Loose Lips Daily: Grass Keeps Growing Edition
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Good morning sweet readers! It's Thursday and you all know what that means: another dead tree edition of Washington City Paper has been vetted and cleared by the nation's security apparatus for publishing. In this week's paper, LDP looks at the District's unwillingness to apply the term "superfund" to the old polluted Pepco plant in Northeast. Dave McKenna has the fascinating history of the City Title Game, a contest between the city's best public and catholic high school football teams. The last game, in 1962, ended in a race riot, but Mayor Vince Gray wants to see the game come back. And LL takes a look at how Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. got his groove back. News time:
The Grass In The Ground Keeps On Growing: Blackmail or a fair offer? That's the question for you and Attorney General Irv Nathan to decide after the owner of the Baltimore-based grass cutting company that's been in the news lately sent a letter to the Gray administration saying he would "quash the negative publicity surrounding the grass-cutting contract and to hire District residents if the city agreed to renew his deal," the Post reports. No thanks, say City Administrator Allen Lew, who forwarded the letter to Nathan. "A member of Gray’s administration, who was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the e-mail was 'highly inappropriate and seemed to contain a veiled threat.'" But the owner, Joe Lorenz, says he's just trying to move past the negative stories and save the city money. More fun: "'Since this matter is about to take on a complete life of its own at which point I will have absolutely no control or input, I urge you and your office to give this matter your immediate attention,' Lorenz’s attorney, Randy Alan Weiss, wrote in the e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by The Post. Weiss also offered to 'jointly issue a praiseworthy press release' and to 'jointly meet with Post editors to explain why the settlement is in the best interest for all.'"
AFTER THE JUMP: Gandhi in the Hot Seat; Concealed Guns in D.C.?; D.C. Gov Funds Apple...
Gandhi Takes a Hit: CFO Nat Gandhi was in the hot seat yesterday as the council tried to figure out why his office privately changed course on a property tax policy in 2007, a decision that has cost the city $15 million. "The change came in a “private letter ruling” in response to a building owner’s appeal; it appears not to have been circulated outside the tax office and a select group of real estate professionals. Gandhi and aides were unable to provide any legal reasoning backing the ruling, aside from an e-mail that was heavily redacted, officials explained, because it contained information about a particular taxpayer," reports the Post. TWT has more.
Don't Take Your Guns To Town, Louie, Leave Your Guns At Home, Son: East Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert (of "terror babies" fame) wants concealed out-of-District gun permit-holders to be able to carry concealed guns in the District. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Councilmember Phil Mendelson have already expressed their strong opposition to the plan. Gohmert also mused, after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, that members of the House ought to be legally allowed to carry weapons on the House floor, FWIW.
In Other News:
- Council stands with SEIU and office cleaners.
- WaPo ed board says Frank Kameny was "out, loud and proud when almost no one else was."
- D.C. breaks ground on $2.6 billion tunnel of poop.
- Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown sensibly wants MPD to stop arresting people with expired tags.
- Ward 2 Councilmember Jacks Evans says things are better now between GW and its neighbors.
- LBJ once called a polluted Potomac River a "national disgrace." This picture of a cancerous catfish from the Anacostia is pretty disgraceful too.
- Ted Leonsis wants 9 "digital banners" on the Verizon center.
- D.C. gov spends a lot on Apple products.
Gray sked: WTOP's Ask the Mayor at 9:45 a.m.; Mississippi Avenue Apartments Ribbon Cutting at 11 a.m.; Videotaping for Artmobile Dedication at Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington Icon Gala at 2 p.m.; D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Annual Cocktail Party and Celebrity Auction Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m.; Higher Achievement’s Going Places! Gala 2011 at 7:40 p.m.
Council sked: 10:30 hearing on emergency preparedness.