The D.C. Council voted unanimously to formally reprimand Council Member Jack Evans after allegations the longtime District lawmaker used his public office for personal gain.
On the docket for a Tuesday D.C. Council meeting is Chairman Phil Mendelson’s proposed reprimand of Jack Evans, who’s accused of violating the council’s code of conduct by using his public office for personal gain.
Federal subpoenas have been delivered to the D.C. Council and the mayor’s office as part of an investigation into Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, who faces multiple allegations that he used his elected public office for personal gain.
At least 24 members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee have signed a letter asking D.C. Council member Jack Evans to resign from his elected position as National Committeeman.
According to one D.C. Council member, Chairman Phil Mendelson’s proposed reprimand of Jack Evans “is merely a slap on the wrist” — and he’s pushing for an investigation into Evans’ possible violations.
D.C. Council member Jack Evans, the chair of the Finance and Revenue Committee, is apologizing in response to accusations he used his elected, public position for private gain.
D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson fielded questions from reporters about the possibility of a federal inquiry into the business dealings of Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans.
Extending all Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt and all Red Line trains past Silver Spring to Glenmont are General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s top recommendations out of several service change proposals in the next budget.
Metro will keep its current hours for at least one more year after the District’s board members split on an effort to block the change.
It raises questions about whether even the modest return of hours that D.C. board members urged — and which Metro staff seemed willing to accept during a presentation — could be adopted this year.
Metro continues to find problems with cables and other electrical equipment through its preventive maintenance programs that began in 2017 that make it unlikely it will agree to extend its operating hours in spite of pressure from the Metro Board.
The price of such a change, the commission said, would be Metro’s safety and reliability. But the District believes the cuts to evening and weekend service have created significant hardships for riders and businesses, even if there might have been some maintenance improvements.
The D.C. Council voted 10-2 to decriminalize failing to pay the fare on Metrorail or buses and lowered the fine to $50 Tuesday night. Metro opposed the change.
Board member Michael Goldman suggested a fare increase of 3 to 4 percent be considered; the board’s chairman swiftly promised to block any such plan.
Several Metro Board members questioned the wisdom of adding any of the extra trains or buses for which riders have been asking. “But we have a bigger mission than that,” said the agency’s general manager.
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