Posts Tagged ‘election 2010’

What’s “Coming Soon” on 14th Street? Not a Building.

Yesterday, a new sign showed up on the chain-link fence surrounding the full city block of rubble on 14th Street between Belmont and Chapin Streets. "COMING SOON", it reads. "Working with the Mayor, Councilmember Graham, and the Community."
The development, which looked like it was moving forward when the Nehemiah Shopping Center was demolished last year, [...]

Fenty and Gray Carve Up the Real Estate World

On Monday, Jonathan O'Connell drilled down into the economic development platforms of Mayor Adrian Fenty and would-be mayor Vince Gray. In a nutshell, he concludes that while Fenty has gone for big developments–many of which haven't yet been built–Gray would focus on fewer projects, and emphasize the steady-job-generating tourism industry. We also get a bit [...]

Graham’s Opponents Struggle to Make Employment, Housing Critiques Stick

Councilmember Jim Graham knew he was on friendly turf at last night’s Ward One councilmember debate, hosted by a group of labor unions and social services advocates.
He had arrived at the True Reformer building on U Street a half an hour late, but with good reason: Celebrating a tenant purchase at 1372 Kenyon Street NW, [...]

D.C. Realtors for Gray, Brown

The Washington D.C. Association of REALTORs–yes, they capitalize the term–just announced their endorsement of Council Chairman Vince Gray for Mayor and Councilmember Kwame Brown for Chairman. The organization also backed incumbent Councilmembers Phil Mendelson, David Catania, Tommy Wells, and Harry Thomas.
The release reads: "WDCAR PAC endorsed after face-to-face interviews with candidates, a review of candidate's [...]

DCUSA Gets Plaqued

For any Ward 1 voters who may have forgotten that lots of government help went into the building of the DCUSA complex–$40 million worth–the politicians responsible were honored today with a plastic panel that will eventually be replaced by an honest-to-god metal one.
Apropos of no particular event, other than perhaps the imminent completion of the [...]

Kwame Quote of the Week

Deep in Mike DeBonis' thorough background check of at-large Councilmember Kwame Brown's financial history lies a masterful bit of spin.
"I was persistent because I believed that D.C. residents should have an opportunity to have a boat and be a part of a club," Brown said, referring to his ownership of a 1994 Chris-Craft Continental express [...]

Building Industry Throwing Down for Unopposed Mary Cheh

Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh has no declared opponent in her race for reelection. But the building industry has her back anyway: Next Thursday, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington PAC, the DC Building Industry Association PAC, and the Apartment and Office Building Owners PAC will host a joint cocktail reception and fundraiser [...]

Pawnbroker and Payday Lender Dumping Cash Into Council, Mayoral Races

Campaign finance reports due last night show that First Cash Financial Services, which is fighting legislation that would cap fees and interest rates on payday lenders check cashers and pawnbrokers in the District, has made some strategic investments in this year's political races: At least $8,000 to sitting councilmembers, all in the ten days after [...]

Fenty, Gray, White House Gate Crasher Pledge Support for Rent Control [VIDEO]

White House gate-crasher Carlos Allen has found a new publicity stunt: Running for mayor of the District of Columbia.
At a three-ring circus of a mayoral forum last night, complete with a voting rights song and a lady in a red cat suit, Allen squared off against seven other minor candidates before members of the D.C. [...]