Transparency and Accountability Matters
WASH DC — Dorothy Brizill, community activist, civic reformer, founder and Executive Director of District nonprofit, non-partisan DC Watch is a stalwart dedicated to reducing District government corruption and promoting transparency.
She enlightened nearly 30 FBA members at the January 26th membership meeting of the significance of having a watchdog organization that shares fiscal and policy information about district administration and bureaucracy that would otherwise go unreported or be buried obscurely in printed news. DC Watch continued connecting the dots. In FB/WE, theelemental concern revolves around the sale or transfer of our public assets to private parties, for illusory public benefit and empty promises.
Our Fire Station, MPD Special Ops substation, West End Library, and Stevens School—some of the most valuable property in the District—have all been on the auction block and could well “lost” to residents, the rightful owners. Brizill reminded members that, without citizen oversight, there is no barrier to losing the proximity and level of our protective fireand police services and that we must be vigilant.
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