Professor Mendelson

Phil speaking with students at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

Phil speaking with students at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

Happy Hump Day, Mendelson Post readers!  It’s chilly out there, so let’s warm up with some photos of Phil from yesterday’s trip to the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law  where he spoke to students at the school’s Legislation Clinic about the legislative process.

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Mind the Gap

The electricity delivered to our homes to power our lives.  The pipes in our streets that bring clean water for drinking.  The train we ride to and from work.  The bridges that take us over deep valleys and wide rivers.

These are all valuable pieces of our region’s infrastructure and we don’t tend to give them much thought…until they break down.

Chairman Mendelson, as Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), believes that this infrastructure is often neglected and that maintenance is often adding further expense and safety concerns.  That is why he dedicated his time as Chair of the MWCOG’s Board of Directors in 2014 to focus on the region’s infrastructure, tasking MWCOG with a report on the needs and potential consequences if leaders do not act to maintain it.

While local jurisdictions have been making strides investing in their infrastructure, the report highlights that there is still a sizable gap between current investment levels and what is needed for adequate maintenance: $58 billion over 15 years.

Phil and MWCOG Executive Director Chuck Bean discuss the report in the video above.  The details of the full report can be read over at MWCOG’s website.

Have any ideas on what parts of our infrastructure should be prioritized?  Feel free to comment below!

 

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District Watchdogs

Phil swears in Kathy Patterson as the DC Auditor with Councilmember Jack Evans.

Phil swears in Kathy Patterson as the DC Auditor with Councilmember Jack Evans.

Happy Friday from the Mendelson Post!  This time last week we were recovering from our feasts giving thanks for food, friends, and family.  This week’s Friday isn’t as festive, but it is still an occasion to be thankful: thankful for government accountability and stewardship!  Yesterday afternoon, Phil swore in former Councilmember Kathy Patterson as DC Auditor.

The watchdog charged with providing objective, independent reviews of District government agencies and programs to the Council, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor is an important part of the District’s government system of checks and balances.  Vacant since May after former auditor Yolanda Branche departed the office, Phil nominated Kathy Patterson for the position in October and she was successfully confirmed last month.

Phil, Kathy Patterson, and Councilmember Evans pose after she was sworn in as DC Auditor.

Phil, Kathy Patterson, and Councilmember Evans pose after being sworn in as DC Auditor.

Kathy Patterson, a former Councilmember and colleague of Phil’s, represented Ward 3 on the Council from 1995-2007.  She will begin her term as Auditor later this month.

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Mayor for Life

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Phil, Mayor Gray, Councilmembers and staff are mourning the passing of former Mayor and Councilmember Marion Barry.  The public is invited to pay their respects to the life and legacy of Marion Barry as he lies in repose at the John A. Wilson Building through midnight tonight and from 6:00-9:00 AM tomorrow morning.

If you are unable to attend ceremonies at the Wilson Building, additional viewing opportunities are:

– Public Viewing on Friday, December 5 from 1:00-6:00 PM at the Temple of Praise at 700 Southern Avenue, SE

– Service for the Community on Friday, December 5 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Temple of Praise

– Public Viewing on Saturday, December 6 from 7:00-10:00 AM at the Washington Convention Center – Halls D & E

– Celebration Service on Saturday, December 6 from 11:00-3:00 PM at the Washington Convention Center – Halls D & E

 

 

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Mendo Alert: Meet Up With Mendo!

Want to Meet Up With Mendo?Good afternoon, Mendelson Post readers!  I have been asked to share this Mendo Alert: Phil will be hosting office hours outside the Wilson Building this Saturday, November 15 from 1:00-2:00 PM at the Broad Branch Market in Chevy Chase.

Got any concerns about District government services? Have an idea to improve your neighborhood? Just want to say hi to the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia? Then come on out this Saturday to the Broad Branch Market (5608 Broad Branch Road, NW) to Meet Up With Mendo!

We hope to see you there!

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