IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—-“District Gets AAA Bond Rating“
Morning all. So maybe we need to roll back that flint index, what with all the jawboning over the DCPS decision to open school yesterday. But it did lead to this lovely WaPo lede: “D.C. officials were greeted with a wintry mix of anger, frustration and approval for their decision to open schools two hours late yesterday after snow shuttered every other school system in the region.” And here’s your WaPo WX wrap. AND BEWARE THE REFREEZE!
FENTY ON FLINT—-“I agreed with the thrust of [Obama’s] comments last time. I did. I’ve lived in D.C. all my life. I give him a lot of credit for being perceptive. I’ve often thought that D.C. needs to not be so knee-jerk in closing — not just the schools, but so many of our government buildings and stores and everything else. I think we’re developing that.” (Was Hizzoner “Peer-Pressured” into opening schools, as Weekly Standard suggests?)
FISHER ON FLINT—-“The kids from private schools, nearly all of which shut down, ragged their public school counterparts for having to go to school today, while the public school kids (who were supposed to be in class) defended their system as hardier and, well, flintier.”
WELCOME BACK—-Marion Barry, complete with new kidney, plans to introduce emergency legislation to roll back UDC tuition hike, new admissions requirements at today’s legislative meeting, Nikita Stewart reports in WaPo. Vince Gray ain’t with him, thank god. LL WILD GUESS—-Look for an interesting 3-10 split, with Barry, Harry Thomas Jr., and Muriel Bowser voting for. Maybe Kwame, too.
LL LOVES A GRUDGE—-In other leg session happenings, David Catania says he’s going to oppose “duplicative and unnecessary” auditing contract with Deloitte. In Examiner, Michael Neibauer speculates quite reasonably that Catania “has not forgiven Deloitte” for lowballing ballpark land numbers way back when. For the defense, Jack Evans.
Poll of unknown provenance says America loves retrocession! Neibauer writes up Rasmussen poll dismissed by D.C. Vote’s Ilir Zherka as worded to “test Republican talking points and deflate the numbers.” THE NUMBERS—-“40 percent backed returning parts of the District to Maryland, 26 percent opted to maintain the status quo, 25 percent said give D.C. a vote and 9 percent weren’t sure.”
Gotta love WaTimes: Gary Emerling documents a gun loophole that allows D.C. residents to register semiautomatic handguns during period between emergency legislation’s expiration and permanent legislation’s signage. Says female owner of AR-15 rifle, “They said that I’m fine for now, but I won’t be able to re-register it in three years….I don’t know what’s going to happen at that point, or if I’m going to have to go store it in my sister’s house.”
According to Bisnow, Peter Nickles appeared last week at panel discussion with Maryland AG Doug Gansler and Virginia AG Bob McDonnell. Controversial remark: Nickles “said the ‘odds are stacked against’ business, which makes him ‘selective’ about joining litigation that can level an industry.” ALSO CHECK—-Pics of Jon Bouker looking like his usual dapper self.
WHO NEEDS INTERVIEWS?—-Bill Turque writes a nice little story in WaPo off of WAMU-FM interview with Michelle Rhee. The gist: Rhee says she won’t need private foundation money to fund green tier plan after five years because of anticipated $300 million in savings. And Turque scrounges up a few more details on what those foundations are. FOR MUCH MORE ON THIS ISSUE…you’ll want to read LL Weekly later this week.
WaPo ed board gets its outrage on, pre-emptively, on House vote for DCHVRA. Don’t try any of this gun shit, they say: “The debate this week should be about whether American citizens who pay their taxes, serve on juries and die for their country should be denied a voice in their government. All other issues are extraneous to that principle; all other subjects pale next to the outrage of the United States being the only democracy in which residents of its capital city are denied a vote.”
More on the murder of Arthur Davis, from WTTG-TV’s Paul Wagner. He says Davis, a Spingarn student, was “[h]it in the back as he tried to get away from two men on Minnesota Avenue in Northeast….The men wanted to know where the boys were from. They kept asking…’Where do you live?'”
LL colleague Jason Cherkis reports council bill would beef up Office of Police Complaints. He’s a fan. ALSO TOMORROW—-Brookland Small Area Plan! Urbanist dorks are fer it; NIMBY obstructionists are agin it, says GGW.
HuffPo’s Thomas Edsall waxes on about Rhee and her “End-Run” around teachers’ unions.
Thanks, John Aloysius Farrell! USN&WR blogger says, “Of all the odious games played by our leaders in the nation’s capital, the hoary practice of treating the residents of the District of Columbia as lab rats stands out,” proceeds to go off on vouchers and guns.
Speaking of vouchers, WSJ columnist William McGurn profiles Sarah and James Parker, Sidwell Friends students and voucher recipients. Says mom, “I once took Sarah to Roosevelt High School to see its metal detectors and security guards…I wanted to scare her into appreciation for what she has at Sidwell.” Adds McGurn: “It’s not just safety, either. According to the latest test scores, fewer than half of Roosevelt’s students are proficient in reading or math.”
National Capital Region: International center for terror financing? So says Bill Myers in Examiner. And no less an authority than Joe DiGenova agrees! “It’s a very fertile ground for investigation….There are plenty of opportunities.”
Hundreds gathered for Capitol Power Plant/global warming protest.
CERTIORARI PRE-DENIED—-Pants judge Roy Pearson exhausts his final appeal with the District of Columbia judiciary, WTOP’s Mark Segraves reports, with appeals court denying en banc hearing. On to SCOTUS, presumably.
MORE ON SNOW—-From WUSA-TV, WRC-TV, WTTG-TV, NC8. Blogger/teacher thought DCPS was dumb: “As a DC public school teacher and a native of Chicago, I would like to say that the decision to keep DCPS open today was stupid….Because the STUDENTS can’t and DON’T get to school! There were about 25 students in the entire building today and even fewer faculty.”
BIZ BULLETIN—-William Walton out as CEO of hometown private equity giant Allied Capital, remains as chairman. Aliied has told auditors there is “substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern,” according to WaPo’s Michael S. Rosenwald. Also Biz Journal. BUT HEY—-Pepco profits are up!
Another white-shoe massacre: Latham & Watkins loses 190 lawyers and 250 nonlawyers nationwide. Rumored next: Orrick.
WaPo letter writers express frustration with DCHVRA.
PENCIL IT IN—-DOH bedbug summit, March 27.
D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-10 a.m.: third legislative meeting, JAWB 500; 1 p.m.: fourth (additional) legislative meeting to consider “Sense of the Council against the U.S. Senate Amendment on the District’s Gun Regulation Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2009” and the “U.S. Senate Amendment on the District’s Gun Regulation Emergency Approval Resolution of 2009,” JAWB 500.
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—-9:15 a.m.: remarks, mayor’s public education budget hearing, Fletcher-Johnson Education Complex, 4650 Benning Road SE; 10:30 a.m.: remarks, Master Facilities Plan announcement, Anacostia Senior High School, 1601 16th St. SE.