Archive for September, 2012

Greedy Nats Let Off the Hook

The question of who should pay any extra costs associated with keeping Metro open for late-night playoff games has a clear and easy answer: the Washington Nationals.
LL's position on this has been clear: If other sport teams pay for late-night service, then so should the Nats.
The team, owned by a billionaire, is probably the city's [...]

Morning Clicks

Michael Brown's former treasurer: not a guy you want to go into business with [Times]
Feds took OCF file on Brown's old campaign back in February. [Examiner]
Vincent Orange in "gray area" with small business summit mailers. [Times]
Fire Department calls police after someone messes with picture of Chief Ken Ellerbe. [NBC4]
Move over Dream City, Marion Barry writing [...]

Gray Says CBE Reforms Coming Soon, Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

Mayor Vince Gray said today on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt that he'll soon be announcing "a number of reform efforts" to the Certified Business Enterprise, the troubled contracting system LL chronicled in a recent cover story.
Not that LL is taking credit for said forthcoming reforms. Gray tasked Harold Pettigrew, the director of the Deparment [...]

Morning Clicks

Is there anything in the discredited CBE program worth saving? [Post]
Pepco workers on the brink of strike; Mary Cheh unhappy public service commission approved rate hike. [Post]
Pols get turn on excavator to tear down Skyland. [Times, NBC4]

Kwame Due in Court for “Violation” Hearing

What is up with Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown? A new docket entry filed today says the former D.C. Council chairman is due in court Oct. 9 for a "hearing on violation."
But what is this alleged "violation?" That's the question. The U.S. Attorney's Office ain't talking, Brown's lawyer didn't respond to requests for comment, and two [...]

Gray Facing Another Showdown With Labor Over Board Pick

A few months ago, Mayor Vince Gray nominated his good pal Rod Woodson for the city's water board. Labor groups, unhappy with the Holland & Knight lobbyist's opposition to the city's First Source law, torpedoed that nomination in short order.
Now labor is gearing up to challenge the mayor's selection of another close friend for another board. Gray [...]

Morning Clicks

Allen Lew tries to give pep talk to Department of the Environment, fails. [Times]
Vince Gray to Nat Gandhi: You may wanna tighten up your background checks. [Examiner]
Michael Brown didn't pay his go-to campaign aide for more than a year, according to campaign records. [Post]
Jeff Thompson's lawyers in closed court yesterday  [@mikescarella]

No Record of Brown Campaign Paying Staff in Original Campaign Reports

You think you've got troubles? Just be glad you're not At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown's campaign.
On the front page of today's Post Metro section is a story in which the lawyer for Brown's fired campaign treasurer, Hakim Sutton, says his client drew a salary from the campaign but that Brown ordered Sutton not to report the [...]

Morning Clicks

Warrior lawyer says Michael Brown ordered former campaign treasurer to take campaign money but not report it; Brown says that ain't true.[Post]
OCF audit finds more problems with Brown's campaign [Examiner]
Jim Graham, whose former chief of staff took oodles of FBI money from the cab industry, gets feisty with Uber owner over limo regulations [City Desk]

CBE Mess: Were Warning Signs Ignored?

A Rockville-based construction company won a $6.8 million school construction contract a month after city officials were alerted that the same company may have abused the city's preference program for local contractors, court and D.C. Council records show.
A panel made up of one city employee and two private consultants picked Forrester Construction on behalf of [...]