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  • Good afternoon sweet readers! Yesterday, voters in Florida decided to recall a mayor who boosted his aides' salaries and drove around in a taxpayer-subsidized BMW. Just thought you might be interested in that. News time:

    Gray's COS OUT?: Another day, another TV story citing anonymous sources saying Gray's chief of staff, Gerri Hall, is pretty much a goner. This time around, it's WUSA9's Bruce Johnson, who says that Hall "has all but decided" to turn in her resignation, and Gray will accept it if she does.  Johnson also reports that Gray is trimming the pay of some of his cabinet members so they meet a D.C. Council-imposed salary cap. The Examiner reports the same thing. ('Zaminer contradicts Johnson's story that Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is taking a $95,000 pay cut, but Gray says that's not true.) Those getting cuts: Dr. Mohammed Akhter, Judy Banks, Warren Graves, Gerri Hall, Hosanna Mahaley, Irvin Nathan, Wayne Turnage, Victor Hoskins and De’Shawn Wright. Of those, six were only above the salary cap by just over $900. So, who looks bad in all this? LL would say that's Banks, the interim H.R. director who told the Post a few weeks ago that she essentially broke the salary cap because "I like to deal in round numbers."

    AFTER THE JUMP: Mara In, Patterson Out; DPW Owes on Tickets; Trout Meat...

    Onward and Upwards: The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, which seems to enjoy making reporters wait for election outcomes and ballot rulings, decided yesterday that Ward 8 Democrat Jacque Patterson will not be on the ballot (Patterson says he won't appeal) and that Republican Pat Mara will be on the ballot, despite submitting 160 petition signatures that "appear to be forgeries." Meanwhile, former Republican Councilmember Carol Schwartz declines Gray's offer to be the GOP member of the BOEE.

    Above The Traffic Law: WAMU's Patrick Madden reports that the Department of Public Works fleet has $30,000 worth of outstanding parking fines and fees, according to the DMV's database. About $10,000 is owed on vehicles belonging to the parking control unit. "DPW spokeswoman Nancee Lyons says there is no way the department could owe that much money, and she estimates the total parking fines for the DPW's vast fleet of vehicles to be closer to $6,000." Well, then! LL is sure taxpayers are glad the city only owes itself $6,000.

    Vindicate This: The Post's Mike DeBonis reports on the real meat of the Trout report that cleared former Mayor Adrian Fenty of steering park contracts to his frat buddies. The report finds that Fenty pal Omar Karim was getting vaguely defined "consulting fees" from the developers he evaluated and picked to be his general contractors on said park contracts. Meanwhile, Karim tells Jonetta Rose Barras that like Sinclair Skinner, he too, feels "vindicated." Maybe vindicated really means "scared the U.S. Attorney's Office is going to investigate the Trout report's allegations of pay-to-play."

    In Other News: Henderson has no problem with unionized teachers showing support for Wisconsin's workers, just not on the city's dime. Councilmember Phil Mendelson wants Wal-Mart to pay a living wage. Council holds up Gray pal Lloyd Jordon's confirmation to the Board of Zoning Adjustment. House Speaker John Boehner and school vouchers: it's personal. Search panel for chancellor thinks it looks like sham when only one person is considered. Education reform, whatever that means, didn't cost Fenty and Michelle Rhee their jobs.

    Gray sked: Meeting with Venus Williams and Kaya Henderson today, not at the same time.

    Council sked: Mary Cheh asks Allen Lew and Gerri Hall about hiring at 10 a.m.

    • Mary

      Gray set the tone of who should be hired and it was okay to pay them as much as possible. Now his administration has been caught breaking the law corrections are being made and children of cabinet members resigning, salaries being cut back, etc. Gray has no morals or brains and it is disgusting because if he isn't watched, he won't even follow existing laws. Can we recall him like they did in Florida?

    • itsjustamess

      Gray each day proves he is NOT smarter than a fifth grader. He continuously insults our intelligence by portraying to be a consummate liar but only he believes his poorly fabricated lies. He is a figment of his own thwarted imagination. First, he vouches for the highly qualified Sulaimon Brown one day and the very next stands behind Wayne Turnage's termination of him. Although they practically tongue-kissed and sat in each other's laps during forums while campaigning, he hardly knows him and haven't spoken with him in months. Probably because there was no need to, Sulaimon got his pay-off and had no more reason to call. Next, he defends hiring his friend's children saying they're the next generation of leaders but when his grits start boiling out the pot, he knows nothing about them being hired into his administration, except of course, Leslie Green, Lorraine "The Secret Holder" Green's daughter. He didn't know Howard Brooks who has been tied to several other scandal-dripping mini-series guest starring who? Vincent Gray! A lot of people are trying to dismiss Sulaimon Brown as a disgruntled, crazy felonious doofus but I'm high-fiving him because he has singlehandedly pulled down Gray's pants and shown the world the Indiana 500 track marks in his drawers. Just for the sake of argument, even if there was no quid pro quo as Gray says, Sulaimon Brown has popped the lid on Gray's pandora's box and we are watching all of his maggots spill out. Brown's has everyone's attention and I am most thankful to him because although I didn't support Gray for mayor, many of my friends worked very hard for him and got NOTHING in return. Gray and his co-horts paid them no attention so understandably, they are all cartwheeling and somersaulting on Sulaimon Brown's cheerleading squad. Right now, I'm being very wishful. Please view my 2011 Wish List for the Gray Administration. I wish Sulaimon Brown kept those envelopes. I wish Lorraine Green and/or Howard Brooks "licked" those envelopes closed. I wish Gray, Green, Brooks, Mason-Hall, Banks, and other every other undeserving person employed in DC government an early dismissal from the public dole. I wish Gray and company

    • itsjustamess

      continued - I wish Gray and company lie MANY, MANY times to the FBI. That is my biggest wish. If I could just get this one, I will be so, so happy.

    • Don’t forget about…

      There's always a mention about certain personnel...but what about Allen Lew? Isn't his salary almost as high as Kaya's? See we all know that we must keep her salary at that rate, that is the only way we can lure Robert Bobb back to DC. Scenario, Rhee is going to lure Henderson away probably by January 2012. Henderson will get a severance pay to continue until June 2012. We go on this dog and pony show for a new Chancellor in the spring...Bobb will be vetted and he will kick-off School year 2012-13.

    • wow

      WOW MIKE DEBONIS UNCOVERED SOMETHING IN THE REPORT??? What the hell ever. You mean to tell me a blogger found something that a Lawyer who wrote the report couldn't indite Karim and Skinner on...Let it die lynch mob. There will be no human meat here tonight, ha ha.

    • Wendy Washington

      @Don't forget about...

      We can only hope the scenario you present becomes reality. I just wish Gray had conducted a truly earnest for a real SUPERINTENDENT.

      The chancellor title was something Fenty (or Peter Nickles) came up with to hire the totally unqualified Madame Rhee. Kaya (as a Rhee acolyte and equally unqualified) will only advance Rhee's pseudo-reform agenda, which equals fire more teachers, increase class size and teach to the test.

      These people fail to realize that privatizing the public school system is no solution to problems that public schools have. You can not possibly give the necessary attention to overcrowded classes. It is unfair to both students and teachers.

    • Southeast Ken

      This soap opera is getting messy daily. Oh what a web we weave folks. LOL LOL

      This Fort Dupont Ward 7 resident and his family are so disappointed in our local elected officials.

      According to the news media, the F.B.I. had been investigating former P.G. County Jack Johnson for 7 years. Who's to say, they are investigating former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, Miss Jim Graham, Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr., Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans?

    • Dc Citizen

      What about Ginnie Cooper's salary 205,000 p/y + Bonuses + 2001 Ford Taurus

    • tired

      What about these salaries we have a deficit and these people are getting paid an enormous amount of money. Gray is a total disappointment. Why is the Asst. Police Chief making a salary that is close to his boss, he does not have the qualifications for the job.

    • ME4DC

      I hope that this Drama go away! It makes my stomach hurt everytime I read about this DC Govt Drama!

      Someone had to walk the GRAY MILE....Gerri Mason Hall will not be the last to walk that way!

      Ms. Green and her daughter need to walk GRAY MILE in order for the City to regain so sense of order!

      Mr. Gray please MAN UP....I am sick of all this mess!
      Damage Control.......Damage Control.....Please!

    • atHarry

      Mayor Gray, clean up your cabinet and then the council. You have enough problems. Why do you continue protecting Harry Thomas? You allow him to embarrass all of us. Why? He is not even smart so you better watch out he doesn't get you in trouble. Uncover him, stop associating yourself with all of these self centered crooks and try to do your job. Run the city.

    • itsjustamess

      @Me4DC - I agree...some more people need to be stampeding out the gate with Hall, including Vincent Gray himself. But patience is a virtue and I am patiently waiting for the FBI to come knocking on his door. I bet he won't tell them, "Keep a-knocking but you can't come in!" By the way, I've been told Dr. Linda Wharton-Boyd's doctoral degree is in DANCE..Perhaps, she can teach the soon-to-be-released freeloaders how to waltz out of the John Wilson Bldg. By the way, I'll be hee-hawing (lol) with Adrian Fenty and the go-go crowd. Too bad, Gray turned his back on the very ones to brought him to the dance. I guess he'll just have to hand-down with a broom or maybe his soon-to-be cellmate, Big D, as in DELICIOUS!!!!

    • itsjustamess

      CORRECTION: That's hand-dance...

    • ME4DC

      @itsjustamess.....you are speaking the truth!
      Everyday it is something new coming
      up to keep the pot stirring! This nightmare must end!

    • Jean Machiabello

      Question: why did Mr. Gray appointed a non DC citizen to a high position such as Chief Technology Officer for OCTO. Should this not be a DC citizen privilege, is Mr. Rob Mancini a DC citizen think not.