Posts Tagged ‘Vincent Gray’

Mayor Unveils Five-Year Economic Development Strategy

Speaking this morning against a backdrop of construction on the CityMarket at O site in Shaw, Mayor Vince Gray laid out his ambitious five-year plan to bring jobs and economic growth to the city.
"This is our first-ever economic development strategy," Gray said proudly, "which has emanated in part from our relationships with universities and the [...]

Small Local Biz for Gray, Suburban Heavy Hitters for Fenty?

As our dearly departed DeBonis reports, the Greater Washington Board of Trade has endorsed Mayor Adrian Fenty over Council Chairman Vince Gray, with the reasoning: Things have been ok from our perspective, so why change horses mid-stream?
"It simply comes down to the fact that we recognize the progress that's being made over the past four [...]

D.C. Economy Booster: Bermuda on the Potomac?

Last week, at a forum in Adams Morgan, Council chairman Vincent Gray was asked—as he often is—how he would solve unemployment in the District. On top of the usual answers about job training and construction projects, Gray had one most audience members hadn’t heard before: Making D.C. a tax shelter for insurance companies.
Here’s what he [...]

Council Likely to Reject at Least One of Mayor’s Zoning Commission Picks

Mayor Adrian Fenty gets three appointments to the five-person Zoning Commission. All three of his latest picks have been developers—and on account of their professional homogeneity, the Council is likely to only confirm one of the two nominations currently pending.
Stan Wall, whom the Mayor nominated to replace menschy chairman Anthony Hood, has already run into [...]

Council Kills H Street-Benning Streetcar [UPDATE: Reversal!]

UPDATE, 3:51 p.m.: Wow, that was fast: Looks like Vince Gray suddenly found that being the guy who killed the streetcar would not help so much in an election campaign. The Post is reporting that Gray freed up $10 million in the near term to purchase streetcars, plus "Another $37 million would be place in [...]

Vince Gray: No Construction on Bruce Monroe School Until 2018

Ever since Bruce Monroe Elementary School was demolished a few weeks ago–and long before that, really–a group of local parents has kept up a steady drumbeat of protest over the ever-receding deadline for its reconstruction. The last we heard, $20 million remained in the FY 2011 budget. But at a City Council budget hearing on [...]

Just Watch This Don Peebles Video…

Yesterday, that man above on the right, Don Peebles, announced his intentions of running for mayor. He'll make a final decision by the end of the year—and likely go for it, as long as D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray doesn't decide to run first. (Oh what do you know: Peebles actually showed up to [...]

Ward 7 Civic Leaders Angered By Pollin Development

For a lot of Washingtonians, today is all about the late Abe Pollin—for better, and for worse in some cases.
In Chinatown, well-wishers will drop off stuffed animals, Lego sets and others toys to honor Pollin at the site of his most famous accomplishment, the Verizon Center. Meanwhile, across town in Ward 7, local civic leaders [...]

Councilmembers Dig in Heels on Catholic Threat

Council Chair Vincent Gray, and Council Members Mendelson and Evans
It doesn't look like the Catholic Archdiocese is going to be winning this battle.
Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the Catholic Archdiocese had issued an ultimatum to the D.C. Council:  If you require us to extend same-sex marriage benefits to gay couples, we'll stop running city-contracted [...]

Budget Sliced for Office Evaluating School Construction, Reuse of Schools

This morning's Washington Post includes a story about the council mark-up on the mayor's budget. Deputy mayor for education Victor Reinoso is getting hit the hardest—84 percent of his budget is being cut, taking it from $4 million to $778,000. 
[Council Chair Vincent] Gray has long been unhappy with Reinoso, whose portfolio includes oversight of the [...]