Indispensable cams?

October 19, 2012

Banning cameras would break the budget. (Daniel Britt/The Washington Post)

City finance officials tell the Examiner that D.C. raked in a hair under $85 million from traffic cameras in recently ended fiscal 2012. That’s a 55 percent rise over the previous year’s take, and it means about 1.5 percent of all locally raised city revenue — one dollar out of every 66 — is coming from automated traffic enforcement. If D.C. Council members are expecting to lower camera fines, that’s an awful big hole to fill.

In other news:

The Post editorial board is keen on David Grosso and Leon Swain in the at-large D.C. Council race (Post editorial)

And Jonetta Rose Barras likes Grosso (Examiner)

While feds wrangle with medical marijuana, cultivation centers here could apply for final permits by next week (WaTimes)  

Deputy Mayor for Education DeShawn Wright is going to work for Andrew Cuomo (D.C. Schools Insider)

Exonerated man continues fight to prove he’s truly innocent of cab driver’s killing (Post)

Rock attacks prompt Metro to ponder rerouting W6 and W8 buses (DCistCity Desk)

Hizzoner appoints task force on streetcar system funding (ExaminerDCistHousing Complex)

Gray urges tax commission to consider the capital-gains tax break the council recently killed (WBJ)

Council members want to help temporary businesses, innovative uses for industrial land (DCist)

City takes aim at Maryland mother who lied about residency to get her daughter into McKinley Tech (PostWaTimesDCist)

FBI field office director James McJunkin is retiring (Crime Scene)

Will benefits from Ward 7 Wal-Mart spill over into Capitol Heights? (Post)

Why it makes sense to require D.C. small businesses to buy health insurance from an exchange (DCFPI)

Jack Evans: “[T]axes play no role in who gets elected [locally]. Ethics does.” (G’town Dish)

Behold your inevitable Nats-themed “Downfall” parody (YouTube)

The new Rosedale library is now open (Housing Complex)

Where green bike lanes are going (d.ish)

Don Peebles has cut the sale price on his Embassy Row mansion (Housing Complex)

Burleith’s leading chronicler of bad Georgetown student behavior is back in action (City Desk)

Woman says she was drugged and raped near Skyland (Crime Scene)

Harriet Tregoning wants you to take care of your street trees (DCmud)

Hail to the Pigskins (City PaperSports Bog)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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