Archive for January, 2013

Senior DGS Official Charged With DUI

J.W. Lanum, who oversees contracting and procurement for the multi-billion dollar D.C. Department of General Services, is due in court tomorrow to face a charge of drinking while driving, court records show.
According to police records, a Department of Public Works traffic enforcement official found Lanum asleep at the wheel of an illegally parked car with [...]

Morning Clicks

If your bathroom signs aren't gender neutral, you could pay a fine. [WBJ]
David Catania says traditional public schooling in D.C. is on verge of extinction. [Post]
Marion Barry pooh-pooh's David Grosso's plan to chat with Ward 8 residents. [Informer]

And Then There Were 8

The herd has thinned. Of the 20 people who picked up petitions to run in the April special at-large D.C. Council election, only eight candidates submitted the required 3,000 signatures by today's 5 p.m. deadline.
They are: Councilmember Anita Bonds, former Councilmember Michael Brown, Matthew Frumin, Patrick Mara, Perry Redd, John Settles, Elissa Silverman, and Paul [...]

Payback is a Hitch

Elections have consequences. For Keith Forney, the 2010 election had $703,083 worth of consequences, to be precise.
Forney was the general contractor who built the Deanwood Recreation Center, a glitzy 63,000-square-foot behemoth that boasts a swimming pool, basketball gym, and library. The center, completed in midsummer 2010, was one of the crown jewels of Mayor Adrian [...]

Morning Clicks

David Catania wants to punish the parents of habitual truants. [Post]
Kenyan McDuffie wants to mandate campaign finance training. [Examiner]
Mary Cheh wants mugshots made public. [Examiner]

Robert Bobb To Jim Graham: “You Should Be Ashamed”

The war of words between Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham and the chairman of the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation's board, Robert Bobb, is escalating with a new round of letters between the two men. In a letter sent yesterday, Bobb told Graham that he "should be ashamed" of making accusations that Bobb has [...]

Biz Community to Mayor: Veto the CBE Bill

The city's business community—or at least its main lobbying groups, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the D.C. Building Industry Association, the local chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Hotel Association of Washington—is asking Mayor Vince Gray to veto new legislation aimed at tightening up regulations of [...]

Morning Clicks

Tommy Wells expected more from Joe Biden. [Examiner]
Examiner says President Barack Obama "repeatedly snubbed" the District and that Mayor Vince Gray was "irked." [Examiner]
Gray says he wants to hear some D.C.-specific language in State of the Union. [WAMU]

Vince Gray Carries D.C. Protest Sign in Inaugural Parade

The snappy slogan "A More Perfect Union Must Include Full Democracy in DC" looked so good on a parade reviewing stand, why not put it on a sign?
Mayor Vince Gray and his two adult children walked down Pennsylvania Avenue about ten minutes after the Obamas had today, with Gray holding a pro-D.C. sign with the same muddled [...]

Watch President Barack Obama’s Limo Drive Past D.C.’s Reviewing Stand

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama got out of their limo at 8th and Pennsylvania NW this afternoon—then hopped back in before they got to the Wilson Building at 14th Street, where dozens of D.C. government officials (and some reporters) were watching in a $342,000 reviewing stand overlooking the parade route. Watch the [...]