Thanks to all who messaged over the weekend. From ICE OUT of DC!! rally and community response:
“Today at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Columbia Heights Fountain, 14th St & Park Rd NW
Last week, ICE conducted at least three raids in Northwest DC, including an apartment raid in Mt. Pleasant/Columbia Heights where they indiscriminately arrested any undocumented folks they could find. ICE agents ultimately detained nine people, including those who live in the building **as well as passersby on 16th Street.** ICE also entered a private home near Georgia Avenue and detained two people, and detained a person having dinner on 14th Street, reportedly with collusion from DC police. (more…)
3333 Georgia Ave, NW
From an email:
“In light of last week’s news about Justice Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court, it is more urgent than ever that we all work together to support Democratic candidates in the upcoming Midterm Elections. To meet this goal, we are inviting you to our first Midterm Postcard Writing Party, organized by a small, concerned group of neighborhood friends, and graciously hosted by the Midlands Beer Garden, on Tuesday, July 3rd at 6pm. We know folks are looking for ways to get involved, and this is a great, low-commitment way of doing so. Did I mention there is BOGO free beer until 7pm? (more…)
Photo by Phil Yabut
Photo by PoPville flickr user T. Mertens
From the Washington Post:
“Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the Supreme Court, a move that gives President Trump the chance to replace the court’s pivotal justice and dramatically shift the institution to the right, setting up a bitter partisan showdown on Kennedy’s successor.”
Welp, standby for the animal fix. It’s a good one.
1st and Seaton Pl, NW
Ed. Note: I was out of town this weekend but boy did I get a lot of messages about this one. Bravo Red Hen, Bravo. Also, you are delicious and have reminded me that I need to eat there again post haste!
You can read about what started this whole brouhaha here.
— The Red Hen (@RedHenDC) June 23, 2018
Spelling it out:
You have the wrong restaurant. Separate companies separate businesses separate owners no affiliation. That one is in Virginia. Businesses in DC are prohibited from discriminating against people for political affiliation because we are a federal district.
— The Red Hen (@RedHenDC) June 23, 2018
Getting in on some GIFs: (more…)
Ed. Note: Saturday is Family Separation Protest at the White House.
“Thu, June 21, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1st street and East Capitol
House East Front Grassy Egg
Protest to send a message that American Families support family values, value the family and oppose any policy or party that seeks to separate children from their parents at the most vulnerable moments of their lives.
Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III and Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin are among those scheduled to address the gathering. (more…)
Photo by David Klion
David tweets us yesterday:
“Spotted this morning in the Qatar-owned luxury complex in downtown DC where Stephen Miller lives (via a tipster)
cc @PoPville; wow, what do your readers think?”
Side note: This is the first potential large scale protest I’ve seen:
“Family Separation Protest at the White House
Saturday, June 30 at 11 AM – 2 PM
Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.
I can’t take it anymore with the omnipresent election flyers in my mail, on my car, and all over the sidewalks. I’ve gotten over 50 pieces of election related mail in the past 2 weeks, and one candidate’s street team saw fit to pepper my entire block with hundreds of small square flyers (see pic below – this is about 10% of the block’s coverage) Especially in DC where candidates are often trying to out-progressive each other, the waste of paper, money, and energy printing these and strewing them all over town is a downright shame. I will actively be voting against the candidates who have stuffed my mailbox and cluttered the streets with litter, and encourage others to do the same.”
“I will NOT vote for anyone who texts or robocalls me. Is anyone else ready to take the pledge with me?”
Ed. Note: Well, the good news is that the election is tomorrow, so what ever your decision – don’t forget to vote!!
“My thoughts on Initiative 77. I have stayed out of the public conversation over concerns that whatever is said can be taken out of context and misinterpreted by either side of this debate.
If this initiative passes, which I believe it will, it will not bring about the end of the world. The sky will not fall and dark clouds will not gather over DC, however, I do believe that the City Council needs to convene a roundtable immediately, post June 19 (no matter the outcome), bringing together labor and business to find common ground toward moving away from tips as the sole source of income for restaurant tipped workers.
Moreover, each side has to understand the impact this type of legislation would have, and all sides have to agree that a compromise would have to be struck. Initiative 77 would inevitably mean a rise in labor cost and consequently an increase in operating expenses and those additional costs need to be to offset. Most businesses would have to increase prices slightly, readjust staffing or use more creative ways to compensate for the change. In either case, if this initiative passes, customers will have to get used to paying more.
Additionally, such an initiative would bring about more fairness between the Back of the House and the Front of House wages by allowing tips to be distributed more equitably to all hourly employees. Right now, it is illegal for tips to be shared by cooks, dishwashers and other non-tipped employees. Passing Initiative 77 would eventually change that.
We need to revisit how tipping culture and practice came about and look for a more equitable way for workers to get compensated that goes beyond the whim of a diner or a patron. No one should have to depend on that alone. This practice is not acceptable in any other industry and we in the restaurant business should not be the last holdouts.”
And El Chucho, Bar Charley, Little Coco’s (et al) Jackie Greenbaum:
“I’d like to weigh in on this conversation. I’m a restaurant owner, a Ward 1 resident for the past 10 years, and a lifelong liberal Democrat. I realize this is a highly charged issue, and that my comments may be discounted because I am an owner. My restaurants are small, neighborhood establishments: El Chucho in Ward 1, Bar Charley in Ward 2, and Little Coco’s in Ward 4. Each have fairly modest budgets and are the types of restaurants which will be hardest hit by Initiative 77.
The elimination of the tipped wage puts those of us who created small, full service restaurants under the existing tipped wage system in an impossible situation. If DC had eliminated the tipped wage decades ago, like California did (in the 70’s), restaurants may have adapted by now. Instead, we are being asked to shoulder a wage increase that our budgets can’t possibly sustain and our restaurants’ economic structures were never designed for.
I dread the decisions I will have to make. The payroll increases alone (disregarding other cost increases which are tied to income and payroll) represent a 26% increase in our operating costs. This exceeds our profit margins by hundreds of thousands of dollars. My solutions to meet this huge gap are all bad (from changing to counter service to price increases to service charges). But every one includes large staff cuts. Many of my employees are putting themselves through school, are single mothers or have just gotten married and are starting a family. Others have just bought a home or just signed a lease in DC to be closer to work. I am sick over what I will have to do to make ends meet.
I hear folks rather flippantly say that simple price increases will cover this, and that restaurants increase prices all the time. I don’t see this, nor is this my experience. To put price increases in perspective, in the 6 years since we opened El Chucho, we have never raised prices–except for once when we temporarily raised margarita prices by 50 cents due to the lime shortage. (more…)