Posts Tagged ‘Mary Cheh’

The Needle: Taxi to the Dark Side

Cab Calamity: The District has released four cab paint designs, which range from "hideous" to "not as hideous as the other three." Councilmember Mary Cheh declares some of the designs "horrid." -5
RGIII Recuperating: Pigskins quarterback Robert Griffin III could get over his sprained ligament injury in time for next Sunday's game. +3

Uber Now Legal, Officially

Rejoice, Uber underground! Now you no longer have to skulk out of sight of the law, scurrying from luxury app-dispatched sedan to luxury app-dispatched sedan to get around the District, because the D.C. Council voted unanimously today to make Uber legal.
While no one was actually operating an Uber sedan surreptitiously despite a January sting by the [...]

Uber Makes Gains on Sedan Regulations, While Competitor Hailo Plays Nice

After today's Council hearing on cab and sedan regulations, it seems like Uber and the D.C. Council might finally stop fighting. That's good news for Uber, because incoming competitor Hailo is more than happy to work with the Council if Uber won't.
"We are committed to working with the City Council, the D.C. Taxi Cab Commission, [...]

Uber Mentions: Emails Reveal That Uber Fight Turned Everybody Into Dicks

When luxury cab service Uber fought Councilmember Mary Cheh's effort to set a minimum price floor on its trips last month, the company's fans unleashed a wave of emails and phone calls to the D.C. Council. Washingtonians like Proof and Estadio owner Mark Kuller, chef José Andrés' business partner Rob Wilder, and We Love DC [...]

The Needle: Ward Six Nix Traffic Pix

An Early Mayoral Run: Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells is creating a task force to study whether the District charges too much for tickets from traffic cameras. Wells is asking Mary Cheh—who received the transportation-committee chairmanship after former Chairman Kwame Brown bounced Wells from the top spot—to co-chair. What kind of power move is this? +2
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District Line Daily: Food Truck Wedding

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Happy Wednesday. Did you know people are getting food trucks at their wedding receptions? What's [...]

The Needle: Price Floor Fisticuffs

Uberpriced: D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh and alternately beloved and reviled D.C. smartphone cab service Uber are sparring over an amendment proposed by Cheh that would both classify Uber as a sedan service and set its price minimum at the company's current $15, theoretically blocking Uber's attempt to introduce cheaper cars.
Uber and its fans aren't happy; [...]

The Needle: Memorial Day Edition

Goodbye, Godfather: When U.S. presidents die, they lie in state in the Capitol. Now that the Godfather of the Go-Go has died, he'll lie in state, too—in a much more befitting spot. Fans will be able to wish Chuck Brown off well at the Howard Theatre on Tuesday, where a public viewing will take place all [...]

A Call To Ban (Some) Leaf Blowers

Some 200 people have signed off on a letter written by Cleveland Park email list master Bill Adler that calls on Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh to introduce legislation to ban gas-powered lawn mowers.
The problem: Gas-powered leaf blowers are noisy and polluting. The solution: Ban them.
Presumably this means gardeners would switch to the less noisy [...]

Selling The Budget To Wards 3 And 8

The Informer has a good piece detailing Mayor Vince Gray's recent town hall forums on the city budget. His messages to Ward 8 and Ward 3 were clearly targeting different audiences:
In Ward 8, Gray talked about the $53 million budget item that would help build a new Ballou Senior High School and the $16 million [...]

Cab Drivers: An Unhappy Bunch

About three hours into today’s D.C. Council hearing over two taxicab laws—the modernization act, and a bill that would add wheelchair-accessible cabs to the fleet—it occurred to me that the reason drivers are seen as such a powerful bloc is because they share one interest: Being the underdogs.
Whether it’s by the councilmembers, the hotel association, [...]

Taxi Survey: People Don’t Like D.C. Cab Service

Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh's online taxi survey garnered more than 4,000 responses, Mike DeBonis reports in the Post. Naturally, it skews toward the young and Internet-savvy (and two-thirds of the respondents say they hail a cab at least weekly), but the results aren't surprising: "93 percent of respondents favored requiring all taxis to accept credit [...]

Wishful Thinking: New Year’s Resolutions For Local Newsmakers

City Paper alum Mike DeBonis has some suggested New Year's resolutions for local newsmakers at the Post. Worth noting is the one for the city's cab drivers, since fare increases and taxi modernization are sure to get quite a bit of ink next year:
City taxi drivers: Hire an accountant. A new taxicab industry reform proposal backed [...]

Drivers Unhappy About New Cab System

At the Post, Tim Craig and Mike DeBonis note that some cab drivers aren't terribly jazzed about the proposed changes—higher fares, newer cabs, credit card machines—to the taxicab system. A group crashed yesterday's press conference about the plan to protest:
[Ward 3 councilmember Mary] Cheh, chairman of the transportation committee, said the public, including drivers, would have [...]

Why Does Gas Cost So Much?

Why are gas prices so high at the infamous Watergate Exxon? The District’s gas king, Joe Mamo, turned out for a D.C. Council hearing Friday toting a slide show aimed at answering that question—or at least deflecting allegations that his company, Capitol Petroleum Group, is to blame.
On June 12, when the Watergate station was peddling [...]