Comments on: Councilmember Wells talks ethics reform, campus plan and more http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/01/24/council-member-wells-talks-ethics-reform-campus-plan-and-more/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 02:04:23 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 By: ADW http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/01/24/council-member-wells-talks-ethics-reform-campus-plan-and-more/comment-page-1/#comment-529255 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:39:13 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=34824#comment-529255 This was really an excellent summary and quoted the high points, thank you.

My impression is that GW gets through the campus plan office by skipping the local engagement and going straight for the Wilson Building, GU doesn’t like engaging with anyone and tries to get by with lawyers and luck, and AU engages with community groups in a weird give-and-take to avoid Wilson.

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By: DR http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/01/24/council-member-wells-talks-ethics-reform-campus-plan-and-more/comment-page-1/#comment-529131 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 01:12:31 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=34824#comment-529131 If Wells says that no neighbors spoke out in favor of the plan, then either he hasn’t been paying attention or he’s not telling the truth. There were many decent people (including longtime resident and former ANC rep Grace Bateman) who spoke in favor of it. Most people in the neighborhood have not given any opinion on the plan. It appears that he’s listening to a small group of dishonest extremists like Stephen Brown and Lenore Rubino.

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By: JS http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/01/24/council-member-wells-talks-ethics-reform-campus-plan-and-more/comment-page-1/#comment-529129 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:39:21 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=34824#comment-529129 On another note: WordPress is being really pissy about comments right now.

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By: JS http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/01/24/council-member-wells-talks-ethics-reform-campus-plan-and-more/comment-page-1/#comment-529128 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:38:37 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=34824#comment-529128 Good write-up, Jackson. I’m curious from the quotes: did you record the meeting? If so would it be possible for you to transcribe the section where Wells discussed recent campus plan developments and the involvement of the Mayor’s office? I didn’t completely catch what he said but it was potentially very interesting.

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By: Dizzy http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/01/24/council-member-wells-talks-ethics-reform-campus-plan-and-more/comment-page-1/#comment-529126 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:54:45 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=34824#comment-529126 “Engagement with the community” is not quite the right phrase. More like co-option.

First, GW is a landholding behemoth and bought up large chunks of Foggy Bottom before anyone could stop them. As a result, there are simply far fewer entrenched residents to opposite them than GU faces.

Next, as CM Wells correctly noted, GW made certain to put some rich and influential locals on its board, folks who have the ear of the Mayor and councilmembers. That is who they spent most of their time listening to – the local power brokers with whom they can “do bid’ness” to mutual benefit. You think maybe Charles E. Smith (he of GW’s Smith Center) had some conversations with DC government officials over the years on GW’s behalf? Yea, seems likely.

The real purpose of that communications firm GW hired was not to “interact with neighborhood groups” – it was to put on a good and highly polished show for the Zoning Commission, the mayor (a GW alum, which doesn’t hurt), the Council, and the courts if need be. GW is more than willing to throw money at this, as well as pay for significant lobbying. Meanwhile, Georgetown lamely tried to throw some money at Vince Gray by contributing $5k to his inauguration fund, which ended up looking like a pittance when compared to the $25,000 Howard U contributed.

I’m surprised Wells was willing to be as frank about what OP told him as he was, but the reality is that it’s not about Georgetown’s “attitude” – it’s that the university hasn’t been willing to “pay to play” the way that GW has.

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By: gottagetit http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/01/24/council-member-wells-talks-ethics-reform-campus-plan-and-more/comment-page-1/#comment-529125 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:46:00 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=34824#comment-529125 how can tommy wells be against corporate bundling while at the same time accepting bundled donations? did anyone ask him about this?

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