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Good morning sweet readers! It’s Thursday, and another non-government-subsidized edition of Washington City Paper hits the streets. In this week’s paper, LL wonders why Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown has to go and make things so complicated when it comes to his campaign finance disclosures. Third-party pass throughs, unlicensed contractors, unsupported payments to family members: it all adds up to some drama. Also, don’t miss LDP‘s cover story profile of Stephen Fuller, a “wonky academic” who rules the local real estate biz. News time:
It’s Like Rain-e-ain On Your Wedding Day: WBJ‘s Michael Neibauer reports that former Mayor Adrian Fenty—who left office with a staggering $440,000 left in his constituent services fund, which was supposed to be used for helping to pay for funerals, rent, utility bills or things of that nature that would have helped create goodwill for Fenty—will now have his former aides donate to organizations for help with things like funerals and utility bills. “‘The group will operate as something of a ‘legacy foundation’ for the former mayor, [former chief campaign fundraiser John] Falcicchio said, to ‘carry out his vision.'” Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh pokes fun: “I think the idea was to give it to charity… But maybe they’re of the ‘charity begins at home’ variety.” Zing!
AFTER THE JUMP: Cop Showdown; How to Proceed; Gray on the Beeb…
Cop Showdown: The Post has more on the potential for the city’s police force to drop below 3,800, a level that Police Chief Cathy Lanier said could bring “trouble” if passed. Says Gray’s deputy mayor for public safety and acting chief of staff Paul Quander: “It is not our desire to have the number dip below 3,800, but that may be a reality budget proposal of adding 120 new police officers won’t be enough to keep police levels above 3,800.”
How to Proceed: D.C. Watch’s Gary Imhoff sounds off on the current D.C. statehood movement, saying they need to be more like the ’50s-era advocates for Hawaii and Alaska. “The politicians and groups involved in the statehood and self-governance movement are heavily influenced by the civil rights movement in the 1960’s and by the South Africa, antiapartheid movement led by TransAfrica in DC in the 1980’s. And the tactics that they use today — protests, rallies, civil disobedience — are the same tactics used by both earlier movements. But nostalgia for the good old days of protest movements or jealousy at having been too young to have participated in the landmark causes of earlier generations is no excuse for using tactics that are inappropriate, or in fact counterproductive, for today’s cause. DC’s political leaders and the leaders of its statehood organizations consider it demeaning to behave well, to build good personal relations, and to practice good government. They believe DC doesn’t need to do these things because DC is owed statehood.” LL’s first step in the Hawaii/Alaska plan: Get some salmon, oil, beaches, and coconuts for the District.
Meanwhile, Councilmember Michael A. Brown tells WMAL that a more aggressive strategy is coming aimed at protesting Congress: “What’s next, we have to call them ‘massuh’?” Counterpoint: “Former northern Virginia Congressman Tom Davis, a proponent for DC voting rights, told WMAL that ‘the city has been shortchanged and I think they need to revamp their public relations a little bit with Congress and the administration. … I understand the frustration, but I don’t think these protests are helpful at the end of the day.'”
In Other News: Gray media tours continues, including an interview with the BBC. Congress doesn’t have plans to derail D.C.’s plan to offer online poker, but it could if it wanted to. Homeless population rises. Listen up local universities: none of your neighbors want you to expand. An aide to UDC president Allen Sessoms, who is under fire for taking expensive trips on the school’s dime, impeded an audit of his travel, an audit report says. If loud protests hadn’t happened in front of the Post building, would this editorial advocating for stricter noise ordinances have ever been born? Rabbi sues over special election. Pro-choice national lawmakers: Yeah, the D.C. rider things sucks, but what are you gonna do? Fight over food trucks at an impasse.
Gray sked: Meeting with AFL-CIO at 10:30 a.m.; Presser on budget compromise at 1 p.m. at Ross Elementary School Playground.
Council sked: Hearings on parks, health care finance, public safety and truancy.