When D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown didn’t even seem to notice fellow council member Marion Barry’s entreaties to speak one last time at a subcommittee meeting on Thursday, you could tell things were about to get awkward.
Little did everyone know that they would talk over each other for the better part of a minute.
Mr. Brown, co-chairman of the subcommittee on redistricting, held his ground as he wrapped up the sometimes-heated session to approve a draft plan that reorganizes several of the District’s eight wards.
“I’m just gonna recite the alphabet if you’re just going to continue to talk,” said Mr. Brown, at-large Democrat.
“That’s all right,” said Mr. Barry, Ward 8 Democrat. “You wanna look silly? Act silly.”
Council member Harry Thomas Jr., Ward 5 Democrat, suggested a technician cut Mr. Barry’s mic at the dais, then council member Phil Mendelson, at-large Democrat, reached over to make it happen.
Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat and co-chairman of the subcommittee, added his voice to the mix by moving to adjourn the meeting.
Silver Line naming rights
In a region where residents are occasionally defined by the name of their neighborhood Metro station or rail line color, the new Silver Line - set for service to begin in 2013 - has held the interest of commuters and Metro officials alike.
Eleven stations will be added to the new 23-mile line, which will connect Tysons Corner and Washington Dulles International Airport to areas inside the Capital Beltway.
Fairfax County already has pitched ideas for the eight stations that will run through its border. Loudoun County has the other three, and it’s up to Metro’s board of directors to give the final say on the names.
While board members have typically jumped at the chance to be a part of any decision making, one last week good-naturedly recognized where his opinion stands on the matter.
“I couldn’t care less what the Silver Line stations are called,” said Anthony R. Giancola, a federal government alternate board member. “Certainly, it should be the choice of the stakeholders and focus groups.”
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