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$11 million here, $11 million there

Come on down and get your tax breaks. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The D.C. Council’s 19th legislative session winds down this month, and much remains on legislators’ plates. As Tim Craig reports today, the council will vote tomorrow on lowering traffic fines, a new parking scheme for the disabled, a Bloomingdale flooding relief fund and allowing “urban beekeeping.” They will also vote on whether to extend an $11 million tax break to the developers of Howard Town Center, a project that city finance officials say doesn’t need tax incentives to move forward. Still, a council committee voted unanimously to approve the deal last week. Said Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), chair of the panel, said he believes the project will be a “catalyst” for an area that’s pretty well catalyzed already.

In other news:

Zoning rewrite has some residents anxious over trajectory of city’s growth (Post)

D.C. Water’s green infrastructure plan has environmental groups wary (Post)

Helly Hansen jackets are the latest urban fashion craze to tempt street criminals (Post)

Proposed paramedic deployment plan gets mixed reviews from national experts (WaTimes)

On DCPS school closing plan, parents have other ideas (Post)

D.C.’s first high-school football “state champion” is a charter school: Friendship Collegiate 48, Dunbar 12 (Post)

Smile: If you’re on the Circulator or other area buses, you’re probably on camera (Post)

Architect of Capitol’s decision to ban model boats from reflecting pool is stupid (Post editorial)

Four-year-old boy struck in hand by stray bullet in Congress Heights (PostWTTG-TV)

Matthew Frumin, Ward 3 ANC and education activist, launches at-large D.C. Council run (D.C. WireD.C. Schools Insider)

As does Jon Gann, filmmaker and impresario (

Barry’s ex-offender bill comes amid national effort to combat discrimination (WaTimes)

D.C. corrections officer traumatized by flung feces sues the city (Examiner)

Gray: Never mind the LivingSocial layoffs, tech tax breaks are still needed (Examiner)

Pepco finally comes to the table to discuss Buzzard Point soccer stadium (Capital Business)

Feds appear to be starting to explore FBI headquarters relocation (WBJ)

Why did the D.C. Inspector General waste time and money busting two employees for abusing parking permits? (Loose Lips)

Speed limits will be raised on 295, Benning Road (Dr. Gridlock)

Researchers: School closings don’t appreciably affect student achievement (Post op-ed)

Libertarian Bruce Majors talks about his surprise 16,524-vote showing (Reason)

Marion Barry proposed D.C. government do construction business with D.C. companies only (Examiner)

Teen stabbed on Minnesota Avenue Metro platform early Sunday (Post)

Taxicab Commission moves to allow out-of-town sedans during inauguration (DCist)

Trump reps promise to preservationists they won’t screw up the Old Post Office (DCmud)

The stupid-expensive Watergate Exxon has been sold, is closed for repairs (City PaperWTOP)

WPFW-FM board chair explains programming change: “We have to stop the hemorrhaging” (Post)

House on Spring Valley chemical weapons site finally comes down (Post)

Alleged killer of H Street shop owner fell for old detective trick (Examiner)

D.C. jail inmate dead in apparent Friday hanging (Crime Scene)

David Sentelle is stepping down as D.C. Circuit’s chief judge (Legal Times)

Anacostia grocery store closes, to be replaced by who knows what (Housing Complex)

D.C. schools are at forefront of “diverse charter” trend (EducationNext)

Help: The streetcar needs a tagline (DCist)

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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