Details Emerge on Mayor-Elect Gray’s Budget Plan — Streetcars In, Tax Hikes Out
Yes, Virginia, there is a streetcar, as reported by Greater Greater Washington. Details still need to be worked out but Mayor-Elect Gray’s budget is a down payment on a campaign promise to keep the funding. For city employees, DCist has the announcement of four furlough days coming soon. That’s estimated to save the city $19.3 million. For city residents pulling in more than $40,000 in annual income — you will not be subject to a tax hike. The budget plan has a little bit of Ebeneezer Scrooge, before and after, with austere cuts in public education while some neighborhood funding was restored.
Real Story on City Council Chief of Staff’s Salary List
Washington City Paper got a hold of D.C. Council Chief of Staff’s salary list. Ward 2 was the highest at $132,000; Ward 1 was the lowest at $85,277 — a difference of more than $46,000. Somebody’s getting coal in their stocking!
Brickskeller Closing Is Official
Its official, according to TBD’s interview with the owner, that D.C. beer institution, the Brickskeller, is closing its Guinness Award-winning doors. The beer-sodden tissues are piling up, and you can check out what We Love DC, Washington City Paper and NBC have to say about the future of the place.
Caroling Flashmob at Gallery Place
Flashmobs are all the rage these days and Metro has seen a few ‘no pants’ rides as part of the trend. Now you get Christmas music, and depending on your Grinch level at a crowded station during a Monday rush hour, this may be more irritating. Story is at NBC.
Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting — How Was It?
Well, besides cold and a consolation prize for those who didn’t get a ticket for the White House Christmas Tree lighting? We Love DC has the info if you missed the first night but want to sneak a peek.