Posts Tagged ‘Michael Brown’

The Geography of Council Campaign Donations, From Anita to Zukerberg

The conventional wisdom in the ongoing at-large D.C. Council race is that the city is divided by geography. Incumbent Anita Bonds, the thinking goes, can count on strong support east of the Anacostia River, while Matthew Frumin, Elissa Silverman, and Pat Mara are competing for votes west of Rock Creek Park and on Capitol Hill.
A [...]

Repeal the Height Act, Fund the Metro?

Matt Yglesias has a proposal for how to fund the $6 billion expansion that Metro wants to undertake, and if you've ever read Matt Yglesias, you can probably guess what it is: Repeal the Height Act!
He writes:
Restrictions on the height of buildings in the DC central business district cost the city billions per year in lost [...]

Bloomingdale Group Prepares Vote of No Confidence in ANC Over McMillan

If you needed more evidence that passions run high when it comes to development of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, the Bloomingdale Civic Association's got you covered.
The organization, upset by ANC 5C's decision to support the plan over objections from some community members, has prepared a vote of no confidence in the neighborhood commission—and it [...]

Q&A: Michael Brown Defends His Record on Housing and Development

Last week, I sat down with David Grosso, who's challenging Michael Brown for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, to talk about housing and development. This week, I spoke with Brown, who chairs the Committee on Economic Development and Housing, to get his thoughts on the issues, the race, and, yes, weed. Here's what [...]

A Q&A With David Grosso on Housing and Development

The countdown clock to election day stands at 18 days. Nationally, all eyes might be on the presidency, but here in the District, the competition to watch will be the at-large D.C. Council race. A brand-spankin'-new City Paper poll finds independent challenger David Grosso just five points behind incumbent Michael Brown—a near-statistical tie, given the [...]

LivingSocial: Too Big to Fail, But Can it Scale?

Last week, the D.C. Council considered Mayor Vince Gray's proposal to grant the daily deals behemoth LivingSocial a tax incentive package worth $32.5 million, in the interest of keeping it around. LivingSocial's people came in suits, ready to don the mantle of good corporate citizenship, as is expected of those who receive favors from the [...]

Do We Really Have to Redistrict?

As you may have realized, people in Ward 6—especially those east of 17th Street SE, which looks like the proposed dividing line—really, really do not want to be redistricted into another ward. So much so, in fact, that a number of them wondered why D.C. couldn’t just buck the constitutional principle of one man, one [...]

Budget Chunks: De-Taxing Edition

Committee on Finance and Revenue chairman Jack Evans rejected a host of the Mayor's proposals on Thursday, calling it "inconceivable" that the District could raise taxes while proposing a $10.82 billion budget–the largest in its history. Offering deep cuts to social services as the only alternative, he said in yesterday's committee meeting, was [...]

Budget Chunks: More Dough for Housing, Main Streets, Cap City Diner

The budget rundowns continue! This time with housing stuff and economic development stuff.
Councilmember Michael Brown's Housing and Workforce Development committee was the target of lobbying from affordable housing advocates over the yanking of $18 million from the Housing Production Trust Fund, and other issues. The report, which passed unanimously today, does the following things:

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Michael Brown Didn’t *Exactly* Call for Walmart Hearings

Yesterday, the New York City council held its second hearing on Walmart's attempt to locate a store in Brooklyn. The D.C. Council has been decidedly less forceful, but at ANC 4B's January meeting, anti-Walmart advocates thought they had at least gotten Councilmember Michael Brown's commitment to get Walmart proponents and opponents heard in some official [...]