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Archive: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

D.C. Releases Sample Housing Lease Agreement

District government officials promised yesterday to draw up a sample lease for those looking to rent out their apartments or houses for the inauguration. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has released this form for residents to use as...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 5:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

Does the Red Line Run to Philly?

Having trouble finding a suitable hotel room in D.C. for the inauguration? Have you tried the inner suburbs? You have? Have you tried Baltimore? Annapolis? Fredericksburg? You have? What about Pennsylvania? That's the suggestion of U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, who...

By Washington Post Editors | November 21, 2008; 5:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Metro's Inauguration Web Site Goes Live

Metro announced today that it has a new section on its Web site devoted to schedules, fares, hours and other news related to inauguration week. Here's the site. You can also sign up for special alerts here....

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Security: City on Lockdown?

Law enforcement officials bracing for the largest crowds in inaugural history are preparing far-reaching security — thousands of video cameras, sharpshooters, air patrols — to safeguard President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in, reports the Associated Press....

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Housing Options

What: The Emergence Community Arts Collective Where: 733 Euclid St. NW Washington, DC How Much: $30 per person, per night When: Available the week of Jan. 18 What you get: From the Web site: Floor space in two heated rooms...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 1:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Md. Sen. Cardin: I Have 400 Tickets and 55,000 Requests

The requests for inaugural tickets keep pouring into congressional offices across the country, but perhaps no more quickly than to the offices of the local Washington area delegation. Take the case of Md. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D), who sent...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (3)

Inaugural Ball Watch: The Creative Coalition's Gala Inaugural Ball

What: Creative Coalition's Gala Inaugural Ball Who: The Creative Coalition, a non-profit social and political advocacy oganization that works on behalf of the entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 by Alec Baldwin, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon and other entertainment figures, the...

By Washington Post Editors | November 21, 2008; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

Which is the Hotter Ticket: Inauguration or Super Bowl?

The Post's National Football League blog The League asked this Inauguration Watch blogger to contribute to a discussion yesterday about which will be the more sought after ticket: one to see President-elect Barack Obama get sworn-in as the 44th chief...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inauguration on the Web

The Post's Anita Huslin details how fierce the competition is to find space for inaugural parties, including at the National Museum Building (at right, photo by Gerald Martineau--TWP). The Springfield (Ohio) News Sun scoops the world on a potential...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fenty to Suspend Housing Rental Regulations for Inauguration

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signed an executive order today to suspend District regulations and allow residents to rent their properties for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama without obtaining a business license or a certificate of occupancy. The move is...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Estimated 1,300 Groups Apply for Inaugural Parade

The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee says it is still counting applications to particpate in the inaugural parade, but estimates that there have been over 1,300. For the last inauguration for George Bush in 2005, there were about 400 applications, and...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Expands Hours for Inauguration, Expects Record Rail and Bus Ridership

Metro's commemorative SmarTrip card for Jan. 20. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced today that it will run rush hour service for 15 consecutive hours from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Inauguration Day Jan. 20, but the...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will Montgomery County Close Schools? The Plot Thickens...

Last week, Montgomery County, Md. schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast recommended that the county not close its schools for inauguration day. Looks like he has some opposition. According to a story in today's Post by Daniel de Vise: A Montgomery...

By Washington Post Editors | November 20, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: The Purple Ball, Featuring Lou Gossett Jr.

What: Inaugural Purple Ball Who: Eracism Foundation to end racism, founded by actor Lou Gossett Jr. Host committee includes: Amy Brenneman , Ashley Judd , Brad Silberling , Josh Lucas , Kate Walsh and Patricia Arquette. When: Jan. 20 Where:...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Even Hotels in W.Va. Filling Up

Hotels are far away as the Panhandle of West Virginia are booking solid, the State Journal of Charleston reports. "Our hotel and all the hotels in this whole area are completely full, quite honestly,'' said Tom Belfield, general manager...

By Lynn Medford | November 20, 2008; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Oprah-tunities Ahead?

Not only is Oprah Winfrey looking into doing several days of television shows from Washington around the inaguration, writes the Reliable Source blog, but she may be looking into a ball of her own: ...event planners who say they're working...

By Washington Post Editors | November 20, 2008; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Housing: A Cautionary Tale

With thousands of people renting out their houses for inauguration week, think that there won't be any problems? Ask Margaret Knox Baum (at right, with daughter Rosa and husband Dan). Baum, of Boulder, Colo., thought she was ahead of...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 7:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Handshake Man' Won't Be At Inaugural

One of the fixtures of recent inaugurations won't be making an appearance Jan. 20, reports the Post's David Montgomery today. Montgomery caught up with the man who snuck past security to shake the hands of Bill Cliton and George...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 7:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Charles County Schools Closed for Inauguration

Students in Charles County, rejoice! According to a news release, the school board voted to close school on Jan. 20. The bad news? Schools are now open Jan. 23, which had been a holiday. A press release stated that the...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch

Post reporter Thomas Heath filed this report on his Value Added blog about how one souvenir company is coping with demand for Obama inaugural items. I talked to the guys at Capsco, Inc., in College Park this morning and asked...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are Hotels Really Sold Out for the Inauguration Already?

The District has 29,000 hotel rooms and the number swells to 95,000 in the greater Washington area. For people looking for places to stay for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20, the trick is finding a vacant room. Stories have...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

'I Was Summoned by My Country'

What will Barack Obama say during his inaugural address to the nation? Nobody knows, yet, but maybe there's a clue in the inaugural addresses of the past. The headline of this post comes from George Washington's first: Among the vicissitudes...

By Washington Post Editors | November 19, 2008; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Government Relaxes Some Tax Laws for Inauguration Rentals

The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue will suspend its sales tax on property rentals to transients for residents who want to rent their apartments or homes to out-of-towners for the inauguration. The city usually assesses a 14.5 percent tax...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Local 'Couchsurfers' Find They Have Popular Pads

At a time when some Washington residents are trying to rent their homes and apartments for hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a few days during the inauguration, Michael Barge is giving his to strangers. For free. Barge, who...

By Washington Post Editors | November 19, 2008; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Sabrina Russo Age: 26 Residence: Living in London since 2005; born in Raleigh, N.C.; also lived in Europe. Profession: Public relations consultant at London-based corporate...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration on the Web

President-elect Barack Obama needs to raise money to pay for the inaugural. How much? President Bush raised $42.8 million in 2004, says CNN. Which musicians should perform at the inaugural? will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Hank Williams Jr.? Chicago charter buses in...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Historical Society: Don't Call Us About Inaugural Ball

Last week, Inauguration Watch posted an item about plans for a People's Party inaugural ball at the old City Museum site downtown. We told you that the three-day celebration from Jan. 16-18 was being planned by a conglomeration of grass...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Mayor Fenty Talks About Inauguration Plans

The District is expecting up to 4 million people to to crowd downtown for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. The Post's Hamil R. Harris and Nikita Stewart caught up with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to talk about preparations....

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

No School? No Way, Montgomery County Superintendent Says

Montgomery County, Md., Schools Chief Jerry Weast has rejected an on-line petition from students and parents to declare a day off from classes Jan. 20 for the inauguration, reports the Post's Marc Fisher. Among his arguments: Weast says it's "unrealistic"...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 1:51 PM ET | Comments (3)

Eight D.C. Public Schools Apply for Inaugural Parade Spot

Today is the deadline for high school marching bands to apply to be in the inaugural parade, and eight D.C. public schools are applying, said Jennifer Calloway, a school system spokeswoman. Calloway said the following high schools will compete for...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama Soap on a Rope Maker: Dugshop, a collective of artists who specialize in vegan-friendly novelty soap. Cost: $15 plus $5 shipping; proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Housing Parody on Craigslist Leads to Real Offers

The room that Grabow jokingly put up for rent. The advertisement was mixed in among more than 2,000 housing listings on Craigslist posted by apartment and condo owners hoping to make a few bucks by renting out their Washington-area...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Officials: Obama Crowd Could Reach 4 Million

District and federal officials are preparing for as many as 4 million people for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a crowd that would be three or four times larger than previous big events on the Mall, report the Post's...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

ANSWER Coalition Still Fighting Parade Bleachers

An anti-war group, whose 2005 lawsuit is freeing up a majority of the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue so that more people can see Barack Obama’s inaugural parade, won’t be satisfied until it gets the entire street. The ANSWER Coalition...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sen. Feinstein Introduces Anti-Ticket Scalping Legislation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced legislation today that would prohibit the counterfeiting and sale of inaugural tickets that are supposed to be free. There are 240,000 prized tickets to the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama, and the craze over them...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Pearl Gala

Who: Sponsor is Asian Americans for Obama; gala open to everyone When: Monday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. to midnight Where: Mandarin Oriental hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. What: Dinner, auction, party; also includes admission to a morning conference...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Names: Jamie Elizabeth Terry, Nelson C. Anthony, and twin sons Canann and Coulson Ages: Terry, 46; Anthony, 53; Canaan and Coulson, 11 Residence: Pearland, Texas (suburb...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration on the Web

Arkansas's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission is staging bus trips to the inauguration for up to 1,200 people. N.Y. Sen. Schumer will hold a statewide internet lottery for 350 inauguration tickets. Expedia, the on-line travel agent, has a special...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Star DJ ZTrip to Appear at Inaugural Event?

President-elect Barack Obama has promised to bring change to Washington, and he might already be making good on the promise, at least on the party circuit. A Washington Post spy was at the ZTrip concert at the Rock and Roll...

By David A Nakamura | November 16, 2008; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

How to be an Inauguration Day Landlord: Be Careful

Looking to rent out your house or apartment for inauguration week in January? Hoping to score a quick buck or two? The Post's Elizabeth Razzi writes in the Real Estate section today on how to be prepared and make sure...

By David A Nakamura | November 16, 2008; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

 
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