Attorney General Peter Nickles was fighting back Wednesday, releasing oppositions he filed this week in two different cases.
The embattled Nickles has found himself up against just about everybody, including D.C. Auditor Deborah K. Nichols, who has asked a judge to intervene and enforce a subpoena that would give her access to records of the Anacostia Waterfront Corp. and the National Capital Revitalization Corp.
The records are in the hands of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Nickles denied Nichols (stick with us) full access to the records, citing logistics and privacy issues. Nichols sued.
In his opposition, Nickles said, "plaintiff's demand is overly broad and unduly burdensome."
And in another case, Nickles wants a judge to throw out a request for an injunction by American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2741. The union wants the courts to intervene and stop the terminations of some Department of Parks and Recreation employees and the transfer of others to private vendors that the mayor's administration is using to take over child-care programs.
The administration plans to go forward with its plan to essentially privatize the service, although the D.C. Council voted 13 to 0 to prohibit the administration from issuing bids to contract out the program.
According to Nickles's argument, the city was not getting adequately reimbursed with federal dollars under the old system of DPR-run child care, costing the city $4 million. Nickles said there is no reason why the labor dispute should be in court. "In sum, plaintiffs bring a garden variety labor dispute to this Court in the guise of federal constitutional claims," says the opposition he filed.
AFGE argues that the city has adequate funds for the program, pointing to the conclusions of council budget director Eric Goulet. (Nickles says Goulet's opinion was not based on actual funds available.)
-- Nikita Stewart