The D.C. Council makes sausage

December 5, 2012

Mendelson guided Council Period 19 to a close Tuesday. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

What D.C. Council member David A. Catania (D-At Large) called “by far the least productive, most acrimonious and frankly worst council period in my tenure” lurched toward a close Tuesday with a 13-hour business day. It included a deeply personal dais battle between Chairman Phil Mendelson and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) over their respective bills to protect ex-offender rights. The council also okayed lower fines for speeding offenses, even as it contributed in to an estimated $343 million in unfunded policy mandates. But a vote to replace the flawed current system of curbside parking for the disabled failed on a 6-6 tie. At least there was Council Bingo.

In other news:

Feds are probing alleged unreported donations to Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s campaign; Chamber of Commerce CEO is interviewed (Post)

Uber goes street-legal (UberDCistWTOP)

Glitches in MPD crime-stats software are making statistical comparisons impossible (WaTimes)

In Ward 8 bus controversy, what about the children — you know, the rock-throwing children? (Post column)

Ex-offender Calvin Woodland, now Jim Graham’s chief of staff, talks about his struggles to walk the straight and narrow (WTTG-TV)

L Street bike lane gets official ribbon-cutting (Dr. GridlockWJLA-TVDCist)

One dead in Bloomingdale rowhouse fire (PostWUSA-TV)

Plenty of gripes aired at city-sponsored “parking summit” (WJLA-TVWTOP)

Report: D.C. residents are lagging behind on getting construction jobs (D.C. WireLoose Lips)

Some edu-reformers say the more “disruption” the better it will be for D.C.’s public schools (Class Struggle)

Metro survey says Metro riders love Metro (DCist)

Vincent Gray: Making a great city even greater (Housing Complex)

D.C. Lottery opens retail store in Union Station (PoP)

Prosecutors suggest Albrecht Muth is assuming a “strategic persona” to avoid trial (Crime Scene)

Suspects in Woodley Park stabbing will be held pending trial (Post)

Know your historic east-of-the-river cemeteries (GGW)

WPFW-FM backs off some programming changes (Arts Desk)

Defense spending bill includes money for memorial to black Revolutionary War soldiers (WaTimes)

Can you really swap the old FBI building for a whole new headquarters campus? (RPUS)

Phelps student shot in leg on way to school (WTOP)

Digging deep into the proposed corner store zoning changes (GGW)

Looks like the Nationals’ 2013 rotation is gonna be pretty sweet (Post)

“How many Metro officials does it take to change a lightbulb?” (Post letter)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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