Posts Tagged ‘home rule’

Mendelson Explains Opposition to Height Act Autonomy: “Citizens Don’t Trust the Government”

In a wide-ranging discussion of potential changes to the Height Act this morning, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) had plenty of criticism to dispense, with targets ranging from "butt-ugly" 1960s architecture to the annoying air-conditioning unit on his roof that prevents him from peacefully enjoying views of the city's skyline. But he saved his biggest dose of incredulity [...]

Issa Offers Hope for D.C. Autonomy on Building Heights

A congressional hearing on the Height Act this morning held out the prospect of greater local autonomy on building height limits, just two weeks after hopes for such a change were dampened by a report from the National Capital Planning Commission recommending no substantial alterations to the 1910 law.
Rep. Darrell Issa, the conservative California Republican [...]

Charge of the Height Brigade

Last Wednesday, nearly two hours into the second marathon public hearing of the week on D.C. building-height limits, an 83-year-old D.C. resident named Bill Haskett stepped up to the microphone and delivered the sagest line of the contentious process.
“Anything older than I am,” Haskett told the full house at the National Capital Planning Commission, “should [...]

How D.C. Can Advance Statehood: Guerilla Public Space Planning

In a few hours, Councilmember Michael Brown will hold a roundtable on whether we should rename a small stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue to raise awareness of D.C.'s disenfranchisement. I think this is a fantastic idea, and bossman Michael Schaffer has some thoughts on how it might be done. But why stop there? The Republicans may [...]

Jason Chaffetz Will Not Be Our Overlord–But the New Guy Might be Worse

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m. – Whoops: Mike DeBonis is reporting that Bilbray's been removed from the Oversight Committee, which means we don't know who'll be in charge of the District's fate come January.
The GOP golden boy, a favorite of new Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, proved too ambitious for the grunt assignment of [...]