Posts Tagged 'Vincent Gray'

Mayor Gray’s blunder

Gray wants Occupy D.C. out of McPherson Square

In a letter to the National Park Service first reported by the Washington Post, Gray points to problems with rats, communicable disease, hypothermia and food borne illness.

If Mayor Gray had even a passing concern about vermin he would do something about the Ft Chaplin apartments where vermin and mold run riot. As he does not enforce code on Ft Chaplin or any other run down apartment complex, he clearly has no concern.

This is just a ruse to shut down the demonstration. But it is a first amendment issue. The protestors are raising serious issues and are peaceful. Mayor Gray needs to respect their first amendment rights.

And they can’t move to Freedom Plaza, the demonstration at Freedom Plaza was organized by a different group and the two groups do not especially agree.

Mayor Gray needs to do the right thing, let the demonstrations run their course. And yes, they could be here at the time of the 2013 inauguration. These are the times in which we live. Gray needs to accept that.

Well done Mayor Gray

D.C. Mayor Orders Police Not to Check Immigration Statuses, Even in Arrests

“This executive order ensures public safety by ensuring that our police resources are deployed wisely and our immigrant communities feel safe cooperating with those who are sworn to protect them,” Gray said in a statement

The key to public safety is community police cooperation. That cannot happen if the community as a whole fears police.

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Irene’s challenge to Vincent Gray

So, will Minnesota Avenue receive the same level of attention as Foggy Bottom and Georgetown?

Time to raise taxes on DC’s wealthiest residents

Court monitor voices concern over budget for D.C. child welfare agency

Cuts aimed at the city’s most vulnerable residents will have a destabilizing effect upon the city. Much better to raise taxes on our wealthiest residents.

Mayor Vincent Gray destabilizes the city

Take a glace at these barbarous budget cuts and you will realize that they will have the effect of destabilizing the city.

It is not merely that this will have the very real consequence of putting hundreds of city residents on the streets, but it will also remove millions of dollars that moves directly into the city’s economy. Social spending on the poorest of the poor is the most fiscally stimulative spending that you can have.

Mayor Gray and city council need to raise taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents. Otherwise conditions will become chaotic.

We might just as well as reelected Fenty.

Kaplan Test Prep daily attacks Mayor Gray

Maybe there is a real story here. But I think this is the Washington Post’s way of maintaining pressure on Gray.

Putting Union Busting First

It appears that Kaya Henderson is continuing Rhee’s trainwreck policies.

So, is Vincent Gray OK with this, or is he going to defend the school system?

The battle for United Medical Center

Washington City Paper

Now Chopivsky is eager to convince the city’s leaders to hand him the keys to UMC, and by doing so enter into a partnership of sorts with a hospital that’s too important to the District’s overall health care apparatus for politicians to let it fail.

Chopivsky has been paying high-powered lobbyist David Carmen’s company $35,000 a month for help, lobbying records show. In total, Chopivsky has paid the Carmen Group nearly three quarters of a million bucks since 2009, though not all of that money has gone towards Chopivsky’s hospital-buying efforts.

Chopivsky has also hired Linda Greene, whom The Washington Post’s Reliable Source gossip column says is Mayor Vince Gray’s girlfriend, to build up goodwill in UMC’s neighborhood. According to the Office of Campaign Finance, which tracks lobbyist disclosures, Greene was paid $37,500 over a six-month period during the last half of 2010; she lobbied Gray and several councilmembers, as well as then-Attorney General Peter Nickles, last summer, according to OCF. Greene says much of her job was introducing Chopivsky to the powers-that-be east of the river.

Rheefomers beg for their jobs

Bill Turge runs their situation wanted ad:

But others might stay if they were reassured by Gray or his surrogates that he was serious about preserving and growing the core of Rhee’s program, especially in the areas of human capital and school turnaround. They wonder, for example, if come next summer, Gray is actually prepared to accept the dismissal of potentially hundreds of “minimally effective” teachers who have been given the current school year to improve or be fired under the IMPACT evaluation system.

Will Gray accept their Procrustes evaluation of teachers? I hope not but who knows. Seeing as the voters voted to keep their teachers and boot the Rheeformers, maybe it is the teachers who should stay. They really do not get that the city has collectively fired their sorry rear ends.

Vincent Gray is a very tough character

Washington City Paper quoting Newsweek:

Duncan acknowledged that he has already spoken to Rhee once, and will talk to her again when she returns from her honeymoon with new husband Kevin Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, Calif. He also said he has repeatedly tried to reach Gray by phone to discuss the matter with him. “We’ve been trading calls the last two days, but we will talk,” Duncan said.

Since when was a DC Council Chair and Democratic nominee not available to a cabinet member??? I guess Gray is determined to talk to Obama personally. Seems reasonable to me, but I never would have thought that Gray had it in him to be unavailable to a cabinet secretary. Of course if Gray has decided that Rhee is not simply unacceptable to him, but unacceptable to the voters, well, that is another thing. Nothing like letting it be known that he cannot be pressured into doing that which the city does not want to be done. Better to defy the White House than the voters.

And there is more good news:
Gray will consider rehiring fired D.C. teachers

Gray tells DC 50′s NewsPlus that he thinks any of those 266 teachers who were fired only for budget reasons should be allowed back in the classrooms.

Preservationists and Planners “Jubilant” About Gray


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