Monday, April 14

DC MONDAY

EXAMINER - A report finds that nearly one in three working families in Washington is poor, and that the city government is paying too little attention to them. The study by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and the D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice highlights the city's uneven progress as neighborhoods have been revitalized. The study says that between 1998 and 2006, there was a 10 percent increase in the number of jobs in D.C. But the employment rate among D.C. adults with only a high-school degree dropped from 61 percent in 1999 to 51 percent in 2006.

DC WIRE, WASH POST - A few weeks ago, D.C. Wire reported about the bad blood between Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker and General Vice President Nathan Saunders. Saunders thinks Parker is too cozy with Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Parker thinks Saunders represents the old-school union model that favored confrontation over cooperation. Saunders is upset that Parker went along with Rhee's effort to winnow the ranks of the 4,200-member union through a buyout plan for 700 teachers. He also is miffed that he wasn't informed about yesterday's news conference outside the central office and that Parker asked the union's chief of staff, Clay White, to speak in his absence. . . "I believe it is anti-productive for me to engage in this type of dissention on the part of the general vice president," Parker told D.C. Wire. "I believe this type of action does not serve our union well. I encourage the general vice president to join me and the WTU executive board as we try to promote quality education for our children and quality working conditions, resources and support for our teachers."

IT DOESN'T GET much dumber in politics than the punishment Adrian Fenty meted out to four less than loyal council members: denying them tickets to the Nationals games. Leaving aside the fact that the mere existence of the tickets is evidence of a bribe, since they were part of the deal that got the $611 million stadium, and leaving aside the matter that the Nationals have lost seven in a row and can hardly half fill the stadium, this sort of cornball tough guy stuff is almost certain to cost Fenty something. Meanwhile, props to Council members Alexander, Brown, Mendelsohn and Schwartz. You must be doing something right.

GARY EMERLING, WASH TIMES Police and homeland security officials say they will not post signs around the more than 5,200 cameras being consolidated into one network under an initiative announced by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.. . . Police spokeswoman Traci Hughes said the department will only place signs near the cameras it operates - not those operated by the roughly half-dozen other city agencies whose cameras will be added to the network. . . "Chief Lanier is not prohibited from actively monitoring the cameras, as the statute states that ' ... video feeds may not be monitored in real time ...,' not '... shall not be monitored in real time,' " Miss Hughes said in an e-mail. "The language of the statute was not intended to, nor should it be read to, be a limitation on the chief's authority to order active monitoring."

BRUCE JOHNSON, WUSA - Word is a private documentary on Marion Barry is all but completed and a rough cut will be shown in DC this weekend to a select group of people. Noted independent producer Dana Flor is the force behind the project. She has been shadowing the former four time DC Mayor in recent years, since before his re-election as the Ward Eight Councilman. The doc includes rare historical footage of MB as a young civil rights and street activist. There are candid interviews, including the late Effi Barry who gives a moving account of the pain her family suffered through Barry's arrest and conviction on drug charges.

ONE BRIGHT SPOT, REPORTS THE POST: Alexander and the three other excluded members received parking passes for the season, as did their nine colleagues. The parking passes could be useful, Gray said. "We drive up to the garage, turn on the radio and listen to the game," he said.

DC EXAMINER Few of Washington's roughly 7,000 licensed taxi drivers have had equipment installed for the upcoming switch from zone-based fares to meters. D.C. Taxicab Commission chairman Leon Swain says many drivers are likely awaiting a D.C. Superior Court judge's decision on whether to halt the switch

ACCORDING TO MAYOR FENTY, " As of last fall, residents of the District had more than 11,000 outstanding subprime loans and had experienced almost 2,000 subprime foreclosures.

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