Wednesday, June 04, 2008

In the News: The Vote's Morning After

A quick rundown of the noise news...

Council Approves Noise Bill, or Does It? [Washington Post's D.C. Wire]
The D.C. Council gave final approval today to a heavily amended noise bill in a 9 to 4 vote after a hard-hitting lobbying campaign by labor unions that several council members described as mean-spirited and unfairly targeted at two members who are up for reelection. [READ MORE...]

Kwame and Yvette Are Noise Bill Flip-Floppers! [Washington City Paper]
Councilmembers Kwame R. Brown and Yvette Alexander, both targeted by unions for their support of restrictions on amplified speech, have caved to the pressure. [READ MORE...]

Gutted Noise Bill Passes 9-4 [Washington City Paper]
Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.’s pro-union amendment passed and the full bill both passed 9-4. [READ MORE...]

Council Action Roundup [Washington Post]
...the council gave final approval to a significantly tweaked noise bill in a 9 to 4 vote after a hard-hitting lobbying campaign by labor unions that several council members described as mean-spirited and unfairly targeted at two members up for reelection. [READ MORE...]

Amplified Noise Legislation Update (Bad News) [PQLiving]
The best quote from the council discussion was when Tommy Wells (Ward 6) said that none of this legislation helps the 10,000 people living downtown. [READ MORE...]

Noise Bill Passed, But Won't Do Anything About Noise [DCist]
The D.C. Council earlier today passed an amended version of the noise bill first introduced by Tommy Wells and Mary Cheh that was born out of Ward 6 resident David Klavitter's crusade to put an end to amplified street preachers keeping him awake at his home near H Street NE. But Wells and Cheh actually voted against this bill, after it was basically gutted by an amendment introduced by Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas Jr. that was a major concession to union groups. [READ MORE...]

Labor successfully waters down noise bill [Greater Greater Washington]
The DC Council just passed a revised version of the much-debated bill on non-commercial noise. [READ MORE...]

Bloggers Sound Off About New D.C. Noise Rules [Free Ride]
The D.C. Council this afternoon passed a new noise bill, a move that came after a series of amendments and a bruising skirmish between labor unions and some council members. [READ MORE...]

Help for the Neighborhoods [Washington Post editorial]
Opponents [of the noise bill], largely from organized labor, have wrongly portrayed the issue as one of free speech and assembly. Nothing in the carefully drafted bill would curtail public protests. It simply establishes allowable noise levels, higher than in other cities and calibrated above background noise. [READ MORE...]

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have any information regarding police ordinances against dog barking? Or is it just disturbing the peace?

8:22 AM  
OpenID abigailtigerlily said...

Hi David,

Are the Israelites still speaking near you? If so, would you be able to tell me approximately when/where? I've heard they've moved from H St NE to Chinatown? Thanks. AT

8:00 PM  
Blogger Klav said...

abigailtigerlily:

Thanks for your post.

Since the first part of 2008, our neighborhood is much quieter because the Isreali School of Universal Practical Knowledge (ISUPK) and its amplifier no longer broadcast at 8th and H St NE.

The group now makes noise at 7th and H NW (Chinatown) most every Friday afternoon. Confirmed by another downtown D.C. blogger.

9:50 AM  

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