May 25, 1998 |
Marion Barry is the last of the civil rights activists to parlay street leadership into City Hall power.
August 7, 1997 |
Mayor Marion Barry railed Wednesday against members of Congress and one of President Clinton's top aides over a new law that transfers most of his powers to a presidentially appointed financial control board. "Democracy has been raped. We're going to try to do something with the perpetrator," Barry told a room packed with supporters during his weekly press briefing. Clinton, meanwhile, defended the rescue package for the municipal government of the nation's capital as being "on balance . . .
August 6, 1997 |
The District of Columbia Financial Control Board flexed its newfound powers and replaced four of Mayor Marion Barry's top managers Tuesday. Angry demonstrators disrupted the meeting, and police made a dozen arrests. The board's tumultuous meeting took place in a local church hours after President Clinton signed into law a budget bill that provides new cash for the capital but wrests powers from both the mayor and City Council.
July 31, 1997 |
The financially troubled District of Columbia would get $928 million over five years in a rescue package approved by the House but Mayor Marion Barry would be stripped of much of his power in exchange. Barry denounced the compromise, part of a bill to balance the federal budget, as a "rape on democracy." But Republican leaders said it was the only way to restore stability to the nation's capital.
June 26, 1996 |
For some time, life here has been a study in contrasts: the impressive monuments and edifices of the nation's capital shadowed by some of the country's most oppressive poverty and crime. But now Washington has taken on the trappings of a Third World city. Broke, neglected and mismanaged, it seems incapable of providing basic services, paying its bills, repairing its firetrucks or supplying its children with books and pencils.
April 18, 1995 |
Hoping to avert an embarrassing bankruptcy for the District of Columbia, President Clinton signed a bill to set up an oversight board with broad powers over Mayor Marion Barry and the City Council. The law also allows the district to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal Treasury to help pay its bills, and it requires a balanced city budget in three years. The board's powers include the authority to lay off thousands of city workers.