further Review
Tommy Joins News Talk To Talk Resignation of Kwame Brown and the District's Path Forward
Smart Growth America Highlights Tommy's "5 Minute Living" VisionSmart Growth America highlighted Tommy and his work in Washington, DC's neighborhoods for their latest speakers series. SGA notes DC has experienced "a huge resurgence in recent years, and nowhere in the city is this more visible than DC's Ward 6." Tommy talks about creating a livable, walkable city and realizing the vision of what he calls "5-minute living." This video is part of Smart Growth America's Smart Growth Stories series, which highlights some of the most interesting and exciting smart growth work being done across the country.
Tommy Talks Safety With Gibson Plaza NeighborsCouncilmember Wells met with residents of Gibson Plaza in the Shaw neighborhood and the "new" Ward 6. In this video, Tommy talks about how he's working with resident leaders, building managers, MPD leaders and others to improve safety and work on neighborhood concerns around Gibson Plaza and Shaw. Thanks to GPA for creating this short video!
Tommy Speaks with Kojo Nnamdi and Tom Sherwood About Ethics and Pay-To-PlayTommy joined Kojo Nnamdi and Tom Sherwood for the Politics Hour on Friday, April 27th. In discussion with Kojo and Tom, Tommy said that in the wake of the Harry Thomas Jr. corruption scandal, and despite some efforts by the council to pass new ethics guidelines, there is still a "pay-to-play" perception of the council. He noted though, that although it's a difficult time for the city government, the city itself is thriving. Watch the video below:
Tommy Talks Streetcars for DC
Tommy Talks About the Future of DC Public Libraries
Tommy Talks Speed Limits for Neighborhood Roads
Wells Calls on Several Taxicab Reforms
Tommy Leads Bike Tour Over South Capitol Street Bridge
Tommy Joins Bruce DePuyt on News Talk
Tommy Spends Time with Kojo Nnamdi on The Politics Hour
Tommy on our Ward Transportation Summits & Listening Tour
The Ward 7 Rediscover the Bus Summit and Listening Tour was a big success. And we're coming to other wards over the next couple of weeks. Here's what's scheduled so far:
- Ward 8 Transportation Summit & Listening Tour
Saturday, April 9, 2011, 12:00 pm, United Planning Organization, 1649 Good Hope Rd., SE
- Ward 4 Transportation Summit & Listening Tour
Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 6:30 pm, Northern Metrobus Garage, 4615 14th St., NW
- Ward 5 Transportation Summit & Listening Tour
Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6:30 pm, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave., NE
Check out Tommy's comments and watch the video below:
Tommy Talks About DC Bus Service
Earlier this week, Tommy posted some thoughts about how DC can rediscover the bus. Click here to read his blog post. Today, we're sharing a video Tommy created to help explain what rediscovering the bus means to him, and asks you to chime in. Lastly, he rolls out his listening tour, starting Saturday, March 12th in Ward 7. Click here for those details.
Tommy Calls to Keep Solar Decathlon in DC
With news that the National Park Service might move the highly successful Solar Decathlon off the National Mall and outside of Washington, DC, Tommy asks residents to rally around a call to keep the Solar Decathlon in DC.
Watch the video below, or check it out on Facebook by .
Tommy Discusses the Winter Sidewalk Safety Bill
Each winter, uncleared snow and ice on sidewalks traps residents - particularly seniors and individuals with disabilities - on their blocks. At best, it forces pedestrians into the road to compete with cars and trucks, and at worst, it creates very dangerous conditions and leaves residents with little options to get around their own neighborhood.
Learn the details of the proposal by watching the video below, or check it out on Facebook by .
Tommy Talks About Public Safety, Chief Lanier & Sharing Juvenile Information
Tommy discusses his partnership with MPD Chief Cathy Lanier and how he works with the police to improve public safety; including his legislation that allows better sharing of important juvenile information to attack problems at the source and provide better resources for youth or families at risk.
Tommy Talks About the Importance of Great Middle Schools
Tommy talks about how a love for learning begins in middle school and our shared priority to make improvements that builds on the success in our elementary schools.
Tommy Talks About Neighborhood Schools Supporting Ward 6 Families
Tommy talks about why neighborhoods that support families need access to great schools, and how Ward 6 schools are starting to meet those needs.
Tommy Talks About Marriage Equality in DC
Tommy speaks about his vote in support of DC's marriage equality law and the importance of protecting the basic rights of every citizen.
Tommy Talks About Rights for LGBT Families
Tommy talks about the importance of protecting the legal rights of our LGBT families and promotes DC's stance on marriage equality as a model for building stronger communities.
Tommy Talks About Raising Families in Ward 6
In Ward 6, families are having more and more options to grow their family and have their children succeed - from neighborhood schools within walking distance of their homes, to programs that challenge and add to their child's experience such as Sports on The Hill and the DC Youth Orchestra.
Tommy Talks About Adding Safer Pedestrian Crosswalks
Across Ward 6 and DC, pedestrian safety is a struggle. Tommy highlights the type of road construction that builds a safer pedestrian raised crosswalk and helps ensure the road is shared with everyone.