How did this happen?


Tax officials answer questions Tuesday from D.C. Council lawyer David Zvenyach and member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1). (Aaron C. Davis/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The District failed to protect its most vulnerable citizens from a system that efficiently reaped delinquent property taxes by threatening owners with the loss of their property. How did this happen? Turns out accountability has been halting for the Office of Tax and Revenue, even six years after the Harriette Walters embezzlement scheme. Warnings from senior advocates went unheeded, a bill introduced by D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) went nowhere, and tax office officials continue to insist the problems are already fixed. Will there be real accountability this time?

In other news:

“Why are [elected officials] talking about hurried fixes to the decades-old system of tax lien sales? They should be scrapping this predatory process and following the lead of other jurisdictions that help keep people in their homes.” (Post editorial)

Veteran civic activist Barbara Morgan was among those caught in tax sale shenanigans (WUSA-TV)

Apropos of this mess, Colby King quotes “Smokey and the Bandit II” (PostPartisan)

Jesús Aguirre moves from parks department to state superintendent of education (Post)

There may be no official soccer-stadium deal, but there is a union-labor accord (WBJWAMU-FM)

Behold the Trump International Hotel (Capital BusinessWTOPWBJWAMU-FMWNEW-FMWUSA-TVWJLA-TVHousing ComplexWashingtonianHuffPo)

Remember, if not for preservationists, there would be no Old Post Office to get Trumped (WBJ)

Under the current statehood proposal, the Trump hotel would be state-tax exempt (Neighbors United)

The Donald and The Marion (@OConnellPostBizGawker)

Vince Gray was against the LRAA before he was undecided on it (WTOP)

Advanced ambulance was late to respond to ailing police officer (Post)

Could decriminalized marijuana turn into a cash cow for the city? (WaTimes)

New types of traffic cameras will definitely be a cash cow for the city (Post)

Eisenhower Memorial won’t go before Planning Commission as expected (AP)

True all-night Metrobus service? (Post)

TruOrleans shut down over unpaid sales taxes (Young & Hungry)

“2 Million Bikers” ride will go on, permit or not (WaTimes)

Taxi czar Ron Linton says at least 2,000 cabs won’t meet credit-card deadline (Washingtonian)

Plenty of architects are curious about the MLK Library rehabilitation project (Housing Complex)

Proportion of single tax filers is increasing as city grows (WAMU-FM)

The DCFPI recipe for income-tax fairness (DCFPI)

For Family Research Council shooter, 11 years or 45 years in prison? (HuffPo)

The Otis and The Redding: Swagger-jacking galore? (Housing ComplexWashingtonian)

Rats on 14th Street: What to do? (City Desk)

Georgetown students aren’t happy with Clarendon dorm plans (WRC-TV)

Marion Barry and Anita Bonds aren’t saying “Redskins” on Twitter (DCist)

D.C. National Guard museum opens in the Armory (AP)

See, they really are repaving the 15th Street bike lane! (Dr. Gridlock)

ANC OKs teenager-resistant movie theater (UrbanTurf)

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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