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D.C. Wire: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Fenty declares D.C. snow emergency

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has declared a snow emergency that begins at 7 a.m. Saturday. All vehicles must be removed from the city's snow routes. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed. -- Nikita Stewart Update: The snow emergency was lifted at 9:30 a.m. Monday....

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 18, 2009; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Rhee passes up bonus

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's name surfaced in this week's Examiner story about the $15 million in bonuses awarded since Mayor Adrian M. Fenty took office in Jan. 2007. The paper reported that Rhee received $41,250 in 2007 "after barely two months on the job." In fact, the sum wasn't...

By Bill Turque  |  December 18, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Unspun with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton

The Washington Post Magazine's "Unspun" interviews take a look at the person behind the position in local government and politics. See excerpts of this Sunday's edition below or read the full article. How do you get to work? In a hybrid car. What is your favorite suburb to visit?...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 18, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eleanor Holmes Norton , Tim Craig  
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City prepares streets as forecasters predict big snow

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said crews already are putting down liquid brine in some areas of the city in preparation for this weekend's big snow. The mayor, who will hold a news conference later Friday about the city's snow plan, said in a brief interview that this weekend will mark...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 18, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Life , Nikita Stewart , transportation  
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Fenty signs gay marriage bill

In a raucous signing ceremony at a northwest Washington church, Mayor Fenty officially legalized same-sex marriage in the District, distributing ceremonial pens among the Council members standing behind him. The law now will go through a period of review consisting of 30 days in which Congress is in session. If...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 18, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , same-sex marriage  
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Get answers about roads from DDOT director in 2:30 p.m. chat

Want to know how the District will prepare for the snow this weekend? Have complaints about parking? Gabe Klein, director of the District Department of Transportation, will chat up residents for an hour online at 2:30 p.m. Twitterers can also send him questions....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 18, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , Nikita Stewart  
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City reaches deal to remove billboards many saw as eyesores

Bishop William Barr said that he was grateful for the commercial billboard that stood high above his church's property in Northeast Washington. "That sign has been there even before the church was here," Barr said. "We got about $2,000 a year for it to be there because they use...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 18, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris  
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Fenty to sign marriage bill at All Souls

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will sign the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District at All Souls Unitarian Church in Northwest at 10:30 a.m. Friday, several sources said. The Rev. Robert Hardies, senior pastor of the church, is co-chairman of D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality, a coalition...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 17, 2009; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , same-sex marriage  
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Fenty to sign same-sex marriage bill

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said he expects the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the District to hit his desk Thursday and will probably hold a bill-signing ceremony Friday. Fenty said the details have not been worked out, but he will give special recognition of his signature. The...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 17, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  City Life , Congressional Oversight , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , same-sex marriage  
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Details emerge about fire official with Florida job

Answers are beginning to trickle out as to how a D.C. Deputy Fire Chief got to be simultaneously employed as head of a Florida fire department while remaining a city employee. Allegations have been swirling that Kenneth Ellerbe secured the arrangement so he could reach age 50 before retiring in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 16, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Employees  
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Oyster-Adams Principal Calls Out Rude Parents

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Woodley Park was the setting for one of last year's nastier school community disputes. In May 2008 Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, whose two daughters attend the school, fired principal Marta Guzman, along with about two-dozen other D.C. school leaders. Guzman's dismissal aggravated ethnic and class tensions...

By Bill Turque  |  December 16, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Bill Turque,Education , Education  
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Two District agencies to move

D.C. Public Schools and the Department of the Environment will have new digs come February, when they lease space in an office building on top of the New York Avenue Metro station in Northeast's NoMA neighborhood, the city's Department of Real Estate Services announced Wednesday afternoon. DRES director Robin-Eve Jasper...

By Bill Turque  |  December 16, 2009; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Bill Turque,Education , Education  
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Oyster-Adams principal calls out rude parents

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Woodley Park was the setting for one of last year's nastier school community disputes. In June 2008 Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, whose two daughters attend the school, fired principal Marta Guzman, along with about two-dozen other D.C. school leaders. Guzman's dismissal aggravated ethnic and class tensions...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 16, 2009; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Bill Turque,Education  
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Mendelson backs off Fenty security probe -- for now

At least for now, D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At large) has backed away from his plan to launch an official investigation into how Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) uses his security detail. In the aftermath of a WTOP radio story that revealed Fenty used police escorts on some of...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 16, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Bill would allow no-smoking signs near businesses

A D.C. Council committee approved a bill Wednesday that would allow business owners in the District to post "no smoking" signs within 25 feet of the front door of their property. But the bill, designed to break up the clusters of smokers who crowd around some doorways, does not...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 16, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Gandhi: D.C. revenue is down

Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, as expected, delivered bad news about the city's economy Wednesday with his latest revenue estimates. Income taxes, real estate taxes and collections from licenses and permits are all down. In a letter to the mayor and council chairman, Gandhi outlined his grim outlook, explaining...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 16, 2009; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , Nikita Stewart  
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Nickles explains why lawyers got bonuses past deadline

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles has an official explanation on how lawyers in his office were paid bonuses in October despite a new law that prohibited such pay in fiscal 2010, which began Oct. 1. In a letter to Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Nickles wrote the bonuses, which...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 16, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Finances , Nikita Stewart  
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Mendelson seeks answers on deputy fire chief

In the wake of news that a D.C. deputy fire chief remains on the city's employment rolls despite having taken the top jobs at a county fire department in Florida, a D.C. Council member says he plans to seek answers in the matter and will pursue a formal investigation if...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 15, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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D.C. Council approves same-sex marriage 11-2

In a second and final vote on the measure, the D.C. Council officially passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday afternoon. The bill awaits Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's signature -- which is expected before Christmas -- and then will go through a congressional review period. If the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 15, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , same-sex marriage  
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Deputy fire chief takes Florida job but cuts D.C. pension deal

Update 3:41 p.m.: Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer confirmed that Ellerbe went on leave without pay August 31. According to this Florida news report, Ellerbe joined the Sarasota department July 20. Original post: A D.C. deputy fire chief who is nearing the age when certain pension benefits will kick in...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 14, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Janey says 'footprint' is still fresh

When Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee met with reporters last week to tout the District's improved math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) , she did it with a nod to her predecessor, Clifford Janey. It was under Janey, who was dismissed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty after...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 14, 2009; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Bill Turque,Education  
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