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No easy answers to D.C. General

If there were an easy solution to D.C. General, it would have been solved by now. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

In a letter to the Post, Beatriz “B.B.” Otero, deputy mayor for health and human services, responds to the revelations contained in the Post’s recent investigation of conditions at the D.C. General family shelter. Otero’s missive is in part defensive — “Reforming the system is the only thing that can help families achieve self-sufficiency and lift themselves out of poverty, but it is not the stuff of newspaper exposés” — and in part acknowledges the vast failure contained there: “No amount of money could make D.C. General a suitable place for children, and that’s why Mr. Gray has tasked me with developing a plan by the end of the summer to close it.” A Post editorial, meanwhile, calls the shelter “a stain on the District for which the mayor and D.C. Council share responsibility” — Vincent Gray for a lack of planning, the council for a lack of cooperation. “Let’s hope the two council members running for mayor … treat this issue as a problem to solve rather than political fodder.”

In other news:

Day after bring called out on the council dais, Muriel Bowser asks IG to look into Park Southern mess (Post)

Tierra Jolly beats Phil Pannell in ultra-low-turnout election for Ward 8 education board seat (PostLoose LipsWJLA-TV)

Pedro Ribeiro, mayoral spokesman with swagger, leaves for Homeland Security post (PostLoose LipsAP)

Bowser on Eastern Shore boycott: “I certainly don’t want one wayward legislator from Maryland to disrupt people’s long-planned vacations …” (Roll Call)

Residents describe what it’s like inside D.C. General (Post)

One thing drivers, bikers and pedestrians agree on: “D.C. police are not doing enough to enforce the rules for any of the groups” (Post)

New Ballou gets topped-out to rising excitement (Post)

The fate of the Capitol Hill shotgun house again hangs in the balance (Post)

White House comes out against the Harris amendment (DofD, HuffPoDCistWAMU-FMCity Desk)

Activists deliver Andy Harris a D.C. voter registration form (@DC_Vote)

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) tried and failed to attach a gun rider to D.C. spending bill Tuesday (Doc Cloud)

Contra Richard Whitmire, there are real tensions between DCPS and charters (GGW)

After lieutenant’s arrest, new fire chief pledges to address spate of legal run-ins (WTTG-TV)

Tuesday council vote set D.C. on path to municipal composting (WUSA-TV)

Cathy Lanier concedes that not all cops who run red lights in fact need to (WUSA-TV)

Another study reminds us the Washington region could use a lot more affordable housing (TCFDCist)

TSA agent in Orlando had a hard time dealing with a D.C. driver’s license (PostAJ-CHuffPo)

New Hampshire clarifies that you can, in fact, use a D.C. license to buy booze (City DeskWAMU-FM)

Next Jeffrey Thompson court hearing pushed to October (@amarimow)

LivingSocial’s new CEO, Gautam Thakar, comes from eBay (Capital BusinessWBJ)

K Street Sheraton suddenly isn’t (WBJ)

Corcoran lawyers strike back at Save the Corcoran activists (PostWBJ)

Progress at last at 14th and G streets? (Legal Times)

Under new law, breweries can only sell their own wares (GOG)

25-year-old D.C. man dies after crashing Mini Cooper on Beach Drive just over District line (Post)

Zoning board okays gay bar’s transition into residence (UrbanTurf)

A Frenchman’s private Bastille Day in Georgetown (Post column)

This is, in fact, the whitest thing ever (Washingtonian)

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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