Archive for February, 2013

Millicent West Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge

Millicent West, who two mayors placed in charge of a more than $100 million-a-year city agency responsible for the District's security and emergency management, pleaded guilty today to a felony tax charge for her minor role in helping former Ward 5 Councilmember and current federal prison inmate Harry Thomas Jr.'s theft of city funds.
West headed [...]

Judge to Jim Graham: You’re on Your Own, Jimbo

D.C. Superior Court Associate Judge Anthony Epstein told Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham this morning he'll be on his own next week when the D.C. Council votes on whether to reprimand Graham and strip him of oversight of the city's alcoholic beverage board.
Graham wanted Epstein to order the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to [...]

Morning Clicks

Jim Graham is going to fight this thing to the end, has Marion Barry on his side. [Post]
Critics say Graham needs a harsher proposed punishment. [Examiner]
Vince Gray headed to Florida to throw out first pitch at Nats spring training. [Post]

Former CYITC Boss Charged with Fraud

Millicent West, the former head of the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corp., was charged with tax fraud today, court records show. The charges are related to her role in former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.'s theft of more than $350,000 in city funds, says a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
West headed CYITC [...]

Vince Gray Wants FBI HQ Deal, Which Would Happen to Benefit Jeff Thompson

Man, this is rich.
Mayor Vince Gray wants the FBI to move its headquarters from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Poplar Point SE, according to the Washington Post.
Who happens to own a choice piece of land adjacent to where Gray wants the new FBI headquarters to go—a piece of property whose value would surely skyrocket if Gray's [...]

Mendelson Wants to Reprimand Graham, Who Is Suing Ethics Board

The current forecast for Monday: 100 percent chance of Grahamstanding.
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced today that he wants the Council to reprimand Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham and strip him of oversight responsibilities of the city's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. The move comes weeks after the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability issued a [...]

Morning Clicks

Seriously, how long does it take for the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corp. to audit its books? [Times]
Jihad launched against District agency heads who may have violated the spirit of the city's residency laws. [Times]
Fire cadets allege sexual harassment. [ABC7]
Vince Gray is all hat and no cattle when it comes to politically challenging green [...]

Vincent v. Vince

Earlier this year, Councilmember Vincent Orange was upset that his committee staff had to move offices. The relocation was prompted by new committee assignments, and several other councilmembers’ staffers also had to move. But Orange, according to several Wilson Building aides, was adamantly opposed to the game of musical offices.
How opposed? In one heated meeting [...]

Rock Newman to Start Radio Show

Boxing promoter and Mayor for Life-turned-Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry confidante Rock Newman has a new weekly radio show set to air Saturday on We Act Radio, 1480AM. The inaugural show, according to a news release from Newman, should be quite the gabfest, as scheduled guests include Mayor Vince Gray, baseball great and Hall of [...]

Morning Clicks

Vince Gray's plan for greener D.C. [WBJ]
At-large candidate Paul Zukerberg calls fellow candidate Elissa Silverman a hypocrite over petition challenge. [NBC4]
Council approves $12.7 million "turn around" contract for United Medical Center. [Post]