Mary M. Cheh

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  • D.C. Council pushes campaign finance to ’13

    Despite months of rhetoric and proposals, D.C. lawmakers failed to pass sweeping campaign finance reforms by the end of a legislative period that was historic for all the wrong reasons.

  • A traffic speed enforcement unit was set up in the Ninth Street tunnel in Northwest on Tuesday. D.C. Council members, citing constituent concerns, are considering lowering the fine from speed cameras to $50 per violation. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    D.C. Council signals a turn on traffic-camera fines

    City lawmakers on Tuesday answered a mounting chorus of motorists who say the District is burdening them with pricey traffic-camera fines in an attempt to balance the local budget under the banner of public safety.

  • Kelly Buckland (left), of the National Council on Independent Living, at a Monday hearing at D.C. city hall, discusses the Accessible Parking Amendment Act of 2012, which would designate 1,800 parking spaces with red-top meters for the disabled. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Activists for D.C.’s disabled see ‘red’ over parking meters plan

    Advocates told a D.C. Council committee on Monday that legislation to reserve about 10 percent of the city's on-street parking spots for disabled motorists — yet require them to pay — appeared to be a revenue grab that overburdens a population with limited transit options.

  • D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    D.C. may reserve 10% of meters for disabled

    A D.C. Council member will introduce a bill Tuesday that reserves more than 10 percent of the District's on-street parking spaces for disabled motorists, a "red-top" meter program designed to comply with federal law despite cutting into an already thin supply of curbside spots in the nation's capital.


Ward 3 Council member Mary M. Cheh questions members of the Metropolitan Police Department about automated camera ticket delivery delays during a meeting of the traffic enforcement task force on Tuesday. Ms. Cheh is co-chairperson of the panel.

    Washington planning more speed cameras

    Members of a D.C. Council task force on traffic fines agreed on Tuesday that speed limits and red-light cameras improve safety, but city officials need to show "a rational nexus" between hefty fines that can reach $150 and drivers' willingness to change their behavior.

  • A speed camera on New York Avenue Northeast in Washington (The Washington Times )

    D.C. task force to evaluate traffic-camera fines

    A new D.C. Council task force will evaluate hefty fines levied on motorists caught by speed cameras and other forms of automated traffic enforcement, a controversial and expanding system that has some wondering if city leaders care more about revenue than public safety.

  • Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times
"People are innocent until they are proven guilty; they aren't guilty until they're proven innocent," D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Thursday.

    For D.C. Mayor Gray, 'what did he know and when?'

    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Thursday said the swirl of suspicion around an off-the-books effort during his 2010 campaign is "as frustrating for me as it is for others."

  • D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (above) answers reporters' questions Wednesday, one day after political operative Jeanne C. Harris, 75, pleaded guilty to funneling undocumented campaign funds to the 2010 Gray campaign for mayor. Mr. Gray (left) spoke about the probe after holding a press conference to discuss a green alley program in Northeast. "I never expected to see so many people in an alley in Ward 7," he said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Three on D.C. Council ask Mayor Gray to resign

    Three D.C. Council members called on embattled Mayor Vincent C. Gray to resign Wednesday, just hours after he defended his integrity in his first public comments since federal prosecutors outlined a politically damaging "shadow" effort by members of his 2010 campaign.

  • D.C. Council member David A. Catania (The Washington Times)

    Three D.C. Council members call for Gray's resignation

    Three D.C. Council members called on embattled Mayor Vincent C. Gray to resign on Wednesday, mere hours after the mayor defended his reputation in the wake of startling revelations about a "shadow" effort by members of his 2010 campaign.

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