Happy budget day!

March 28, 2013

Moving forward with a rebuild of the city’s central library is a major part of Gray’s budget plan. (D.C. Public Library/The Freelon Group)

Mayor Vincent C. Gray this morning is presenting his 2014 budget plan to the D.C. Council. Here’s an early look at what’s included — starting with $103 million over the next six years to kickstart the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. That’s a project that mayors Anthony A. Williams and Adrian M. Fenty toyed with but never seriously pursued and it would complete a long-term transformation of the entire D.C. Public Library system. Speaking of public libraries, Gray is proposing to restore Sunday and late-evening hours at neighborhood branches for the first time since 2009. There’s much more, so read up and follow my tweets to come.

In other news:

Brother of beaten reporter, son of heart-attack victim to testify at today’s FEMS hearing (PostWTTG-TVExaminer)

While other Gray administration officials have been sacked, Kenneth Ellerbe has survived (Loose Lips)

But what does Terry Lynch think? (WJLA-TV)

So Martha Raddatz interviewed Albrecht Muth on his hospital bed (ABC NewsWJLA-TV)

David Catania truancy bill moves forward without parent-prosecution measure (Post)

Patrick Mara gets Sierra Club’s at-large nod (Post)

While denying that, contrary to congressional reports, he ever lobbied for ExxonMobil (WAMU-FM)

Elissa Silverman gets the Greater Greater at-large nod (GGW)

New school facilities plan takes charters into account, but is light on funding details (PostExaminer)

Gray administration is taking credit for hiring made via federal programs (GGW)

Rock Creek Park deer cull begins (Post)

Hizzoner’s ladyfriend is not a fan of the idea (@lindagreene)

UDC’s new interim president: “I’m not coming here with the mindset that others have failed, but with the understanding that I can lead if I can rally the troops together” (Informer)

Food Truck Association says new regs make vast swaths of downtown off limits (Post)

Gray pledges new traffic signals on Florida Avenue, near hit-and-run site (Post)

WMATA’s efforts to get fewer riders using MetroAccess are paying off (Examiner)

City job training contractor is under investigation (Loose Lips)

Thomas Gore is back in court Thursday (ExaminerAP)

Statehood Green candidate Perry Redd: “There are snakes in this race and you will soon see who they are” (Informer)

Why does the D.C. attorney general need additional subpoena power? (Legal Times)

With developer responses, “Federal Triangle South” plans move ahead (Housing Complex)

You will not write parking tickets for Rep. Louie Gohmert (Politico)

The Current endorses the budget autonomy referendum (Current via DC Vote)

Will Georgetown U. move its hospital or medical school? (WBJ)

New Giant’s misspelled “quailty” sign gets quick fix (Post)

Downtown jewelry smash-and-grab (Post)

Victim in taxi-shop murder had chased the man who robbed him (Post)

One killed in apparent domestic shooting in Southwest (Post)

Two shot at Langston Dwellings (WRC-TV)

LGBT center signs lease for Reeves Center space, after rat complications (Blade)

Kids throw fruit at passersby in Bloomingdale (PoPville)

D.C. has a gas problem (DCist)

Like Yelp, but for D.C. government (DCist)

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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