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.