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This morning at Kelly Miller Middle School in Ward 7, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty added about three dozen more items to his administration’s to-do list.
Fenty announced his goals for the coming year in the school’s library, reading rather tediously from a list that includes some big items (“expand access to health care to uninsured residents”) and some small items (install those nifty countdown timers at all city intersections). In any case, few were revolutionary, brand-new ideas.
Some of the more interesting items:
- “Creating a college-going culture by developing Individual Graduation Plans (IGPs) for all high school students, which will involve them in managing their academic programs from grades 8 through 12.”
- “Increasing police visibility by reassigning customer service, cell block, and crime scene technicians to the field and replacing them with civilians.”
- “Beginning implementation of SmarTrip in DC drivers’ licenses and identification cards.”
- “Commencing construction of the Anacostia Streetcar Demonstration Line.”
- “Creating wireless “hotspots” for public use in the lobbies and outdoor entrance areas of 80 District-owned buildings already connected to the City’s fiber-optic telecommunications network.”
- “Partnering with private sector and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to make technology available to improve student learning. This includes the provision of “$100 laptops” and Google applications to DCPS students.”
- “Establishing a Consolidated citywide permit center”
Here’s a PDF of the Fenty press release, and the full list is copied after the jump.
Government of the District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor For Immediate Release January 25, 2008
Fenty Announces Administration’s 2008 Goals: “Opportunities for All”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, joined by City Administrator Dan Tangherlini and Deputy Mayors Neil Albert and Victor Reinoso, unveiled the administration’s 2008 set of goals aimed at a safer, healthier life for all District residents. Titled “Opportunities for All,” the plan builds on last year’s successful “100 Days and Beyond” effort.
“In 2008, the District Government will continue to create the best local government humanly possible,” said Mayor Fenty. “In 2007, we made strides in providing high-quality city services to our residents and it is our job in 2008 to make sure the opportunities we create are accessible to all District residents.”
“Opportunities for All” joins the Fiscal Year 2008 performance plans already in progress at all District government agencies under Mayor Fenty’s authority.
Highlights of 2008 Goals
Education An educated populace is the cornerstone to civil society and is fundamental to a well functioning democracy. For too long the District of Columbia has failed to deliver on the promise of a high-quality education for every resident. The administration’s vision for the District is a city of lifelong learners, where high achievement is the norm, not the exception. 2008 education priorities include:
- Developing and executing a school consolidation and closure plan.
- Creating a college-going culture by developing Individual Graduation Plans (IGPs) for all high school students, which will involve them in managing their academic programs from grades 8 through 12.
- Dramatically improving facilities and conditions at the schools with the highest needs.
- Increasing the number of 9-11 graders who take the PS AT in Oct. and increase the number of certified AP courses available to students.
- Developing departmental scorecards to identify and assess performance expectations for each department within the Central Office.
- Improving customer response and problem resolution with parents through the newly-created Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education.
Public Safety Residents and the nation are entitled to a capital city that is both safe and secure. Public safety agencies will build on the gains made in 2007 through community policing, hiring more police officers, adding new tools and technologies, and increasing efforts to engage citizens in the District. Public Safety priorities include:
- Improving police efficiency by deploying resources such as laptop computers, PDA devices, and take-home cars to patrol members in order to support the field activities of the Department.
- Reaching 4,050 sworn members of the Metropolitan Police Department by the end of the fiscal year.
- Increasing police visibility by reassigning customer service, cell block, and crime scene technicians to the field and replacing them with civilians.
- Enhancing proactive outreach to place more smoke alarms in homes.
Health and Human Services With a poverty rate of 19 percent, the administration is committed to addressing the pressing issue of poverty and public health issues that often come with barriers to funds and healthcare. District agencies responsible for public health will collaborate across the government and with the community to target health issues confronting District residents. Priority highlights include:
- Developing feasible and sustainable strategies to expand access to health care to uninsured District residents.
- Improving the District’s ability to capture all expected federal reimbursement for our Medicaid program.
- Minimizing the transmission of HIV and other diseases among intravenous drug users by expanding needle exchange programs in the District.
- Opening additional wellness centers across the city to promote health and disease prevention for District seniors.
- Expanding school-based mental health services for DCPS students.
Infrastructure and Environment Over the past decade, the District has done an effective job developing infrastructure to support the economic growth and improving the quality of city services. In 2007, the administration will continue this progress, while ensuring that all of our neighborhoods have the same high-quality infrastructure and services while enjoying the benefits of healthy and sustainable growth. Infrastructure and Environment priorities include:
- Beginning implementation of SmarTrip in DC drivers’ licenses and identification cards.
- Commencing construction of the Anacostia Streetcar Demonstration Line.
- Establishing Ward-based Maintenance Teams for recreational centers in the plumbing, electrical, painting and custodial trades to allow for more efficient and expedient responses.
- Establishing a permanent household hazardous waste and unwanted electronics drop-off site at both the Benning Road and Fort Totten transfer stations to provide District residents with a convenient disposal option for their vehicle fluids, paints, household chemicals and unwanted electronics.
- Installing pedestrian countdown signals at all signalized crosswalks by December 2008.
Customer Service The strength of an organization lies in its internal operations. This year, the District is committed to fully aligning support functions with the needs of residents. While some initiatives will build on previous work to streamline critical business processes in the internal services agencies, others represent new efforts to modernize critical operations systems. Priority highlights include:
- Increasing nuisance property prosecutions.
- Creating wireless “hotspots” for public use in the lobbies and outdoor entrance areas of 80 District-owned buildings already connected to the City’s fiber-optic telecommunications network.
- Establishing an easier process to conduct business by automating permitting and licensing, including the Master Address Repository, Real Property Web services and enterprise-wide permitting and licensing software.
- Partnering with private sector and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to make technology available to improve student learning. This includes the provision of “$100 laptops” and Google applications to DCPS students.
- Increasing the enforcement of consumer, housing, labor and environmental laws
Jobs and Housing In 2008, the District Government will focus on preparing residents for the workforce. The creation of a world class city includes creating quality housing that all residents can afford. Jobs and Housing highlights include:
- Increasing the size, duration and quality of the Summer Youth Program
- Develop a “Green Collar Jobs” program to foster a green economy and ethic in the District of Columbia
- Increasing the percentage of District residents place in First Source jobs
- Expanding the Transition Employment Program and partner with community-based service providers to increase employment of District residents from targeted neighborhoods facing high levels of unemployment
Economic Development The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development will focus in 2008 on removing barriers for small businesses, including ensuring that they have access to resources they need to compete and grow. Because economic development is about developing people, not just places, the District will work to develop neighborhoods as a whole.
- Implementing Green Design requirements in all funding areas to ensure energy efficiency and sustainability in new developments
- Establishing a Consolidated citywide permit center
- Reducing the number of blighted properties in our communities by expediting the Board of Condemnation’s owner hearing process and by forcing owners to quickly remedy the cited conditions of properties
- Continuing to implement the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative plan by: 1) building phase one of Diamond Teague Park; 2) breaking ground on Canal Park; and 3) selecting a developer for Poplar Point
To view these performance plans at http://capstat.oca.dc.gov/PerformanceIndicators.aspx.