SEE something, say something. Young black men are prime perpetrators of crime in the District of Columbia. White police officers are waging a war on African-American males. Those three messages are distributed daily by the media. They are also repeated ad nauseam in the public square by many elected officials, civic leaders, public intellectuals, and average citizens.
Combined, the messages translate into a single word: fear. That became clear during a recent encounter between two sets of District residents and police officers at a commercial bank in DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.[continue reading...]
- It Is Time for The Council Freshmen to Graduate
- A TRIFECTA OF FEAR: Blame the Message and the Messengers
- THE BARRAS REPORT: Lawmakers Say Yes to Exelon-Pepco Merger
- District’s retail sector employs many more workers, but pays less
- The Fatherless Woman Song:
- RECOVERING FROM FATHER ABSENCE
- THE BARRAS REPORT–ELECTRIC FIGHT IN DC
If a consultant created a PowerPoint org-chart of the current DC Council committees, it would resemble a mass of ill-defined squiggles. That design, seemingly lacking rhyme or reason, is the brainchild of the legislature’s chairman, Phil Mendelson (D).
The council may say, for example, the key to solving the city’s homeless crises is preserving and constructing affordable housing. But neither homeless issues nor the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) come under the purview of the legislature’s Committee on Housing and Community Development. Instead they are within the Committee of the Whole (COW), headed by Mendelson.
The COW is mess.
SEVEN D.C. Council members have come out in support of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s settlement reached with the Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings. They are urging the city’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve the merger between the two utilities. The deal, as negotiated by the mayor and her team, could mean $78 million in benefits for District residents.District’s retail sector employs many more workers, but pays less
by Yesim Sayin Taylor
District’s retail industry is relatively small: it accounts for just under 3 percent of all employment in the District compared to about 9 percent in the Metro area and 11 percent in the nation. But this sector is changing rapidly in what it sells, how it sells it, and whom it hires to sell.