Posts Tagged ‘Kwame Brown’

Would You Open a Restaurant in Ward 7 for $700,000?

Last night, Council Chairman Kwame Brown came out with his edits to the Mayor's budget for agencies within his purview, and one tweak jumped out at me: A $300,000 increase to the Department of Planning and Economic Development's grant making authority to "encourage development, attract new business, and in particular ensure development and help bring another [...]

NIMBY Watch: Anacostia Protesting Homeless Women

It's as predictable as the sunrise, from Petworth to Congress Heights to Truxton Circle to Hill East: A social services organization tries to locate a facility in a neighborhood, the neighbors feel blindsided, and the battle is joined. This time, the drama is about to play out again in the heart of Anacostia's business district, [...]

The BCDs of Going to Wall Street

Tomorrow, the District's head financial honchos–Mayor Vince Gray, Council chairman Kwame Brown, Chief Financial Officer Nat Gandhi, and Committee on Finance and Revenue chairman Jack Evans–will show up in lower Manhattan to beg for something very important: A continued healthy bond rating, which allows the city to borrow what it needs to run the government [...]

What Fenty Would Cut

So, not that this matters much, but Almost Not Mayor Adrian Fenty has submitted his plan to close the $188 million budget gap. Michael Neibauer has a bunch of the highlights, and here are a few more items on the chopping block from the Housing Complex world that the incoming mayor and Council could choose [...]


Tuesday morning marked a starchy celebration on Irving Street NW in Columbia Heights: The grand opening of IHOP’s 1,500th location, complete with a dancing pancake, free short stacks of pancakes, and a Washington Monument shaped out get the picture. Inside, IHOP execs visiting from California for the occasion congregated in the back room, while [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

This is What Democracy Looks Like: Woodley Parkers Take Protest of New Mansions to the Top

A few weeks ago, several dozen Woodley Park residents sicced Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh on the subdivision of a corner lot on Garfield Street NW, where the Zuckerman Partners were planning to build two gigantic houses on spec. Since then, they’ve gotten the support of five more councilmembers, who all signed a letter asking [...]

The Convention Center Hotel is Seriously Stalled–Again

A familiar, long-running story is back in the news—and that's definitely a bad thing.
For years, D.C. officials have wanted to build a hotel to support big groups hosting events at the Washington Convention Center. That project—despite the economic downturn—was rejuvenated this summer when Councilmembers Kwame Brown (At-large) and Jack Evans (Ward 2) decided it could [...]