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Good morning sweet readers! Congrats to LL’s boss Mike Madden, who is now the proud father of Ruby Saraco Madden. Also, congratulations to the Dallas Cowboys, for being winners. News time:
Ward 8 Winners: Ward 8’s Democrats elected their party leaders this weekend, with the Joyce Scott defeating Natalie Williams to become president. Williams is Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry‘s former spokeswoman and ran a spirited campaign with Barry’s backing. (Her defeat reminds us, as LL’s been told plenty of times already, there are no coattails in D.C. politics.) Congress Heights on the Rise’s Advoc8te congratulates both slates for running “a campaign race without dirty tricks, personal attacks, or general shenanigans.”
AFTER THE JUMP: We’re Rich; Leave Me Alone, Sherwood; Education Excitement …
We’re Rich: Chief Financial Officer Nat Gandhi sent a letter to elected officials on Friday saying they have an additional $89 million to play around with. Now the council has to decide whether to sock that money away, as Gandhi wants, or to spend that money getting rid of an unpopular municipal bond tax or on other things, like more cops.
Leave Me Alone, Sherwood: Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown did not appear to enjoy being grilled about ethics on the Kojo Nnamdi Show Friday. Brown also shitcanned two of his committee staffers late last week for no immediately clear reason.
In Other News: Jonetta excited about curriculum changes at DCPS, WaPo editorial board excited teachers taking bonuses. Mayor’s pick to Public Service Commission is opposed by Pepco, which ought be reason enough to confirm her. Fired DOES worker gets job back. Council to tackle ethics. D.C.’s police cameras don’t work, study says. Developers to District: Give us money to build hotels. Spray painting kids arrested.
Gray sked: Interview with NBC Nightly News at 9 a.m.; Taping of “Inside One City” at 10:30 a.m.; “A Standing Ovation for Teachers,” at 6:30 p.m.
Council sked: Councilmember Vincent Orange to hold presser at 2 p.m. to tout his upcoming bills.