Another censure for Marion Barry?

September 16, 2013

Marion Barry, seen on the day of his previous censure in 2010. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

This morning, a special D.C. Council committee is likely to recommend a punishment for Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) that has only one precedent in council history: Marion Barry. Members of the panel said privately that they have settled on a recommendation of censure and loss of committee chair after they examined an ethics board finding that Barry illegally accepted $6,800 in payments from city contractors, resulting in a $13,600 fine. It’s largely the same sanction the council pursued in 2010, when a special counsel found Barry improperly awarded contracts to his girlfriend and steered earmarked funds to groups he created and controlled. What remains uncertain is whether the full council will endorse the special committee’s expected recommendation. Nine votes will be necessary to impose a disciplinary package involving censure, and some members appear wary of the council going beyond the ethics board’s sanctions.

In other news:

In late Friday announcement, Vincent Gray cancels tax sales, announces major reforms (PostLoose LipsAP)

David L. Robinson’s journey from a tough childhood in Shaw to a violent death in far Northeast (Post)

How legions of city residents rely on a Maryland Wal-Mart for low, low prices (Post)

Police department has quietly removed dedicated security officers from D.C. high schools (Post)

Behold the Post Magazine’s urban design issue, including a look at how downtown D.C. was transformed … (Post Magazine)

… and how D.C. became a leader in urban bicycling (Post Magazine)

… and the future of Franklin Square (Post Magazine)

… and the making of a “car-light” city (Post Magazine)

… and our history of big plans that have gone nowhere (Post Magazine)

… and why the city’s height limits should stay in place (Post Magazine)

Not in the Mag, but: A particularly sharp case as to why the city’s height limits need to go (Wonkblog)

Current Height Act debate pits “federal interest” in status quo against city leaders’ desire to grow (Roll CallHousing Complex)

Colby King on a “sickening” summer of corruption at all levels of city government (Post column)

Tommy Wells believes Gray will not seek reelection (AP)

Michael Brown sentencing pushed to January (DofD)

Superior Court expands marriage bureau staffing to handle post-DOMA surge (PostAPWTOP)

Four football players at charter school powerhouse under investigation for residency fraud (Post)

Beverley Wheeler enters Ward 1 council race (Loose Lips)

Ron Linton defends the Taxi Commission’s approach to high-tech transport apps (Post letter)

Violence tally, Wednesday to Friday: 10 shot, two fatally (PostWUSA-TV)

Two women shot Sunday night in Congress Heights (AP)

D.C. drivers detail “bump-and-run” scheme (Post)

Leading preservationists decide Post building isn’t worth saving (Capital Business)

PBS’s John Merrow: “I am done reporting about Michelle Rhee” (EdSource)

Why does the BZA so readily grant zoning variances? (Post op-ed)

Judge rejects union request for names of employees who raised issues with police chief (WTOPWUSA-TV)

Gray uses weekly radio address to explain living wage veto: “It simply was not an effective vehicle for reaching a goal that we all share — to help the largest number of District residents possible find good jobs with good wages” (WNEW-FMPost)

Hizzoner also talked veto on CNBC (CNBC)

A call for the council to let the veto, “grounded in hard business logic, basic fairness and the best interests of the District,” stand (Post editorial)

Behold the progressive pressure on Tommy Wells to override the veto (Jobs With JusticeLoose Lips)

Sherwood’s yearly cri de coeur: “In the name of security, we have lost privacy and freedom in almost too many ways to count” (WRC-TV)

David Grosso says he’ll introduce marijuana legalization bill this week (Washingtonian)

And Wells is introducing his minimum wage bill at event today (AP)

D.C. is breaking national ground with its widespread rollout of stop-sign cameras (Chicago Tribune)

Here is exactly what a yellow light means (Dr. Gridlock)

Salvadoran candidates woo D.C. area voters (WAMU-FM)

City planners start Southwest small area plan discussions (GGW)

What Grosso did on his summer vacation (YouTube)

LivingSocial’s big plan for the future: Deals that aren’t daily (Capital Business)

Three D.C. bridges remain in critical states of repair (AP)

Streetcar catenary poles start going up on H Street NE (DCist)

“The 10 Types of People At the Dog Park” (Post)

Fall’s here; the Meridian Hill fountains will be drained this week (PoPville)

The widely ridiculed V Street pop-up will be known as “The Ella” (PoPville)

B. Smith calls it quits at Union Station (Capital Business)

The Brooklyn Flea Market happened (Post)

The Black Cat turns 20 (City Paper)

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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