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Our Morning Roundup: City Response Times Suck

Is anybody sick of city officials promising "to look into it?" Yesterday, Councilmember Yvette Alexander told WaPo that last week a man pulled a pistol on her as she came to the aid of a Metro driver who was being robbed. She then had to wait eight minutes before a fire truck (!) arrived. Alexander's account marries up well with the longstanding concerns of her colleague, Councilmember Phil Mendelson who has been consistently complaining about 911 response times. Mendo's dismantling of the Office of Unified Communications during council hearings is a Wilson Building annual event.

All this is to say: this issue has been old news for some time. Even Alexander's allegation is old—it happened last week, an eternity for a big city government. And yet we get this really lame response from Fenty spokesperson Mafara Hobson. WaPo paraphrased Hobson saying: "The administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is looking into the incident."

Really?

What they mean to say is this: We're not looking into this incident. In fact, we are hoping this incident will go away and that reporters never bring it up again. And if they do bring it up again, we will tell them no comment, that the investigation is ongoing.

When it became known that an inmate had been wrongly released from the D.C. Jail recently, city officials issued an anonymous statement that falsely blamed D.C. Superior Court staff for the screwup. I e-mailed Hobson to find out if "city officials" was actually Hobson and if she wanted to add to her statement in anyway. I never got a response from the mayor's spokesperson. Maybe she thought the issue would just go away.

Must Reads:

The Washington Teacher questions a pro-Rhee add in WaPo by the Federal City Council. Amazing.

Prince of Petworth reports that Bloomingdale is getting a neighborhood bar.

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  • If it walks like a duck

    Jason: while you're at it, can you check to see if the "investigation" into the nut bag Police officer who pulled his gun at the snow ball fight is finished yet?

  • Fred

    anyway in fourth to last para should be "any way."

    Ad, not add to mean advertisement in 2nd to last para.

    I know it's early, but come on, aren't you writers??

  • Ed Lopat
  • noodlez

    GOOD JOB Ed Lopat!

    HEY MR. THOMPSON AND THOMPSON HOSPITALITY, WHILE I APPLAUDE YOU PULLING YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY UP BY YOUR BOOTSTRAPS, I DETEST THE FATTY AND SODIUM LACED GARBAGE YOU ARE FEEDING OUR ALREADY DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN HERE IN DC!

    MR. THOMPSON, I CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE A PERSONAL INTEREST IN YOUR CONTRACT WITH DC PUBLIC SCHOOLS. EVALUATE AND COMB THE MENU TO MAKE SURE OUR CHILDREN ARE GETTING AT THE VERY LEAST BALANCED AND NUTRITIOUS MEALS. OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM IS FRACTURED RIGHT NOW AND WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET!

    HEY LAME DUCK ADMINISTRATION SINCE YOU ARE LOOKIN INTO SHIT WHY DONT YOU LOOK INTO THAT SHIT!

  • F*** this guy

    On top of slow communication and miscommunications caused by poorly trained 911 call-takers, how about the fact that police and fire radio communications are still unencrypted? Any scumbag with an iPhone or a radio scanner can tune in to the district they're in and hear when a call is dispatched to handle whatever shit they're causing?

  • Rick Mangus

    Back in August of 2009 I called 911 for two guys breaking into cars in my neighborhood. I gave the operator a full discription of the two and informed her that they were still on scene, that was at 12:16 am.

    It is now 12:30 am and still no police. I called 911 again and the told the operator that I called before, she snaped at me saying, "They will get there, when they get there!"

    It's now 1:28 am and I get a call from police communication saying that the police are on scene and can't find the suspects, I wonder why.

    It makes me wonder if the city hires from the same moron pool that METRO hires there employees from!

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