Mark David Richards
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What Is DCWatch?
Save Our City: Five Reasons to Fire Mayor Tony Williams
1) Tony Williams Has Endangered Citizens' Health Care:
- In 2001, Tony Williams and the
now-defunct Control Board, over the unanimous objections of the DC
Council, closed DC General Hospital and replaced it with an inadequate,
more expensive, privatized health care system.
- Since DC General closed, emergency
rooms at area hospitals have been overwhelmed and the
"replacement" Greater Southeast Community Hospital has been
mired in scandal and financial trouble. During his 2002 reelection
campaign, Williams received some $100,000 in contributions from
principals and employees of Greater Southeast and its parent company.
- Tony Williams's recent support for a
new hospital, to be run by Howard University on public land, is a
fiscally questionable half-measure that will not come close to the level
of care previously provided.
- The mayor told the Washington Post
that he does not support creating a "poor people's hospital,"
but supports the "redevelopment" of the old DC General site
for mixed-use retail and residential. Meanwhile, 200,000 citizens in the
eastern part of the city, who once had easy access to health care, have
to travel long distances in hopes of finding a hospital that can help
- Tony Williams refuses to restore a
true public hospital, even in the face of warnings from the medical
community that the current system is in disarray and is not serving
2) Tony Williams Has Ignored Citizen Concerns About
- Tony Williams has refused to fully
fund the public schools and libraries, despite the overwhelming support
for full funding demonstrated by parents, teachers and citizens'
- After changing the structure of the
formerly fully-elected school board to a hybrid of elected/appointed
members, the mayor has failed to work with his appointees or to fill
board vacancies when they occur.
- Despite his demonstrated disinterest
in the real needs of the schools, the mayor has announced plans to take
over the entire school system.
- Tony Williams has championed an
unpopular school voucher plan, which has been imposed on DC by the Bush
Administration and is now pending in Congress.
3) Tony Williams Subsidizes Millionaires, Yet Ignores
Citizen Concerns About Housing/Homelessness:
- Middle and lower income DC residents
are being squeezed out of the city because of high rents and
skyrocketing property assessments.
- Contrary to Tony Williams's claims
that DC is a growing and prosperous city, 5,800 DC residents left the
city in 2002, and nearly 12,000 others were homeless at some point
during the year.
- In effect, Tony Williams is
concentrating on developing high-priced luxury condominiums while
ignoring the growing gap between income and rents and a dramatic
increase in homelessness
- While the mayor is willing to spend almost $1 billion
to build a convention center hotel and a baseball stadium to help
wealthy investors and campaign contributors, he is stingy when it
comes to housing programs to help the homeless and low- and
4) Tony Williams Has Ignored Citizen Concerns About
- DC has the highest murder rate of
any major city in the US with a population of 500,000-plus. In 2003,
there were 247 killings in the District of Columbia.
- DC is one of most violent cities
in the country, with gang warfare, homicides, assaults, rapes and
robberies threatening the security and peace of mind of DC residents.
- According to the Washington Post,
the mayor is concerned about the crime rate, not because residents are
dying, but because "economic development would suffer if crime
began to rise significantly."
- Instead of serving and protecting
the neighborhoods and the citizens, police officers have often been
abusive to crime victims, witnesses and defendants, and have been
diverted to arrest hundreds of peaceful protesters downtown, as has been documented in DC Council hearings
and in citizen lawsuits.
- The Metropolitan Police Department
has the resources; it just doesn't have the leadership. But Tony
Williams, who regularly praises the current police chief, pushed
through a big raise for the chief.
5) Tony Williams Has Turned Back the Clock on Democracy
in the District of Columbia:
- Through his school takeover plan,
the mayor would turn back the clock to pre-home-rule days by
abolishing one of the few vestiges of democracy in D.C.: Our elected
Board of Education.
- Tony Williams has effectively renounced home rule
by colluding with the congressionally-imposed Control Board to
privatize healthcare and with the Bush administration and right-wing
think tanks to impose school vouchers on the District of Columbia -
over the objections of most of our other elected local and federal
- Tony Williams broke his 2002 campaign promise to
raise $1 million to advance DC voting rights in Congress. By ignoring
and going around citizens and our other elected representatives, he
has shown his disdain for the cause of DC statehood and the democratic