District Line Daily: The “Yoga Tax” and a Divided D.C.
A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to email@example.com.
The proposed "yoga tax" highlights a divide between the eastern and western sides of the Anacostia River. There are, for instance, no full-service, private gyms east of the Anacostia. Yet since 2009. D.C.'s west-of-the-river wards have seen an 11 percent increase in the number of gyms.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- The D.C. Council will vote on that "yoga tax" today. (And the rest of the $10.6 billion budget.) [News4]'
- The Silver Line will be open for business on July 26. [WAMU]
- Singer Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court for a hearing in his case for allegedly assaulting a fan in October who wanted to take a picture with him outside D.C.'s W Hotel. He is reportedly in talks with District prosecutors regarding his misdemeanor assault charges. [Post]
- Former D.C. Council Ward 1 candidate Jeff Smith pleaded guilty in court to lying about receiving illicit help from shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson, hours he after was charged with the crime. [Loose Lips]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
In Defense: Three Virginia state lawmakers formed a caucus to show their support for the Washington football team name. Democrat state Sen. Chap Petersen says that the team name is not a slur, but acknowledges that it is an archaic term and, if the team were named today, it would not be named that.
What's That You Say?: Marion Barry decries the nonexistent "Yogurt Tax".
Arts On The Move: The Washington Project for the Arts is moving into a new permanent space adjacent to the 9:30 Club as part of the in-progress Atlantic Plumbing development. The organization plans to open its news space by fall of 2015.
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Former D.C. Council candidate Jeff Smith pleads guilty to covering up campaign help from Jeff Thompson. [LL,LL, Post, WAMU]
- Marion Barry mishears, says that the nonexistent "yogurt tax" is a terrible idea. [LL]
- Not too many people seem interested in Ernest Johnson's campaign in Ward 1. [LL]
- New fire chief will keep using "soft posting" policy. [Times]
- Soccer fans won't get a recess at the D.C. United hearing to watch the World Cup. [Post]
- Post ed board wants the District's primaries moved closer to the general election. [Post]
- What the yoga tax says about D.C. [Post]
- Health exchange proposes rate drop for one plan, a rate increase for others. [Post, WBJ]
- Cabbies will rally against ridesharing services on Wednesday. [WAMU]
- How the restaurant association's politics affect its food awards. [Post]
- 102-year-old woman wants a reserved parking spot, and the Department of Transportation is working on it. [NBC4]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- At long last, the Silver Line has a scheduled opening date. [WMATA]
- So the streetcar will lose the race. But there's hope, from Tucson. [GGW]
- Washington Project for the Arts heads to Atlantic Plumbing. [Arts Desk]
- New renderings for part of The Wharf. [UrbanTurf]
- D.C. universities pledge to buy substantial solar power. [Post]
- Get ready for more tickets from speed cameras. [WJLA]
- Dupont's Patterson Mansion sells for $20 million. [WSJ]
- Michigan developer eyes residential for Adams Morgan shops. [WBJ]
- Report shows growing income inequality in D.C. region. [Post]
- Today on the market: 1BR by Cleveland Park Metro—$319,000
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The members of Brass Connection used to busk outside the Verizon Center. Now, they're the Washington Mystics' house band. [Post]
- The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced a $5.4 million gift to cap off its fundraising goal for the Renwick Gallery renovation. [Arts Desk]
- Clips from the National Museum of Women in the Arts' first all-video exhibition [Post]
- How Erin Driscoll became one of D.C.'s most in-demand actresses [DC Theatre Scene]
- Washington Project for the Arts has finally found a permanent home: across the street from the 9:30 Club. [Arts Desk]
- Photos of Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes at Iota Club [D.C. Music Download]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Should nonassociation members be eligible for a RAMMY? [Post]
- What D.C. chefs wore to the RAMMYS [Reliable Source]
- Behind the scenes with Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab's maitre d's [Eater]
- Petworth East African restaurant Safari DC under new management [PoPville]
- Ten amazing tasting menus around D.C. [Zagat]
- Marion Barry comes out against nonexistent "yogurt tax." [Loose Lips]