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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Tommy Wells
The chronically troubled D.C. fire department faces six months of temporary leadership after embattled Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe announced Thursday he was stepping down from his post.
More than half of her colleagues on the D.C. Council will join the city's Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser at a downtown fundraiser.
Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana would no longer be a criminal offense in the nation's capital under a bill approved Tuesday by the D.C. Council.
Smoking marijuana in the home or possessing small amounts of the drug will no longer be a crime in the nation’s capital under a bill passed Tuesday by the D.C. Council and expected to be signed into law by the mayor.
A D.C. councilmember says the city's fire chief and deputy mayor for public safety should resign because of a man who died after collapsing outside a fire station and other issues in the department.
The D.C. Council member with oversight of the fire department on Tuesday called for the resignations of the fire chief and the deputy mayor for public safety and justice, saying the administration has failed to present a plan to address chronic troubles with emergency response.
The D.C. Council will consider a bill to decriminalize marijuana during its Feb. 4 legislative session.
A D.C. Council committee on Wednesday gave its unanimous approval to legislation that decriminalizes possession of marijuana in the city — making it a civil offense punishable by a $25 fine.
If you live, work or play on Capitol Hill, or perhaps own a business there, start paying close attention.
A D.C. Council committee is recommending a $25 rather than $100 fine as the civil penalty for marijuana possession under proposed decriminalization.
The District's fire chief was at a loss Wednesday to explain to a D.C. Council committee why his department sought no money in this year's budget for trucks and ambulances despite a fleet that is aging and in disrepair.
After studying the tea leaves, Vincent C. Gray has decided to make another run in the race for mayor of the nation's capital.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the city's top attorney lent their qualified support to a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, but they suggested changes to quell concern that people could walk the streets openly smoking joints.
D.C. Council members on Tuesday failed to garner enough support to override the mayor's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have increased wages at large stores — most notably Wal-Mart.
It's three weeks and counting since the D.C. Council enacted a Wal-Mart bashing bill, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray is still agonizing over whether to sign it.
"When the city's doing well, that's when we should support public infrastructure," he said. "This budget says it's more important to have tax cuts than to fund public transit infrastructure for the future of our city."
It comes amid "urgent challenges," such as inadequate staffing and hiring and a poorly maintained fleet, D.C. Council member Tommy Wells said.