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D.C. Wire: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

GOP Happy to Tell Ward 1 About Graham Office Raid

That didn't take long. The D.C. Republican Committee sent a robo call to about 10,000 Ward 1 residents Friday afternoon seeking to implicate Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in the legal controversy swirling around his chief-of-staff, Ted G. Loza. Loza was arrested Thursday morning on bribery charges after he...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 25, 2009; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  GOP , City Hall Aides , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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D.C. Principals' Union Rips Layoffs

The president of the union that represents DCPS principals accused Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee Friday of unfairly leaving school administrators to take the heat for the upcoming round of teacher layoffs, creating "the very real potential of subjecting our members to physical harm and unsafe working conditions." Aona H. Jefferson,...

By Bill Turque  |  September 25, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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D.C. Police Union Files Papers in "All Hands On Deck" Case

When a federal arbitrator ruled this month that the Metropolitan Police Department's "All Hands on Deck" program violated D.C. law and the police union contract, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced that the department would appeal the decision, and it filed legal papers asking that the case be reconsidered....

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  September 25, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Cheh Asks Fenty to Appoint Leader on Water Pressure Issues

The hearing led by Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) about water supply and firefighting is under way, with Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin, D.C. WASA Interim General Manager Avis Marie Russell and other fire and water officials answering questions about available water supply. A frequent point of discussion is...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  September 25, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Gray Comments on Loza Arrest

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray said in a statement today he plans to meet with the Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in the coming days to determine whether the arrest of Graham's chief of staff Ted Loza "will have any bearing on the broad operations of the council." Gray...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 24, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Tim Craig  
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Forum Focuses on Marriage in Black Community

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton had to "sweet talk" the fire marshal because so many people packed her Congressional Black Caucus forum, "Single Women, Unmarried Men: What has happen to Marriage in the Black Community?" "In order to stay married you have to be willing to be committed to...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 24, 2009; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris  
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Graham Chief of Staff Arrested on Bribery Charges

The chief-of-staff to D.C. Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) was arrested Thursday morning by federal agents on bribery charges, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Ted G. Loza, 44, was taken into custody at his home. He is due to appear in the District's federal court Thursday...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 24, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Rhee: Cutbacks Neither Mismanagement Nor Malice

Did Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee engineer the impending round of DCPS layoffs by filling 900 jobs over the summer, knowing full well that the District's financial condition would ultimately force her to reduce staff? She says no. Does she want to use the cutbacks as an opportunity to rid the...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 24, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Council Honors Height and Angelou

Civil rights icon Dorothy Height and poet Maya Angelou were honored Wednesday night by the D.C. Council - a swipe at Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's inability to schedule time to speak to them about Cora Masters Barry's eviction from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. It appears that legal filings,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 24, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Youths Protest D.C. Funding Cuts

Peaceoholics co-founder Ron Moten led hundreds of youths in a protest in front of the John A. Wilson Building Wednesday afternoon to bring attention to the D.C. Council's cuts in funding to nonprofits. The council eliminated earmarks when re-working the budget. Moten wore overalls and bandages covered with fake blood....

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 23, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  City Finances , Nikita Stewart  
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District Delays Carefirst Decision

The District Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking will delay making a decision on whether Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield, the region's largest health care insurer, has to give a portion of its $687 million surplus to the city. Gennet Purcell, acting DISB commissioner, had announced that the agency would issue a...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 23, 2009; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances , Nikita Stewart  
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Council Passes -- and Barry Praises -- New Ethics Code

D.C. Council member Marion Barry said today the new ethics code for council members is "a step forward" that demonstrates Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's "progressive thinking.' In an unanimous vote, the council approved emergency legislation that establishes the city's first "Code of Official Conduct" for council members. The proposal,...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 22, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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11th Street Bridge Plans Gets Go-Ahead

By Tim Craig Washington Post Staff Writer The D.C. Council approved a plan Tuesday to accept property from the federal government so the city can begin construction of the 11th Street bridge. The project, slated to cost $365 million, will be the largest capital improvement project ever undertaken by the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 22, 2009; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Tim Craig , transportation  | Tags: 11th Street Bridge, Christopher Herman, Vincent C. Gray, d.c. council  
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More on the State Board of Education

D.C. Wire is learning more about the compromise on the State Board of Education. On Tuesday, the council will vote on a proposal that gives the board authority over three staffers - a measure that sidesteps the council's need to override a mayoral takeover. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D)...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 22, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Compromise Hammered Out on School Board Hires

The State Board of Education will have the authority to hire three staffers selected from a list given to members by the superintendent under a compromise hammered out by D.C. Council members Monday. The education board, stripped of most of its power after the mayoral takeover in 2007, would have...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 21, 2009; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Education , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Tim Craig  
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Cut First, Ask Questions Later at DCPS

When Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced last Wednesday in front of D.C. school headquarters that the District will lay off teachers as part of up to $40 million in budget reductions, they said the public would have at least some voice in the process of...

By Bill Turque  |  September 21, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Council Open to Compromise on Ed Board Funding

The D.C. Council appears to be backing away from its plans to attempt an override of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's veto of funding to the State Board of Education. At a press conference this morning, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said members will work with the administration today to...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 21, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Education , Tim Craig  
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Gray Proposes Ethics Code in Response to Barry Controversy

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray unveiled a proposed unified "Code of Official Conduct" for council members today as he and other members begin work on implementing new ethics policies. Under Gray's proposal, the first step in responding to ethical questions that swirled around Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8)...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 21, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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