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Today, the Council will meet to discuss what action members should take, if any, against Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans after an investigation showed that he used his public office to help private consulting clients and raked in more than $400,000 in the process. The probe found that Evans violated Council ethics rules at least 11 times. (But did he break any laws? Investigators wouldn’t say, but City Paper’s Mitch Ryalslooked into it.)
Evans was invited to testify about the probe at the hearing, scheduled at noon, but declined. The public hearing is expected to be packed with organizers, and a lot of them are calling for Evans’ expulsion.
A majority of the councilmembers want to censure Evans and would strip him of his committee assignments, according to the Post. But only three—At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, At-Large Councilmember David Grosso, and At-Large Councilmember Robert C. White Jr.—say Evans should be completely forced out. Nine, total, have called on Evans to resign.
Evans is losing allies by the minute. The Sierra Club, which has endorsed Evans in past elections, called on the Council to expel the longest-ever serving councilmember. In a strongly-worded letter, the Sierra Club DC Chapter chair writes: “Under the influence of those paying him and those from whom he sought payment, Mr. Evans advanced policies harmful to the environment.”
What happens next? Stay tuned.—Amanda Michelle Gomez(tips? Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
CITY DESK, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:
911 call involving the fatal shooting of Bijan Ghaisar cuts out, leaves more questions. [Fox5]
Police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti at a historic synagogue. [Daily Beast]
Street vendors speak out against police harassment. [Twitter]
The problem with D.C.’s requirement for TB testing of public school volunteers. [WAMU]
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? email@example.com)
A lot of this is covered above, but here’s the abbreviated version:
The Council’s ad hoc committee could recommend discipline for Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans today. [DC Council]
Most members want to strip Evans of all committee assignments, but are not advocating full expulsion. [Post]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
Baan Thai’s last day on 14th Street NW is Dec. 31. [WCP]
Momo Yakitoriwill close in Woodridge on Dec. 29. [Eater]
Founding Farmers still gets more reservations than any other restaurant on OpenTable. [DCist]
ARTS LINKS, byKayla Randall(tips? email@example.com)
Theater J revives sculptor Louise Nevelson in Occupant. [WCP]
Local author Tom Rosenstiel’s new thriller Oppo dives into D.C.’s opposition research business. [Washingtonian]
Delight in these eight immersive winter wonderlands in D.C. [DCist]
SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
Local residents are outraged at D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation for its handling of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ athletic field transfer, and despite the heated complaints at an ANC meeting last night, DPR plans to go ahead with the transfer on Dec. 14. [WCP]
Firing Bruce Allen won’t really make a difference, argues City Paper contributor Matt Terl. [WCP]
Georgetown University announced last night that Josh LeBlancand James Akinjo are no longer on the men’s basketball team. No official reason was given but in November, LeBlanc and teammate Galen Alexander received temporary restraining orders as a result from accusations of harassment and burglary. Freshman Myron Gardner was accused of “sexual harassment and assault.” Akinjo was not named in either of the complaints. Alexander and Gardner are still listed on the team’s roster as of Tuesday morning. [ESPN]
- Koda Glover, who pitched for the Nationals, announced his retirement at age 26 due to repeated injuries. [NBC Sports Washington]
Today: Signature Theatre’s A Motown Christmas, featuring classic, groovy holiday tunes, kicks off its three-week run. 7:30 p.m. at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $38.
Wednesday: It’s hard to think of a band dealing with their own encroaching middle age through their music more explicitly than The Menzingers. 7 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $25.
Thursday:Another Sky, a rising indie band from the UK, play underneath foreign skies. 8 p.m. at Pie Shop DC, 1339 H St. NE. $12–$15.