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Celebrate DC’s restored stream at Oct. 16 Broad Branch Stream Community Day

Tuesday, 27 September, 2016
This is your chance to learn about the development of the new comprehensive planting plan to beautify the site and restore wildlife and bird habitat, removal of invasive species, the creation of walking trails and seating areas, installation of dog waste stations, and more.... more >

Can Taxis Compete With Uber? Overhaul Of D.C. Cabs On The Way

Thursday, 22 September, 2016
“I would prefer a system that was more open and inclusive of the people who are being regulated,” says Cheh, who was behind the 2012 legislation to modernize the taxi fleet after her office produced a survey showing widespread public dissatisfaction with cabs.... more >

D.C. Lawmakers Aim to Curb Arbitrary Rent Discounts: Mary Cheh has rent-control tenants’ backs

Wednesday, 21 September, 2016
Under Cheh's bill—which Councilmembers Anita Bonds and Elissa Silverman co-introduced and which was drafted in consultation with D.C.'s Office of the Tenant Advocate—landlords would be forbidden from stockpiling future rent increases to use as leverage against tenants. It would also narrow the circumstances under which a landlord could legally offer a tenant a discount on a rent-controlled unit, ensuring a lease is signed in good faith.... more >

A DC law that was terribly unfair to cyclists and pedestrians will soon be a thing of the past. Let’s thank the DC Council.

Wednesday, 21 September, 2016
There is a huge discrepancy in how drivers experience the costs of collisions as opposed to people on bike or foot. Doing away with contributory negligence in DC will be a huge step forward towards treating road users more fairly in accident compensation.... more >
Jan 21

Councilmember Cheh’s Office Open for Women’s March

Councilmember Cheh is opening her office following the Women’s March on Washington to provide residents with a warm space and access to public restrooms. Light refreshments will be provided. Saturday, January 21st 1:00 to 4:00 pm Suite 108 of the John A. Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW |Washington, D.C. A photo ID is required for entry into the building. The public may enter the building at the back entrance off D St NW, located in-between 14th St NW and 13 ½ St NW. ... more >
Jan 17

*Media Advisory* Letter to MPD re Muslim Liaison Unit

Councilmember Cheh calls on MPD to establish a Muslim Liaison Unit to better serve and protect Muslim residents
Jan 10

Cheh’s bill to eliminate the statute of limitations on felony sex crimes

Two similar bills were introduced by Cheh in 2013 and 2015 but never received a hearing “It is extremely important that the District eliminate the statute of limitations on felony sex crimes –especially as it concerns the rape and sexual abuse of minors. Child victims are often persuaded or threatened to believe that reporting the crime will have dire consequences. Furthermore, research indicates it can take victims years to come to terms with the abuse they have suffered. Victims often feel guilt, shame, and self-blame due to the stigma surrounding these crimes. Given these realities, perpetrators of these egregious crimes should be held accountable for their actions without an expiration date... more >
Jan 10

Cheh re-introduces the “Inmate Segregation Reduction Act of 2015”

Legislation to revise the Central Detention Facility’s solitary confinement policies “While there are certainly a number of circumstances that warrant solitary confinement, we must also recognize and work to minimize the unintended effects that solitary confinement has on inmates –unwanted effects that may actually make inmates more of a danger to the general public than they were prior to imprisonment. ... more >
Jan 10

Bill to set national standard testing/remediation standard for lead-contaminated water

Councilmember Cheh continues effort to set a national standard for the testing and remediation of lead-contaminated water “Children in the District of Columbia deserve access to safe, clean drinking water, and it is time for the government to adopt a proactive –rather than reactive, strategy towards lead control in our public water sources. ... more >
Oct 24

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Cheh to Hold Hearing on District’s Plan to Tackle Snow Removal Ahead of 2016-2017 Winter Season

The hearing is an opportunity for Councilmember Cheh to hear the anticipated costs and cleanup plan for this winter’s snowfall, discuss the lessons learned from last year’s preparedness, and see what can be done to keep residential and commercial sidewalks clear of snow and ice.... more >

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Mary M. Cheh @marycheh 18 Jan Wonderful decision and flexibility by @wmata to better accommodate this weekend's crowds
Mary M. Cheh @marycheh 13 Jan For my fellow #WomensMarch walkers next weekend: my office will be open for residents to warm up & use public restr…