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D.C. Council Talking Ethics Today

D.C. Council members are discussing what could become its ethics policy in a 3 1/2-hour meeting Tuesday. The work session began at 9:30 a.m., although council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), whose hiring of a girlfriend and issues surrounding earmarks prompted a new focus on council ethics, was not there for its start.

According to a Sept. 3 memorandum, council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) sent to his colleagues, a group called CityEthics is helping "assist us in reviewing and discussing a set of proposed documents, including a draft code of ethics and a blueprint for developing a robust, sustainable approach."

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 15, 2009; 11:27 AM ET
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: D.C. Council, ethics  
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I can only laugh at this one. Ethics, indeed! From a group of suck-ups to developers, self-serving, myopic and low-hanging-fruit grabbers, we'll now get their take on "ethics"??? ha ha ha ha ha

Posted by: dccitizen1 | September 15, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Ethics and certain members of the council is funny. But they will sink to a new low if they confirm the acting director of DPR. Did anybody see her at the hearing on September 9th. A pure joke!

Posted by: candycane1 | September 16, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I normally agree with you but I have to disagree on this one. This is exactly what Harry Thomas is trying to do, discredit the new Director in lieu of his fight with Fenty. He uses DPR as a punching bag and he reached a new low at the last hearing. I am writing a paper about “Politics and Children” and have been following the child care situation. What I have found is eye opening and it shows how bad Thomas is. The child care situation is not a real issue, there are only 300 children in this program and my investigation confirmed that none of the child care centers are closed. They are open but operated by the Head Start Delegate, UPO, and the schools. Same location, same kids, same furniture, even in some cases same staff. The salary of most of the staff is over 35 k but after you visit a few centers you note that most staff is not qualified to work in an educational setting. Nice ladies but not teachers (although making teachers' salaries).

DPR operated these centers with Child Care Subsidy and Head Start funds, not local funds. In the educational world is well known that Child Care Subsidy does not cover Child Care Services. Without proper local allocations this program could not survive...and it didn't. Also, DPR never adjusted staffing in relation to the number of children attending the program. Proper adjustments are critical under Child Care Subsidy because the entities are reimbursed for the number of children served. UPO shared with me that most centers are still 50% under-enrolled - so why is Thomas crying? Where are the parents that need services?

I also found that DCPS afterschol program absorbed the DPR kids the first day of school. Parents confirmed that they had no gap in services and that the DCPS program was of better quality.

DPR has been one of the worst district agencies for years. It has been a warehouse of dead weight and a nest of corruption. Harry Thomas is the reason why DPR remains in such state. He enables the crazy and the lazy and has turned hearings into a circus. He bullied Clark Ray and bullies now the current director. It’s embarrassing and hard to watch the parade of insane people who he allows to testify. Any lost cause has an audience under Thomas.
Even though I disapprove the rest of the council, I can’t think of a worse councilmember than Thomas. He is ignorant, stupid, and now has turned into a bully.

Posted by: concernedforwdc | September 18, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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