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Morning Clicks

Another day, another problem with the CBE-portion of a lottery contract. [AP]

David Catania pleads with Gray administration to sue Jeff Thompson. [WBJ]

Memo warns of possible widespread cheating during Michelle Rhee era. [USA Today]Anita Bonds is a "unrehabilitated racialist," says Jonetta Rose Barras. [Examiner]

UMC employee alleged to have stolen about $400,000. [Post]

Questionable CBE house has ties to Ward 8 power player Phinis Jones. [Times]

Prosecutors describe grizzly cop hit-and-run scene. [Examiner]

Public housing list in D.C. not working very well. [Post]

  • JonettaTwist

    Jonetta is half-quoting Bonds words.
    Listen to the program and you will see that Bonds was replying to an earlier statement on how black politicians hve done nothing to help poorer communities and a housing question where she talked about the need to increase the funding for rental housing in order to remove families from shelter by increasing rental subsidies. "Lets use some of that money to get some people out of poverty and thats where I am. That is my number one issue and I am an African American Black candidate and I am proud of having that as my issue"

    Bonds in not a good politician but she certainly is not a racist.

    In DC We need less opinon writers who twist the truth to promote their candidates and more reporters who write fair and balanced news.

    Listen in yourself halfway thru 3 video down. http://wamu.org/news/13/04/09/video_recap_at_large_dc_council_debate

  • RealDC

    "Bonds demonstrated questionable integrity when she used her position as the state committee chair to push through her temporary appointment to the council. That process proceeded, although the terms for 48 of the 82 members of the executive committee had expired.

    Bonds is all about Bonds -- not the future of this city.

    Here are two questions to ask: Has black political dominance made any difference in the quality of city's public schools? Was it central to creating safe streets in African-American communities?"

    Above excerpt from Barras' column today and it is RIGHT on point.

    Bonds' out-of-touch campaign is nothing short of ignorant. WE deserve better!

  • Dan

    The fact that Jonetta endorsed an incompetent, opportunistic white republican who supported Mitt Romney for president speaks volumes. I am not sure who would pay any attention to Jonetta, a poor excuse for a journalist.

  • the truth hurts dc

    Bonds is not a racist, but she is like many others in the DC Government Afrocentric. That is a fact.

    It is widely known and accepted that the DC Gov or at least some agencies function as a social welfare and employment program for African Americans in DC.

    Blacks have the same capacity to be discriminatory, prejudice and racist as other ethnic groups, but in DC it is a known fact that segregation continues to exist and racial tensions continue to boil.

    As a Biracial, multicultural and multi-ethnic washingtonian; I am grateful for gentrification - thank you Mayor's Williams, Fenty and Gray.

  • noodlez

    BARRAS IS STARVING FOR ATTENTION THUS THE ENDORSING OF SOMEONE WHO ALSO STARVING FOR ATTENTION.

    SHE IS ONLY RELEVANT BECAUSE OF SEWERMAN AND HIS LINKS TO HER COLUMN. NOTHING MORE!

  • drez

    DC's old guard needs to let go, step aside, and get a hobby that isn't damaging and embaressing for the rest of the city. Surely there are plenty of young black (and white, and latino, and etc) civic minded folk who can more than fill the void.

  • noodlez

    @DOWNTOWN-WE TRIED THAT WITH FLENTY AND LOOK WHERE IT GOT US?

  • Really?

    @thetruthhurtsdc. So when the three commissioners of DC ran the city government which was mainly white with mostly employees who lived outside of DC was it considered a "social welfare program" then?

  • Really?

    Can we get the Rhee link fix?

  • the truth hurts dc

    @ Really? If you live in the past, you will be unable to move forward.

    The past is done, we need to focus on the future.

  • drez

    @noodlez- It got us booming population growth, increased DCPS enrollment, renovated libraries and parks, many cleaner and repaved streets and alleys, and an international image that the world admires. All without any major foolishness, such as high level indictments or guilty pleas. Hell, Obama was even willing to meet with our mayor, back in the day.
    Really, I think you meant to say we tried that with HTJ, Kwame, and Michael Brown, and look where that got us?

  • tony

    Jonetta Barras endorsed a white republican who dislike our first black president and who have done nothing for this city. Yet, she and people like REALDC criticizes a black woman with 30 years of political activism.

    Where are these weird folks criticism for PATRICK MARA and the others?

    Yeah, just what I thought.

  • noodlez

    @DREZ-SLIM I'M WAITING FOR THE RHEE LINK TO GET FIXED THEN WE CAN CHAT ABOUT DCPS.

    ARE YOU STILL ON THE OBAMA PICTURES AND OTHER NON SIGNIFICANT BULL SHIGGIDY AS IT PERTAINS TO THE WORSE MAYOR DC EVER HAD? COME ON JOE YOUR POSITION IS WEAK AND UNSUSTAINABLE JUST LIKE FLENTY'S REELECTION BID!!!

    ONE CITY.

  • drez

    Yes, we can talk DCPS. No need to wait for the latest link to a 6 year old memo warning of cheating. I will stipulate that is a valid (though unproven) concern.
    Let's talk big picture. Let's talk FUTURE.
    DCPS enrollment was up during Fenty/Rhee years.
    Despite the continued population growth under Gray, DCPS enrollment is now flat. While charter enrollment continues to grow rapidly.
    If you extend the present trend lines, there will be no traditional DC public schools (outside of rich, mostly white, areas) in 10-15 years.
    That's the future, noodlez. As controversial as Rhee was, she understood the value of PR. As divisive as she was, she inspired. Under her, DCPS reversed a decades long decline and began to grow. Now it is languishing. Flat in absolute numbers, declining as a percentage of market share school children. Timid and mired in kum-bay-yah process.
    What's your prescription?

  • Really?

    @truthaboutdc if you don't know your past you don't know your future and it obvious you have no clue about the history of this city. Washingtonian or not!

  • noodlez

    @DREZ-SHE DIDN'T INSPIRE. SHE DIVIDED.
    THE DECLINE AND THE TREND LINES WERE CREATED BY FOLK OF MARA'S ILK TO PROMOTE CHARTERS THRU "NO CHILD" WHOSE VERY EXISTENCE IS TO SURVIVE BY SELLING OUT OUR BLACK AND LATINO CHILDREN FOR MONEY.

    MY PRESCRIPTION IS A CAP ON CHARTERS PER WARD!
    THERE HAS TO BE SOME BALANCE.
    WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE CHARTERS WEST OF 16TH ST.

    ANY UPTICK IN NUMBERS OR STATS AS IT RELATES TO RHEE ARE GOING TO ALWAYS BE QUESTIONABLE. SO YOUR CLAIM ABOUT "ENROLLMENT WAS UP DURING FENTY/RHEE YEARS" DONT MOVE THE METER FOR ME. THE BIG PICTURE WAS A LOT OF CHILDREN WERE ENROLLED IN SCHOOL BUT FAILED TESTS THEY WERE BEING TAUGHT TO PASS.

    BIT O'DISCLOSURE-I'M NOT A PROPONENT OF USING GOV'T MONEY TO PRIVATIZE PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

    SLIM PR DOES NOT A LEADER MAKE!
    BY THE WAY I DON'T DISPUTE YOU FINAL CLAIM BECAUSE HENDERSON NEED TO STEP HER GAME UP.

  • drez

    I'm concerned that we are renovating schools that are half empty. Not that the kids there don't deserve the best, just that I wonder if there are more efficient ways to get it for them.
    I'm not a fan of charters either. Mostly because i think they foster inequality.

    My two suggestions: Move Ellington to Roosevelt. Reopen Western as a public school. That increase access and capacity to high performing high schools for all, will take pressure off of Wilson, and will give Ward 2 the traditional public high school that it deserves.

    Im just waiting for charters to unionize. Its going to happen, or WTU will finally finish withering and dying. Gray will not allow that.

  • Really?

    @drez...be carefully. The enrollment numbers increased b/c of Gray's legislation that brought us an all day 3 year old program to DCPS. Families are still dumping out around 4th grade. It's been documented several times that test were moving up under predecessor Janey. Even in her Race to the top application, reviewers questioned Rhee's shock and Awe" approach. Hence possible cheating. There hasn't been much improvement. But she's too protected by the Charter backers to see anything resembling ATL.

    Second, Williams begin the population boom. He also stablized city services with...drum roll please a score card. Trash was picked up on time, street were clean and DC gov't employees had to return your call in 24 hrs or less. Williams focused on steering the city more towards a younger population. Hence,the birth on downtown Codo's Why? Because courting families means changing the school system, which he did try. That's why we have appointed members on the board. Williams was smart enough to know courting families to move to the District was much harder.

    Fenty? to be fair was great at "expediting the rehab and construction" of the parks, rec and libraries. Now at what cost? It was he who brought in over budget Lew. Other than that he was a placeholder. He's well protected. It never hurts to have friends on the Federal City Council aka cut and paste Victor A. Reinoso. The WashingtonPost and City paper.

    Well I guess I still living too much in the past...LOL!

  • Really?

    @noodlez There a very few Charters that are what I call "the boarder" which is 16th street. Washington Latin is currently there but has found a home....drum roll Ward 4. Then there is LAMB which off of 16th and military road. And CAPS on 13th and Allison.

    The bottom line is real estate is cheaper in Ward 4 right now. E.L. Haynes, Capital City, and Washington Latin have all made moves to that area. You also have Paul Middle school which is now a charter. Hell now that the House is gone I'm sure plenty more will come.

    So you cap suggestion is good. I don't know that it's viable

    Do not move Ellington! They have been there for years and they have a very strong alumni.Man Patti Labell just did a benefit concert at the Kennedy center. They have the enrollment numbers and they keep pumping out talent kids. To move them is purely politiical.

    Reopen Western as another option and keep the peace.

  • Really?

    Lastly, we need to stop the Charters from counseling out kids. Charters accept DC tax payer money and said on their applications that they could teach the DC school aged population. What most Charters have learned is that they can't pick and choose what kids get in, but they can eventually get rid of them.

    All we are doing is creating an enviroment for troubled kids to lump up in to the DCPS (except in Ward 3).

    Next,we don't need to allow neighborhood preference for charters. Gross is stupid! One of the reasons charters were allowed into DC was b/c it was believed that they would give an equal playing field for all DC students. If Gross bill passes it will allow those who can afford to buy homes cluster around a good neighborhood charter school.

    DCPS needs to invest in extending the school day ala KIPP and invest in hiring good mental health care counselors who can deal with the emotional issues that these children are coming to school with. It's great to have a new building and great and its great to have new field, but none of it means squat if these kids aren't helped with the social problems that they are dealing with outside of the school. And no teacher is equip to teach and be a counselor.

  • drez

    Ellington is amazingly strong. Easily strong enough to survive and thrive in a move. And it could do much to revitalize education in Ward 4- especially since Gray will not fully renovate Roosevelt as a public school due to under-enrollment. My other points about the benefits for all by reopening Western stand independent of any political (and there surely are) connotations you infer or draw.
    Wilson is over capacity and out of bounds kids clamor to go there. Not so with many other recently renovated schools. It will be interesting to watch Dunbar and Cardoza over the next few years.
    Don't be afraid of change. Be afraid of what is inevitable (just look at the trends!) if change does not happen.

  • Really?

    The School Without Walls is amazingly strong school. Easily strong enough to survive and thrive in the move. And it could do much to revitalize the education in Ward 4.

    @Drez...the charters are "revitalizing Ward 4". I see you point that Ward 4 needs an anchor DCPS high school. Why not Walls?

  • drez

    Walls was just rebuilt, is quasi-private, and recently took over Francis-Stevens.
    But Walls could effectively anchor Ward 4, so that part of your point is good. However that would not yeild the other public benefits in that it does not give Ward 2 a public high school, nor relieve pressure on over-enrolled Wilson, which has become the public highschool of choice for the entire city.

  • Really?

    As it stands Walls is an application only school. From my understanding Francis-Stevens connect to Walls is still being worked out due to the MANY unhappy Walls parents. So Walls isn't a feeder school into Wilson. All Ward 2 parents are considered out of bounds and thus have to apply to get those slots for Wilson.

    So in essence Ward Two is like Ward 5 without a true feeder HS. Ward 5 has Tech like Ward 2 has Walls.

    Although Walls has just renovated I'm sure a developer would pay top dollar for it. Maybe GW?

    It seems we have more understanding on what is happening in the DC school system then the council. Maybe Drez and Really? could fill some council seats and make meaningful changes?

  • truth hurts dc

    @ Really -

    Move to PG County, you belong there. DC is a cosmopolitan and diverse city, no room for ignorant and prejudice neighbors.

  • drez

    Ward 5 has Dunbar.
    Ward 2 is the only ward without a high school.
    I have no interest at all in running for council.

  • Really?

    @ Drez true. Though it was was on the boarder of Two until the recent redistricting.

    @truth hurts dc..in my Ms. Celie voice "I'm poor, black; I may even be ugly. But dear God! I'm here! I'm here!

  • Really?

    @Drez also I don't have you any interest either, so I guess were stuck on Washcitypaper.

  • drez

    I guess so.

  • whateve

    Dez,

    We all hoped for Rhee to be who she portrayed to be but the reality is that she is not. Is time for all of us to move on and accept that she sounds good but there is not substance behind her words. DC was in such bad shape that we all saw hope in her. Her agenda is evident now and is time for all of us to wake up and move on.

  • drez

    I've been here over 20 years. I've got kids in DCPS. I question and lecture myself every day.
    I'll pick Rhee over Bullock any day.
    Thanks.

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    Jim Vance tries to throw shade towards Anita Bonds on Channel 4 Friday at 6pm newscast. Wasn't he a Crack Head(big time) back in the day??

  • mizwillis

    I've been here in the same home over 75 years. I have great-grand kids in DCPS. I utilize insight everyday but so far I haven't found the desire to lecture myself.

    Bullock's take was nothing compared to what Mme Rhee scored. All in all, the Fenty Gang's total take involves some really big time grifters. So any analogy of those two is very telling; especially since you prefer the real gangster over a small-timer who's out of jail already because as the gang leader, she made the deal before her gang members left the lock up.

  • drez

    Mizwillis: you can tell yourself whatever you need to but, at the end of the day, your choice was convicted of stealing from the people she was supposed to serve, and mone wasnt.
    your choice went to jail, and mine won't.
    By the way, it's "use", not "utilize".

  • mizwillis

    Yep, I do put my insight to use. I utilize it. You try it.
    But I know you ain't goin' there 'bout some typo.

    No, Drez, I don't have a choice. And don't be so sure about yours not going to jail. A judge just added fraud to some charges you know.

  • drez

    you "utilize" something for a purpose other than which it was intended. For example, you can "utilize" a screw-driver as a hammer.
    you use something for the purpose that it was intended. For example, you use your insights to inform your actions.
    In your case, I can see why you'd be confused, "misutilizing" your insights as you are!

  • Concerned Senior

    @miswillis:

    You read like a very intelligent person. Why demean yourself responding to a person who's insecurities cause so much obfuscation regarding personal insight. I understand what you were saying and 'use' or 'utilize' it is all the same according to the dictionary.

    Not trying to tell you what to do, but responding to that blogger is a waste of time when the insecurities kick-in.
    Some times drez makes perfectly good sense, but other times: ?????????? Go figger.

  • Drez

    No, they are not the same word, and "utilize" is commonly misused.
    That is to say, it is "utilized" improperly.
    I provided the correct definition above.

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