Capitol Hill Grappling With D.C. Crime Spike

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Capitol Hill’s police advisory council usually convenes to discuss crime and policing issues, a handful of residents show up. On Sept. 1, it was standing room only.  

Capitol Hill residents and others living in the Metropolitan Police Department’s 1st District gathered at the police station in Southwest D.C. to voice concerns about the recent spike in violent crime rocking the nation’s capital. In the front row sat 13 year-old Taije Chambliss, who walked into the station with help from a walker. Chambliss was recovering from being shot in a drive-by shooting on Aug. 30, just a few blocks from the police station. “It’s getting old,” one clearly frustrated resident told 1st District Commander Jeff Brown. “It’s getting increasingly more dangerous.”  

D.C. Officials Break Ground on 'Capitol Crossing'

D.C. officials break ground on the Capitol Crossing project. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Donning construction hats displaying a blue Capitol Dome, District of Columbia officials gathered under a tent adjacent to Interstate 395 Tuesday to break ground on the Capitol Crossing project.  

The $1.3 billion project, privately funded by Property Group Partners, will install five mixed-use buildings over the next four years in what is now just air above I-395. The project includes housing, restaurant, office and retail space, as well as new interstate entrance and exit ramps. Construction kicked off at the three-block space in Northwest D.C., bound by Massachusetts Avenue, Third Street, E Street and Second Street, amid concerns the project would cause congestion along the busy highway. But D.C. officials said the benefits of the project outweigh the temporary inconveniences.  

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells Joins Bowser Administration

Wells, seated right, will head the District's environmental agency. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser announced Friday that outgoing Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells will join her administration as the director of the District Department of the Environment.  

“Making D.C. a cleaner, more environmentally friendly city isn’t just a health issue — it’s an economic issue," Wells said in a statement. "I look forward to working with the Mayor-elect to create greater economic opportunities for more Washingtonians while also preserving our city’s environment for generations to come.” In his new position, Wells will oversee 300 employees who work to establish sustainable and environmentally friendly policies for the District, conserve natural resources, and curb pollution. DDOE incorporates a broad spectrum of employees, including policy analysts, engineers, biologists and geologists, among others.  

Tax Proposal Draws Protest From Capitol Hill Gyms, Yoga Studios

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Betsy Poos tries to keep politics out of the classroom at Capitol Hill Yoga.  

The co-owner of the Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast studio spent a decade working for members of Congress and the Democratic Party before opening, in March 2009, the small business  six blocks from the Capitol. When teaching, her classroom philosophy is: “This is the time to let your day job go.”  

Eastern Market Violence Spurs Calls for Better Street Lighting

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In response to a series of violent robberies around the Capitol Hill neighborhood, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells wants to increase lighting in the area.  

Brightening the dark areas around the Hill is tricky, however, because a large part of the neighborhood falls within a historic district. Wells says that designation makes "acquisition and installation of new equipment a complicated and lengthy process."  

Ward 6 Loses Tommy Wells, but He'll Keep Pushing for Livable City

Late Tuesday, on the top floor of a Pennsylvania Avenue bar near the Capitol, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells capped a speech to supporters of his failed mayoral bid with a call to action: “Onward!”  

Wells’ third-place finish in the April 1 Democratic primary means the 57-year-old Southerner will be out of elected office at year’s end.  

D.C. Race Roundup: Charles Allen Secures Ward 6 Council Seat

Ward 6 Democrats picked Charles Allen to replace his former boss, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells, in Tuesday's primary election.  

Opponent Darrel Thompson, who resigned his post in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office to launch his campaign, officially conceded the race around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, with D.C. Board of Elections results showing Allen leading by fewer than 2,000 votes.  

Ward 6: Board of Elections Count Slows Charles Allen-Darrel Thompson Results

Residents of Ward 6 have trusted D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells to represent their interests on the D.C. Council since his 2006 election.  

Early Wednesday morning, it appeared Democratic voters picked his longtime chief of staff  — Charles Allen — to replace him. Allen had approximately 58 percent of the vote, with nearly three-quarters of precincts reporting, leading opponent Darrel Thompson, who brought impressive congressional credentials to the race.  

A PSA for Independent Voters in D.C.

District voters registered as "no party" who turn out to the polls today may be offered the chance to cast a provisional ballot, but it probably won't be counted.  

Those who are not registered as a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or D.C. Statehood Green Party member "wouldn't be able to vote today," D.C. Board of Elections spokeswoman Tamara L. Robinson said Tuesday.  

Darrel Thompson Plays Dick Gephardt as Trump Card in Ward 6 Race

Gephardt, left, shakes hands with a voter while Thompson looks on. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Inviting in a former House majority leader and presidential candidate to ring doorbells in southeast Washington could seem like calling in the big dogs for a D.C. Council campaign.  

“Some may say that,” Ward 6 candidate Darrel Thompson acknowledged last week as he sat near the window at Eastern Market’s Peregrine Espresso, waiting on Missouri Democrat Richard A. Gephardt, a 28-year veteran of Capitol Hill. But then again, as D.C. voters pull the lever in Tuesday's primary, what separates winners from losers is likely to be a mere handful of votes.