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I’m all in for getting rid of the overwhelming stench of Jack Evans and his pay-to-play version of public “service” (groan), but I’m a little overwhelmed by the number of candidates running to replace him. I fear that Jack will squeak back in with all the anti-Jack votes split between the candidates. Candidate forums ain’t happening these days, so what suggestions do you and/or your readers have for how I can make a good decision?
Given the volume of full-color flyers I’m getting in the mail, the candidates are spending some serious bucks to get my vote . . .”
And while we’re on the subject:
My husband and I requested absentee ballots for the upcoming primary and general elections via the “Vote 4 DC” app. I received my ballot a few days later, voted, and as of this morning the DC BOE has posted on their website that they have accepted my ballot. It couldn’t have been easier. However, my husband, again using the same app, address, and no new updates since the last election, has not had any reply. He tried again this morning on the app and only got a generic absentee ballot request form to print out and mail in to the BOE.”
Thanks to Brian for sending from Sunday’s Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown:
“Phil (in black with the hat), Muriel and Jack all one big happy family!!!”
Former Council Member Jack Evans resigned and left the Council on January 17th…
NBC’s Mark Segraves tweeted earlier: “. @ChmnMendelson says it was “inappropriate” for Evans to march in parade with himself and @MayorBowser “After the parade, the Chairman made it clear to Mr. Evans that he should not come up for the presentation of the Council resolution” according to Mendo spokesperson”
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Jay sends the above from SW: “Almost got run over by a biker when clearly there was no reason to be on a sidewalk.”
And Frank sends the shot below from Georgetown: “A contender for the Jack Evans Park Anywhere Award.” (more…)
From The Washington Post:
“A majority of the D.C. Council on Tuesday called on their colleague Jack Evans to resign, a day after receiving a report that said he repeatedly violated council ethics rules by using his office to help his private employers and consulting clients.”
From Councilmember Allen’s office:
“The following statement is from Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen:
“The O’Melveny investigation into Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans released today outlines a clear pattern and practice of unethical behavior that has compromised his ability to effectively serve on the Council and has destroyed public trust in his decision making. We have had to question every vote and every action he takes.
The report highlights 11 known instances — in just the last five years — of official actions Councilmember Evans took on behalf of one of his outside employers or potential employers. This is the definition of pay-to-play. (more…)
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This is maddening. Jack Evans is trying to block Call Your Mother from opening in Georgetown on 35th Street, stating that it’s “too successful” for the neighborhood.
You mess with my bagels? This is war.”
Another reader writes: (more…)
In other Jack Evans news – from the Washington Post:
“Former Metro board chairman Jack Evans threatened the jobs of the agency’s top lawyer and board secretary in an effort to keep secret that the panel’s ethics committee had found he committed a violation, according to confidential agency documents.”
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From Councilmember Grosso’s office (yesterday):
“The following is a statement from Councilmember David Grosso regarding Councilmember Evans’ latest dishonesty to the Council about the nature of his relationship with lobbyist Bill Jarvis:
“Tomorrow, the Council will consider resolutions to remove Councilmember Jack Evans as chairperson of the Finance and Revenue Committee and hire a law firm to conduct an investigation into his potential violations of the Council’s Code of Conduct. While I appreciate that the Council is finally acting to take Councilmember Evans’ misconduct seriously, it is frustrating that it has taken us this long to act to protect the Council’s reputation and hold our colleague accountable.
“Regardless of the actions we take tomorrow, given new revelations over the weekend of Councilmember Evans’ dishonesty, I believe the public trust in Councilmember Evans is irreparable and it is in the best interest of the Council and the residents of the District of Columbia that Jack Evans resign as the Ward 2 Councilmember. Short of that, I will be offering an amendment that would also remove him from all committees until the conclusion of this investigation. (more…)
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From Councilmember Grosso’s office:
“Today Councilmember David Grosso, chairperson of the Committee on Education, introduced legislation to generate new revenue for the District of Columbia’s budget priorities with a progressive tax on high-value properties.
“D.C. has experienced tremendous economic growth in the past decade, but not everyone has shared in that prosperity,” said Grosso. “Instead, the income and wealth gap has widened in that period and is starkest along racial lines.”
The wealthiest 20 percent of households in D.C. make 7.5 times as much income annually compared to the poorest 20 percent. The average wealth of white households is now 81 times that of the average Black household.
“Every budget cycle, investments in educating our students, ending homelessness, and preventing violence in our communities fall short. A high-value property tax would address racial inequity by raising resources from those most well off to fund public investments to lift up those who have been left behind,” said Grosso.
Currently, residential property is taxed at 85 cents per $100 of value, prior to deductions for principal residences and for senior citizens. Residential Real Property Taxes Equitable Alignment Act of 2019 would create two additional marginal rates for high-value properties, taxing $1.25 for every $100 of value over $1.5 million and $1.50 for every $100 in value over $5 million. (more…)