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Georgetown retail changing: Target and Bloomingdale's could be coming to the Georgetown Park Mall and H&M may move to the soon-to-close Barnes and Noble. Will department stores change Gerogetown's retail identity? (DCmud)

Progress and dysfunction in ANC 5B: ANC 5B took steps to become more transparent after a corruption scandal but still has problems. The treasurer admitted she hadn't looked at financial statements and commissioners want to recall the secretary. (Frozen Tropics)

Not my Ward 8: Responding to Marion Barry's recent statement that his ward is a "ghetto," Robert Pierre says there's more to Ward 8, and Barry's unhelpful comments make him sound like an outsider. (Post)

Georgia Ave won't get funding: Mayor Gray's budget removed Great Streets funding for Georgia Ave to overhaul a police station on New York Ave NE. Residents are petitioning to keep the funds for streetscape improvements and bike lanes. (TBD)

Urbanism for students: A new student housing complex opened in College Park near UMD. The building offers competitive rent, has ground floor retail and is close enough for students to walk to campus. (Gazette)

Council donations may be illegal: The DC GOP accused 10 councilmembers of illegally donating money to Democratic organizations. The alleged donations came from constituent service funds but the payments weren't all for political purposes. (DCist)

Post closing local bureaus: The Washington Post is closing bureaus in Maryland and Virginia except those in Richmond and Annapolis. The paper's editors say it's because of office space, not personnel or content. (Huffington Post)

And...: Gray's new deputy chief of staff voted in DC despite living in Maryland (Post) ... Giant will provide shuttles to other locations when the O Street store closes (DCist) ... Francisco Dans created a Tube map where every line is one or more arcs of a circle.

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Jamie Scott is a resident of Ward 3 in DC and a regular Metrobus commuter. He believes in good government, livable communities and quality public transit. Jamie holds a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at Georgetown. 

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Watching a Target try to move in to G-town could be the best spectator sport / comedy we've had in this town in quite some time.

by Dave J on Sep 2, 2011 8:46 am • linkreport

@ Dave J: Watching a Target try to move in to G-town could be the best spectator sport / comedy we've had in this town in quite some time.

The treasurer admitted she hadn't looked at financial statements

Another reason to get rid of ANCs.

there's more to Ward 8

For instance a prime military research lab. Does anybody know if Barry has ever visited NRL?

Gray's new deputy chief of staff voted in DC despite living in Maryland

Another felony. Wohoo!

The DC GOP accused 10 councilmembers of illegally donating money to Democratic organizations.

I am tempted to call the fact that the DC GOP is alive at all the surprise in that statement, but I know that someone will say it's alive and well (except for its inability to get anybody elected).

by Jasper on Sep 2, 2011 8:59 am • linkreport

Andi Pringle is, to put it bluntly, full of it. Her comment:

"In September 2010, I voted in the D.C. primary with the understanding that since I had not severed ties with my community nor established residency in Maryland, I should vote at the precinct where I had voted for the past eight years."

Yet later on, she says she moved 18 months ago. By my math, thart means she moved to Maryland in March 2010 - six months before she voted in a DC primary, and she's stayed there for a full year since that vote. That's just disgraceful. And the lack of proper vetting is clumsy, and is starting to smack of incompetence. I'd be interested to see where she voted in the general election, when she got her MD license, where her car is registered, etc.

by dcd on Sep 2, 2011 9:01 am • linkreport

Hahaha...Gray's daily epic fail never ceases to amuse me.

Lurch would be hard pressed running a McDonalds. Running a city is leagues beyond him.

by freely on Sep 2, 2011 9:06 am • linkreport

Gray's new deputy chief of staff voted in DC despite living in Maryland

How common is this, for people with personal/family ties in DC to keep voting in the District even after they move to Maryland?

by JustMe on Sep 2, 2011 9:49 am • linkreport

Having the H&M move into a bigger space in Georgetown would help that H&M immensely-- that particular location has a terrible selection and a terrible layout. I'm going to miss the B&N, though.

by JustMe on Sep 2, 2011 9:52 am • linkreport

re: Deputy Chief of Staff

Should should rescind the nomination immediately. Whoever is responsible for vetting on the Mayor's part should be removed as well.

by William on Sep 2, 2011 10:06 am • linkreport

Barry should be ashamed of himself for publicly using the term "ghetto" to describe our Ward.

The Pringle story is a bit weird. I'm not understanding why she voted in the DC primary but not the general. I'm not sure if any administration, even the beloved Fenty, vet an appointee's voting history. Another nonstory but I'm sure it'll give his radical critics another orgasm.

by HogWash on Sep 2, 2011 10:24 am • linkreport

@Hogwash,

Umm, because the Primary (in the District anyway because it is solidly democratic) is where the election is decided. The primary determined whether it was going to be Fenty or Gray, hence why people have more inclination to vote in the primary. Its where our elections in DC are decided.

And your never ending effort to excuse Gray from the hilariously sad and horrible choices he makes is pretty funny.

This woman:

1. Failed to register her residency in MD after having lived there for the requisite period of time and then falsified her state tax returns, in which case she is a tax avoiding liar and MD will be coming after her for back taxes...and

2. Voted in a jurisdiction in which she was not a resident, a felony.

You choose which punishment she should get.

What would Gray have to do to get a stern word from you, beat up some 1st graders and steal their milk money, kill some kittens, what?

Lastly, its official. I've seen you lambast people for having the gall to call Ward 8 a slum or ghetto, but your Mayor for life whom I believe you have come out in support of in the past has come out and said it himself.

by freely on Sep 2, 2011 10:47 am • linkreport

Newly appointed member of the administration fraudulently votes in wrong jurisdiction 6 months after she moved = nonstory that only radical critics care about

OK then.

by dcd on Sep 2, 2011 11:07 am • linkreport

Does "radical" now mean "anybody who disagrees with me?"

by Dave J on Sep 2, 2011 11:23 am • linkreport

@Freely, The primary determined whether it was going to be Fenty or Gray, hence why people have more inclination to vote in the primary. Its where our elections in DC are decided.

Sounds conspiratorial but I get your point.

And your never ending effort to excuse Gray from the hilariously sad and horrible choices he makes is pretty funny.

If it is found that the normal vetting process involves checking a candidate's voter registration records, then I would criticize Gray's team for not doing their job. At this point, that hasn't happened and I see no point in jumping on the antigray bandwagon. Not that I haven't experienced the same sort of accusations from other antiGray folk but I have explained before that I won't criticize Gray for following standard practice. So when he hired friends/relatives (like Fenty) I wouldn't call him corrupt. That doesn't mean that the process shouldn't change and I believe the've implemented changes so that another mayor won't hire a personal family friend as the city's AG...like Fenty did. I just don't think its a personal reflection on Gray. If he's doing some new 'ish..different story.

RE: Barry. Barry lives in the ward and as ridiculous as it might sound, I am more inclined to give him a pass on what he says about it because he lives there. By the same, I'm more inclined to give a fellow southerner a pass on their criticisms of the south vs. someone from NYC.

Now, I would be totally dishonest if I came here and said that if I were walking down some random Ward 8 street and saw a group of loud people sitting out in front of their apt bldg drinking, smoking herb, blaring music coming from an apt window, one person getting new weave tracks while another guy is getting his cornrows retwisted....that I wouldn't say to myself, "oh this is some ghetto a$$ shyt right here, ugh"! What you won't find me saying privately or publicly is that Ward 8 is a slum or a ghetto. I continue to stand by that. The distinction I make w/your example is that there is a difference between calling an entire Ward ghetto/slum...and...commenting about ghetto elements w/in the Ward.

Contrary to your belief, I've never voted for Marion Barry and if you've seen me defend/support him in the past, you should have also seen me state that I've never voted for the man.

Hope this clears up your confusion.

by HogWash on Sep 2, 2011 11:37 am • linkreport

DaveJ, radical refers to anyone who's logic/ideology exists on the fringes. For example, I think people who believed Fenty didn't care about the 1000's of people EOTR..were radical. Those who believe that (now under an Obama administration) it's wrong to not host terror trials in NYC even though the gov't near perfect record on successful prosecutions is unassailable.

In this case, believing that Gray is bad or corrupt because he didn't know that one of his hires voted in the wrong precinct is radical.

The reason I consider this a nonstory is because I've met more than a few people who have maintained their home state's drivers license and voter registration for yearrrrrs after they moved. It's a very small matter..not a big one.

by HogWash on Sep 2, 2011 11:51 am • linkreport

believing that Gray is bad or corrupt...

... is not at all radical.

I've met more than a few people who have maintained their home state's drivers license and voter registration for yearrrrrs after they moved.

It's generally not such a big deal to maintain an old driver's license. You do, after all, have certified evidence you know how to drive. It is a big deal to keep voting someplace you don't actually live. But as seems to be a pattern, you appear to consider systemic problems and corruption as "normal."

by JustMe on Sep 2, 2011 11:58 am • linkreport

I was a big Gray supporter, but I'm trying to process the logic of his appointee. You wake up in the morning in Maryland, cross the state line into DC, and vote, because you felt like you had ties to the city.

Next election I'll remember how fondly I feel about Florida.

I suppose it could have been hard to vet for that particular offense, so I don't hold Gray completely responsible, but wow, that's gutsy. That person really screwed Gray over because you pretty much know someone is going to find out. It took Dorothy Brizill 15 minutes to figure out this was a "Ward 9 voter".

by Ward 1 Guy on Sep 2, 2011 1:01 pm • linkreport

@Justme, if you looked a bit more closely, what I said was that it's radical to think Gray is wrong/corrupt in "this" particular case. I did not, as you suggest, state that it's radical to criticize or think he's corrupt...generally.

I agree that it's not a big deal which is why I brought it up. But "technically" it is because you're supposed to switch your license after a certain period (not sure what) has passed. It's still wrong..and no big deal. According to the reports and contrary to what you intimate, Pringle didn't "keep" voting in DC while she lived in MD. I know there are some guidelines as it realates to establishing residency but I can admit to not knowing the details.

@Ward1, yeah, I'm still confused by that one too.

by HogWash on Sep 2, 2011 1:34 pm • linkreport

@hogWash: "According to the reports and contrary to what you intimate, Pringle didn't "keep" voting in DC while she lived in MD."

Sure she did. She voted in DC 6 months after she lived in Maryland. Are you saying that since she "only" did it once, it's not such a big deal and/or illegal?

by dcd on Sep 2, 2011 2:55 pm • linkreport

Seriously, HogWash, you're equating physically travelling to a voting district where you no longer live and voting for a candidate that does not/will not actually represent you since you already moved away to being lazy about getting a new driver's license? As I said about attitudes you have to a lot of other issues, what the rest of the country sees as illegal and fraudulent, you seem to regard as "normal". How many people do you know that do this sort of thing, apparently so often that you regard it as akin to jaywalking?

by JustMe on Sep 2, 2011 3:51 pm • linkreport

@DCD, ur right that doesn't read well. I took the use of "kept" as in indictment of something done repeatedly and that might not have been the original intent. To your question, if you've lived in MD but maintained residency in DC and after 6mos voted in a DC election, I wouldn't consider your act such a big deal. I don't have any information suggesting that this wasn/t the case here but if it is illegal case, I'm sure we'll find out.

@JustMe, I didn't suggest that people who keep their old state's drivers license are lazy. I'm not sure if I even gave a rationale. But yes, I personally know people who maintained their licenses well after the period expired and their negligence had little to do wbeing lazy. It's still wrong but not armegeddon.

What I describe as "normal" usually refers to things that are..well standard practice. For instance, we now know that it was "illegal" for Kwame Brown to request an SUV whose MPG was over 25 (or something like that. But, as has been documented, it had been standard practice (normal) and didn't "begin" to happen under Brown.

Do I know people who live here and vote in their home state? Sure I do. And most of them who do are political.

I believe what you (and likely others) sense as "making excuses" is me asking myself would I think different if the shoe were on the other foot. Believe it or not, it keeps me balanced. I only wish others would practice a little restraint and ask themselves the same question.

Ex. Was Fenty engaging in fraudlent/corrupt behavior by hiring a close family friend as the city AG?
Likewise, was Gray corrupt when those in his administration (not him personally..like Fenty) hired those whom they knew or were related to?

IMO, if you believe one to be corrupt, you gotta believe the other as well. Since I didn't think Fenty was corrupt.. Gray isn't either. Believing such about both just doesn't make me an apologist for "corrupt" behavior.

by HogWash on Sep 2, 2011 4:42 pm • linkreport

Bloomies, Target, H&M and "change" in G'town. Yawn.

Vince Gray--he was the candidate of many activists, including people here. I voted for Fenty in spite of his short comings. I figured Gray would be a mess like Sharon Pratt Kelly, his old boss. Not malevolent, just a mess..

by Rich on Sep 2, 2011 4:46 pm • linkreport

Do I know people who live here and vote in their home state? Sure I do.

That's only possible if you actually have a "home" in your home state because you're living in DC to work on Capitol Hill.

Do you know lots of people who left DC, moved to the suburbs, and keep voting in DC? If that's the sort of thing that goes on regularly, then I hate to break it to you, but your social circle is full of people engaging in voter fraud.

by JustMe on Sep 2, 2011 4:51 pm • linkreport

"To your question, if you've lived in MD but maintained residency in DC and after 6mos voted in a DC election, I wouldn't consider your act such a big deal."

Claims of maintaining residency ring a little hollow when she's lived in MD for a total of 18 months, including 6 months before and 1 year after the election, don't you think?

by dcd on Sep 2, 2011 5:07 pm • linkreport

Vince Gray is a nice man.

But he has a track record of picking absolutely awful people for very high-level positions. And every time one of his picks blows up in his face, he doesn't learn from the experience.

The DC gov't is experiencing a brain drain both physically from mid- and upper-level agency staffers who have left and from those who've given up on trying to implement any forward-leaning policies or programs b/c they're too much change for this administration.

Can anyone name the signature achievement of the Gray Administration so far? A "balanced" budget doesn't count b/c the city has no option that presenting a balanced budget, lest the Control Board returns.

Other than slapping "One City" on just about everything possible, I can't honestly think of a single policy achievement.

It's going to be a long three more years. And we have no one of experience, substance and integrity on the benches to run for mayor either. It's a very depressing time for DC politics. Any progress is being made in spite of our supposed leaders.

by Fritz on Sep 2, 2011 6:35 pm • linkreport

The "Old Gray May'r" seems like a nice guy and I don't think he's unintelligent.

But his apparent disengagement is shocking. The whole city government seems somnolent -- like a languid, sleepy summer spell. Indeed, the only thing he's accomplished this year is to slow everything down. There doesn't seem to be any urgency anymore. Maybe this is what a lot of his change-resistant coalition wanted. Heck, the taxi drivers are still mad at Fenty for dragging them kicking and screaming into the 1950s by requiring meters.

"One City" is just code for "you pay the taxes, we'll spend the money." I wouldn't look for any new spending on school renovation, parks, playgrounds or infrastructure in any so-called "gentrified" areas during this administration. From Gray's political perspective, it just "wouldn't be prudent."

The good news is that the Gray administration is probably the last gasp of the old "Deecee" political class and order. The Barry era nostalgia for "Chocolate City" is waning (melting?) -- the old notion that symbolism and power mattered more than services. More and more residents believe one has to look beyond DC insularity to test bold new ideas here and take best practices from elsewhere. They want to hold their elected officials accountable for the quality of municipal services. Williams and Fenty were just a little ahead of their time, but hopefully not by much.

by Bob on Sep 3, 2011 1:31 pm • linkreport

The "Old Gray May'r"...

Okay, that's pretty good.

by oboe on Sep 7, 2011 9:29 am • linkreport

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