More questions for the money man

December 13, 2012

The bean counter cometh. (Linda Davidson — The Washington Post)

Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi is back before the D.C. Council Thursday. Among the topics likely to be discussed: Thursday’s Post story detailing another $1.2 billion in property-tax reductions, many of them done “rather quickly and without much explanation,” according to a business improvement district executive. Meanwhile, Post columnist Colby King has a few questions for Gandhi as well, including several pertaining to the handling of his office’s internal affairs and the city’s lottery contract. Speaking of the lottery: With a judge’s decision to unseal depositions in a lottery-related civil case — including Gandhi’s — there might be even more questions to come.

In other news:

Joe L. Allbritton, self-made Washington media mogul who used his Riggs Bank to cozy up to dictators, is dead at 87 (PostAPPoliticoWJLA-TV)

One City, 5,100 hires (PostWRC-TVExaminerWJLA-TV)

After sending family wrong body, D.C. medical examiner is on the hook for millions (City Paper)

You know it’s inauguration time when they roll out the GIANT MAP (Post)

Emmanuel Bailey’s preparing to bid on the D.C. Lottery scratcher contract (WaTimes)

Anita Bonds, “despite one of the sunnier dispositions in D.C. politics, is no pushover” (Loose Lips)

Why Patrick Mara “has a fair shot” at winning the at-large special election (WRC-TV)

Rep. Jim Moran’s son pleads guilty to assault charge in Columbia Heights incident with his girlfriend (City DeskPost)

Brianne Nadeau, former ANC member, launches bid to unseat Jim Graham (D.C. WireDCist)

Time to take “anachronistic and undemocratic” party appointments out of the at-large vacancy process (Post editorial)

Gray campaign figure’s sentencing again delaying, portending no quick end to federal investigation (PostExaminer)

David Catania: Davis, Garrison and Francis-Stevens schools made good cases for closing reprieve (DCist)

Georgetown eyes Hill East and Poplar Point for future campuses (Post)

D.C. students better at health and sex ed than at math and reading (D.C. Schools Insider)

Metrobus shooting has drivers wary: “You are really kind of out there on your own” (Post)

That includes Reginald Dunlap, who was driving the bus Selina Brown was shot on (WUSA-TV)

Ministers organize to protect the vulnerable from the “fiscal cliff” (WaTimes)

Steal from Clyde’s, get two years in jail (Crime Scene)

How to “green” Chinatown: green alleys, cycle tracks, “festival streets” (GGW)

D.C. federal bench nominee is related to Paul Ryan, gets lots of Senate questions about sentencing (Legal Times)

Airports Authority: We’re getting better, we swear! (WAMU-FM)

Does D.C. need to think more about its branding? (RPUS)

Getting from new 11th Street Bridge to the east bank of the Anacostia is a pain (WABA)

Now the city’s looking to lease out the Lincoln Theatre to “experienced commercial and not-for-profit entities” (WBJ)

Meet Julia King of D.C. Prep, your D.C. teacher of the year (D.C. Schools Insider)

Former deputy mayor Herb Tillery is among veterans agitating to allow D.C. flag at military ceremonies (WJLA-TV)

The District’s health insurance exchange has an executive director (WBJ)

More on the D.C. Center’s new home, Gray’s new LGBT affairs chief (Blade

Curtin Winsor III, Bank of Georgetown chairman, dies at 49 (WBJ)

Bros aim to rectify lack of bro-iness in student section at Georgetown hoops games (Vox Populi)

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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Mike DeBonis · December 12, 2012