Tuesday, October 21


The Zoning Commission has approved in principle a change in off-street parking requirements that will allow developers to build new housing without adequate parking for the residents, thus increasing crowding on streets that had adequate spaces before the hyper development of recent years.

Gary Imhoff, DC Watch
- Another member of the administration who sees himself as being above the checks and balances of the democratic process is Acting Attorney General Peter Nickles, whose confirmation hearing was held on Friday. Nickles, who sees his job as representing the mayor, and only the mayor, rather than the city government or the citizens of the District of Columbia, is leading the executive's campaign to deny basic information about government programs and departments to the city council, and to withhold executive branch witnesses from testifying before the council. If the city council acquiesces in Nickles' appointment, it sanctions and approves of its own demotion to be a subordinate and subservient branch of the city government

Union City - Unions representing public sector workers joined a long list of community activists and leaders that have submitted testimony to oppose the appointment of Peter Nickles to DC Attorney General. At a DC City Council hearing on the appointment, Al Bilik, of AFSCME Council 20 – which represents thousands of DC government workers – argued that Nickles, as Acting Attorney General, violated legal ethics and was instrumental in the unfair and arbitrary firing of hundreds of public sector workers at the Office of Attorney General, the DC Child and Family Services Agency, and the DC Public Schools. "In addition, under Nickles' tenure.

Washington Post - As District officials continue to review what went wrong with a jobs program that overspent its budget by $30 million, a Washington Post examination has found that the city's willingness to pay private organizations thousands of dollars in fees for each student contributed to the overspending. Overwhelmed by 20,000 job-seekers, the D.C. Department of Employment Services agreed, sometimes frantically, to pay 35 vendors to work with them. City officials ignored a cost limit imposed in past years and failed to monitor how the money was spent, according to The Post's review. Vendors took advantage of the lack of oversight; some charged more than their contracts allowed and others made changes to their service agreements. A dance company, for example, billed the city $4,150 per student to teach ballet and modern dance, four times the amount agreed upon in the contract. And a nonprofit group collected its full payment of $180,000 even though it fired several tutors and academic coaches. In all, the District forked over $10 million to vendors to oversee one-third of the students in the summer program. (The rest were placed free of charge at District and federal agencies and nonprofit and community-based organizations.)

DCRTV - American University public radio news talker WAMU claims that it's the 5th most-popular station in the DC market. Because it's a non-commercial operation, it's not included in Arbitron's quarterly radio ratings round-ups. WAMU says that "Morning Edition" places 2nd, with a 7.6 share and 340,700 weekly listeners. And its late morning Diane Rehm show takes 1st place, with a 6.1 share. WAMU also ranks 1st on Saturday mornings with "Car Talk" and "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me." And, radio great Ed Walker's "The Big Broadcast" generates an 8 share for 2nd place on Sunday evenings, according to WAMU.

WTOP, DC - Although more than 20 percent of Washington-area law partners are female, only 2 percent of partners are black, Hispanic or Asian women, a new study of law firm hiring practices has found. Minority women continue to struggle to make it to the elite ranks of the legal profession not just in Washington, but nationwide, the National Association for Law Placement found in its annual survey. . . D.C.'s figure is better than the national average - slightly less than 2 percent of partners in the country are minority women - but it's still bleak. . . Part of the problem is that minority women either aren't accepting or aren't being offered jobs at law firms, the NALP study found. . . According to statistics kept by the American Bar Association, nearly one-quarter of all law school graduates in 2006-07 were minorities. Leipold said that minority female law graduates outnumber male minority grads nearly 2-to-1. So where have all the minority women gone? George Washington law professor Stephanie Ridder said mentors are essential to law firm life. "There's nobody to take them along. They generally feel pretty excluded," Ridder said of young minority female lawyers.

Washington Post - Remember the heady days when the cost to the District to build a baseball stadium would be $435 million? Or $535 million? Or $585 million? Or $611 million?. . . . Well, the latest cost, according to the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, is . . . $688 million.

Washington Post - Several antiwar and anti-death penalty activists who were inappropriately listed as terrorists in a Maryland State Police database said yesterday that they will not review their files unless they can bring a lawyer and receive copies of the documents for their records. . . "I don't want to go unless I have representation, because there are important legal issues involved," said Ellen Barfield of Hamden, an active member of Veterans for Peace. . . Stephen H. Sachs, the former U.S. attorney and Maryland attorney general who headed the review, recommended as part of the review that citizens entered into the database without evidence of crimes have the chance to review their files. Sachs said he has "no continuing role" in the case. "But it seems appropriate, and I hope constructive, to say that my intent in making that recommendation was to urge the Maryland State Police to afford, in complete good faith and in compliance with Maryland law, all of those it wrongly accused of 'terrorism' a full and meaningful opportunity to review and comprehend the relevant data in the files," Sachs said. He declined to elaborate.


At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or the new parking regulations will enable developers to build new structures designed to attract those who would prefer not to have a car in their life and similarly pay less for the housing for said car.


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