Posts Tagged ‘Jim Graham’

Winter’s Coming. Is the City Ready to Shelter Its Homeless?

Last winter, a woman showed up at the Family Resource Center seeking a place to spend the night. The woman was 23 years old, homeless, and seven months pregnant, and she had spent the previous night on the corner of 7th and H streets NE. Now, the city had issued a hypothermia alert, meaning it [...]

Neighbors Still Seeking Answers on City’s 965 Florida Ave. Decision

When the city announced its decision to award valuable city-owned land to an underdog developer in late July, neighbors and local elected officials demanded a full explanation of the surprising move. Nearly three months later, they're still waiting for answers.
The JBG Companies were thought to have the leg up in the competition to develop the [...]

Graham to Hoskins: Explain Your Unpopular 965 Florida Ave. Decision

Responding to the growing controversy surrounding the city's selection of a developer for a valuable property near the U Street corridor, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham sent a letter this morning to Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins requesting a more detailed explanation of the city's decision.
"I have rarely experienced in Ward [...]

An Internet Sales Tax to End Homelessness?

The end of homelessness is within reach, if only we had the right funding. That's the line you hear time and again from politicians and activists. Well, two members of the D.C. Council think they may have found the money, in the form of an Internet sales tax.
Today, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham and Ward [...]

Council Committee Approves Tax Break That CFO Called Unnecessary

A D.C. Council committee approved an $11 million tax break today for the Howard Town Center development on Georgia Avenue NW—despite the fact that Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi deemed the break unnecessary.
The Council's finance and revenue committee approved the 10-year, 100 percent property tax abatement, plus three other tax breaks, in less than a [...]

Neighbors Plan to Sue to Stop Adams Morgan Hotel Project

In advance of the Zoning Commission's Monday deliberation on the proposed Adams Morgan hotel, a group of neighbors is doing what it can to put the brakes on the project.
Three neighborhood groups will announce on Monday their intention to sue the city to stop the hotel project, which they say will displace local businesses and has [...]

Reeves Center Watch: Transit Center Out, D.C. Center In?

Buildout has already begun in the former Municipal Deli space at the Reeves Center at 14th and U Street NW for a new post office, which has been displaced from its T Street location. Meanwhile, the District Department of Transportation's initial plan to put a service center for things like processing transit passes and handing [...]

Did Pepco Cash Kill Consumer Advocate’s Nomination?

Last week, a D.C. Council committee led by Yvette Alexander voted, after hours of debate, to kill the mayor's nomination of Betty Noel to the Public Service Commission, which regulates the District's utilities. Noel, who for 18 years had litigated on the behalf of consumers as the People's Counsel, had been targeted by Pepco and [...]

D.C. Needs a System For Streetscape Relief. This New Bill Won’t Do It. [UPDATE]

UPDATE, Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. – A couple weeks ago, the Council was actually able to put a total of $3 million in the Streetscape Survival Fund. This time, though, it's for no-interest loans, not grants. No money has been dispensed yet, but regulations were finally issued, so nothing is left standing in the way.
You'd think [...]

Budget Chunks: Graham Disapproves Edition

Since there's a pile of budget information coming today, I'll just go piece by piece, hitting things in the Housing Complex world. Up first: The report from Councilmember Jim Graham's Committee on Human Services.
The committee outright disapproved of the Department of Human Services budget, which it says "will devastate the city and further spending pressures [...]