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D.C. Wire: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Graham E-mails Constituents

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who is facing intense political pressure after his chief of staff was arrested on bribery charges last week, sent a note to his constituents late last night explaining why he once paid for a woman to have an abortion. Graham said in the e-mail...

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 2, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Tim Craig  
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What D.C. Teachers Don't Want to Hear

Here is the script D.C. school principals are supposed to use in laying off teachers Friday... "I regret to inform you that your employment with the District of Columbia Public Schools is being terminated effective November 2, 2009. I am going to share more details with you now, but all...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 2, 2009; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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D.C. Teacher Layoffs Press Release

Here's what D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee released on layoff plans today: Schools Across the District Finalize Budget Adjustments WASHINGTON, DC - Today, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) finalized budget adjustments for the 2009-2010 school year. Due to spending pressure caused by the D.C. Council's budget reduction and the on-going...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 2, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bill Turque  
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Cora Masters Barry, City Reach Deal on Recreation Center

Former D.C. first lady Cora Masters Barry will get to stay in the recreation center that she was instrumental in building a decade ago after negotiations with the city. City officials released a brief statement Thursday, the same day supporters are expected to appear at a 4 p.m. hearing on...

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 1, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Life , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, Cora Masters Barry, Dorothy Height, Marion Barry, Maya Angelou, Recreation Wish List Committee  
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Ministers Meet With Council Members, Urge Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

With Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) scheduled to introduce his same-sex marriage bill at Tuesday's council meeting, a group of ministers traveled to city hall today to step up their campaign to force a public vote on the legislation. The ministers were spotted in the John A. Wilson...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 1, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Cabdrivers Vent Anger at Graham, Fenty

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) withdrew his taxi industry reform bill on Wednesday, but that didn't stop about 50 cabdrivers from picketing City Hall on Thursday morning. A coalition of taxicab associations also called today for Graham's resignation. The protestors, who gathered in Freedom Plaza across from the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 1, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , D.C. Taxis , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , transportation  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. Taxicab Commission, Eric Weaver, Jim Graham, Larry Frankel, Leo Alexander, Muriel Bowser, Ted G. Loza  
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School Ombudsman's Office Closes

The District's office of the Ombudsman for Public Education is officially kaput, a victim of the recent budget cutbacks. It winked out of existence Wednesday, the last day of Fiscal Year 2009. Established as part of the mayoral takeover of the public school system, it was envisioned an an independent...

By Bill Turque  |  October 1, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Michael Kelly Moving on to Bigger Things

Michael Kelly, who recently announced his resignation from the D.C. Housing Authority after nearly a decade, has landed on his feet in a big way: general manager of the New York City Housing Authority. "Seldom do you find someone as qualified as Mike Kelly to assume a position as important...

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 1, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Employees , Education , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, Clifford B. Janey. Michelle Rhee, Michael Bloomberg, Michael Kelly  
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D.C. Council Says No to Private Hydrants, Passes Emergency Legislation Effective Today

Developers, beware. Starting today, developers and others cannot install private fire hydrant in the District unless they can show proof of who will maintain it. The legislation, sponsored by Councilmembers Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) was passed by the D.C. Council this week. It comes after...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  October 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Catania: Gay Marriage Bill Will Debut Tuesday

The waiting game is over. After months of buildup, D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At large) announced Wednesday evening he would introduce his proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in the District at Tuesday's council meeting. Catania made his announcement before 150 gay rights activists gathered in Shaw for a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Moten, Gray Meet on Budget Cuts

Ronald Moten, a co-founder of Peaceaholics, is continuing his campaign to get the D.C. Council to restore earmarks for some social services and anti-crime organizations. Moten has showed up, often accompanied by high school students, at the John A. Wilson Building for three consecutive weeks demanding to speak to council...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 30, 2009; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  City Finances , Tim Craig  
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Hawk One: City's Delay Caused Payment Problems

Hawk One Security, which had trouble this week paying guards who protect the city's public schools, owes the Internal Revenue Service $4.25 million in taxes and penalties for matters dating from 1998 to 2003, according to an IRS document sent to D.C. Public Schools in September. Hawk One representatives sent...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 30, 2009; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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Graham Withdrawing Taxicab Bill as FBI Probe Continues

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) said today he is withdrawing his legislation to overhaul the city's taxi industry, a proposal that is at the center of an ongoing FBI investigation into alleged corruption within the industry and at City Hall. But Graham said his decision to pull the bill...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 30, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. Council , D.C. Taxis , Tim Craig  | Tags: Abdulaziz Kamus, Jim Graham, Ted G. Loza  
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Legal Debate over D.C. Police's "All Hands on Deck" Heads to PERB

The legal wrangling over the Metropolitan Police Department's "All Hands on Deck" program will head to the Public Employee Relations Board, an independent entity that resolves disputes between the government and labor organizations that represent District employees. A federal arbitrator ruled earlier this month that the police department's program of...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  September 30, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Tough Sledding for Ed Data Project

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. State Superintendent of Education Kerri L. Briggs didn't have a lot to say Monday about why they canned Williams, Adley & Co., hired last year to build a $12 million educational data warehouse. But in an eight-page termination letter, John P. Varghese, interim...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 30, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Bill Turque  
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Two Graham Staffers Receive Grand Jury Subpoenas

Two staffers for D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) have been subpoenaed to appear next week before a federal grand jury investigating the city's taxicab industry. David Vacca and Steve Hernandez, both of whom work for the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, are scheduled to appear before...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 29, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  D.C. Council , D.C. Democrats & Republicans , D.C. Taxis , Tim Craig  | Tags: Brian DeBose, Committee on Public Works and Transportation, David Vacca, Jim Graham, Steve Hernandez  
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Gay Games Won't Be Held in the District

Despite traveling to Cologne, Germany, District government officials failed to persuade the Federation of Gay Games to hold its Gay Olympics in the District in 2014. D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) and Valerie Santos, deputy mayor for planning and economic development, were among the D.C. contingent in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 29, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: David A. Catania, Federation of Gay Games, Gay Olympics, Valerie Santos  
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Roast Teacher, with a Budget Reduction?

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, perhaps trying to prove that she can take the heat and stay in the kitchen, will join star chefs Carla Hall and Delilah Winder for the TrueFlavors Celebrity Cook-Off on Nov. 12 at CulinAerie, a cooking school in Northwest. She'll be part of a team that...

By Bill Turque  |  September 29, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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SCLC Leader from L.A. Speaks Out for Same-Sex Marriage in D.C.

The Rev. Eric P. Lee, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will be in the District most of this week to try to drum up support for same-sex marriage within the African-American community. Lee, who is heterosexual, has become a leading black advocate for...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 28, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Church and State , Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Fenty: I Can't Comment on Loza Case

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said today he is under orders from Attorney General Peter Nickles not to discuss or publicly comment on the FBI investigation into the taxi industry, which resulted in last week's arrest of Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff. After a public event this morning,...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 28, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , D.C. Taxis , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Fenty Praises Graham for Work on Columbia Heights

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) praised D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) at a public event in Columbia Heights this morning, even as Graham continues to be battered with questions over last week's arrest of his chief of staff. Fenty and Graham both attended the grand opening of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 28, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  City Life , Columbia Heights , D.C. Council , Economic Development , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  | Tags: jim graham  
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