Good morning sweet readers! John Beck, future Super Bowl MVP, right? Wrong! News time:
No More Arrests: A District law that’s been on the books since 1973 is no more. Yesterday the D.C. Council voted to strip police officers of the power to arrest people driving with expired tags. Why the change? From the Post: “’Once they’re having an even-handed or all-areas-included application of a policy like this, right away we get an uproar,’” said David A. Harris, a University of Pittsburgh law professor with expertise in racial profiling. “’In the inner city, there’s a much higher chance that somebody’s going to be arrested. Those people tend to be people that the rest of us don’t listen to or hear from a lot. They are not people of status; they are not people who have access to the media; they are not people who have access to counsel right way, and because of that their voices are not heard.’”
AFTER THE JUMP: I Said I Love You But I Lied; Over the Hill; Not Over…
Best Council Staffer Picture Ever: Georgetown Dish has the scoop that Beth Webster, who is “well-known in business circles in Georgetown,” is now working for Councilmember Vincent Orange. Part of her job responsibilities include attracting more “television and movie production to the District.” Wait a second? Doesn’t the mayor already have a whole office set for that? Who cares! Webster recently attended the Emmys, where she got her picture taken with that no-talent ass clown Michael Bolton.
Over the Hill: The head of the District’s own Trilateral Commission is stepping down. John Hill, CEO of the Federal City Council, plans to step down in August 2012, the WBJ reports. Hill said “he had only planned to stay at the organization five years and that he wanted to do something else for the final chapter of his professional career.”
Not Over: The council hearing into whether CFO Nat Gandhi flubbed in collecting millions in property taxes will continue tomorrow, giving Jonetta Rose Barras another chance to tee off. “When I deal with the CFO, verify, verify and verify again has become my mantra — and for good reason.” Barras also goes after Mayor Vince Gray, quoting an anonymous councilmember (named David Catania) saying, “Vince has all the timidity of Barack Obama but none of the charm.”
In Other News:
- Thousands of kids evacuated from convention center after fight breaks out at college fair.
- Grease man wants to fuel city’s vehicles.
- Very cool pictures of D.C. in the early ’40s.
- D.C. has had five murders in three days.
- Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells endorses Nate Bennett-Fleming for shadow rep.
- Should agency heads’ perks be put online?
- Catania wants HIV/AIDS outreach for seniors.
- Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans to be roasted tonight.
Gray sked: Bi-weekly presser at 10 a.m.; Meeting With American University Political Science Students at 11:30 a.m.; Inside One City taping at 1 p.m.; D.C. Hospital Association Annual Banquet at 5:45 p.m.
Council sked: VO holds court on D.C.’s plans for the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Day at 10 a.m.