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As you hopefully stay home for Thanksgiving this week, it’s important to take some time to think about those that have much less than us to be thankful for. And to turn those thoughts into action, please consider giving to Georgetown Ministry Center.
The institution, based right in the heart of Georgetown, offer services and programs to the area’s homeless. And in cold winter nights, it offers a place to sleep, which can be a question of life or death. As GM wrote back in October, the center is trying to adjust to the challenges of Covid, and could certainly use your help in doing so.
If you’re a federal employee who participates in the Combined Federal Campaign, please add the center (CFC# 31661) to your list of charities. Then pass the gravy!
Photo by M.V. Jantzen.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
The last of the ballots for ANC were counted and released on Friday night. And sadly for me, I came up short. Jenny Mitchell won by 14 votes over me 276-262.
Congratulations goes to Jenny! She did well across the SMD. She creamed me over on the eastern side, where she lives, 71-29. And she kept it close enough on the other side of Wisconsin (205-233) to keep the lead. She clearly has wide support, and that will serve her well as Commissioner. I’m sure she will do an excellent job and I wish her the best of luck.
Thank you to everyone who supported me! It was an honor to run and see my name on the ballot.
And don’t cry for me, ANC2E 02! Losing stings, of course. But life goes on. And I will continue to do what I can to serve the community wherever possible.
With the 2020 Census wrapping up, the contentious steps of reapportionment are on the horizon. And while DC sadly does not have any Congressional reapportionment to worry over, we do need to redraw the ward boundaries again. And given the huge population growth in other parts of the city, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that Georgetown could rejoin Ward 3.
The reason to redraw the ward lines is that the city is required by law to maintain roughly equal populations for each. So essentially the city takes the total population counted by the Census and divides it by eight. That resulting number is the target population each ward must meet by either growing or reducing in geographic size. So, if a ward grew faster than the average, then it has to be reduced in size to bring its total population down.
But reducing or growing a ward isn’t done in isolation. That land has to come from or go to another ward, which itself might need to grow or shrink irrespective of what the first ward needs to do. So needless to say it’s a complicated matter! And that’s just talking about math and geography. It gets exponentially more complicated when politics enter. And next year will likely be an explosive year on the politics front, as GM will explain. Continue reading