Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Phil Mendelson tries slowing streetcars again, fails again

CM Phil Mendelson put forth an amendment during the DC Council's second reading of the Budget Support Act for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 on behalf of the so-called Committee of 100 to attempt to affect plans for the streetcar line along H Street. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 12 to 1.

It will be interesting to see if Mendelson continues to try to get in the way of the strong support for the H Street streetcar line at next week's hearing on CM Tommy Wells' bill. Now that he only has one challenger to his reelection campaign, he can no longer hope to have the opposition vote split amongst two challengers and Clark Ray has already come out in support of streetcars along H Street.

Get to know Clark Ray. There's a lot to like about the campaign he is running and a lot to like about a DC Council that doesn't have Phil Mendelson on it criticizing our streetcars and using his position as Chair of the Public Safety Committee to bottle up reasonable, commonsense anticrime legislation. The Washinton City Paper has called Ray one of the "best-liked and most effective agency heads" in DC. He seems like the clear choice in September for the At-large seat.


  1. Amen and Hallelujah! I made my opinions about that douche bag known to him as he walked down P Street during the Pride Parade last weekend. As I screamed, "Phil, you suck!" and "Resign!" all he could do was look back grin and give a thumbs up. No, Phil. Thumbs down.

  2. I really like Clark Ray. I talked with him for about 30 minutes to gauge his views on the city and what it would take to fix some of the numskull problems that we continue to not fix. I think he has his head on straight. He's got some common sense.