Posts Tagged 'DC City Council'

RENEE Bowser

Ward 4 Politicos Eye Possible Council Vacancy

Renee Bowser, the advisory neighborhood commissioner for 4D02, said that she may jump in the race.

“I am definitely taking a hard look at it,” said Bowser, 65. “I came in second to Muriel in 2012 and I was well ahead of the other competitors. I am really concerned about the education of the ward’s children, people being forced to leave the ward because they cannot afford to live here and we need more jobs in the ward.”

Renee Bowser is a labor attorney and has served on the D.C. Commission on Human Rights. She said that she will make her decision on whether to run for Muriel Bowser’s seat in the near future.

Her 2012 website, Renee4Ward4
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David Catania’s proposed school deform

I am going to write a post about this, but in the meantime, At The Chalk Face has a great take down:

Saving DC Schools with Catastrophe Innovation!

Define reform

Alan Suderman reporting on Anita Bonds victory

Bonds’ victory will likely lead to plenty of hand-wringing among self-style progressive and/or reform voters, who often tend to be white and relatively new to the city and have seen their votes split among several of their chosen candidates in the last three at-large elections. Bonds’ victory follow similarly patterned wins by Councilmember Vincent Orange in 2011 and 2012. Orange eked into office with 29 percent of the vote in the 2011 special election and won 40 percent of the vote in last year’s Democratic primary, beating Sekou Biddle by only 1,746 votes.

There’s a clear appetite among the majority of the city’s voters for fresh blood on the Council. (Orange had previously been a Ward 5 councilmember and, like Bonds, has been a fixture of the local Democratic Party.) Yet no candidate has been able to bring together the disparate groups of voters looking for change in a strong majority or even a simple plurality. That might be because the reform-oriented candidates just haven’t been that impressive, but it’s more likely because “reform” means different things to different people; there’s no organized effort or group powerful enough to make or break any candidate who wants to claim the reform mantle. It’s an open casting call, and the people who answer it are often convinced of the rightness of their crusade.

In 2006 Adrian Fenty carried every precinct in the city running on reform. 4 years later Fenty was dumped in the Democratic primary because black people thought that reform was just code for push all the black people out of the city. I could be wrong, but I think the word reform is toxic in the black community.

Now the policies of gentrification have been put in place by Democratic and predominately black city councils and mayors. Electing black Democrats does not seem a solution. But it does not surprise me that white candidates running on a reform platform are not finding much support in the black community.

Candidates forum at SOME

SOME Hosts Candidates Forum for April Special Election

Statehood Green Party candidate and army veteran Perry Redd explained that he had experienced homelessness himself after leaving the military.

He contended the city has not done enough to address family homelessness, which has risen steeply since the recession. The number of homeless families in DC increased by 46 percent between 2008 and 2011, and an additional 19 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to the results of annual homeless counts.

Frumin REALLY does not get it:
Statements made about homelessness led to the topic of the city’s

scarcity of affordable housing. Frumin proposed a $500 monthly voucher for teachers, policemen, firemen and other city employees to be put towards rent or mortgage.

This will do exactly nothing for workers in food service, retail, hospital, and hospitality, the sector of our workforce most likely to become homeless. Besides we do not need vouchers, we need low cost housing.

Attorney Paul Zuckerberg (D) added that the city needs to be more meticulous in where the fund’s money is actually going.

“I want to see housing money going towards real housing units,” he said. “We need to make sure it’s going to housing and not the pockets of lobbyists and special interest groups.”

Excellent point, if there are not more units available, then DC is just chasing its tail.

Silverman is just hopeless:

“The key component to preventing homelessness is making sure folks have jobs,” said Silverman. “We need to look at who is employable and who is not.”

In other words, we have to decide who gets thrown under the bus.

Silverman, who said her work at the fiscal policy institute has given her insights into the challenges of workforce development, also spoke in support of putting money into job training programs and adult literacy programs.

In other words, she is looking for ways to direct city money into the pockets of her fellow advocates, not create a jobs program for the City’s army of unemployed.

Patrick Mara and Anita Bonds could not be bothered to show up, so we can write them off.

Perry Redd for DC Council April 23

YouTube: Perry Redd for City Council

Tim Craig

I agree, there is a war on cars, and I don’t understand why a city with a progressive nature wouldn’t come with a more balanced approach,” said Perry Redd, 48, the Statehood Green Party candidate.

Perry Redd for DC Council at Large

Perry Redd has a clear vision for the city of Washington, DC. There will be no doubt about where he stands on the issues important to the residents of the city. Fairness and quality of life issues are paramount in this special election campaign.

Perry Redd for Council on Twitter.

David Catania’s conflict of interest

I just cannot believe the Washington City Paper‘s willful naivete about David Catania.

Catania has a well-earned reputation for being on the right side of ethical issues. He was the first to call for former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. to resign and took on Medicaid contractor Jeff Thompson, now at the center of the federal investigation into Mayor Vince Gray’s campaign, when Thompson was at the height of his powers.

How often have we seen that those the quickest to point the finger and make accusations are the most guilty? How many times? Cantania is a notorious advocate of the sort of privatization that his employer profits from.

David Catania’s Double Dipping

Stop the tech millionaire tax cut!

Merriam’s Kitchen linked this from their twitter account.

On Wednesday, the DC Council will consider legislation that would cut the tax rate for investors to just three percent when they invest in DC technology companies. That’s lower than tax rates paid by working District residents. DC cannot afford basic services for DC’s most vulnerable residents, like shelter for the homeless and assistance for needy families, and should not cut revenues even further by cutting taxes for wealthy investors – especially when theire is no evidence that such tax breaks provide any economic benefits.

Join the fight now by letting the DC Council know that you don’t support tax cuts for tech millionaires!