Crisis of confidence?

March 26, 2013

Plenty of smoke has billowed from FEMS in recent weeks. Is there fire? (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

The pressure keeps mounting on Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe: A critical report from the District’s inspector general released last week was followed Monday by a no-confidence vote from the firefighters union, whose president claimed Ellerbe’s management “places our members and the public needlessly in harm’s way.” It’s the third time since 1996 that the union has publicly admonished a chief, Peter Hermann reports in the Post. And it heightens the anticipation of a Thursday D.C. Council hearing, where Ellerbe and union leaders will appear before a skeptical Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6).  In a statement, Ellerbe said he is “deeply committed to resolving the issues before us.” Wells said Monday, however that he does not “trust the facts I’ve been given” by Fire and EMS so far.

In other news:

Journalists’ group protests sealing of Jeffrey Thompson case records (Post)

Official DCPS evaluators ponder whether standardized tests can be trusted (Post)

Matthew Frumin says he’s more than the best-financed candidate in the at-large race (Examiner)

Police sergeant leaves keys in cruiser, joyrider pounces (PostWTOPWaTimes)

“What is Muriel Bowser for?” (GGW)

Hizzoner breaks ground on the new Ballou High School today (WTOP)

Former council member-turned-lobbyist John Ray and some of his most prominent clients are backing Anita Bonds (Loose Lips)

AdMo ANC apologizes for saying “fortunately, I’m not black” (Examiner)

Mary Cheh would like to build a cycle track on Connecticut Avenue (WashCycle)

Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first black woman on D.C.’s federal trial bench in a decade (Legal Times)

Capital City Care puts the finishing touches on D.C.’s first marijuana dispensary (Capital Business)

D.C. speed cameras nab fewer repeat offenders than Maryland cameras (WRC-TV)

Albrecht Muth trial pushed back to December (WJLA-TVPost)

Hearing held on bill to create city-run domestic violence hotline (Examiner)

How to be an IMBY (UrbanTurf)

Southwesterners are not necessarily so keen on KIPP high school plan (Post letter)

Erstwhile Columbia Heights flophouse burns (DCist)

Michelle Rhee backs Rushern Baker’s proposed schools takeover (WTOP)

Prime Petworth retail space remains vacant (PoPville)

Cheh’s budget priorities: schools, libraries, bond tax repeal (Mary Cheh)

Chuck Brown Park plans are getting redone (RIA Insider)

Adorable fifth-grader plays Eleanor Holmes Norton (Reliable Source)

Before they were brass (@mattackland)

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Also, some overdue weekend links:

Harold Pettigrew ousted as head of D.C. small business agency (PostLoose LipsWBJExaminer)

Annapolis man, 32, charged in Florida Avenue hit-and-run death (Post)

The victim, 71-year-old Ruby Whitfield, worked in the Sidwell Friends cafeteria for 44 years (Post)

Another youth leaves DYRS custody to do harm again (Post column)

Health insurers will have few restrictions on the plans they can sell in the coming D.C. exchange (WBJ)

Johns Hopkins and MedStar are locked in battle over cancer treatment (WBJ)

Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins leads nine-day trade mission to China (DCist)

Michael Brown sued again over rent (Loose Lips)

Before H Street had bars and restaurants, it had community developers (Post op-ed)

But did they really help revitalize the neighborhood? (RPUS)

Let charters move into closed DCPS schools, says former charter board chair (Post op-ed)

SideCar launches in D.C. (Post)

And the Taxicab Commission seems okay with it (City Desk)

D.C. Council can’t meddle in zoning except when it can (Housing Complex)

Should building a corner store require a zoning board to weigh in? (GGW)

You will never know exactly who tweets for Marion Barry (City Desk)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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