‘Predictability,’ please


David Catania is pushing back hard on proposed changes to school admission patterns and policies. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

The early reviews for a mass overhaul of public school boundaries and admission policies are in: The leading mayoral candidates aren’t much pleased by the “policy options” put forth in recent days by Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration. Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser acknowledges some “intriguing ideas” in the Gray proposals, the Post’s Emma Brown reports, but rejects more radical changes to feeder patterns as a threat to “predictability.” Independent David A. Catania, meanwhile, says two of three options are wholly unworkable betrayals of a “matter of right system,” while the third, he says, would invite a civil-rights lawsuit as currently structured. So, yeah, expect this to be a campaign issue. More from WAMU-FMHousing Complex and WJLA-TV.

In other news:

Yvette Alexander joins the crowd pondering independent at-large bids (PostDofDLoose LipsWashingtonian)

No big breaks in Relisha Rudd case, Cathy Lanier says in radio appearance (PostWTOP)

Vincent Gray: I would close D.C. General shelter if not for the NIMBYs (DofD)

More confusion about Amber Alerts (WRC-TV)

It’s official: Lanier agrees to stay on under Muriel Bowser (WNEW-FM)

Fire lieutenant implicated in Cecil Mills death will likely be able to retire without sanction (WTTG-TVWRC-TVWUSA-TV)

As Arlington special election proves, institutional Democrats grow complacent at their peril (Post column)

On DDOT restructuring: “[W]ill all this change make things better for D.C. residents who want to do things like adjudicate a parking ticket? … It may be awhile before we know.” (Dr. Gridlock)

Assessing Vincent Gray’s tech record (WBJ)

Victims hail reforms to police handling of sexual assaults (WJLA-TV)

How a West Virginia-like water disaster could happen here (WJLA-TV)

Running the numbers on a 14th Street municipal parking garage (GGW)

Silver Line contractor prepares to hand things over to Metro (PostWTOP)

Poverty figures for individual DCPS schools can be misleading (GGW)

Potholepalooza is finally underway (Dr. GridlockWRC-TVWJLA-TVWUSA-TV)

First Street NE cycletrack nears completion (WashCycle)

Nurses plan to picket Howard University Hospital (WBJ)

Virgil Wood, 22, is shot to death Tuesday night in Anacostia (Post)

D.C. harbor patrol cop pays price for September accident (WNEW-FM)

Zoning Commission will hold McMillan site hearings next month (PoPville)

Jim Abdo finalizes plans for 14th and Rhode Island (WBJ)

Why Remingtons died: “The rent was high and our country-western crowd died out” (Blade)

The ins and outs of a Nationals Park naming deal (Nationals Journal)

Metro is likely to sell Anacostia parcel to D.C. government (WBJ)

Water taxi now available from Alexandria to West Potomac Park (Post)

Camping out for a Georgetown liquor license (Young & HungryWTTG-TVWRC-TV)

First Love, now Ibiza (WBJ)

Adorable police bloodhound now on Twitter (@MPDsamDCist)

Deer cull produces 3,300 pounds of venison for D.C. Central Kitchen (WAMU-FM)

“PoPville’s Random Lists Are as Inane as They Appear” (City Desk)

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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