The challenge of rapid rehousing in the second most expensive rental market in the country

HOMELESSNESS | The District is changing policies and offering incentives to entice landlords to participate in the rapid rehousing program, part of a concerted effort on the part of the Gray administration to get homeless families out of hotels and the shelter at D.C. General. The big question is whether people will be able to pay their rent after their subsidies from the city run out. Some homeless advocates are concerned (CP, 4/16):

According to a recent study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a D.C. resident making minimum wage needs to work 137 hours per week—or nearly 20 hours a day, seven days a week—to afford fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment. [Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless attorney Will] Merrifield argues that rapid rehousing might make sense for employed individuals, but that “to try to plug everyone into this program is insane.”

“Where I don’t see it working is for families that are going to be a single mom working one or two minimum-wage jobs that are going to be put in an apartment that’s $1,400, $1,500, $1,600 a month, and then falling off a cliff when the six months is up and the rapid rehousing runs out,” Merrifield says. “There’s no way that that can be successful in my opinion.”

Which leads us to…

HOUSING | In the ranking for most expensive rental market, D.C. is second only to Hawaii. (WTOP, 4/17) Where, presumably, a rental unit comes with a beach view.

YOUTH | A new resource map from the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, produced in partnership with the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, traces the various funding streams going toward services for disconnected youth in D.C. DCAYA has an overview of the findings about gaps and opportunities to better target investments toward disconnected youth on their blog. The full resource map can be found here. (DCAYA, 4/16)

ARTS | The National Endowment for the Arts announced their latest round of grants yesterday, $2.5 million of which is going to 30 D.C. organizations. Here’s the list. (CP, 4/16)

HEALTHCARE |  DC extends deadline to enroll in health plans (WTOP, 4/17)

EDUCATION | The College Board has released sample questions from the new SAT exam, which will be better aligned with the Common Core standards. (WaPo, 4/16) I got butterflies and my palms started to sweat a little when I saw the math question on the front page of the Post yesterday.

NONPROFITS | Analysis: Looking At The Gender Wage Gap At Non-Profits In D.C. (WAMU, 4/16)

DISTRICT | After Six Years, D.C. To Get Six More Months To Debate Zoning Code Rewrite (WAMU, 4/16)

REGION | D.C. And Maryland Decriminalize Marijuana, But Differently (WAMU, 4/15)

Peeps! (…and a whole lot of ad videos. Thanks, Washington Post)

The (Almost) Daily will be back on Monday. Along with, I hope, spring.

- Rebekah

Will the new SAT improve access to college?

- In effort to break the correlation between SAT scores and family income, the College Board is once again revising the exam. It will also begin offering free test prep courses online through a partnership with Khan Academy. (WaPo, 3/6)

Whether the College Board can break the link between test scores and economic class is the subject of much debate.

“There’s no reason to think that fiddling with the test is in any way going to increase its fairness,” said Joseph A. Soares, a Wake Forest University sociologist. He said high school grades are a far better measure of college potential. Tests, he argued, needlessly screen out disadvantaged students.

Argelia Rodriguez, president and chief executive of the D.C. College Access Program, which provides college counseling in public high schools, said the College Board was taking a “step in the right direction” by promoting a test that might be less intimidating. But she said financial aid and other issues are far more important to low-income families. “There’s a lot more to access than just test-taking,” she said.

- Loudoun moves to open N. Virginia’s first charter school (WaPo, 3/6)

HEALTH/AGING | A new study suggests that the number of deaths due to Alzheimer’s has been significantly underestimated and ranks it as the third leading cause of death (WaPo, 3/6):

More than 5 million people in the United States are estimated to have Alzheimer’s. With the aging of the baby-boom generation, this number is expected to nearly triple by 2050 if there are no significant medical breakthroughs, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The disease cost the nation $210 billion last year; that rate is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.

COMMUNITY | On the foundation’s blog, Yanique Redwood of the Consumer Health Foundation (and a WRAG board member) writes about an encounter on an airplane that highlighted the short cuts that the “unconscious brain” sometimes takes that lead people toward biased ideas. (CHF, 3/4)

Related: Back in December, Dr. Gail Christopher from the Kellogg Foundation spoke to WRAG members about the societal impacts of unconscious bias. (Daily, 12/20)

WRAG | Sara Gallagher, a graduate student at UMD, writes about what she learned serving as a Philanthropy Fellow at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and Calvert Foundation. (Daily, 3/6)

Related: The Philanthropy Fellows Program is a service to WRAG members that connects them with talented fellows studying philanthropy and nonprofit management at UMD. We’re accepting fellowship position descriptions from WRAG members now. More information is available here.

TRANSIT | The cost of building the Purple Line has nearly doubled to $2.37 billion since the initial estimate. (WaPo, 3/6)

HOUSING | DC’s mayoral candidates voice ideas for affordable housing (GGW, 3/5)

WORKFORCE | After Lively Debate, Maryland House Approves Minimum Wage Hike To $10.10 (WAMU, 3/6)

PHILANTHROPY | The Social Innovation Fund has announced a fourth funding competition, this time prioritizing applications targeting opportunity youth, vulnerable populations, and collective impact approaches. More information is available here.

NONPROFITS | IRS hit from all political stripes on nonprofit rules (Politico, 3/3)

DISTRICT | On March 21, there will be a mayoral candidate forum on sustainability, clean water, and environmental health. More information is available here.

Who knew people in D.C. were so happy…and so into dancing in public!

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Monday. Have a great weekend!


Reflections from a Philanthropy Fellow: Sara Gallagher

By Sara Gallagher

Sara Gallagher is a 2014 Master of Public Policy candidate, specializing in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Through the Philanthropy Fellows program, Sara has interned at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and Calvert Foundation. She shared with us her thoughts on her experience in the Philanthropy Fellows program over the past two years.

The Philanthropy Fellows Program is a great opportunity for philanthropy and nonprofit management and leadership students to gain meaningful work experience in the sector. The partnership between the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership matches serious students in paid internships with member foundations and corporate giving programs.

Last year I worked as a Philanthropy Fellow for the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region on a number of communications and branding initiatives. My work at the Community Foundation gave me an in-depth understanding of how these unique community organizations work. I also learned about effective collaborative strategies with cross-sector and regional partners to make broad and deep impacts on issues like education, hunger, housing, and workforce development. I actually applied what I learned during my Fellowship for a major school project: a policy analysis on workforce programs.

This year I am a Philanthropy Fellow with Calvert Foundation, where I work with the Strategic Initiatives team on the development of new impact investing programs. I’ve been really challenged by my work at Calvert Foundation because of their investment focus; a lot of what they do goes beyond my school and work experience. Regardless, I’ve learned about program creation and management, as well as how to use impact investing to leverage the financial resources of philanthropists, investors, and ordinary people. Impact investing is a powerful tool for social change, and Calvert Foundation has shown me how to use it.

My fellowships have allowed me to complement my formal graduate studies with valuable, relevant work experiences, and the ability to practice and expand on my nonprofit training. When I graduate this May, I hope to work for a foundation that strengthens the nonprofit sector through capacity-building grantmaking for effective organizations.

WRAG members: We are now accepting applications for Philanthropy Fellows program for Fall 2014 through Spring 2015. If you are interested in hiring a fellow, please contact Rebekah Seder at for more information.

Addressing a “crisis in caring” for older Americans

AGING | With the onset of the so-called “silver tsunami,” there is a huge need for full-time caregivers for the aging. Families are increasingly stepping into this role, fundamentally altering their lives in order to care for their parents and grandparents. (WaPo, 3/5):

As Americans age, and living well into the 90s or even past 100 is increasingly common, the nation is facing a crisis in caring for the elderly.

It can be particularly hard on the middle class — those not poor enough to qualify for federal benefits for long-term care and not wealthy enough to afford the high cost of assisted-living facilities or in-home helpers. In fact, much of the daily care for aging parents is done by family members — typically a middle-aged daughter who also is juggling a job and raising children.

It’s an issue with wide-ranging implications for society. Today’s edition of the Post has a special section on caregiving, highlighting the often invisible challenges facing those who are providing full-time care for their family members. The report came out of recent events in Seattle and Chicago that examined the issue from a variety of angles.

FOOD | As food becomes an ever-more popular interest among Americans, philanthropy has begun taking a broader interest in the food system. The Washington Regional Convergence Partnership is leading the way on this in our region. The latest edition of What Funders Need to Know captures some of the Partnership’s learnings about how our food is produced, processed, distributed, consumed, and disposed of, who is involved in this process, and where there are opportunities to improve how the entire system works. (Daily, 3/5)

Related: On April 1, WRAG members and the community at large are invited to hear from food writer and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty on the topic of “culinary justice.” Intrigued? You should be. Check out this recent profile of him in Garden & Gun and then register for the event, to be held at Busboys & Poets, here.

INEQUALITY | The DC Fiscal Policy Institute breaks down the gap between the District’s highest and lowest earners and finds that the economic recovery is leaving groups behind – specifically, those without college degrees, low-wage workers, and African American and Hispanic residents. (DCFPI, 3/5)

COMMUNITY | A Wider Circle’s founder Mark Bergel was recently named a 2014 CNN Hero. On the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region‘s blog, he writes about the organization’s work addressing poverty in our region, and the importance of shining a national light on the region’s needs. (CFNCR, 3/4)

Related: You can watch the CNN segment on A Wider Circle here.

TRANSIT | Obama’s budget proposal, released yesterday, includes $100 million in federal funding for the Purple Line, which is well received by advocates for the project. (WaPo, 3/5)

HOMELESSNESS/VETERANS | In Just 100 Days, DC Finds Homes For More Than 200 Homeless Veterans (Think Progress, 2/28) The coalition of agencies leading this push have a goal of housing another 190 homeless vets by March 31.

Related: WRAG members are invited to a funders-only brown bag discussion on homelessness in the region. More information and registration here.

DEMOGRAPHICS | New research from UVA finds that one in nine Virginians is foreign born, and nearly 70 percent of the state’s immigrant population lives in northern Virginia. (WAMU, 3/4)

- Obama’s Budget Would Give D.C. More Autonomy. But Can It Pass? (CP, 3/4)

- Leading Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Housing and Homelessness (CP, 3/4)

- Where will DC’s next 200,000 residents go? The mayoral candidates weigh in (GGW, 3/4)

Here are two kind of fascinating distractions for your afternoon. First, the voting and lifestyle tendencies predicted by first names, based on voting registration data. Second, a data visualization that shows how the popularity of any given first name spread throughout the country over the last century. Enjoy.

- Rebekah

Senior villages throughout the region help older adults age in place

- The Greater Washington region is leading the country in the formation of senior villages – neighborhood-based grassroot networks that help older adults live at home by mobilizing volunteers to help with things like shopping, transportation, house repairs, and by connecting them with social and cultural activities. (WaPo, 2/7)

The Washington area may be particularly receptive to villages because it is a more transient place than many metropolitan areas, with close relatives often living far away, said Barbara Sullivan, Mount Vernon at Home’s executive director… But the concept also works particularly well here because the area attracts so many career government and nonprofit workers, said Andy Mollison, vice president of the Washington Area Villages Exchange and founder and former president of Palisades Village in the District.

“Washington has always been a hotbed of volunteer activity,” he said. “People who’ve been running things all their lives, whether it’s PTAs or local food drives.”

- The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia digs into some of the data and findings of their latest report, A Portrait of our Aging Population in Northern Virginia. (CFNoVA, 2/7)

WORKFORCE | On their blog, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation features a great infographic highlighting the significant wage disparity between traditional and nontraditional jobs for women. (WAWF, 2/6)

ARTS | In advance of their 40th anniversary celebration on March 17, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region featured a special blog post from Dana Tai Soon Burgess about how important the foundation and its donors’ support for local arts organizations has been over the years. (CFNCR, 2/6)

HOUSING | Fairfax County officials are looking at ways to assess fees on developers to create affordable housing close to transit stations. (Fairfax Times, 2/5)

HOMELESSNESS | Editorial: D.C. needs a plan to deal with homelessness (WaPo, 2/7)

EDUCATION | A Greater Greater Education contributor looks at how instituting “controlled choice zones” could lead to more socioeconomically diverse schools in D.C. (GGE, 2/5)

Here’s something cool for music and/or data lovers: Google created a fascinating interactive timeline showing the rise and fall of various musical genres, sub-genres, and individual artists since the 1950s.

- Rebekah

44 area theater companies take on the gender gap in theatrical productions

ARTS | Only 27 percent of the plays produced in D.C. this theater season were written by women. To address this disparity, 44 theater companies from around the region have committed to producing a new play by a female playwright in the fall of 2015: (WaPo, 1/24)

The Women’s Voices Theatre Festival, encompassing virtually every large, midsize and fledgling theater company in and around the city, is being billed as a landmark event in the effort to put new plays by female playwrights onstage. Its organizers acknowledge that it won’t permanently rewrite the statistics showing that in this country, about four plays by men get produced professionally for every one by a woman. But the festival does throw down a gauntlet, in the cause of striking a more equitable gender balance — especially given that surveys show that women make up as much as two-thirds of the theatergoing audience across the nation.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | In a special piece on the Forbes site, the Advisory Board Company‘s Graham McLaughlin writes about why his company is placing a new emphasis on empathy among their employees:

We want to do this because it will further our mission and our margin. By creating this empathetic workforce…we think we can better understand, at a gut level as well as an intellectual level, the needs of our member hospitals and higher education organizations, as well as those of our communities.

By combining our unique skills and expertise with an empathetic approach to our member and community interactions, we can better anticipate their needs and the needs of those they serve, work with our members as a true partner, and ultimately create transformational, positive change in healthcare, education, and our communities.

HEALTH/WORKFORCE | Check out the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region‘s blog for a video about a new health clinic in Ward 8. The clinic also features a workforce development program, funded by the foundation’s Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, that trains neighborhood residents for positions at the clinic. (CFNCR, 1/24)

EDUCATION | DC schools chancellor Kaya Henderson has announced the creation of a task force on standardized tests to, in her words, “help put testing in the proper perspective.” (WaPo, 1.24)

HOMELESSNESS | Homeless shelters bogged down as cold snap continues (WTOP, 1/23)

LOCAL | ‘Green’ modifications proposed to D.C. clean-water plan; environmentalists are skeptical (WaPo, 1/24)

This time lapse video of a woman teaching herself how to dance has been around for a while but I missed it until now. It’s awesome.


Equity reports compare D.C. traditional and charter schools for the first time

- For the first time, D.C. education officials yesterday released “equity reports” with stats on every traditional public and charter school in the city, including metrics such as attendance rates, standardized test scores, demographics, suspensions, and other indicators. One of the insights from the reports is the high rate of “churn” – or student turnover – at schools in the lowest-income parts of the city. (WaPo, 12/12)

Related: Here is the full report.

COMMUNITY | At their annual meeting yesterday, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments honored the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region with the 2013 Regional Partnership Award, commending the foundation for their work with the Urban Institute on housing, as well as their work with the city to set up The City Fund and the Navy Yard Relief Fund. (MWCOG, 12/11)

HOUSING | A group of developers, with backing from Citi, and in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, is purchasing an apartment building in Southwest D.C. with the intention of keeping at least half of the units affordable to low- and middle-income renters. (WaPo, 12/11)

CSR | The National Conference on Citizenship, Points of Light, and Bloomberg recently released their annual list of the 50 most “community-minded” corporations, including WRAG members Bank of America, Capital One, Citi, and IBM. (NCOC, 12/5)

Related: Check out the new Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. Registration for the inaugural class is now open.

VETERANS | Veterans who left the military with “bad paper,” or less-than-honorable discharges, are disqualified for VA benefits, even when the cause of their discharge is related to PTSD. These vets most often turn to nonprofit organizations for services that would otherwise come from the government.

The money quote from an expert (NPR, 12/11):

“In many of these cases, there’s a very good justification for giving bad paper,” he says. “But at a strategic level, the government has to take the long view and ask whether they want to deprive these people of support for their lifetime, and shift the burden of care from the immense and very capable resources of the VA to communities and nonprofits across the country who don’t have those resources. There’s a very, very large cost to society by giving bad paper.”

EQUITY | While bike-share systems are hugely popular in a number of cities, especially in D.C., ridership among low-income people is “pitifully low.” This is due in part to the location of bike stations, as well as the membership fees, which require a credit card. (NPR, 12/12)

TRANSIT | Silver Line Officials Take Pass On Guessing When Trains Will Roll (WAMU, 12/12) Sigh.

GIVING | A D.C. woman is raising money by crowdfunding to help an elderly neighbor with dementia who is in danger of losing his apartment. The story underscores the myriad challenges facing elderly residents. (WaPo, 12/12)

PHILANTHROPY | Three Pillars of Significant Impact (Arabella, 12/12)

If you want to see how far the Internet has come in the last fifteen or so years, check out this 90s-era website promoting Columbia Heights, which City Paper linked to this morning. Click on the ‘Voices’ tab for recorded interviews with neighborhood residents, which were apparently funded by a Meyer Foundation grant. A lot of the links are broken, but there is still come cool stuff on the site.

And here’s another cool history nugget, via the Ghosts of DC site: a panoramic photo of DC from 1905.

There won’t be a Daily tomorrow, but we’ll be back on Monday. Enjoy your weekend!

- Rebekah

Stormwater, lettuce, and the promise of community wealth building

By Tamara Copeland
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

When thinking about starting a business, one typically focuses on two key elements: the market potential for the proposed product or service and its profitability. Funders in the Greater Washington region are thinking about starting businesses. But they are approaching the task in an unusual way.

Like any business owner, grantmakers seek profitability and long-term sustainability. But beyond these common objectives, the philanthropic entrepreneurial vision shifts a bit. Funders also want to ensure that new businesses lead to positive social changes in our region. They want businesses to create jobs that provide entrance into the workforce for low-income individuals. They want businesses to tap into the procurement power of local anchor institutions, like universities, hospitals, and local governments, to ensure their long-term sustainability in the community. And, they want these businesses to be employee-owned so that they generate true community wealth, not just paychecks.

To achieve this ambitious goal, funders have launched the Community Wealth Building Initiative.

Last year, the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland was commissioned by a group of funders to meet with nearly 100 leaders in the region to determine their receptiveness to and the feasibility of the community wealth building model. With overwhelming support for the project, the funders hired City First Enterprises to identify cooperative business opportunities that hold the most potential for success. Yesterday, before a packed room of funders, John Hamilton, head of City First Enterprises, shared his vision for taking this effort to the next level.

City First has identified two potential enterprises: stormwater management and the greenhouse production of lettuce. The feasibility of the first rests in high public interest in improving the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The possibility for the latter is related to the high demand – approximately $170 million a year – for lettuce by area hospitals and universities.

Conversations are now underway with local jurisdictions and anchor institutions to determine where best to locate and launch these businesses. What started out as an idea in 2011 has been researched and nurtured, investigated and analyzed. The opportunities are there. The funding community is ready to take the next steps. The Community Wealth Building Initiative may truly be transformative for some low income residents in the region.

This effort isn’t about having a job. It’s about owning one’s future.

Note: This Initiative is housed at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. For more information, contact Angela Jones-Hackley.

Bridging sectors to build a brighter future for Prince George’s County

By Rebekah Seder, Program Manager

Prince George’s County: For many, the name used to evoke grim images of poverty and crime. But, over the past few years, the county’s image has changed dramatically. Last week, funders, nonprofits, businesses, and county officials came together for a special State of Prince George’s County summit to review the progress that has been made, particularly around two important initiatives that are making a big difference in the county – the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) and the Partnership for Prince George’s County (PPGC) – and to begin discussions about how the public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors can work together to continue strengthening the county.

TNI is a two-year-old government effort to radically transform six specific areas of the county that have significant needs. Government agencies are working together to target resources to improve the quality of life in these neighborhoods by strengthening schools, increasing public safety, ensuring access to quality healthcare, and promoting the local economy. The idea is that lifting up the neighborhoods that are most in need of improvement – and that, thanks to their transit-accessible locations close to D.C., hold the most potential for becoming desirable places to live and work –will boost the entire county’s economy and improve its reputation.

While the county is committing considerable resources to TNI neighborhoods, naturally there are things that government is not well positioned to do. This is where support from the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors is needed. Fortunately, the nonprofit community in Prince George’s County has been strengthened over the past five years, thanks in large part to the capacity building investments of the Partnership for Prince George’s County.

PPGC, which grew out of a series of community conversations that WRAG convened, launched in 2008 as a funding collaborative that strengthens and advocates for nonprofit organizations serving county residents. The partnership raises nonprofit capacity through technical assistance, grants, and leadership development, particularly in areas of the county where there is significant need for services.

According to Desiree Griffin-Moore, director of the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County, which houses PPGC, philanthropy can – and must – do much more than simply write checks to organizations working in the county. In order to help build Prince George’s County into a more vibrant and equitable community, funders need to roll up their proverbial sleeves and get involved.

While the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative is a promising approach toward improving some of the most struggling areas of the county, and the Partnership for Prince George’s County is helping the county’s nonprofits better position themselves to serve county residents, these two efforts can’t simply run parallel.

For the county to fully achieve the collective goals of creating strong public schools, improved public safety, full access to quality health care, and a thriving economy, all sectors must work together and align resources. Prince George’s County has come a long way – and with continued cross-sector engagement in efforts like TNI and PPGC, the future looks bright.

Funders: If you are interested in learning more about this work and how to plug-in, please contact Gretchen Greiner-Lott at

50 years after the march, much has changed and much hasn’t

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it’s important to celebrate progress. But it is perhaps more important to take stock of what hasn’t improved in the last half-century. When it comes to the economic division between black and white Americans, the needle hasn’t really moved (WaPo, 8/28):

When it comes to household income and wealth, the gaps between blacks and whites have widened. On other measures, the gaps are roughly the same as they were four decades ago. The poverty rate for blacks, for instance, continues to be about three times that of whites.

“The relative position of blacks has not changed economically since the march,” said William Darity Jr., a professor of public policy, economics and African American studies at Duke University. “Certainly, poverty has declined for everybody, but it has declined in a way that the proportion of blacks to whites who are poor is about the same as it was 50 years ago.”

This should be especially troubling to all of us in the social sector, since we know the impact of economic disparities on every single issue we’re concerned about. We’ve made a lot of progress, but not enough.

Related: Next month, Dr. Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, will speaking on this issue and discuss how the context of our country’s history is affecting current realities. [More info.]

Terri Freeman, president of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and chair of WRAG’s board, reflects on the same issues mentioned above with a philanthropic lens (CFNCR, 8/26):

I think it says we need to work a lot harder to use philanthropy to help those who need it the most. Not simply by funding individual projects and programs, but by also working to change the social service delivery systems that touch real people’s lives through the funding of advocacy and public policy. We must get out of our comfort zones, both literally and figuratively, to find out where the biggest bang for our buck will be.

Fifty years and we are still largely fighting the same fight. But are we really in the ring fighting, or are we simply standing in front of a mirror shadow boxing?

Lisa Hall, president and CEO of the Calvert Foundation, writes about how social impact investing is helping to realize Dr. King’s dream (Calvert, 8/27):

Four days before his assassination in 1968, King delivered a sermon on poverty entitled “Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution” at the National Cathedral…I firmly believe that impact investing will endure as a transformative mechanism to advance the dream. In another 50 years from now we will have succeeded in using the resources at our disposal to eliminate poverty and its detrimental effects, exercising our will as King called on us to do.

DEMOGRAPHICS | Aging Boomers could have huge impact on suburbs (GGW, 8/28) The ones who aren’t aging will have no impact whatsoever.

WORKFORCE | It looks like D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson finally found the living wage bill that was passed almost two months ago. At a rally to support the legislation yesterday, Mendelson said that residents can’t live on $8.25 an hour, which is very true. But the legislation does absolutely nothing for the vast majority of the city’s hourly workers. Now the bill goes to Mayor Gray for approval or veto. (WaPo, 8/28)

EDUCATION | DCPS tries to bring a writing revolution to the District (GGE, 8/28)

VIOLENCE | Here’s the third and final part of Lessons unheeded, or how not to repeat a history of violence, from guest contributor Linda Bowen of The Institute for Community Peace. (Daily, 8/28)

I’m following in the steps of my old friend Jimmy this weekend and heading to Fog City. Rebekah will hold down the fort until I get back.

I’ll leave you with a classic example of a Japanese TV show using a fake dinosaur to prank an unsuspecting passerby.


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