On The Look Out

Fiona Greig to run against Jack Evans

October 11, 2011

Georgetown resident and potential D.C. Council candidate Fiona Greig met with a small group of Dupont Circle residents Monday night who urged her to take on 20-year incumbent Jack Evans to represent Ward 2.
 
Potential Ward 2 D.C. Council candidate Fiona Greig (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Potential Ward 2 D.C. Council candidate Fiona Greig
Arriving at the event on her bike, the 32-year-old McKinsey & Co. consultant told the group, "I believe we deserve better government, more efficient government, more ethical government and a full-time Councilmember [in a Council where there is] less profanity, that is open and accessible.”  
 
Grieg, a Harvard PhD, moved to Washington from Cambridge, MA in 2007 and lives on 27th street. "I'm not a Washingtonian," she said. "I’m fresh and don’t come with the baggage, special interest favors and promises I’ve made to people.”
 
Greig, who has been meeting with a group of supporters for some months and said she is still exploring a candidacy, said D.C. residents deserve a clearer, forward-thinking vision for the city. "I am representative of many people who come to D.C. and Ward 2 who want to stay here," she said. The community bank and microloan expert said residents need a “leader in the community to inform families of their choices." Greig said the ward needs "a 20-year vision for a secure community.”
 

Greig, married with a two-month old baby, said she feels “compelled to serve ...for my daughter where she can get a good education and enjoy living in the city.”

Greig (left) with Pat Wilson, the host of the Monday meet & greet. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Greig (left) with Pat Wilson, the host of the Monday meet & greet.
Greig favors the recent tax increase from 8.5 to 8.95 percent for the District's highest-income residents. "I'm in favor of the tax increase [that just passed] while entering into conversation on how to increase efficiency of government.”  Greig said she would use her experience in federal and local budgets to “reduce and prevent deficits.” Budgets shouldn’t be a matter of “adding and subtracting, i.e., adding taxes or cutting services for the poor" she said. "You can find efficiencies ... it’s not too much to ask as a full-time Councilmember.”
 
Asked whether she would support the D.C.-subsidized new convention center and Adams Morgan luxury hotels as well as a new soccer stadium in Anacostia, Greig said economic development "is not simply through real estate, real estate, real estate….I don’t see why these projects couldn’t be 100% private funding.”
 
Greig said she recently met with Evans at Marvelous Market. "He gave a stump speech…a lot about past 20, 15, 10 years, not about the future.”
 
More about Greig's exploratory campaign is on Facebook.


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Rose Park friends bat it out of the park

October 7, 2011

Rose Park's fans, friends and neighbors turned out in force Thursday for a fundraiser to support one of Georgetown's best-known parks in an event featuring Georgetown's icon hostess Frida Burling. Home of young and old from every corner of the city, the park provides basketball, tennis courts, a playground for youngsters and a baseball diamond.

Carol Harmon, Frida Burling, Leslie Wheelock and David Dunning (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Carol Harmon, Frida Burling, Leslie Wheelock and David Dunning
The reception was hosted by Dr. Jim D'Orta in his home, site of famous parties by Pamela and Averill Harriman

Guests swarmed in on the warm, clear evening. "We bring our 2 1/2 year old and our five-month old," said Luke Bronin, describing himself as a fan. "We depend on Rose Park."

Leslie Kamrad and Leslie Maysak of The Georgetown Dish glistened in the crowd, as did noted writer and Dish contributor Page Evans, who recently described a "Blessing of the Animals" nearby at Christ Church. Potential D.C. Council candidate Fiona Greig also stopped by, and Councilmember Jack Evans dropped in after a fundraiser for his campaign hosted by former Mayor Adrian Fenty downtown.

Fans of the Rose Park Farmers Market were also out in force, having created a unique and treasured weekly event that some say is the closest thing to a Paris market this side of The Pond.

Jill White and Toni Brody, the co-hostesses (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Jill White and Toni Brody, the co-hostesses
But maintaining the park grounds requires community support, said fundraising co-hostesses Jill White and Toni Brody of Friends of Rose Park. A plan for longer-range improvements is in development. "The whole community is here," said White. "That's what Georgetown is really about."

In addition to White and Brody, board members include David Abrams, Russell Bridges, John Donvan, David Dunning (President since 2010). Anna Fuhrman, Carol Harman, Marjorie Heiss, Rob Hetem, Severina Mladenova, Pamla Moore, Mary Carroll Platt, Vicky Rigby, Dave Salwen, Katie Sexton, and Leslie Wheelock.

Rich Bland, Diane Colasanto, Andy Kohut and Laura Potter (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Rich Bland, Diane Colasanto, Andy Kohut and Laura Potter

 

Shannon Grewer, Jether Grewer, Luke Bronin, Kathleen Long, Annie Sabel (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Shannon Grewer, Jether Grewer, Luke Bronin, Kathleen Long, Annie Sabel

CAG president Jennifer Altemus, David Abrams, and Andy Kohut, a Rose Park tennis player (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) CAG president Jennifer Altemus, David Abrams, and Andy Kohut, a Rose Park tennis player

 

 


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Mayor to address Georgetown Monday, Oct. 3

September 29, 2011

Georgetown's ANC announced that Mayor Vincent Gray will address the ANC's monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown Visitation School at 35th and Volta Place, NW.

No parking signs and attendant ticket writers have arrived like a swarm in Georgetown (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) No parking signs and attendant ticket writers have arrived like a swarm in Georgetown
The announcement that the Mayor would address the meeting came shortly after neighborhood complaints about the O&P Street repaving project reported in The Georgetown Dish appeared in a broadcast by NBC4's Tom Sherwood.

Also on the ANC agenda are development issues related to Hurt Home, Rose Park and 3000-3050 K Street, as well as changes to G2 and D2 Metrobus schedules. Separately, a redistricting advisory committee headed by ANC Commissioner Tom Birch submitted a revised redistricting plan to Councilmember Jack Evans Thursday, the ANC announced.


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