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First man convicted under DC revenge porn law

Tuesday, 09 May, 2017
D.C. Council member Mary Cheh said on Wednesday, “They really want to injure somebody and this really does injure them." Up until the councilwoman proposed the bill, Cheh says there was really no recourse. ... more >

D.C. Council poised to block Bowser’s backyard chicken ban

Friday, 05 May, 2017
“It’s just so absurd that it almost makes your jaw drop,” said Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), expressing astonishment that large sections of Bowser’s 2018 Budget Support Act were devoted to what she considered quixotic animal regulations.... more >

Man Convicted Under D.C.’s Revenge Porn Law For The First Time

Wednesday, 19 April, 2017
Under D.C.'s image exploitation law, which was introduced by Ward 3's Mary Cheh...the publication of a sexual image of another person without their permission was formally criminalized in 2014.... more >

More LED streetlights to brighten DC, but some are wary

Tuesday, 18 April, 2017
The benefits of the LEDs include energy savings and better lighting in areas where police or neighbors hope to deter crime. “The problem is, we’re discovering that certain kinds of LED lighting have their own negatives,” Cheh said.... more >

District Debates Higher Fines For Traffic Violations

Friday, 03 March, 2017
In the first year after the District adopted the Vision Zero goal, motorists paid a record $199 million in traffic fines last year...But the number of traffic fatalities remained at 26 in 2016 – the same figure as in each of the prior two years.... more >

Two D.C. Council members propose overhaul for paid-leave law

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017
“I support paid leave, but I think there’s a better way to do it than what we passed,” Cheh said. Although she voted for the existing version of the paid leave law that the council enacted in December, she said she did so knowing there would be time to tweak it before its main provisions begin to take effect several years from now.... more >

For Terminally Ill D.C. Residents, Death With Dignity Debate Is Personal

Monday, 13 February, 2017
Mary Klein has been advocating for end-of-life options alongside her Ward 4 Council member Brandon Todd, and the Ward 3 Council member, Mary Cheh, who first introduced the Death with Dignity Act to the Council in 2015... more >

Celebrate DC’s restored stream at Oct. 16 Broad Branch Stream Community Day

Tuesday, 27 September, 2016
This is your chance to learn about the development of the new comprehensive planting plan to beautify the site and restore wildlife and bird habitat, removal of invasive species, the creation of walking trails and seating areas, installation of dog waste stations, and more.... more >

Can Taxis Compete With Uber? Overhaul Of D.C. Cabs On The Way

Thursday, 22 September, 2016
“I would prefer a system that was more open and inclusive of the people who are being regulated,” says Cheh, who was behind the 2012 legislation to modernize the taxi fleet after her office produced a survey showing widespread public dissatisfaction with cabs.... more >

D.C. Lawmakers Aim to Curb Arbitrary Rent Discounts: Mary Cheh has rent-control tenants’ backs

Wednesday, 21 September, 2016
Under Cheh's bill—which Councilmembers Anita Bonds and Elissa Silverman co-introduced and which was drafted in consultation with D.C.'s Office of the Tenant Advocate—landlords would be forbidden from stockpiling future rent increases to use as leverage against tenants. It would also narrow the circumstances under which a landlord could legally offer a tenant a discount on a rent-controlled unit, ensuring a lease is signed in good faith.... more >

A DC law that was terribly unfair to cyclists and pedestrians will soon be a thing of the past. Let’s thank the DC Council.

Wednesday, 21 September, 2016
There is a huge discrepancy in how drivers experience the costs of collisions as opposed to people on bike or foot. Doing away with contributory negligence in DC will be a huge step forward towards treating road users more fairly in accident compensation.... more >

Almost the entire D.C. school district is ignoring its PE requirements

Thursday, 01 September, 2016
When D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) wrote the Healthy Schools Act, she heard complaints that it would be difficult to implement. But, she says, she won over dubious converts, including then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee, by sharing data that “overwhelmingly showed that when you integrate physical activity into the children’s school day, they learn better, they do better.”... more >

Inquiry Into Conflict At D.C. Agency Is Planned By Council Member Cheh

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016
D.C. Council member Mary Cheh says she plans on holding hearings on a recent staff shakeup at the city department that awards major public construction projects. Cheh (D-Ward 3) says she wants to find out what exactly happened at the Department of General Services and is hoping for subpoena power to require people to testify. ... more >

DC leaders, transit officials visit hazardous Ward 3 intersections

Thursday, 18 August, 2016
“We’ve brought out representatives of the community and representatives of DDOT,” Cheh said. “What we want to see is whether there are any things, physically, that can be done to make this safer.” There were 53 crashes at that intersection between 2013 and 2015, according to figures from DDOT. The intersection is near the Tenleytown Metrorail station. ... more >

Problems With D.C. Circulator Buses Started With Decision To Hire Private Firm, Union Says

Monday, 11 April, 2016
“The union is saying as I understand it that we low-ball this contract amount such that they'll never be able to catch up in terms of salaries comparable to WMATA drivers. Is that true?” asked Council member Mary Cheh... more >

Cheh Presents Ceremonial Resolution to First Female Iraq Veteran Awarded Purple Heart from District

Wednesday, 30 March, 2016
As tourists buzz down Pennsylvania Avenue, inside City Hall, a local woman received an honor never awarded before in the District. Councilwoman Mary Cheh (Ward 3) honored Spc. Antoinette Scott’s service in the D.C. Army National Guard with the Antoinette Scott Recognition Resolution of 2016.... more >

D.C. Regulator Approves Exelon’s Takeover Of Pepco

Wednesday, 23 March, 2016
Opponents of the deal, like D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, say they're worried about the long-term consequences of Exelon, an Illinois-based nuclear power company, taking over a local entity. "And for decades they will be able marry their bad company to our good company, and it's like the big shark gobbling up the little happy healthy minnows for their own benefit," Cheh says.... more >

Cheh Plans to Deliver Legislation by Robot

Tuesday, 22 March, 2016
According to a press release from her office, Cheh and the makers of an autonomous delivery robot will hold a press conference tomorrow in front of the Wilson Building. Then, Cheh will give one of the robots a copy of legislation legalizing the delivery service and "instruct the robot to drive into the Wilson Building to file the legislation."... more >

Homeless shelter plan could be profitable for Bowser’s backers

Wednesday, 16 March, 2016
Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) said she is worried about the financial commitment the mayor is proposing. “The cost is a real concern, and I’m just not sure what to do about it,” Cheh said.... more >

Power Play: People’s Counsel Rejects The Latest Exelon-Pepco Proposals

Friday, 11 March, 2016
Said Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh: "It appears that the District and its ratepayers have, at long last, won a great victory.” But Pepco and Exelon note that the whole thing is basically a power play over how the funds they've committed to the city are distributed, and expressed hope that they could still find a way forward.... more >

Cheh Fights Budget Cuts Facing Fillmore Arts Center

Wednesday, 02 March, 2016
“I’m going to continue to work with the mayor and the deputy mayor [for education] to see whether we can get that reversed,” Ward 3 member Mary Cheh told The Current.... more >

Proposed Pepco-Exelon Merger Rejected As Submitted, But It’s Not Dead Yet

Friday, 26 February, 2016
Opponents of the deal, like D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), say they think the proposed changes to the merger agreement are minor and that the deal will be approved. "The conditions are so modest, Cheh said. "It's like nibbling around the edges of what's really wrong with this deal."... more >

Cheh Criticizes Speed Camera Maintenance Practices

Tuesday, 23 February, 2016
Cheh sits on the committee that oversees MPD. When speed camera revenue first tanked due to broken cameras, Cheh says she didn't feel the Police Department adequately explained how maintenance is done or even how the cameras broke. "Which I think is a fairly pathetic state of affairs," stated Cheh.... more >

Cheh Express Concern About The State Of D.C. Fire and EMS

Wednesday, 17 February, 2016
To be clear, Councilmember Cheh restated her question, "how exactly do we get that done?" Saussy's response: "Change the organizational chart and empower the EMS medical director." She also touched on issues such as response times, saying that it takes EMS workers twice as long to reach a time-sensitive call that it does a fire crew.... more >

The District Could See A Record Number Of Potholes This Year

Tuesday, 16 February, 2016
By mid-April 2014, DDOT filled over 34,000 potholes in just that year. A few months later, Councilmember Mary Cheh held a hearing on a bill to allow the city to delegate street maintenance to Business Improvement Districts. At the time, she said the roads were "like the surface of the moon."... more >

Cheh Criticizes Housing Authority Pet Policy

Friday, 12 February, 2016
Councilmember Mary Cheh, whose office ASPCA and WHS approached with concerns about DCHA’s pet policy, says she would like to “see a tolerant, open attitude about” pets. “They have to reconsider their position,” Cheh says of DCHA. “If you’re living in public housing, you’re suffering economically. We shouldn’t add to the burden,” Cheh says. “It’s particularly harsh to impose these limitations.”... more >

Mayor Bowser Releases Plan To Close D.C. General With Shelters In Each Ward

Tuesday, 09 February, 2016
Still, the overarching sentiment of the Council was cautious optimism that this plan would finally be the one to work. "Altogether, this is the most hopeful I have ever been," Ward 3's Mary Cheh said, before noting that this is just one aspect of issues surrounding homelessness.... more >

D.C. Composer And Neighbors Fight Unwanted Symphony — Leaf-Blowers

Thursday, 04 February, 2016
It wouldn’t be the first time a city has banned gas-powered leaf-blowers. Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and dozens of other cities in California ban them. Last month, Cheh introduced legislation that would ban their use in the District within five years.... more >

Cheh Criticizes Muriel Bowser’s Laissez-Faire Approach to Enforcing Snow Laws

Thursday, 28 January, 2016
"If not in a storm like this, where it's really especially important that the sidewalks be cleared, then when?" Cheh says. The Bowser administration claims they didn't enforce shoveling rules because DPW employees, who would be tasked with issuing the fines, were too busy clearing snow—a conundrum that could probably have been considered in the many months before the blizzard. ... more >

Councilmember Who Got Stuck in Traffic Last Night Wants D.C. to Enforce Shoveling Statutes

Thursday, 21 January, 2016
"They missed the boat," Cheh says. "It was perfectly obvious they were not focused on this and not sufficiently prepared. Now, there may be explanations for that: Even the National Weather Service may have underestimated last night's snowfall; everyone's thinking about Friday. But they truly dropped the ball there—a lot of people were extremely inconvenienced."... more >

Cheh Discusses Dangerous Intersections, Including Wisconsin and M

Wednesday, 20 January, 2016
Cheh said she organized the site visits with the goal of making the issues at each intersection easy to understand, and to facilitate a dialogue between the government and the public. In previous years, she said, she got the impression the D.C. government made promises to improve traffic safety but didn’t deliver on them.... more >

Cheh Introduces New Bill to Improve Public Access to D.C. Government Records

Tuesday, 19 January, 2016
D.C. Council members David Grosso (I-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would attempt to streamline public access to government actions, meetings and information that might otherwise be hard to find.... more >

A prominent writer and Washington insider is launching a war. On leaf blowers.

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016
The two-stroke engine leaf blowers mixfuel with oil and don’t undergo a complete combustion. These engines emit a number of toxins, like carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide, which their operators inevitably inhale. ... more >

Cheh’s bill enables Public Space Partnership between DDOTand Georgetown BID

Tuesday, 12 January, 2016
The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) and DDOT entered into a year-long partnership designed to more quickly and efficiently maintain public space within the BID’s boundaries. ... more >

Councilmember Cheh examines the District’s wheelchair-accessible vehicle policy

Friday, 08 January, 2016
Cheh’s legislation would not force Uber or Lyft to provide their own WAVs. Instead, D.C. taxicab companies would continue with the help of public subsidies to buy more WAVs, and the ride-booking apps will attempt to tap into the growing pool of vehicles by linking up with individual drivers who either rent them off cab companies’ lots (or own them as independent drivers).... more >

D.C. Council bill aims to require living wage for economic development tax breaks

Friday, 08 January, 2016
Companies that benefit from generous tax breaks like the one awarded to the Advisory Board Co. (NASDAQ: ABCO) in December would be required to pay their workers a living wage under proposed legislation now in front of the D.C. Council.... more >

At Traffic Safety Hearing, Councilmember and DDOT Director Debate Fines

Friday, 08 January, 2016
Do people think $1,000 fines for driving more than 25 mph over the speed limit are fair? That question was at the center of the tension between D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh, who represents Ward 3, and District Department of Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo at a public roundtable today on DDOT's proposed changes to traffic regulations. ... more >

D.C. Council Lifts Ban On Private Pot Clubs, And Then Changes Its Mind

Tuesday, 05 January, 2016
...Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) also said that a broader debate on whether pot clubs should be allowed was necessary. "What we need is legal infrastructure for this to happen in a way that makes sense, not a Wild West," she said.... more >

Council Committee deliberate Cheh’s bill banning gay conversion therapy

Monday, 30 June, 2014
Representatives of at least nine LGBT advocacy organizations, several mental health professionals and two men who described themselves as survivors of conversion therapy urged the Council to pass the Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act, which was introduced last year by Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3).... more >

Cheh holds Public hearing on the District’s long-range transportation plan

Friday, 27 June, 2014
“People want to have a lifestyle that allows them to walk, to bike and to get around in a way that really they don’t have to deal with a car,” said Cheh, who is holding the meeting.... more >

Foam container ban set for 2016 after D.C. Council vote

Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who chairs the committee that handled the bill, said consumers shouldn’t have to sacrifice much — holding up her paper Starbucks cup behind the council dais.... more >

Vacant Lots Could Become Urban Farms Under Council Bill

Tuesday, 17 June, 2014
Under a bill introduced by Councilmembers David Grosso (I-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), vacant lots and plots of land owned by the District could be turned into urban farms.... more >

DC Considers Consolidating Parking Enforcement Under One Agency

Wednesday, 04 June, 2014
Councilmember Mary Cheh proposed creating a parking agency that would be in charge of all things parking related.... more >

Since U Bin Gone: How D.C.’s Trashcan Pickup Went Awry

Wednesday, 14 May, 2014
Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, who chairs the committee that oversees DPW, says if Gray stuck with the original plan, a debacle could have been avoided and a blitz would have been unnecessary. ... more >

Cheh funds 11th Street Bridge Park, trees and recreation for Ivy City, and an Upper Northwest pool

Wednesday, 14 May, 2014
Transportation chair Mary Cheh has released her serious budget proposals today, and has added funding to design and build a park on the piers of the old 11th Street Bridge, give the neglected Ivy City neighborhood new trees and a recreation center, and more. ... more >

D.C. Council member Cheh makes sure District pools are ready for summer

Tuesday, 13 May, 2014
Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh is on a mission. With oversight of Parks and Recreation, she wants to be sure the District's pools and aquatic centers are ready to open this summer. ... more >

Competition from UberX, Lyft has D.C. taxis crying foul

Monday, 12 May, 2014
By contrast, the rules proposed by council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and David Grosso (I-At Large) place fewer limits on drivers for the new services, but would require the services tighten insurance requirements, driver screening and training. ... more >

D.C. lawmakers pass bill to address ticket woes

Wednesday, 07 May, 2014
The Traffic Adjudication Amendment Act was introduced last summer to restore fairness to a process that some felt was lacking at the Department of Motor Vehicles, which adjudicates all tickets in D.C.... more >

D.C. Council to hold hearings on school boundaries

Tuesday, 06 May, 2014
D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) also said Friday that she would not support any plan to move toward lottery-based admissions.... more >

Council May Require Building Of Playground At D.C. General

Tuesday, 06 May, 2014
Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced a bill that would amend the Homeless Services Reform Act to "require the identification of a public space suitable for a playground for children" at D.C. General, a former hospital that serves as the largest family shelter in D.C.... more >

New D.C. transportation chief’s first tangle: whether to hike Circulator fares

Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
After the hearing, as Brown approached the dais, Cheh told him he’d have to go back and find $1.3 million to trim someplace else in the budget, or she would simply decide on her own where to cut.... more >

Navigation Without Representation: D.C.’s DMV Prepares for Self-Driving Cars

Wednesday, 09 April, 2014
City Councilmember Mary Cheh, who drafted the 2012 legislation, is very excited for autonomous vehicles to hit District streets. During an interview with Slate, Cheh described testing Google’s self-driving car on busy city streets two years ago, when the vehicle anticipated and braked for jaywalking pedestrians.... more >

Council Member Cheh driving change at D.C. transportation agencies

Wednesday, 09 April, 2014
In presenting her plan to the council, Cheh said the overhaul is needed because she has repeatedly encountered agencies making the same mistakes and suffering the same breakdowns in communications... more >

Ticketbuster: Cheh to introduce overhaul of ticketing process

Tuesday, 08 April, 2014
The bill would remove ticket-writing responsibility from the Department of Public Works, remove the maintenance of parking signs from the Department of Transportation and strip the Department of Motor Vehicles of ticket adjudication. ... more >

DC considering surge fare rates for taxicab drivers

Tuesday, 08 April, 2014
“If it’s engaging in an app type service, what we’re saying is that they can engage in the same kind of surge pricing or additional pricing,” said Cheh. “It could also be underpricing, so they are in competition.” ... more >

Bill To Deregulate Cab Fares Dispatched Via Mobile Application Introduced

Monday, 07 April, 2014
he Transportation Network Services Innovation Act of 2014, introduced Friday by Councilmembers Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and David Grosso (I-At Large), would allow cabs dispatched through digital services to break free from the traditional fare structure and behave more like Uber or Lyft.... more >

Mary Cheh Introduces Legislation To Enforce Sidewalk Snow Shoveling

Wednesday, 05 March, 2014
Under Cheh's proposed legislation, the city would issue a $25 fine for residential property owners and a $125 fine for commercial property owners who don't shovel their sidewalks in time.... more >

Effort to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana Gains in District of Columbia

Tuesday, 04 March, 2014
“This is not supposed to be a signal that smoking marijuana is a good thing,” said Mary M. Cheh, a Democratic councilwoman.... more >

Following costly computer glitch, DMV director stands by system

Friday, 28 February, 2014
"Two years is much too long to wait, since especially you have to pay the fine pending the outcome of the appear," says Ward 3 D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh. ... more >

D.C. Council hears “jaw dropping” stories from Ticketbuster

Friday, 28 February, 2014
"Some of their stories are really jaw-dropping because they get caught up in this bureaucracy and can't find their way out. We need to find a way to fix these situations where people seem to fall through the cracks. We need a safety valve at the DMV," says Cheh. ... more >

Why the District of Columbia Wants to Count LGBT Homeless Youth

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014
Councilwoman Mary Cheh, the bill's author, said she was looking for ways to reduce overall homelessness in the city and heard from several local shelters that they needed help serving the LGBT population, which makes up a disproportionate share of homeless youth. ... more >

DC cabby ‘kidnaps’ Councilmember’s daughter over cash

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014
Cheh, a criminal law professor at George Washington University, called the incident involving her daughter the “most outrageous” ... more >

Cheh fights for AG election to take place this year

Monday, 10 February, 2014
The bill was introduced by Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3); she supported delaying the initial election to 2018, a measure that passed by a one-vote margin. ... more >

BID Touts Early Results on ‘Georgetown 2028’

Wednesday, 05 February, 2014
“I’m here with a message of solidarity,” Cheh told the crowd. “I think this vision is extraordinary.”... more >

Orange, Cheh, and Graham introduce Wage Theft Bill

Tuesday, 04 February, 2014
The Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014, co-introduced by Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Jim Graham, would amend the Wage Payment and Collections Act and the Minimum Wage Revision Act ... more >

Some DC council members say Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe should step down

Monday, 03 February, 2014
All I sense is that what you have is low morale in a department, a manager who likes to hold forth as the chief, ... more >

Parking time limit? Moving car won’t save you in D.C.

Friday, 31 January, 2014
"It doesn't matter if you come out after two hours and move it to another spot in the zone," says Mary Cheh... more >

Coalition Launches Campaign To End Chronic Homelessness In D.C. By 2017

Thursday, 30 January, 2014
Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) told those assembled she plans to introduce a resolution to the Council next Tuesday to end chronic homelessness in D.C. no later than 2020... more >

Study finds nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks in DC

Friday, 17 January, 2014
“This is a worrisome situation,” said D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh. She has asked her staff to look into this and was told the D.C. Public Service Commission has a special team to investigate and find leaks. ... more >

Maryland and District lawmakers are exploring decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana

Thursday, 16 January, 2014
It comes just one day after a District of Columbia City Council committee advanced legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot. The bill now moves on to the full Council.... more >

7OYS: DMV avoids questions on $35 ticket refund

Monday, 13 January, 2014
Councilmember Mary Cheh says there is a lesson from Ms. Eliason’s situation: Eliason paid the ticket while attempting to follow the directions to challenge it—don’t do that. ... more >

LGBT homeless youth bill gains momentum in D.C. Council

Tuesday, 07 January, 2014
The bill, co-introduced by Council member and GW Law School professor Mary Cheh, would require all homeless youth shelters in D.C. to provide beds specifically for LGBT youth, and put more money into services.... more >

Councilmember wants to overhaul DC waste laws

Tuesday, 07 January, 2014
Cheh says the district only diverts 23 percent of its waste. The national average is 33 percent. San Francisco diverts 80 percent, and Montgomery County, Md., diverts 60 percent.... more >

City Officials Propose D.C. United Revenue Deal That Already Existed

Friday, 03 January, 2014
Cheh proposed to Lew that he consider an arrangement like the one the city had with the Verizon Center, which was allowed to levy an extra sales tax on tickets and merchandise to help pay off the city's investment in the arena. Cheh says Lew appeared open to the idea and promised to look into it.... more >

D.C. Bicyclists Want More Help From the City

Tuesday, 17 December, 2013
We really should be aiming at a higher use of bicycles as other forms of transit other than vehicles,” said Council member Mary Cheh, chairman of the D.C. Council Transportation Committee.... more >

Cheh takes on Pay to Play during DC Council Hearing

Tuesday, 17 December, 2013
Because of the high-stakes topic at hand, Mary Cheh made witnesses swear an oath to tell the truth. David Grosso considered abandoning his long-held opposition, just this once, to voting on city contracts. Monday's transportation committee hearing on the management of city parking meters, in other words, was more dramatic than usual.... more >

DC councilmembers concerned about parties at rec centers after sex assaults

Monday, 16 December, 2013
Cheh pointed out a D.C. Inspector General's report that suggested Parks and Rec workers are using drugs and alcohol while on duty. "Supervisors and managers were failing to report activity to protect employees jobs."... more >

Cheh questions management of Wilson pool amid investigation

Tuesday, 10 December, 2013
Cheh has been outspoken about the Wilson pool investigation on her community listserv and throughout Ward 3. ... more >

Meet the Man Behind D.C.’s Predatory Tax Lien Practices

Monday, 09 December, 2013
Last month, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced the Tax Auction Bidder Reliability Assurance Amendment Act, which would ban entities that are delinquent on taxes anywhere in the United States or that D.C.'s chief financial officer deems to have an "unsatisfactory record of business conduct or compliance with the law" from participating in tax lien sales.... more >

D.C. Council Member Pushes Bill Banning Minors From Tanning Beds

Tuesday, 19 November, 2013
Ward 3 Council member Cheh intends to reduce the dangerous side effects of high ultraviolet radiation that can occur later in life to children who use tanning beds at an early age.... more >

Gray Signs Bill Allowing Undocumented Residents To Obtain Driver’s Licenses

Monday, 18 November, 2013
Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) said there were two fundamental issues at play with the licenses: safety and "common humanity."... more >

Students do well on D.C. health, physical education exam

Saturday, 16 November, 2013
D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who sponsored the law, said she expects schools to seek permission to delay that new requirement. “But they’ve known that this is coming,” said Cheh, adding that she would like the OSSE to require each school to submit a plan for ramping up time devoted to physical education and health.... more >

Food Stamp Costs Swelled by States Spending $1 for Heat

Saturday, 16 November, 2013
Cheh, the Washington city council member, said the farm-bill debate is frustrating to her city, where food-stamp enrollment in the 2012 fiscal year was 141,147, roughly 22 percent of the city’s population. ... more >

Middle schools take center stage in D.C. boundary debate

Friday, 15 November, 2013
“If we just have neighborhood schools, what are we going to do, just have white schools? Just have African American schools?” asked Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3). “We don’t want that.”... more >

License to Kale

Wednesday, 13 November, 2013
The two planned Whole Foods stores, incidentally, are not eligible for the tax exemption. That’s because of an update to the 2000 law spearheaded by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, which shrank the area the exemption covers. That legislation, the Food, Environmental, and Economic Development in the District of Columbia (FEED DC) Act of 2010, limits the tax breaks to census tracts with an average household income that’s under 60 percent of the area median income (though many places that were formerly eligible are grandfathered in if they open by late 2015).... more >

Limited Driver’s Licenses For Undocumented Residents In Md. And D.C.

Thursday, 07 November, 2013
As the national immigration debate stalls in Congress, Maryland and the District of Columbia are joining a handful of states that are issuing driver's licenses to undocumented residents. The specially-marked licenses can be used to drive but not as a federal ID. Councilmember Cheh joins Kojo Nnamdi to explore what the new laws mean for our region and for the national battle over immigration.... more >

D.C. latest to seek ban on ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Wednesday, 06 November, 2013
D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) has introduced a bill calling for banning mental health practitioners licensed by the city from performing so-called “ex-gay” or “conversion” therapy on juveniles.... more >

Downtown parking challenges drivers and cyclists

Wednesday, 06 November, 2013
D.C. Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh, a cyclist herself, noted that the driver had Virginia plates. But he wasn't alone. She watched as a number of cars did the same thing -- cutting through the flexible bollards, crossing over a solid line to get into the cycle track. ... more >

Cheh attends SisterMentors Breakfast Fundraiser

Wednesday, 06 November, 2013
The free session, held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Northwest, was attended by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who earlier this year spearheaded a D.C. Council Recognition Resolution in support of SisterMentors.... more >

Council Passes Bill To Give Undocumented Immigrants Special Driver’s Licenses

Wednesday, 06 November, 2013
The reversal to a two-tier plan came after Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) met with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, who explained that they plan to enforce the federal Real ID Act. "I am convinced that Real ID enforcement is coming, and it's coming soon," Cheh said, adding that they will make the marking "as benign as possible." ... more >

Capital Weather Gang gives D.C. Council winter outlook sneak preview (VIDEO)

Tuesday, 05 November, 2013
On October 22, Capital Weather Gang’s Matt Rogers briefed the District’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment, chaired by councilmemeber Mary Cheh (Ward 3) on our initial thoughts about winter 2013-14.... more >

D.C. Considers Raising Age Limit for Buying Tobacco to 21

Monday, 04 November, 2013
Smoking is a scourge on our young people,” Council member Mary Cheh said. “And all the literature that I’ve seen says that if young people don't start smoking prior to 21, they won’t smoke as adults.”... more >

DC Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented Population

Friday, 01 November, 2013
On November 5th, 2013 most expect the DC Council to approve a bill that will grant driver's licenses to undocumented DC residents. The initial report is that the license will be "marked." Many believe this is a good start for a long waited solution to the plight of thousands that risk driving without a license every day in the District of Columbia.... more >

Food Stamp Reductions Set for Nov. 1

Tuesday, 29 October, 2013
"I can't believe this would be one of the programs they've targeted," said Cheh, who lived off $30 worth of food for one week last October as part of the national SNAP Challenge. "I think what they're doing to food stamp recipients is cold, taking the most needed necessity from people's mouths."... more >

Mayor Gray Signs Cheh’s Bicycle Safety Amendment Act

Monday, 21 October, 2013
The bill, which was introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) back in February will "require the District Department of Motor Vehicles to require an applicant for an operator’s permit to demonstrate knowledge of safely sharing roadways with pedestrians and bicyclists."... more >

Shutdown’s Silver Lining for the District

Thursday, 10 October, 2013
City councilwoman Mary Cheh, who represents Ward 3 in the District, says she'd like to see something like that this time around. "I'm quite comfortable with defiance," she told National Journal, adding...... more >

D.C. Council to propose law to fix undeserved ticket

Tuesday, 08 October, 2013
"People have to get a fair shake, they have to believe they are getting a fair shake, they have feel they are being treated fairly," says Cheh. ... more >

D.C. Council member introduces bill to end gay conversion therapy

Tuesday, 01 October, 2013
“By adopting this legislation, we will send a strong message that the District does not believe our LGBT children are sick,” Cheh said. ... more >

Changes to D.C. visitor parking laws scrapped

Saturday, 21 September, 2013
"Clearly, more time is needed to thoroughly craft any changes to the policy and roll them out with an effective communications campaign..... more >

Tax lien reforms top D.C. Council agenda

Friday, 13 September, 2013
“We need a sense of how many people were injured, the costs associated with remedying those injuries, and a plan to effect those remedies,” Cheh said ... more >

D.C. parents push for more recess

Saturday, 31 August, 2013
“Kids need to have a physical kind of break,” said D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who pushed for the law. “I hope that whatever... more >

One too many cabs for D.C.’s Taxi Commission

Monday, 26 August, 2013
Ms. Cheh, who chairs the council’s transportation committee, rightly points out that taxicabs should be more heavily regulated than sedan services because their ability to accept street-hails doesn’t allow consumers to compare price or quality of service.... more >

D.C. Taxicab Commission Says No To Prius Sedans For Hire In Bizarre Regulatory Wrangle

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013
D.C. Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who's been highly critical of the commission's new sedan requirements, calling them anti-competitive and predicting they will "discourage consumer choice."... more >

Councilmember Cheh on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt

Friday, 16 August, 2013
DC Councilwoman Mary Cheh discussed the probe of the DC ambulance fires, the Walmart bill, the election of a new attorney general and more ... more >

Vernon Hawkins, former campaign aide to DC Mayor Vincent Gray, charged with lying to federal investigators

Monday, 12 August, 2013
Councilwoman Mary Cheh was one of three leaders who had called for mayors resignation. She says she is disappointed but not shocked. ... more >

Councilwoman hopes end of corrupt elections is near

Monday, 12 August, 2013
WASHINGTON - As yet another aide to Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign is charged in connection with a corruption investigation, Councilwoman Mary Cheh says... more >

Controversy Surrounds New D.C. Parking Permits

Saturday, 10 August, 2013
A D.C. council member says new proposed parking permits for visitors to the city could create more headaches for drivers.... more >

Stubbing out secondhand smoke in the District

Friday, 09 August, 2013
THE DISTRICT is poised to join the growing number of jurisdictions that have banned smoking near parks, recreation centers, public trails and bus stops.... more >

Cheh’s Sexual harassment legislation protecting unpaid interns highlighted as way to protect unpaid interns in other states

Friday, 09 August, 2013
D.C. has made similar strides to protect interns. Council member Mary Cheh lobbied successfully to extend the D.C. Human Rights Act protections against sexual harassment to interns after hearing... more >

Area water, sewage systems to receive upgrades

Sunday, 28 July, 2013
WASHINGTON - Upgrades are on the way in the Washington, D.C. region in an effort to keep drinking water clean and the Chesapeake Bay less toxic. ... more >

How D.C. police can seize your car and hold it indefinitely

Friday, 19 July, 2013
A bill proposed by D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat, and Chairman Phil Mendelson, would address a number of issues outlined in the lawsuits brought by the Public Defender Service. ... more >

Mary Cheh wants D.C. Fire Chief Ken Ellerbe to resign

Tuesday, 02 July, 2013
D.C. Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh called for Ellerbe to resign in a letter to fellow councilman Tommy Wells. The letter, dated Tuesday, indicates that Cheh believes ... more >

Chancellor Restores Funding to Fillmore Arts Center

Thursday, 27 June, 2013
DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson changed course Wednesday, deciding to fund the Fillmore Arts Center at the same level it was funded this year instead of making cuts, thus saving the jobs of four full-time staff members.... more >

Cheh Says Proposed Taxicab Rules Would Stifle Innovation

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013
The D.C. Taxicab Commission is considering adopting “burdensome” regulations that would “discourage new, innovative technology companies from operating in the District,” according to the D.C. Council member who authored legislation last year to allow app-based hailing services to operate in Washington... more >

One year after Kwame Brown’s chaos, D.C. Council says it has moved on

Wednesday, 05 June, 2013
When District lawmakers arrived for work on a steamy Wednesday last year, the John A. Wilson Building's rumor mill was churning with persistent speculation that June 6, 2012, would be Kwame Brown's final day as D.C. Council chairman.... more >

D.C. students would ride buses for free under legislation

Tuesday, 04 June, 2013
Students in the District would be able to ride Metro and Circulator buses for free under a bill introduced Tuesday in the D.C. Council... more >

DC proposes using internet sales tax to help the homeless

Wednesday, 08 May, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - It is estimated that over 6,800 people are homeless in the District. Some are living on the street, and others are in emergency shelters.... more >

Mary Cheh, Jim Graham: D.C. should end homelessness within a decade

Monday, 06 May, 2013
Two District lawmakers are asking members of the D.C. Council to set a goal of ending homelessness in the city within 10 years.... more >

D.C. bill would allow undocumented workers to obtain drivers licenses

Thursday, 02 May, 2013
(AP/ABC7) -Undocumented immigrants would be able to get driver's licenses in D.C. under a bill that Mayor Vincent Gray introduced Thursday afternoon. ... more >

DC streetcars in testing phase, service to begin in the fall

Wednesday, 01 May, 2013
WASHINGTON - Mayor Vincent Gray says it won't be long until we see streetcars traveling down city streets. Two cars have been transported to a testing f ... more >

D.C. Streetcars on track for late 2013 debut

Wednesday, 01 May, 2013
The District of Columbia is one step closer to opening the new streetcar line that will connect the H Street/Benning Road corridor in Northeast Washington. ... more >

VIDEO: DC college tuition assistance program is running short

Thursday, 25 April, 2013
DC Councilmember Mary Cheh discusses the shortfall in funding for the District's college tuition assistance program... more >

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh seeks ban on time limits for sex-crime prosecutions

Monday, 08 April, 2013
Anxious about the prospect of rushing abuse victims into the justice system, a D.C. councilwoman is poised to introduce sweeping legislation Tuesday that would eliminate the District's... more >

Proposed legislation would require DC gun owners to carry insurance (Fox 5)

Wednesday, 03 April, 2013
WASHINGTON - D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh has proposed legislation that would require gun owners in the District to carry insurance... more >

D.C. bill would allow small bakers to operate without a license (The Washington Post)

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013
Aspiring D.C. chefs who want to start a home-based baked goods or other food business would be allowed to do so without a license from the health department under proposed legislation offered by the District’s Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh... more >

D.C. Councilwoman to introduce less stringent nurse staffing bill (Washington Business Journal)

Saturday, 02 February, 2013
D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, D-Ward 3, will introduce a bill Tuesday that would merely require hospitals to create and meet their own staffing standards, instead of setting strict citywide minimum nurse-to-patient ratios... more >

Obama’s car gets ‘taxation without representation’ plates (POLITICO)

Saturday, 19 January, 2013
President Obama's car got new license plates Saturday in a show of support for the District of Columbia's efforts to get greater recognition from the federal government... more >

D.C. councilwoman wants count of homeless LGBT youth (The Washington Examiner)

Friday, 16 November, 2012
The District would conduct a census of its homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth every five years, under a plan the D.C. Council will consider Monday... more >

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