Topic - District

Districts are a type of administrative division, in some countries managed by a local government. They vary greatly in size, spanning entire regions or counties, several municipalities, or subdivisions of municipalities. - Source: Wikipedia

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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).

    D.C. Council sues Mayor Gray over budget autonomy law

    The D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the city's chief financial officer over their refusal to implement a voter-approved law giving the District the right to set its budget without congressional interference.

  • The D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent C. Gray for his refusal to implement a voter-approved law, which would give the District the right to set its 2015 budget without congressional interference.  Council seeks to set its own fiscal calendar. (Khalid Naji-Allah /Special to The Washington Times)

    D.C. Council sues Mayor Gray, CFO over budget autonomy law

    The D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the city's chief financial officer over their refusal to implement a voter-approved law giving the District the right to set its budget without congressional interference.

  • Construction cranes dot the horizon in NW Washington D.C., Tuesday, May 29, 2007. (Allison Shelley / The Washington Times)

    Federal govt. expansion helped D.C. prosper through recession: CFO

    The District's chief financial officer said in a memorandum Tuesday what pretty much everyone familiar with the city already knew — that federal government expansion during the recession contributed to a population growth that buoyed the D.C. economy and continues to be a boon for its finances.

  • In 1998, voters in the District approved the Medical Use of Marijuana Initiative. Last month, President Obama signed the D.C. appropriations bill that removed prohibitions. Advocates anticipate D.C. officials will follow the lead of states such as California and enact the 1998 measure into law. (The Washington Times)

    Medical marijuana off to slow start in D.C.; dispensaries note hassles

    Washington, D.C.'s medical marijuana program has enrolled just 59 patients since the first city dispensary opened for business in July — far below estimates for participation.

  • Jeffrey S. DeWitt (left), Phoenix's chief financial officer, was announced by D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray as his pick to serve as D.C.'s next chief financial officer, subject to D.C. Council approval. The District is reviewing options if a federal shutdown occurs. (andrew harnik/the washington times)

    D.C. may use contingency fund in event of shutdown

    D.C. Council members are looking to keep the city government running through a federal shutdown by paying employees with funds from the city's contingency cash reserve fund — a tactic that could avert a showdown with federal officials.

  • D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has set a goal, branded "Sustainable D.C.," of making 100 percent of District waters fishable and swimmable by 2032, yet there is cause to question his willingness to allow DDOE to do its job. The clean rivers initiative is a belated attempt to reverse a decades long trend of stormwater runoff that leads to sewage overflow. (The Washington Times)

    D.C. Water lobbied for stormwater exemption

    The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) rolled out new regulations last week aimed at improving stormwater management at large development sites in the District.

  • Patience waiting for patients

    Mike Cuthriell has navigated D.C. government regulations for two-and-a-half years to open a medical marijuana dispensary and now only needs a final inspection from the Department of Health before he can officially open his Metropolitan Wellness Center. But the center won't be able to stay open unless the health department sanctions one more thing: patients.

  • **FILE** D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    D.C. Council to seek budget freedom from Hill

    The president could be forced to side either with the District or lawmakers on Capitol Hill if D.C. residents support a charter referendum next spring that would allow their elected leaders to spend local funds without approval from Congress.

  • D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Gray cheers slight drop in D.C. unemployment rate

    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Friday that a slight drop in the city's unemployment rate, from 9.1 percent in June to 8.9 percent in July, shows his workforce efforts "continue to pay off."

  • Mohammad Akhter, director of the D.C. Department of Health, is stepping down on Tuesday to work on the local implementation of the federal health reform law. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Health director taking year leave to work on Obama reform panel

    As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mohammad N. Akhter will no longer be the District's health director.

  • D.C. DOH director to take leave of absence

    D.C. Department of Health Director Mohammad N. Akhter will request a leave of absence from his Cabinet post to serve on a board governing the city's health care exchange, a key ingredient of President Obama's reforms that were upheld last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi

    D.C. Council committee advances Gandhi reappointment

    Natwar M. Gandhi moved closer to another five-year term as the primary gatekeeper of the District's piggy bank on Friday.

  • D.C. DOH director to request leave of absence

    D.C. Department of Health Director Mohammad N. Akhter is poised to request a leave of absence from his cabinet post to serve on a board governing the city's healthcare exchange, a key ingredient of President Obama's reforms that were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, he and city officials said Friday.

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    Top secret: $80B a year for food stamps, but feds won't reveal what's purchased

    Americans spend $80 billion each year financing food stamps for the poor, but the country has no idea how the money is spent.

  • D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi

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