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We are Determined to stand up Workforce Training Courses

GABIDDC’s Mike Jackson is working with the district Department of Employment Services (DOES) operation and is determined to stand up the Workforce Training courses necessary for apprenticeships and work opportunities at the Walter Reed Redevelopment Project, sooner rather than later. If approved Workforce Training Courses will include (once all i’s dotted and t’s crossed):

(BCE- 102) – course for concrete finishers
Environmental Remediation Course (developed Previously)


When we get more detail we’ll give you more concrete news and contact information. We are trying to stand these classes up as soon as possible, rather than later. DOES Announced on September 5th 2017:

“The D.C. Infrastructure Academy will give D.C. residents the chance to learn the nuts and bolts of what makes our city run,” Bowser said.

Mike hopes to operate his piece before the main temporary campus is created. We at GABIDDC have been working towards this capability for more than 2 years. If approved the Workforce Training Courses offered by the Academy will teach:

“Everything from utilities to transportation and logistics to operations and green technologies — and ensure that they are first in line when it comes to securing the infrastructure jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Initially, starting in 2018, they are planning to operate the academy out of an “interim location east of the Anacostia River” until a permanent location can be completed. They will be able to pay participants 9$ an hour to attend the training. If all goes as planned.

http://www.gabiddc.org/home-2/workforce-development-and-training/
Further Reading:
https://does.dc.gov/page/featured-news

Walter Reed Project Breaks Promises to Hire Locally

Michael Jackson of GABIDDC wrote an email Letter addressed to Council Member Elissa Silverman, on how the Walter Reed Project is breaking its promises to hire and train workers locally. In that email he points out that:

“In you efforts to peel the onion in determination of unfair labor, and wages practices related to the hiring of DC residents, please note that all apprenticeship programs should implement training for OSHA and EPA safety compliance standards.”

Circumventing Process

Mike observes that:

“Developers and contractors, who perform”… the “work to bring projects online, are circumventing the process in various ways.”

Apparently:

“The contractor hired by Hines Urban Atlantic, and Trident to perform the demolition contract work at Walter Reed on one 2.5 million square foot hospital building has informed me they are not in need of any DC workers.”

Essentially they told Mike that they don’t intend to hire locally, train people and who even knows if they intend to protect their safety when removing hazardous materially:

Safety and Hire-Local Covenants

Instead of hiring anyone Locally:

“The work started July 10th, 2017. NorthStar, is bringing in 400 people to form their own workforce from the Mid-Atlantic surrounding states, instead of abiding by the covenants sign in the disposition agreement with the ” Developer of Record”, for the government of the District of Columbia.

Why Requirements Apply

Mike Explains that the reason is that:

“Federal and District of Columbia  regulations require contractors to implement safety standards as part of their scope of work.”

Therefore because:

“More than a certain percentage of existing building space is presently” “deem[ed] to have environmental issues”

therefore workers in those spaces should be trained in, provided and use, proper gear per OSHA requirements that apply to all projects in DC. Further:

“The community benefits package of the disposition agreements stated by the developer and Mayor communicated to the community, that 51% of the workforce would come from the District of Columbia. This mandate requires training.”

Therefore they are breaking their agreement by making no effort to hire locally.

Circumventing Promises

 

“NorthStar’s estimate of the number of workers required to perform the scope of work and applications are 400.”

Which means that the District of Columbia is:

“losing jobs, and taxable dollars for 201 workers, [who] could be trained and employed.”

DCRA and DOEE did not address this issue before permitting work. Therefore:

“A formal estimate of the environmental scopes of work…is unkown”

And:

NorthStar for example, the demolition contractor chosen by the Walter Reed developer, has not disclosed” these things, and “Neither did the contractor who installed the
new water line across campus from Georgia Ave to 16th Street NW.”

As a result while we know:

“810 truckloads of hazardous material will be generated from the process of demolition.”
“15,000 truckloads of recycled concrete will be removed after the demolition process”
Only 1 person out of 20 applicants was hired through GAIBIDDC.org efforts to generate worker for the 3,225 linear feet of 12 inch pipe line that is currently being installed at Walter Reed.

Disregarding DC law

Mike has not let this pass:

“In response to this a meeting with the Office of the Attorney General [occured July 27th 2017] for the purpose of deriving the facts and resulting outcomes that can be achieved to generate some jobs. This case is similar in format to Power Design, in that this is a blatant disregards to fairly employ citizens promised job opportunities. The actions of both the developer and contractor [display blatant] disrespect of the laws of the government of the District of Columbia.”

Need Intercession!

He pleaded for the District government to:

“The community ask[s] for your intercession, similar [to what you did] for the Power Design case with the Office of the Attorney General. We ask[] for a special hearing to resend fines and/or stipulat[ions] on behalf of the community and [for] the government to find solutions to effectively implement the disposition agreement between the District of Columbia, and Hines, Urban Atlantic, Trident “the Developer of Record” for the government of the District of Columbia. if the developer does not agree to implement” the workforce agreement.

GABIDDC And Partner’s Role

GABIDDC, led by Mike Jackson has poured his heart into setting up to implement this agreement. He has worked with a number of DC groups and the District governent. And, he created 5

“courses prepared with curriculum for 7 EPA, and OSHA certifications required, by the code of federal regulations( CFR )”

And Struggled Valiantly to protect the rights of residents and working people in the District of Columbia. He has a vision of, as

“a first step” a “ladder to living wages.” based on a “curriculum [of] individual and apprenticeship classes to assist DC residents looking for work, and for the general public needs to generate permits for environmental issues.”

We need Your Help!

This issue needs the attention of the residents of DC. Once again developers use bait and switch promises and hollow contracts to deceive residents, and they shouldn’t be able to get away with it! We cannot, without working together:

“deliver inclusive development, affordable housing without the help of generating as many jobs as possible.”

And that requires the District have some power over it’s own territory

Open House and Public Hearing for the Foreign Missions Center at Walter Reed

The U.S. Department of State will hold an Open House and Public Hearing on April 20th to discuss the proposed Foreign Missions Center Master Plan at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) site in Washington, DC. The hearing will be held on the Army Medical Center (WRAMC) site in Washington, DC.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Open House 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Public Hearing 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Building 41, Dahlia Street, NW
Enter at 14th and Alaska Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20012

The Department of State proposed action is to prepare a Master Plan for the long-term development of a FMC on approximately 31.7 acres of the northwest portion of the former WRAMC site located on 16th Street, NW, near the District’s border with Silver Spring, Maryland.

The evening will start with an Open House from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm which will allow individuals the opportunity to review summaries of the information presented about the master plan and ask questions. The Public Hearing will follow immediately in the same location from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The public is invited make comments during the Public Hearing concerning the need for the project and any other issues about the project would best serve the public interest.

For more information and to download the 2017 Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Foreign Missions Center Master Plan visit s available online at http://www.state.gov/ofm/property/fmc/index.htm. Copies are also available for public review at the following libraries: Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, and Petworth Neighborhood Library.

Progress on Walter Reed Campus

From: Sara Green
To: Sara Green
Sent: Saturday, April 1, 2017 10:54 PM
Subject: See Designs For Walter Reed’s First Ga Ave Bldg

Neighbors:

Walter Reed’s first residential and retail buildings are being designed right now — and you are invited to participate.

We’re working on the mixed-use building at Georgia & Aspen NW. Tell us what you think on Wed, April 5, 6:30 pm, Shepherd Park Public Library, 7420 Ga Ave., NW,

(Note: Another public meeting will be held in a few weeks to begin work on the second mixed-use building to be built near Georgia and Fern NW. An announcement will be made on ANC4b.org)

To see more background, go to ANC4b.org, click “Issues,” then “Economic Development.”

Also on the April 5 agenda is a discussion about a new roof design for the DCI School, now under construction on Aspen and 16th Streets. NW.

— Sara Green, Community Design Review Committee Chair, ANC 4B

Walter Reed Hearing March 1st 2017

There was a hearing of the DC Council on Walter Reed on March 1st 2017. Michael Jackson gave his testimony for our GABIDDC efforts on that date. We appear to be making progress on achieving our goals for developing workforce training capabilities. So anyone who is in need of job training or help getting job training or access to education should call (202) 604 3097

Deputy Mayor Brian T. Kenner Gave his testimony:

Deputy Mayor Testimony

The meeting was a success, and we at GABIDDC are doing our level best to ensure that the old Walter Reed Campus is redeveloped as designed.

Further Information:

scheduled for March 1st 2017.
Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site Reuse Advisory Committee
Wednesday, March 1 starting at 10:00 a.m.
Room 123, John A. Wilson Building
Contact: Demetris Cheatham
at dcheatham@dccouncil.us or 202-297-0152

Testimony: http://www.gabiddc.org/michael-jackson2102017/

Granting DCRA power to Validate Contractor Training Requirements

Mayor Bowser,

I thank you for allowing citizens to chime in on subject matter that is relevancy to the well being of our city. Last month you had a citizen call in specific to how to deal with the new administration. You did put into action in your discussion for infrastructure projects with President – elect Trump the possible of infrastructure upgrades. Our hopes as Washingtonians, are that through development of federal infrastructure, and DC government projects, the outcomes will include work opportunities for DC residents generated from Federal and former federal sites similar in format to Water Reed. I know some members of the City Council do not always follow through on mandates. dear to your core values, crime ,homeless, and workforce to name a few. They do not seem to get it, that the residual values of the citizens in the District of Columbia requires their support to fully bear the fruits of progress of Washington DC. Mayor Bowser thanks for being our voice and champion.

Expanding upon you letter related to facilitating expanding learning opportunities for DCPS students, we need the following. Expanding workforce initiatives for students graduating from DCPS High Schools, who do not have a clear paths to college requires additional training in workforce development. We still have the time save their well being to live and work in the District of Columbia, through your affordable housing initiatives. The lack of workforce training adds to the cost of government social services, and crime.

Generating more jobs is the solution, and the funding is available. I ask that you link workforce to infrastructure projects. Specifically, the next time you meet with President Trump, please show him the benefits of being a good neighbor, and President. He likes to build things! The suggestion serves his agenda nationally, and Mr. Trump could make the District of Columbia, the envy and model of his legacy for the nation. Through the designation of infrastructure projects as ” Department of Labor, “Designated Workforce Sites” grants funds are automatically put into play for workforce development. Additionally, the new director of the General Services Administration, ( GSA ) could clear the way for inclusive business and workforce development for DC businesses, and residents to participate in GSA federal projects in the District of Columbia. The relevancy nationally and within the District of Columbia, is to find the means to put people to work. The proposal is to assist the Federal government, and the government of the District of Columbia to meet workforce mandates in building infrastructure, through you window to advise Mr. Trump on this subject matter, you help DC and the nation. Please implement as a carrot,and the stick to generate what is required.

To insure placement of DC residents from any training courses for job’s required to be offered to District of Columbia residents by contractors under DC Law 2-156, under the Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act (WIOA) of the Department of Labor over $5,000 per student is available. To put teeth in the implementation process, we propose that DCRA/DOEE be given the administrative powers to verify compliance, for DOES.

Example of a Current Situation

The Department of State’s 44 acre portion of Walter Reed, has no will nor provisions for DC contractor or workforce requirements. We have spoken to the Director of the Department of State for Real Estate services,and like the city council, he is all talk and no substance. Before Walter Reed was disposition by the US Army, the Department of State and the developers promised inclusive development. GABIDDC.org, has prepared 5 courses for EPA and OSHA required for environmental scopes of work on any site for the purposes of implementation on the Walter Reed site, in collaboration with University of the District of Columbia, (UDC). The plan is to train others non-profits entities for coverage of all jobs sites in the District of Columbia. To date nothing has moved forward.
Presently the vast majority of DC residents eligible for (WIOA ) training are not getting any at all. The reason is there exist no accredited training facility in the District of Columbia. The outcomes are that DC residents do not generating the number of jobs that are possible. Most construction projects have issues related to EPA regulations. All projects require OSHA regulations compliance. The issue is the District of Columbia currently has no way of knowing the number of workers required to be certified to perform the scopes of work, (SOW). As a result people in the DC workforce do not get a fair opportunity to be hired, and the District of Columbia looses jobs, certification fee income, and tax dollars that will result in negative fiscal impact in out years. A solution is not possible without asking for proof prior to the start of work from the contractors,as to the specific composition of their workforce. Many contractors bring workers from out of town with expired or no EPA and /or OSHA credentials.

The Solution

Would you please mandate, that the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, (DCRA) , and the Department of Energy and Environment, (DOEE) to be granted administrative powers to verify the number of EPA, and OSHA certified workers on site and certify compliance. The certifications are a federal requirement to perform scopes of work. Without knowing the number of worker required to perform the scopes, is where you might explore how to legally make a differences without going the council.

The Benefits

The outcome of a verification and validations system could determine, if contractors doing business in the District of Columbia have a certified workforce prior to being permitted to start work. Certified compliance will give all confidence that contractors are fulfilling workforce requirements. The process would generate revenues at $65.00 per license issued. DCRA and DOEE would collect approximately $650,000 dollars of fees generated from the certification courses I have prepared for approval by the Department of Energy and Environment. I prepared the courses for the University of the District of Columbia, (UDC), Career Pathways of UDC would benefit from the wraparound funds associated with the individual grants,as well as DHS,DOES, and DC Superior Court, CSOSA system. The proof of need, is verified by the unprecedented number building permits,that requires certified workers to perform the contract services, There exist over 10,000 workers performing scopes of work for contractors in the District of Columbia. We could be train 240 a year at UDC with your input. I have no juice to mover certain people to implement. We have submitted the five courses to (DOEE) for accreditation. similar to what I have certified for the university in previous years, see attachments. DOEE, is proactive and very helpful, in providing solutions. I am exploring a private sector solution with one of the city contractors.

Thank you for listening, your understanding. I hope the justification to establish the mandates is viewed as positive. The City Council has not determined the subject matter worthy of a response. You might visit our website at www.GABIDDC.org, Please review the archived written testimony delivered to the DC City Council on December 13TH 2015. A year has passed and the result are work is about to start,and /or started on 5 DC government owned sites and federal sites. Nothing requested from the City Council nor UDC is in place for your constituencies. I know you can’t do it all by yourself. This council needs to see your requests, and fine the will to implement what is needed.

Thank you
Sincerely,
Michael A. Jackson
(202) 604-3097

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING

Prostate Cancer Screening www.cancer.howard.edu

3rd Wednesday of most months

1 P.M. – 3 P.M.

Suite B125 (basement level)

Howard University Cancer Center

2041 Georgia Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20060

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT CALL:

(202) 806-7697 or (202) 865-4653

*Ask about the new MHACs program*

The “Men Take Ten” program provides educational material and prostate cancer screening to men 40-75 years old, living in the DC Metro Area that have not been screened in the last 12 months.

Men’s Health Awareness Clubs (MHACs)

Howard University Cancer Center Presents:

Men’s Health Awareness Clubs (MHACs)

2nd Wednesday of the Month

*refreshments will be served

5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.,

Howard University Cancer Center

Rm. #201 (2nd floor)

2041 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20060

In service of the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)

For more information:

(202) 806-7697 or (202) 865-4653
| (HUCC) http://cancer.howard.edu |
| (PHEN) http://www.prostatehealthed.org |

The mission of MHACs is to provide a safe and confidential environment to enable men to discuss, share and learn more about men’s health.

GABIDDC is proud to report on and announce community events and services. If you have an event or ongoing meeting please let us know and we will put it in our calendar.

Dance Theater of Harlem October 15 2016

Dance Theatre of Harlem Benefit Event

Please join the Black Student Fund at a benefit performance by The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) on October 15, 2016 at 8 pm at the Sidney Harman Hall. BSF will host a pre-performance reception from 6:30 pm -7:30 pm at Harman Hall.

Attacca Quartet, Choreographed by Francesca Harper, Music by John Adams.

This fall DTH presents a program including the D.C. premiere of a piece by internationally acclaimed choreographer Francesca Harper, set to the music of John Adams and performed live by the Attacca Quartet, a premier young performing ensemble.

For those new to the The Black Student Fund, we were founded more than fifty years ago, by a group of concerned parents, to integrate Washington, DC area independent schools. Former board members include Ernie Green, one of the Little Rock Nine as well as former Secretary of State Madeline Albright who continue to champion our efforts.

BSF has helped thousands of students achieve academic excellence by providing tailored wrap around services for our students and families. We take pride in knowing that all of our students in the last twenty years have graduated from college with one third going on to earn graduate and professional degrees. Currently we support ninety-two students at our 52 member schools.

BSF is most noted, in the Washington metropolitan area for hosting an annual school fair, which brings together independent schools, parents and potential students. On October 9th, BSF in partnership with the Latino Student Fund will present the 44th Independent School Fair, which attracted more than three thousand people last year.

These two videos on BSF alumni, produced by Stone Soup Films, tell our story.

http://www.stonesoupfilms.org/film/black-student-fund-gabrielle-francis/
http://www.stonesoupfilms.org/film/black-student-fund-alumni-nick-austin/

Please join BSF for a worthwhile evening at our Benefit Performance of the Dance Theatre of Harlem on October 15, 2016. The cost is $90.

gabiddcbsf

Announcement from our partners at the BSF

The Re-purposing of Walter Reed is finally here

On Wednesday evening September 28, representatives of GABIDDC attended the Walter Reed Announcement event at The Parks at Walter Reed. During that event Mayor Bowser’s administration announced the “re-purposing of the Walter Reed Site.” They announced a number of disposition items about Walter Reed Campus. The Georgia Avenue Community got much of what they wanted, though there probably won’t be a Wegman’s there.

Schools:
D.C. International,
Washington Yu Ying,
Latin American Montessori Bilingual charter school,
Howard University ambulatory specialty care,
The Parks at Walter Reed
Low Income Housing:
So Others Might East and H.E.L.P. Development Corp.
The Parks at Walter Reed,
2,000 residential units,
250,000 square feet of retail,
a Hyatt hotel and conference center,
20 acres of green space,
and an “Innovation Core” anchored by George Washington University’s medical research department, bioscience and pharmaceutical companies, and a branch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

“Understanding your role as a community for applications of inclusive development”

 

As members of the business community and residents served on Georgia Avenue we feel that the re-purposing of the Walter Reed site be something inclusive of all stakeholders in our community. It is imperative that economic progress be steeped in the sustainability of existing businesses and the existing housing stock of apartments.

These capabilities need to be maintained for the existing population to preserve the benefits of their continued presence. The benefits of community are preserved when no one is harmed by development; tranquility, culture, creativity and liveliness are features of vital communities. Gentrification can kill this.

Inclusive Development

One of the Purposes of GABIDDC is to ensure that the development of the Walter Reed site needs to be done in such a way that it’s changes are salutary and contribute to both neighborhood and economic improvement without harming the neighbors. The goal should be business improvement that creates room for new business while enhancing the survivability of existing businesses. As new construction projects bring new businesses and residents to the community, the existing people have rights that should be preserved to have the opportunity to benefit as well.

Kudos to Brandon Todd

Our City Council member Brandon Todd has delivered a great effort to sustain the existing community even as a new entities about to break ground. We applauded the efforts of the Developer to include inclusive development applications in the delivers services and systems to be established at Walter Reed.

We need your help

For the existing business community to achieve the economic levels of business survive-ability, prior to the closing of Walter Reed, we need your help. The Georgia Avenue Business Improvement District Development Corporation, would like to ask members of our local business community to define how we can help you and to render your support to our efforts. We’d like to know what your business can bring to the table.

Please contact us for advice and assistance with dealing with the DC Government, advertising, access to environmental testing, and marketing services and to share news on community developments and to coordinate with us on workforce, business and community issues. We can work together to deliver what your business provides for the community. If interested in helping with our efforts please fill out the following form or click on the contact us link

Further reading:

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2016/09/29/walter-reed-transfer-coming-soon-for-real-this.html