David Catania awaits

December 4, 2013

Should Catania run for mayor, he would have to give up the at-large council seat he has held since 1997. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

And you thought the mayoral intrigue was over for the week. Well, the race will become doubly intriguing today when David A. Catania, the D.C. Council’s second longest-serving member, establishes an exploratory committee for an independent mayor run. He was mum on his plans Tuesday, but former council member Sharon Ambrose confirmed she’s chairing the effort, which promises to make this a race all the way till November. Should he decide to proceed with a run, Catania would become the best-known non-Democrat to run in 20 years — since Republican Carol Schwartz came within 14 points of beating Marion Barry in 1994.

In other news:

Council votes unanimously for $11.50 minimum wage by 2016 — but who gets to claim credit? (PostWBJWAMU-FMWTTG-TV)

First two Wal-Marts open today (WUSA-TVWaTimesWBJHousing ComplexWNEW-FM)

How a higher minimum wage might help Wal-Mart: “The chain will be able to pay the new higher wage — in many cases, it already does — but local mom-and-pop stores may not” (Examiner)

At testy news conference, Vince Gray makes clear he doesn’t want to say much more about 2010 (PostLoose LipsWRC-TVAPWBJWTTG-TVWUSA-TVWJLA-TVDCist)

“If this is his final answer about the corruption that suffused his first campaign, it should give serious pause to the voters to whom Mr. Gray is appealing for a second vote of confidence.” (Post editorial)

Hiring campaign manager Chuck Thies means “this primary fight is going to be vicious” (Post)

Peter Nickles says Gray candidacy is “tragic” and “devastating” (WaTimes)

Gray run is good news for Tommy Wells and Muriel Bowser, bad news for Jack Evans and Vincent Orange (Washingtonian)

Evans still has no comment on Gray’s entry (City Desk)

“There is no Fenty-like opponent to kick in this race. This time Mr. Gray is running against himself and his own record.” (WaTimes)

District athletics director Clark Ray promises to crack down on sports-related high school transfers (Post)

For the city’s poor, nothing is more prized than a bed (Post)

Council approves bill giving extra funding to schools serving at-risk kids (Post)

Marijuana referendum push is accepting Bitcoin contributions (WAMU-FM)

City is in talks with Chinese tech campus about possible D.C. presence (WBJ)

Officer shot in Trinidad incident (PostWUSA-TVWRC-TVWTTG-TVWTOP)

Cop is charged with producing child pornography (PostWTTG-TVWUSA-TVWTOP)

Michael Kingsbury, autistic child found dead in Trinidad, died of hyperthermia (WRC-TV)

Andy Shallal will open a Busboys & Poets in Brookland (Capital BusinessHousing ComplexWBJ)

New food truck rules have disrupted some vendors’ routines (GOG)

Providence Hospital and Unity Health joins forces to play with the health-care big boys (WBJ)

D.C. can proceed with its lawsuit against Bank of America over Harriette Walters theft (Legal Times)

David Grosso proposes allowing green-card holders to vote in city elections (WAMU-FM)

Muriel Bowser calls for middle-school improvement: “Alice Deal for All” (WRC-TV)

Monday night shooting in Anacostia was fatal (WJLA-TV)

Accused green-paint vandal will stand trial … eventually (DCist)

U.S. officials say they are likely to back an American bid for the 2024 Olympics — full steam ahead for D.C. bid? (AP)

Are condo values plummeting in Ward 8? (CHotR)

New St. Elizabeths pavilion might be getting a seasonal makeover (WBJ)

They’re making gelato in Ivy City now (WBJ)

The Columbia Heights Giant presents the question: Why can’t grocery store lines work better? (The Switch)

City planners spruce up boring NoMa lobby with fun stuff (ElevationDC)

Gary Sinise and the Lieutenant Dan Band play benefit for Navy Yard victims (WTTG-TV)

O Street Market in 1959, with sidewalk canopy (Ghosts of D.C.)

Another argument for building height limits: “Reston is looking more and more like Manhattan…” (Post letter)

A Canadian news crew tried ambushing Marion Barry with Rob Ford questions (Canadian Press)

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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