Vote! courtesy of ktpupp, Flickr

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the hotly contested primary campaign is coming to an end, as today is election day. As you know, the primary really is the election for the heavily-Democratic District. Note: you can only vote if you are registered as a Democrat, Republican, or with the Green party – you can’t vote if you’re an independent. But you can register for your party of choice at your voting place and then vote.

You can find out where you’re supposed to vote here. Polls opened at 7 am and close at 8 pm.

wrote a primer on the 3 Democratic candidates running for the Ward 1 Councilmember a few weeks ago. You can find plenty of information about the mayoral race, as well as the councilmember-at-large races.

Go out and vote!

Fireflies, courtesy of L-ines (Flickr)

Fireflies, courtesy of L-ines (Flickr)

The reason there are so many fireflies in DC this summer? Too much rain, says WaPo: “This is firefly season in Washington, the best and brightest in several years. Scientists say a wet spring has made a lightning-bug-friendly region even more so, and hordes of the insects are now spending the last days of their lives floating over lawns and blinking in treetops.” Ah, mystery solved. Glad that wet weather led to something pleasant.

For various reasons, I’m looking for a new apartment in the U street area with my boyfriend. To leave the details intentionally vague, I believe we’re being discriminated against by a potential landlord. We make more than enough money to qualify for the lease, yet he is holding out for whatever reason.

DC has some of the most comprehensive fair housing laws in the country. A friend used to work for the National Fair Housing Alliance, and through talking to her I’ve learned a lot about fair housing. While federal laws state that you can’t be discriminated against based on “race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin” as well as because of a disability, DC’s laws are much more comprehensive.

DC prohibits discrimination against “race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, disability, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, or place of residence or business of any individual.” I could probably make a case against discrimination in my case with at least three of those protected classes.

But is it worth it? I don’t really want to fight this landlord, because why would I want a landlord that is either unfamiliar with these laws or is familiar with them and doesn’t adhere to them? Regardless, it rightfully makes me very mad. I’m still looking for a new, better place on U street.

A quick round-up of what’s been happening in the U street area the past few days. I promise a more substantial post later, just been a bit too busy to write one.

Fixing the damage, courtesy of Allison Acosta (Flickr)

Fixing the damage, courtesy of Allison Acosta (Flickr)

I was planning on stopping by for a drink just in case they were open to show my support, but DCist confirms that Solly’s will be open for business tonight. They also have a lot more details about the accident:

There is now a pending arrest for Afework Behrane, the cabbie involved in the crash. He is still receiving treatment at GW Hospital for his injuries.

Behrane was operating the cab with a suspended driver’s license and an expired taxi license. He had picked up a fare across the street from Solly’s and, with the door still open, suddenly accelerated and hit right into the bar.

Those who were injured have suffered from a broken nose, lacerations, and bruises. Some were expected to have broken bones but with an x-ray that proved not to be the case.

I encourage everyone to stop by Solly’s in the next few days to show your support.

I was shocked to read this morning that a cab had crashed into Solly’s last night, my favorite neighborhood bar. Almost immediately I got dressed and walked over there to see the damage. A cab had crashed completely through one of the bay windows. When I went there around 11 AM, there was already a construction crew working on patching up the damage. It looked like they were making significant progress. I brought my camera, but it just didn’t feel right to take any pictures.

The good news is that while a few people were injured, no one was seriously hurt. I just feel terrible for Solly, he’s such a friendly, great guy. He’s the type of local business owner you love. No news on when they will be able to reopen, but let’s hope it’s fast. It was great to see that they are already fixing up the building. This couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy and a greater bar. It’s really made me sad, my thoughts are with Solly and his wife and let’s hope they open up stronger than ever.

Some news regarding the violence in Columbia Heights:

I’m glad that MPD seems to be doing such a good job making timely arrests on these murders. However, I’m sure many share the sentiment that I wish there were no murders to solve.