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Thank You and Farewell: Loose Lips Daily

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Morning all. Afraid the rumors are true; this LL's time is up. You're reading the last edition of Loose Lips Daily penned by this LL, but he will be back soon (after a week's tropical vacation) observing the same scene from a different perch. Now LL will not ponder all the time he's spent reading, copying, and pasting on the nearly 400 weekdays since Loose Lips Daily debuted on Oct. 27, 2008—that would be sobering, if not depressing. But LL will extend a hearty thank you to his more than 2,500 current subscribers, who have been kind enough not just to read, but to send in the tips and thoughts and simple thank yous that kept LLD going every day. But most of all, LL thanks all the fellow reporters whose hard work was read, digested, and regurgitated here on a daily basis. Another Loose Lips, the seventh, will follow sometime soon, and in the meantime LL Daily will continue in the able hands of honorary LL Jason Cherkis. Goodbye!

AFTER THE JUMP—Strings on contract proposal could derail fiscal certification; Gandhi says Rhee's 'blaming the messenger'; Congress moves against D.C. gun laws; Orange quits Pepco to ponder chair run; WaPo ed board wants explanation for Slover demotion; immigration politics comes to JAWB; Leonsis wraps up Wiz purchase

DEALBREAKER—WaPo's Bill Turque is first to report on the major strings attached to much of the $65M in private funding that DCPS is counting on fund the breakthrough teacher contract proposal. Put simply: 'If Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee leaves, so could the money.' More precisely: 'The private donors have told the District that they reserve the right to reconsider their $64.5 million pledge if leadership of the school system changes...That clause, yet to be publicly discussed by D.C. officials, is a standard feature of private grants. But it comes at the beginning of a primary campaign that could leave Rhee out of a job.' Mayoral challenger Vincent Gray won't say if he'd keep Rhee, and Rhee won't say if she'd be willing to work for Gray. But if she doesn't stay, the foundations could bounce, along with $21M in teacher salary cash. And in the middle is Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi, who is tasked with certifying the funding for the contract. Question is: Can you certify a contract contingent on an election? His office tells WaPo: 'The government has to be assured that the money it is getting is without condition. We cannot spend money that we are not certain of. This is one of the issues that have made this analysis such a lengthy and difficult process.' WTOP is even more blunt: ' Sources inside [Fenty]'s office tell WTOP that the Chief Financial Officer for the District will not certify the new D.C. teacher's contract, which puts the deal in serious jeopardy.' Also Examiner, NC8, WAMU-FM.

THE STRINGS—'The foundations set out their conditions in letters last month to Rhee and Cate Swinburn, president and executive director of the D.C. Public Education Fund, the nonprofit organization established by political supporters of Fenty's to raise and funnel private contributions to the public schools. Although the four foundations differ on some conditions, all insist on stability at the top of the school system....The foundations also expect growth in test scores and teacher retention. "In the case that the anticipated outcomes are not being realized, the third party funders reserve the right to reconsider their support," Swinburn wrote to Rhee on March 30. Swinburn said the achievement targets match those in the District's application to the federal Race to the Top grant competition. These include 5 percent annual growth in reading and math proficiency on the DC-CAS and a 10-point rise on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Swinburn said the conditions are "standard for private foundation grant agreements." She said Tuesday that she has never faced a situation in which foundations have rescinded grants for not meeting such conditions.'

THE UNION LINE—'Union President George Parker said his sole concern is Gandhi's analysis of the contract. If he judges it to be fiscally sound, it is incumbent on the city to live up to it, regardless of what happens to Rhee, he said. "We don't have an agreement with the funders. We have an agreement with the city," Parker said. "It is up to the CFO to say whether it has the money."'

OH, AND THAT SURPLUS—The back-and-forth between Rhee and Gandhi continues, nastily, with another report from Turque—this on how Gandhi 'dispatched spokesman David Umansky to push back at Rhee's assertion [in Sunday's WaPo story] that she has little or no control over budget and financing questions, calling it "absolute hogwash."..."This is the case of the chancellor blaming the messenger for information she doesn't like. When she first got here she didn't like the information she was getting. She got the CFO to replace her with someone she liked [Noah Wepman!] and never complained about the information she was getting. Now she is getting a truly independent analysis of their budget." Umansky said the current analysis of the $700 million budget shows a surplus of $2,000 for FY 2009.'

SAVE THE DATE—High-stakes council testimony from Gandhi is scheduled for Friday.

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That didn't take long: Fears that the congressional gun orgy is far from over are proven true, with senators John McCain (Republican!) and Jon Tester (Democrat!) and representatives Travis Childers (Democrat!) and Mark Souder (Republican!) coming together in a rare show of bipartisan comity to screw over the District of Columbia. Ann Marimow writes in WaPo that the bills are 'intended to make it easier to buy guns and ammunition in the District and to repeal local registration and firearm storage requirements,' in keeping with an expansive reading of the Heller decision. McCain explains: 'It's simple — we believe that residents across this country should be able to exercise their constitutional right to have access to firearms to protect themselves.' The good news: 'Unlike the gun amendment to the voting rights legislation, the bills...are stand-alone measures. Democratic leaders are unlikely to schedule the bills for floor consideration on their own. Lawmakers could try to attach the gun bills to some must-pass legislation.' Matthew Cella details the bill's provisions in WaTimes: 'The bills introduced Tuesday would eliminate gun-registration requirements in the city and prevent the mayor and the D.C. Council from adopting laws prohibiting gun ownership. It would also bar city officials from enacting laws that would prohibit guns from being carried in public places (whether concealed or openly brandished), that would diminish the authority of the city's police chief to deny concealed-carry licenses, or that would prohibit city leaders from preventing guns from being taken into city buildings.' In other words: Same as the DCHVRA rider. Eleanor Holmes Norton says in a statement that she is 'not surprised.' Also WTOP, Examiner, DCist.

FENTY STATEMENT—'The homicide rate in the District of Columbia is the lowest it has been in more than 40 years due to the hard work of the Metropolitan Police Department along with the assistance of community members all over the District. Any provisions that would permit more guns in the District would be a major step backward for public safety in the Nation's Capital.'

V.O. STRAIGHT UP—Vincent Orange resigned yesterday from his senior government-affairs post at Pepco, clearing the way for a run for D.C. Council chairman that could begin as soon as next week, three years after ditching his Ward 5 council seat for an ill-fated mayoral tilt. Michael Neibauer reports at WBJ: 'Thomas Graham, Pepco region president, told community and business leaders Tuesday in a widely circulated e-mail that Orange “has decided to pursue career options outside of Pepco.” “Pepco wishes him well and appreciates his three years of service to the company,” Graham wrote.' Nikita Stewart notes at D.C. Wire that Sean Metcalf, a 'close friend and associate,' said there was 'a great celebration at Pepco today as Vince goes on to pursue other options, as we try to analyze the next steps.' Great celebration that he was leaving, eh? Orange called LL yesterday afternoon to emphasize that his departure was mutually amicable. And V.O., who almost single-handedly inspired revisions to exploratory-committee disclosure rules during his mayoral run, said he would not establish an exploratory committee. 'I'll either do it, or I won't,' he said.

QUESTION—How does he incorporate the number '5' into his run? If elected, he would be the seventh council chairman since Home Rule.

The WaPo editorial board takes a rare and fair shot at Fenty, asking why erstwhile D.C. Housing Authority board chair Bill Slover was asked to step down after questioning why Banneker Ventures would get an unusual markup for overseeing the infamous parks contracts. Hizzoner 'cites the competitive process in which 13 bids were reviewed by a five-member board. He proudly points to the refurbished parks and recreation centers that are the result of that work. Why, then, did Mr. Fenty retaliate against an official who dared to question the arrangement?...City officials defend the fees as commensurate with the risk the company was taking in insuring the work of the subcontractors. But experts we consulted called it generally bad business for a public project, saying it can create a perverse incentive for higher costs....Mr. Fenty needs to be more forthcoming. In particular: Why did he get rid of someone who was asking questions that apparently needed to be asked?'

ALSO—Examiner's Bill Myers reports on 'quiet' settlement talks between AG Peter Nickles and Fenty-connected/Scott Bolden-represented Banneker Ventures. After the D.C. Council canceled Banneker's contract last far, principal Omar Karim has threatened to sue. Says Nickles, 'My lawyers have been talking to his lawyers...I'm not giving anything away.' But it's Mary Cheh who gets in the Zinger! Of! The! Day!: 'Is this the same Peter Nickles that refuses to settle with anybody and takes the same scorched-earth policy with everyone else?...I am somewhat skeptical of the haste of attempting to settle with Mr. Karim while we're still investigating his behavior.'

Meanwhile, a Fenty hustings sighting by WaPo's Tim Craig, who catches Hizzoner during a 'morning viz' outing in Dupont Circle: 'Greeting pedestrian commuters at the base of the Dupont Circle fountain, a relaxed Fenty reached out to nearly everyone who passed by, asking them if they were a "D.C. Democrat." He then posed for photographs and plastered "Fenty" stickers on their clothes. Most importantly, however, Fenty and a small army of volunteers gathered all-important names, e-mail and addresses to log into their voting files – which will become indispensable commodities when it comes to the mayor's get-out-the vote effort....Many of people who Fenty came in contact with this morning gladly gave their information to the mayor's volunteers. And when someone said they were too busy to stop because they were late for work, Fenty ordered a volunteer to walk with that person to collect the information on-the-go.'

WHY VINCE GRAY SHOULD BE HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS—Fenty's database, plus comments like this: 'I don't follow D.C. politics, but I think he has been great' and 'I don't follow local politics too closely, but I don't think he's done a terrible job.'

WTOP's Mark Segraves identifies an obscure but potentially costly federal-local jurisdictional conflict: The feds are refusing to pay new WASA stormwater assessments—even though it was EPA mandates that led to the fees in the first place. 'The federal government won't pay the fee because it says the fee is a tax. WTOP has obtained a letter sent to WASA and the U.S. Department of Treasury from Lynn Gibson, acting general counsel for the Government Accountability Office: "The Impervious Surface Area charges adopted by the District appears to be a tax on property owners....Accordingly, we are instructing the Department of Treasury not to make a payment to the District."...The dispute comes down to whether the Impervious Area Charge is a tax or a fee.' WASA General Manager George Hawkins 'says it's ironic that one federal agency is imposing the requirements that necessitate the new fees while another agency is refusing to pay the fees.' Also Examiner, which notes the WASA position: "It's a fee, because it's directly related to a service that is rendered by our agency," WASA spokesman Alan Heymann said.' If the feds don't pay, it could mean a revenue loss of $2M per year—passed on the ratepayers! A court challenge could be in the offing.

ALSO—Hawkins makes case in WaPo op-ed for big hikes in WASA bills to cover infrastructural improvements. He asks: 'What is a fair price for a life-giving resource, a resource that is largely invisible unless a problem occurs? Our proposed 2011 rates will add less than $9 to the average residential customer's bill — not an insubstantial amount but one that still leaves the average bill at a quarter of an electricity bill, a third of a cell phone bill and half a cable bill. An interruption in these other services is generally inconvenient; an interruption in water supply could be catastrophic.' Also: Watch for upcoming WASA town halls in your ward.

Harry Jaffe quite wisely identifies 'the man who might be responsible for [Gray's] defeat in the upcoming mayoral campaign'—school facilities chief Allen Lew. 'Lew and his staff are responsible for renovating school buildings, athletic fields and playgrounds from one end of D.C. to the other. With a top core of fewer than 30, Lew has hired and monitored construction companies that have done in three years what the District has failed to do in the past 50. Lew has fixed the schools, period. The chattering classes are focused on whether Gray would keep schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee around if he's elected mayor. If Gray were smart, he would let Rhee's future slide but guarantee Lew's job....Ask yourself: Will voters pay more attention to the politics of school reform or the very real improvements to their schools?'

PLEAS PLEAS ME—Two developments of note at Prettyman: First off, in OCTOgate action, Sushil Bansal, CEO of Advanced Integrated Technology Corp., pleaded guilty yesterday to bribing city official Yusuf Acar and others, WaPo reports. 'Bansal, of Dunn Loring, admitted that between 2005 and 2009 he and his company paid more than $700,000 in bribes to District technology office employees, according to court records. In return, the documents state, the employees favored Bansal's company when awarding contracts, overpaid for the firm's services and paid "ghost employees" who did no work.' Sentencing is July 16. And Ted Loza, alleged JAWB bribe-taker, pleads not guilty to a new set of federal charges. 'Loza, who was arrested in September, is accused of accepting or soliciting more than $30,000 in cash, trips, limousine rides and meals. During a brief hearing in federal court in the District, Judge Paul Friedman raised the question of whether an extra-large jury pool will be needed because of extensive press coverage of the case. For now, a trial is set for October, and prosecutors said it could last about a month. Loza declined to comment after the hearing. But his attorney, Pleasant S. Brodnax III, said: "We look forward to our day in court."'

After three months of negotiations, Ted Leonsis is now on the cusp of control of the Abe Pollin sports empire, including the Washington Wizards and the Verizon Center. WaPo's Thomas Heath was first to report that a deal was all but done—a deal 'giving the former AOL mogul control over one of the few trifectas in sports: two major franchises and their home arena.' And, Heath writes, 'Leonsis and his group, Lincoln Holdings, are likely to energize the culture at Washington Sports & Entertainment, the sports empire cobbled together by [Pollin]....Leonsis, 53, is a rarity among sports owners: He is visible and accessible to fans and the public, publishes a blog called Ted's Take, regularly appears on television and quickly responds to e-mails....Sources said Leonsis will push to get the paperwork finalized before the June 24 NBA draft so the new owners can have input in new player selection. Leonsis would like to act quickly to lay the groundwork for what could likely be a years-long campaign to rebuild the basketball franchise....Family spokesman Robert Pollin, who announced the deal in a statement on Tuesday, said in an interview that he expects the sides to officially sign a purchase agreement in a week and transfer ownership in a month to six weeks, after the financing for the deal is in place....Pollin would not say how much the Leonsis group was paying, other than to say it was "a pretty good number." Sources have pegged the value of the team and arena at around $550 million [a figure also reported by AP]. Pollin did not dispute that figure.' Meanwhile, on WaPo A1, Les Carpenter anoints Leonsis as the heir to the Pollin legacy: '[T]hrough 11 years, Leonsis has come to be seen as one of the better owners in sports — a man who learned to squelch his impulsiveness, control his combativeness and ultimately build a team through the proper mix of smart draft picks and savvy trades. On Tuesday, Leonsis moved a step closer to getting the chance to apply these lessons on another Washington sports franchise.' Also WBJ.

The Hill East/Reservation 13 project bows to reality. What was once an ambitious, sprawling effort encompassing the whole of the D.C. General campus and more has been scaled back, Neibauer reports in WBJ. City officials are 'opting to develop a small, landlocked area at the Stadium-Armory Metro Station into a town center rather than take the project all the way to the Anacostia River,' and the 'decision to move the Hill East project forward piecemeal has already driven away a developer whose proposal for the larger project had won overwhelming community support. El Paso, Texas-based Hunt Development Group is no longer part of a team that still includes Abdo Development, EYA Development, Jair Lynch Development Partners, William C. Smith and Co. and Mosaic Urban Partners.' The spin: 'The long-term concept...remains grounded in a master plan developed by the community eight years ago.' The reality: 'The Fenty administration, said one person familiar with [a Hill East community meeting], “just doesn’t think anyone can pull this off in one fell swoop.” There’s no money for infrastructure, sources said, the market won’t support a $1 billion redevelopment and the administration doesn’t want another Poplar Point mess — where the chosen master developer dropped out over financing. “They got burned there,” said Ellen Opper-Weiner, a member of the Hill East Waterfront Action Network who attended the meeting.'

Jeffrey D. Best, 21, the fifth and final suspect to be charged in the South Capitol Street drive-by slayings, was ordered held without bond by a Superior Court judge yesterday. Best, Keith Alexander reports in WaPo, is charged 'with four counts of first-degree murder and one felony murder count in the attacks....Judge Karen Howze ordered Best held after a prosecutor told the judge that Best was also a suspect in two deadly shootings that led up to the March 30 drive-by attack...Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Hegyi argued that Best was a suspect in the March 22 shooting death of Jordan Howe, 20, on Alabama Avenue SE after a bracelet belonging to the brother of one of Best's friends, Sanquan Carter, went missing after a party....Hegyi said Best was also charged in the death of Tavon Nelson, 17, who was standing outside his apartment complex on Galveston Street SW on March 30 when he was shot in what police said was a botched robbery. Then, about five minutes later, according to court records, Best and the three other men charged in the Nelson shooting...drove to South Capitol Street in a rented minivan and opened fire on a crowd of mourners who had attended Howe's funeral that day....Best, his legs and arms shackled, stood quietly in court. At times he looked behind him and smiled at people in the gallery, before a federal marshal ordered him to face the front. Best had two gun possession convictions last year.'

Here's to efficient governance: The D.C. Zoning Commission moved swiftly Monday evening to up the bar-and-restaurant limitation in the Mid-City Arts Overlay from 25 to 30 percent on an emergency basis, Missy Frederick reports in WBJ. 'Now that the commission took action, that number has been extended to 30 percent for the next 120 days, meaning that existing projects in the works will not be encumbered by the previous limit...The commission will next consider a measure that would further raise the limit to 50 percent.' Also Housing Complex.

THANKS, MARY CHEH—Neibauer reports in WBJ on a $50,000 grant available for 'Ward 3 businesses willing to organize and launch a business improvement district-like nonprofit to support commercial operations along their corridor.' Hmm—anyone know any troubles Ward 3 commercial corridors? 'The genesis of the business association plan, Cheh said Tuesday, was “of course Cleveland Park,” which has struggled to maintain any semblance of a stable business community. “I was thinking of Cleveland Park, but I do want it to be a competitive process,” Cheh said. “The idea was to let them go through the process, think about how they would organize and maybe the money can be shared.”' So not an earmark, then? Good. Apps are due May 25.

Housing Complex's Lydia DePillis covers a new Downtown BID-sponsored study, which says there's just not enough housing downtown to meet demand. '“If you’re looking to buy a new condo for your daughter in the downtown area, there really aren’t any,” said David Mayhood, president of the Mayhood Company. “You’re going to see this total lack of inventory, like a rope just snapping.” He pointed to the latest big condo projects in the area, Madrigal Lofts and City Vista, each of which have only nine units left. The retail market, on the other hand, is totally oversupplied, with 215,000 square feet available now and 400,000 more coming online over the next five years at the old convention center site alone.' Also WAMU-FM.

Diamond Teague Park, an $8M marina project on the banks of the Anacostia next to Nationals Park, is open, DCmud reports: 'At 10:45 am today (11:15ish Fenty Standard Time), the Mayor and his entourage of Fenty for re-election volunteers gathered together with Earth Conservation Corps volunteers and Florence and Ivory Teague – parents of the slain teenager for whom the park is named – for a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony....Before his murder in October 2003, 19-year old Diamond Teague served as a member of the Earth Conservation Corps, a non-profit organization committed to engaging youth in "activities that restore and clean the Anacostia River and surrounding communities." As part of its agreements with the District, Coastal Properties, a commercial dock operator, has agreed to hire students from the Corps to help maintain the park.' Also video from NC8.

Former SecState Madeline Albright is slated to appear at a Clark Ray fundraiser, D.C. Wire notes. 'Albright will be a special guest of the May 24 event at James D'Orta's Harriman Mansion, also the site of Ray's first fundraiser that featured Tipper Gore as a special guest. D'Orta, a physician and Democratic fundraiser, will be joined by a long list of Ray supporters.'

National immigration politics are headed for the JAWB, it seems: National advocacy groups are calling on the D.C. Council to take a stand against Arizona's strict new illegal-immigration laws—to wit, a city boycott of the state of Arizona, WaPo's Craig reports. 'Juan Carlos Ruiz, director of the Latino Federation of Greater Washington, said lawyers are currently looking into how such a boycott would operate. Ruiz said he hopes the council could take up the resolution as early as next week. The resolution could be modeled after one the San Francisco Board of Supervisors plans to take up today in response to the new Arizona law that allows police to stop anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. That resolution calls for the San Francisco city government to stop doing business with Arizona and Arizona-based companies.' Jim Graham calls the Arizona law 'a crime against civil rights.' Question: How much business are we doing with Arizona?

ALSO—Graham and Phil Mendelson vow to legislate to keep D.C. out of the federal Secure Communities program, which 'allows authorities to check the immigration status of people they arrest.' D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has come out against any legislation: 'It pre-empts my ability to explore appropriate ways to safeguard our city with the participation of our community,' she tells AP. 'Last month, Lanier told the council that the program would have prevented the slaying of 9-year-old Oscar Fuentes, who was shot Nov. 14 as he and his family hid behind their apartment door. Josue Pena, who was charged in Fuentes' death and found hanging in his jail cell weeks later, had seven prior arrests in the city and was here illegally, Lanier testified.'

WaPo: 'About 200 Metro employees were among the estimated 3,000 transit workers from Washington, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta and other cities and states who chanted, waved signs and urged lawmakers to pass legislation to increase transit funding and allow federal money to be used to meet immediate shortfalls in operating budgets....One specific change the transit workers want would lift a restriction in the federal transportation program that requires cities with populations above 200,000 to use their federal funds only for capital expenses and not for operations.' Also WAMU-FM.

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING—The price for Northrop Grumman: '$12 million to $14 million in grants and cash incentives, with the exact amount based on which location the company chooses,' WaPo reports—plus, you know, right-to-work laws and a generally friendly tax and regulatory climate. This also helps: 'Economic development and political officials in two jurisdictions told The Washington Post that Northrop asked for several perks during preliminary discussions, including reimbursement for moving costs and country-club memberships.' Also, via Housing Complex, reaction from Valerie Santos, who is 'philosophical about the District’s loss. “As for Northrup Grumman, what would it have taken?” she asked, arguing that DC did well under the circumstances. “Northrup Grumman didn’t think the District would be as competitive as it was.”'

The case against locking up kids and throwing away the key, courtesy of Jerry M. attorney Elizabeth Alexander writing in WaPo: 'Data show that, in general, locking kids up leads to worse outcomes than alternatives to incarceration. Moreover, even the most dangerous youth held in secure facilities will not be there forever. Real behavioral change requires providing the resources to support confined youth when they return to the community.'

The case for investment in 'affordable housing, public education, healthcare, and a safe and reliable transportation system,' via the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and the Invest in DC coalition.

TOWN V. GOWN—GU neighbors not happy with campus plan. A surprise, verily!

Why are the lights on at this shuttered mental health clinic?

Armored car robbed on 600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE.

IS THIS PANDA PREGNANT?

Yupp-o-licious: DCmud previews the new Room & Board store.

WTOP asks: 'Does D.C. have an anti-car bias?' DDOT's Gabe Klein answers: 'One of the things we really need to do is capitalize on the fact that our built environment was not built for the automobile. That's a fact....What we are trying to do is allocate the space for everybody.'

...EVEN STREETCAR RIDERS! And you can ride one next week, or at least board one, during a 'Streetcar Showcase' in the Old Convention Center parking lot.

Want more 11th Street Bridge debate? Here ya go.

Dorothy Height begins her journey home. Hamil Harris notes in WaPo: 'A private service was held for Height's family and NCNW board members. Doors opened to the public at 6 p.m., and thousands of people waited in a serpentine line that stretched all the way down the block to pay their respects....Former D.C. mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly waited more than an hour to file past Height's casket. "She was such an exemplar of grace, dignity, perseverance," Kelly said. "After all, she was about the only woman who was there with the leadership of the civil rights movement when they gathered" for the March on Washington in 1963.' There will be another private viewing today; the funeral is Thursday at Washington National Cathedral, with President Barack Obama delivering the eulogy.

D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—9:45 a.m.: Committee on Government Operations and the Environment hearing on PR18-646 ('1320 Mississippi Ave. SE Disposition Approval Resolution of 2010'), JAWB 123; 10 a.m.: Committee on Finance and Revenue budget hearing on Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board, Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals, and Office of the Chief Financial Officer, JAWB 500; Committee on Public Works and Transportation budget hearing on Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Public Works, JAWB 412; 12:30 p.m.: Committee on Economic Development meeting on PR18-646 ('1320 Mississippi Ave. SE Disposition Approval Resolution of 2010'), JAWB 123; 1 p.m.: Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs roundtable on PR18-766 ('Board of Barber and Cosmetology Lenya Gregory-Perkins Confirmation Resolution of 2010'), PR18-764 ('Board of Barber and Cosmetology Richard DeCarlo Confirmation Resolution of 2010'), PR18-0765 ('Board of Barber and Cosmetology Anwar Saleem Confirmation Resolution of 2010'), and PR18-817 ('Board of Accountancy Robert Todero Confimation Resolution of 2010'), JAWB 120; 2 p.m.: joint public oversight roundtable on 'The Contracting Process Related to Parks and Recreation Projects,' JAWB 123; 2:30 p.m.: Committee on Human Services meeting (scheduled), JAWB 120.

ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—10:30 a.m.: remarks, 'Bank on DC' program kick-off, HEW Credit Union, 403 C St. NE.

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  • http://www.HalliganProjects.com Rob Halligan

    You done good, Mike. Good luck at the new gig.

    It seems that Chancellor Rhea isn't likely to be around after her Septemeber wedding to the Sacramento mayor. I'd imagine she'll not want to announce that she's moving to Sacramento until the after September mayoral primary. No matter who wins the mayoral primary, she's outta here. So the private funds for the teachers' contract won't be coming.

  • Indeed

    Best LL ever! Hands down. Congratulations on the move. Hope you can bring the same kind of tenaciousness to the dark side of the journalism world that you did over here.

  • downtown rez

    Agreed, you've done well, Mike.
    I hope you can keep the style and tone at the new gig.

    But Rob's way off base (as he often is) on the Rhee thing.

  • Joan

    Thank you MDB!

  • Nikki

    You're the best D-Bone!

  • Reid

    Congrats Mike, you have defined "must read" for local DC news.

    I hope the Post doesn't bury you away in some unfindable blog or column...

  • Woodley Parker

    Good job Mike and thank you. Now bring back Elissa Silverman!

  • http://lifein.mvsna.org niello8

    Thank you for your excellent service, I have SO enjoyed reading LL every day!

  • Cisneros

    Mike, you've done an absolutely awesome job as Loose Lips. Congratulations on the new gig. I'm looking forward to it.

  • candycane1

    See ya Mike and best wishes to you!

  • Dave McKenna

    Honored just to know you, MdB. you were raised right. be well...

  • DCNatives

    Mike, I can't believe it! You got me excited about local politics and you will be missed. Please don't let the WAPO taint you.

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  • Georgia Avenue Day

    Honestly, I'm sad.

    Your wit, inside scoops of DC Government, unbiased journalism will all be missed.

    I was looking forward to your coverage of the battle between Gray and Fenty...oh well.

    Best of luck.

  • Typical DC BS

    Mike, I think we all know you'll do well at WAPO. Will miss you here, but look forward to finding you at your new gig.

  • Truth Hurts

    LL, what a great run and terrific job you, Cherkis and Wemple had at CP. Despite our occassional disagreements, I always admired your drive, wit and passion for local politics.

    WAPO already has one Gray cheerleader disguised as a "fair and balanced" reporter. I'm counting on you to travel a different road. I'll be watching, my friend. All best wishes.

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  • Bill Brown

    Mike,

    You are a scholar and a gentleman, plus you are environmentally friendly. I wish you all the success in the world. At least I won't have to navigate this awful, new site to find your latest work. We must do lunch sometime (preferably at the Post, the cafeteria is the bomb). Hope to catch you around.

    Peace,

    -Bill

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    looking forward to your work in the new gig, mike. don't let the wapo keep you from expressing yourself!

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