IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Good morning sweet readers! LL turns 52 today. News time:
Frank Kameny Dies: Frank Kameny died yesterday at age 86. “Mr. Kameny, a Harvard PhD whose homosexuality led to his discharge from a federal government job more than half a century ago, lived to see his years of determined advocacy rewarded by the success of many of his campaigns and by his ultimate welcome from a political establishment that had rejected him,” says the Post. Says At-Large Councilmember David Catania: “He was a stubborn and impatient person, and that was the recipe for his success.”
AFTER THE JUMP: Wrong Tommy, Tom; Stay On My Lawn; Riding With Gray…
Wrong Tommy: NBC4’s Tom Sherwood lets it be known that Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells does not like to be confused with Ward 5 Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas when the matter of public corruption is being discussed. After such a slip of the tongue happened on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Wells let Sherwood have it. “We still have the salty phone message that Wells left us that afternoon before he heard the correction. Suffice to say, it would not pass the ‘no profanity’ test reflected in a resolution the council approved last week. We’re still waiting for the right moment and place to replay the message publicly, maybe at a fundraiser or something. We’ll see.”
Stay On My Lawn: The Post editorial board gives kudos to the National Park Service and the #OccupyDC protesters, who just got their permit extended to stay at Freedom Plaza for a few more months. “One issue that had to be resolved was the use of the plaza by other groups that have obtained permits or have permits pending. D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), for example, has plans for a Saturday rally for full democracy for the District. A yoga group is set to conduct a demonstration, and another organization has an event to raise funds to fight leukemia. Protest leader Kevin Zeese told us that he was sure there were people from his group who would be interested in doing yoga, rallying for justice for the District and fighting leukemia. But in any event, the Park Service offered the protesters alternative demonstration sites for dates already offered to other groups.” Meanwhile, the Post finds that most councilmembers are happy to have the protesters.
Riding With Gray: Jonetta Rose Barras says she’s with the mayor when it comes to spending city money on city grass cutting contracts. “Buying local and securing quality, low-cost services aren’t mutually exclusive,” she says. They shouldn’t be, but in the grass cutting case they are. The Baltimore-based company’s bid was wayyyy cheaper than the bids coming from D.C.-based companies.
In Other Words:
- Councilmembers tell Gray administration officials that they new Department of General Services better work.
- Advocates for Latinos say Secure Communities program doesn’t belong in D.C.
- White House down with City Market at O Street. AU v preservationists v ANC.
- Doug Jemal bullish on New York Ave.
- Leroy Thorpe Jr. says he’s mellowed.
Gray sked: D.C. Public Schools Principals’ Leadership Academy at 8 a.m.; Food & Friends CareFirst Grant Announcement at 10 a.m.; D.C. Water Clean Rivers Project Anacostia Tunnel Groundbreaking Ceremony at 11 a.m.; Leadership Greater Washington 2011 Fall Kick-Off Luncheon at noon; Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication Events Press Briefing at 1 p.m.; CareFirst’s Annual Legislative Reception and Salute to Community Partners at the W Hotel, 5:30 p.m.
Council sked: Finance committee talks recordation tax at 10 a.m.; COW talks about the status of development projects at noon; and GovOps talks BOEE at 2 p.m.