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D.C. Wire: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

D.C. council members ask judge to block payment to Banneker Ventures

Three D.C. council members are asking Superior Court Associate Judge Alfred S. Irving Jr. to reject a settlement agreement struck between Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and Banneker Ventures, a firm whose contract to manage recreation construction is at the center of a special council probe.

By Nikita Stewart  | November 19, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Nikita Stewart  
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Gray to deliver live address on budget Monday

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray will deliver an address Monday morning on the city's fiscal crisis as he tries to get out front on one of the biggest issues facing his administration, said Doxie McCoy, spokeswoman for his transition. McCoy called it a "state of the D.C. finances" address. Gray hinted...

By Nikita R Stewart  | November 19, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'House blessing' canceled after fraud conviction comes to light

The leaders of the Washington Interfaith Network have abruptly canceled a ceremony celebrating the D.C. Weatherization Initiative after it was discovered that a benefactor of the program had defrauded the federal government.

By Tim Craig  | November 18, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  City Life, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Kwame Brown hires former Gray campaign press secretary Hughes

D.C. Council member Kwame Brown (D-At large) has hired Traci Hughes to oversee his communications strategy as he transitions into his new role as the chairman of the council.

By Tim Craig  | November 18, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election, D.C. Council, Kwame Brown, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Sources: Fenty might propose doubling residential parking fees

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) may propose doubling residential parking permit fees as he attempts to close a $185 million budget shortfall before he leaves office Jan. 2, according to administration officials.

By Tim Craig  | November 18, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  City Hall Aides, City Life, Tim Craig  
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Bicycle, transit advocates fire back in support of Tregoning, Klein

Advocates for bicyclists and more mass transit options are firing back at the Committee of 100 on the Federal City over its opposition to Gabe Klein, director of the D.C. Department of Transportation, and Harriet Tregoning, who heads up the planning office.

By Tim Craig  | November 18, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Life, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray, transportation  
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Committee of 100 wants Klein, Tregoning ousted

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City, which advocates for historical preservation and conservative land-use policies, is urging Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray (D) to replace key members of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration who have oversight over District streets and neighborhood development.

By Tim Craig  | November 18, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Gray says his major at GW was 'pre-mayor'

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray was the most famous alum in attendance at George Washington University's second annual reception for District government employees and officials who graduated from the college or have worked with the school. Ben's Next Door on U Street shut its doors Wednesday night to regular customers to...

By Nikita R Stewart  | November 18, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  
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Gray keeps pledge to hold a jobs summit

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray will hold a "jobs summit" Dec. 13, fulfilling a promise he made during the campaign to bring the community together to prioritize job creation even before he takes office

By Tim Craig  | November 17, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Barry wants to be 'national advocate' for welfare reform

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) said Tuesday he hopes to become a "national advocate" for welfare-reform, saying he's uniquely qualified to speak out about how the system is failing poor residents and taxpayers

By Tim Craig  | November 16, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Marion Barry  
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Norton seeks to keep 'Committee of the Whole' vote

With Republicans set to take over control of the House in January, the prospects for District voting rights don't look great. So D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is trying to keep one of the few legislative privileges she does have.

By Ben Pershing  | November 16, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  GOP, Ben Pershing, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Voting Rights  
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Reuben Charles unlikely to be Gray's chief of staff

Reuben O. Charles II, who is heading up Mayor-Elect Vincent C. Gray's transition, is unlikely to become the new mayor's chief of staff, but could land another role in the administration, several sources close to Gray said. Charles, a businessman who moved to the District three years from St. Louis,...

By Tim Craig  | November 15, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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