THE BARRAS REPORT

November 21, 2019

What were they thinking?

The entire DC Council — led by at-large member Anita Bonds, chair of the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization — either co-introduced or co-sponsored the Rental Housing Act Extension Amendment Act of 2019. As written, the bill wou...

November 13, 2019

During one of his four interviews with investigators at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers, Ward 2 DC Council member Jack Evans was asked to identify the specific circumstances that would trigger a conflict of interest. He reportedly offered a few examples before concludin...

October 20, 2019

The economic development solution for what ails communities east of the Anacostia River is complicated. There are legitimate concerns about displacement of residents.  Simultaneously, there are real issues about expanding the middle class that could also effectively gr...

September 10, 2019

   A few years before Stormiyah Denson-Jackson took her own life in her dormitory at SEED Public Charter School, Scott Pearson told the leader of FOCUS, a charter lobbying group, to ignore the mandates of the South Capitol Street Memorial Amendment Act of 2012. Passed...

August 8, 2019

So, there I was watching CNN, experiencing the news loop that can be mind-numbing, invigorating or depressing — sometimes all three simultaneously. What’s a news junkie to do when the DC Council is on recess? Watching the local government cable channel during these dog...

August 8, 2019

So many places to die in dc

in a car

on the bus

on the corner

with a mother

only a whisper away…

Those are words from a poem titled “Dying” that I wrote in the 1980s. I pulled it out this week after learning of the murder of 11-year-old Karon Brown, following what appears to...

July 6, 2019

     The behavior of several so-called liberal members of the DC Council has continued to flummox some residents, business owners, and myself. While those legislators have claimed they support small, local and minority companies, their actions have provided a diff...

July 4, 2019

Thankfully, I hadn’t gone on a sizzling summer Saturday to the Frank A. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U streets NW for any respite from the heat. The opinions that were being shared openly or quietly whispered by District residents attending the forum in the comm...

July 4, 2019

It isn’t just some handy cliché for which many of us reach when we can’t seem to precisely describe the potential danger inherent in a situation. In fact, there is such a place as the slippery slope. How and when did Ward 2 DC Council member Jack Evans find it? 

Did he...

June 2, 2019

For multiple decades, DC families — regardless of how long they’ve been in the city, their race or their ethnicity — have shared a common dream: a public education system that allows their children to attend top-quality institutions in their neighborhood, from elementa...

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