The Washington Post

DeMorning DeBonis: June 28, 2011


PREVIOUSLY — Jack Evans also has poker-related law firm conflict

Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Monday unveiled a startlingly positive piece of news: He has helped to attract 300 new jobs — manufacturing jobs, at that — to the ward with the city’s highest unemployment rate. The announcement, alas, came after a 5,100-word address from Hizzoner that included a range of economic development initiatives, including news that commercial development is full steam ahead at The Yards and a new Ballou High School is in the works. In the Post, Nikita Stewart and Jonathan O’Connell report on the exhaustive reset of Gray’s economic development agenda: “Reading from prompters at a lumber shed at the Yards Park on the Southeast waterfront, Gray outlined plans to lower an unemployment rate that is as high as 25 percent in some D.C. communities and to expand economic development. ‘When I envision one city, I envision a place where everyone who wants to earn a decent living can do so,’ Gray said. ‘I realize that this vision of economic growth for our city is not yet a reality.’ ... In an interview, Gray denied that there were any political considerations in his speech. He said his remarks were meant to let businesses know the city is taking steps to help generate jobs. ‘We’re trying to stay on course,’ he said. ‘It was planned to roll it out at this stage. You know I like sports metaphors. This is like having a game plan.’”

AFTER THE JUMP — Welcome MVM Technologies — parade shooting killed innocent bystander — summer jobs program adds new participants, is off to relatively clean start — get ready for some Internet poker


ABOUT THOSE JOBS — “MVM Technologies, a private firm that manufactures ink-jet cartridges and other goods, considered relocating to a number of states — including Arizona, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and West Virginia — according to chief executive Dan Loyer. Instead, the company chose the Washington Highlands neighborhood of Southeast Washington, in Ward 8. Though the company has only nine employees, it expects to open a facility manufacturing ink-jet cartridges, medical devices and sensors in a former city school building, P.R. Harris, and move its headquarters to the east campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital. It expects to hire at least 270 people during its first year in the District. The city is expected to approve zoning changes and use of the its industrial revenue bond program to allow MVM borrow $80 million at below-market interest rates and lease the school. ‘I would say that the main reason that we were able to make this decision was the responsiveness and the interest of the city government,’ Loyer said.” Also WBJ, WaTimes.

NEW BALLOU — “The mayor received a standing ovation from several audience members when he announced that Ward 8’s Ballou High School would not be renovated; it will get a new building.” Freeman Klopott notes in Examiner: “The city has budgeted $55 million to renovate the school, which is about half of what D.C. spends on a major school reconstruction project.”

SUSPECT IN PARADE KILLING CHARGED — Terry Jimenez, 19, is charged in the killing of Robert Foster Jr. near the route of Saturday’s Caribbean Parade. The Post’s Victor Zapana recounts how a monthslong feud reportedly led to the innocent bystander’s death: “Thought to have been the intended target of a deadly drive-by shooting in February, [Jimenez] was told by authorities to leave town — and he did, staying with a family member out of state. Last Monday, they got word that he was back. ... Police say Foster, 43, of Northwest Washington, was an innocent bystander in the shooting that also put Jimenez — and two others, whose injuries were not considered life-threatening — in the hospital. ... According to court documents, Jimenez is a member of a neighborhood gang known as the Hobart Stars, which enforcement sources said has operated in the area for decades and has been known to engage in marijuana dealing. Their conflict with another gang, CTU (Clifton Terrace University), led to last weekend’s shooting, court papers said. ... Many people were trapped in the crossfire, according to court documents — among them Foster, a woman who was shot in the back and a man who was shot in the leg and stomach.” Jim Graham would like to know how authorities lost track of Jimenez. More at Examiner and Homicide Watch. Also Monday, video emerged of street brawls on Georgia Avenue in front of the Banneker Rec Center. Links at Prince of Petworth, City Desk.

STRONG START FOR SYEP — Monday was the first day of the Summer Youth Employment Program — ahem, the Mayor’s One City Summer Youth Employment Program — and the Post’s Isaac Arnsdorf is all over it, starting with the news that Gray has committed to add about 4,000 more kids to the program: “The effort to add other employees marks a departure for the Gray administration, which aimed to rein in the troubled program’s costs and logistics by capping it this year for the first time, at 12,000 participants. On Monday, the mayor said he wanted to give a job to every eligible youth who signed up. Gray cited revised revenue estimates for the current fiscal year — showing an additional $107.1 million in revenue, largely because of an improving economy — to justify expanding the program.” So much for a scaled-back program: “The expansion will bring the program’s budget above $20 million, harkening to recent years when the program swelled to more than 20,000 participants and cost more than $20 million.” But here’s the good news: “The first day of work on Monday appeared to run more smoothly than in recent years. Officials said only a few mix-ups were reported — such as participants arriving before their supervisors or requesting to be reassigned — but nothing unexpected. The Department of Employment Services has a hotline to field calls, but the agency was mostly occupied with finding new placements for all the youths coming off the wait list.”

MPD MUTINY? — Harry Jaffe explores the intradepartmental tensions between Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Special Operations Commander Hilton Burton, who is both suing Lanier and accusing her of dissembling in a Council hearing last week. “Burton testified that Lanier herself had established the practice of escorting celebs when she ran [Special Operations Division] from 2002 to 2006. In fact, records show that Lanier had OK’d escorts of Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and others. My sources say that as police chief she still asks to be notified of the escorts so she can have her picture taken with the entertainers. After Burton testified, Lanier told the panel Burton was mistaken, then told reporters he had lied. Burton told me he had left the hearing and missed Lanier’s testimony, but he got wind that she had called him a liar. ‘I told the truth,’ he told me. ‘I have documentation. I don’t know where she’s coming from. I can refute anything she said.’ ... Now he has put his lawyer, E. Scott Frison, on Lanier’s disparaging lines. ‘We’re reviewing anything libelous or slanderous that was said,’ he told me. Is ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ playing out in D.C.?”

POKER FACE — Ahead of Wednesday’s hearing on the city’s new Internet poker offerings, Tom Howell Jr. has new details in the Washington Times: “The lottery will debut Blackjack and Victory at Sea in late July and release four more games - Bingo, poker, E-Scratch Offs and random number games - by Aug. 20, so players can get accustomed to the games before risking the contents of their wallets. The program, known as iGaming, allows players to log onto a secure site from their home computer or a ‘platinum sponsor’ vendor at hotels and other select areas. ... E-Scratch Offs are similar to traditional scratch cards, with a cursor taking the place of a coin. But offerings like Blackjack and random number games should feature interplay with the computer, while Bingo, poker and Victory at Sea have a multiplayer component, said Buddy Roogow, executive director of the D.C. Lottery. Mr. Roogow said the lottery is still hammering out ways to prevent collusion among players, for example a pair of players who divulge their Texas hold ’em hands over the phone without the knowledge of a third man at the online table. But, Mr. Roogow noted, they will not be offering high-stakes games. ‘Part of the answer is that we are not talking about a site for professional gamers,’ he said.”


It’s official: Yvette Alexander is running for re-election; Keith Jarrell is running against Muriel Bowser (OCF, OCF)

Is DDOT backing off crosstown cycle lanes? (GGW)

Kwame Brown’s walking team is “Fully Unloaded” (Examiner)

Graham calls out Jack Evans for casting stone from glass house (Loose Lips)

Dave Statter reminds us that questions about police escorts are nothing new in D.C. (WUSA-TV)

Hizzoner is HIV-negative (@mayorvincegray)

Where the busiest speed cameras are (WUSA-TV)

Supreme Court will hear GPS tracking case (WaTimes, Examiner)

MetroAccess riders sue over TB exposure (Examiner)

Spingarn teacher assaulted by student not without fault, principal says (D.C. Schools Insider)

Post editorial: Give the Catherine Fuller case another look (Post)

Seven-year-old’s chocolate milk testimony embraced by “Big Dairy” (Slow Cook)

*** ON THE MENU ***

Gray holds “Be SAFE This Summer” news conference, 10 a.m. at Barry Farm Rec Center, 1230 Sumner Road SE; meets with Jean-Luc Vanraes, minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, noon in JAWB 509; attends Biotechnology Industry Organization convention, 5:30 p.m. at Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW — D.C. Council confirmation hearing for Department of Human Services Director David A. Berns, noon in JAWB 120

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.


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