The Commissioners main job is to be their neighborhood's official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods. Although they are not required to follow the ANCs' advice, District agencies are required to give the ANCs' recommendations "great weight." Moreover, District law says that agencies cannot take any action that will significantly affect a neighborhood unless they give the affected ANCs 30 days advance notice. This includes zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, budget, and health services.
The Commissioner may also initiate recommendations for improving city services, conduct neighborhood improvement programs, and monitor resident complaints.
Educational Opportunities for Children & Young Adults
Salim helped Barry Farms create its first STEM & Cultural Arts After School Program. As Commissioner, he will organize to:
Create supplemental education programs for children in Congress Heights
Increase awareness of educational opportunities offered by the District of Columbia and local universities
Increased Awareness of Local Legislation & Development
Salim consistently testifies on legislation impacting the residents of the District of Columbia . As Commissioner, he will organize to:
Inform residents in a timely fashion of public hearings and opportunities to testify on proposed legislation
Inform residents of budget oversight hearings and guide them on how to provide feedback to city council
Inform residents in a timely fashion of proposed development in the Ward and how it can potentially impact their quality of life
Upgrade of the Local Infrastructure
Salim has reported infrastructural safety hazards to the District of Columbia agencies. As Commissioner, he will organize to:
Survey the community on a monthly basis to monitor infrastructural concerns of the residents
Hold agencies accountable to the residents and work to improve the quality of life in Congress Heights and Ward 8
Engaging Ward 8 Residents
Salim is committed to ensuring that every voice and diverse voices are heard and help shape Ward 8’s future. As Commissioner, he will organize to:
Strengthen engagement of Ward 8 residents to better connect residents to opportunities to contribute their expertise and experience to issues that the city is working to resolve.
Provide opportunities for nationally recognized professional organizations to convene in Ward 8 and engage residents on how they can provide services to the community.