Posts Tagged ‘Vincent Gray’

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Coming Soon: A Morbid Update

Pretty soon, a dreadful document will cross the desk of Mayor Vince Gray.
It's called the Child Fatality Review Committee Annual Report, and it's prepared by the District medical examiner's office. The report lets the mayor know just how many kids the city lost to forces like disease, homicide, and suicide. The office says [...]

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Jack Evans Takes On FEMS

Leave it to the D.C. Council to face down the tough issues of the day.
Councilmember Jack Evans announced today that he would be taking on a cause dear to, apparently, every D.C. fire fighter. No, this doesn't have anything to do with the hydrant issues or suspect arson investigations. This has to do with the [...]

Gray’s Budget Targets Mental-Health Services

A quick scan of Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed budget shows that a majority of cuts going to social services. Sixty percent of the cuts target health and human services.  While the mayor proposes those cuts, he has sought an increase of $16.7 million to pay for kids to be shipped out of the city to [...]

DYRS On Track To Overspend On Outsourcing Kids

WaPo's Mike DeBonis reports today that Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi notified Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council members this morning that several city agencies are projected to go over budget this year by tens of millions of dollars.
One of the biggest costs putting the city in the red: the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services' continued [...]

City Officials Find Solution To Homeless Crisis: The Comfort Inn

Updated at 5:25 p.m.
Throughout this hypothermia season, the District has managed to keep D.C. General's emergency family shelter from becoming overcrowded. The good news is there aren't families sleeping in hallways next to trash cans or enduring sleepless nights in the cafeteria (see here, here, and here). D.C. General has been held at a capacity [...]

Gray Transition Team Notes CFSA’s ‘Weak Management’

In its report on health and human services, Mayor Vince Gray's transition team outline key areas that need improvement with various District agencies. The report [PDF], submitted by Maria Gomez and Peter Edelman, suggests the District's Child and Family Services Agency needs a lot of work.
Among the five issues highlighted, the team noted the agency [...]

MPD Tipsters: Big Police Budget Cuts Coming

Every cop City Desk called seemed to have heard the whisperings. At the Metropolitan Police Department, rumors about budget cuts are flying. Several police sources say they've been told by fellow officers that the department needs to cut 40 million dollars from its budget due to city belt tightening, and that the [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Service Cuts and Videotaped Fights Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service, [...]

Future of Medical Marijuana in the District Slow-Moving and Hazy

Vince Gray's deliberateness is shining in a few areas this week—one of which is medical marijuana.
A town hall hosted by the D.C. Patients' Cooperative last night was scheduled a month ago; the advocates that organized it had hoped that by the time the town hall occurred, the mayor would have signed off on regulations approved [...]

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Is CFSA Director Roque Gerald Fudging Stats?

In today's WaPo, Child and Family Services Agency Director Roque Gerald finally responds at length to a series of critical pieces about his agency.  Some of the recent pieces argued that the agency doesn't respond adequately when calls are made to its hotline, that residential treatment centers are overused, and with my own story on [...]

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