Archive for November, 2012

D.C.’s Inspector General: The Worst? Or the Worst?

Just when you thought the Inspector General Charles Willoughby could not be any worse at his job, he goes and drops reporting showing that his investigators spent significant time doing surveillance on a city employee who was breaking parking laws.
The new IG report details how the $15 million-a-year watchdog agency nailed a DCRA employee who [...]

Morning Clicks

Marion Barry is the master of parliamentary skullduggery. [Post]
Council panel approves $11 million tax break for Howard Town Center (whose development team includes former City Administrator Robert Bobb's new company), even though CFO says the break isn't needed. [WBJ]
Joe Biden shops at Ward 5's new Costco. [Post]

Rhee on Erasergate: No Biggie

LL didn't have room in his column this week for some highlights of former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's new memoir. One particularly interesting passage is Rhee's take on USA Today's investigation that found an almost impossibly large number of erasure marks on standardized tests.
Rhee acknowledges that her initial response to the story—attacking it as "insulting" to [...]

Morning Clicks

Usual suspects very interested in running in the special election. [Post]
Your tweets about District government services, both positive and negative, are being read by agency heads. [WSJ]
Temporary set-back, or headlong dive into territory for District's biggest, baddest "tech" company? [WBJ]

Rhee-visionist History

Like most sequels, the current round of D.C. Public Schools closings is a lot less dramatic than the first wave presided over by former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee four years ago.
That soap opera included a protest outside the Wilson Building set to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” police removing a man who yelled expletives at [...]

Get Your Learn On

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Morning Clicks

CFO Nat Gandhi afraid of audits going public and making him look bad, second auditor says [Post]
Courtland Milloy: District hates poor people [Post]
Some of D.C.'s playgrounds are in bad shape [Examiner]

Free Turkeys Aren’t Free

While Mayor for Life-turned-Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry was getting all the attention for giving away turkeys last week, several other District elected officials were doing the same with much less fanfare. Here is how D.C. Watch's Dorothy Brizill describes Councilmember Vincent Orange's turkey giveaway last week:

A truck showed up Tuesday morning at Orange's campaign [...]

Morning Clicks

Vince Gray used to say he's cooperating with federal probe; he doesn't say that anymore. [NBC4]
Ward 6: where the votes are. [Post]
Jonetta is not a fan of Anita Bonds. [Examiner]

Yvette Alexander: Gimme Control of the Booze!

Attention bar owners: Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander wants to wrest oversight of the city's liquor laws away from Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham.
Graham, whose booze-soaked ward is home to Adams Morgan and U Street, has long held sway over the city's alcohol regime as chairman of the committee that oversees the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation [...]