- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2014


Take out your fingers, D.C. residents, and wag them at D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander for lining the pockets of MGM Resorts International, which plans to open a hotel/casino on the same turf where the Redskins play — and it ain’t named Washington.

Give Anita Bonds and Jack Evans a pat on the back for being frugal in Sin City, where they and other officials attended the Global Retail Real Estate Convention.

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See, it’s not just about the dollars and cents when elected officials attend such conventions.

It’s the deliverables and return on investment (ROI).

Muriel Bowser has some explaining to do.

Area residents are today seeing the ROI of years past with Costco, Wegmans, Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s and other big-boxers and chain retailers opening shop inside and outside the Beltway.

Ms. Bowser automatically got a shot to travel to Las Vegas as the chairman of the council’s economic development panel.

And it seems she lived large.

Reporter Andrea Noble writes in Friday’s editions of The Washington Times that six members of the council only racked up a $14,000 tab while in Vegas at the retail real estate convention, and that’s not much money — unless we get nothing in return.

That brings us back to Ms. Bowser.

If she’s blessed enough to become mayor, it’ll be up to us to remind her what’s called ROI.

Ms. Bowser, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and other notables were all grins Wednesday, when they posed for dog-and-pony shots at the groundbreaking for Donald Trump’s new hotel.

As Ms. Noble’s reporting shows, Ms. Bowser knows that Trump+Hotel=pricey — always. She knows because her convention tab totaled $2,820.

Rooms at the Trump Hotel were going for $424 a night, which hardly can be considered “affordable housing.”

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