Food truck showdown day


Tasha Hubbard, left, waits for her order from a food truck parked at Farragut Square on Thursday. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Months, if not years, of fighting between food trucks and traditional restaurants comes to a head Friday at the John A. Wilson Building, where the D.C. Council will hear testimony ahead of an up-or-down vote on new street vending regulations. Recent weeks have seen a furious public outreach campaign from the food truck camp, arguing that the new rules will severely curtail the vibrant truck scene the downtown lunch crowd has come to know and love. City officials (and, of course, the restaurant lobby) say they are overreacting, that the new rules offer plenty of spaces while bringing some order to bear on the market. To that end, Tim Carman reports in the Post, officials have identified 150 prime downtown spots where food trucks would be allowed. But food truckers are wary that the number isn’t guaranteed in the law.

In other news:

Overnight violence: Triple shooting in Michigan Park, toddler shot (PostWUSA-TVWTOP)

Mayoral ambitions flavor council budget negotiations (Post)

Like Muriel Bowser stripping economic development money from Tommy Wells’s Ward 6 (WBJ)

Like David Catania stripping education money from planned DCPS-charter collaboration (Post, WAMU-FMExaminer)

Forrester Construction settles CBE fraud claims for $1 million (City Desk)

Metro board decides it won’t be covering Jim Graham’s lawyer bills (PostExaminer)

Former D.C. Council candidate Dee Hunter gets six months in jail for stealing his law clients’ funds (PostLegal TimesExaminer)

Accused child porn doc will remain behind bars for at least two more weeks (PostWJLA-TV)

Are there “systemic problems with the District’s emergency dispatch”? (Post editorial)

Key MPD computer systems go down for several hours (WaTimes)

Public Employee Relation Board’s executive director is not living in D.C. as required (WaTimes)

D.C. police aren’t deporting as many illegal immigrants as Virginia or Maryland (WaTimes)

Coming to Ward 8: A 100,000-square-foot enclosed urban farm (Post)

National Aquarium has to vacate Commerce Building for renovations on Sept. 30; unclear if it will ever return to D.C. (Post)

City agencies took too long to complete FOIA requests 926 times last year (Examiner)

“Though [Kaya Henderson] repeatedly says that she doesn’t think that charter schools are the answer to fixing public education in the city, her actions seem to say otherwise” (Answer Sheet)

Jonetta Rose Barras is still a David Catania fan (Examiner column)

Looks like Stead Park is a budget winner (GGW)

Looks like parking scofflaws are budget losers (WRC-TV)

Homeless count has declined, but it is still high (Poverty & Policy)

LeDroit Park block could be named for Lawrence Guyot (Informer)

Ceremony honoring D.C.’s fallen soldiers is a sequestration victim (WJLA-TV)

Children’s hospital exec Jacqueline Bowens will lead D.C. Primary Care Association (WBJ)

“CAS can, and should, do much more than just evaluate teachers. DC needs to use the results to help students.” (GGW)

Toll Brothers makes a $30M play in NoMa (WBJ)

School-closings lawsuit is back in court Friday (WAMU-FMExaminer)

Washington Times building is set to be converted into school (WBJ)

“A junkie named Raymond” and a lost D.C. (@dcbigjohn via @clintonyates)

A statistical analysis of how Jayson Werth’s walk-up music corresponds to his plate performance (City Desk)

Dan Snyder: “We’ll never change the name. … It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.” (USA Today)

Vote to fund your favorite preservation project – now or never! (Partners for Preservation)

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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