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Chairman Phil Mendelson and his colleagues will take their first vote on a minimum wage increase next Tuesday. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Asked Monday morning about the D.C. Council’s move toward setting an $11.50-an-hour minimum wage, Mayor Vincent C. Gray renewed his calls to slow down and wait for more study — even after calling on lawmakers Friday to raise the rate to $10 an hour as soon as next year. But by the end of the day, it was clear the mayor’s feelings may not mean a whole lot. The five members of a council committee, joined by Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), voted unanimously to advance the $11.50 bill to the full council, and another five members made statements in support of the measure. That means the bill is likely to pass next month with a veto-proof majority. But Gray says his four-month, $200,000 study of the issue, to be conducted by the Urban Institute, will go on.

In other news:

Consultant: FEMS is getting better, but fleet management is still a mess (Post)

New deputy chief for operations is named, and more improvements will be announced today (WaTimesWRC-TV)

Bill White speaks: “I did and said what I thought to be right in my role as the District’s top insurance official, but there will always be differences of opinion with sensitive matters of policy” ( via WBJ)

DISB communications chief is second casualty of Obamacare statement dustup (WBJ)

Paul Zukerberg is told to stop campaigning for attorney general by finance authorities (WAMU-FMDCist)

Council education panel approves weighted schools funding for at-risk kids (PostDCFPI)

Clyde’s asks its tipped employees to help campaign against a higher minimum wage for tipped employees (DCist)

The case against doing that (DCist)

New Supercans! Bigger recycling bins! (DofDDCistCity Desk)

Darrell Issa will hold Height Act hearing next week (DofDHousing Complex)

Nonprofit assistant admits to embezzling more than $5 million from employer (Post)

Here’s what OSSE got for a $90,000 conference fee (Post)

Police-involved shooting in Marshall Heights (PostWUSA-TV)

The convention-center Marriott will open May 1 (CurbedHotelChatter)

Consultant sought to ponder next moves for RFK Stadium (Capital Business)

Inclusionary zoning units could get still more affordable (GGW)

D.C. misses out on grant for Greenleaf redevelopment planning (Housing Complex)

What will happen to workers while L’Enfant Hotel is renovated? (Capital Business)

Tourists visiting National Cathedral will soon have to pay up (AP)

It’s too cold to start M Street cycletrack work (DCist)

Advocate: Massive typhoon shows why D.C. should get its money out of fossil-fuel stocks (HuffPo)

Chris Brown won’t be back in Superior Court till Jan. 8 (Post)

LGBT center opens in Reeves building with mayoral welcome (Blade)

Another taxi deadline, another request for an extension (DCist)

Virginia resident’s bad Metro experience clearly proves Uber is the best (U.S. News)

Yes, Williams & Connolly can represent Brendan Sullivan’s son (Legal Times)

Eat up, guys, it’s almost Turkey Bowl time (WJLA-TV)

Protip: Don’t leave your car running unattended, even if it’s cold (Post)

“Silent disco”? On a bus? (DCist)

Behold the brothers Sprinkle. Happy Movember! (Ghosts of DC)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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