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Good morning, all. Your morning entertainment: “Get Down With Brown!” [MP3]
LL WEEKLY—-is off this week, for WCP’s FOOD ISSUE. Check out his culinary writing!
Michael Brown credits dropping Dad’s name with helping him win, reports Nikita Stewart and David Nakamura in the Post. “Brown said he finally thought, ‘We should be just proud of what we are as people . . . where we come from.'” Also—-the M. Brown campaign by the numbers: “1 million pieces of literature that pictured him with his father…about 1.5 million automated phone calls…300 workers and volunteers.”
So long, GOP: WaTimes’ Michael Drost writes about a Republicanless D.C. council. Jim Graham: “It will be a long time before a Republican is elected on the council again.”
APROPOS—-Richard Layman compares Patrick Mara to Jim Gilmore and Andy Harris; Gary Imhoff in DCWatch’s themail: “Carol’s defeat means that Republicans will face being shut out of the council for decades into the future. Our city is in for a long spell of not just one-party rule, but of unchallenged, completely uniform one-party rule.”
How will Obama relate to D.C.? Politico takes a look. Says Mayor Adrian Fenty: “I do expect them to be extremely active, engaged members of the Washington, D.C., community — as they have been in Chicago….I know he won’t be a president who just happens to live in the White House. He will be a president who will see the issues of the city and want to do something about them.”
SASHA AND MALIA WATCH BEGINS—-Where will they go to school? That’s “likely to be a matter of great public interest,” according to the Canandian Globe and Mail.
Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington-based education advocacy group, said the family will face a tough choice among public, private and charter schools in a city where attempts at education reform have become symbolic of the issue nationwide.
He is putting his money on Sidwell Friends, the elite, progressive private school attended by Chelsea Clinton in the 1990s.
But in early September, school board chancellor Michelle Rhee told local members of the media that she would encourage the Obamas to send their daughters to a public school such as the Oyster Bilingual School, attended by her own daughters.
“Politically, I think there will be some pressure for them to do so,” Mr. Petrilli said.
The Obamas may also choose a charter school such as the KIPP DC Key Academy or DC Prep, hybrids of private and public that are popular in Washington.
“That would be very powerful if they sent their kids to a charter school,” Mr. Petrilli said.
“But most of those schools are catering to low-income families, so it would be a very different environment from what the girls are experiencing now.”
Street-sweeper ticketing cameras not quite ready yet in the District, reports Gary Emerling in WaTimes. “[DPW] had expected to begin issuing tickets Oct. 14. But [spokesperson Nancee] Lyons said the department was still training drivers, installing the cameras and testing the ticketing process….The agency planned to have seven sweepers outfitted with cameras by the end of October but will continue issuing only warnings until Nov. 28, when residential street sweeping is suspended for the winter.”
Schools building czar Allen Lew set to take over the $58m Parks and Rec capital program, writes Michael Neibauer in the Examiner. Harry Thomas Jr. not so happy: “If anything we should have been strengthening that agency, not moving the job from one place to another…I’m going to be very vigilant about ensuring the parks and recreation budget maintains autonomy without the mayor going around the process.”
NOMENCLATURAL NOTE—-At the presser yesterday, LL asked Lew if “Department of Public Education Facilities Modernization” might not be the best name for his shop. “Department of Building Stuff,” perhaps? Said Fenty: “It’s the Office of Allen Lew.”
Catch-22 of the day, from Bill Myers in the Examiner: “A veteran D.C. police lieutenant is fighting for his career after his bosses, having lost a court battle to fire him, are trying to re-fire him — because the court battle damaged his credibility.”
Also from Neibauer: Things looking up for D.C. voting rights legislation. The WaPo editorial board is not quite so sanguine: “Voting rights proponents need to temper their optimism after Barack Obama’s victory.”
CFSA backlog coming under control, writes Petula Dvorak in the WaPo. “This summer’s peak of about 1,700 backlogged investigations has dropped to 752, city statistics show. According to the court agreement, the backlog must be 600 by Nov. 15 and 100 by Dec. 31.”
Children’s National Medical Center sues to take brain-dead 12-year-old off life support, reports Del Quentin Wilber in WaPo. The parents, according to their Orthodox Jewish faith, do not accept the concept of “brain death.” “In filings, the hospital extended its sympathy to the family but said the boy should no longer be on its equipment, saying that “scarce resources are being used for the preservation of a deceased body.” Also AP story.
Jonetta Rose Barras tags along with Dorothy Brizill on Election Day. “While there is an agreement with the BOEE chairman to permit the team of observers, the board’s General Counsel Kenneth McGhie treats Brizill and others as if they are criminals — not taxpayers who fund his salary and the board’s operation. He even threatens to call the police….’I have lost all respect and confidence in the Board of Elections, especially its senior staff,’ says Brizill a day later.”
WAPO BRIEFS—-Arrests made in killings; sentence delivered in child porn case
IN WAPO DISTRICT WEEKLY—-Residents take aim at “Prostitution Alley” off Parker Street NE; District Notebook from Nikita Stewart and Bill Turque; youth chorus picks up where DCPS leaves off; more on Washington Lawyers Committee report on day labor in the District; ANIMAL WATCH!
WJLA/NC8 collects black reaction to Obama win.
Graham not pleased with progress on parking, taxi zone initiatives. “As much as a round-faced man with large thick-rimmed glasses and a bow tie can glower menacingly, Graham did just that,” writes David Alpert in GGW.
D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-10 a.m.: Committee on Health hearing on Bills 17-186, 17-323, 17-661, and 17-709, JAWB 500.
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—-6:45 a.m.: guest, Connecting with the Mayor, WRC-TV; 7:10 a.m.: guest, Fenty on Fox, WTTG-TV; 9:15 a.m.: participant, Holiday Helpings Campaign, Bread for The City Southeast Center, 1640 Good Hope Road SE; 10:15 a.m.: remarks, DOES Director Announcement and Headquarters Groundbreaking, Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road NE; 6:45 p.m.: remarks, Sixth Annual Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation, Carnegie Institution Auditorium, 1530 P St. NW.