City Desk

Our Morning Roundup: Communism in Cleveland Park Edition

First up: Fresh stuff right here on this very Web site. Jason Cherkis has the cops, in their own words, explaining themselves for the DeOnte Rawlings shooting. Of special note: why they not only left the boy bleeding from the back of the head, but why they never even checked to see if he's still alive. Stunning.

Tim Carman's got even more on the eviction of celeb chef Spike Mendelsohn; Amanda Hess is wondering who can tell a rape joke; Ruth Samuelson finds a juicy condo conversion story peopled with phantom tenants; and Dave McKenna finds a guy to lay out in telling detail why DCPS is dysfunctional. LL Weekly to be pimped in forthcoming LL Daily.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, except when it comes to the Cleveland Park Cititizens Association. Marc Fisher today goes after George Idelson and Friends after old George, rather than welcome a bunch of people who don't agree with him into "his" neighborhood group—designed to "make your voice heard and help preserve and improve our neighborhood"—decided instead to postpone/cancel elections. Idelson's a classic NIMBY, of course, who favors "preservation" above development, even if that development includes replacing a crappy grocery store with a noncrappy one. But what Fisher didn't get into is just how quietly effective old George has been over the years. The battles being lost in Cleveland Park now are connected to the "overlay"—the complicated, esoteric formula that dictates how much property and which kind can be commercial. Idelson is its most vocal defender and has successfully fought off scrapping it and drastically changing it. As a result, Cosi fell victim. The Giant project has been stalled for more than 10 years. Empty storefronts at the Park and Shop remain that way. But if old George is forced to open up his fiefdom? Things could finally get interesting in CP.

Moving on to the fact that Virginians are not allowed to smile for their license photos anymore. But they are allowed stupid vanity plates? Oy vey.

More from the D.C. blogoworld:

* Greater, Greater Washington thinks Silver Spring could be like New York and San Francisco.

* Congress Heights on the Rise does some serious gloating about his/her condo and Congress Heights being on the rise.

* DCist gives three stars to Loose Lips. Not that Loose Lips!

* SWDC calls the rotting, trash-filled Town Center Park at 6th and I SW a "disgrace." Tommy Wells responds.

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  • Q

    "mea culpa" or "redemption reelection" Tour, either way LL, the Fenty PR machine is operational. Expect a kindler, gentler Fenty. Not because he's actually learned his lesson, but because public sentiment does have some bearing on electability. Even Cheney--I mean Nichols defended his arrogance saying that he is the same knocking on doors Fenty, he's just a young guy who gets frustrated.

    Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. ~Chinese Proverb

    “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.“ ~Abraham Lincoln

  • Roadie

    Lost in the focus about the Giant Giant is another theme in the Cleveland Park Citizens Association contest for control: payback. One of the organizers of the self-described “coup” at CPCA is the partner of Geoff Griffis, the controversial former chairman of the Board of Zoning Adjustment. The current CPCA leadership opposed Griffis’ nomination to the Zoning Commission, citing conflict of interest and other, uh, conduct allegations relating to Griffis’ stormy tenure at BZA. Griffis and his partner may now see an opportunity for possible payback.

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