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D.C. Wire: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Fenty highlights plowing at newly cleared Ward 4 street

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who is up for reelection this year, appeared to be in full campaign mode during an afternoon update on the city's snow-removal efforts. Fenty called the media to the 1400 block of Buchanan Street NW, near the intersection of 14th Street, in Ward 4. He...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 12, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Fenty responds to Hardball's Matthews

At a news conference Thursday, Mayor Fenty was asked to respond to criticism from MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews. To review, Mathews took aim at the mayor's handling of snow removal on "Hardball" on Wednesday and said Fenty needs some competition in his reelection bid this year. With or without competition,...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 12, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , Mayor Fenty  
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Snow plows clear the way for Fenty

What's the fastest way to get your street plowed after a massive storm? Call a press conference with the mayor on your block. At least that's what one Southeast resident, Rhonda Young, assumed when she saw a plow clearing 18th Street to the pavement just minutes before Mayor Adrian Fenty...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 11, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , Mayor Fenty  
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Lending a helping (and self-helping) hand

D.C. Council members are taking advantage of this week's consecutive snowstorms to help out their neighbors - and score some political points in the process. On Tuesday, during whiteout conditions, council member Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) sent out a statement calling on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to request more...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig , transportation  
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Graham sets hearings on snow response

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) announced Thursday he will hold a series hearings to evaluate how the city responded to consecutive blizzards this month. Graham, chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, wants to figure out why snow-removal efforts appear worse this month than they did...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , transportation  
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Chris Matthews: Fenty handled snow poorly

MSNBC personality Chris Matthews said on "Hardball" Wednesday that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has handled the city's snow removal poorly He said Fenty, up for reelection this year, needs competition. "I've watched the big cities where mayors lose their jobs over stuff like this," said Matthews, who lives in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 10, 2010; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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D.C. council members call for National Guard clean-up help

Several D.C. Council members are calling on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to ask President Obama to declare the District a federal emergency and send in the National Guard to help clean up the snow The council members, some of whom have been feuding with Fenty over various issues in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 10, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Fenty: D.C. will call in extra snow plowing equipment

Describing Wednesday's blizzard as "outrageous," D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said the city will be calling in extra equipment to start digging out snowbound residents.  At a mid-morning update, Fenty said the District will likely have its all-time snowiest winter this season, and he urged residents to be patients...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 10, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  City Life , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Fenty snow briefings move around D.C., shutting out some media

During an emergency, government leaders often huddle at the emergency command center, which can serve not as only the nerve center for government but also a one-stop shop to get information out to the public through the media. Over the weekend, for example, Maryland Gov. Martin J. O'Malley (D) was...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 9, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 District Election , City Life , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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D.C. to reinstate snow emergency at 4 p.m.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced Tuesday that he will reinstate the snow emergency at 4 p.m. to clear major roadways in anticipation of the approaching storm. Fenty (D) had lifted the snow emergency Monday, but he said emergency routes will once again need to be cleared by rush hour. Vehicles...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 9, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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How have the mayor and council handled the snowstorm?

Send your thoughts and photos to Post reporter Sandhya Somashekhar or post them in the comments below. For reference, here's what we wrote over the weekend: Feb. 5: D.C. government closing at 2 p.m. for storm; residents must move cars off snow routes Feb. 5: Fenty: Stay off the city...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 8, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Big changes to D.C. trash collection because of snow

Because of the snow storm, the District Department of Public Works will only collect trash in the front of homes and businesses, and recycling collection will be suspended the rest of the week. Residents are asked to place garbage in dark-colored plastic bags and to put them out as close...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 7, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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D.C. Council member: City offices should close Monday

Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) said he will close his office Monday to give his employees time to dig out of their homes and called on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to do the same for the entire government. In a news release Sunday, Brown said the city...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 7, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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