Archive for February, 2012

Nonprofit Management, D.C. Style

Earlier this week, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham grilled officials from a city-funded nonprofit over how they let disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. steal more than $350,000 that was supposed to help the District’s youth.
“How could this have happened?” Graham asked at an oversight hearing on the Children and Youth Investment Trust [...]

Evans and Barry Really Want to Be Delegates to Dem Convention

Councilmembers Marion Barry and Jack Evans aren't leaving much to chance in their efforts to try and secure spots as delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte later this year.
On Saturday, District Democrats will vote to fill 14 delegate slots (for the full details of the complicated way the District's 44 delegates get chosen, [...]

What’s Behind ANC Commish Recall? Walmart!

It looks like ANC 4B04 Commissioner Doug Smith will soon be out of his unpaid job.
Smith is down 75-59 after a recall vote yesterday. There are still outstanding special and absentee ballots to be counted to make it official, but Smith says he's almost certainly a goner.
So why did a lowly ANC commissioner get the [...]

Morning Clicks

Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says media overhyping erasergate [Post]
ANC 4B04 commissioner Doug Smith has been recalled [Brightwoodian]
The state of the Ward 8 race [WUSA9]
Unemployment still rising in the District [DCFPI]
Post editorial board likes new food truck regs [Post]
House to vote on Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's bill giving the District more leeway in scheduling elections [DCist]
Councilmembers [...]

Morning Clicks

DCPS paying huge OT to gardener, custodian [Examiner]
Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation execs smelled something fishy in grants related to Harry Thomas Jr., emails show [Post]
Why, exactly, did Mayor Vince Gray recuse himself many moons ago from a vote on the lottery contract? [Times]
Stein Club says no to incumbent Councilmembers Yvette Alexander and Marion [...]

Should CYITC Boss Get the Boot?

Youth advocates can probably rest assured that the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation, the city-funded nonprofit that doles out grants to other nonprofits, isn't going away.
The CYITC's been under a harsh spotlight ever since disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. pleaded guilty to using the trust to help him fleece taxpayers of [...]

Unsolved Mystery in the HTJ Case

Later today, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham will be hosting officials from the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation for a yearly oversight hearing. Graham told The Washington Times that he will be asking "substantial questions" of the CYITC, which disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. used as a vehicle to steal $350,000 [...]

Morning Clicks

Awkward! The Washington Post walks back the premise of its big homicide-closure rate story. [Post]
The move comes after Police Chief Cathy Lanier chided the paper. [Post]
Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham says the Post editorial board is nuts. [Post]
Graham says he'll be taking the gloves off on the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation at oversight [...]

Police Union Poops On Gray’s Ethics Pledge

Just how bad as the Fraternal Order of Police union soured on Mayor Vince Gray, whom they once endorsed over former Mayor Adrian Fenty?
Take a look at the letter they sent to Hizzoner today dismissing as little more than a tawdry P.R. stunt the recent ethics pledge he's requiring all city employees to sign.
Their letter:

Navigatorgate Likely Headed to Court, AG Spox Says

The saga of D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's love affair with taxpayer-funded luxury SUVs is likely headed to court. That, at least, is the word from Ted Gest, spokesman for Attorney General Irv Nathan.
Yesterday LL provided an update on the long-running Navigatorgate affair, which blew up exactly one year and four days ago [...]