Sunday, October 5


DC Examiner - Federal data shows the number of people using food stamps in the Washington region has jumped over the last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the federal government's low-income nutrition supplement program. The agency's latest data shows that from July 2007 to July this year, the number of D.C. residents using food stamps increased from 83,000 to almost 91,000. That's a 9.2 percent rise.

Mark Seagraves, WTOP
- At a recent council breakfast meeting, several council members complained that the Mayor had become unresponsive to their calls and letters. Council Chair Vince Gray pointed out that he wrote the mayor to ask for information about the closing of the Franklin Homeless Shelter. The letter was dated Aug. 13. As of Sept. 16, the mayor had not responded. The council voted 12-1 to allow the mayor to close the shelter, but they put restrictions on the process. Insiders say that angered Fenty, who wants no council interference on anything. Privately, some council members complain that Fenty does not return phone calls, but wastes no time in picking up the phone to call and lecture them about public comments they make criticizing him. Once you've gotten one of his calls to complain, it has become obvious to some that the word gets out to agencies not to prioritize requests from Council members who have been difficult with Fenty.

Notion's Capital - What we know about Michael Brown: he is determined to repeatedly invade the domestic privacy of DC voters via telephone. He thinks this will encourage them to vote for him. We are astounded to learn that "This is Michael Brown!" is actually leading in the polls. This may be another indication that many Washingtonians have cell phones but no land-line phones. Cell phones don’t get robo-calls.

The National Park Service has opened three acres of its new Georgetown Waterfront Park running from Wisconsin Avenue t 34th Street along the rive. Included is a bike trail connected to Rock Creek Park and the Capital Crescent Trail. This is the largest new park in DC in 30 years,

Michael Neibauer, Examiner - Two employees of the District’s Office of Unified Communications who testified before a D.C. Council panel that their agency is poorly managed and undermanned were fired last month for alleged insubordination and excessive unapproved absences. Alexandria Jones and Yolanda Geter said they both feared retribution when they twice told the council’s public safety committee that the communications office was understaffed and that the switch to a 911-311 system would endanger the public. Asked by the council in January whether the employees would suffer retaliation, Janice Quintana, the office’s director, responded, "Absolutely not." Both Jones and Geter have since been terminated. . . Jones warned the council committee in January that OUC employees were overwhelmed and that many call takers - those who used to answer calls for government services under the former three-number system - were not trained to handle requests for emergency assistance. Geter offered similar commentary during a February hearing.



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