Emancipation Day isn’t free

April 15, 2014

The budget for this year’s Emancipation Day festivities — including a prayer breakfast, free concert and Pennsylvania Avenue parade — got a 40 percent boost, bringing the total to $350,000. But in what is either a miscommunication or a deliberate attempt to squeeze more money out of taxpayers, another $116,000 in parade costs are currently unaccounted for, leading Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration to threaten to cancel Wednesday’s parade. The event’s patron, D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large), questions that posture, saying city agencies were happily cooperating with his plans until last week, with no mention of a hefty bill for police and fire protection. The John A. Wilson Building’s two leading Vincents have about a day left to work it out.

In other news:

Another Emancipation Day option: Go lobby the Hill (Neighbors United for DC Statehood)

Georgetown adapts to a Washington which no longer revolves around it (Post)

Muriel Bowser’s view on school admission policies subtly evolves (Post)

New questions raised about FEMS handling of patients who refuse hospitalization (WRC-TVWTTG-TV)

Enough of the “crass” charade of party set-asides for at-large council seats (Post editorial)

City officials are obligated to follow budget autonomy referendum, says D.C. Appleseed’s Walter Smith (Post letter)

Toll lanes pondered for Potomac crossings (WRC-TV)

Contracting reform bills get council hearing today (AP)

CFSA Director Brenda Donald can’t say much about the Relisha Rudd case (WTTG-TV)

It’s unlikely any of the school boundary proposals will become reality, says Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith (WAMU-FM)

A dim view of Vincent Gray’s tech efforts: “I want the District to stop playing favorites, to stop picking winners and come up with a comprehensive policy for emerging technology businesses that isn’t based on catch-up, defense, favor-factory” (WBJ)

Judge tosses long-running challenge to United Medical Center foreclosure (WBJ)

Poor people are taxed less in D.C. (WAMU-FM)

Yes, Jack Evans is still buying sports tickets with his constituent service fund (Loose Lips)

Wal-Mart sign said Spanish speakers could check out fewer items than English speakers (WaTimesDCist)

Could DDOT restructuring improve enforcement of residential parking restrictions? (UrbanTurf)

Man is sexually assaulted at gunpoint near Truxton Circle (Post)

Man killed in College Park traffic is fourth GWU student to die this year (WJLA-TV)

How the D.C. police blotter recorded Lincoln’s assassination (Slate)

NoMa ponders ways to enliven rail underpasses (WBJ)

Shaw resident says church is holding neighborhood hostage with late-night noise (SALM)

More on the quest to calm Arkansas Avenue traffic (WAMU-FM)

Georgetown DMV reopens April 29 (WRC-TVGeorgetowner)

Damaged by earthquake, Adams Mill Road mural is finally repainted (WAMU-FM)

Donnie Simpson’s son is running an upscale muffin shop in Shaw (Young & Hungry)

Paris Hilton comes to Queens Chapel Road NE (PoPville)

Pretty good paper we got here (Post)

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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