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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
- Gray Admin: Alright, the Mayor Went to Tampa
- Republican Reboot
- Tony Williams and John Boehner
- Gray Admin Mum on Trip to Tampa
Good morning sweet readers! It’s Thursday, and we all know what that means: The new dead-tree edition of Washington City Paper is out, and LL’s bosses will spend much of the day bragging about good they used to be at skateboarding. This week’s cover is profile of local boy made good Wale. Rend Smith profiles a pot-delivery service called Mindy’s Muffins. LDP wonders what Adams Morgan will look like when (or if) it grows up. And LL reports on the D.C. GOP’s efforts to paint Councilmember Michael Brown as the posterboy for unethical lawmakers in next year’s general election, to which Brown responds: “I’ll be happy to respond to the DCGOP the next time I’m on Fox News.” News time:
What Happens in Tampa Doesn’t Stay in Tampa: What is it with D.C. mayors not wanting the public to know when they leave town? Mayor Vince Gray paid homage to this time-honored tradition by a) not telling the public or much of his senior staff that he was going to Florida last Friday for a day to tour the training facility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and b) initially refusing to even confirm that he went. After Brown and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans confirmed the trip, the mayor’s office fell in line, and said they wanted to keep the trip on the QT because they didn’t want to get Redskin fans’ hopes up that a new training facility would be built at Reservation 13, next to the stadium where the team no longer plays. TWT reports that Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown “was not invited” (cue sad trombone). Tom Sherwood quotes anonymous sources saying that “along with a training facility, which could take a year or two to build, the redevelopment plan could include a Redskins’ Hall of Fame museum and other year-round attractions for fans. It also could possibly include an upscale hotel that the team and visitors would use on game days.” (Question, where do teams stay now? Cause LL’s got a few things to say to the Cowboys this year.)
AFTER THE JUMP: Silver Wins; Catania Gets A Raise; Mayor Wants Metro to Hire You, District Resident …
And Do You See This Man in Court Here Today?: Ward 6 ANC commissioner Keith Silver fought the law and he won yesterday. Silver was in court contesting a charged related to a D.C. voting rights protest. He caught a lucky break when his arresting officer incorrectly identified Silver’s lawyer as the guy he arrested.
In Other News:
- Councilmember David Catania gets a raise.
- City looking for ways to curb welfare spending.
- Halloween shooting victim was ward of DYRS.
- It’s Academic host Mac McGarry retires.
- The first quote in this story is priceless.
- Every time D.C. pols talk about banning synthetic marijuana, LL gets to use a quote from Dune: “Father, the sleeper has awakened.”
- The mayor wants Metro to hire more D.C. residents. Currently the agency only has 14 percent of its workforce living in D.C.
- Some DPW parking enforcers were given pink slips.
- Council talks bike safety.
Gray sked: 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Workforce Incentive Program Expansion Press Briefing; 10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Safeway and Rite Aid One City ● One Hire Prescreening Event; 11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.: D.C. One Fund 2012 Wilson Building Campaign Kickoff; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Memorial Service for Frank Kameny; 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: D.C. Real Estate Group Monthly Dinner.
Council sked: Nada