On The Look Out

D.C. Council Votes Tuesday on Uber Amendment to Taxi Modernization Bill

July 9, 2012

The D.C. City Council plans to vote Tuesday on a proposed amendment to the D.C. Taxi Modernization Bill that would make it illegal for Uber (the on-demand private car service launched late last year in D.C. and now in nine U.S. cities) to lower its prices or to offer a low cost service in any form.

On July 4, 2012, Uber announced a roll out of a lower cost service called Uber X for its all-hybrid fleet around the country, with the exception of D.C.

The Uber Smartphone app (Photo by: Uber) The Uber Smartphone app

As Uber writes on its blog, “The Council’s intention is to prevent Uber from being a viable alternative to taxis by enacting a price floor to set Uber's minimum fare at today's rates and no less than 5 times a taxi's minimum fare. Consequently they are handicapping a reliable, high quality transportation alternative so that Uber cannot offer a high quality service at the best possible price. They want to make sure there is no viable alternative to a taxi in Washington D.C., and so on Tuesday (tomorrow!), the DC City Council is going to formalize that principle into law.”

Uber has asked anyone who is concerned to write or call D.C. councilmembers asking them to strike down the MINIMUM FARE language from the Uber Amendment.

Sign the petition here.

 Phil Mendelson (Chairman), (202) 724-8064, pmendelson@dccouncil.us

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Jime Bracco Resigns as Georgetown BID Executive Director

July 4, 2012

A year after the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) underwent a rebranding initiative tagged "Come out and play," its executive director has resigned.

"The Georgetown BID's Executive Director, Jim Bracco, has decided to leave the BID after an exemplary three-and-a-half years of service." In a letter Tuesday to its members, the organization's president, Crystal Sullivan, went on to say, "On behalf of the BID's Board of Directors, we would like to thank Jim for his great efforts on making Georgetown a clean, safe and enticing community for our businesses to thrive and visitors to enjoy.  He has been a steady presence in not only the Georgetown community but in representing our neighborhood amongst city agencies and initiatives.  We greatly appreciate his time and level of service to Georgetown, and he will be missed."

With several new community projects underway including the recently approved security camera initiative, and holiday street-scape options to be unveiled shortly, Sullivan told The Georgetown Dish," We're at a crossroads now, and will be searching for an executive director to help position Georgetown as a renowned destination."

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Who Will be D.C.'s Next Mayor?

May 29, 2012

We’ve got a while to go before anyone even declares any interest in running in 2014, but with all the recent press about how Mayor Vincent Gray got elected, with two aides admitting to secret payoffs, and a possible off-the-books “shadow campaign,” some voters are joining The Washington Post, dcist, Huffington Post and City Paper voicing strong opinions and looking ahead.

The field is wide open, and may include a current police chief, four D.C. councilmembers and its chair, and the current and former mayor. What they all have in common is party affiliation: Democrat.

Kwame R. Brown, D.C. Council chair, Muriel Bowser, Ward 5, Tommy Wells, Ward 6, Jack Evans, Ward 2, and Vincent Orange at-large councilmember.

Cathy Lanier is D.C.'s police chief and one-term D.C. mayor, Adrian Fenty lost to Gray.

Whom would you like to see be our next mayor? Take our poll and if your choice isn't here, let us know who and why.

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