Dear Named Co-Conspirators:
Nora Bawa, below, asks what themail's or my policy is toward
pseudonymous contributions. The simple answer is that I'm against them,
but then again nothing's that simple. All contributions to themail must
be signed with a name and an E-mail address; when you sign a message to
themail, you're essentially taking responsibility for what you write and
vouching for it. Then again, the United States has a long and honorable
history of anonymous and pseudonymous political pamphleteering, dating
back to when it really was dangerous to people's health and wealth to
speak out against the crown. But times have changed, and there's much
less danger in speaking out than there used to be. If you just want to
express an opinion or relate an experience, use your own name. Why
should other readers of themail believe what you say if you lie about
your own identity? On the other hand, if you're a government employee
who would be fired, demoted, or punished in your job if you told the
truth about how that contract was awarded, then don't hesitate to
contribute a message under an assumed name. I don't blame you if you
don't trust the whistleblower law to protect you. On the third hand, if
you want to write an E-mail recommending your own candidacy or
businesses or services, use your own name; don't try to pretend you're
somebody else. And on the fourth hand. . . .
Preserve the Interim Disability Assistance
T.J. Sutcliffe, So Others Might Eat, firstname.lastname@example.org
For low-income DC residents who are unable to work due to a
disability, the city's new Interim Disability Assistance (IDA) program
has been an significant resource to reduce homelessness, further
illness, and hardship. Readers of themail will recall that IDA was
passed and funded unanimously by the DC Council last year, with support
from over 115 community-based organizations from across the city. IDA
supporters have just learned that IDA is the main program being put on
the chopping block as the Department of Human Services' contribution to
help address the city's $325 million budget shortfall. The proposal is
to eliminate all funding for IDA in FY 2003.
Eliminating IDA would be poor public policy given the estimated 5,000
residents in need and the significant work that has gone into
implementing IDA just this year. It also would make little sense from a
fiscal standpoint, since the program is eligible for 30 to 40 percent
federal funding. Since IDA started in February, 2002 over 1,500 DC
residents have come forward to access IDA and over $40,000 in federal
funds have come back to the District via the reimbursement mechanism. A
budget deal between the Council and the Mayor may be cut as early as
Wednesday, September 18th. City Administrator John Koskinen is the point
person on the Mayor's side for the budget negotiations. Council
Chairperson Linda Cropp is the key negotiator on the council's side.
IDA supporters are asking concerned residents to E-mail John Koskinen
at email@example.com and
Linda Cropp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People without E-mail can contact them at 727-6053 (Koskinen) and
724-8032 (Cropp). Ask them to preserve core services for residents with
disabilities, and maintain the $7.3 million for Interim Disability
Assistance (IDA) in 2003. Individuals may also wish to contact
Councilmember Allen (724-8045), who has been IDA's main champion over
the years, and let her know she has support in fighting to preserve the
CareFirst, Yeah Right!
Ron Eberhardt, email@example.com
Tuesday's revelation that about ten already fat cats at the
District's supposed nonprofit CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield are slated
to reap nearly $50 million in its proposed sell off to for-profit
Wellpoint Health Networks, Inc., should be no surprise to anyone.
BlueCross BlueShield and its novel marketing slogan, CareFirst, have
screwed DC residents for decades, though never so much as currently. As
a self-employed consultant, my pitiful coverage with dwindling benefits
and higher co-payments for everything, has risen to more then $500
monthly. And, adding insult to injury, BCBS recently announced the
expectation of another huge increase of 15 percent starting in 2003 that
would make my policy rise to $600-650 per month. Likewise, persons who
are covered through their employers in group plans are finding companies
reducing benefits to lower the premiums they pay on behalf of employees,
and employees paying more and more for less and less. Folks, you have to
make a lot of money to afford more than $7,000 annually for lacking
Mayor Williams' touted insurance plan for insuring the so-called low
income has one small caveat: the income eligibility ceiling for a single
person in DC is $17,000 per year! That is not low income, people, that
is no income in this area. What about all of the working middle class
people? I have personally lobbied members of the DC Council and Mayor
Williams to create a group of uninsured and self employed persons to
comprise their own group to obtain health benefits with the same options
as those insured under employer provided group plans. Not a single move
forward as been made in more then one year. Why? Because this same lobby
of powerful, rich, and self-protecting insurance groups do not want
that. They want to gouge the hell out of all of us and be able to
collect so-called windfalls of nearly $50 million.
Enough already. It's time for the Mayor and DC Council to get off
their butts, pay attention to citizen needs as much as they do political
donations, and represent the people they are elected and paid to serve.
It is disgustingly outrageous what passes for representative government
in this City, while those same people sling around their stupid, crybaby
"Taxation without Representation" slogans that have more to do
with putting one more Democratic voting member of Congress in power then
Closing the Budget Gap
Dorothy Brizill, firstname.lastname@example.org
In his campaign literature, Mayor Williams claims personal credit for
turning the city's deficit into a $400 million accumulated surplus. That
must mean that he now accepts personal blame for plunging the city back
into a $325 million deficit. Despite the pending budget crisis and the
Congressional requirement to close the budget gap by October 1, Williams
is spending this week vacationing in Greece, consulting with government
officials by telephone, although in response to criticism he will cut
his trip short -- by one day -- and return to DC on Saturday.
I accept my responsibility to make useful suggestions to help city
officials cut the budget, and other readers of themail may also want to
assist with their own suggestions. Here are some ideas, in no particular
order. 1) Dismiss and abolish the positions of all those government
employees who spent the last six weeks "volunteering" in the
Williams campaign. If they can take six weeks off without being missed,
their services aren't really needed, and their jobs are dispensable. 2)
Eliminate the chauffeurs and drivers assigned to senior administration
officials. If senators and congressmen can drive themselves around the
city in their own cars, then we can certainly take the city cars and
drivers away from department directors. Give them city maps and let them
learn the city for themselves. And make them pay their own red-light
tickets. 3) Cut the number of employees in the Executive Office of the
Mayor and its Office of the City Administrator by two thirds. In FY
2003, these offices will have three times the employees that they had in
FY 2000; this is outrageous empire building and make-work job padding.
4) Slash the unwarranted high salaries being paid to senior staffers
throughout the Administration. In this administration, front-line
employees go on salary diets while top administrators grow fatter and
fatter. 5) While salaries are being cut, the City Council should rescind
the salary hike it gave itself. It's unseemly for Councilmembers to make
lower level employees suffer and not share the pain themselves. 6)
Reengineer DC Public Schools. DCPS's current staff isn't going to revamp
and improve special education; their intent is simply to cut costs by
denying services. Instead, save money by cleaning out DCPS's special
education administrators. 7) Eliminate nearly all press and public
relations officers spread throughout virtually every department and
agency. They're already forbidden to release any information without the
approval of the mayor's office, and there's no need to pay anyone whose
only job is to say no. 8) Abolish the duplication of
"neighborhood" offices: Office of Community Outreach in the
EOM, Office of Neighborhood Planning in the Office of Planning, Office
of Neighborhood Stabilization in DCRA, Office of Neighborhood Services
in the City Administrator's Office, and Office for Neighborhood Action
in the EOM. 9) Turn off the lights at night in the Wilson Building and
One Judiciary Square. Remember what your parents said about wasting
electricity. 10) Cut back the mayor's security detail. Williams
criticized Barry for the size of his security detail, but now Williams's
dwarfs what Barry had. 11) Cut the salaries in the Office of the Chief
Technology Officer; there's a job shortage for technogeeks, and we don't
have to pay sky-high salaries for talented programmers anymore. Then cut
the size of the OCTO; what on earth are all those people doing? 12) Cut
the size of the Inspector General's Office; the Auditor's Office does
more and better audits with a tenth of the staff. 13) Stop throwing
money at sports promoters, and put any profits made by the Sports
Commission, after carefully monitored expenses are paid, into the
general fund. 14) When developers are given city land and buildings for
their own profit-making ventures, stop giving them additional financial
incentives to accept our assets. 15) Independently audit and allow a
public evaluation of DC's Healthcare Alliance under the direction of
Greater Southeast Hospital; we need an honest picture of where the
health care money is going and what we're getting for it.
Ken Jarboe, Chair ANC 6B, email@example.com
I understand the frustration evident in Gary's turnaround of Kennedy
speech — ending with the call that we should focus on “what they
damn well better do for us.” I also found it very disturbing and
(although he probably didn't mean it that way) symptomatic of some of
our problems. I've spent a lot of my time as an ANC Commissioner dealing
with the lack of city services and the disfunctionality of city agencies
(for the latest see the report of our last ANC meeting at http://www.voiceofthehill.com/anc6b-Sep02.htm).
But I've also spent time with DC resident's who think everything is some
one else's responsibility. It is like that piece of litter on the
street: we would rather complain about the lack of street sweepers than
pick it up and put it in the near by trash can. Rather than wait for the
city to do it, there are many things we can and should do ourselves. So
kudos to the hundreds (if not thousands) of DC residents who are not
waiting for the city to “do for us” but are actively making the city
a better place. I like to think of the Kennedy speech as a call for
citizen involvement America's people power. The follow-on call is
“lead, follow or get out of the way.” And right now, there is too
much of the city government and too many city residents who refuses to
either lead or follow, but simply stand in the way.
My senseless, cruel, and very very expensive experiences with these
DC government fools have been sooooo-oooo wasteful and disrespectful
that I have included many of them in my upcoming book — Oops! Then
You're Dead. I happen to be one of the very few native
Washingtonians who have not run out to PG or some place else. The price
I have paid to stay in DC is too high.
Last week, in a rush to make a meeting downtown, I parked my car on
the 1300 block of L Street, NW. My hope to beat the rush hour
restriction was dashed when the meeting ran much longer than expected.
Much to my chagrin, two tickets of $100 each, written within four
minutes of one another, were waiting under my wiper upon arrival at my
car. One was for parking in a rush hour zone and the other for expired
tags (I had no idea they were expired and, unlike in other
jurisdictions, I never received a notice for renewal in the mail or by
E-mail). Needless to say I'm outraged at the hefty fines on each
account. Fortunately for me, $200 is affordable, although quite painful.
It seems to me that if the objective of the government is to keep
people compliant, there are other means that are far less
confrontational, albeit less lucrative for a wasteful government hungry
for more revenues. My proposal to DMV Director Hobbs Newman and Mayor
Williams is this: 1) clearly identify fine amounts on all signposts. One
hundred dollars is a very large amount of money for most, and people
should realize the great risks these violations bring with them. 2) Send
out the renewal notices as your policy requires. I can't believe I even
have to mention this, but given my experience with the voter
registration lists at DCBOEE, I can't say I'm surprised. 3) In addition,
to demonstrate your commitment to citizen-centered service and to
increase the transparency of our government, create a web site that
posts and categorizes every complaint (and compliment) filed by
citizens, by service area, and track those as monthly performance
measures. Make these measures part of the Mayor's Scorecard for the
coming administration. The Internet makes this type of investment much
more economically feasible than in the past, and would allow this
administration to put its money where its mouth is. 4) Finally, offer an
alternative to paying a fine, such as community service, or a donation
to a charitable organization. The city sets a dangerous precedent when
it become dependent on these fines as a source of revenue and at the
same time seek to minimize those behaviors that lead to them.
One last point: be aware that there is a great influx of new
residents into DC who are not accustomed to nor accepting of the
inconsistent and customer-unfriendly services that DC has so brazenly
offered its citizens in the past. Mr. Williams has been given a “get
out of jail free card” (no reference to former mayors intended) in his
past term while he concentrated on stabilizing the District's financial
situation. We won't be so patient over the next four years, and we'll be
watching and we will most certainly be voting. That's the one thing the
District will definitely be able to count on.
Predatory Government 4
Okonkwo Auten, firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that the primary is concluded, the Mayor, and DC City Council
will continue to enjoy their increased salaries, free parking, and
diverted public funds for personal benefit. Yes, it is interesting that
DC Del. Norton was shot down in the Congressional Rules Committee
hearing. I read this when it was first published in the press.
Unfortunately, the Republican Congressman is correct.
Many forget that when Norton's Congressional floor vote was removed
almost every DC agency was so severely mismanaged that receivers had to
be installed to save taxpayers' investment in those agencies. Also,
deficits were caused by the DC government's mismanagement, by theft, as
well as by multiple violations of municipal and federal regulations.
Interestingly, since the Control Board's authority expired, and, after
Mr. Williams passed the write-in Democratic primary, we the taxpayers
find out through the press that DC Government is again over $300,000,000
in deficit! The DC Democratic Party, through race bating and fraudulent
activities, has substantially destroyed the credibility of the DC
Government, and citizens have unerringly continued supporting the same
scoundrels. Republican Congressman Porter Goss hit the nail on the head:
felons (Mr. Williams' primary petitions), and children (Mr. Williams'
fundraising scams with Norton's support).
Where was Ms. Norton before and after these criminal acts? Ms. Norton
has publicly violated the "Hatch Act, " supported DC school
employees campaigning for her reelection while receiving pay through the
DC Schools, and failed to disclose these clearly illegal and improper
political activities. Congress has many problems, and Ms. Norton is
ours. Recommendation: in November elect new representation.
Extreme Government Bashing in themail
Jonathan Tannenwald, email@example.com
Enough already. I realize that our city isn't perfect and there are
others I would rather see be mayor than Tony Williams but I dare anyone
on themail's list to tell me that Barry or Kelly did a better overall
job than he did in terms of city agency performance, move-in/move-out
rate of citizens, and perception of the city outside of the beltway. I
am sorry if I sound more angry and vindictive than I should but I am
sick of people doing nothing but bashing every government agency in
sight in themail. If our own citizens can't be happy about our city then
there is no way that, say, David Letterman or George Bush will ever say
anything nice about us.
I am a registered Democrat and lifelong DC resident who is now
battling to the death for DC voting rights on the campus of the
University of Pennsylvania. I have been the subject of more DC jokes
than ever here, and I've only been here two weeks. Tourists I've given
directions to on the Metro over the last few years say that they are
astonished by the friendly nature of DC residents and how happy they are
to help people. I wonder about that now. I ask themail's readers this:
In a perfect world, who should be Mayor of the District of Columbia?
The decrease in privacy of our "secret" ballots in the
primary was largely due to deficiencies in the training of the people
involved, not the new machinery. I won't criticize the people much,
because I am not willing to be interviewed, orientated, trained, and
work more than eighteen hours total on two days for a C-note.
When I voted at precinct 27, the poll worker standing by the Optech
III-P Eagle scanner was taking ballots from voters and feeding them in
faceup. I had read (see http://www.dcboee.org/htmldocs/optech.htm)
that the scanner would read the ballot properly when the voter inserted
it regardless of orientation (faceup, facedown, top or bottom first).
So, as I was saying to the poll worker, “I'd like to try this
facedown, if that's OK,” I went ahead and fed it in myself before he
could respond. It worked as advertised. I doubt this changed his modus
operandi, however. So, in November, do it yourself.
About spoiled ballots: “Ballots which have been over voted,
mistakenly marked or mutilated are automatically returned [facedown if
inserted that way] to the voter for review. The system automatically
generates a tape printout explaining why the ballot was returned to the
voter and what to do with the returned ballot.” Thus, only the voter
needs to see the spoiled ballot, then go to the election captain to
exchange the spoiled ballot for a fresh one to try again. The spoiled
optical ballot could reveal information to various election officials,
but this was also true of any spoiled punch cards turned in under the
previous DC system.
I wonder if Gabriel Fineman voted at the same precinct I did (32).
His posting reminded me that I had not called the Board of Elections and
Ethics to express both the same kudos expressed in themail and the same
concern. A Ms. Jackson there told me the poll workers should be telling
the voters what to do (tear the receipt slip off the bottom, remove the
ballot from the secrecy envelope and feed it into the machine) rather
than doing it for them. Since the ballot is face up, I'm still not sure
it wouldn't be visible as it was sucked in. She took my precinct number
and said they will stress proper procedure in the training before the
I am now missing three letters I know of that were mailed to me in
the 20015 zip code at the end of August, probably around the same time
as the tax bills that I also have not received. I asked that two of the
other letters be re-mailed to me last Tuesday from Fairfax, VA, and
downtown DC. I was assured this morning, Wednesday, that they were
indeed mailed to me again last Wednesday. I still have not seen these
other bills. Maybe there is some magic box at the post office these
letters seem to be going into. Anyone else missing any mail? This is on
top of a bunch of mail I received in July dated February 22. What is
What About that Gloom of Night Thing?
Star Lawrence, firstname.lastname@example.org
Someone's mail carrier does not come when it drizzles? Are you
serious? I would be screaming to the main office at Elephant Plaza.
Screaming, babies! When I lived in DC, I wrote starchy letters about my
mail service to the Postmaster General, and one time he sent two
giant-sized postal inspectors to sit on my tiny futon and listen to my
tale of woe. You need to SQUEAK!
New E-Mail List
Charles Stevenson, email@example.com
“Neighbor Net,” a grassroots empowerment E-mail discussion group,
is now available. This group welcomes interested people from throughout
the DC metro area regardless of opinions, views, home culture, or
geographical location, from “Activist” to “Zoo FONZ.” We take a
special interest in three areas: in honoring excellence and leadership
in our young people, in intercultural understanding, and in social and
economic justice. We are “moderated but not censored” for civility,
language, and topical relevance. An open files library and message
archive is under development.
To learn more, visit this URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Neighbor-Net/files.
I gather from a few contributions to the last themail that Phil
Mendelson's campaign manager wrote under an assumed name. What is the
policy of themail in regard to this, in particular in the case of public
figures? Thank you, the folks who recognized the author of this
contribution. I guess I'll be voting for David Catania in November.
Neither Marie Nelson nor Paul McKenzie made any effort to contact me
directly before asserting their ill-founded allegation. I welcome them
to private discussions. This will be my one and only post on the matter.
Throughout the course of my employ as campaign manager to Phil Mendelson,
“Charles King” advised me on political matters of potential
consequence and controversy in DC. King agreed to offer his insight in
exchange for guaranteed anonymity.
The fact most likely leading to the Nelson/McKenzie assumption
regarding King and I: the E-mail account through which King communicated
to themail is one of many I own. In an effort to protect King's
anonymity, months ago I provided it for his use (a simple search of
themail archives should detail other King posts).
King's remarks in no way reflect the Councilmember's views or those
of the campaign. Furthermore, the Mendelson campaign is no longer under
my direction; other professional duties will soon deliver me to distant
shores. And, for those who are also speculating about my arrival and
role in DC politics: King was responsible for my initial outreach to the
Mendelson campaign. In early 2002 the potential for a successful Barry
comeback prompted King's concern, and at the time an active Mendelson
campaign had yet to coalesce. After Barry's departure, Beverly Wilbourn
and the cast of characters supporting her kept King's interest in the
race alive. In short, I was a hired gun. The sunset awaits.
Charles King, Klingle Road, and Phil Mendelson
Phil Mendelson, Phmendel@aol.com
Clearly I should be a more regular reader of themail, since it took a
week before I saw the Charles King posting (“Klingle Roadies
Quieted”) and the replies it generated. I regret the situation. There
was no need or reason for jabbing at any side in the Klingle Road issue.
The King posting came from Chuck Thies' e-mail account. He denies that
he wrote the posting. Nonetheless, it came from his account, and was
inappropriate. Chuck left the campaign payroll last Wednesday (9/11) for
This is to advise that the September 2002 on-line edition has been
uploaded and may be accessed at http://www.intowner.com.
Included are the lead stories, community news items and crime reports,
editorials (including prior months' archived), restaurant reviews (prior
months' also archived), and the text from the ever-popular “Scenes
from the Past” feature. Also included are all current classified ads.
The complete issue (along with prior issues back to July 2001) also
is available in PDF file format by direct access from our home page at
no charge simply by clicking the link provided. Here you will be able to
view the entire issue as it looks in print, including the new ABC Board
actions report, all photos and advertisements. The next issue will
publish on October 11. The complete PDF version will be posted by early
that Friday morning, following which the text of the lead stories,
community news, and selected features will be uploaded shortly
To read this month's lead stories, simply click the link on the home
page to the following headlines: 1) “Newseum Display Panels
Mysteriously Appear on Historic Pennsylvania Avenue Sidewalk”; 2)
“Historic Link to Jazz Era Razed — DC Officials Ignore Law Allowing
for Delay”; 3) “KCA Members Vote 'No' on Tryst Coffeehouse ABC
License Issue — Claims Jazz Trio Too Loud.”
CLASSIFIEDS — EVENTS
Alexander Memorial Baptist Church formally invites you to their
Community Day on Saturday, September 21, from noon until 2:00 p.m.
Balloons for the children, refreshments, pets welcome.
Yard Sale and Fair at Temple Micah
Sid Booth, SidBooth1@aol.com
Temple Micah's third annual Sukkot Fair and Yard Sale, a community
event that combines a bargain-stocked yard sale with the festive
atmosphere of the Jewish observance of Sukkot, will be held at Temple
Micah, 2829 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, on Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m.-2
The fair is strictly for family fun and will be staged inside the
Temple building. Magic, games, balloon art, music, and food will be
featured. The yard sale, offering used but still usable goods at bargain
prices, has become a popular community attraction. It is held in the
temple parking lot and is expected to offer a wide selection of
household goods, books, recordings, child and adult clothing, furniture,
toys, bikes, computer or stereo equipment, exercise equipment, and small
appliances. Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Three-hour Seminar — Selling to the
Barbara Conn, email@example.com
Want to grow your business? Are you getting your share of the huge
federal government market? If not, come to this special three-hour
seminar cosponsored by the Washington, DC, Chapter of SCORE, and learn
what you need to know and do to launch or expand the government
component of your business. This seminar covers in detail the
procurement programs of the federal government as they relate to small
businesses. This is a seminar that speaker Larry Lavely, business
consultant and SCORE counselor, presents several times a year for
Gather your questions, friends, and colleagues, and bring them to the
Saturday, September 21, 1:00 p.m., half a block south of the Cineplex
Odeon Uptown movie theater.
Meetings of the CPCUG Entrepreneurs and Consultants SIG are free and
are held each month. For more information about this presentation, the
speaker, CPCUG [a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization], and its
E&C SIG, and to register for this and/or future SIG meetings, visit http://www.cpcug.org/user/entrepreneur/902meet.html.
Nonviolence Group Dinner Meeting
Karen Szulgit, firstname.lastname@example.org,
forwarded from email@example.com
The DC Nonviolence group is for those interested in Gandhian ideas of
nonviolence and satyagrahi. After a year of being a study group, members
will discuss what they might to do in the future: more study groups on
new topics, like practical nonviolence and spirituality and nonviolence;
creating and promoting a study group format; starting a group to train
ourselves as nonviolence/satyagrahi trainers; forming affinity groups to
get involved in local organizing, like against the Iraq War or for civil
liberties. The dinner meeting will be on September 23, 6:30 p.m., dinner
ala carte, 7:30 p.m., discussion, at Chop Sticks Chinese Restaurant,
back room, 717 H Street, NW, one block from Gallery Place Metro, Green
and Red lines.
Depending on enthusiasm, we may take some initial organizing steps as
well. To get more involved, join our announcements and discussion list, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nonviolencedc/.
On Saturday, October 12, at 7-9 p.m., the Public Resource Center of
Activism and Arts presents the first talk of the fall series at St.
Aloysius Church, North Capitol and I Street, NW, near Union Station:
"Do The Right Thing: Taking A Stand For Peace and Getting
Stronger," featuring Angel Kyodo Williams, author of Being
Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, and
founder of Urban Peace Project. Open to the community; donations
appreciated. For more information, visit www.gaeafoundation.org
or call 232-0304.
CLASSIFIEDS — FOR SALE
Building Materials Ready for Sale; We Deliver
Karen A. Szulgit, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contractors, businesses, and homeowners, you are invited to the
Stanton Dwellings deconstruction job site in Southeast Washington to
view and purchase all available building materials on display, Monday
through Saturday, 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Safety Officers: Thousands of
lineal feet of #1 select (used) 2x4s and 2x6s (thoroughly de-nailed)
priced at one-half of random lengths. Very suitable for handrails and
toe boards and concrete form work.
Products include oak flooring, tongue and groove ($1/square foot);
oak stair treads ($8/each, $16/pair); dimensional lumber (2x4=$0.50,
2x6=$1, 2x8=$1); windows ($25-$45/each); doors ($10-25); bathtubs
($10-20); stainless steel sinks ($20); and toilets, hot water heaters,
cultured marble sinks ($25/each). For more items, see complete
merchandise price list at www.ilsr.org/recycling/decon/stanton/stanton.html.
For directions call Jonathan Burnworth at the Institute for Local
CLASSIFIEDS — HOUSING
Phil Mendelson's campaign is looking to rent an office for the next
two months. We need a space (one or two rooms) that will come relatively
cheap and provide us with access to a number of phone lines. Our
preference is that the space be centrally located and near a Metro.
Although we currently have a few leads, we would appreciate it if people
would keep their eyes peeled. Please contact me through E-mail or by
phone if anything arises. Alec Evans, Campaign Manager, Mendelson For
Council 2002, 255-9751.
CLASSIFIEDS — HELP WANTED
Stuart-Hobson Middle School's 8th grade Spanish teacher will be on
maternity leave very soon. The school needs a substitute Spanish teacher
to fill in for six weeks. The position requires a college degree,
substitute teacher certification from DCPS, and the ability and desire
to teach Spanish to adolescents in a classroom setting. Pay is not
commensurate with ability -- DCPS standard substitute pay scale is used.
Please call the school office, 698-4700, if you are able, willing and
available. (Posted by a parent of an 8th grader.)
CLASSIFIEDS — VOLUNTEERS
Volunteer Opportunity, Pediatric AIDS/HIV Care
Sarah Barnett, email@example.com
If you have a few hours free on Saturday, September 21, Pediatric
AIDS/HIV Care, Inc., an after school facility serving children from DC,
MD, and VA, needs your help. Please join us from noon on to work on
computers, paint, file, grant research and writing, office assistance,
clean/sort out the class room, plus.
Several groups (interns, junior/high school students) need to put in
hours of volunteer time. Pediatric Care (a 501(c)(3) organization) is a
wonderful place to do this on the volunteer work days. We welcome new
faces. The Executive Director, Gerri Graves, delights in showing
newcomers around, explaining what the staff is accomplishing. Pediatric
Care is located two blocks south of the new convention center. For more
information, please telephone Gerri Graves at 347-5366.
My wife would like to learn how to ice skate. Does anyone know of the
availability of private lessons in the District or Maryland? Thanks.
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