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D.C. Wire: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Read D.C.'s Fiscal Outlook Letter From Gandhi

Here's the letter and financial outlook that D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi sent today to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray....

By David A Nakamura  |  December 19, 2008; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Officials: New Bar Hours During Inauguration Won't Apply to 100's of Businesses

The District's decision to extend last-call for bars and nightclubs during the inauguration week has its limits, officials said today: those businesses that have struck agreements in the past with neighborhood groups over hours and rules must honor them. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Attorney General Peter Nickles announced this...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 19, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Gandhi: D.C. Unemployment Rate to Reach Highest Level Since 1983

The District's unemployment rate is projected to reach nearly 10 percent by 2010, the highest level in almost three decades, D.C. officials said today. In a briefing of reporters about the city's financial outlook, D.C Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi said the city faces a new $127 million budget...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 19, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Fenty Family Holiday Photo

Mayor Fenty with wife Michelle, twin sons Matthew and Andrew, and newborn daughter Aerin. (Photo by Rick Reinhard.)...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 19, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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District Faces New $127 Million Budget Shortfall

D.C. officials will announce Friday they are facing a new budget shortfall of $127 million that could require another round of cuts to a budget that has already been trimmed in affordable housing, health care and transportation, city government sources said tonight D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi briefed...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 18, 2008; 11:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Mugged MSNBC Host Mika Brzezinski 'Was Very Scared'

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was mugged outside of the Ritz-Carlton hotel at 22nd and M this morning while waiting for a car to pick her up for her co-host duties with Joe Scarborough on the show, "Morning Joe." The assailant demanded $20 but she told him she only had...

By Theola LabbĂ©-DeBose  |  December 18, 2008; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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Dear, Dr. Gandhi, You're the Best! Love, Harriette

__________________________________________ When you're an employee secretly stealing from the company -- in this case, the District of Columbia government -- you probably learn a few good survival tips. So it was with former tax office manager Harriette Walters, the mastermind of the $48 million embezzlement scheme that rocked the...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 18, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fenty: CFSA Has Made Major Strides in Reducing Backlog

The Child and Family Services Agency has reduced its backlog of cases from 1,750 to 92, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today at a news conference with Attorney Peter J. Nickles and CFSA interim director Roque Gerald. The mayor and city officials said they were especially proud of the caseload...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 18, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Bobb After Final Board of Ed Meeting: 'I'll Be Back'

On the last night of his tenure as the first president of the D.C. State Board of Education, Robert C. Bobb passed the baton to his fellow board members and wished them well. "I couldn't think of a better night to end," said Bobb, who was elected president of the...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 18, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Education  
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Report on Child Services Set for Today

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration is holding a news conference this morning to provide an update on the Child and Family Services Agency. The news conference is set for 10:30 with Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and interim CFSA director Roque Gerald at the agency's Sixth St. NW headquarters. CFSA...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Schwartz Says Farewell

Councilmember Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) bid farewell to her colleagues late last night at the end of the legislative session. It's tradition for a departing councilmember to be honored with a crystal bowl at the last meeting. Such was the case last night when Chairman Vincent C. Gray presented...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 17, 2008; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Are You a D.C. Gov Employee? Have We Got a Deal For You!

Ahh, the perks of being a D.C. government worker: toil in anonymity unless you do something bad and then get written up in the newspaper or have the mayor breathing down your neck. But guess what? Today's a new day for D.C. bureaucrats! For a limited time, the D.C. Sports...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 17, 2008; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Affordable Housing Gets A Lot of Attention

There was a lot of talk about affordable housing at yesterday's marathon D.C. Council meeting. Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) led the charge on increasing parking fees to support a popular housing program and eliminating a housing authority list where the wait an apartment with affordable...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 17, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Affordable Housing , D.C. Council  
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Marathon Council Meeting Highlights

It was more than 13 hours of legislating for the last council meeting of the year and the session. Nikita Stewart and Hamil Harris hung in until the very end, and got to see the council in full tradition mode, as members honored their departing colleague Carol Schwartz (R-At Large)....

By Marcia Davis  |  December 17, 2008; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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D.C. To Congress: Butt Out!

Local Washington and federal Washington have always co-existed uneasily. The city has no voting representation in Congress and federal legislators mostly act as if District politicians don't exist--except when trying to big-foot the locals by bossing them around. So it was last night that the D.C. Council cracked back on...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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D.C. Council Amends Inaugural Bar Hours

District bars and nightclubs will be allowed to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., not 5 a.m., during inauguration week after the D.C. Council voted to amend the emergency legislation it had approved two weeks ago. Under the legislation approved by the council this evening, bars, restaurants and nightclubs will...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 16, 2008; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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D.C. Gun Legislation Passes; Gray Recounts a Close Call From His Youth

The D.C. Council passed the Fire Arms Registration Amendment Act of 2008 earlier this afternoon with the provision that all District gun owners be required to undergo five hours of gun safety training. The 10-to-3 vote came after a spirited discussion by council members, including a personal story from Council...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 16, 2008; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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D.C. Council Holding Last Meeting of the Session

Today is a busy legislative day for the D.C. Council as it closes out this session's business. In what likely will be another marathon meeting---the last went until about 9 p.m.--the council will consider a number of critical pieces of legislation. It will take a second vote of Councilmember Marion...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 16, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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CFO Gandhi to Create New Position: Chief Risk Officer

In the wake of the 122-page Wilmer Hale report released today that examines the Office of Tax and Revenue embezzlement scandal, D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi said he will adopt one of the key recommendations and create a new position on his staff for a "chief risk officer."...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 15, 2008; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Mayor, D.C. Open Stead Park in Northwest

Mayor Fenty, Councilman Jack Evans and others were on hand for today's opening of Stead Park, on the 1600 block of P St. in Northwest. The Post's Hamil R. Harris was on the scene....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 15, 2008; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wells: Legislation Would Restrict Inaugural Alcohol Service to 4 a.m.; Require License Fee

As we told you last week, D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will propose legislation aimed at rolling back some of the provisions in the council's emergency legislation that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night for inauguration week Jan. 17-21. Wells...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 15, 2008; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Council Releases Report on OTR

Update, 4:45 p.m.: D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi said today he will adopt one of the report's key recommendations and create a new position: Chief Risk Officer. Original post: The D.C. Council today released its investigation of the Office of Tax and Revenue's nearly $50 million scandal, saying...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 15, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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Drivers Sound Off on Plan to Hike Meter Rate

The D.C. Council will be considering Jim Graham's legislation tomorrow to raise the rate on parking meters. The idea gets a cold reception from residents who street park regularly....

By Mike McPhate  |  December 15, 2008; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council , transportation  
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A Vote for Obama

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will oversee history today as the District casts its vote for the nation's first African American president. Fenty presides over the District's 12th Electoral College today. Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Jerry S. Cooper will cast the District's vote for...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 15, 2008; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race , Mayor Fenty  
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