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District of DeBonis: September, 2012

Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 09/28/2012

Behold the new Ballou High School

The project is expected to cost about $120 million, with final completion in January 2015.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:49 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 09/28/2012

District government on pace for $140 million surplus

The surplus is thanks in large part to strong estate tax and income tax collections, officials said.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:19 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/28/2012

DeMorning Links: Nats and Metro strike a daily deal

DeMorning Links: LivingSocial bails the Nats out from their PR disaster.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:40 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Post forum: Connecting the Dots in the District

City leaders talk about the past, present and future of leadership in the District of Columbia.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:43 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 09/27/2012

ABC Board discord exposed in confirmation hearing

Two alcohol regulators raised concerns about the renomination of their body’s chairwoman.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:32 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 09/27/2012

D.C. Board of Elections posts partisan tweet, renounces it

The tweet linked to an article critical of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:01 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Taxi regulators say they fielded no Uber complaints

The car service wonders why the D.C. Taxi Commission is interfering when no one’s complaining.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:42 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Kwame Brown reportedly failed to check in with authorities

Former council chairman was released on condition he make weekly calls to court authorities.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:11 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 09/27/2012

DeMorning Links: Pepco dyspepsia

As D.C. regulators approve a rate hike for the unpopular utility, line workers are poised to strike.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:17 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 09/26/2012

Jeffrey Thompson investigation is far from over

Fight over seized records indicates long wait before the public sees progress on Jeffrey Thompson probe.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:43 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 09/26/2012

Can the McMillan site help solve flooding in Bloomingdale?

Officials are pondering whether a historic water facility could help alleviate drainage issues.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:15 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 09/26/2012

DeMorning Links: Goodbye to the Greyhound station

Probably no city landmark will be missed less than the old bus terminal at First and L streets NE.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:18 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Jim Graham: Don’t regulate Uber, deregulate cabs

Don’t regulate Uber, the D.C. Council member says: Deregulate cabs.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:49 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 09/25/2012

D.C. officials aren’t getting free Nats playoff tickets

It’s the hottest ticket in town, but the city gets free seats only during regular season games.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:29 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Register to vote: It’s National Voter Registration Day

With six weeks till election day, D.C. voters can check their registration status or register online.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:09 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 09/25/2012

DeMorning Links: Obviously not a regional issue

DeMorning Links: McDonnell hints governments will pay for Nats Metro, taking Ted Lerner off the hook.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:54 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 09/24/2012

West End groups to Ralph Nader: Buzz off already

Neighbors want the activist to cease his group’s meddling in a library redevelopment project.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:35 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 09/24/2012

DeMorning Links: The Uberhearing

DeMorning Links: Lawmakers will hold hearing about ‘sedan-class’ vehicle regulations today.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:23 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 09/21/2012

No apologies from DMV for reckless driving mess

More than 360 D.C. drivers have had their licenses revoked for out-of-state offenses as piddling as speeding.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:43 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Wilson Building will go red for Nats playoff run

D.C.’s city hall has previously been lighted red in observance of World AIDS Day.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:30 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 09/21/2012

First black woman nominated to D.C. federal court in three decades

Obama nomination addresses court’s stunning demographic deficiency.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:50 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 09/21/2012

DeMorning Links: School closings are coming

DeMorning Links: As protesters rally, Henderson says announcement will come within weeks.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:12 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 09/20/2012

The queen and Hizzoner

Queen Silvia of Sweden met with Vincent Gray today to honor students working with a Swedish company.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:15 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Census: D.C. poverty rates stay level as incomes rise

As the city’s median income rose, the poverty rates remained largely the same from 2010 to 2011.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:58 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 09/20/2012

A new vision for the MLK Library

D.C. officials unveil renderings of a reimagined central library. But how to make it reality?

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:48 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Uber strikes back after taxi commission moves to regulate sedans

The luxury car service pushes back hard on proposed city regulations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:11 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/20/2012

DeMorning Links: Nats one game away

DeMorning Links: The Nats are on the cusp of a playoff berth, renewing concerns about a Metro deal.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 09/19/2012

The Porter Street speed camera is gone

The Porter Street NW speeding camera has been moved to a new, undisclosed location.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:54 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 09/19/2012

D.C. Council fixes DMV’s reckless driving lunacy

Bill orders city to reinstate licenses revoked over piddling Virginia speeding tickets.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:55 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 09/19/2012

DeMorning Links: Mendo just wants to be liked

DeMorning Links: Phil Mendelson says he wants to restore the D.C. Council’s approval ratings.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:21 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:13 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Whither Michael Brown’s re-election campaign?

Can the D.C. Council incumbent overcome the bad headlines?

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:13 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Stoddert Soccer issues battle cry over lost permits

D.C. parks department says D.C. Stoddert Soccer has to share with other field users.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:33 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/18/2012

DeMorning Links: No more contract meddling?

DeMorning Links: A D.C. Council member proposes ending a troubling and ironic process.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Kitten declawing leads to felony charge for D.C. man

Humane Society investigators say Eric F. Gaskin maimed two cats in botched home surgery.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:02 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 09/17/2012

DeMorning Links: Michael Brown’s messes

The D.C. Council member’s driving record is a shambles.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:45 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 09/14/2012

Behold D.C.’s new transgender rights campaign

The District says it is the first government in the country to fund such an effort.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:34 PM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 09/14/2012

D.C.’s top lawyer agrees: More ‘discretion’ needed on license revocations

Attorney General Irvin Nathan agrees DMV should have used more common sense before revoking drivers’ licenses.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:27 PM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Ilir Zherka to leave D.C. Vote after 10 years at helm

The leader of the District’s most prominent voting rights organization is leaving after a decade.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:02 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 09/14/2012

DeMorning Links: Party on H Street

What’s quickly becoming the city’s most essential street festival takes place Saturday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:20 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 09/13/2012

D.C. DMV’s reckless driving idiocy could soon end

The D.C. Council will vote on a fix to a practice that has resulted in dozens of license revocations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:51 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 09/13/2012

D.C. leads the nation in ‘brewery density’

What do brewing beer and support for President Obama have to do with each other?

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:01 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 09/13/2012

DeMorning Links: Vetting zoo

The District of Columbia’s chief property tax appraiser was hired in spite of a checkered past.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:23 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Of mice and men and Jim Graham

The Ward 1 council member favors us with a few lines of Robert Burns.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:40 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 09/12/2012

D.C. orders ‘Dirty Asian’ punch off bar’s menu

The Pug, on H Street NE, attracted scrutiny over a satirical sign featuring a racial caricature.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:21 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 09/12/2012

DeMorning Links: Justice for South Capitol Street

Three of the five perpetrators will spend the rest of their lives in prison, the others will do decades behind bars.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:47 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:21 PM ET, 09/11/2012

It’s cooperation time

Court papers indicate there “will be further discussions” between Kwame Brown and the feds.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:21 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Some grumbles about D.C. GOP chair’s dual role

Party member pens public letter questioning longtime chair Bob Kabel.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:03 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012

DeMorning Links: Mega missing money

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown reveals $116,000 went missing from his campaign bank account.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Is Major League Baseball to blame for the Nats-Metro impasse?

A D.C. Council member suggests the league has intervened in the late-night service dispute.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:48 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 09/10/2012

DeMorning Links: Warm up the bandwagon

A lousy weekend for the Nats; a fine weekend for the Redskins.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:14 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Georgetown students’ investment pitch: ‘Become the 1%’

Trebizond Investments has riled Georgetown’s Occupy group and another student investment fund.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:39 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 09/07/2012

DeMorning Links: Battle of the beltways?

Pondering a Nats-O’s World Series.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:06 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:13 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Michael Brown has to fully disclose campaign finances by Monday

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:13 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Vincent Gray addresses DNC: ‘Work with us to bring justice and equality’ to D.C.

The mayor did his best to press the cause of D.C. democracy on the convention floor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:26 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 09/06/2012

DeMorning Links: ‘Grandiosity and deceitfulness’

Doctors rule Albrecht Muth fit to stand trial.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:15 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Now New York City is giving Uber a hard time

The company’s new cab-dispatch service is running afoul of Gotham regulators.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:06 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Michael Brown ordered to amend old campaign finance reports

After theft allegations and audit, Brown must restate his finances — but only through June.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:28 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Gray, Graham won’t have to answer more lottery questions

Federal judge rejects bid to reopen depositions in contentious wrongful termination case.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:30 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Forty years of lip service: D.C. in national party platforms

How D.C. has been treated in four decades’ worth of national party platforms.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:28 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 09/05/2012

DeMorning Links: Sobering weather

D.C.’s last three summers are the three hottest in more than 140 years of recordkeeping.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:32 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 09/04/2012

D.C. activism off to bumpy start in Charlotte

A police operation interfered with a downtown Charlotte rally for D.C. budget autonomy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:49 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Schumer declares ‘peace’ on inaugural water concerns

Inaugural chairman says ‘people who want tap water can get tap water.’

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:27 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Corporate spending initiative will not appear on November ballot

Activists seeking to ban corporate political contributions acknowledge it will be difficult to get their proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:04 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 09/04/2012

DeMorning Links: Taking the fight to Charlotte

It’s Democratic National Convention time, which means local pols are there bringing attention to D.C. voting rights.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:25 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Taxi ‘smart meter’ installations halted by judge

In setback for Gray administration, contract appeal could delay system’s rollout for months.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:11 PM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 08/31/2012

DeMorning Links: Where every night is ladies night

Why women love the Stadium Club.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:25 AM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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