D.C. is experiencing an affordable housing crisis. That’s why the Council is holding a hearing on rent control today, as the law is set to expire by the end of 2020. Over 100 people are expected to testify.

THE NEWS:

Metro Transit Police largely evades public oversight. That concerns lawmakers and residents given recent cell phone videos and eyewitness accounts of alleged excessive use of force. 

A recent incident that went viral on social media and sparked public outrage happened at the U Street Metro station: Metro Transit Police Officer Jonathan Costanzo tased Tapiwa Musonza, an unarmed black man who intervened when transit police detained a 13-year-old boy. 

The minor’s mother, Melissa Laws, still doesn’t know why her son was handcuffed. She says she hasn’t heard anything from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority since the incident. 

“I learned today, they have no accountability,” Laws told a joint-committee hearing on Metro Transit Police Department’s practices and its effect on communities of color. 

At-Large Councilmember Robert White and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen largely agreed with Laws, and brainstormed ways with public witnesses to bring more accountability and transparency to WMATA. Ideas ranged from creating a civilian oversight board to having trained civilians work with transit police to de-escalate interactions. 

What does WMATA have to say about the alleged excessive use of force? Metro Transit Police Department Chief Ronald Pavlik was there to testify. Read his testimony and more about a hearing that touched on a lot of items, from fare evasion to community distrust. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • Shake up in education politics: Public Charter School Board director Scott Pearson is resigning. [DCist]

  • Bike lane enforcement squad issues parking tickets based on photos. [Washingtonian

  • Protesters and police prepare for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s WH visit. [WAMU]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Ethics board investigating Councilmember Jack Evans’ vote on his own discipline. [DC Line]

  • Councilmember Vince Gray officially filed to run for re-election. He has a few challengers for the Ward 7 seat. [DCist, DC Line]

  • Four things to know about Evans and his relationship with EagleBank. [WBJ]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • DC Brau enters the hard seltzer market with four flavors. [WCP]

  • Early details on the food hall headed for Silver Spring. [WBJ]

  • One reporter tried, and failed, to get water delivered from D.C.’s water bar. [Washingtonian]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Here’s how FedEx is getting our favorite panda to China. [Washingtonian]

  • Jamiah Lewis, a 16-year-old whose leg was amputated after she contracted bacterial meningitis, expresses herself through fashion. [Post]

  • All the music you shouldn’t miss in the D.C.-area this week. [DCist

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Washington Spirit will split their home games next season between the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Segra Field in Leesburg, Virginia, and Audi Field in Southwest. It’s not the ideal arrangement—for players and fans—but the team believes it’s the right step forward for the growth of the team. [WCP]

  • Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas is returning to Boston tonight as an NBA starter for the first time since starring on the Celtics. “I visualize going for 50 on them,” he told reporters. “That’s the plan and to win the game. But I hope that night is not about me and it takes away from what this team is all about.” [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced that it will start a Caps Gaming brand focused on hockey esports. [Esports Observer]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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