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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Good morning sweet readers! Who knew Marion Barry would be so good at Twitter? News time:
Turn to Face The Strange: Mayor Vince Gray‘s two new hires were put on public display yesterday at a news conference announcing their hires. New Deputy Chief of Staff Sheila Bunn and spokesman Pedro Ribeiro, both of whom worked previously on the Hill, are supposed to help the Gray adjust to an accelerated news cycle. Per TWT: “‘The pace of media has changed and it’s a 24/7 world,’ Christopher Murphy, the mayor’s chief of staff, said Monday at a press briefing. ‘Pedro and Sheila have experienced that firsthand, and I think that kind of speedy reaction will help us advance the mayor’s agenda.’” The Post grants anonymity to Gray staffers as they gently nudge outgoing spokeswoman Linda Wharton Boyd out the door. “Some members of Gray’s administration privately commended Boyd for her event-planning prowess but questioned whether she had the skills to manage the mayor’s communications efforts in a 24-hour news cycle. Several of the aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly discuss the staff changes, called the Health Department a better fit given her experience.” Yeah, that last tidbit is of real interest to the average reader. Also, the Post notes that Riberio “said he will not take to Twitter.”
AFTER THE JUMP: Guests Are Like Fish; Evans’ Easy Money; Bowser Defends Ethics Bill…
Guests Are Like Fish: Support for the Occupy DC protests is waning among the District’s elected officials after protesters tried to occupy the Franklin School over the weekend, the Examiner reports. “Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells said the protesters’ request that they reopen the school for protesters and the homeless to shelter during the winter was unreasonable. Franklin School operated as a shelter from 2002 to 2008. ‘The government already helps underwrite the protests,’ he said. ‘The idea of now throwing in buildings into the mix just really tips the balance into where it’s not a sustainable or reasonable thing to ask of the city … . ‘We can’t do that.'” Meanwhile, more protesters are set to arrive today.
Jack Evans the Insurance Exec: Postie Mike DeBonis gets tipped off on the identity of Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans‘ third job: an insurance executive for the now defunct Central Benefits Mutual Insurance Co.. Evans made a cool $500,000 over the last decade for not doing much work. “Evans said Monday that his duties for Central Benefits were ‘really not much.’ He served as the company’s registered agent, meaning it was his job to keep the Central Benefits’ corporate registration in good standing and pick up the mail. Evans said he did not lobby for the company or deal with city insurance regulators.” Where can LL get a job like that?
In Other News:
- Bowser defends ethics bill, GGW says it could be better.
- Suzanne Peck asking department heads for suggestions on how to cut 10 percent from their budgets, says DCFPI.
- HIV at the DMV appears to be working well.
- Post ed board angry about DeOnte Rawlings shooting.
- City giving sweet tax deals to some supermarkets.
Gray sked: 12:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.: 42nd Annual Safeway Turkey Bowl Pre-Game Luncheon; 1:10 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.: Shaw Community Food Committee Thanksgiving Food Distribution at Bible Way Church; 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Yards Park-Diamond Teague Park Riverwalk Trail Bridge Connector Grand Opening at the Yards Park; 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Food & Friends Thanksgiving Volunteering; 6:50 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Roast & Toast for Glenn Harris
Council sked: Alcoholic Beverage Control Board confirmations of Ruthanne G. Miller and Jeannette Mobley at 10 a.m.; Hearing on prison population management at 10 a.m.