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I’m The Boss: Mayor Vince Gray reminded everyone last night that he has the last word in this city by refusing to sign the council’s budget plans that would have diverted funds from the city’s reserve fund into easing the pain of a new tax on out-of-the District bonds, WBJ‘s late-night-workin’ Michael Neibauer reports. Says a Gray spokeswoman: “The Mayor did not sign the BSA emergency bill due to his concerns about the bond tax amendment and its potential negative impact on the reserve funds and the District’s rating on Wall Street.” Take that, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, whose idea Gray just pocket vetoed.
AFTER THE JUMP: Fully Loaded Hybrid; Test Scores Drop; More Cowbell…
Is That Prius Fully Loaded?: Fox 5’s Tisha Thompson is back on the taxpayer-funded vehicle beat, this time discovering that congressmen of all stripes use tax dollars to lease cars. The District’s own Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is one of 90 House members (the Senate bars the practice) who use part of their office budget to pay for a car lease. EHN’s Toyota hybrid costs taxpayers $552 a month. (Yes, the very one that was just hit by a police car.) And in a press strategy that’s the hallmark of a great politician, Norton refused Thompson’s multiple requests for comment.
Rut Row: Scores at some D.C. schools fell amid test security questions. Noyes Education Campus, where much of the allegations of cheating has been centered, saw huge drops. “At Noyes Education Campus in Northeast Washington, the pass rate in reading dropped more than 25 percentage points, to 32 percent, and the pass rate in math dropped more than 20 points, to 28 percent.” Of course that’s not definitive proof of cheating, but it don’t look good. (Also, note to Post: how can you possibly write this story without showing some love to USA Today? Bad form.)
Another Chavous: Could the powers-that-be in Ward 7 have found their perfect candidate to challenge Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander? Kevin B. Chavous, the son of former Ward 7 Councilmember Kevin P. Chavous, is eyeing a run, reports the Post. Chavous has the name recognition that could appeal to the ward’s old guard but also has the youth, 26, that some of the ward’s newer residents might find appealing (though that is pretty darn young). Kev B. says he’s on a listening tour at the moment. OMG: What if he runs, wins, becomes a national education reform advocate, then loses after a couple terms to Vince Gray’s son Carlos! Wouldn’t that be weird?
It’s Too Darn Loud: In April, the Post editorial board complained about union-paid protesters making too much noise downtown. In today’s paper they did it again. Seems like a waste of valuable real estate in the paper to LL, but then again, his column next week is about this annoying dude whose car alarm is always going off outside of Washington City Paper’s office.
In other news:
- Jonetta whacks CFO Nat Gandhi, again; Councilmember David Catania calls Gandhi a control board “relic.”
- Former alcoholic beverage boss Chuck Brodsky will do 32 hours of community service after being accused of impersonating a cop.
- D.C. cops investigating attacks on transgender victims as possible hate crimes.
- Metro has pigeon poop problems.
- Redskins owner is arguing that D.C. anti-SLAPP law violates Home Rule Charter, in case LL’s editors seem to spend a lot of time discussing.
Gray sked: Presser at 10 a.m.; 11:40 a.m. interview with MSNBC; 12:30 p.m. comments at Mayor’s Youth Leadership Initiative at Howard University.
Council sked: Recess.