Goodbye to the FBI?

December 5, 2013

City leaders have hoped to lose only the ugly building, not the FBI entirely. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

The long, deliberative process toward moving the FBI off Pennsylvania Avenue now appears to all but guarantee that the Bureau will be leaving the District of Columbia. New site criteria issued by the federal government — requiring at least roughly 50 acres within two miles of a Metro station and two-and-a-half miles of the Capital Beltway — mean D.C. is essentially out of the running, Jonathan O’Connell reports: The Poplar Point site identified by Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s economic team appears to be too small and could affect “the quality of the human and natural environment” in ways the feds are trying to avoid. The new criteria, Deputy Mayor Victor B. Hoskins told the General Services Administration, puts “an urban, riverfront site such as Poplar Point at a significant competitive disadvantage, despite the fact that such a site can provide a secure location near many urban amenities.” The GSA says the guidelines are not hard and fast, and the Gray administration says it will propose Poplar Point regardless.

In other news:

Wal-Mart is here (PostPost galleryCity Desk, WaTimes, WAMU-FM, WUSA-TV,   WTTG-TVGGW)

At VIP preview, the good and bad of the retailer’s corporate culture was on display (Post column)

Kenneth Ellerbe has trouble answering some basic questions at FEMS fleet hearing (WTTG-TVWRC-TVWaTimesWJLA-TVWAMU-FMAP)

David Catania says he’ll be the education candidate — that is, if he’s a candidate (PostWRC-TVAPLoose LipsBladeWTTG-TVCataniaExploratory.com)

Vincent Gray “needs urgent, special tutoring” in asking for forgiveness (Post)

“D.C. residents who want good and honest government” shouldn’t sign Gray’s ballot petitions, Jonetta Rose Barras says (Post)

Tom Sherwood on the reelect decision: “It’s a gamble” (WRC-TV)

Hizzoner “is the very model of a modern Mayoral-Candidate” (Hill Rag)

What the hell is Jack Evans going to do now? (Loose Lips)

There’s a mayoral forum tonight, but it will not be well-attended (DCist)

LGBT activists’ mayoral candidate loyalties diverge (Blade)

President Obama lays out plans to combat economic inequality at THEARC, namechecks Gray and D.C. Council (Post)

Kaya Henderson has been approached about the New York City chancellor job (NYT)

Campaign finance reform bill gained final passage Tuesday (DCist)

Superior Court judge is admonished for “exceedingly inappropriate” comments (Legal Times)

Financial disclosures for D.C. Court of Appeals judges are subpar (WAMU-FM)

Council approves Blues Alley tax break without debate (Current via Dish)

“Catania, you had me at ‘Middle Schools’” (GGW)

D.C.’s poor women are not particularly interested in natural birthing (Post)

Why the council’s minimum wage hike is not “reasonable and responsible” (Blade)

Odd zoning situation means competing West End hotels will be physically connected (WBJ)

Georgetown post office redevelopment suffers “death by a thousand cuts” (G’town Metropolitan)

Police-involved shooting in Trinidad left 19-year-old dead (Post)

Another shooting Thursday morning nearby (Post)

D.C. men are accused of slitting terrier’s throat (DCist)

70-year-old man says he was attacked by pole-wielding teen in Hill East (WRC-TV)

Navy Yard shooting spawns first lawsuit (Post)

Alleged Chevy Chase flasher is apprehended (PoPville)

Odd encounter between cop and missing teen is under probe (WJLA-TVWRC-TV)

Salvation Army is made whole, and then some, after robbery (Post)

Temporary uses pondered for old National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency building (JDLand)

Help turn the 11th Street Bridge into a park on Saturday (CHotR)

Arlington resident demands criminal charges over bad traffic-ticket collections notice (WTOP)

Eleanor Holmes Norton: “Do y’all know how to shoot any hoops out here in Ward 8?” (Roll Call)

WTOP legend Jim Farley calls it a career (WBJ)

Rob Ford says keep the Redskins the Redskins (@robyndoolittleWNEW-FM)

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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