All Transportation is Hyper-Local

Transit Center: All Transportation is Hyper-Local: Most community planning bodies are advisory, while in other cases, individuals are taking this step themselves. Kishan is a long-time bus and neighborhood activist, the kind of guy who knows his neighbors by name. A rider himself, Kishan decided to run for the Dupont ANC. He couldn’t think of a better place [...]

State Committee races a referendum on DC’s Democratic Party

DC Line: State Committee races a referendum on DC’s Democratic Party: Ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary elections, at-large DC Councilmember Anita Bonds is facing criticism from two challengers and from candidates for the DC Democratic State Committee — the party’s local organization in the District, which she chairs. “Even before the early votes were cast, I felt like [...]

Dockless bike-share is officially here

Washington Post: Dockless bike-share is officially here: Dockless bikes - the newest trend in bike-share - were spotted across D.C. Wednesday, as part of the launch for at least three companies. Kishan Putta, an avid rider and longtime member of Capital Bikeshare, used a Mobike to commute to work Wednesday and the trip went relatively seamlessly, he said. It [...]

In the Wake Of Charlottesville, Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray Painted On Georgetown Building

DCist: In the Wake Of Charlottesville, Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray Painted On Georgetown Building: The Metropolitan Police Department says it is investigating an anti-Semitic slur spray painted on a building near Georgetown as a hate crime. "I think it’s important to show that we're united against this," says Kishan Putta, who lives around the corner and was alerted to [...]

District Transportation Head Dormsjo Bids Farewell to DDOT

WAMU: District Transportation Head Dormsjo Bids Farewell to DDOT:  Outgoing District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Chief Leif Dormsjo is departing a much different agency thanks in large measure to his deliberate, methodical, and transparent approach. Critics contend DDOT is moving too slowly at a time of increasing demand for better transit services in Washington. They point to [...]

The rush to get millennials health insurance before the possible repeal of Obamacare

Washington Post: The rush to get millennials health insurance before the possible repeal of Obamacare: This month, as Republicans in Congress moved to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and President Trump signed an executive order weakening its provisions, D.C. health insurance exchange officials were rushing to sign up millennials before the open enrollment period ends Jan. 31. “We [...]

GW Cohosts a D.C. Diwali Celebration

GW Today: GW Cohosts a D.C. Diwali Celebration: The celebration of Diwali Wednesday evening, co-sponsored by the D.C. Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, served as a counterpoint to a momentous post-election day. Emcee Kishan Putta got things started by bringing to mind the words of the noted Indian [...]

$7 Million Budgeted for Jelleff Rec Center

Georgetowner: $7 Million Budgeted for Jelleff Rec Center: More than 100 people including local advocates showed up for the Department of Parks and Recreation’s midsummer information meeting to hear about preliminary plans to remodel Georgetown’s low-profile recreation center and swimming pool. “This is a very exciting opportunity for the community," said Kishan Putta, a Jelleff Center neighbor and community [...]

Standing Together

This morning, we two dozen Washingtonians visited Arlington Cemetery to honor Captain Humayun Khan and to stand with his courageous family.  We came together as Americans of different religions, ethnicities, races, genders, and orientations - many of us meeting for the first time. No politics were discussed, but we all felt how important it was to show solidarity with this [...]