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Bill to ban gas-powered leaf blowers awaits D.C. Council hearing

Wednesday, 11 October, 2017
There’s also an environmental benefit, Cheh said, given that the two-stroke engines used in many leaf blowers are notorious for their pollution. “I’m not saying it’s a solution to climate change or anything like that, but it’s a step in the right direction,” she said.The District already regulates leaf blower noise, but critics argue that there’s no adequate enforcement mechanism. Today, a leaf blower can’t emit more than 70 decibels at a distance of 50 feet. Violations need to be verified by a Metropolitan Police Department officer using a decibel meter. Cheh and other critics of leaf blowers say a blanket ban would make it easier to identify violators, and the bill also shifts primary enforcement responsibility to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.... more >

D.C. Already Passed A Paid Family Leave Law. Here’s Why The Council Is Still Discussing It

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017
"This is a question of how we pay for it. And if there are better ways to pay for it then we should pursue those." ... more >

D.C. Councilmember Wants To Bring Home Composting To The Masses

Thursday, 05 October, 2017
"When you consider that at-home waste is the largest percentage of food waste that we have, if we're able to get a handle on that, it could have significant environmental and economic benefits," Cheh says. "We want to give people an incentive to do that and make it accessible for all people."... more >

Just Days After Las Vegas, Gun Laws in the Nation’s Capitol Are About to Get Weaker

Tuesday, 03 October, 2017
While Cheh thinks passing on a Supreme Court appeal is the right call, she’s disappointed with the appeals court’s decision. “I’m a little bit demoralized by the inability for the courts so far to really appreciate how unusual the District of Columbia is,” she says. Unusual, in that D.C. has unique public safety concerns considering it houses the federal government. “To not give us greater latitude to eliminate people walking around the streets carrying guns, it’s just such a mistake,” she argues.... more >
Oct 22

Chat with Cheh in Ward 3

Councilmember Cheh's monthly Chat with Cheh events are a great opportunity for residents to meet directly with the Councilmember and her Constituent Services staff. These open community events offer residents an opportunity to pitch the Councilmember legislative ideas, help identify areas in the neighborhood that could use improvement, receive updates on Council business, or merely stop by to connect with Mary. All are welcome! Date: 10/22/17 Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Location: Key Elementary School 5001 Dana Pl NW, Washington, DC 20016... more >
Oct 31

Transportation & the Environment Public Oversight Roundtable

The Committee on Transportation & the Environment will hold a Public Oversight Roundtable on the following Matter: The Condition of the District's Roadways... more >
Oct 13

Media Advisory: Cheh to Hold Hearing on District’s Plan to Tackle Snow Removal Ahead of 2017-2018 Winter Season

Meteorologists with the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang will report on this year’s winter weather projections and Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Christopher Shorter will present the District’s “Snow Removal Operations Plan.” 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 previous the year’s preparedness, and see what can be done to keep residential and commercial sidewalks clear of snow and ice.... more >
Aug 1

Media Advisory: Cheh to begin 11th Annual School Readiness Tour

School funding and overcrowding in Ward 3 schools will be a focus of this year’s tour BACKGROUND: Councilmember Cheh has conducted Schools Readiness Tours since her first year in office and every year thereafter. The purpose of these visits is to see how schools are preparing for the school year and to identify what schools need – from missing books to broken air conditioners. This year’s tours will focus on overcrowding in Ward 3 and funding concerns at Wilson High School. After these visits, Councilmember Cheh asks the Department of General Services and other agencies to provide whatever is necessary so that Ward 3 schools have everything that is needed before school begins on August 21st. ... more >
Jul 17

Statement on amendment seeking repeal of the District’s Death with Dignity Law

“Yet again, Congress has proven that its members are incapable of respecting the principle of autonomy –the autonomy of our locally-elected government and the bodily autonomy of our residents...... more >

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