Metro: Historic Moment, Unmet Needs

May 2, 2018

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” This quote was delivered in November of 1942 by Winston Churchill after the British Army defeated the German Army at El Alamein, Egypt, for the first time in World War II. […]

The Downside of the Estate Tax

April 18, 2018

Every year, when the cherry blossoms bloom, we rejoice for the official end of winter and the beginning of spring. There’s only one day during this season every taxpaying resident dreads, and it is Tax Day. On April 17, federal and D.C. taxes are due and it’s important to prepare, seek consultation if necessary and file […]

Infrastructure: A Priority in Mayor’s Budget

April 4, 2018

Last week, Mayor Muriel Bowser presented her Fiscal Year 2019 budget and financial plan for the District. The mayor shared her priorities, aimed at giving “A Fair Shot” to residents across all eight wards. I applaud her investment in infrastructure and transportation, which includes community spaces such as recreation centers, swimming pools and parks. In the budget is […]

Investing in the Arts, Humanities

March 21, 2018

Since my first term serving Ward 2 on the Council, Washington has transformed from a city with few good restaurants and limited entertainment options to a destination with world-class art museums, festivals and theater performances and top-rated restaurants. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has played a central role in our evolving community […]

Potholes and Cherry Blossoms

March 7, 2018

Warm weather is starting to come back to the District and the surrounding region, which is great news for everyone. Even better news in many ways is that “Potholepalooza” is set to start. This is when the District Department of Transportation takes its mobile pothole-filling machine all over the city. Every morning, I leave my […]

DCTAG Makes a Big Difference

February 21, 2018

The president recently unveiled his federal budget priorities for 2019 and one item was the gutting of the popular DC Tuition Assistance Grant program (DCTAG). This $40-million program is essential for many District residents to attend public universities across the country. DCTAG was established because many of our families, including many in the middle class, […]

Thinking Spring, Thanks to Potomac Phil

February 7, 2018

The seventh annual Groundhog Day in Washington, D.C., was one of the coldest in recent memory, but the festive event went on, complete with hot chocolate, coffee and groundhog-shaped cookies. Residents with top hats stood at the base of the Dupont Circle fountain holding signs celebrating Potomac Phil and chanting: “In Phil We Trust.” A […]

Evans Optimistic on Metro Funding

February 5, 2018

“We’ve never had a better opportunity, been so close to the solution,” Evans said happily at the annual Winter Glogg party of the Burleith Citizens Association.

Derailment Underscores Case for Funding

January 24, 2018

Last week, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Metro experienced another derailment, this time on the Red Line at the Farragut North station. More than 60 passengers were on board at the time the train met a rail that cracked, causing three cars of an eight-car train to leave the tracks. Several issues were evident […]

Getting a Handle on Dockless Bikes

January 10, 2018

Last year, five dockless bike-share companies, each with its own colorful fleet of bikes, rolled out their products onto the streets of Washington, D.C. Since last September, the District Department of Transportation has been researching and reviewing the use of the bikes to determine if they have a future in our city. Four Ward 2 […]