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Fenty Budget Unveiled Today
As much local politics as humanly possible. Send your tips, releases, stories, events, etc. General’; and tweets galore!
Morning all. Postings will follow at City Desk. government source said Wednesday evening. Other efforts to close the gap include combining agencies. One such move involves the Office of the Tenant Advocate, and is predicted to cause outcry in the tenants’ rights community.’ And, of course, no tax hikes, but we shall see how narrow Fenty’s definition of ‘tax’ might be this year.
AFTER THE JUMP Fallout from South Cap shootings continues; looks like Jack v. (Also Examiner.) WaPo’s crack crime and courts reporters Paul Duggan, Keith Alexander, and Clarence Williams combine to report on what happened Tuesday night and the days leading up to it: Four piled into a Chrysler minivan, a 14 year old at the wheel (identified by Examiner as Malik Carter, brother of Orlando and of Sanquan Carter, already arrested for Howe’s killing). They fired at the crowd standing outside the apartment building that sits high above the northeast corner of South Cap and Brandywine Streets SE using three guns, including a AK 47 like assault rifle. Left dead were Brishell Jones, 16; DaVaughn Boyd, 18; William ‘Marley’ Jones III, 19, and Tavon Nelson, 17. In addition to the Carter brothers, police have arrested Nathaniel Simms, 26; another suspect escaped arrest and is sought by police. ‘The reason for the mayhem? It might have begun with something this trivial: a missing bracelet. “My child barely weighed 100 pounds… shot in the temple with an AK 47… bullets all in her body. It’s senseless,” said Nardyne Jefferies, the mother of [Jones].
CHRONOLOGY Lanier, after the press conference last night, detailed what led up to the Tuesday shooting. Last Monday, March 22, Howe was murdered in the early morning hours. Police identified two suspects now identified as the Carter brothers. Prosecutors immediately presented a search warrant for Sanquan to a judge, and he was arrested on Tuesday. The evidence behind Orlando, however, was thinner, and prosecutors would not sign off. Meanwhile, Orlando was shot and wounded on Tuesday, seven hours after his brother is arrested. attorney’s office to get a warrant to a judge, to no avail. There was a meeting on Friday to discuss the warrant, but no movement. Prosecutors would not agree to take the evidence to a judge. attorney’s office has to make a decision. Do we always agree? No. Superior Court Judge Elizabeth C. Wingo noted that the youth has nine previous convictions on charges including assault and theft and had been placed in the custody of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services six times. Court officials said the youth had fled from detention at least twice and had walked away without permission from DYRS custody before Tuesday’s attack.’
WHERE WAS FENTY? Both LL and WaPo were wondering where Hizzoner, usually Johnny on the spot during high profile news events, was in the hours following the drive by. press conference was announced. Airways flight destined for DCA. More later today on City Desk.
HEARD ON SOUTH CAP Shouted at Fenty during last night’s presser: ‘Gay marriage is more important than lives!’
ALSO WaTimes, NC8, WTTG TV, WRC TV.
The broader ramifications of a Vince Gray mayoral run are explored by WaPo’s Ann Marimow and Nikita Stewart, who report that council colleagues ‘are anxious about the leadership void and uncertainty they say his candidacy creates.’ Gray’s announcement came two days before the unveiling of the mayoral budget, kicking off what would have been a tough enough budget season even aside from all the Sept. 14 minded politicking. Or, as David Catania puts it, ‘This is going to be the most difficult budget in a generation for us to construct and that’s challenging enough without having ambitious personalities inserting themselves in unhelpful ways.’ The story lauds Gray as ‘a patient, collaborative presence, presiding over an often rowdy group of a dozen other council members. Against the backdrop of a weak economy, he helped shepherd legislation that legalized gay marriage, imposed a 5 cent grocery bag tax and rewrote the city’s gun laws to comply with a Supreme Court ruling. Council chairman shapes up: Looks like a Kwame vs. Jack showdown, ’setting up a costly campaign that could hinge on Evans’ ability to attract votes from African Americans,’ <a href=”http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/”>cheap jerseys</a> Tim Craig reports in WaPo noting that ‘an Evans Brown matchup could serve as a test of how politics in the District has changed as the city becomes increasingly gentrified.’ Evans says he’s ‘a leader who has the ability to run the council and has a grasp on the financial situation’; Brown, on spring break with family, ‘has tried to adopt a populist tone, often trying to position himself as the representative for “the people.” But he sometimes struggles to formulate in depth policy solutions.’ Issues? Evans tells NC8: ‘I’m a big supporter of Michelle Rhee and the school takeover will be a big issue. If the others don’t support that, what is their alternative?’ He adds that ‘he wants to serve as chairman in the tradition of John Wilson and Linda Cropp.’ Evans also brushes off memories of his ill fated ‘98 mayor run: ‘I wouldn’t run if I didn’t think I could win.’ Question is, how close does he run to Fenty? WTOP’s Marks Segraves and <a href=”http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/”>http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/</a> Plotkin and report that ‘Fenty has offered to help Evans with fund raising and political organizing.’ Also G’town Voice,
RUBBER MEETS ROAD ‘Although many council members privately question Brown’s leadership skills, he has so far picked up more endorsements than Evans.’ That included, thus far, Harry Thomas and Mary Cheh, who says she ‘lined up behind Brown, mostly because she said she thought that Evans was not going to enter the race.’ She tells NC8 that Brown is a ’sensible progressive type of legislator.’ And Jim Graham says he’s neutral and ‘thinks the chairman’s race could hinge on whether Gray or Fenty (D) has the momentum in the mayor’s race during the late summer.’ That goes for his endorsement, too, no doubt.
ALSO From the Marimow/Stewart piece: ‘Several council members have privately expressed concerns about having Evans and Brown as leaders. Evans, a Fenty ally, could be problematic, they said, because he would not have a majority of council members on his side despite his status as the longest serving member. Second tweet: ‘Voters are looking for an experienced Councilmember who knows the city. General family homeless shelter were aired yesterday in a seven hour hearing before Tommy Wells’ human services committee. Jason Cherkis, who’s been all over the story, writes: ‘Families Forward Inc. [the shelter operator] knew the sorts of questions that would come up. The statement made no mention of the dead newborns nor did it directly address the allegations of sexual harassment by her staff. King Gregory did begin her statement saying: “Even though I would rather be anywhere else but here, I think you for the opportunity to appear before you.”‘ Darryl Fears also covered for WaPo, focusing on allegations of sex between staff and residents and the death of a 5 month old at the shelter. Human Services chief Clarence Carter declined to discuss specific allegations, much to Wells’ chagrin. Also dutiful Fencegate update, from WaTimes’ Jeff Anderson: DDOT rejects Gray’s claim that he filed a permit application in early March, saying it ‘never received a proper submission.’ So what happened? ‘According to the city [DDOT], [Gray attorney Robert Spagnoletti]’s firm misfiled Mr. Gray’s permit application to the wrong agency. “DDOT can assume no responsibility for this mistake,” [a DDOT inspector] wrote Wednesday to Mr. Gray’s lawyers, who declined to comment.’ Hmm Fred Cooke woulda known which agency to send the papers to.
Ahead of this morning’s budget announcement, WaPo’s Bill Turque looks at how schools funding will fare. The answer: Not as well as Hizzoner might want you to believe. ‘At the December budget presentation for principals and parent leaders, Chancellor Michelle A. The average cost of a teacher in salary and benefits is expected to rise to $84,026 from last year’s $81,815. The average salary and benefit package for a principal will grow to $138,710, up from $134,019. Council beginning next week.’ LL is told she’ll be helping Gray shape the schools budget in the coming months.
Yikes: ‘The deterioration of Washington’s Metro system could jeopardize federal funding for new transit projects in the area, including a Purple Line light rail system in Maryland and streetcar networks in Arlington County and the District,’ Katherine Shaver reports in WaPo. Why? ‘In awarding highly competitive funding for new projects, the Federal Transit Administration considers applicants’ ability to maintain their current transit systems. Because governments in Maryland, the District and Northern Virginia are partially responsible for funding Metro, the FTA will weigh the safety and reliability of the Metro system before granting money for new transit lines, transportation planners said.’ And ‘Metro’s long list of safety and infrastructure needs became a sticking point when the FTA initially balked at spending $900 million to help extend the subway to Tysons Corner. transportation officials said they’re not concerned about Metro affecting their chances of clinching money for a K Street Transitway or a 37 mile streetcar system.’
A Jonetta Rose Barras column about national politics? Not quite: Barras slams congressional Democrats for claiming to be ‘high ground travelers’ after passing health care reform legislation. ‘Consider the facts resting in their backyard. That’s where 600,000 citizens of the District live who are being denied voting representation in Congress. SE.
A Detroit developer is offering DCPS students scholarships in return for perfect attendance records, Examiner reports. Abner McWhorter III, CEO of Paramount Land Holding, will hand over the $4K ducats only if students make it through four years of high school without missing a day. ‘”Our thought is to give students at least one more incentive to stay in school,” McWhorter said, citing poor attendance and high dropout rates in the city’s public schools. McWhorter, 39, established the “Show Up to Blow Up” scholarship program in Detroit in 2008. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and her actions to reform the District’s public schools. “[Chancellor Rhee] has made a lot of progressive improvements in the school system, and Mr. McWhorter’s looking to support those efforts,” said Linda Jones, a spokeswoman for McWhorter.’
Former firefighter cadet is sentenced for her role in shooting her ex, Scott McCabe reports in Examiner: ‘Prosecutors said 23 year old Dominique L. fire academy in March 2007 when her boyfriend, Frank D. “Pacman” Johnson, 28, shot the father of her 10 month old child in Southeast Washington. Superior Court Judge Robert I. Richter sentenced Johnson to 15 years in prison on charges of aggravated assault while armed, carjacking and a weapons offense. Taylor was sentenced to four months behind bars for perjury and obstruction of justice.’
Robert Pettus, 24, convicted of raping and killing a 77 year old woman in 2004, is back in court for allegedly sexually assaulting his cellmate, WaPo’s Alexander reports.
DCmud has more on the ‘giant, trash filled, oozing hole in the ground’ on the 800 block of Kennedy Street NW. The city ordered a slum demolished, but ‘debris of brick, wire and metal have filled in the empty foundation. When the snow melted and rain came, the foundation filled with run off, hence the ungodly smell filling the street.’
ALSO Via DCmud, the Dupont underground RFP is out [PDF]!
Surprise! ‘A new study from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) assessing the economic implications of government mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on construction projects in the District of Columbia determined that implementing PLAs would hurt local workers and businesses.’
Metro Weekly covers meet and greet with new GLLU officers. ”I know so many people decided to join the GLLU because of that $10,000 extra bump in your salary,” Loudermilk said to assorted tittering, ‘’so I understand you. But this is why we held this event, to say thank you, and we know why you’re doing this, and it’s not for an extra $10,000 because you care.”’.
Fenty Budget Unveiled Today As much local politics as humanly possible. Send your tips, releases, stories, events, etc. General’; and tweets galore! Morning all. Postings will follow at City Desk. government source said Wednesday evening. Other efforts to close the gap include combining agencies. One such move involves the Office of the Tenant Advocate, and is predicted to cause outcry in the tenants’ rights community.’ And, of course, no tax hikes, but we shall see how narrow Fenty’s definition of ‘tax’ might be this year. AFTER THE JUMP Fallout from South Cap shootings continues; looks like Jack v. (Also Examiner.) WaPo’s crack crime and courts reporters Paul Duggan, Keith Alexander, and Clarence Williams combine to report on what happened Tuesday night and the days leading up to it: Four piled into a Chrysler minivan, a 14 year old at the wheel (identified by Examiner as Malik Carter, brother of Orlando and of Sanquan Carter, already arrested for Howe’s killing). They fired at the crowd standing outside the apartment building that sits high above the northeast corner of South Cap and Brandywine Streets SE using three guns, including a AK 47 like assault rifle. Left dead were Brishell Jones, 16; DaVaughn Boyd, 18; William ‘Marley’ Jones III, 19, and Tavon Nelson, 17. In addition to the Carter brothers, police have arrested Nathaniel Simms, 26; another suspect escaped arrest and is sought by police. ‘The reason for the mayhem? It might have begun with something this trivial: a missing bracelet. “My child barely weighed 100 pounds… shot in the temple with an AK 47… bullets all in her body. It’s senseless,” said Nardyne Jefferies, the mother of [Jones]. CHRONOLOGY Lanier, after the press conference last night, detailed what led up to the Tuesday shooting. Last Monday, March 22, Howe was murdered in the early morning hours. Police identified two suspects now identified as the Carter brothers. Prosecutors immediately presented a search warrant for Sanquan to a judge, and he was arrested on Tuesday. The evidence behind Orlando, however, was thinner, and prosecutors would not sign off. Meanwhile, Orlando was shot and wounded on Tuesday, seven hours after his brother is arrested. attorney’s office to get a warrant to a judge, to no avail. There was a meeting on Friday to discuss the warrant, but no movement. Prosecutors would not agree to take the evidence to a judge. attorney’s office has to make a decision. Do we always agree? No. Superior Court Judge Elizabeth C. Wingo noted that the youth has nine previous convictions on charges including assault and theft and had been placed in the custody of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services six times. Court officials said the youth had fled from detention at least twice and had walked away without permission from DYRS custody before Tuesday’s attack.’ WHERE WAS FENTY? Both LL and WaPo were wondering where Hizzoner, usually Johnny on the spot during high profile news events, was in the hours following the drive by. press conference was announced. Airways flight destined for DCA. More later today on City Desk. HEARD ON SOUTH CAP Shouted at Fenty during last night’s presser: ‘Gay marriage is more important than lives!’ ALSO WaTimes, NC8, WTTG TV, WRC TV. The broader ramifications of a Vince Gray mayoral run are explored by WaPo’s Ann Marimow and Nikita Stewart, who report that council colleagues ‘are anxious about the leadership void and uncertainty they say his candidacy creates.’ Gray’s announcement came two days before the unveiling of the mayoral budget, kicking off what would have been a tough enough budget season even aside from all the Sept. 14 minded politicking. Or, as David Catania puts it, ‘This is going to be the most difficult budget in a generation for us to construct and that’s challenging enough without having ambitious personalities inserting themselves in unhelpful ways.’ The story lauds Gray as ‘a patient, collaborative presence, presiding over an often rowdy group of a dozen other council members. Against the backdrop of a weak economy, he helped shepherd legislation that legalized gay marriage, imposed a 5 cent grocery bag tax and rewrote the city’s gun laws to comply with a Supreme Court ruling. Council chairman shapes up: Looks like a Kwame vs. Jack showdown, ’setting up a costly campaign that could hinge on Evans’ ability to attract votes from African Americans,’ <a href=”http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/”>cheap jerseys</a> Tim Craig reports in WaPo noting that ‘an Evans Brown matchup could serve as a test of how politics in the District has changed as the city becomes increasingly gentrified.’ Evans says he’s ‘a leader who has the ability to run the council and has a grasp on the financial situation’; Brown, on spring break with family, ‘has tried to adopt a populist tone, often trying to position himself as the representative for “the people.” But he sometimes struggles to formulate in depth policy solutions.’ Issues? Evans tells NC8: ‘I’m a big supporter of Michelle Rhee and the school takeover will be a big issue. If the others don’t support that, what is their alternative?’ He adds that ‘he wants to serve as chairman in the tradition of John Wilson and Linda Cropp.’ Evans also brushes off memories of his ill fated ‘98 mayor run: ‘I wouldn’t run if I didn’t think I could win.’ Question is, how close does he run to Fenty? WTOP’s Marks Segraves and <a href=”http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/”>http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/</a> Plotkin and report that ‘Fenty has offered to help Evans with fund raising and political organizing.’ Also G’town Voice, RUBBER MEETS ROAD ‘Although many council members privately question Brown’s leadership skills, he has so far picked up more endorsements than Evans.’ That included, thus far, Harry Thomas and Mary Cheh, who says she ‘lined up behind Brown, mostly because she said she thought that Evans was not going to enter the race.’ She tells NC8 that Brown is a ’sensible progressive type of legislator.’ And Jim Graham says he’s neutral and ‘thinks the chairman’s race could hinge on whether Gray or Fenty (D) has the momentum in the mayor’s race during the late summer.’ That goes for his endorsement, too, no doubt. ALSO From the Marimow/Stewart piece: ‘Several council members have privately expressed concerns about having Evans and Brown as leaders. Evans, a Fenty ally, could be problematic, they said, because he would not have a majority of council members on his side despite his status as the longest serving member. Second tweet: ‘Voters are looking for an experienced Councilmember who knows the city. General family homeless shelter were aired yesterday in a seven hour hearing before Tommy Wells’ human services committee. Jason Cherkis, who’s been all over the story, writes: ‘Families Forward Inc. [the shelter operator] knew the sorts of questions that would come up. The statement made no mention of the dead newborns nor did it directly address the allegations of sexual harassment by her staff. King Gregory did begin her statement saying: “Even though I would rather be anywhere else but here, I think you for the opportunity to appear before you.”‘ Darryl Fears also covered for WaPo, focusing on allegations of sex between staff and residents and the death of a 5 month old at the shelter. Human Services chief Clarence Carter declined to discuss specific allegations, much to Wells’ chagrin. Also dutiful Fencegate update, from WaTimes’ Jeff Anderson: DDOT rejects Gray’s claim that he filed a permit application in early March, saying it ‘never received a proper submission.’ So what happened? ‘According to the city [DDOT], [Gray attorney Robert Spagnoletti]’s firm misfiled Mr. Gray’s permit application to the wrong agency. “DDOT can assume no responsibility for this mistake,” [a DDOT inspector] wrote Wednesday to Mr. Gray’s lawyers, who declined to comment.’ Hmm Fred Cooke woulda known which agency to send the papers to. Ahead of this morning’s budget announcement, WaPo’s Bill Turque looks at how schools funding will fare. The answer: Not as well as Hizzoner might want you to believe. ‘At the December budget presentation for principals and parent leaders, Chancellor Michelle A. The average cost of a teacher in salary and benefits is expected to rise to $84,026 from last year’s $81,815. The average salary and benefit package for a principal will grow to $138,710, up from $134,019. Council beginning next week.’ LL is told she’ll be helping Gray shape the schools budget in the coming months. Yikes: ‘The deterioration of Washington’s Metro system could jeopardize federal funding for new transit projects in the area, including a Purple Line light rail system in Maryland and streetcar networks in Arlington County and the District,’ Katherine Shaver reports in WaPo. Why? ‘In awarding highly competitive funding for new projects, the Federal Transit Administration considers applicants’ ability to maintain their current transit systems. Because governments in Maryland, the District and Northern Virginia are partially responsible for funding Metro, the FTA will weigh the safety and reliability of the Metro system before granting money for new transit lines, transportation planners said.’ And ‘Metro’s long list of safety and infrastructure needs became a sticking point when the FTA initially balked at spending $900 million to help extend the subway to Tysons Corner. transportation officials said they’re not concerned about Metro affecting their chances of clinching money for a K Street Transitway or a 37 mile streetcar system.’ A Jonetta Rose Barras column about national politics? Not quite: Barras slams congressional Democrats for claiming to be ‘high ground travelers’ after passing health care reform legislation. ‘Consider the facts resting in their backyard. That’s where 600,000 citizens of the District live who are being denied voting representation in Congress. SE. A Detroit developer is offering DCPS students scholarships in return for perfect attendance records, Examiner reports. Abner McWhorter III, CEO of Paramount Land Holding, will hand over the $4K ducats only if students make it through four years of high school without missing a day. ‘”Our thought is to give students at least one more incentive to stay in school,” McWhorter said, citing poor attendance and high dropout rates in the city’s public schools. McWhorter, 39, established the “Show Up to Blow Up” scholarship program in Detroit in 2008. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and her actions to reform the District’s public schools. “[Chancellor Rhee] has made a lot of progressive improvements in the school system, and Mr. McWhorter’s looking to support those efforts,” said Linda Jones, a spokeswoman for McWhorter.’ Former firefighter cadet is sentenced for her role in shooting her ex, Scott McCabe reports in Examiner: ‘Prosecutors said 23 year old Dominique L. fire academy in March 2007 when her boyfriend, Frank D. “Pacman” Johnson, 28, shot the father of her 10 month old child in Southeast Washington. Superior Court Judge Robert I. Richter sentenced Johnson to 15 years in prison on charges of aggravated assault while armed, carjacking and a weapons offense. Taylor was sentenced to four months behind bars for perjury and obstruction of justice.’ Robert Pettus, 24, convicted of raping and killing a 77 year old woman in 2004, is back in court for allegedly sexually assaulting his cellmate, WaPo’s Alexander reports. DCmud has more on the ‘giant, trash filled, oozing hole in the ground’ on the 800 block of Kennedy Street NW. The city ordered a slum demolished, but ‘debris of brick, wire and metal have filled in the empty foundation. When the snow melted and rain came, the foundation filled with run off, hence the ungodly smell filling the street.’ ALSO Via DCmud, the Dupont underground RFP is out [PDF]! Surprise! ‘A new study from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) assessing the economic implications of government mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on construction projects in the District of Columbia determined that implementing PLAs would hurt local workers and businesses.’ Metro Weekly covers meet and greet with new GLLU officers. ”I know so many people decided to join the GLLU because of that $10,000 extra bump in your salary,” Loudermilk said to assorted tittering, ‘’so I understand you. But this is why we held this event, to say thank you, and we know why you’re doing this, and it’s not for an extra $10,000 because you care.”’.

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