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The DC Government Wants to Rename the Russian Embassy’s Address After a Putin Critic. Moscow Has Responded.

Monday, 12 February, 2018
“No matter what is going on in this country, we should still be the beacon for fighting democracy,” Cheh told the Washington Post last November... more >

Faking the Grade: DC Council Questions DCPS

Friday, 09 February, 2018
“Chasing of data., and fudging of data to make the system look good, it's happening because we're not looking at why the system is failing, and the system is failing," said Councilmember Mary Cheh. “The mayor told us at the Mayor-Council Breakfast that the investigation is finished. No. The investigation has just started.”... more >

DC Lawmaker wants judges to remove guns from accused domestic abusers

Thursday, 01 February, 2018
After police say a Maryland woman was killed by her husband within hours of seeking a restraining order, a D.C. lawmaker is proposing a change to better protect victims of domestic violence... “This is just another instance of the danger of domestic violence and guns in the home,” Cheh said of the case of Candace and Calvin Carnathan in Charles County, Maryland.... more >

Solving D.C.’s Graduation Rate Issues Must Go Beyond ‘Superficial’ Say City Leaders

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018
"We cannot be graduating students who are functionally illiterate, and we are," said Cheh. "And no one here can sit and tell me we are not."... more >
Feb 20

Performance Oversight Hearing: Committee on Transportation & The Environment

Department of General Services 1:00PM Room 500... more >
Feb 27

Performance Oversight Hearing: Committee on Transportation & the Environment

Bicycle Advisory Council, Pedestrian Advisory Council, & the District Department of Transportation 11:00AM* -Time is likely to change Room 123... more >
Mar 2

Performance Oversight Hearing: Committee on Transportation & the Environment

Food Policy Council, DC Water, & the Washington Aqueduct 11:00AM Room 500... more >
Mar 5

Performance Oversight Hearing: Committee on Transportation & the Environment

Department of Parks and Recreation 11:00AM Room 412... more >
Mar 8

Performance Oversight Hearing: Committee on Transportation & the Environment

Department of Motor Vehicles & the Department of Public Works 11:00AM Room 120... more >
Jan 31

Councilmember Cheh urges Council to act on bill to protect victims of domestic violence

Bill requires that anyone served with a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) relinquish firearms in his or her possession and be barred from purchasing new firearms during the TPO period “Last weekend’s tragic homicide in White Plains, Maryland reinforces the fact that the most dangerous time for a domestic violence victim is the period immediately following the decision to end an abusive relationship –that is precisely why removing access to firearms during this period is a crucial part of combatting domestic violence and gun violence in the region...... more >
Jan 23

Council to Condemn Trump Comments

Councilmember Cheh Introduces Sense of the Council to Condemn President Trump’s Comments on Immigrants and Refugees This measure sends a message of commitment by this Council and the District of Columbia government to our immigrant communities: we welcome you here, we value you, and we will always defend your right to live lives of dignity and peace, free from bigotry and oppression in all forms,” said Councilmember Cheh.... more >
Jan 17

Statement on Wilson High School’s Graduation and Attendance Rates

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)’s recent report indicates that at least 34% of Wilson graduates did not qualify to graduate under DCPS attendance policy “...By protecting DCPS officials, we are cheating our students, and that is appalling. It will be very difficult for me to trust future claims of growing graduation rates when we have evidence today that DCPS has been cooking the books or not following their own policies.... more >
Jan 16

Media Advisory: Cheh details 9 strategies to mitigate the financial burden of the Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge

Churches, cemeteries, and nonprofits have reportedly cut community services due to escalating DC Water bills Suggestions include: • Providing a hardship exemption or discount for nonprofit or charitable organizations and residents on fixed incomes • Encouraging DC to provide a discount on the CRIAC for customers who preserve large amounts of green space • Measuring actual storm water runoff to determine each customer’s CRIAC charge • Exempting private roads that are open to the public, such as in housing developments and cemeteries, from the CRIAC fee • Having the District of Columbia pay the CRIAC fee for public streets and sidewalks ... more >
Jan 9

Councilmember Cheh Introduces Bill to Permit Sunscreen Use at Schools

Due to sunscreen’s current status as a medication, students cannot apply sunscreen at school without a doctor’s note “Students should not be required to provide a doctor’s note in order to use their own parent-provided sunscreen at school..."... more >

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