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DCPS whistleblower Jeffrey Mills revealed Chartwells' bad contract, so why does the company still have the gig? [WCP]

Finally, a D.C. Council show. [LL]

Councilmembers move to block Chartwells contract. [LL]

Audit shows loose oversight in school modernization. [LL, WAMU]

$15 minimum wage battle looms for Muriel Bowser, businesses. [Post, WAMU]

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The Interior Department (And Everything Else) That Could Block the Pigskins’ Move to D.C.

There's one more reason to expect the Pigskins will never play a game again in the District. The Post reports that the Interior Department warned Muriel Bowser that it probably won't allow the team to move back to the area around RFK Stadium unless the team's name is changed.

Of course the feds aren't the only thing keeping the Pigskins out of town. Here are the biggest obstacles to a Pigskins move that stand between you and seeing Robert Griffin III throwing interceptions in the District:

That Name, Federally

The Interior Department administers the land underneath RFK Stadium, which means they have a lot to say about who uses the land (and whether the District can renew its lease in 2037). Not insignificantly for the name debate, the department also handles treaties with Native American tribes.

"Secretary Jewell has been clear that she considers the Washington football team’s name a relic of the past and believes it should be changed," says Interior Department spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw.

The Bowser administration hasn't responded to LL's request for comment.

That Name, Locally

Pigskins owner Dan Snyder isn't exactly a thick-skinned guy, and it's hard to imagine him making a deal with District officials who say his team's name is racist, even for a couple hundred million in public money. Hence Bowser's bizarre flip-flop on the team's name, which hasn't even convinced her staff, much less Snyder.

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Cheh to File Disapproval Resolution Over Controversial DCPS Food Services Contract (UPDATE)


Led by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, four D.C. lawmakers will file a resolution by close of business today that will delay renewal of a controversial D.C. Public Schools food services contract with Chartwells/Thompson Hospitality, City Paper has learned. The disapproval resolution requires three members to sign off, and will afford the D.C. Council 14 days to deliberate and work with DCPS officials to resolve any concerns.

Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, and At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman will join Cheh in the letter she said she will file with the secretary of the Council. (Allen sits on the education committee, but Nadeau, Silverman, and Cheh do not.) At-Large Councilmember David Grosso, who chairs the Committee on Education, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (See update below.)

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The D.C. Council Gets House of Cards Treatment in New Show

The D.C. Council tried out reality TV in the ill-fated Marion Barry show, but now filmmaker Paul DeVeaux wants to take the Wilson Building fictional with a webseries.

Naturally, DeVeaux writes The Council in Godfather font in this teaser. Sitting in front of what looks like a 2012 David Grosso sign, various ersatz councilmembers talk about how they're each the indispensable pol who turned the District around—and can put it in the dirt again, if they feel like it.

"I'm the straw that stirs the drink," says one pinstriped power broker-type.

Who will be the king or queen of the Council? LL's bet is on either this guy, who swallows his scenes whole:

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LL Links

Phil Mendelson settles for compromise tax cut deal. [LLPostTimes]

Study of public power utility gutted, Mary Cheh blames Pepco. [LL]

District workers get a minimum wage hike today... [Post]

... but activists want more for lowest-paid workers. [WAMU]

D.C. Council wants FOIA money to go with police body cameras. [Post]

New HIV cases drop by 40 percent. [WAMU]

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Audit: School Modernization Agencies Broke Rules, Didn’t Keep Track of Money

The District agencies in charge of school modernization broke rules, spent money on the wrong projects, and couldn't account for millions in modernization spending, according to a new report from the D.C. Auditor.

The report arrives a week ahead of a joint D.C. Council hearing on the cost of school modernization since legislation passed in 2006 laid out the modernization plan.

For her part, Mayor Muriel Bowser has said she has "concerns" about how much renovations and new schools cost. According to the audit, Bowser's concerns are well-founded. Read more Audit: School Modernization Agencies Broke Rules, Didn’t Keep Track of Money

Council Guts Study of Pepco Alternatives

The District won't be studying the creation of a city-owned power company after all. Despite residents' grievances with Pepco (and the potential that a pending takeover will make it all worse), the D.C. Council voted today to pull $250,000 meant to study the creation of a public power utility that could replace Pepco.

Instead, according to the amendment from At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, the money will go toward "emerging alternatives" for energy and promoting energy efficiency.

On the dais, the amendment's supporters accused Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh of trying to use the study to interfere with Chicago-based Exelon's takeover of Pepco. (Of course, interfering with the merger might not be such a bad idea.)

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Mendelson Fends Off Freshmen Revolt Over Tax Cuts

How can Phil Mendelson reach the youth? Breakfast politicking couldn't save the D.C. Council chairman from facing a freshmen-powered revolt today over when to trigger new tax cuts.

Mendelson wanted to start the tax cuts this month, while four of the Council's five freshmen, along with At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, supported Muriel Bowser's February 2016 trigger. 

In the end, Mendelson managed to win a September compromise proposed by At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds and freshman Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, a deal they announced came from the "old school and the new school." But first, Mendelson had to defeat a six-member bloc backing the February trigger.

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LL Links

Muriel Bowser launches expanded summer jobs program. [City DeskPost]

Former at-large candidate Marc Morgan accused of mixing his campaign funds with Adams Morgan festival money. [WAMUPost]

Former taxi chief Ron Linton dies at 86. [LL, DCist]

More from WCP's map of pedestrians and cyclists struck by cars. [City Desk]

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Former Taxi Commission Chairman Ron Linton Dies at 86

Ron Linton, the Vince Gray administration D.C. Taxicab Commission chief who tried to modernize the cab fleet while facing the rise of app-based services like Uber, died last night at 86.

When he took over the DCTC in 2011, Linton knew that pushing through a uniform color scheme and credit card machines in the District's often fractious cab community wouldn't be easy (Linton's immediate predecessor, for example, went undercover in a bribery sting).

Still, Linton didn't expect complications app-based sedan services Uber, whose start in the District prompted him to go undercover himself to bust one of the company's drivers. WAMU first reported Linton's death.

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