Our Morning Roundup: Did Barry’s Nonprofits Help You?
Some of City Desk's loyal readers have protested in the comments that we've been writing and reporting too much on the Barry scandal. Yesterday alone, we produced a strong post on ANC Commissioners' reactions to the Bennett Report, interviewed local jewelry merchants on just how Barry could call giving jewelry a "loan," and the news that the D.C. Council will severely punish Barry today. But here's what we still don't know: Who—besides Barry's cronies—benefited from those fishy nonprofits that he helped set up?
Let's crowd source this! Did any of you all ever receive assistance or any kind of uplift from the Ward 8 Health Council, Clean and Sober, Inc., Ward 8 Education, Clean and Green, the Workforce Development Council, or the Youth Leadership Council? I have yet to meet, let alone hear from anyone who attended any of these groups' meetings or received any kind of assistance from these organizations. In order for these entities to be real, functioning nonprofits, at least one District resident must be familiar with these groups beyond the Barry loyalists.
Please step forward. Act fast! The Council is set to rule on Barry by this afternoon.
After the jump, big development news!
The 42 notes the closing of West Elm's downtown location. Like the 42, West Elm's high-end take on IKEA was way out of our price range.
The DC Fiscal Policy Institute highlights two very troubling bills on the Council's agenda today. And they're not talking about Barry.
The Sexist reports on another reason to hate the Catholic Church.