Archive for September, 2013

Paul Zukerberg Jumps Into Attorney General Fight

Defense attorney and unsuccessful at-large D.C. Council candidate Paul Zukerberg is best known for his activism on behalf the District's pot smokers, but he could soon be pressing a less crunchy issue in court. Zukerberg filed suit against the D.C. Council and the Board of Elections today over delaying the District's attorney general election, a day before [...]

Ethics Board Gives Mendelson the OK on Pepco Shares

Phil Mendelson: D.C. Council chairman, straw hat enthusiast, and lately, Wall Street player. LL wrote earlier this month about Mendelson's roughly $200,000 worth of shares in oil companies, and now the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability has weighed in on another part of Mendelson's portfolio. Though the chairman has around $17,500 in shares in Pepco, [...]

Here’s How the D.C. Government Not-Shutdown Will Work

While a shutdown of the federal government at midnight is looking all but certain, the District's government—and all of the trash collectors and libraries that come with it—will keep operating no matter what. That's due to a new plan hatched last week that, unlike the previous scheme to keep the government open, won't send any [...]

Morning Links

District could pull from the rainy day fund if the federal government shuts down. [Post]
Less dramatic shutdown plan disappoints Post columnist. [Post]
Keith Forney, last in the news giving money to Marion Barry at a strip club, is protesting a city contract. [WBJ]
Some cabbies could have more time to install credit card meters. [City Desk, WAMU]
Half of DCPS principals don't reach [...]

Phil Mendelson Is Trying to Move the Primary Date Again

D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson's attempts to move next year's primary from April 1 to June 9 have failed so far, but he'll give it another shot when the Council meets on Tuesday. Once again, though, Mendelson isn't sure whether he has the votes he needs.
"I think it's so fundamentally wrong for us to have an [...]

Morning Links

Vince Gray introduces his CFO nominee, Phoenix's Jeff DeWitt. [Post, WAMU, LL]
Phil Mendelson's legislation to avoid the shutdown would pay employees from the rainy day fund. [DCist, Times]
Rep. Darrell Issa says he doubts Congress would punish D.C. for staying open. [Roll Call]
David Catania grills education officials over test scores, Gray spokesman compares it to McCarthyism. [Post]
Ex-health care finance official steered a [...]

David Catania, Media Critic

David Catania isn't the first councilmember to tangle with Washington Post editorial writer Jo-Ann Armao. He may be the first, though, to compare her to the title character in The Wizard of Oz.
For those who missed the movie or James Franco's 2013 prequel, Catania provided a recap at today's education committee hearing. The wizard—"a harmless, elderly illusionist," per Catania—was [...]

Gray Announces Phoenix’s Jeff DeWitt as New CFO Pick

Natwar Gandhi's 13-year tenure at the top of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer is close to an end. In a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Vince Gray announced the person he wants to replace Gandhi, who said in February that he plans to resign: Phoenix, Ariz, Cheif Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt.
DeWitt is trading a city rocked [...]

Morning Links

Mayor Vince Gray set to announce CFO Natwar Gandhi's replacement today. [NBC 4]
The Post says Phoenix CFO Jeffrey DeWitt will be named D.C.'s next chief financial officer. [Post]
Gray has a plan to avoid a shutdown of the D.C. government. [LL, Times, Post]
D.C. can't find apartments for homeless families. [Housing Complex]
Fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe won't be charged for allegedly grabbing an employee's phone. [...]

District’s Shutdown Plan Is “Idiocy Of Immense Proportions,” Says Former U.S. Attorney

A little law-breaking can be contagious. Mayor Vince Gray risks violating the Anti-Deficiency Act if he keeps the entire city government running during a shutdown without the feds' approval, but he's not alone. D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson is set to introduce his own bill Tuesday to keep the city running. Councilmember David Grosso, meanwhile, says the District should build [...]