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When mayoral hopeful and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray unveiled his education platform a month ago at the Thurgood Marshall Academy public charter school in Anacostia, there wasn't a whole lot of media folks there.

That's because most of them were across the river at DCPS headquarters, where Mayor Adrian Fenty and schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee were holding their own news conference  to announce the progress they'd made in reforming the city's special education programs.

LL asked a Rhee spokeswoman about the timing, but she said that it had nothing to do with Gray's event.

Flash forward one month: Gray announces his economic development plan this morning, saying it will get folks back to work.

A couple hours later, the Fenty administration announces $2.56 million in grants designed to—you guessed it—get folks back to work.

Said Gray in a statement:

Unfortunately, for the last three and a half years, the administration has operated with no economic development strategy, and has virtually ignored unemployment, doing precious little to deal with the growing crisis. The administration has focused more on creating jobs for the Mayor’s friends and allies than on the growing number of District residents trying to make ends meet, ... As Mayor, it will be one of my top priorities to develop a real strategy for creating jobs in every part of the District.

Countered Fenty in his statement:

In response to the very challenging economic conditions created by the national recession, we have been making an unprecedented investment in workforce development and job training for the people of Washington, D.C. ... These job training grant awards today are part of a $30 million investment in adult job training this year into provide assistance to those who are looking for work.

Check in tomorrow to see who won the battle of the news cycle.

Comments

  1. #1

    This is the microcosism of the election.

    Fenty produces results then reports them.

    Gray offers criticism and offers to hold planning sessions.

    By the way, Mr. Gray, did you notice a little downturn in the economy? Just a few million people lost thier jobs. The national unemployment figures through the roof. Maybe it would have never happened if you had beeen mayor of DC. All we needed was a little inclusion in DC local politics and we could have avoided a near depression.

  2. #2

    THIS DOUGH WAS PROBABLY EARMARKED FOR ONE OF THE SOON TO BE FORMER MAYOR BUTT BOYS TO PRETEND TO BE SOMETING THAT HE'S NOT.

    SINCE HIM BEEN PUT ON BLAST FOR ALL HIS BULLSHIT AND THE TWO-FACED PERSON THAT HIM IS HIM FIGURED HE TOSS SOME MONEY AROUND FOR FOLK FOR SOME JOB TRAINING IN THE 11TH HOUR? TYPICAL IRRESPONSIBLE MOVE. JUST LIKE ALL THE DESPARATION MOVES HE HAS BEEN MAKING ALL ALONG.

    HOW ARE THE "YOUR VOTE FOR A HOTDOG AND SOME GO-GO" GOING???

  3. #3

    How's this for an idea:

    The mayor can ask his buddies, who raked in over $82 Million to fork over some dough to help pay for the Youth Summer Initiatives and for the $2.65 Million in grants announced today. While they are at it, they can also restore the dedicated Tree Fund and other pots that have been raided.

  4. #4

    "Frat brothers that racked in 82 million"

    I think you are exagerating by around 80 million. And then, they had to pay staff and taxes. AT the most, considering legal costs..and the fact that the contract was canceled and they were only paid for work already complete...They might have clear 200K all said and done. That is before income tax.

    In fact, this whole thing will probably cause them to go bankrupt. The grass isn't always greener on the other side of accusations.

  5. #5

    Great... Just what we need, someone else drinking the bullpen Kool-Aid.

  6. #6

    A vote for Gray is a vote for the "old DC" of Marion Barry...

  7. #7

    Hymesb

    Let me give you some stats to chew on. Although the economy has had job losses at 10 percent the Region with the loosest unemployment is ......you guess it this one at 6% unemployment.

    This is mostly because of the Federal Government serves as a base of steady employment. Well...good news has not made it to DC. We have over the national average of unemployed individual depending on where you poll in the city unemployment can be as high as 30 percent. Think about that in people you know. More than 1 out of 4 cannot find work.

    All the economic indicators for DC says it should be a huge advantage to be here and find work. The businesses even have many help wanted signs out front.

    So why such high unemployment, many factors and quite a few in mayoral control,such as jobs training, enforcement of hiring and training DC workers.

    2.45 million is a slap in the face but if it got Fenty to do something Gray should have announced months early maybe Fenty would have done something worth toting.

  8. #8

    @noodlez, You rock! I could have not said it any better.

  9. #9

    A vote for Gray means putting a man in office and not a boy!
    As for the contracts 80 0r 2 million they were all done illegally NUFF SAID!

  10. #10

    Good-bye Fenty! In case you missed it, it's not that people don't think Fenty is not effective using earmarks to set overpriced contracts to his friends and inner-circle - it's that people just DON'T LIKE HIM. Yesterday's 60% win for Vince Gray in Fenty's home Ward is a testament to that.

    I will say it again, and you better get used to it, cuz it's GOOD-BYE FENTY!

  11. #11

    Here are my reasons for voting for Anyone BUT Fenty:

    After 10 years of increasing school test scores, scores declined last year
    Fixing schools requires more than just a Diva firing “ineffective” teachers
    Crime is up over the last 3 years
    DC now has the highest city-wide unemployment in it’s history
    Fenty has awarded his fraternity brothers $82 MILLION in illegal contracts that they were unqualified for
    Fenty arrived into office with a huge budget surplus that he has turned into a large deficit
    He has depleted our Rainy Day Funds so he could open $400k dog parks and heat his favorite swimming pool
    He leaves the country without telling anyone or leaving any one as custodian of the DC government
    His personality: Arrogant, selfish, stubborn, has a lack of compassion
    He is unwilling to hear any different opinion and anyone that doesn’t agree with him
    Fenty doesn’t consult with the community on ANYTHING.
    Fenty has not held ONE news conference since becoming Mayor. Not one.
    Fenty misses community meetings and simply says he “couldn’t make it happen”
    When asked about a triple homicide, Fenty says “it could have been worse”
    Fenty refuses to hand over any government records- has worst record of responding to Freedom of Information Act requests
    Fenty is unable to play well with others- refuses to give City Council tickets to Nationals game
    Fenty led a sketchy donation of firetrucks to the Dominican Republic. Don’t we need them?
    Fenty has a poor record on juvenile justice and public safety- Kids that were in custody murdered DC Principal Brian Betts.

  12. #12

    Yet they fail to post the school by school scores for 2010. Sy 2010-11 begins on aug 23rd. What's the problem and what are you trying to hid. " A little dip in scores" is crap! The public and all parents deserve to see the scores. Mr. Suderman can you ask the question in print?

  13. #13

    hide! Sorry. I hate typos

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