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Video: Fenty delivers 2010 State of the District Address

11 a.m.: And the speech is over. What did you think?

10:35 a.m.: In his pageboy cap, Burberry trench, navy suit and blue tie, Fenty appears more dapper than usual.

10:32 a.m.: In delivering his annual address at Deanwood, Fenty appears to be dismissing concerns that his administration favored friends and associates in awarding contracts. Busing in seniors shows that Fenty is likely targeting the reliable voters for his reelection bid.

10:27 a.m.: The audience for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's State of the District Address is made up of dozens and dozens of seniors, bussed in by vans and larger vans.

Warnings are being given to seniors to watch their step at the still-under-construction Deanwood Recreation Center. Watch your step. Secure a hard hat if you want a tour later.

No sign of the mayor, but spotted immediately? Omar Karim, owner of Banneker Ventures, the firm at the center of the investigation into parks and recreation construction contracts. Though the D.C. Council stripped Banneker of its contract to oversee millions of dollars in construction, it stayed in charge of Deanwood, which was well under way.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 9, 2010; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Thoughts so far? Does it sound like the Fenty administration is moving in the right direction on education? On AIDS?

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | April 9, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Mayor Fenty is either from another planet or a complete fool. Homicide rate is down? 10 people where shot, four died just last week. The WTU and DCPS have come to an agreement? This contract is the same BS it was in 2008. The budget is balanced? DC has a $550 million dollar deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. The unemployment rate for DC is worse than any city in the tri-state area. Fenty needs to get real and stop the BS.

Posted by: fivetogo | April 9, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I really don't understand how anyone can defend Fenty giving almost all contracts to his frat buddies. Even worse, we are now hearing that the amounts given for these projects were completely bloated. Fenty has stolen our money to pump up the wealth of his friends.

Also, why does he have to give the speech to a select audience. Why not open it up to the community?

Posted by: letsbereal2 | April 10, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Technically, the event is open to the community at-large, but only if you know about it. Unlike Tony Williams, baby fenty only gives public notice about two to three days in advance, primarily to journalists. I love the way he charged through his comments, like he might forget his pre-programming if he went too slow.

Posted by: bob_dylan_rocks | April 10, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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