Loose Lips Daily: UnSafeway Edition
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Safe Covenant: The Post reports that there's a potential roadblock in path of Walmart's glorious arrival at Skyland, which would be one of Mayor Vince Gray's signature achievements. Turns out that the Safeway across the street as "has a covenant from the 1990s that prevents a competitor — such as the world’s largest retailer — from locating in certain portions of Skyland and selling groceries." Uh-oh. The Gray administration is working to strike some sort of deal, but it sounds like Safeway is in a good position to milk this for all its worth. Says a store rep: "“We want to be cooperative, but there is a reason that the covenant is in place to protect our interests.” Gary D. Rappaport, the lead developer for Skyland, says these kind of wrinkles happen all the time and he's not worried. "We have no doubt that there will be an agreement reached between the District and Safeway prior to any work being done on the site by us." Safeway has hired Gray pal Bruce Bereano to lobby on its behalf here.
AFTER THE JUMP: No Changes to iGaming; Post likes Ethics; Alexander Slams Wells...
iGaming Coming Soon: TWT reports that those lightly attended community meetings to discuss the District foray into legalized online gambling haven't altered D.C. Lotto's plans for the programs. “I think the substantial majority of people who attended and spoke were supportive,” lottery Director Buddy Roogow said. Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells still plans to try and repeal iGaming, and says he's not surprised that a bunch of people wore t-shirts mocking him at the Ward 6 community lotto meeting.
We Like It: The Post editorial board comes out in favor of Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser's ethics bill and its proposed standalone board of ethics. "We admit to some skepticism about creating a government agency to do a job neglected by others. Why not just fix the Office of Campaign Finance or diagnose why the Office of the Inspector General has taken a milquetoast approach to its watchdog role? But given all the scandals that have marred this government, it is clear the city can no longer tinker with its bureaucracy; a clean break is needed."
Them's Fighin' Words: Speaking of ethics, Wells told WAMU that he's in favor of getting rid of the constituent service funds, which led to this sharp elbowing from Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander: "Asked her opinion of a council member that would eliminate the funds altogether, Alexander doesn't pull any punches. 'I would say they are definitely not a ward representative,' she says. 'And they definitely don’t meet the need of the constituents that they serve.'" Yeesh. Looks like Wells is still Mr. Popular at the council.
More on Cabs: The Examiner runs a story on a likely taxi fare hike for the second day in a row, this time highlighting the fact that cabbies came out big for Gray during last year's election. "One cabbie wondered Monday why it took so long for Gray to keep his campaign promise. 'He was supposed to get us the fair increase,' said longtime cab driver Carolyn Robinson, who said she was one of the drivers the Gray campaign called for help during last year's primary and general elections."
In Other News:
- Citizen impressed with city services.
- Keith Jarrell has second thoughts on running for Ward 4 council seat.
- Gray is anti-violence at Dupont Circle, and everywhere else.
- Prankster sets off fireworks at Metro stop during rush hour.
Gray sked: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 am: New Brand Analytics Meet & Greet; 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Sustainable D.C. Working Group Kick-Off Meeting; 7:25 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Ward 3 Democratic Committee Forum.
Council sked: ANC redistricting at 10 a.m.; Motor vehicle bills at 10:30 a.m.