Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Council’

Woodwork for Mendelson’s Office Could Cost More Than $110,000

The D.C. Council hired a construction firm this summer to rehabilitate the woodwork in Chairman Phil Mendelson's Wilson Building office and conference room. The Council's version of This Old House could end up costing more than $110,000, according to documents obtained by LL through a Freedom of Information Act request.
"Don't you think, in an office like this, the [...]

“Shadow Staffer” Darrel Thompson Launches Ward 6 Run

Ward 6 candidate Darrel Thompson says he wants to shake up the Wilson Building. To prove it, he led the audience at his campaign launch on Sunday in a whopping seven call-and-response demands for "new leadership." It'd be the makings of a classic anti-incumbent campaign, if only he had an incumbent to run against.
Current Ward [...]

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

Mayor 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 [...]

At-Large Hopeful Robert White Launches His Campaign

LL came away from new At-Large D.C. Council candidate Robert White's campaign launch Saturday with two things on his mind. The first is that, by the time the campaign season is done, LL is going to know every word of Ryan Lewis and Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us." The second is that White, a former aide to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, has built [...]

Ex-Norton Aide Switches Party Registration, Declares for At-Large Race

The 2014 at-large D.C. Council race will get its first challenger Saturday when Robert White, a former aide to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, kicks off his campaign as an independent candidate.
White, a 31-year-old Brightwood Park resident, left his job as Norton's policy aide after five years to run for the seat. White tells LL he was [...]

D.C. Council Fails to Override Veto of Living-Wage Bill

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson's attempt to win one more vote to override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act looked doomed only a few minutes into At-Large Councilmember David Catania's speech. Even though he began by talking about his mother's union card, Catania eventually announced that he would vote against the bill.
If Catania [...]

Councilmembers Scrap Over Barry’s Committee and Their Own

The members of the D.C Council are back today from summer break, which means that contentious Council breakfasts are back, too. This morning, the only thing steamier than the eggs was the spat over what will become of Marion Barry's committee.
The ad hoc committee set up to punish Barry for accepting $6,800 from city contractors recommended unanimously yesterday [...]

Phil Mendelson’s Long Road to a Veto Override

Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act today means the next step of the saga over the Walmart bill belongs to Phil Mendelson. The chairman needs a two-thirds vote of the D.C. Council to override the mayor's veto, which he's put on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting.
Eight members have already voted for the bill, which [...]

D.C. May Decriminalize Marijuana

Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells' marijuana decriminalization bill earned nine other backers at today's D.C. Council mega-hearing. That means there could be a Council majority for an inevitable vote on the bill, which would replace criminal penalties for possession of less than an ounce of pot with a $100 fine.
The bill, which would also legalize marijuana [...]

David and Goliath: Can David Catania Ever Become Mayor?

David Catania looks like a man running for mayor. For the past six months, the at-large councilmember has visited dozens of public schools and Parent Teacher Association meetings to hone his school reform bills—a journey Catania likens to the “Sawdust Circuit” of early 20th century religious revivalists.
Like any good mayoral candidate, he’s taking shots at [...]

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