Not Even Chump Change For D.C. Residents In MLB Deal

A mysterious figure is waging a lone campaign to revamp the city's arrangement with professional baseball on the Washington National's new stadium.

"The baseball deal is outrageous enough to bring [Joe] Ruffin out of the shadows." A sometimes political advisor, Ruffin is apparently running this campaign on his own, without and support or outside direction. "He says other cities that built stadiums got a big chunk of change from baseball owners and thinks D.C. deserves a similar deal."

"Ruffin is waging a one-man assault against the government's agreement with MLB to build a ballpark in Southeast. Ruffin's Ward 3 address has appeared on two slick mailings to likely voters. He purchased an ad in the Washington Post and bankrolled a poll showing that D.C. voters think baseball owners should kick in more cash for a stadium. Ruffin also crafted a recorded phone message urging residents to tell their councilmembers to vote no on the stadium lease agreement. The message concluded with the tag line, 'Paid for by Joe Ruffin.'"

Full Story: One-Man Show


building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.
Woman wearing city map tote bag

City Shoulder Totes - New Cities Added!

Durable CityFabric© shoulder tote bags available from 9 different cities.