A pivot to the minimum wage

September 18, 2013

This construction site along Georgia Avenue NW will soon host a Wal-Mart store. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

The long debate over Large Retailer Accountability Act ended Tuesday afternoon after a heated but perfunctory debate, after which the D.C. Council failed to override a mayoral veto of the narrowly targeted “living wage” bill. But supporters of the bill have some reason to claim victory, with a majority of council members expressing support for an across-the-board minimum wage hike and no fewer than three such bills now in the council hopper ready for quick action ahead of the upcoming mayoral campaign season. D.C. would joins several states that are considering or have already passed a minimum wage hike, but it remains unclear what it will look like. How much will it be? Will it be phased in over time? Will it be indexed to inflation? More on the death of the LRAA from WBJWAMU-FMWaTimesAPDCist and Washingtonian.

In Navy Yard news:

With Navy Yard shooting, gun violence revisits a Southeast family (Post)

The tick-tock account of Aaron Alexis’s violent path through Building 197 (Post, Post graphic)

Alexis had a history of mental illness (Post)

How did this guy pass a government background check? (Post)

Will shootings reverse the Navy Yard’s increasing interaction with the neighborhood? (Post)

Sequestration may have softened Navy Yard security, Vincent Gray suggests (Post Politics)

Did shooting response help polish Vince Gray’s national reputation? Maybe! (National Journal)

Reminder: Whole lot of female top cops on the job in D.C. (CNN)

Kudos for Cathy Lanier and the MPD (Post letters)

But Deborah Simmons begs to differ (WaTimes)

And Lanier doesn’t mind saying so herself, praising a “nearly flawless emergency response” (WAMU-FM)

Harry Jaffe ID’s the cop who shot Aaron Alexis (Washingtonian)

Why did the Nats take so long to postpone their game Monday? (WNEW-FM)

WHC medical chief: “I basically said to everybody, ‘let’s just get to work’” (Post)

In other D.C. news:

Marion Barry is censured, stripped of committee chair (PostAPLoose LipsWAMU-FMDCistWRC-TV)

Oh, the agony (Loose Lips)

Emergency tax sale reforms get council endorsement (Post)

Frank McCourt, developer and former Dodgers owner, gives Georgetown U. $100 million to establish public policy school (Post)

Most D.C. cabs will meet Oct. 1 credit card deadline, Taxi Commission says (WAMU-FMCity Desk)

24-year-old dies two days after being found beaten in Petworth (Post)

Chef Geoff, RAMW push back on Vincent Orange proposal to vastly increase minimum wage for tipped workers (WBJ)

One of the new stop sign cameras is in Columbia Heights (PoPville)

First renderings for rebuilt West End Library (Curbed)

“Empower DC does not do flash mobs” (HuffPo)

Charter board OKs new preschool testing regime (Post)

Hey, look, a fancy new D.C. Republican Party Web site (DCGOP)

Night out at Josephine will cost Fred Davis $19,000 (PostCrime Stories)

Another business incubator is coming to Shaw’s Wonder Bread factory (Capital Business)

D.C. is short on condos. Really. (UrbanTurf)

Another big apartment building with no parking and no street permits (UrbanTurf)

Many people hate density but love what density makes possible (RPUS)

Meet the guy who will run CityCenter (WBJ)

Union Station H&M opens Thursday (The Hill Is Home)

A Ben’s Chili Bowl at National Airport, too (Dr. Gridlock)

TruOrleans is closed for good (District Cuisine)

“What to do when you see a (clearly non-homeless) guy peeing in public?” (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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