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February 21st, 2013

Censuring Graham Is Appropriate.

I am glad the council is taking action. I supported Council member Wells' call for the creation of an ad-hoc committee to pursue the very serious allegations regarding Mr. Graham, with the power to make recommendations that the full Council must consider. It is time for our elected leaders to do their job and to obey the laws they put in place. At least from initial reports, it appears Chairman Mendelson will make the recommendation himself. I'd prefer to have a committee of councilmembers make the recommendation, but I am glad that the council is holding itself accountable.

Censuring Graham Is Appropriate.

I am glad the council is taking action. I supported Council member Wells' call for the creation of an ad-hoc committee to pursue the very serious allegations regarding Mr. Graham, with the power to make recommendations that the full Council must consider. It is time for our elected leaders to do their job and to obey the laws they put in place. At least from initial reports, it appears Chairman Mendelson will make the recommendation himself. I'd prefer to have a committee of councilmembers make the recommendation, but I am glad that the council is holding itself accountable.

Censuring Graham Is Appropriate.

I am glad the council is taking action. I supported Council member Wells' call for the creation of an ad-hoc committee to pursue the very serious allegations regarding Mr. Graham, with the power to make recommendations that the full Council must consider. It is time for our elected leaders to do their job and to obey the laws they put in place. At least from initial reports, it appears Chairman Mendelson will make the recommendation himself. I'd prefer to have a committee of councilmembers make the recommendation, but I am glad that the council is holding itself accountable.

TRUANCY - A Crisis in DC Public Schools

On Saturday, Feb 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.at the Anne Beers Elementary School, 3600 Alabama Ave. SE, join a panel of experts to discuss school truancy in a forum where parents will learn the new truancy guidelines for DCPS. To be discussed are the fact that  20% of DC students are truant (5 times the national average), that K-8 had at least 10% of DCPS students miss more than a month of school in 2011 and that DC school system’s overall graduation rate is only 56%

February 20th

Community as Classroom

Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy

Every school day there are small miracles happening in a building tucked away on 12th Street SE, a block behind Frager’s Hardware. Students arrive from all over the District to attend the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy on Capitol Hill.

But the minute they walk through the doors, they are no longer students. They are scholars. The idea of citizenship, of involvement in community, of learning to analyze information and seek help is instilled in each of the 400-plus scholars at Chavez.

New Police Strategy on Package Thefts Yields Results

The Blotter

On Feb. 19, at 6 p.m., a citizen reported seeing a man stealing packages from the doorstep of a nearby residence on the 700 block of F St. NE. Within moments of the call, First District officers stopped a suspect matching the description on the 800 block of H St. NE.

The officers recovered the stolen property and placed the thief under arrest. The package was returned to its owner.

February 19th

Shooting on the 1000 Block of Bladensburg

The Blotter

Late last night, Feb. 19, at 11:30 p.m., there was a shooting on the 1000 block of Bladensburg Rd. NE. A man fired a gun at three men sitting in a parked car.

Two of the victims suffered non-life threatening injuries. The shooter fled on foot.

The police are looking for a suspect described as a black male with long black dreads with a slim build, about 5 foot 8 inches tall.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099.

Attempted Robbery on E St. NE

The Blotter

A man was robbed today at 9:10 a.m. on the 200 block of E St. NE. Two teens approached him and threatened him with a knife. The thieves fled without taking any property. The victim was uninjured.

The police are seeking two suspects. Both are described as black males between 15 and 16 years of age with thin builds, medium to darkly complected, wearing black pants, gray hoodies and ski masks.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099.