FOLLOWING UP on M@'s Tranquil Spaces piece... RAHM EMANUEL has possibly been spotted frequenting the yoga studio on 17th St.
Is Rahm studying to be a Hip Tranquil Chick(TM)? Also, has he moved out of the illegal bachelor pad on Capitol Hill? Does he live closer to the White House, perhaps in Dupont Circle now?
THE REAL WORLD coming to DC? For realsies this time? Sorry kids, that shit won't fly here. I'll believe it when I see it. For now I'll be content with the fact that we got a black family to move into the White House before we got Real World DC. Does anyone even watch Real World anymore? Where do you think they would live? Adams Morgan is the obvious choice, which has been rumored for years. I'm voting in favor of REAL WORLD: CLARENDON. THIS WEEK, TIFFANY-AMBER RIDES THE ORANGE LINE TO BALLS-ton.
FIRETRUCKS FOR VACATIONS? Now this, it just writes itself, really. If you haven't heard, in January the Deputy Fire Chief for Apparatus traveled to the Dominican Republic to donate a firetruck and ambulance. He stayed at a resort for six days (at $135/day). The equipment has been valued at $340,000, though it was considered obsolete. After the hubbub erupted, it seems the fire trucks were turned back in Miami and were returned. I don't even know where to start with this.
STREETCAR NAMED 'HOLY SHIT' Maybe La Republica Dominicana could use some trollies, too. City Desk notes that the District is paying $860,000 a year to store unused streetcars in the Czech Republic. Yes, this is correct, the District purchased three streetcars to be used on a trolly line in Anacostia. However, the construction of the line has been delayed until at least January 2010. So... the streetcars have been sitting in storage in the Czech Republic (where they were made, yes, buy Czech!). Apparently this costs $2,356 per day.
AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL, 'RACE BAITERS?' The DC Council has been kicking around the idea of a $0.05 plastic bag tax, and the American Chemistry Council is pissed. Naturally, the best way to lobby against a plastic bag tax is to point out that it unfairly targets low income people, especially minorities. From Marc Fisher:
A group called the Progressive Bag Affiliates, funded by the American Chemistry Council and leading bag makers, has hired Darrell Carrington, a lobbyist from Annapolis who is African American. Carrington tells me that he's making the rounds of council members' offices, arguing that any fee on bags "is going to disproportionately hit low-income people, who are predominantly minorities. That's what it is. Truth is truth."
Progressive Bag Affiliates. Good god. It's a fact that any flat rate tax does disproportionately burden those with lower incomes. Like sales tax. And excise tax on tobacco and booze. I'm glad to see the American Chemistry Council and plastic bag manufactures are looking out for the less fortunate. Big-old tip of the hat to them. Anyways, the real question here is how do you enforce a plastic bag tax on the self-checkout?