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D.C. Under Government Shutdown Would Have No Libraries, Be Filled With Trash

shutterstock_87061514Mayor Vince Gray is set to spend this afternoon considering whether to break federal law by keeping the entire city government operating in the event of a shutdown of the federal government. In the meantime, here's how the city would fare if it did go along with the feds on Oct. 1, according to a presentation from city administrator Allen Lew at today's breakfast with the mayor and the D.C. Council.

About a third of D.C. government employees would stop working, taking the services they provide with them. The Metropolitan Police Department, the fire department, and D.C. public and charter schools would be among the agencies that would keep operating, although paychecks for the employees who kept working would be delayed.

All D.C. libraries would be closed—right in time for legislation that would have expanded their hours to go into effect. Department of Parks and Recreation recreation centers and Department of Motor Vehicles offices would also be closed. Licensing and permitting at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs would stop, but restaurant health inspections would continue.

The District Department of Transportation would also stop routine street repairs, according to Lew. LL's waiting for an answer from the mayor's office on whether parking laws would be enforced—during the 1995 shutdown, after much debate, parking officers were kept on the job.

Trash pick-up would start a week after the government shutdown, running every other week after that. That's unless Councilmember Jack Evans, who wants garbage pick-up to be classified as an essential public health function, gets his way. "The one thing that constituents will start noticing very quickly is when trash starts piling up in the streets," Evans said at the meeting.

City agencies are working on their individual shutdown, but LL already has the Council's draft plan from Monday. The Council would stay fully staffed for Tuesday's staff meeting, with staff reductions to follow after that. By Oct. 3, each councilmember would be left only with one personal office staffer and one committee staffer.

Garbage photo by Shutterstock

  • DCShadyBoots

    Unfortunately there are some "slave minded" people in the District who would rather the government shut down that to have the city take a defiant stance against this reckless Congress. I suppose they just don't like the idea that it is being proposed by Mayor Gray. Much like the moronic tea party defies anything the President does because he is the President. Same script, different cast.

  • Hubbard

    Out of curiosity, would the Metro shut down or have reduced service?

  • truth hurts

    DC can, and should, make powerful statements both to the country and to the tea party. Here's how: Completely shut down ALL trash collection in the city.

    Imagine the images when CNN reporters cover the federal govt shutdown. Live interviews with tea party republicans framed by piles of rotting garbage. One city explaining to the nation that DC can't spend its citizens' local tax payments to collect their garbage because the mostly white out of town republicans won't allow it.

  • drez

    I remember the government shutdown in '97. Fortunately, it was in August, so I didn't need to walk miles up-hill in knee-deep snow to get to and from school. That and I'd already graduated.
    Anyway, there was no city collection so trash was piled up above my head at the corner. It sucked.
    On the bright side, that was the month I bought my first house. It's now worth (no kidding) 150X what paid for it back then.
    My advice?
    Relax, sit and watch.
    This is the Capital of the United States. The storm will pass and you will be better for it.

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  • dcgovcorruption

    The federal government shutdown started in Nov 1995, and over weeks in Dec and Jan 1996. Mayor Gray you may give Ron Machen
    a case he can win so watch out.

  • Helix

    DCShady: If the moronic liberal "slave holders" would not spend taxpayer money they don't have in order to buy the black vote down on the Democratic plantation, this wouldn't be an issue would it moron? And that's why the people of this country elected Tea Party members. To keep your Boy God faux presidential fool from continuing to destroy this country, moron.

  • cminus

    @Helix, "the people of this country" did not elect Tea Party representatives. A clear minority of voters were able to elect a majority of the House thanks to ludicrously gerrymandered districts. And the Tea Partiers represent "taker" districts. It's the liberal portions of this country that produce things worth actual money, which the Republican Congress then loots to pay the interest on the money they borrow to pour down the solidly GOP ratholes in the south and inland west.

    The most productive US state, as measured in gross state product per capita, is Massachusetts, and the least productive is Mississippi. Fun fact: the productivity gap between Massachusetts and Mississippi is greater than that between Germany and Greece. Yes, if it weren't for tax dollars extracted from liberal states, Mississippi would be worse than Greece.

  • noodlez

    I BELIEVE WE SHOULD GO ONE STEP FURTHER!

    IF COUNTRY DOES GET FUNDED WE SHOULD STILL PLAN TO BE DEFIANT IN SOMEWAY AS TO NOT RISK LIFE. A MESSAGE MUST BE SENT!!

    YOU GOT BROTHER RON LOCKING UP BLACK COUNCILMEMBERS FOR PETTY ASS REASONS. ALL THE COUNCILMEMBERS AND MAYOR GRAY SHOULD GIVE HIM A LEGIT REASON AND A MEANINGFUL REASON. SOMEONE SHOULD STEP UP!!! WE NEED A 'FREE WDC' MARTYR.

    ALL YALL UNDER AND OVER THE TABLE MONEY GRIFTERS IT IS TIME TO PAY THIS CITY BACK. WHAT BETTER WAY TO DO THAT THAN TO LAY DOWN FOR A MAJOR CAUSE THAT WILL BENEFIT THE ENTIRE CITY.

    YOUR CITY.
    MY CITY.
    ONE CITY.

  • Asuka

    Who cares about libraries? The only people who use them are the homeless (anecdotal evidence from white upper-NW progressive mommies notwithstanding). Close all but a handful, then redirect those funds to homeless services. Physical libraries in the 21st century - what a waste of money.

  • DCShadyBoots

    Feel better Helix? Now run along...

  • Blevins

    Noodlez: Off topic, but petty reasons? So now HTJ's crime/ conviction is petty? The revisionist streak runs deep in you...

    @Helix: You are slow. Just like the tea-partiers.

  • Typical DC BS

    @Blevins: Must we who have functioning brains type slower so liberals such as yourself can understand that your fantasies about the "tea party" obstruction are the direct result of Obumbler and his Dumocratic party policies of spending and utter lack of common sense?

    Someone has to be the adults here and stop spending - or is the FACT that we borrow 40 cents of every dollar we spend at the federal level not evidence of complete stupidity to you?

  • noodlez

    BLEVEE-I WAS ONE OF THE 1ST TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IF HTJ STOLE MONEY FROM CHILDREN FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL GAIN THEN HE SHOULD BE PUNISHED BECAUSE OF ALL THE FOLKS IN THE COUNCIL HE KNEW BETTER AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE LAST JOKER TO TAKE ANY MONEY IGNORANTLY WHILE FLAUNTING IT.

    HTJ CRIME WAS PETTY JUST LIKE KWAME'S CHARGE. THE AMOUNT OF MONEY HE WAS ACCUSED OF POCKETING WAS CHUMP CHANGE IN COMPARISON TO THE MILLIONS FLENTY AND HIS FAILED ADMIN OUT RIGHT STOLE AND CONSPIRED TO FUNNEL TO BAMMAKER VENTURES, FLEECEAHOLICS AND FRONTS SET UP AS WACK DC GOV'T CONTRACTORS!

  • noodlez

    @TYP-TELL CHENEY, THE REDUMBLICANS AND THE REST OF THOSE USED ASSWIPES TO PAY THE MONEY BACK THEY PILFERED FROM FAKE IRAQ WAR THEN YOU CAN BE THE GROWN UP.

    UNTIL THEN YOU ARE IN TIME OUT!
    NOW GO STAND IN THE CORNER.

  • DC Mom

    @Asuka - libraries are a critical resource for kids, who will be running this country when we are too old to run it. You want them in a library, with access to story time, books and all kinds of other learning materials, like computers. Libraries are and should continue to be a central part of our communities. So, while you may not care, there are many people who do.

  • Lynne

    Asuka - Lots of people care about libraries. They are a very important cultural underpinning in all communities. It’s not important that you don’t care -- there are enough of us that do care about our local library. Libraries are where children get books to read on the weekend and many seniors use the library every day. The library is where immigrants learn to speak and write English. Everybody does not have access to mobile devises, laptop computers or PCs in the 21st century. Thank you!!!

  • Blevins

    @NOODLEZ: uhm, 'butcept HTJ WAS convicted of taking money from kids to support his "baller" lifestyle. What does any of that have to do with Fenty? Whatever.

    @Typical DC BS - way to post some typical tea party bs. Refer to cminus's post above, and go back to flyover country.

  • noodlez

    @BLEVEE-THE PETTYNESS COMES WITH DOJ PLUCKING HTJ FOR THE PENNIES HE TOOK (ALBEIT WRONG) AND LETTING FLENTY & COMPANY RUNOFF WITH MILLIONS & NOT SO MUCH AS A PARKING TICKET ISSUED.

  • Typical DC BS

    @Blevins: was here in DC before you were BORN, son. Quit being a pussy and stop whining and complaining, like the good low-intelligence Dumocrat whose boss's ass you lick at your no-pay intern job.

  • Blevins

    NOODLEZ: What does Fenty not being accused of a crime have to do with HTJ being convicted of one? Yep, that's right - nothing.

    Typical: Whatever makes you feel better - I'm a DC native. I'll refrain from going further into my background as to do so would be greatly detrimental to your clearly fragile self-esteem.

  • Asuka

    @DC Mom,

    You are such a cliche. You and a handful of upper NW mommies don't represent "many people." It represents a very, very small subset of citizens who rarely venture out beyond the leafy streets of Cleveland Park and the Palisades. The rest of the city has very little use for libraries, which in the great majority of the city serve as nothing more than de facto homeless shelters. Sorry, but that money is better spent on providing real services to the homeless, not subsidizing your little McKenzie or Kennedy's story time.

  • southeast lady

    Asuka: your comment to dcmom-I live in Ward 8, libraries are much needed. What are you talking about?

  • southeast lady

    noodlez: disappointed in you my friend. The trust factor here is BIG. Harry Thomas blackened his father's name. I am looking at the trust factor, no so much the amount of money factor.

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