THE BARRAS REPORT

June 4, 2017

     PETITE, bespectacled, with a ready, warm laugh, Ana Recio Harvey could be mistaken for a kindergarten teacher. She is, however, the business muscle in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration and a key element in its vision for a robust local economy.

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May 27, 2017

The District of Columbia’s pending 2018 budget stands in stark contrast to the one submitted to Congress by President Donald Trump and his administration. Where the man who professes to be a populist executive has proposed a spending plan that threatens to squeeze the...

May 10, 2017

UPDATED!

TAKE a quick survey of neighborhood projects in the District of Columbia where developers are requesting a zoning variance, particularly a PUD [planned unit development]; the name that appears repeatedly is Chris Otten. The peripatetic community activist has be...

April 23, 2017

   UPDATED!

        DC activist Chris Otten and his lawyer Daniel Hornal are seated across the table from me in Adams Morgan’s Himalayan Restaurant on a bright Saturday afternoon in April, trying to persuade me that the $2 million...

March 22, 2017

     HER tiny hand reached for the fare box. She ran the smartcard against the reader. Then, smiling, she looked up at her father for approval. Riding buses brings as much pleasure to young children as many of their treasured toys. She wasn’t any excepti...

March 19, 2017

    “THE whole country is on the verge of a nervous breakdown,” then-DC Council member David Catania said in 2012 during one of our typical conversations, which often were informative, funny and insightful. While the at-large legislator’s commentaries could a...

January 31, 2017

MANY Americans reading the news this past week about President Donald J. Trump’s ban on mostly Muslim refugees and immigrants from several countries--Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and the Sudan—reacted with utter disgust, asserting that such actions violate the Con...

January 9, 2017

START with these facts: The District government, unable to properly and sufficiently operate its emergency medical services, chose to contract with a private company; recently there has been talk of extending the contract to include fire fighting. Street-cleaning and f...

January 9, 2017

THE BARRAS REPORT: WAITING FOR THE FAT LADY,

Universal Paid Leave Part 2

If the mayor of a city knows a bill passed by the legislature has the potential of bankrupting the government or is unfair to residents of her jurisdiction, it is her duty to veto that legislation,...

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