A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

“Businesses will shutter; the face of dining in the District will be forever changed. It will be the end of the industry as we know it.”

On June 19, voters will decide whether the city should eliminate its two-tiered wage system. While tipped employees currently earn $3.33 an hour, a yes vote on Initiative 77 would force business owners to pay all staff the standard minimum wage. City Paper’s Laura Hayes discusses a movement that’s both high stakes and highly emotional. As Hayes writes, “restaurants and hospitality is the third largest private sector employer in D.C. [The] $3.8 billion industry has sparked growth, employed thousands, attracted visitors, and arguably formed the commercial backbone of changing neighborhoods.”


  • The point-in-time count of homeless people across D.C. shows a drop in family homelessness. But other populations are still very much at risk, including single adult men, survivors of domestic violence, teenagers, and veterans. [WCP]

  • The ACLU-DC and other groups sue Mayor Muriel Bowser, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham, and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue for failure to comply with parts of the NEAR Act.  [WCP]

  • José Andrés considers himself a millennial and might run for office. [Washingtonian]

  • The NHL releases the Caps’ schedule against Tampa Bay. [WTOP]

  • Maryland leaders sign anti-sexual harassment bill into law on Tuesday. [Post]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. inmates have been released from jail before they were supposed to get out. [Post]

  • District teen accused of murdering his girlfriend is mistakenly released from jail. [WTOP]

  • Teenage boy is shot in broad daylight outside charter school in Deanwood. [NBC4, Post]

  • Two people die and one is injured in separate incidents late Monday night. [Post, FOX5]

  • Councilmembers spend about six hours chatting about next fiscal year’s budget. [Twitter]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Remembering go-go legend Betty Green of Mother’s Band, who died on April 25. [Post]

  • Spotted in Union Market: The Bluths’ stair car. [Washingtonian]

  • Everything you can expect at this weekend’s Funk Parade. [AFRO]

  • Completion of The Kennedy Center’s expansion is still more than a year away. [Post]

  • Scenes from a heavy metal parking lot. [Washingtonian]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes(tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • You can come to this party in Petworth, but your phone can’t. [WCP]

  • D.C. Council passes grocery store legislation that could stop new food deserts from forming. [WCP]

  • Maketto is the restaurant that sold Bon Appétit Editor Adam Rapoport on D.C. dining. [Bon Appétit]

  • Plans for the former Seasonal Pantry space now include Green Almond Pantry. [PoPville]

  • Crab season in crisis. [Kojo]

  • Vegan actress Natalie Portman produced a documentary called Eating Animals. [Eater]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Changes to the design of the Potomac Yard Metro. [Post]

  • PoPville’s rental of the day is charming as heck but very, very steep. [PoPville]

  • Virginia Hospital Center’s struggle to expand. [GGW]

  • Housing advocates are suing Ben Carson. [City Lab]

  • The case for D.C.’s flat skyline. [City Lab]


  • ANC 2B meets at 7:00 p.m. 1740 Mass. Ave. NW.

  • ANC 1A also meets at 7:00 p.m. 3103 13th St. NW.

  • ANC 6C also meets at 7:00 p.m. 214 Mass. Ave. NE.

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