Archives: Vincent Gray

  • Mayor, council differ on D.C. driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

    Eric P. Newcomer

    Updated: Thu, Jun 6, 2013

    Drivers with valid D.C. licenses could one day find themselves turned away at the airport ticket counter or security lines while the city's Department of Motor Vehicles simultaneously faces a bureaucratic nightmare, if proposals floated by D.C. Council members become law. At least that's what...

  • D.C. Council passes food truck regulations

    Eric P. Newcomer

    Updated: Tue, Jun 4, 2013

    Through a multistep legislative maneuver, the D.C. Council found a way to pass vending regulations while stripping away many of the controversial provisions, pushing those decisions back to another day. Tuesday's unanimous vote was a victory for food trucks. It means, for example, that the...

  • Amid filling vacancies, Mayor Vincent Gray wants to trim D.C. boards

    Alan Blinder

    Published: Tue, Jun 4, 2013

    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has in recent months sharply reduced vacancies on government boards and commissions, but hundreds of open slots still remain, and a much-touted plan to trim the number of city panels will not be the ultimate antidote for the staffing woes. A Washington Examiner analysis...

  • Councilman pushes for more access to D.C. school fields

    Alan Blinder

    Published: Mon, Jun 3, 2013

    Liability issue could become sticking point A District lawmaker, frustrated by periods of idleness at D.C. Public Schools properties throughout Washington, will on Tuesday introduce a plan to give the public access to those institutions' facilities for athletic use outside of school hours....

  • Opening of D.C. medical marijuana dispensaries delayed

    Eric P. Newcomer

    Published: Sun, Jun 2, 2013

    D.C. marijuana dispensaries thought they'd be open a month ago, but a slow-moving District Department of Health still needs to give doctors the authority to recommend marijuana to their patients. "If you drove by now you'd see the signs are up and everything is ready -- except the doors are...

  • Jonetta Rose Barras: Changing places

    Jonetta Rose Barras

    Published: Thu, May 30, 2013

    Initially, I planned to slam the move to decriminalize marijuana in the District. There isn't a drug in existence that doesn't have some kind of harmful side effect -- ask the pharmaceutical industry. Then, I thought I might salute Mayor Vincent C. Gray for his decision to lease some empty...

  • D.C. labor board leader resigns over residency requirement

    Eric P. Newcomer

    Published: Thu, May 30, 2013

    The head of the D.C. board tasked with resolving labor disputes resigned last week after allegations surfaced that he did not reside in the District as required by city law. On April 30, Ondray T. Harris -- a lawyer who was then serving as executive director of the Public Employee Relations...

  • D.C. mayor to charge $1 rent to attract retailers to St. Elizabeths campus

    Eric P. Newcomer

    Updated: Wed, May 29, 2013

    To lure businesses to the St. Elizabeths campus in Southeast Washington, Mayor Vincent Gray announced that the city will be offering space there on a "pop-up" basis -- for $1. "Pop-ups are a concept that will bring a lot of companies at virtually no cost to themselves," Gray told reporters...

  • D.C. leaders decry 'unfair' treatment by Republican 'bullies'

    Alan Blinder

    Updated: Tue, May 28, 2013

    A coalition of D.C. leaders and activists, wary of the potential for congressional Republicans to impose special restrictions on the District government, went on the offensive against their Capitol Hill rivals on Tuesday and accused the GOP of forsaking the principles of limited government....