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Gas Bill Not Dead, Says Cheh

A bill aimed at breaking up an alleged gas-station monopoly appears alive after all. Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh's "Retail Service Station Amendment Act of 2011," which is aimed at preventing gas magnate Eyob “Joe” Mamo from being both a gas wholesaler and the owner of nearly half the city's gas stations, is on the council's schedule later this month.

Cheh's bill looked all but dead last fall after an intensive lobbying effort by Mamo that included lobbying by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and sorta-lobbying by the Congressional Black Caucus. Mamo's supporters have tried to cast him as a civil rights hero who is being unfairly targeted for being a successful minority businessman.

But Cheh says she's almost got enough support to get her bill across the finish line. "I'm very very close to having enough votes," she says.

Meanwhile, gas station owners who support Cheh's bill (and who have hired lobbyist/mayoral fraternity brother Bruce Bereano) have made a video attacking Mamo.

You can watch it here:

  • Truth hurts

    Way to show the city how concerned the council is about distancing itself from unethical characters. Here we have a convicted, disbarred felon Gray frat bro and money man from Maryland, Bruce Bereano, lobbying the city council as to what's best for DC. A guy who's not allowed to represent these folks in DC courts is a big shot over at the Wilson Building.

  • noodlez

    @Truth-BEREANO IS SQUARE WITH THE HOUSE AGAIN! HE PAID HIS DEBT. LET IT GO.

    LOOK AS LONG AS HE IS AN AMERICAN AND HE DONE HIS TIME THEN LET THE BROTHER MAKE A DOLLAR AS LONG AS IT IS LEGAL!

  • Truth Hurts

    noodlez- Let's agree to disagree on this one. You're right that, under current DC law it's legal for lobbyists to finance politicians they lobby, and that it's also legal in DC for felons convicted of fraud to lobby politicians for whom they raise funds. I simply think it's wrong and that the council should bar lobbyists from financing CM campaigns (also bundling contributions), and that the council also should bar felons from registering as lobbyists. It's up to Cheh (and all CM's) to do what they believe is right (or wrong). We all make choices, and we all should speak up about what we think is right (or wrong). Later, my brother.

  • tony

    You fake white liberals can pretend that you care about black folks all you want. But, the truth is that you white folks have never given a damn about black folks. You have the nerve to pretend that you are mad at Harry Thomas because he stole money from poor black kids. And you people are the same ones who kicks black kids and their family out of their neighborhoods every day in this city. You are the same ones who run to the wilson building to tell black politicians how silly they are for suggesting that the budget priorities should include black poor kids in this city. You crackers have destroyed generations of blacks in this city and now you want to pretend that you are all concern. You can play that game with those silly azz negroes but the people who have been here for more than a few days know better. And I will leave your stupid azz with this harsh reality. The problems you are having in Columbia Heights are mild compare to ....

  • Truth Hurts

    wrong blog, tony. no haters here.

  • tony

    @Truth Hurts, no I have the right blog.

    You are worst than DAVID DUKE because you pretend. Here you are condemning black men like crazy for shit you know that white men do every damn day in this city and country, and then you have nerve to pretend that you are a friend of the black community. None of you white bastards can be trusted!!!

  • Truth Hurts

    Blow me tony. Bereano and Cheh are white, dumbass. Keep hating, it's all you know how to do

  • tony

    tell your faggot father to blow u, punk.

  • Truth Hurts

    Sorry people. I shouldn't have engaged this person. I know better.

  • Hank Chinaski

    "You fake white liberals can pretend that you care about black folks all you want. But, the truth is that you white folks have never given a damn about black folks. You have the nerve to pretend that you are mad at Harry Thomas because he stole money from poor black kids. And you people are the same ones who kicks black kids and their family out of their neighborhoods every day in this city. You are the same ones who run to the wilson building to tell black politicians how silly they are for suggesting that the budget priorities should include black poor kids in this city. You crackers have destroyed generations of blacks in this city and now you want to pretend that you are all concern. You can play that game with those silly azz negroes but the people who have been here for more than a few days know better. And I will leave your stupid azz with this harsh reality. The problems you are having in Columbia Heights are mild compare to ...."

    u mad bro?

  • Drez

    Didn't you once tell me that Bereano had accepted employ with a Maryland republican that made a point of suppressing black turn out? What was that all about?
    @Tony-
    You listening?

  • CapitalTruck

    Everybody wants a nice place to live, color of skin doesn't enter into it. I want budget priorities in this city to include measures to support the well-being and education of all the city's kids, again, color doesn't enter into it.
    More to the point, no one person should sell all the gas in this town.

  • na

    I love it. You people bring it. And strong.

  • seDCdude

    you have got to be fucking kidding me..

    "later, my brother"

    NO this fake ass dreaded blond bimbo didn't!!

    Ayy Noodlez slim you slippin', how you gonna allow this SKIP BAYLESS clone to patronize you like that, ol' clown ass bigot!

    As far as the monopoly....so be it, I know for a fact this would be a non issue if you guessed it, gas man was EURO, but hell ethiopians are now monopolizing guest services and taxi cabs so shit live and let live, just offer up some sort of regulation/tariff measures!!!

  • sinclair skinner

    mary cheh is worked together with harry thomas and is just as corrupt. they attack people to take attention away from her misdeeds.

  • sinclair skinner

    mary cheh has worked with harry thomas and is just as corrupt. they both attack people to take attention away from their misdeeds.

  • DJ Ren

    @tony: "Here you are condemning black men like crazy"...

    Uhm, erm, Tony - Bruce B is white. But don't let that ruin your rant. Clown.

    And Tony, seDCdude, other one citidiots - for folks that complain about racism and a lack of respect - how about you try to make it through the day without gay slurs?

  • Et Vous SS?

    SS@15&16

    Mr. Skinner, please give it a rest. Did it ever enter your seemingly reptilian brain that (any way you phrase it, 15 or 16) YOU are the one attacking to take attention away from misdeeds?

  • SEis4ME

    TH, don't you think you would have some sort of serious legal issue by banning convicted felons from registering as lobbyists? I see if you were talking about being disbarred. But you're actually suggesting that felons shouldn't hold jobs. That's weird.

    The fact that he's Gray's frat bro is irrelevant.

  • DJ Ren

    @SEis4ME:The fact that he's Gray's frat bro is irrelevant.

    Really? I seem to remember fraternity connections being questioned in a prior administration...it' not ok now? Good to know.

  • Truth Hurts

    DC Court of Appeals: "Bereano was convicted of seven counts of mail fraud, and he has presented no reasons why he should not be disbarred for committing a felony involving moral turptitude per se."

    MD Court of Appeals: "The Government alleged that Bereano devised the mail fraud scheme in order to conceal the true identities of the actual contributors of campaign funds and to make political contributions in excess of the limits imposed by Maryland law. Bereano would request employees of his law firm to make political contributions in their own names . . ., then he would reimburse these employees with checks drawn on the law firm's operating account."

    Washington Post: "Bereano fumbled when asked why he funneled contributions through family members and employees if what he was doing was on the up and up." "...the cocky lobbyist who two weeks ago said to law students, only half-jokingly: Have I ever bought a legislator? No, but I've rented them."

    Bay Weekly: "Keeping cigarette machines in public places remains, he said, one of his proudest achievements....Fat cats and perceived sinners from cigarette manufacturers to gaming purveyors to devil-may-care bikers demanding to roar around without helmets have hired him to argue their cases."

    Just a few nuggets for folks who don't know the guy now holding court over at the Wilson Building.

  • leeshato

    I went to oneof his gas stations thismorningon my way to it was near the Maryland Line. I had Giant bonus points and I brought the gas with a discount for the same price as I pay when I go up the street in Maryland . I am all for making a profit but not at the expense of the consumer whether it is black or white. He should keep the stations that he has but he should not get any more unless he is made to lower the price of the gas.This is about a monopoly I do not care is he is Ethopian or White. I should not have to go to Maryland to get a break on gas prices. I notice that they are making it hard to park downtown and I no longer go down town to eat or movies I go to Maryland because I do not want to worry about tickets. If you want to make money you have to offer something else convience and and good prices.

  • leeshato

    I feel sad about the Harry Thomas situtation.There is real need for ethics reform. There have been numerous situations in which various members or their employees have been in questionable positions. There needs to be clear cut rules as to what is exceptable and what is not exceptable.This hurts allof us black and white. Now we have to spend money on and election to relect some one for Mr.Thomas's ward.

  • SEis4ME

    @TH, that's nice. But it still doesn't deal with your assertion that felons (in this case) should be disbarred.

    @DJREN, although the two aren't nearly the same, it remains irrelevant.

  • BIGBOB

    Lets cool the racism and solicitation for sexual favors. The Mamo situation is deep in that he can coerce V. Oraange and other council members openly and the public acts like BOBBLE DOLLS all the while. Whether he is Ethiopian, who consider themselves better than American Blacks, or not he is taking advantage of inner city folks.

  • Joan

    Maybe our New God Father Vincent Orange can help bring this group closer together!

  • tony

    @Truth Hurts, Man, clearly I understand that Bruce is white. My point is that your hate against the man has very little to do with the issue. However, my greater point is that you are a very deceptive person.

    Let's take this case for example. Here you have railed against a very strong Mayor's supporter whom you say has great influence within the Wilson Building. Yet, you pretend that your criticism of the man is fair game because his background raises the question of whether city leaders are really committed to clean government.

    In truth, your problem with Bruce has more to do with the fact that he is a very strong supporter of Mayor Gray whom you have spent the last year criticizing. In truth, Bruce's background is irrelevant. It's Bruce tight relationship with Mayor Gray whom you believe is unfit to serve as Mayor which serves as the real motivation behind your attacks on the man. And, this is ok. Politics are politics.

    However, What's not o.k., is your refusal to admit your true intentions for attacking Bruce or taking a certain position on an issue.

    Just say it. YOU DISLIKE MAYOR GRAY FOR WHATEVER REASONS AND YOU DISLIKE ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS HIM.

    If my opinion about you is correct, and I strongly suspect it is, then you are committing the same fraud that you say others should be condemn for. Especially against black folks. Man, you can't be trusted, but don't worry about it, you were born that way.

  • Keith B.

    "YOU DISLIKE MAYOR GRAY FOR WHATEVER REASONS AND YOU DISLIKE ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS HIM."

    So what? So then you can call him a cracker (or, if he's black, a "dumb negroe") because anyone who disagrees with your politics is obviously part of The Plan.

    Don't even try to act rational tony, we know you're about 2 posts away from another meltdown.

  • tony

    @Keith B., I see you have return. What happen, it got a little to cold out there in the wilderness. Welcome Back!

  • Keith B.

    Don't call it a comeback, because I was never gone. I see HTJ's little admission got you pretty choked up though! Or when the news broke were you too busy defending his honor on WaPo to post here?

  • tony

    @Keith B., Man, I am just a very passionate defender of civil rights and justice for black folks. Don't worry, you would never understand. It's a black thing!

  • tony

    @Keith B., unfortunately, I am going to have to leave you now, I must go to NYC to take care of some real business. But, I shall return.

  • Truth Hurts

    Helping Cousin Vince (WaPo): "Maryland law bars lobbyists from raising money for state legislators, a good-government measure intended to keep public servants honest...Mr. Bereano -- convicted of mail fraud and disbarred....has lately taken an interest in raising money for...Vincent C. Gray."

    Md. Lobbyist Mails Pitch for D.C. Candidate (WaPo): "An Annapolis lobbyist who was convicted of fraud and disbarred for improper campaign contributions is raising money for ... Vincent C. Gray."

  • REBEL.ONE

    HONESTLY CITYPAPER HAS ONE OF THE MOST ENTERTAINING COMMENT SECTIONS ONLINE...KEEP IT UP...ITS BETTER THAN MOST OF THE ARTICLES ON HERE...KUDOS

  • REBEL.ONE

    BIG BOB YOUR IGNORANT REMARK ABOUT ETHIOPIANS THINKING THEY ARE 'BETTER THAN BLACK PEOPLE' IS PATHETICALLY MISINFORMED. STOP MAKING STUPID GENERALIZATIONS ABOUT A GROUP OF PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS THIS KIND OF IGNORANCE THAT HAS DIVIDED THE BLACK COMMUNITY. THAT KIND OF MINDSET BREEDS CONTEMPT AND MISTRUST WHICH LEADS TO DEEP DIVISIONS. FREE YOURSELF FROM MENTAL SLAVERY.

  • “THE CHOSEN?”hmmf!

    @REBEL.ONE #34: Wholeheartedly agree.
    @REBEL.ONE #35: BIG BOB #26 is more accurate than not. Alas! It seems you are the pathetically misinformed one. Ethiopians are more disdainful (if not misanthropic) of other cultures than most. I seriously doubt they consider themselves a part of the "Black" community of which you speak. Their seeming contempt and mistrust have never fostered a bond to divide. Neither with Black nor with White. Without a doubt, Mano is clearly taking advantage of inner city folks. Wpnder how much other Ethiopians pay for gas in DC? Any way to check?

    It seems the Mayor's Haters Club is willing to give Mano a free hand to monopolize the petrol industry in DC and are more concerned about Frat Brother Bereano (Who Rocks) than they are about some of the usual suspects ("PIMPS") who will do and say anything for money.

    One thing in Mano's favor. During an earlier hearing when he was being represented by John Ray before a Council hearing, I felt sorry for him because it seemed his counselor was having a Richard Nixon type meltdown on camera. The way Mano reached out toward Ray in an attempt to calm him down, revealed a more vulnerable persona than one would have expected. Much more humble than any of his tribe I've encountered over the years.

  • BIGBOB

    @ rebel.one you are the one who needs to put that stupidity aside. Weak ethiopian males brainwash their women to avoid Black males at all cost and are constantly speaking negativere marks at Black Americans but when asked to repeat aloud what was said they fold for fear of a good ass whipping. A lot of negative feelings and hostility but no nuts to stand behind their feelings.

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