Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Eugenia C. Harris, 75, says she funneled monies and donations to Vincent Gray's 2010 Mayoral Campaign.
Vincent Gray donor Eugenia "Jeanne" Harris, 75, of Washington, DC, pleaded guilty Tuesday to disguising the source of campaign contributions in federal and local elections and to hiding those activities from federal investigators. According to the FBI, Harris used her business and that of a co-conspirator to funnel and obscure some $653,800 in campaign expenses and contributions to the Vincent Gray Mayoral campaign. Harris pleaded guilt to three charges in court Tuesday, according to a release from the FBI: "The 2010 election for D.C. mayor was tainted by the infusion of massive sums of corporate money that were illegally concealed from voters. This conviction begins to dismantle a conspiracy which for too long subverted our federal and …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The Ninth Annual Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation were held Thursday
Two Georgetown institutions — Georgetown Neighborhood Library and Tudor Place — received awards for excellence in historic preservation at a ceremony Thursday. The Excellence in Historic Preservation awards are in their ninth year. Mayor Vincent Gray and representatives from the D.C. Office of Planning’s (OP) Historic Preservation Office recognized projects this year that "represent an investment of $272.5 million in historic districts and landmarks in the District," according to a press release. “Properly done, historic preservation adds not only to our quality of life, but also to our economic well-being and long-term appeal as a beautiful, historic and well-preserved city full of aesthetic and cultural treasures," said Gray in a …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Thomas Gore pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Thomas Gore, the former assistant treasurer for Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and campaign finance violations in court Tuesday. Gore, 56, appeared in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to "one count of obstructing justice by destroying records in a federal investigation and three counts of making a campaign contribution in the name of another person," according to a press release from the FBI. Though the obstruction charge could carry up to 20 years in prison and a fine, the agreed upon sentencing range would be between 12 and 18 months in prison and a possible fine of $3,000 to $30,000, according to the FBI release. In a sworn statement, Gore …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown plan to renovate 24 playgrounds across the city.
Rose Park's playground is one of 24 playgrounds across the city slated for renovations under a new plan from Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown. "Renovating these playgrounds is an investment in the well-being of our children, and I can think of nothing worthier" said Gray in a prepared statement. Rose Park is one of only two Ward 2 parks selected for the renovation. Nearby Ward 3 will have five playgrounds upgraded. The Friends of Rose Park are already undertaking an upgrade of the neighborhood park, paid for with private funds. Plans to upgrade the existing paths, replace railroad timbers, increase the flag poll plaza, add seating, plant trees and more are underway.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
New fare rates went into effect over the weekend.
D.C. Taxicab rates went up over the weekend. Saturday the rate per mile increased from $1.50 to $2.16; the initial flat rate remains at $3. When the Taxicab Commission first announced the changes in December, the justification for the 44 percent rate per mile increase was that it put D.C. "more in line with peer jurisdictions." The new rates return revenues for drivers and rates for passengers "to levels comparable to the zone-based fare system." On the plus side, there are no longer bag charges or charges for additional passengers. During his Ward 2 Town Hall meeting on the budget last week, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said he is hoping to revamp the city's cabs. He mentioned having uniform colors for cabs, credit card readers, GPS systems …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
New officers were sworn in at the Georgetown Business Association 2011 annual meeting and holiday reception, attended by members and elected officials.
That Georgetown businesses have "weathered" the economic storm of the past several years and continue to grow and thrive, was the message offered by leaders at the Georgetown Business Association (GBA) annual meeting at Dumbarton House Wednesday. Newly elected GBA president, Rokas Beresniovas, told the crowd of members and elected officials, "the State of The GBA is a positive one, even though we all know that we still have some challenges before us." Mayor Vincent Gray praised the GBA for its work supporting small businesses, which he called "the backbone of this city." VIDEO. "I know the recession that we've been in...has taken its toll on a lot of our small businesses, but I congratulate you on weathering the storm," said Gray. Council …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Council member Jack Evans and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray both made appearances at the Georgetown ANC meeting Monday.
Elected officials communicate constantly through press releases, public statements, interviews, newsletters, tweets and more. They tell you where they are going, where they have been, what they have done and what they plan to do. At the end of the day, do you like what you are hearing? Monday night Council member Jack Evans and Mayor Vincent Gray spoke fondly of one another and the work they have done together on behalf of Georgetown. Do you feel like your elected officials know what is important to you? Vote below and then tell us in the comments what matters to you and why you think officials 'get' it or don't.
The spoke for about an hour providing an update on the state of the District and answering community concerns at the ANC2E meeting Monday.
Monday, the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC2E) meeting featured a packed agenda with an address from the Mayor dominating the first half of the meeting. The Mayor highlighted several key issues, including his commitment to education, safe communities and maintaining a strong financial standing with the bond rating agencies in New York. On education the mayor touted the District's pre-K program and said he intends to roll out a plan for infant and toddler care services before year's end. "We are the only city in America that has universal pre-k services," said Gray. Gray reminded residents that crime was down throughout the city. He highlighted his recent commitment to hire 300 additional police officers to make up for …
Mayor Vincent Gray spoke to a packed Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting Monday about topics ranging from bond ratings to the Georgetown University Campus Plan.
At the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Monday, Mayor Vincent Gray said he supports the community in the campus planning process and he was encouraged that a solution might be found that was acceptable to both the neighbors and Georgetown University. Gray pointed to recent efforts made by Georgetown University to improve quality of life issues like trash and student noise in support of his hopeful outlook for the contentious ten-year planning process. "Some of the concerns that were expressed on behalf of the community by the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, in my opinion, were well-grounded," said Gray to a packed room of Georgetown residents. He said that opinion put him at odds with the University. But, he added, "…
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting is Monday, Oct. 3.
Mayor Vincent Gray will speak with residents at the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting Monday evening. The ANC2E meeting Oct. 3 begins at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown Visitation. Jennifer Altemus, the president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown, announced the mayor's intentions to attend Monday and said she believes the mayor will provide a community update. When asked, the mayor's office did not indicate whether or not there was a specific topic about which he intended to speak. The ANC Agenda is below: Administrative • Approval of August 29, 2011 Meeting Minutes • Public Safety and Police Report • Financial Report – Approval of FY 2012 Budget • Transportation Report • Public Works Report Community Comment • Taste of …