Archive for October, 2013

LL’s Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

If Vincent Orange has gotten you in the mood for a Wilson Building Halloween but you're crashing on a costume, LL has you covered:
Pigskins Mug Stuffed With Cash
What you'll need: A Pigskins shirt with Monopoly money tucked inside.
What you'll be: The holy grail for certain D.C. pols. Just make sure it's all on tape.
Sexy Robert Bobb
What [...]

Happy Halloween From Vincent Orange

The minimum wage hearing went longer than expected.
Via Helder Gil

Morning Links

D.C. Working Families coalition forms to push minimum wage increase. [Post]
Credit card processor for cabbies is "completely collapsing." [WAMU]
LivingSocial sorry about associating dreidels with greed. [Post, City Desk]
New CFO nominee Jeff DeWitt passes another hurdle, but Marion Barry says he'll keep an eye on first white CFO. [WBJ]
Blade columnist: D.C. should subsidize medical pot businesses if necessary. [Blade]
Metro is [...]

Chef Geoff: Council Hearings Too Rowdy

With 150 witnesses on the agenda, Monday's hearing on paid sick leave for restaurant workers and a minimum wage increase promised to be a slog. Committee chairman Vincent Orange brought a bottle of 5-Hour Energy to stay alert, but he might not have needed it—soon after the hearing began, activists in favor of wage increases [...]

Morning Links

Cabbies join the Teamsters. [WAMU]
Vince Gray is scheduled to meet D.C. GOP tomorrow, Republican head promises "treats, not tricks." [Post]
Environmental review pushes back M Street bike lane. [WAMU]
Bike Association files a FOIA to find out more. [WABA]
United Medical Center needs pricier patients. [WBJ]
WCP's Aaron Wiener dropkicks Height Act traditionalists. [Housing Complex]
Vince Gray's re-election decision as extended Halloween [...]

Andy Shallal Will Pick Up Petitions for Mayor’s Race

Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal is inching ever closer toward a mayoral run. After telling the Post two weeks ago that he'd launch an exploratory committee, the restaurateur says he intends to obtain nominating petitions from the Board of Elections after they're available on Nov. 8.
"I'll be picking up the petitions," Shallal tells LL.
Under normal [...]

Morning Links

Council starts mammoth hearing on minimum wage and paid sick day bills. [WAMU, 
First mayoral debate set for next month. [DC Bar]
City hands out $2.1 million in small business grants. [Housing Complex]
Federal City Council takes up Anacostia River clean-up. [Post]
Witnesses at Height Act hearing love the Height Act just as it is. [Housing Complex, WAMU]
Cabbies rush [...]

Precinct Reshuffle Could Mean Long Walks for Voters

Earlier this month, a representative from the D.C. Board of Elections came to a Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting to explain the BOE’s new voter precinct plan. The reaction came quickly: The commission didn't like it.
“Isn’t this somehow counter-productive as hell to get people to vote?” says 2B06 Commissioner Mike Silverstein.
Silverstein and other commissioners [...]

Bowser Campaign Moves Aboveground

Muriel Bowser has been running for mayor since March. Until recently, though, her campaign has been housed in digs more appropriate for a middle school Dungeons and Dragons game—Bowser, according to campaign manager Bo Shuff, has "a great basement."
All that's over. On Saturday, the campaign got some more appropriate space with a new headquarters at 4300 Georgia Ave. [...]

Jeff Thompson Offloads Office Building

Embattled District money man Jeff Thompson has a little more cash to spend after selling a downtown office building for $9.5 million, the Washington Business Journal reports. The building at 1025 15th St. NW, once the headquarters for Thompson's Chartered Health, is expected to become a hotel.
It's probably not as fast a sale as Thompson wanted. Footing the bill [...]