City Paper is not for tourists
A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Nice Try, Poophands: “Caught Red Handed… well not red handed. Rather poop-bag handed. A woman with dark brown hair pulled back into a bun, between 30-40 years old just walked past my house walking a blond labrador. In her hand she had a plastic bag with a lump at the bottom. She tossed the bag toward a car parked across the street from me. The bag hit car and fell on the ground. I laughed (loudly). She turned, saw me, picked up the bag, smiled at me, and walked on. I called out to her, ‘Nice try.’ I will recognize this scofflaw in the future,” testifies a member of the Chevy Chase email list. Another member, who walks dogs professionally, explains that she places bags on or around her car to avoid throwing them in her clients’ trash cans, but rescinds her explanation after rereading the original message and realizing that the offending dog owner aimed the missile at a car that wasn’t hers.
Whap! In response to a police alert on the ANC 6D email list (“Robbery Snatch_1152AM_ 8th & H St NE_B/M, white shirt, blue jean shorts and yellow shorts DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I201`20345391”), one member says “crazy!”; another writes, “If there and the wacko didn’t have a gun, I would be tempted to wap him with my umbrella as it is short and heavy.”
Better Karma: Email lists across the city are filled with commentary on the scandals plaguing Mayor Vince Gray. Following the calls for resignation from some members of the council, a member of the TakomaDC email list writes, “I would have a lot more respect for the Councilmembers calling on Mayor Gray to resign if they also announced they were making donations to charity from their campaign accounts equal to the amount of $$$ they have received from Thompson’s network over the years.”
OTR Deals in Taxes: “All retail sales at Denny’s has been suspended as per OTR as of today until further notice,” writes ANC 7D05 Commissioner Liz Pecot on the NorthsideDC email list. She follows up to say that the issue “is taxes” and that Councilmember Yvette Alexander is working to resolve the problem. Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space blogger Richard Layman notes, “FWIW, it was pretty obvious that taxes is the issue. Why else does OTR shut down establishments? But yes, shutting a place down makes it impossible to generate new revenues to pay off debts. I don’t know if OTR has a kind of receivership process as far as monies go to protect the city’s interest.”