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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—-“Blagojevich Set Me Up!“; “Vincent Gray on Senators’ Letter

IN LL WEEKLY—-“Wedding Planners: There’s only one question abut gay marriage in D.C.—-now or later?” David Catania says go; Eleanor Holmes Norton says no.

Morning all. Are serious restrictions on the extended inauagual booze hours in the works? Here’s what Jim Graham told an ABC News reporter late yesterday: “After speaking with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and council chairman Vincent Gray…Graham now sounds much more willing to compromise. ‘This is not your garden variety congressional interference. There is a federal interest here, when you think it through. No question about it,’ Graham said…He now suggests the city may reach agreement with the joint inaugural committee on possible limits to the expanded alcohol service. Graham says the mayor and council chair have been discussing this all day, as to what form this might take legislatively.”

Fenty, according to WaPo’s David Nakamura, is attempting to woo Kanye West to play a pre-inaugural party on Jan. 18 at the D.C. Armory. “Fenty…might have an in with West, whom the mayor met at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last August….during Barack Obama‘s nomination acceptance address at [Invesco] Field, Fenty mingled with West beforehand in the luxury suites.” So THAT’s why he wasn’t hanging with LL and the D.C. delegation…

Marc Fisher again writes up the lottery contract, set for a vote on Tuesday, and he joins with LL on this point: This mess goes back to the District’s minority contracting rules. Unnamed CM: “You try being an African American in this city and arguing against the minority set-aside requirement…No Caucasian would do it for fear of being called racist. And no African American would do it; they’ll accuse you of being an Uncle Tom.”

FISHER SCOOP—-“[S]ome council members, desperate for an alternative, have been talking to Charles Hopkins, a Greenbelt-based real estate developer with no experience running a lottery. He confirms he is interested in bidding for the contract if the process is reopened. He wouldn’t say which lottery operator he is teaming up with, but council sources said it is Scientific Games, another major player in the industry.”

No one’s much happy about cuts to HPAP funding, both WaTimes’ Michael Drost and WaPo’s Darryl Fears report. Council hearing yesterday follows decision to stall applications to the housing assistance program “after the D.C. Council voted last month to suspend $11 million of HPAP’s $34 million budget. At the time, council members did not know that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s administration planned to propose redirecting an additional $11 million in HPAP funds to other projects.”

D.C. Appleseed releases report today on structural deficit. “At a minimum, the report concludes, the District needs roughly $1 billion a year to address its most basic infrastructure needs,” Michael Neibauer writes in Examiner. But from a federal payment, not a commuter tax!

Mary Cheh gets ready to enforce her thus-far-ignored subpoena against Sequoia Voting Systems.

Man shot dead one block from Adams Morgan strip, Washington City Paper offices. The shooting happened after 8 p.m. at Champlain Street and Kalorama Road NW—-near the notoriously shadowy premises of the Marie Reed Learning Center. “Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said that “dark areas” near the school present a danger but that the shooting was the year’s only homicide in the area….D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) said the shooting happened about 30 feet from two police officers on a robbery patrol.” Also NC8 (w/ video); WUSA-TV; WTTG-TV; WRC-TV.

DETAILS STILL SKETCHY—-Man dead, child shot this morning on 600 block of Kenyon Street NW, in Park View.

Jonetta Rose Barras follows up on news that fire department recruits, on the orders of Chief Dennis Rubin, had worked/are working parties thrown by Graham. “Graham and Rubin may not have seen the harm before [Scott McCabe‘s Examiner article]. But their responses suggest there is a dysfunctional work culture and ethic in the District government. Wrongdoing happens all the time, and no one says anything. Tens of millions of dollars get embezzled and no one calls the police. Workers fail to perform their duties; they and union leaders become indignant when held accountable.”

In themail, Gary Imhoff also rails against the sketchy cadet deployment. “We’ll file a complaint with [Office of Campaign Finance] tomorrow, and several months from now it will issue a report largely clearing Rubin and Graham, saying that the violations were unintentional, waiving all penalties, and gently suggesting that they not do it again.”

Is D.C. statehood a possibility in an Obama-run America? MoJo’s Jonathan Stein takes a look.

CCNV wing is poorly heated, residents complain to WaPo. “We had a maintenance person come in here and tell us it was 54 degrees in here at 1 p.m.,” said one resident. “We seem to have this problem every year until someone calls [the media], and then they call the mayor and then all of a sudden it’s a priority.”

IDENTITY THEFT BONANZA—-From Del Wilber in WaPo: “A former Library of Congress employee and a relative have been charged with stealing the identities of federal workers and using the purloined names to buy thousands of dollars in goods, authorities said yesterday.” AND—-“In U.S. District Court yesterday, a federal judge sentenced a former D.C. public schools employee and a friend to six months in prison for stealing the identities of 65 job applicants and co-workers to buy more than $40,000 in items such as boys’ clothes and musical instruments.” Also Examiner.

Examiner op-edder: Obama win is bad news—-it likely means the end of vouchers in D.C.

African drummers, Jewish singing group, and Chinese dancers headline this year’s holiday party for seniors, thrown by the District at the D.C. Armory. 3,000 showed. Warm LL congrats to this year’s Miss Senior D.C.: R.C. Turner, 62.

FINALLY—-Southwest Waterfront land disposition moves forward, days before end of council term. Thanks, Kwame! Love, Monty Hoffman. Check out Housing Complex’s coverage of the issue.

More on the $51M in tobacco settlement money handed out by the District: “Washington Hospital Center received $10 million to increase the capacity of its emergency room. United Medical Center, formerly Greater Southeast Community Hospital, received $11 million to build a pediatric emergency department. And the D.C. Primary Care Association was given $29.7 million to support four primary care facilities being developed in Wards 2, 4 and 8,” writes Hamil Harris in WaPo.

IN DISTRICT WEEKLY—-After being evicted from old Naval Hospital, Community Action Group Fellowship Center, an addiction recovery program, needs a new home; updates on parks-and-rec politics—-HTJ’s mad about day-care cuts; lotsa briefs; and…ANIMAL WATCH!

WAPO BRIEFS—-“Detainee Pleads Not Guilty in [D.C. Jail] Attack”; “National Board Certifies 23 Teachers”; “Man [Not a Government Employee] Sentenced to 17 Years for Fraud”


On NewsTalk With Bruce DePuyt, Fenty reiterates that he will sign bill to extend inaug booze hours, and proffers this view of interbranch relations: “If this is what the city council thinks, that the bars should be open, then our police department will step up.” Also says he had spoken to Calf. Sen. Dianne Feinstein “and they have pledged to work together to ensure maximum security,” according to David Nakamura. Also there’s more from D.C. Wire about the letter opposing the bar hours from Terry Lynch and the Downtown Cluster of Congregations. And Examiner has more on Vincent Gray‘s letter to the distinguished senators. WaTimes has more from Mendo. NC8 does up the story, so does WUSA-TV. Even Brit Hume cares (or at least his intern).

NEIGHBORS ARE ANGRY—-“Maryland State Del. Bill Bronrott (D-16th) says D.C.’s decision to allow bars and nightclubs to stay open til the wee hours on inaugural week poses a serious public safety problem – and not for just D.C.,” WTOP reports.

THE BATHROOM ISSUE—-“When you gotta go, you gotta go. But will there be enough places to “go” on Inauguration Day?” So asks WTOP’s Adam Tuss.

EHN wants D.C., feds to keep public buildings open for inauguration, Biz Journal reports. “Usable indoor and outdoor venues could include the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, FedEx Field, Nationals Park and even local churches.”

For more on the inauguration, including the latest news, housing and rentals, parties, and events, check out City Paper‘s DC Inauguration Guide.


YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR THIS—-MWCOG’s top regional issues of 2009 are…

—-1. Regional Economy
—-2. Transportation
—-3. Climate Change
—-4. Federal-State Partnership
—-5. Foreclosures
—-6. Emergency Preparedness
—-7. Greater Washington 2050
—-8. Pedestrian Safety
—-9. Anacostia Watershed Restoration

…change your policymaking plans accordingly.

IN RHEELATED NEWS—-The Chance is meeting tomorrow with teachers who support her contract proposal, DC Teacher Chic reports; Rhee—-pro and con; Reason Foundation fellow thinks Obama should team up with Rhee on contract reform.

Blogger Below the Beltway: “Two Senators aren’t very happy about the plan to keep D.C. bars and nightclubs open all night during Inauguration week….Because, you know, the District of Columbia has done a stellar job of governing it’s affairs over the years.” Yep, just like you’ve done a stellar job of distinguishing between “its” and “it’s.”

Traffic here is bad.

Bring back Truxton Circle to North Cap and Florida Avenue?

Auto bailout includes help for transit agencies.

D.C. quarter out Jan. 26.

NPR cuts a bunch of jobs, two programs. So long, News & Notes, Day to Day.

Georgetown U. picks up $75M donation from estate of 1940 alum Robert McDevitt. (In the grand scheme, it’s not all that much.)

D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-10 a.m.: Committee on Human Services meeting, JAWB 123; Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs roundtable on PR17-1175, JAWB 500; 12:30 p.m.: Committee on Economic Development roundtable, JAWB 412.

ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—-6:45 a.m.: guest, Connecting with the Mayor with Barbara Harrison, WRC-TV; 7:10 a.m.: guest, Fenty on Fox, Fox 5; 10:30 a.m.: remarks, D.C. Appleseed “Building the Best Capital City” report release, JAWB 412; 5 p.m.: remarks, special education reform update, Noyes Education Campus, 2725 10th St. NE.