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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson holds a media briefing to discuss topics which may come up during a legislative meeting to be held on Wednesday, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 18, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member David A. Catania, at-large independent and candidate for mayor, poses with fitness studio owners and yoga instructors as he announces his plan to scrap a proposed "yoga tax" (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times).

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson holds a media briefing to discuss topics which may come up during a legislative meeting to be held on Wednesday, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 18, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. City Council Chairman and Democratic nominee for Mayor Vincent Gray, backed by local leaders, speaks during a news conference to urge participation in the upcoming "One Nation Working Together March" to be held on October 2, at Washington, DC Council headquarters in Washington on September 30, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (third from left) announces a lawsuit filed by the council against Mayor Vincent C. Gray, seeking to compel Mr. Gray to comply with the Budget Autonomy Act (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times).

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (third from left) announces a lawsuit filed by the council against Mayor Vincent C. Gray, seeking to compel Mr. Gray to comply with the Budget Autonomy Act (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times).

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D.C. City Council Chairman and Democratic nominee for Mayor Vincent Gray, backed by local leaders, speaks during a news conference to urge participation in the upcoming "One Nation Working Together March" to be held on October 2, at Washington, DC Council headquarters in Washington on September 30, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

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D.C. City Council Chairman and Democratic nominee for Mayor Vincent Gray, backed by local leaders, speaks during a news conference to urge participation in the upcoming "One Nation Working Together March" to be held on October 2, at Washington, DC Council headquarters in Washington on September 30, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

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Four of the 13 D.C. Council members will challenged Mayor Vincent C. Gray for his seat in this year's Democratic primary, including Muriel Bowser (fourth from left), Tommy Wells (fifth from left) and Vincent Orange (third from left.) (andrew harnik/the washington times)

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Four of the 13 D.C. Council members will challenged Mayor Vincent C. Gray for his seat in this year's Democratic primary, including Muriel Bowser (fourth from left), Tommy Wells (fifth from left) and Vincent Orange (third from left.) (andrew harnik/the washington times)

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D.C. Council member David A. Catania files paperwork at the D.C. Board of Elections for an independent run for mayor in November (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times).

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D.C. Council member David A. Catania files paperwork at the D.C. Board of Elections for an independent run for mayor in November (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times).

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Marion Barry, current D.C. Council member and former mayor, says he will try to pass his measure protecting ex-offenders from discrimination at the council’s final legislative session on Tuesday. He has openly criticized other council members and called out a prominent business leader over the issue. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Michael A. Brown pleaded guilty to accepting money from undercover agents while he was on the D.C. Council.

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“I’m considered the most strategic, brilliant political strategist around — you’ve heard that,” D.C. Council member Marion Barry said in an interview. “And I’ve done that because I know how to say certain things when I say them, don’t say them.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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"I've seen weekends when we've had as many as 40 officers held out of service on hospital details guarding prisoners," Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday at a D.C. Council hearing. (The Washington Times)

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The D.C. Council is calling for a ban on the sale of synthetic cannabinoids — sold as incense under names including Spice, K2 and Yucatan Fire — because of their easy availability and danger. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** D.C. Council member Marion Barry (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Protesters exit the D.C. Council chambers after members failed to override the mayor's veto of the "living wage" bill. (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times)