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Mornin’ all. Tune into Channel 13 right now to watch Michelle Rhee in one of those council hearings she likes so much.
IN LL WEEKLY—-General election endorsements: Vote for Carol!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—-“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Counting Write-In Votes in the District of Columbia“: “Simply writing in ‘Carol,’ the board will count as a vote for Schwartz….Also likely to be judged valid are various mispellings of Schwartz, such as ‘Shwartz,’ ‘Schwarts,’ ‘Schwarz,’ or variations thereof”; “More on the Supermarket Poll“
“Eleanor Holmes Norton is still running scared,” writes Hamil Harris on B5. Lip service also paid to Statehood Green candidate Maude Louise Hills, “who has said her campaign budget so far has been $150.” Plus: Eleanor video!
Three shot dead in broad daylight: About 3 p.m.: man found in driveway on 5700 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE. About 4:30 p.m.: man shot in liquor store parking lot, 3500 block of Wheeler Road SE. About 5 p.m.: David Tucker, 37, of District Heights, shot on 3200 block of 22nd Street SE. Post story; WJLA/NC8 story.
Mary Cheh and Kwame Brown slap down Fenty/Albert development plan for Tenleytown library site, reports Michael Neibauer. “In order for the project to move forward Fenty needs the council to declare the 3.6-acre site at Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street surplus so it can be turned over to LCOR….’It’s finished,’ Cheh said.” Biz Journal also weighs in.
In happier developer news: Forest City Washington’s building a five-acre, $42 million park along the Anacostia. Money excerpt from Paul Schwartzman: “How quickly that vision becomes reality is unknown, particularly with the credit crunch and fluctuations in the economy.” The always excellent JDLand.com also writes it up.
Jonetta Rose Barras gets Hizzoner’s take on the UDC board nomination fight: “Fenty believes in a board that sets the agenda and then gets out of the way: ‘I don’t think the board should be exerting its own ideas, philosophies and management practices,’ he says. ‘The board should say to the CEO this is what needs to be done. Now, go do it.'”
IN WAPO DISTRICT WEEKLY—-Hamil Harris reports on preparations for Election Day: “The [Board of Elections and Ethics], beleaguered since it fumbled returns in the primary election, has 600,000 ballots and has hired an additional 300 people as poll workers since September”
—-83-year-old Precinct 5 poll worker Katherine Bowman gets ready for her last Election Day on the job, reports David Betancourt
—-“D.C., Activists Get Out the Word: Yes, Prisoners Can Vote,” reports Robert Pierre
—-Timothy Wilson details structural changes on the school board.
—-And your favorite D.C. Wire posts from David Nakamura, Nikita Stewart, and Bill Turque.
—-Oh, and ANIMAL WATCH!
Also on D.C. Wire: Stewart runs down yesterday’s Pepco at-large debate: “Beverly Perry, senior vice president for government affairs and public policy, was the moderator and one of her questions was whether the candidates were for playgrounds….Everyone was for playgrounds.”
—-David Catania‘s chief of staff, Ben Young, responds to Nat Gandhi‘s response to his critique of Gandhi’s budget projections by releasing a detailed memo explaining why the numbers are supposedly bad. Here’s the memo [PDF]. Pretty convincing.
Thanks a lot, AIG! “Metro officials asked a federal judge yesterday to issue a temporary restraining order against a Belgian bank that is demanding $43 million from the agency by tomorrow,” reports WaPo’s Lena Sun. Also Examiner, AP.
More Metro: “General Manager John Catoe is asking agency department heads to trim their budgets by 5 percent, the second round of cuts he has ordered in preparation for a potentially bleak financial landscape in 2009,” reports Taryn Luntz in the Examiner.
AP report: “NCAA imposes 5-year sports probation on UDC”—-“Citing what it called ‘the most egregious lack of institutional control ever seen’ by its Division II investigative committee, the NCAA on Wednesday levied numerous sanctions on the University of the District of Columbia.”
Tax break proposals abound in spite of budget shortfall, reports Neibauer. And Ed Lazere doesn’t like it!
In the National Review, Frederick M. Hess pats Michelle Rhee on the back for taking on teachers unions. “After a grueling attempt to bribe the Washington Teachers’ Union into accepting teacher accountability by pairing it with a generous new pay scale, she has moved to replace ineffective teachers without waiting for the WTU to get on board….Rhee’s stance is pioneering in the world of K-12 schooling. For decades, the pursuit of watery ‘consensus’ has been the holy grail of American education.” Unmentioned anywhere: that Hess was put forward by Adrian Fenty as an “independent evaluator” of DCPS.
District to get $220 mil federal funds, but Norton says she’s “disappointed that the city reported only one ready-to-go highway and bridge project while most states reported dozens,” according to a WaTi brief. “She said she would work with city officials to help the District qualify for its funds in other areas as well as to make up for the shortfall, which threatens the proposed funding.”
AP runs down local voting-rights optimism. “‘For the first time in a generation we can taste victory,’ said Ilir Zherka, executive director of the group DC Vote.”
Biz Journal: “D.C. area reports 4% unemployment rate for Sept.”
WBJ also does a thorough job on the Harriet Tregoning controversy.
Things moving ahead on stormwater fee. WJLA/NC8 covers PWE hearing.
Bruuuce Johnson looks into Metro overtime.
HOT COPS! Writes Bill Myers, “Photos of at least 10 local police officers in various states of undress popped up on [WKYS-FM’s] Web site, where visitors are being urged to vote for the area’s “Finest Ms. Officer….It was inspired by rap star Lil Wayne’s runaway hit, ‘Mrs. Officer,’ wherein the crooner declares his lust for a female cop.” See for yourself!
And now a lil Lil Wayne for your edification:
Burleith bulletin! Duke Ellington teachers are pissed off about parking, reports WJLA/NC8.
More Michelle Rhee Halloween coverage: Jack-o-lantern of the chance!
GW Hatchet also covers Supermarket Poll.
Also in the Hatchet: Foggy Bottomers want to keep their beloved cop.
Examiner blogger disagrees with LL: “Time to turn the page Carol.” The nerve!
HIGH SOCIETY—-Seen at Monday night’s Shakespeare Theatre Company gala: Adrian Fenty, Neil Albert, Carol Schwartz, David Catania, Natwar Gandhi—-and David Gregory!
Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights releases day labor report, calls for “day laborers’ center near The Home Depot to protect the workers,” says WJLA/NC8.
WaPo letter writers: Rhee sucks; Rhee’s great!
HEY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES! “DC Vote is CFC #66340,” says Ilir Zherka.
Your D.C. minor-party candidate roundup!
CANDIDATE FORUM—-6:30 p.m. at Ballou SHS; “Invited are candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, At-Large Councilmember, Ward 8 Councilmember, and Ward 8 State Board of Education Member.” WJLA-TV’s Sam Ford will moderate; it’s hosted by the Ballou PTSA.
D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-10 a.m.: Committee of the Whole public roundtable on “District of Columbia Public Schools Local School Budgets and the DCPS Planning and Budgeting Process,” executive witness Michelle Rhee, JAWB 500; Committee on Workforce Development and Government Operations hearing on PR 17-1068, Contract No DCRK-2008-C-0042 with Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. Approval Resolution of 2008, JAWB 123.
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—-10:30 a.m.: remarks, H.D. Woodson SHS tower demolition, 5500 Eads St. NE; 3:45 p.m., remarks, Verizon FiOS agreement announcement, Office of Cable Television McKinley High School Studio, 151 T St. NE. 7 p.m.: attend Stoddert ES community meeting, 4001 Calvert St. NW.