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Performance Art: The Post profiles the three members of Occupy DC who are hunger-striking for D.C. voting rights. One of the dudes once cut off the foreskin of his penis and shoved the skin bits into a whole in the wall. (Here’s the video, don’t watch while eating.) So yeah, a hunger strike seems pretty weak after that.
AFTER THE JUMP: Greenie Gray; No Means No; GOP Candidate…
Greenie Gray: Mayor Vince Gray is rolling out an environmental agenda that he hopes will “one day make the city a national model for clean energy, urban farming, green space and car-free transportation options,” the Post reports, a few days after dinging the mayor for having a “paper-thin” legislative agenda. “Although the details won’t be finalized until spring, the plan could include more solar panels on government buildings, gardens in vacant city lots, new walking and biking trails, storm water retention ponds and turning waste into fuel. ‘To lead, we must be bold,'” says Gray.
No Means No: Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells is apparently not catching on to his colleagues’ not-so-subtle hints and plans on pushing forward with three ethics-related proposals—ending bundled donations from the same source, prohibiting city contractors from donating to campaigns, and abolishing constituent service funds—that have no chance of passing into law, TWT reports. Wells said his bills would “reduce the influence of pay-to-play.”
And The Republican Nominee Is…: Ward 5 Republican Tim Day announced his heart wasn’t into running for an at-large council seat, leaving the prize of near-total voter annihilation in next year’s election to Mary Brooks Beatty, now the GOP’s only candidate for the job.
In Other News:
- Zoning changes made interesting.
- In praise of charter schools.
- D.C. wants more special ed students to ride Metro.
- Fast Internet, for everyone.
- Andy Shallal suffers NIMBYs.
- New ethics laws would apply to ANC members.
- Marion Barry wants to have some input in possible biopic.
- Washington Gas agrees to clean up Anacostia riverbank.
- Post doesn’t like Elizabeth Noel as PSC pick.
Gray sked: 9:50 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Chesapeake Crescent Initiative Security-Innovation Conference; 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: “Inside One City” Taping; 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Meet & Greet with Urban Land Institute Leadership in Honor of Urban Land Institute Day; 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.: Pizza Party Honoring Pop Warner Super Bowl National Football Pee Wee Division Champions the Marshall Heights Bison & Junior Pee Wee Division Runner-Ups The Beacon House Falcons; 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: 3rd Annual Benefit Performance for Sasha Bruce Youthwork by Rock-Jazz Pianist Elew.
Council sked: At 10:30: B19-006, the Firehouse Parking Exception Amendment Act of 2011; B19-015, the Personal Mobility Device for Persons with Disability Amendment Act of 2011; B19-217, the Residential Parking Protection Amendment Act of 2011; B19-514, the Neighborhood Spillover parking prevention Act of 2011; B19-568, the Pedestrian Protection Amendment Act of 2011; and B19-571, the Pedestrian Safe Streets Speed Limit Amendment Act of 2011. At 11:30 a.m.: Public Hearing on B19-0579: Willie Wood Way Designation Act of 2011; At 2 p.m.: Committee meeting to consider Bill 19-43, Uniform Collaborative Law Act of 2011.