Archive for January, 2013

Flipping the Bird = Conduct Unbecoming an Officer

LL's story on the Metropolitan Police Department's troubles with internal discipline is on the cover of this week's dead-tree edition of Washington City Paper.
One of the topics explored is the random, arbitrary, and sometimes petty nature of police discipline. LL didn't have enough room in his story to fully unpack one anecdote, which involves the department [...]

Morning Clicks

LL's cover on the rotten state of MPD's internal affairs, where investigators sign off on reports they don't actually believe in. [WCP]
Who died and left the District $50 million? [WBJ]
Task force studying whether to bury power lines blows deadline, much to Jack Evans' annoyance. [Examiner]

At-Large Candidate Says Bankruptcy Won’t Hurt Chances

LL recently checked through court records to see if any of the candidates for the special at-large D.C. Council race had any legal problems involving stealing large amounts of public funds or lying on a bank loan application in order to buy a boat. Everyone passed!
But LL did find a bankruptcy filing by John Settles, [...]

Morning Clicks

The city is flush with cash, which Vince Gray is putting in the bank. [Post]
No, you're taxes aren't going down. [Examiner]
Yes, the city's real estate market is booming. Also, the city has a ton of debt. [WBJ]

Tommy Wells Launching Exploratory Committee Monday

Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells says he'll be launching an exploratory committee for mayor on Monday, as well as kicking off a more official "listening tour" that night at the Big Chair Coffee & Grill in Anacostia.
It's no secret that Wells has been exploring a run for mayor for quite some time. Launching an [...]

Morning Clicks

Is Nat Gandhi gone in a few months? Anonymous source tells Jonetta as much. [Examiner]
Jack Evans is still in Gandhi's corner, though. [Examiner]
Mark Segraves going to channel 4, Tom Sherwood not retiring. [City Desk]

More Lottery-Related CBE Hijinx

The District government apparently cannot award D.C. Lottery-related contracts without some major drama involving the much-maligned Certified Business Enterprise program.
When the city awarded the lucrative lotto contract in December 2009, the inspector general later found that the Department of Small and Local Business Development, which is tasked with administering the CBE program, erred in two [...]

Morning Clicks

New education committee boss David Catania: "I want to engender an outrage in the city about the level of truancy and educational failure." [Post]
Tommy Wells says he's not going to pull punches investigating MPD. [Examiner]
Jim Graham is being scapegoated, say lawyers working for Graham. [Post]

Case Against DGS Official Dismissed Because Prosecutor Not “Ready”

An update to yesterday's post about J.W. Lanum, the procurement boss for the Department of General Services, who police say was found passed-out drunk in a running car outside the Reeves Center during the middle of a workday.
Lanum's case went to trial today and was dismissed because the Office of the Attorney General was "not [...]

Morning Clicks

Jim Graham blinks first, withdraws bid to be on CYITC board. [Post]
Tommy Wells calls for hearing on MPD's response to sex crimes. [Examiner]
Wells calls report on sex crimes "troubling," undermines public confidence in MPD. [Fox5]
Cathy Lanier says new report on sex crimes doesn't reflect current culture at MPD. [NBC4]