Breakfast links: Banishing the money
Get corporate money out of politics: Bryan Weaver and Sylvia Brown are spearheading a ballot initiative to ban corporate political contributions. This would make local rules more like federal ones. (Post)
Second Bethesda entrance delayed: Montgomery officials delayed funding a second Bethesda Metro entrance until after 2018. They saying it's not necessary until the Purple Line comes, but transit activists disagree. (Post)
Orange weeds out cultivation centers: Councilmember Vincent Orange persuaded the DC Council to limit the number of marijuana cultivation centers in any one ward to 6. Ward 5 was initially planned to have 8. (DCist)
Cheh gives Uber love: Councilmember Mary Cheh criticized the sting operation Chairman Ron Linton ran against Uber, instead urging the two sides to work together. Cheh hopes to address Uber's legality in a hearing later this month. (Examiner)
Caps lock off on signs: DC is replacing its previously all capital letter street signs with mixed-case ones. The easier to read signs comply with a new federal standard. Old signs will be replaced as needed and full conversion should take about ten years. (Post)
Rising sea levels bad for DC: A modest rise of 4 inches in sea level over the next few decades could be disastrous for DC costing billions in damages. (Post)
Size matters: Rents on three-bedroom and studio apartments in the DC area shot up 6.06% and 5.4% respectively. Meanwhile two-bedroom rents went up 1% while one-bedroom rents actually saw a 1.73% decrease. (UrbanTurf)
And...: As expected, the Ward 5 special election will be May 15. (Post) ... A Chicago columnist criticizes the Cubs for riding transit. (The Green Miles) ... As Americans get wider, so do transit seats. (NYT)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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