Posts Tagged ‘yvette alexander’

The Pull-Out Method

When Walmart announced in late 2010 that it was planning to open stores in the District, two schools of thought quickly defined the ensuing debate. There were the unions and activists, who said Walmart pays exploitative wages and undercuts local businesses. And there was Walmart, which said, essentially, no, we don’t.
This week should have been [...]

Walmart Will Cancel Three D.C. Stores, Reconsider Others if Wage Bill Becomes Law

Walmart has decided to cancel plans for three of its six planned D.C. stores and reconsider the other three if a bill setting a higher minimum wage for large retailers is passed, a company executive just announced.
Minutes after informing Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander that the company would be canceling its two planned stores in [...]

Councilmember: Walmart Canceling Plans for at Least Two D.C. Stores

This post has been updated.
Walmart has decided to cancel plans for at least two of its planned D.C. stores in response to the living wage bill passed by the D.C. Council last month, according to Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander.
"Walmart is pulling out of Skyland and Capitol Gateway, and I'm pissed off," says Alexander, referring [...]

Living Wage Bill Clears Committee, Heads for Full Council Vote

A controversial bill to require large retailers in the District to pay a "living wage" sailed through a key D.C. Council committee vote this morning, setting up a vote in the full Council.
The Large Retailer Accountability Act was introduced in January by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and received a contentious hearing in March, with members [...]

Developers Present Hill East Proposal to Frustrated Neighbors

After years of frustration, residents of eastern Capitol Hill finally have a proposal for development at the troubled site on the Anacostia River known as Hill East. But they're more interested in talking about their frustration.
Only one development team responded to the city's recent request for expressions of interest for Hill East—a partnership of Donatelli [...]

Vice Principles

Kenyan McDuffie eyed the small plastic shot glass in his hand with suspicion, then took a sip. The proprietors of New Columbia Distillers waited for the Ward 5 councilmember’s reaction to their Green Hat Gin. McDuffie swallowed, and smiled.
“I’m not generally a gin drinker,” McDuffie said, “but it’s good.”
McDuffie and three of his aides were [...]

Some Things You Need to Know About DCPS’ School-Closure Plans

So D.C. Public Schools is planning to close 20 of its schools. Below is a roundup of facts, figures, and graphics related to the news.

First, here's a map of the schools slated for closure:

The closures have something to do with the city's allocation of resources, as Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander says, but demographics also [...]

Wards 5 and 7 Hit Hardest by School Closure Plans

The cat's out of the bag: D.C. Public Schools is targeting 20 schools for closure. DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson is expected to reveal the list publicly at 4 p.m. today.
The geographic distribution of the closures isn't equitable: There are five schools each in wards 5 and 7 on the list, and none in wards 1 [...]

Power Moves: The District Looks at Burying Its Power Lines

After the region got derechoed this summer and nearly half a million Pepco customers found themselves without power, District leaders went into CYA mode.
Mayor Vince Gray called for a “game-changer” and assembled a 15-member task force to figure out how to move the city’s power lines underground. Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Jack Evans introduced separate proposals [...]

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 [...]