City Paper is not for tourists
Morning all. Apparently Mayor Adrian M. Fenty made an appearance on entertainment tabloid TV show TMZ last night. LL didn’t see it, but this is how a trusted source describes it: “they made fun of his appearance after sandbagging him on the streets of dc, in some bad hat…then asked him about who was protecting the celebrities for the inauguration, and he said secret service handles security, and they launched into the tmz music and zoom craziness and started mocking him…’THE MAYOR SAYS SECRET SERVICE PROTECT THE STARS, SECRET SERVICE SAYS POLICE PROTECT THE STARS…’ AS part of joke that ends with a six degrees of kevin bacon punchline….seriously, i’ve never seen anything like it. they mocked him like he was a total tool, like a lindsay or a britney. i’m not foolin’….THIS STUFF’S GOLD!”
HERE’s Rep. Steny Hoyer on D.C. voting rights this morning on WTOP: “We’re gonna pass it thorugh the House and we’re gonna pass it early.” And on the bar hours: “Personally, if I were voting on that, I would not vote for it.”
That didn’t take long: Tommy Wells says he’s futzing with the inaugural bar hours legislation and plans to amend the bill at next week’s legislative meeting. On the table, says David Nakamura: “Rolling back alcohol service from 5 a.m. to 4 a.m….Potentially excluding Sunday, Jan. 18…Creating a registration date and nominal fee for establishments interested in staying open later.”
ALSO—-Terry Gainer, former MPD honcho and current Senate sergeant-at-arms, tells Post the 5 a.m. plan is “crazy”: “There’s not much redeeming social value to be out drinking at 5 in the morning,” he’s quoted saying. Yep, partying should always be about “redeeming social value.”
WaPo editorial board pats Wells on the back for moving to take a second look at the bar hours bill. They’re not too scolding about it, though: “Chalk it up to sheer exuberance!”
Harry Jaffe isn’t so understanding as he jumps on the booze backlash bandwagon. “Washington, D.C., is indeed poised to become a global destination for business and pleasure. Unless one tourist gets whacked during the inaugural festivities,” he writes. “Given that calculus of crime, what sensible civic leaders want to do is limit the risk….So what does the D.C. Council do? Without deliberating, it passes emergency legislation…” HIS ANALYSIS—-“Was Graham ‘Carol Schwartzed?'”
Biz Journal’s Jonathan O’Connell takes a look at the Kwame Brown vs. Neil Albert catfight. “After working together for two years, the chairman of the D.C. Council’s Economic Development Committee and the deputy mayor for economic development are still haggling over who gets to hold the map. Brown complains that Albert and the mayor’s office withhold vital information he needs to consider projects, while Albert claims Brown needlessly stalls projects.” (That’s about all you get if you’re not a subscriber.)
District prepares to suck up federal stimulus dollars. No numbers and no priorities yet, but the news comes as D.C. Appleseed report totals structural deficit at $1 billion yearly. (Also WTOP.) Eleanor Holmes Norton says keep dreamin’: “Anyone who thinks an expanded Democratic majority across the federal government will simply hand the nation’s capital upward of $1 billion a year for its capital needs is ‘deluded,'” Michael Neibauer writes in Examiner. “I cannot tell you with a straight face that even with a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress that we will get $800 million.” You sure know how to rain on a parade, EHN!
Kwame launches “inaugural blog”.
A SAD STORY TOLD TOO OFTEN—-Derrell “Willow” Goins, the 21-year-old murdered in Adams Morgan Wednesday night, “made all the right decisions growing up. He enrolled in after-school programs, took summer art classes and held down two decent jobs, neighbors said. But his last decision, to walk back to his car Wednesday night, proved fateful,” writes Petula Dvorak in WaPo. “The story of Willow’s death is ‘a sadness too deep for tears,’ [ANC member Bryan Weaver] said, because it speaks to the futility of a life lived well amid chaos.” Also NC8.
FROM THE BLADE—-Lou Chibbaro Jr. tees up last night’s town-hall on gay marriage—-and gay-rights pioneer Frank Kameny weighs in.
ANOTHER OTR SENTENCE—-Neiman Marcus employee deemed Harriette Walters‘ “personal shopper” gets one year. Marilyn Yoon accepted more than $500,000 from Walters. “[S]he kept her suspicions to herself….But she was worried. When she heard about charges against a D.C. charter school official accused of steering no-bid contracts and embezzling funds, Yoon…asked whether that was what Walters was doing? ‘Child, please, those people were greedy,’ Walters told Yoon, according to Reed.”
More on Park View shooting: Ski-masked men storm house on 600 block of Kenyon Street NW around 8:15 a.m. yesterday, killing man and wounding his 5-year-old son. Cops tell WaPo “that the adult victim apparently was the target of the assault and that the child ‘got in the way somehow.’ The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.” Also check WUSA-TV.
“A longtime con man will serve 17 years in federal prison in a real estate scheme — once he gets out of state prison for running yet another scheme,” reports Bill Myers in Examiner.
“D.C.’s decision to slash the number of security guards, specifically armed security guards, at city government buildings has many residents surprised, especially considering the upcoming Inauguration,” reports NC8. “Hawk One Security has laid off or reassigned dozens, possibly hundreds, of guards who worked in District buildings. Some of the armed guards, known as Special Police Officers, were asked to turn in their weapons and reassigned to lower-paying positions. The latest round of cuts went into effect Dec. 1.”
Not everyone’s happy with Verizon FiOS franchise agreement, Biz Journal reports: “Despite a significant victory for the D.C. Council — assurance that Verizon Communication Inc.’s fiber optic service will eventually reach every community in the District within 10 years — consumer and labor advocates say public safety issues remain and the agreement does not go far enough to secure jobs for D.C. workers.”
White-shoe firm Crowell & Moring sues District over breach of contract. DCPS switched from private lawyers to OAG staff in 2006, then alleged didn’t pay some $320,000 in fees.
WTOP on speed cameras: “About money, not safety?”
—-THE INAUGURATION SECTION—-
MORE: “The public will be allowed to take chairs, coolers, strollers and backpacks to the Mall. Ticket-holders in the area outside the Capitol will not be allowed to take those items past security….Officials are looking into the possibility of heated tents in some areas of the Mall.”
Visitor center in Reagan Building gets ready for inaug rush.
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Harry Thomas Jr. earns greenie/planning-nerd scorn by mocking Fenty smartcar.
“I am suggesting that the new motto of DCPS be ‘Our data is our nation’s most precious natural resource,'” writes blogger. “I’m pretty sure that on an average day I hear the word ‘data’ more than I hear ‘students’ or ‘children.’ Data. Data. Data. Data walls, data logs, data sheets. Really, the whole system should do away with children.”
From Biz Journal: “The surety industry, which guarantees the completion of construction projects by issuing a variety of bonds, is questioning the enforcement tactic in the 2006 Green Building Act, calling the provision unclear and fraught with more risk than relief.” If you follow that, good for you.
Stopped Metro elevator (aka stairs) suddenly goes into reverse, throwing 10-15 backward and sending two to a hospital. “Stacey Luces, 31, was almost at the top of the escalator. When it started going in reverse, ‘I tried running up, but it was going down so fast I lost my footing. . . . I looked backward and screamed when I saw everybody at the bottom in this big heap,'” reports Lena Sun in WaPo.
Metro sued by family of California tourist killed when bus ran red light on Sept. 26, slamming into taxi he was riding. “The bus driver, whom the lawsuit names as Ronald Taylor, was fired after a preliminary investigation determined that he violated several of Metro’s safe-driving procedures, according to the transit agency. Taylor had been hired in March and began driving buses in May,” Kytja Weir writes in Examiner.
LL colleague Jason Cherkis reviews his Superior Court jury duty experience. He saw John Podesta!
Move possible for SW fire station?
WUSA-TV does up the Hyde Leadership Charter School rugby team.
Former DCPS administrator William H. Johnson Jr. dies at 68.
TODAY ON THE POLITICS PROGRAM WITH MARK PLOTKIN—-Joseph diGenova, former U.S. Attorney for D.C.; Mark H. Tuohey, Vinson & Elkins; Rep. Steny Hoyer, House majority leader.
TODAY ON POLITICS HOUR WITH KOJO NNAMDI—-Tom Sherwood, WRC-TV; Amy Gardner, WaPo; Pierce Homer, Virginia secretary of transportation; John Porcari, Maryland secretary of transportation; Rep. Frank Wolf, (R-Va. 10). 12 p.m. on WAMU-FM, 88.5.
D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-9:30 a.m.: Committee on Finance and Revenue meeting on PR17-1173, JAWB 120; 10 a.m.: Committee of the Whole roundtable on the state of special education and the strategy for inclusion, JAWB 412; 10:30 a.m.: Committee on Public Works and the Environment roundtable, JAWB 120; 11 a.m.: Committee on Human Services hearing on extending adoption and guardianship subsides until age 21; expanding guardianship subsides to non-kin, and providing increased post-adoption supports and verification requirements, JAWB 123; 12 p.m.: Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary hearing on hate crimes in the District of Columbia, JAWB 500.
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—-12:15 p.m.: remarks, Arena Stage topping-out celebration, Meade Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW; 1 p.m.: remarks, climate change reduction announcement and energy-efficient light bulb giveaway, Carver Senior Apartments, 4800 East Capitol St. NE; 3 p.m.: remarks, Stead Recreation Center ribbon cutting, 1625 P St. NW.