Today on NewsTalk, DC Mayor Vince Gray said the gridlock we experienced after the earthquake was – like last winter’s ice storm – a sign that the region needs to do more to coordinate after significant events. His comments follow those of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who yesterday blamed the federal government for failing to communicate an action plan after the August 23 tremor. Gray said the Office of Personnel Management was in touch with DC officials after the quake, a sign that communication has improved since 9/11, but that more needs to be done.
Gray expressed regret that his former deputy chief of staff, Andi Pringle, wasn’t vetted more fully, but he said it would be “incredibly unfair” to suggest that his administration hasn’t improved since its early missteps. He talked about the recent attacks on transgendered persons, and – after being asked about a letter from Councilman Marion Barry regarding security at a youth detention facility – accused some of his former colleagues of “micromanaging” and impeding progress.
We also talked at length about efforts to spur job creation in the District.
Our interview with Mayor Gray is available here:
Wednesday at 10 a.m.: DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown and a preview of the special election in Prince George’s