Posts Tagged ‘Leon Swain’

Politically Connected Chinatown Restaurateur, Son Admit to Poorly Planned Scheme

Since opening his first Chinatown restaurant in 1986, Tony Cheng has proved himself a savvy navigator of the District's political waters. Cheng's prominence saw him involved in attempts to end a protest over a Ward 8 carryout; and he tried to find an post-mayoralty job for Marion Barry in the 1990s. So how, in the fall of 2010, [...]

Watch David Catania’s First Mayoral Video

Later this morning, At-Large Councilmember David Catania will head to the Office of Campaign Finance to make his mayoral campaign official.
Until then, here's Catania's first campaign video, which features lots of talk about education and Catania's role in keeping United Medical Center open, plus a cameo appearance from the District's only former taxicab commissioner-turned-undercover informant Leon Swain.

Tony Cheng’s Trial Could Be Delayed Five Months

What happened to the District's summer of scandal? One minute a lawyer for one of the Jeff Thompson-tied straw donors was predicting a parade through the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse, the next, nothing. The only thing carrying LL through the fizzling summer of scandal has been the prospect of an autumn and winter [...]

Name Dropping

Finally, a foe for Ron Machen, the District’s reigning legal champ. The news last month that politically wired Chinatown restaurateur Tony Cheng and his son were being charged with bribery was notable, but the real intrigue was that, unlike most people charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in its ongoing District corruption soap opera, they [...]


It wasn’t that long ago that Councilmember Michael Brown’s name was mentioned as a possible mayoral candidate one day.
Brown, after all, has the pedigree (he’s the son of the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown) and the charm to make a strong citywide push. Some of his supporters say it was understood a few months ago [...]

Poll: David Grosso Within Striking Distance of Michael Brown

At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown has only a narrow five percentage point lead against largely unknown challenger David Grosso, according to a new poll commissioned by Washington City Paper and The Kojo Nnamdi Show.
The poll shows 26 percent of likely voters plan to vote for Brown, while 21 percent say they are with Grosso. A full [...]

Ted Loza Out of Prison

The AP was first to notice that Ted Loza, the former chief of staff to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, has been released from federal prison.
Loza pleaded guilty a little more than a year ago to receiving gratuities and making false statements in connection with corruption in the D.C. taxi industry. After spending eight months [...]

Key Figure in Cash Cab Investigation Released

Yitbarek Syume, the alleged mastermind behind a plot to increase his share of the D.C. taxicab market through cash gifts to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham's former chief of staff, is now a semi-free man. Syume was recently released from jail and put under electronic monitoring pending sentencing set for the beginning of next year, [...]

Media Training? Try Media Scolding

LL has returned, unscathed, from an "Executive Media Skills Seminar" with top staff of the Gray administration. The pow wow was off the record, so LL can't spill too much dirt, but fortunately there wasn't any real dirt to spill.
A couple observations: iPads are surprisingly popular among Mayor Vince Gray's top staffers, and the District's [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Budget Deal and Ward Boundaries Edition

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Proposed Redistricting Map

Good morning Washington. There’s a ton of news this fine, humid morning, complete with redistricting maps and budget news! But before we [...]