D.C. Vaccine Progress: Nearly Ten Percent At Least Partially Vaccinated and New Registration System Coming

The last few weeks of technical difficulties with vaccinate.dc.gov eclipsed the good news.

Norton Dismisses Commissioner For Calling a Judicial Candidate a ‘Slick Jew’ Johnnie Scott Rice stepped down from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton‘s judicial nomination commission at the […] Bumblebee and Optimus Prime sculptures chafe Georgetown neighbors. [DCist]DC Housing Authority could get a $60 million investment from the D.C. Council. [WBJ, Twitter] By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com) […]

D.C. Tweaks Vaccine Portal Ahead Of Releasing Thousands of Appointments This Week

The mad dash for vaccine appointments is set to end. D.C. will launch a new pre-registration system next week.

This should be the last week D.C. residents and workers will have to make a mad dash for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the government portal, vaccinate.dc.gov, and the call center. Next week, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration will launch a pre-registration system, where people will receive an email, call, or text message letting them know […]

Public Health Emergency Extended to May 20

The eviction and utility shutoff bans were extended too.

Bowser Administration Pitches Legislative Workaround to Contract Judge’s Ruling Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Wayne Turnage is pitching the D.C. Council on […] A photographer is suing D.C. after she was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet last summer. [Post] By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com) The Pandemic Has Spurred a Food […]

Locals Furious About Free Rent Flyer Excluding Voucher Holders. Property Manager Calls It An Error.

The story behind the tweet

Vince Gray Threatens Local Homeless Shelter Contract Over Federal Halfway House Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray is threatening to cancel a $2.8 million local contract with […] Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is proposing a guaranteed income program. [Twitter] The D.C. Council is exploring a public school takeover from the mayor. [Post] By Mitch Ryals […]

The Vaccine Website and Call Center Crashed Again for Some Residents

The roll out will be a major focus of a Council oversight hearing next week, and some lawmakers want to refine the system.

Against Advice of Attorneys and Internal Auditors, DCHA Kept Families in Units With Lead Past Legal Deadline D.C. Housing Authority Executive Director Tyrone Garrett was damned if he did and damned if […] Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George wants the D.C. Auditor to investigate MPD’s ties to white supremacists and other hate groups. [Twitter] […]

D.C. Cites Technical Failure After Newly Eligible Groups Can’t Register For COVID Vaccine, Makes More Appointments Available

Despite massive problems with the rollout, all appointments have been booked.

At-Large Councilmember Robert White wants to study D.C.’s education governance structure. [Medium]Individualized tutoring could help students falling behind during the pandemic. [DC Line]Attorney General Karl Racine accuses AT&T of over charging the District government millions in cell phone and internet services. [Reuters] By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com) A new app called Zymmo connects customers to […]

When Black Residents Wanted To Get Vaccinated, Accessing the COVID-19 Shot Wasn’t Easy

D.C. can't solely blame its inequitable rollout on vaccine hesitancy.

Beatrice Evans knocked on every door in her 100-unit apartment complex on B Street SE. As the president of the Triangle View Apartments tenant association, she is the ideal messenger to share information about the COVID-19 vaccine.  “You got people who want it, and then you got people, those hesitant people,” Evans, 67, says of […]

Why Are Only 3.1 Percent of D.C. Residents Fully Vaccinated?

D.C.’s vaccination dashboard, explained.

Statehood now? Or, like, a little later? [The Atlantic] Could Hardy Middle School become a high school? [Georgetowner] ICYMI: AG Karl Racine cuts community engagement team, says relationship with constituents won’t suffer. [WCP] By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com) Employees take us behind the scenes inside the Trump Hotel. [Washingtonian] Douglas Development sues Union Kitchen and […]

Technical Glitch Delays Unemployment Benefits

An unknown number of people have not received their unemployment benefits.

Jack Evans, CFO? [WBJ, Twitter] Hell has frozen over. [Twitter] School Chancellor Dr. Lewis Ferebee releases a plan to support kids falling behind due to the pandemic. [Post] By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com) Can the Commercial Real Estate Market Hint at the Future of D.C. Dining? Seasoned commercial real estate broker John A. Asadoorian says […]

Grocery Workers Can Finally Book a Vaccine Appointment Tonight

Opening up eligibility to grocery store workers means D.C. has moved out of Phase 1b Tier 2.

CFO Jeff DeWitt is resigning. He’s taking a job at the University of Kansas. [Twitter, Post] Nine women were duped by D.C.’s homeownership program, they allege in a lawsuit against the city. [DC Line] When you find an extra $550 million in the budget. [Washingtonian] By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com) Why Kick Axe defied COVID-19 […]

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