Vince Gray’s ‘sustainable’ tomorrow

February 20, 2013

Gray’s plan aims to move the city toward a greener, denser, more energy-efficient future. (Toni L. Sandys — The Washington Post)

With an eye toward making the District the “the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States” by 2032, Mayor Vincent C. Gray Wednesday morning will unveil his “Sustainability D.C.” action plan – a document chock-full of initiatives that range from the small-bore (reducing the amount of road salt thrown on city streets) to the politically treacherous (charging residents per bag for trash pickup) to the wildly ambitious (requiring “zero-net” buildings that generate at least as much energy as they produce). “Not every proposal will work out just as envisioned,” Gray says in his introduction to the plan. “Some details will be refined over time, and some actions may fail, but with this implementation plan, we will move forward with clear goals in sight.”

In other news:

Agency directors’ Capitol Hill pied-a-terre renews focus on cabinet residency law (WaTimes)

A reminder: Be nice to your government employees (GGW)

United Medical Center turnaround contract gets council’s okay (PostWBJWaTimes)

Jim Graham vows to fight ethics ruling, sort of (Loose LipsExaminer)

New bill would offer sex changes with a doctor’s note (D.C. WireMetro WeeklyDCist)

Council members propose new laws protecting cyclists; blog commenters respond appropriately (D.C. WireDCistWashCycleWAMU-FM)

Courtland Milloy: Why are only one in 10 DCPS teachers black men? (Post column)

Convicted killer of Chandra Levy wants new trial, saying prosecution was “predicated on a lie” (WaTimesAP)

With Tony Williams and Alice Rivlin leading CFO search, Vince Gray is “cementing himself to the status quo and the lineage that brought Nat Gandhi to the fore” (Examiner column)

Why a Gray reelect might not be that much of a challenge (WRC-TV)

Vincent Orange would like to legislate the length of yellow lights (Examiner)

The red-light camera at South Capitol and I streets is particularly lucrative (WRC-TV)

Cathy Lanier again calls out cellphone recycling kiosk business (Crime Scene)

Tommy Wells slows down on stolen goods resale bill (Examiner)

Giving D.C.’s homeless children a place to play (Post column)

Paul Zukerberg accuses Elissa Silverman of petition-challenge hypocrisy (WRC-TV)

The case for improving police eyewitness ID practices (Atlantic)

One hell of a brewery opening soon near Nationals Park (Post)

Renwick Gallery will get two-year renovation (Post)

The District-wide student academic database appears to be coming along (AYA)

Four-year-old girl injured in fire has died (PostWaTimes)

Meet the nearly 30 members of Vince Gray’s regulatory task force (WBJ)

Local judges are generating more complaints (Legal Times)

Veteran D.C. cop convicted of stealing his brother’s identity (Post)

Anita Bonds is hacker bait (DCist)

Advertiser has no clue about Watergate (Post column)

OSSE’s grasp of black history is tenuous (Answer Sheet)

Impending Bryce Harper jinx (Sports Bog)

Dear PoPville: How do I call the cops on the cops? (PoPville)

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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