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And just like that,Jack Evans is out.

Tuesday’s legislative meeting was the Ward 2 Councilmember’s last. He resigned after investigators hired by the Council discovered chronic ethics violations, and his colleagues couldn’t turn a blind eye. They voted in favor of removing him from public office in December.    

“After nearly 40 years of public service to the District of Columbia, I have advised the Board of Elections that I resign my position as the Ward 2 Councilmember on the Council of the District of Columbia, as of close of business on Friday, January 17, 2020,” said Evans’ resignation letter.

Evans handed his letter to Chairman Phil Mendelson and left the Wilson Building without taking any media questions.  

In true Loose Lips fashion, Mitch Ryals wrote up an obit for the longest serving Councilmember’s career. He took a look back at Evans’ Council tenure, which all started with a girl. (Well, a woman who mocked him for living in Shirlington, which convinced him to move to the city.) Evans’ career wasn’t all scandal and corruption, but that definitely ended it.

Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

  

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office is permanently clearing people living in tents under the NoMa underpass to make way for pedestrians using the sidewalk. The decision is expected to displace 40 residents experiencing homelessness. [WCP]   

  • D.C. agency might restrict construction in areas that eventually will be underwater. [UrbanTurf

  • No more “firemen,” “chairmen,” or “manholes,” if a bill that makes D.C. code gender neutral passes. [DCist

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

  • Evans, the longest serving D.C. councilmember, resigned yesterday. [Twitter, Post, WAMU, WBJ]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser still hasn’t said anything about it. [Twitter]

  • Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd would prefer not to answer questions about Initiative 77. [Twitter

  • An aide to Gov. Larry Hogan landed a job with a company expected to bid on state contracts. [Post]

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

  • ICYMI: Why the European wines you love to drink could double in price or disappear. [WCP]

  • District Taco introduces a vegan protein option. [PoPville]

  • Defining the term “plant-based.” [Eater]

  • How Columbia Room is celebrating its 10th anniversary. [Washingtonian]

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

  • You’ll need same-day timed passes to get into the Hirshhorn’s latest Kusama exhibition this April. [Post]

  • Theater J has formed two new national Jewish Play Prizes, with winners announced this fall. [DC Theatre Scene

  • What’s up with D.C.’s live music scene? [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

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

  • Wizards backup point guard Ish Smith may be one of the fastest players in the NBA. But don’t ask him to run a mile. He hates running. “Like I hate running on the track,” Smith says. “I hate running lines. I hate it. But when we’re playing basketball, I love it.” [WCP]

  • Scott Turner, son of former Washington head coach Norv Turner, will be the offensive coordinator on Ron Rivera’s staff. [ESPN]

  • The 12th-ranked Maryland men’s basketball team beat No. 11 Ohio State, 67-55, in a Big Ten matchup. It was their first win over a ranked opponent this season. [Testudo Times]

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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