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September 22, 2002

Cutting the Waste, Fraud, and Mismanagement

Dear Cutters:

It's a lot easier for the Mayor and the City Council to raise taxes than it is to cut the cost of government. Taxpayers squeal when they're squeezed, but only in a muted and diffuse way, and their dissatisfaction at excessive taxation is spread over all government officials. On the other hand, somebody who has a government contract will contribute to an elected official's next campaign, and if he loses his contract he'll take revenge. Nobody admits his share of the government budget is waste or fat, or that it is mismanaged. Mayor Williams and several members of the City Council — led by Mendelson, Graham, Brazil, and Fenty — are high taxers, strongly biased in favor of raising taxes rather than cutting government expenses. Other members of the City Council, led by Evans and Catania, are making the argument that it's not only unfair, but also dangerous to increase the burden on DC taxpayers who are already heavily taxed, and that the emphasis must be on cutting government expenses. The balance of power on the Council shifts between these two groups, and as a result it's very uncertain where we'll end up at the end of this week — with a leaner and better structured government, or just with leaner pocketbooks ourselves.

Gary Imhoff 


Predatory Government, Or Just Unconscious Government?
John Whiteside, johnwhiteside at earthlink dot net

It's clear from the last issue that government services versus government appetite is a hot topic. It's one where perspective helps, and I had a chance to get some last weekend in the form of a house guest visiting from Houston. This old friend is, like me, a homeowner in a major American city, who gets his services from that city government (not a suburban entity). We got into some discussions about how things work and it was interesting how shocked he was by the inconsistency and low quality of DC city services. Bear in mind this isn't someone from Fairfax County of some equivalent affluent suburban place; this is a resident of Houston, one of the largest cities and one that faces many of the same sorts of challenges that we do here in DC.

Yet his garbage gets picked up, his street isn't littered with trash, traffic signals work, and he was actually shocked by the level of lawless driving on our streets — and it's not like Houston is some kind of automotive picnic! I realized how well trained we are — we accept this. Many, including myself, argue that Mayor Williams has done a better job than his predecessors — and I think we're right. What's scary is that Mayor Williams' lackluster performance is, in DC, a remarkable achievement. That's how low the bar is.

That said, I don't think the DC government is any more predatory than any other government. It's just the natural tendencies of governments, combined with particularly incompetent performance. I don't believe the Mayor or most city employees are bad people out to suck the citizens dry — it's just what happens when your enforcement is kinda-sorta working and your service delivery is crap, and it doesn't require bad intentions.


The DC Budget Deficit
Richard Layman, 

I am not trying to be an apologist for the DC government, and just about everything Dorothy Brizill suggests for cuts sounds good to me. But it's unfair to blame the Administration for all this. I don't know why Jack Evans is getting credit in the press now for bringing this to our attention, as Natwar Gandhi has been talking about the impact of 9/11 on tourism and tax revenues ever since last fall. Philip Dearborn gave a presentation about this at a DC Environmental Network meeting in June as well. Working in the hospitality industry as I do, I know how much my income has been impacted and is still. Extend this across the board to restaurants, hotels, etc., and this makes for a terrible revenue loss both in income tax and sales tax revenues.

The Post hasn't helped much because ever since last fall, they've been writing stories about how the local tourist economy is turning around. Instead, you have to read the Baltimore Sun or the LA Times to get confirmation that the number of high school class trips was down as much as 40 percent, while the Post editorializes about how nice it is to see people taking pictures in front of the White House, and they quote some owner of a restaurant about how his business increased after the Restaurant Week promotion. Meanwhile, the number of airplane travelers to the region is still down, etc.

Combine this with the structural restrictions on the revenue side of the DC budget and you have a dire situation. Keeping that income tax decrease on the books, as Mr. Evans and others want to do, doesn't help. (Mr. Dearborn pointed out that if you look at all aspects of taxes — property, personal property, etc. — in the surrounding jurisdictions, not just income taxes, then the DC tax burden is no greater, and in fact less than, some of the other jurisdictions.)


Balancing the Budget, Part 2
Dorothy Brizill, 

Because the Control Board existed during a good and growing economy, it didn't really have to economize or to rationalize the DC government. Now that we're cutting in a slow-growth or non-growth economy, we need to take this as an opportunity to make cuts that really restructure the government. Since nobody else has sent in any suggestions for cutting government expenditures, I'll add a dozen more. 1) Impose a hiring freeze for mid- and senior-level management positions. DC department and agency heads keep hiring expensive senior staff for their front offices, including an overabundance of executive secretaries and special assistants. Many special assistants cannot explain in a few sentences what their duties are or what they do. If you can't explain your job, your job shouldn't exist. 2) Impose a spending freeze on non-program-related expenses. Expensive office relocations, renovations, and office furniture purchases abound. The DC Department of Mental Health, which skimps on services, overspends its budget on relocations and office renovations. Nearly every office that moved back to the Wilson Building chucked out all its old furniture, and the delivery trucks continue to come. It's time for a new rule: find your desks, chairs, and bookcases in the DC warehouse.

3) Impose a freeze on new contracting until the government proves that current employees can't provide the services. For example, the Office of Emergency Management has contracted with Kroll Associates, which subcontracted to Max Brown, former Counsel to the Mayor, to do community outreach regarding homeland security. What are all the neighborhood outreach offices in the Executive Office of the Mayor doing, and why can't any of them handle running community meetings on security? 4) Eliminate the various mayor's offices that exist primarily to gather votes from special interest groups — the Office of Religious Affairs; Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs; Office of Veterans Affairs; Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs; and Office of Latino Affairs. 5) End the duplication of offices and staffs that have the same purpose. One example among many: the DC Department of Health has an Environmental Health Administration that does the same work as the mayor's Special Assistant for the Environment. 6) Decrease the production costs and size of the Office of Cable Television. The mayor's channel does little but provide full-time publicity for the mayor, much of which is produced through expensive contracts with private companies. The only useful programming it does is cover the mayor's press conferences and town meetings, which is never more than a couple hours of programming a week. Close the mayor's channel, and run the real news items on the remaining city channel.

7) Reclaim all the DC properties awarded by the Homestead program and the former Redevelopment Land Agency that have never been developed, but instead of giving them back to the Homestead program and the National Capitol Revitalization Corporation (the RLA's successor) to mishandle again, sell them on the open market and take the profit. 8) Use the federal Homeland Security funds to purchase police and fire department equipment that are priority needs, rather than to start unnecessary new feel-good programs. 9) Recover Medicaid funds. Maximus Corporation has failed to do this for the past several years, and in the face of its failure its contract was inexplicably renewed this past spring. Fire them, and hire a company that can do the job. 10) Defund the Children and Youth Investment Fund. Nobody will complain, because it's not doing anything useful with the money. 11) Over the past decade, several giant DC departments have been broken into smaller units with the hope that the new units will be more manageable. For example, the Department of Public Works has spun off the Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles, and earlier it lost the Water and Sewer Administration. But management costs rise every time a new department is created, because each new department creates a bureaucracy that duplicates and rivals the agency it left. Bureaucratic support functions — legal services, public relations, etc. -- should be shared by agency clusters, rather than duplicated over and over again. 12) Stop agency and department overspending by making it known that the government will actual enforce the limits and punish any administrator who overspends.


Documenting the Failures
John Whiteside, johnwhiteside at earthlink dot net 

Have you submitted service requests to the city's call center or web site, only to have them vanish into a black hole? I can't be the only one. So, I am now keeping a list of requests and the results, or lack thereof. Once I have a decent list, I'm going to post it on my web site. My hope is that we can publicize the list in order to do two things: get some attention to the specific requests that are being ignored, and shame the mayor into spending less time talking about the improvements in service delivery, and more time looking into the reasons that the systems for service delivery are fundamentally broken. I've decided to do this because if I have to continue to hear the mayor talking about how much better things are while the city is unable to fix a traffic light in my neighborhood, I'm going to scream. Just E-mail me the date of your request, what it was (general terms, no need to give out your address or anything), how you submitted it (web or phone), the confirmation number if you received one, and the results of your request. Only send me information you'd be comfortable having appear on the web some day. No names will be attached to the requests. I can show you the spreadsheet I've started if you'd like.


Stung Twice
Christina Samuels, 

Does anyone have any experience with successfully contesting speeding tickets in the District? Not by some nefarious method, but by just going down there and saying, “It didn't happen this way” and having the whole hearing and all. Just last week I got a $100 ticket as a “reminder notice” that my plates were expired — I paid because it was foolish of me to think that DC DMV would be able to manage something as complex as reminder notices, though every other place I've lived managed this. Regardless of the lack of reminders — it was my fault, they were expired, no question I was at fault. But today I got another $100 ticket, for going 45 in a 25 mph zone. The officers pulled over two other cars at the same time as me, and I strongly suspect I wasn't traveling that fast. Though no way was I going to argue the point at the time. I'm sorry to whine. I'm just beginning to wonder if I can afford the privilege of living in this fine city.

By the way, regarding Mr. Tannenwald's post: I'm sorry he's tired of the DC bashing. I grew up in Northern Virginia and I still work there, so you better believe I've heard my share of it. But should we just keep silent in the face of bad treatment? Should we say, “Well, this is the best we can do?” I'm sorry, I can't accept that defeatist attitude. I suspect that's not Mr. Tannenwald would really want, either. Endless undirected complaining is tiresome, yes, but I don't care two figs about David Letterman or George Bush saying nice things about us. I want this to be a nice place to live.


Open Letter to the Mayor
Mark Eckenwiler, fifth at ingot dot org 

Dear Mayor Williams, I am writing to urge that your budget for the coming fiscal year include one source of income that was imprudently thrown away a few years ago: higher taxes on abandoned real property. Prior to 1999, the District's tax laws recognized a separate tax category (Class 5) for vacant and abandoned properties. These nonproductive, blighted properties were taxed at a substantially higher rate, $5.00 per $100 of assessed value. (By contrast, commercial properties were taxed at the rate of $2.15/100.) Through The Tax Parity Act of 1999, however, the District unwisely abolished the Class 5 classification and began taxing abandoned properties at the same rate as productive commercial properties (current rate: $1.85/100).

This windfall to the city's least-deserving property owners (and corresponding loss of revenue) was ill-advised then, and is all the more painful in light of the District's impending $325 million deficit for the coming fiscal year. Restoring the higher rate would produce a twofold benefit: 1) generating higher revenues and 2) motivating owners of abandoned properties to rehabilitate the properties or sell them to buyers interested in doing so. Tax policy in the District should encourage urban renewal, not reward neglect of the District's hundreds of boarded-up houses. Restoring the Class 5 real property tax would bring in more revenue and promote neighborhood revitalization. As the District faces a growing budgetary shortfall, I urge you to undo the mistake of 1999 and reimpose the higher tax on abandoned properties.


Clean Government, Inexpensive Healthcare, Interim-Disability
Michael Bindner, mbindnerdc at aol dot guess

I read with interest calls to create cheaper health care, preserve interim disability assistance and have a government that is not corrupt. I suggest to all themail readers who want this to seriously consider voting for Steve Donkin, the nominee of the DC Statehood Green Party for Mayor and the Party's candidates for Council. They support these things, and will start the ball rolling for single-payer health care for DC residents. The current Mayor and Council do not. If you really want to be heard on these issues, vote based upon them. If enough people do so, these candidates might actually win, or at the very least the author of the disastrous tax cut which put you in this mess, David Catania, will be off the Council (since the demographics supporting his reelection are tenuous at best). When Hilda Mason was on the Council, and Julius Hobson before her, the DC Statehood Party contributed a much needed voice for change to the halls of government in DC. It is time to restore that voice with a vote for Michele Tingling-Clemmons for Council At-Large (you get two votes). Although, like I said, if you want to make a really strong statement, vote the entire slate.


Statehood Write-In Mayor
David Pansegrouw, 

I noticed in the election results that the unopposed candidate for mayor in the Statehood party had fewer votes than “write-in.” Did Tony Williams win the Statehood party like he did the Republican party? Or did somebody else? It seems to me a little disconnected with their own party to run an unopposed candidate who can't get the majority of the primary votes.

[The final and official vote count, including absentee votes, won't be announced until Tuesday, but Donkin has won the Statehood-Green party primary. Unofficially, and as of now, Donkin was credited with 279 votes on the primary day, and in addition he got 45 write-in votes (people who wrote in his name rather than filling in the arrow by his name printed on the ballot), for a total of 324. Williams got 192 write-in votes, Wilson got 132, and Moore got 17. — Gary Imhoff]


District Three School Board Race
Eric Rosenthal, Capitol Hill, 

Tom Wells' reelection kickoff for the Wards Five and Six School Board slot was interesting, especially compared to his first campaign two years ago. Last time, he launched his effort in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill and attracted a small group of supporters headlined by Ward Six Councilmember Sharon Ambrose. This year he held his kickoff Saturday at the Langston Golf Course in Ward Five, a public course important for its role in desegregating the sport. This time, Ward Five Councilmember Vincent Orange endorsed Wells. Orange was scheduled to speak personally but, due to the funeral of a family member, was represented by a high-level staff member. Ambrose also was there to speak on Wells’ behalf.

Wells’ major opponent is Benjamin Bonham, a former school board member probably best known for “forgetting” to return his school system-owned computer when the voters tossed him out of office.


One More Halloween Night
Charles Stevenson, 

". . . I dare anyone on themail's list to tell me that Barry or Kelly did a better overall job than he did in terms of city agency performance. . . ." Well, at least in Marion's day we had some GREAT Halloween parades in Georgetown -- very creative, lots of fun, and far more civil, I might add, than some of the celebrations back when we had a great football team. Sort of a combination of Carnival, Mardi Gras, and Grand Guignol. This is one custom I'd like to see revived.


My DMV Experience
Erik Gaull, 

I needed to renew my DC driver's license recently, and having read the postings here and the news stories in the papers, I dreaded the long wait I would face. On Friday, September 6, I went to the Georgetown Park DMV Office, book in hand. I got there at 4:16 p.m. I was in the elevator heading to my car with my new license at 4:30 p.m. Total time at DMV: 14 minutes. Moreover, everyone there was helpful and friendly. Given all the negative publicity about DMV these days, I think a compliment should be given when one is due.


Nondelivery of Mail
Bruce Snyder, Adams Morgan, 

David Hunter's posting has caused me anxiety: I've just sent four pieces of mail in response the demands of the IRS. I recently received a note from the Arlington Court requesting nearly $200 and my drivers license due to an unpaid speeding ticket. I wrote the check, sent the check; the check never cleared. Is the mail worse or does it just seem to be?


Missing Mail
Barbara. Somson, 

Since the early summer, we too have been missing mail in zip code 20015, including important (college tuition) bills and birthday cards (with the all-important monetary gift). We also sometimes receive what seems to be several days' worth of mail all at once. Is this because Brentwood has never recovered? But why does it seem to be just our zip code? We don't know where to direct our concern — this is one we cannot lay at the doorstep of the DC government!


What Happened to Democracy?
Juan Mendez, 

Where is Mr. Mendelson's apology for the bad behavior of his campaign manager attacking those who support keeping Klingle Road open? These people are doing a stellar job with their campaign. They have worked hard and have tremendous support from major entities of this city. It is unfortunate that they have to do it at all. This city is responsible for maintaining all roads and Klingle Road is no exception. Until the mayor sends a resolution to the Council to close Klingle Road, it remains open and ready for repairs.

The mayor and Mr. Tangherlini said nine months ago that work would begin on the sewer remediation, but nothing has been done. So much for them calling themselves environmentalists, while we sit for ten years and watch (smell) waste slowly drip into the valley. Now Mr. Tangherlini has earmarked $2M in the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for a study for a Klingle Road Bicycle Facility. What justified this? Why is DDOT including estimates in the TIP for a discretionary project (the Klingle Road Bicycle Facility), to the exclusion of a nondiscretionary, statutorily-required repair of an existing public road (Klingle Road)?

It is quite clear that the majority of ANCs, civic organizations, and public safety officials want to keep Klingle Road open, yet the Executive Office moves quietly forward with someone's agenda that hasn't been publicly defined or even justified. Where is the earmarked money for the repairs? Why do the Mayor and Mr. Tangherlini want to continue to play these games?


Do They Even Have a Telephone?
Richard Worthington-Rogers, 

I got a lot of stuff from Phil Mendelson in the mail. At one point I wanted to call, but nowhere on the Phil Mendelson mailing was a phone number to call. Did they even have one? Doesn't matter anymore. I need to call Catania and Kinlow and get a yard sign instead.


Mendelson and His Campaign Manager
Bill Bradley, 

What did Mendelson know and when did he know it? Mr. Mendelson says he regrets the situation of his “former” campaign manager's fraud, but for me and others, its Kinlow and Catania for Council in November.


Misguided Attack on DC Voting Rights
Jason Juffras, 

Ron Eberhardt's posting on the proposed purchase of CareFirst BlueCross/Blue Shield was useful and interesting — until it degenerated into a nasty and gratuitous attack on people who care about DC voting rights. It's disappointing to see a worthwhile discussion degenerate into another ad hominem attack, with Mr. Eberhardt castigating “stupid, crybaby Taxation without Representation slogans” and dismissing the work for DC voting rights as simply an attempt to put more Democrats in Congress.

DC's lack of representation in Congress is a gross violation of civil rights, pure and simple. It's no wonder that Mr. Eberhardt's lobbying on health insurance hasn't achieved any results, if he shows so little respect for others and the things they care about.



DC Council Passes CareFirst Giveaway
Wayne Turner, 

At the close of its legislative session in July, the DC Council passed an emergency resolution exempting CareFirst from sales and use taxes, and granting employment tax credits for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance giant. Sponsored by Ward Six Councilmember Sharon Ambrose, who is chair of the Committee for Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the hefty tax breaks are designed “to encourage CareFirst to keep its headquarters building in the District.” In fact, CareFirst had already signed a ten-year lease for the site located at 840 First Street, NE, with developer Greenbaum & Rose Associates three months earlier. Stated William L. Jews, CareFirst's president and CEO, “The business-friendly atmosphere and appreciative attitude of government and civic leaders really made this an easy decision,” (CareFirst press release, May 3, 2002).

Activists point to the tax giveaway as just the latest example of substantial public investment and taxpayer subsidies that have gone to CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield since it was first formed back in 1937 as a health insurance provider for low-income residents. The proposal to convert CareFirst into a for-profit corporation to be then sold to WellPoint Health Networks, Inc., is pending before the Insurance Commissioners in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. It will also require the approval of the DC Council. CareFirst is now a $6 billion corporation, with $789 million in cash reserves. CEO William L. Jews takes home an annual salary and benefits package of $1.2 million. The company reported $97 million in profits for 2001. The District of Columbia is facing a $323 million budget shortfall in FY 2003.

Public hearings on CareFirst: the DC Office of the Corporation Counsel will conduct public hearings on the proposed conversion and sale of CareFirst. Please call Health Care Now! at 452-5999 if you and/or your organization is planning to testify at these important hearings: Tuesday, September 24, Allen Chapel AME Church, 2498 Alabama Avenue, SE, 7-10 p.m. (W-6 shuttle from Anacostia Metro Station, W-4 shuttle from Deanwood Metro Station, and bus lines 32 and 92); Thursday, September 26, One Judiciary Square, first floor, 441 4th Street, NW, 7-10 p.m. (Judiciary Square Metro Station). To participate, sign up in advance by contacting Tina Ang at 955-0612 or E-mail:


Dupont Circle Community Association Events
Mike Fasano,, forwarded from DCCA

There are two very special DCCA events coming up in the near future and we want to bring these to your attention: 1) Continuing its commitment to help raise funds for charitable organizations that operate in or serve Dupont Circle citizens, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association is joining with La Tomate Restaurant to host a fundraiser for Hospice Care of DC on Tuesday, October 1. La Tomate has generously agreed to donate 25 percent of food and drink sales that evening to the hospice, and DCCA members are urged to dine out that night at La Tomate to support the fundraising. Hospice Care of DC, an affiliate of the Hospice and Palliative Care of Metropolitan Washington, Inc., has provided compassionate care to terminally ill residents of the Nation's Capital, their families and loved ones since 1977. A raffle will also be held at the fundraiser. Prizes include dinner for two at La Tomate, a $100 gift certificate to The Palm restaurant, two tickets to the upcoming DCCA House Tour, and DCCA T-shirts designed by Nicolas Shi. La Tomate is located at 1701 Connecticut Avenue, NW, one block north of the Q Street Metro exit. To make your reservation phone 667-5505 and indicate that you are Dining Out for Hospice Care of DC.

2) The Annual House Tour is scheduled for Sunday, October 20 from 12 noon-5 p.m. We have eleven wonderful houses on the tour this year, along with the Victorian Tea at the Church of the Pilgrims. Please visit the DCCA web site for further details:


Dances with Wolves
Lois M. Kirkpatrick, 

Michael Blake, who adapted his novel Dances With Wolves into a film that won Academy Awards for both himself (as screenwriter) and director Kevin Costner, will present a special Center for the Book program on Wednesday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Harris Theater on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax. The program is free but there is a charge for parking; call 703-324-8321 to register. Books will be available for sale and signing.

This program is made possible by Michael Blake, Empty Chair, American Library Association, Newmarket Press and Friends of Libraries USA. Funding provided by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library and the Friends of the Fairfax City Regional Library, in cooperation with George Mason University.


Chime’s Upcoming Library Programs
Dorothy Marschak, 

Almost any Saturday afternoon between now and May (except for holiday weekends and year-end), you and your family can enjoy a program of live music representing different styles and cultures and learn something about their historical and cultural context too at a DC branch public library (at least one in each Ward). These programs, organized by CHIME (Community Help in Music Education) in partnership with the DC public library system, are grouped into those with US, Hispanic, Asian, African and European roots, and end next May with three under the heading “Music to Dance to Around the World” (at which you are invited to dance!).

The first three programs, representing US roots, are “History of Gospel Music” on September 28 by singer/actress Angela Polite at Watha T. Daniel library (8th St. and Rhode Island Avenue, NW). Angela was featured in “The Gospel According to Fineman” at the Signature Theater last spring. This is followed by “Great Women Singers in Jazz” by singer/actress Cynthia Lin on October 5 at Benning Library, and “Traditional Appalachian Folk Music and Tales” with Ralph Lee Smith on dulcimer and Lea Coryell on banjo on October 12 at Mount Pleasant Library. Other participating libraries are Lamond-Riggs, Northeast, Petworth, Washington Highlands, Francis Gregory, Shepherd Park, Cleveland Park, and Martin Luther King, Jr. For more about these programs, and the complete schedule, visit CHIME’s web site at The series, now in its third season, has received partial support from a matching grant from the Humanities Council of Washington and contributions from Friends Organizations of some of the participating libraries. CHIME is still fundraising for the programs, and your contributions are welcome.

CHIME is a DC volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to mobilize community resources to promote and provide access to music education for DC public schoolchildren, both inside and outside of school. Its activities include, besides the library series: 1) Providing professional or professionally-trained volunteer music instructors or assistants (including music students receiving academic credit) for ongoing school or after-school classes; 2) Sponsoring in-school and on-site performances for DC public schoolchildren and professional development workshops for teachers through the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative; 3) Distributing donated musical instruments in good repair; 4) Advocating for including music in the required K-6 curriculum; and , its newest program, 5) Music Mentoring, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. CHIME Bigs are paired with Littles whom they see at least twice a month and, among other activities, take to music performances for which CHIME gets free tickets from partnering performing organizations. For additional information about the Music Around the World-In Your Neighborhood library series, our Music Mentors program or other CHIME activities, or to volunteer or make a donation, contact CHIME at 232-2731, at, or visit the web site at



Desk for Sale
Michelle Treistman, 

Crate and Barrel desk for sale, excellent condition. 4’w x 2’d x 2.5’h; the desk top is curved outwards and is 2 feet deep at the middle. Light veneer with metal ladder style sides and partly open back. Shelves under the desk include a sliding keyboard tray as well as two adjustable shelves on either side and one stationary shelf in the middle. On lockable wheels. $100 or best offer, 289-1741.


McLean Gardens Lawn Sale
Trudy Reeves, 

Semiannual community lawn sale, Saturday, September 28th, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Porter Street two blocks west of Wisconsin on the lawn at McLean Gardens. Lots of household articles, toys, clothes, CDs, books, etc. Rain date October 5th.


Plymouth Voyager
Susan Gushue, 

1994 Plymouth Voyager 7 passenger 6-cylinder van. 125,000 miles. Transmission rebuilt last summer, new water pump and hoses. A/C. Good but not great condition. One owner. First $2000 dollars gets it. call Susan Gushue, 526-1632.



Retail Space Needed for Furniture Store
Robert Marvin, 

I am starting a furniture import business and need a small (500 to 750 square foot), aggressively priced retail space in the city near a Metro station. I am open to creative ideas and concepts.



Business Development Firm Needs Investor
Anthony Boroughs, 

District of Columbia minority-owned business development firm certified as a L.S.D.B.E. contractor, consultant and vendor needs capital to continue startup phase. Will consider loan or angel investor. Needs $15-$25k.



Video Tape Recycling
Michelle Treistman, 

Can anyone recommend a video tape recycling service provider in the DC area, preferably one that does not charge a fee for the service?


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