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Mayor Gray Says D.C. Budget Deficit Projected "In The Vicinity of 500 Million Dollars"

Mayor Gray Says D.C. Budget Deficit Projected "In The Vicinity of 500 Million Dollars"

D.C. is projected to have a budget deficit somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 million dollars, new Mayor Vincent Gray told Cultural Tourism D.C. members at their annual meeting this morning at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

“When Mayor Williams left office, we had about a billion and a half dollars in the bank.  Much of that is now gone,” Gray told the crowd.  “We will be down at the end of this fiscal period to a close 600 million dollars."

"We’ve got some tough times facing us," Gray continued.  "Our budget deficit…projected for the fiscal year beginning October 1st is in the vicinity of 500 million dollars, and that is a lot of money no matter how you slice it.”

The Mayor explained that the city and its people will need to adjust to life with financial issues.

REPORT: DC One Of Nation's 'Rudest Cities'

WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) -- Pushed on the Metro? Honked at when driving in Dupont Circle? Lousy service at a Capitol Hill restaurant?

Travel & Leisure magazine's annual survey of America's Favorite Cities rated the nation's capital the fifth rudest city in the nation. Nearby Baltimore came in at number seven.

The magazine asked readers to rate 35 cities on 54 different features including affordable hotels, great restaurants and the personality of the locals.

Los Angeles topped the list of rude cities, followed by New York.

Travel and Leisure Magazine writes this about DC:

Keeping the Dream Alive: BET Honors and MLK

Keeping the Dream Alive:  BET Honors and MLK

Washington,D.C. was full of star power this past weekend with the annual BET HONORS 2011 taping at the Warner Theatre.  Acclaimed actress Gabrielle Union hosted the show for a third year, honoring legendary actress Cicely Tyson (Theatrical Arts), Oscar award-winning actor/musician and comedian Jamie Foxx (Entertainer), supermodel/entrepreneur Iman (Service), publishing mogul Linda Johnson Rice (Media), world renowned musician/composer Herbie Hancock (Musical Arts) and accomplished historian/educator Lonnie G. Bunch (Education).

DC's Vote Officially Gone

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the first acts of the new Republican-controlled House is to take away the floor voting rights of six delegates representing areas such as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.

Five of those delegates are Democrats, while one, from the Northern Marianas Islands, is an independent.

The GOP decision to rescind the ability of delegates to vote on amendments on the House floor was the predictable outcome of a longtime dispute.

Democrats extended those voting rights in 1993 when they controlled the House. Republicans disenfranchised the delegates when they became the majority in 1995, and Democrats restored delegate rights when they regained control in 2007.

Virgin Islands Delegate Donna Christensen calls the Republican action "a very undemocratic way" to start the new Congress.

DC May Collect Mega-Millions, In Unpaid Fines

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The District is owed more than 300 million dollars in outstanding parking tickets and fines that date back for years.

The DMV under Mayor Adrian Fenty had a plan for an amnesty for
violators and that plan may be implemented by the new administration
under Mayor Vincent Gray.

While its far from a done deal, Officials today expressed support in
private conversations. DC Council members, including Chairman Kwame
Brown and Mary Cheh also seemed to support an amnesty in their comments.

The amnesty story was first reported Tuesday by the Washington Examiner.

DMV Officials confirm they have considered a program whereby people
who haven't paid their tickets would be allowed to pay the original
fine. The added penalties would be forgiven.

It would be welcome news to drivers who got tickets today outside the
DMV where they were already trying to pay existing tickets.

DC Transition: 2011 Mayor Inauguration

DC Transition:  2011 Mayor Inauguration

January 2nd, 2011 marked a much anticipated change in the District of Columbia.  For the first time ever, a Council Chair became Mayor of D.C.

East Capitol Street Walmart Community Meeting

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Capitol View Civic Association is hosting a community meeting Wednesday night so residents can discuss the proposed Walmart in the Capitol Gateway development.

Among the topics that will be discussed are the impacts of the Walmart on the community, what plans are already in place for its development, and what items should be included in the community benefits agreement with the developer.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm on December 29th at the Evans Campus of the Maya Angelou Charter School. The address for that campus is 5600 East Capitol Street NE.

Those unable to attend may email questions or concerns to Walmart@CapitolViewCivicAssoc.org.