Author Archive for Ryan Grim

‘Berry Sorry for Your Loss

In March, longtime politico A. Scott Bolden asked an old family friend, Enjoli Timmons, to help out with his bid for an at-large D.C. Council seat. “I took a bite [on the pay], but I was helping him out,” says Timmons.
Shortly after she started, she says, Bolden—a partner in the Reed Smith law firm—approached her [...]

E-List Roundup

Every Tuesday and Thursday, we run down what's going on in local Internet discussion groups.
Should Tenleytown strive to be the next Germantown? Bethesda? Georgetown? Logan Circle? Competing comparisons battle it out using parking as the point of contention. John throws out an argument counterintuitive enough it would impress New Republic editors: Developers should be obligated [...]

The Apartment Building That Isn’t

When operating a large apartment building under the city's radar, it's probably best to stay out of court-bound squabbles with tenants. So when married couple Ciprian and Daniela Berghea asked their landlord, June Layne, to repair a rotted bedroom floor, the smart move would have been to do it quickly and quietly. Instead of prompt [...]

ANC Petition Deadline Approaching

Every political career has to start somewhere. Why not start the easy way—by winning an uncontested race for advisory neighborhood commissioner? The job doesn't pay and requires the ability to sit through the meetings, but it can be quite a little power trip, if that's what you're into.
As of 9 a.m. today, there were still [...]

Sale Away

Bikes for the World has a problem: Its bikes are too nice. The nonprofit's mission is to collect donated bikes here and ship them over to Africa. It's already sent more than 7,000 this year, says director Keith Oberg. The organization prefers to send mountain bikes, he says, considering that many roads in Africa make [...]

Colby: “Fair warning is fair play.”

On Saturday, Colbert I. King took to the Washington Post opinion page in another attempt to wrest D.C. politics from the grip of modernity. This time, he lashed out at the trend of candidates and/or their supporters doing personal opposition research. The lament was brought about by the anonymous deliverance to King of a 146-page [...]

Rooms Now Available

Residents of the Park East building in Adams Morgan, managed by Carmel Partners, came home yesterday evening to find an area in front of the building strewn with the belongings of now-former tenants. Residents say U.S. Marshals emptied at least three units. Diane Coates, who has lived in the building since 1984, said this was [...]

Rent Reforms Coming Soon

By a unanimous vote yesterday, the D.C. Council passed emergency legislation introduced by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham that will quicken the date that rent control will be tightened. The reform passed June 6 will now go into effect August 4.
Two weeks ago, we reported that Graham was considering such a move because tenants were [...]

The Last Words of Brother Chris

Slain community activist Chris Crowder was the final witness at a March 31 hearing of the D.C. Council Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
Introduced by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham only as “Brother Chris,” Crowder, in one of his final public statements, showed a glimpse of the spunk that once pissed off the likes of [...]

E-List Roundup

Every Tuesday and Thursday, we run down what's going on in local Internet discussion groups.
In a post headlined “Leering Officer on Segway,” mjwilson99 gets right to the point: “Perhaps the white, middle-aged officer who was riding the Segway down Pennsylvania Avenue last week could seek counseling so as to be able to resist his urge [...]

Show Will Go On

On June 2, we wrote about how Street Sense was having trouble booking its second annual benefit concert. The Black Cat felt the lineup that the homeless-produced newspaper suggested wouldn't draw the numbers needed to cover expenses; Street Sense argued it could do the advertising and would fill the room.
In the story, a Street Sense [...]

A Tale of Two Stories

There are two ways that drug use gets covered by the American media. They either take a thoughtful approach to a complex problem or foster hysteria supported by quotes from cops and Drug Enforcement Administration officials.
This morning's Washington Post takes both routes. In the front section, David Brown offers a well-documented examination of Baltimore's massive [...]

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Every Tuesday and Thursday, we run down what's going on in local Internet discussion groups.
James, of Friends of Marie Reed, wrote to wax poetic about the elementary school's sixth-grade-graduation festivities, followed up with a plea for donations. “Graduation day has always been very special at Marie Reed. For the sixth graders it is the proudest [...]

When is a Vacant Building Not Vacant?

In last week's paper, we wrote about a loophole that has been allowing developers to convert buildings to condos while avoiding a hefty 5 percent conversion fee. They vacate a building, or at least claim it's vacant, and then apply for a “vacancy exemption” from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). It may [...]

Size Matters

The paltry American flag that flew pitifully atop a Sprint cell-phone tower planted in Eugene A. Clark Elementary School's front yard has been replaced. The new flag, which teachers at the Petworth school say began waving a couple of weeks ago, appears to be at least 25 feet long and 10 feet tall—in keeping with [...]