Vince Gray Channels Inner Barbara Walters
Find a TV! At 6 p.m. today, Mayor Vince Gray's new show debuts on channel 16.
The program, called "Inside One City ... Conversations with DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray," will be a monthly feature with Hizonner "that will provide District residents with an inside look of their government," says the mayor's office (in a news release that went out at 5:39 p.m. today).
The first episode centers around summer entertainment options provided by the District government.
Says the mayor's office:
Produced at the DC Office of Cable Television, the first episode of the monthly broadcast will feature information about “One City Summer Fun” and presented in three distinct segments. In the first segment, Mayor Gray interviews Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander and Police Chief Cathy Lanier about summer programs aimed at producing safe communities, a major initiative of the Mayor Gray’s One City agenda. The three, Quander, Lanier and Mayor Gray, engage in a lively discussion of community engagement, safety initiatives and the impact of budget cuts on summer programming and the Summer Youth Employment Program.
In the second segment, the Mayor discusses the various urban recreation and leisure activities with Jesus Aguirre, the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and Rebecca Renard, Program Director of Teens of Distinction for DC Public Libraries. This section of the show provides viewers with in depth information on sports, therapeutic, aquatic, environmental education, camps, outdoor adventures and other recreational programs. Emphases on enriching the summer through reading and educational programs offered at DCPS, UDC, CCDC, and DC Libraries are discussed. In addition, “One World, Many Stories,” the summer reading program offered by the DC Public Libraries, is highlighted.
The third and final segment features, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, BB Otero, and Director of the Youth Advisory Council, Cedric Jennings. Mayor Gray interviews Otero and Jennings about community partnerships that have been integrated into the summer programming. All government agencies and several community-based organizations are participating in this summer initiative.
In mayor's office has Gray concluding: "With so many activities in store this summer, there should be no reason for anyone to be bored."