Thirty-five years of summer jobs

August 8, 2014

 

Today is the last day of this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program and a milestone of sorts: the 35th anniversary of the summer jobs initiative that was started by then-Mayor Marion Barry in 1979 and became a fixture of what it means to grow up in D.C. The program has been a bright spot for current Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who sought to scale back the program to a manageable size after attempts by predecessor Adrian M. Fenty to serve all comers degenerated into chaos. Tonight, the anniversary will be marked with an event at Eastern High School that will honor the top youths in the program, several of the participating employers, and Barry himself.

In other news:

The summer jobs program wraps up its 35th year (WJLA-TV)

Vincent Gray’s administration touts progress on affordable housing — but much more work to be done (Digger)

By the numbers, D.C.’s children are worse off now than in 1989 (Post column)

How the city feeds more than 800 needy kids over the summer (Post)

Yvette Alexander can’t quite explain why she had parking tickets dismissed (WTTG-TV)

Phinis Jones sues the city over Park Southern contract (Loose LipsPost)

Why home health aides left high and dry by fraud investigations won’t be getting help from the government (WBJ)

Carol Schwartz guests on today’s Politics Hour (WAMU-FM)

The Beeb does the “from murder capital to boomtown” thing (BBC)

“Did D.C. Cool actually work?” (WBJ)

Will Initiative 71 play out like Initiative 59? (WAMU-FM)

The “red top” meter program is not dead (WTOP)

Survey says: More bike lanes means fewer riders on downtown sidewalks (Dr. Gridlock)

At least 187 unaccompanied immigrant children have found homes in D.C. this year (WAMU-FM)

African dignitaries’ security details under investigation for allegedly beating protesters on D.C. streets (TimeWJLA-TV)

Read the police report from Marion Barry’s Saturday crash (Post)

David Catania returns donation from Leo Dwyer, ANC commish accused of assaulting homeless man (Loose Lips)

And Dwyer is no longer running for re-election (Blade)

Deborah Simmons is impressed by AG candidate “Smitty” (WaTimes)

Vincent Orange goes to Anacostia (CHotR)

DDOT snips “love locks” from Key Bridge (PostWTOPWJLA-TV)

Why not protect bus lanes like cycletracks? (GGW)

The Latham Hotel is basically being turned into a glorified college dorm (WBJ)

Metropolitan Square is getting a fresh look (WBJ)

DOES building in Ward 7 set to get 37-seat cafe later this year (ElevationDC)

Body found in woods near Oxon Run (Post)

Compared to states, D.C. residents are No. 1 in personal spending (WBJ)

Columbia Heights fire displaces residents of 16 apartments (Post)

Dennis Sobin says Georgetowners are out to get him and his prison art (Arts Desk)

West Nile virus is back (PoPville)

Pizza app developers diss D.C. (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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