When Mayor Marion Barry called for round-the-clock negotiations last weekend in a final effort to end the school strike by Monday, the Expectation was there would be little rest and relaxation for those city officials who were to be virtually sequestered in a hotel during the talks.
Yet two city officials, City Council Chairman Arrington Dixon and Dwignt S. Cropp, executive secretary to the mayor, found time to catch the Saturday matinee of "The Wiz" at the National Theatre. Both men said they took their children.*t"You have to keep the educational process going," Dixon said with a smile as he returned to the hotel.
Barry, in some of the fanciest municipal summitry attempted in this city in some time, had called the hotel meeting in a self-described "last-ditch" effort to prevent the strike from entering its fourth week.
But the talks fell apart Saturday morning when D.C. Superior Court Judge Gladys Kessler order the teachers to return to work Monday. Both sides said the Barry-called bargaining had accomplished little.
One tangible result will be a hotel bill for three meals and the 15 or so rooms rented for city officials, representatives of teachers' union, school board members and federal mediators.
Cropp said the bill is likely to be $1,500 to $2,000, slightly less than might be expected because "it was a public service" and the hotel is giving the city a discount.
"It was worth it," Cropp said. "We were on our way tosome resolution. The court decree came right in the middle of the discussion."
Charlene Drew Jarvis, one of the leading candidates for the Ward 4 City Council seat in the May 1 special election, is being allegations that she is political carpetbagger.
Jarvis did not register to vote in the District until July 1978, her critics contend, accusing her of thus not being familiar enough with Ward 4 from 1950-1973, first registered to vote here in 1968 and re-registered last year, after living in columbia and Chevy Chase for a total of four years.
"People don't want to recognize the length of time I was in the city," she said. "They don't want to recognize that my roots are here."
City election law requires her to be a city resident for a least one full year before the election, to live in the ward and be a registered voter at the time of the election.
The saga of the Rev. Willie B. (Little) Allen, pastor of the Upper Room Baptist Church in Northeast Washington. continues this year with the issuance of low-numbered auto tags by the new mayor.
A little political ruckus was raised last year when Council member Willie J. Hardy (D-Ward 7) failed to renew Allen's tag (327). The explanation given in political circles was that Hardy was upset because Allen was supporting Walter Washington for mayor and Hardy was supporting Sterling Tucker.
Allen's brother, the Rev. Andrew J. (Big) Allen, pastor of First Baptist Church of Deanwood, got upset about that. Big Allen complained to former Council member Douglas E. Moore. Moore called Washington. Washington assigned tag No. 133 to Little Allen.
Now Washington and Moore are gone, and so is Little Allen's tag No. 133. It has been reassigned to Barry campaign supporter Theresa Jones. Little Allen's new number is 636.