Wednesday, November 18, 2009

DDOT Director to Host Online Chat This Friday

First Live Discussion will Focus on Agency’s Overall Vision

(Washington, DC) -- District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Gabe Klein will take questions from an online audience during a live chat this Friday, November 20, 2009, at 12:30 pm. Director Klein will discuss DDOT’s overall vision and plans to improve the District’s transportation system.

Residents can join or follow the discussion at They may also submit questions in advance by email to As many questions as possible will be answered during the hour-long session.

Event Details:
Live Chat with DDOT Director Gabe Klein
When: Friday, November 20, 2009, 12:30-1:30 pm

This will be the first in a series of monthly online chats with Director Klein and DDOT staff. Subsequent discussions will focus on more specific topics including customer service, parking, snow removal, streetcars, trees, road and bridge construction, public space and bike and pedestrian initiatives.

The live chats will add another dimension to DDOT’s outreach efforts which have already expanded this year to include more interactive communications with District residents. In addition to the DDOT website,, the department has a facebook page and a twitter account,, to provide “know before you go” updates about traffic, construction projects, events and other transportation news. You can also “tweet” service requests to DDOT.



Dear Consumers,

The D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel, your ratepayer advocate, is alerting you to Public Hearings

scheduled before the D.C. Public Service Commission in Formal Case No. 1076. OPC is seeking your

input on PEPCO’s request for a $51.7 million increase in its electric distribution rates. OPC is calling for a

$10.4 million decrease in PEPCO’s current rates.

OPC is challenging components of PEPCO’s request for a rate increase because the Company has not

provided adequate justification to support its proposed increase.

OPC believes this case raises critical issues utility consumers face now and will face in the future.

For example,

1) PEPCO seeks to shift certain business risks from Company shareholders to consumers with
no guarantee that service quality will be improved.
2) PEPCO has failed to adhere to its statutory mandate to provide District consumers safe,
adequate and reliable electric service.
3) PEPCO has not detailed how consumers/ratepayers will be prepared and educated for a
wave of future technologies, such as smart meters and the Smart Grid, or how the costs of
these new technologies will be allocated.

OPC believes it is important for consumers to understand that this rate increase request is part of a

continuing march toward higher electric bills. Residential rates over a five year period have increased by 98 %. For example, in 2004, a residential consumer paid $49.00 for 750kWh per month. Today, the same consumer will pay $97.00 per month even before PEPCO’s requested rates are increased. If PEPCO’s request is approved in its entirety, consumers will pay an additional $6.43 each month.

These are your dollars and your service. It is imperative that you attend at least one of the community hearings and raise your issues and voice your concerns on the public record.

To participate in the hearings, you should sign up in advance by contacting the Commission Secretary at 202‐626‐5150 by the close of business, at least 3 days before each hearing and ask to be placed on the public witness list.

Persons with special needs are encouraged to call the Public Service Commission in advance to assist with any arrangements to facilitate your participation.

If for any reason you are unable to attend the hearings you may submit your written testimony to be included on the public record to Ms. Dorothy Wideman, Director, Office of the Commission Secretary, DC Public Service Commission, 1333 H St. NW Washington DC, 20010. You may also send your testimony by email to

The three community hearings will convene at the following locations on the dates specified below:

Chevy Chase Community Center

5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 12 Noon

DC Public Service Commission

1333 H Street NW

Hearing Room 7th Floor East Tower

Friday, November 20, 2009 10:00am

Hillcrest Recreation Center

3100 Denver Street, SE

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sex Offender Registry for the Government of the District of Columbia

The Sex Offender Registry of the Government of the District of Columbia is a detailed database of sex offenders within each quadrant, PSA, and/or district delineated by first and last name of the offender. All information provided is for public viewing with the DC Department of Corrections. Click here for vital information.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association VP to participate on 11st Street Bridge Project Community Communications Committee

Mr. James Ferguson, Vice President of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association (PBCCA) has been invited by the District of Columbia Department of Transportation's (DDOT) Infrastructure Project Management Administration to be a member of the 11th Street Bridge Project Community Communications Committee. The purpose of the committee is to act as a liaison to the community for the District Department of Transportation and the 11th Street Bridge Project Team by:
  • Informing the Project team about specific issues and concerns residents, commuters and other important stakeholders have related to construction activities; and
  • Notifying the Project team about the effectiveness of its communications strategies in sustaining a proactive and accurate flow of information throughout the project.
At a cost of $300 million, the 11th Street Bridge Project is the largest effort of its type ever undertaken by DDOT.

For more information, contact Mr. Ferguson at 202-572-0844 or

14th Energy Expo - 2009: Moving Towards an Energy Efficient DC -Energy Efficiency Audits and Energy Grant Programs

Are you interested in:
1) How to get a Free Home Energy Audit
2) How to apply for Energy Grant Programs
3) How to take full advantage of Economic Stimulus Programs

Then, please plan to attend the Office of the People's Counsel and DC Department of the Environment's
14th Energy Expo - 2009: Moving Towards an Energy Efficient DC

THIS SATURDAY, November 14, 2009
10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Rooms 146 A, B, &C
801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.

For more information, to RSVP, or to request disability or interpreter services, please contact OPC at 202.727.3071 or at



Office of the People's Counsel
for the District of Columbia
1133 15th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.727.3071
Fax: 202.727.1014