Fire shifts fight goes on


Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, shown earlier this month, said the savings from his proposed shift changes would allow him to add more much-needed paramedics. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

A lame-duck mayoral administration doesn’t necessarily mean momentous changes might not be coming to city agencies in the next eight months. Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe, for instance, now has a green light to move forward with a radical overhaul of its work schedule for firefighters — one that has been strenuously opposed by the firefighters’ union and sparked a near-mutiny in the ranks. But the Public Employees Relations Board said Ellerbe is within his rights to switch from 24-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts. The union says it will appeal to the courts, and the question is whether they can run out the clock until a new mayor takes office. Both Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser and independent candidate David A. Catania have said they would replace Ellerbe but have not taken positions on the schedule change.

In other news:

Too many firefighters still don’t take EMS duties seriously, says David Rosenbaum’s brother (Post op-ed)

56-year-old cop Johnny Jones found dead in Southeast apartment; said to have been under investigation (WRC-TVPostWJLA-TV)

Anthony Williams: Tax Revision Commission proposals should not be considered a la carte (Post op-ed)

Little late for that “rapid rehousing” initiative, Mr. Mayor (Post column)

D.C. Working Families coalition appears to be pushing forward with minimum wage initiative (WAMU-FM)

Behold the many hurdles the HOT lanes proposal will have to jump (Dr. Gridlock)

Brookland ANC member faces criminal investigation after allegedly deleting meeting recording after FOIA request (Loose Lips)

Tommy Wells: The federal Commission of Fine Arts is making the Southwest Waterfront boring (GGW)

Ellen McCarthy explains why she came back to the Office of Planning (WBJ)

Here’s what the driver’s licenses issued to illegal immigrants will look like (DofD)

A memorial to the Global War on Terror? Only when it ends, federal law says (WaTimes)

D.C. General women’s shelter may be relocated due to “health and safety risks” (DCist)

DCHA considers affordable housing for former Hebrew Home (Park View D.C.)

Will budget autonomy lawsuit budge Congress to act? (Roll Call)

Irv Nathan defends his budget autonomy position (Post letter)

No net job growth last month in the District (Post)

Drama in Alexandria courtroom as D.C. drug dealer is sentenced after three deaths (Post)

Courtland Milloy: How come no one noticed tree-gouger until he had maimed more than 700 trees? (Post column)

Tommy Wells on his pro-cannabis record: “Not only do I want to start legalizing marijuana, but I want to legalize drugs with Marion Barry” (DCist)

Obamas worship at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church (PostWAMU-FM)

Clinton Yates got kicked out of a cab because his driver wanted to take an Uber call (Post)

UberX users now must pay a $1 “safe rides” fee (WBJ)

CBS Radio stations will relocate from Prince George’s to ballpark area (WBJ)

Why is the BZA dawdling on approving Dupont microunit project? (Blade column)

Summer jobs signups begin (WJLA-TV)

New pedestrian bridge over Anacostia Freeway planned near Deanwood Metro (Housing Complex)

14-year-old Sincere Stewart is missing, last seen in Congress Heights (WTOP)

Volunteers keep up the search for Relisha Rudd (PostWNEW-FM)

Two found dead of apparent exposure are identified: Andrew Thomas, 61, and Robert Shafley, 57 (WTOP)

India Chappel, 26, is stabbed to death early Saturday on Pomeroy Road SE; arrest made (PostHomicide Watch)

Three shot Easter Sunday afternoon in Anacostia (Post)

Two-year jail sentence for man convicted of animal cruelty (WTTG-TV)

Megaclub Ibiza settles business license issue, reopens for business (WBJ)

Chris Brown trial starts today (Post)

The snowy owl is free at last! (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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