Sunday, October 26


Washington Business Journal - The D.C. Department of Employment Services said the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7 percent last month in D.C. - 1.3 percentage points higher than the rate last September. . . The U.S. Department of Labor said the seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in September, unchanged from the August 2008 rate, and 1.4 percentage points more than the rate last September. The number of D.C. wage and salary jobs decreased by 13,500 last month. . . In the public sector, the D.C. government shed 14,700 jobs; federal government lost 900 jobs; and transportation was unchanged.

Let's say you like to play loud music and have lively parties. Outside your house one night, someone there is a fight and someone is shot. The next day Adrian Fenty and Chief Lanier hold a press conference in front of your home to announce that they are shutting your residence down. They claim "the lives, limbs, health, comfort and quiet of residents and visitors are being threatened and endangered." If you can imagine yourself being a big upset, you have some idea of how it feels to be the owners of Club Bounce - a nightspot for pre-drinking teens - that has had its license yanked by the city. The Post reported, "The Club Bounce program was created by Traci Allen and her daughter Aliah, now 14, and run through an outfit called Teen Life Productions. Allen said she was disheartened that the city took such a drastic step, given that the reason for the event was to provide young people from Maryland, Virginia and the District with a safe place to go.

"I am a single mom," Allen said. "I want safety for everyone. I have a daughter. We're a very controlled event." The club got its name, Allen said, from the idea that it would bounce from place to place and show off different parts of the city. It has been at the Washington Plaza Hotel, the National Music Center at Mount Vernon Square and nightclubs including Liv and Pasha, Allen said. Those events went off without fights in or around the venue, and the same was true in Chinatown, she said. . . Said Abdul Khanu, the license holder, "What they are trying to say is whatever events have happened in Chinatown are directly related to the kids from Club Bounce. They are trying to lay the blame at the feet of the Club Bounce patrons. I don't think that's fair."

Concerning the recent vote in Chevy Chase against a historic district, a reader writes, "Actually only one third of the affected residents in Chevy Chase voted against the Historic District. The rest either voiced no opinion, supported it or didn't vote. There have been reports of residents who didn't receive the ballot, which makes the whole process suspect. It is too bad the sponsoring entity withdrew the nomination so prematurely."


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