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March 18, 2009

Admitting Error

Dear Admitters:

Why is it so hard for our local politicians to admit error, especially when they make so many of them? Mayor Fenty wanted to run roughshod over the Tenley neighborhood and impose a development project on it that not a single community organization supported. He held the neighborhood’s library and elementary school hostage, delaying the construction of the library and the improvement of the school to try to force the neighborhood to accept his plan as the only option. Finally, on Monday, when the mayor’s project fell apart on its own, Fenty held a neighborhood meeting at extremely short notice and agreed to what the neighborhood wanted in the first place. He could have graciously admitted that he should have followed the wishes of his constituents, and he could have apologized for the delay, and he would have had a happy audience and neighborhood. Instead, he left the impression that the community’s victory was only temporary — that he would allow the construction of the Tenley Library and improvements to Janney School for now, but that he would continue to press for his favored project in the future. Instead of giving a simple admission of error that would have gained him support and gratitude, Fenty chose to continue the fight even after he lost it.

In the matter of his trips to China and Dubai, trips that were family vacations or work trips, trips that Fenty paid for personally, or that were paid for privately, or that were paid for by those foreign governments either as gifts to Fenty personally or to city of Washington, trips that were fully reported or will be reported; Fenty has the same inability to appreciate the power of a simple admission of error and apology. Even the editorial board of the Washington Post, normally slavishly supportive and uncritical of Fenty, issued a stinging rebuke: “The mayor showed a troubling lack of judgment in taking the donations and in trying to keep them secret” ( But in response the mayor has simply doubled down on his arrogance and defiance, as WTOP’s Mark Segraves reported today: “Fenty says he did nothing wrong and has no regrets. The mayor says while he does have more out-of-town trips planned, he will not release any details of those trips until after he returns — and only if required by law to do so. ‘I’m not going to tell you,’ Fenty tells WTOP.”

That’s why I want to give credit to Councilmember Jim Graham for his rare admission of error this week. Graham, you may remember, has a number of entries in the Stupidest Legislation of 2009 contest; one of the worst was an anti-loitering bill that gave wide latitude to the police to define anyone in the “wrong” neighborhood as a loiterer. On Monday, Graham sent a message to neighborhood listservs announcing that he was withdrawing that bill, and I want to quote his message in full, because it shows how a politician can admit error without the slightest hint of modesty or humility, but with the highest degree of self admiration and self-praise: “Throughout my career I have tried — working with others — to solve problems. I have worked hard to listen to my constituents. People know also that I am a determined crime fighter who is equally determined to address the root causes of crime.

“Children should be able to play outside safely. Neighbors should not be afraid to sit on their front stoops, or walk to the local convenience shop. Our young people should not live in fear while they wait for the bus. People ought to be able to walk freely into their homes and the lobbies of their apartment buildings. Those concerns led me to try to draft a constitutionally sound piece of legislation. The purpose was to give residents and neighbors some much-needed relief from criminal congregants while also reaffirming the right to assemble. So the draft bill was narrowly focused by requiring a limit of 240 hours, a designated area, and other restrictions.

“I care deeply about civil liberties. I am also concerned about giving government power that can be abused, through unfairly targeting people on the basis of race or background. After a lot of effort, there are still critical ambiguities (e.g. the definition of what constitutes ‘loitering’). Thus, the opportunity for abuse is too great. Very recent events have reinforced that conclusion. Thus I have withdrawn the bill.”

Gary Imhoff


Archdiocese Maximizing Cash Flows at Expense of Infants
James T. Engelhardt,

As if shifting to government the cost of educating children in their parochial schools isn’t enough, now the Archdiocese of Washington is trying to maximize its real estate profits at the expense of low-income infants and toddlers in Trinidad. Last fall, the archdiocese discovered that getting out of the business of educating kids in DC can be very profitable;

As landlords to these seven campuses, it must be nice to suddenly sit back and receive great rents from the now-flush-with-cash Center Cities Public Charter Schools that operate in the buildings. Well, it is so nice they would like more. The Archdiocese and Catholic Charities are ending the Model Cities Center on June 30, stating it is not in line with their mission. Model Cities Center is a mixed-income infant and toddler development center that has been operating in that location for over forty years. It is one of only three Child Development Associate training sites in the District, and the only one in Northeast. It provides caring infant care for a mix of full payers and subsidized payers in the community for seventy children. Twenty caring staff will be out of a job on July 1. Why? Because Center Cities Public Charter School next door wants to get in on the pre-K cash explosion! Out with the labor-intensive (pun-intended) infants and toddlers, and in with the profitable three-, four-, and five-year olds!

Center Cities can expand their pre-K into any of the many newly vacant school buildings in Ward 5. But the Archdiocese of Washington, the building’s owner, would like them to expand into this building because the pre-K cash translates into huge rent payments, to the tune of $20,000 per month, I’ve been told. Model Cities currently pays $900; an admittedly low amount that they have offered to increase. Quality care for infants is more scarce than almost anything in this city. Why cannibalize a great program for a good program in this real estate crisis? Center Cities PCS: Go expand for pre-K somewhere else! Archdiocese, please allow Model Cities Center to continue doing the good it has been doing for over forty years!


Sounding the Alarm
Dorothy Brizill,

Last Sunday the Washington Post had a front-page headline story, “HIV/AIDS Rate in DC hits 3%: Considered a ‘Severe’ Epidemic, Every Mode of Transmission Is Increasing, City Study Finds,” The Post story was based on two reports that would be released to the public and the rest of the press the next day at a press conference held by Mayor Fenty and the DC Department of Health, the District of Columbia HIV/AIDS Epidemology Update 2008 ( and Heterosexual Relationships and HIV in Washington, DC (

The epidemology report concludes that the, “UN AIDS and CDC define high prevalence epidemics as those where the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is greater than 1 percent. As of December 31, 2007, there were 15,120 residents of the District of Columbia living with HIV/ADS, 3 percent of the population over the age of 12 years (adults and adolescents). This is a 22 percent increase from 12,428 cases reported at the end of 2006. Residents who currently fall in the 40-59 age bracket are disproportionately impacted, with 7.2 percent of 40-49 year olds and 5.2 percent of 50-59 year olds living with HIV/AIDS. Rates by race/ethnicity show that 4/3 percent of blacks, 1.9 percent of Hispanics, and 1.4 percent of whites are living with HIV/AIDS. The highest burden of disease is among black males with 6.5 percent of all black males in the District living with HIV/AIDS.” In the Post article, Dr. Shannon L. Hader, director of the District’s HIV/ADS Administration, acknowledged that “our rates are higher than West Africa.”

The finds of the two reports were so startling that they were reported by press outlets around the country and the world — the New York Times, the BBC, the Voice of America, Al Jazeera, the Ghanian Chronicle, the Korea Times, etc. It was against this backdrop that citizens and the media attended the very crowded press conference at the Unity Health Clinic in Northeast on Monday to hear how Mayor Fenty and his administration would respond to what one reporter called, “this Katrina-like emergency.” However, rather than a sense of alarm and the announcement of a plan of action, Fenty and Dr. Hader indicated that “the steps the District is taking” included: couples counseling and testing, HIV screening at all District birthing centers, free condom distribution, and expanded HIV/AIDS testing. When pressed by reporters to say whether the District government viewed this epidemic with a sense of urgency, Fenty responded by noting the four press conferences regarding HIV/AIDS he has held since becoming mayor, and Dr. Hader argued that, “declaring a state of emergency would be setting the bar too low.”


The Mayor’s Tenley Library Announcement
Robin Diener, Library Renaissance Project,

Monday, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced that construction of the long delayed Tenley Library would begin “soon,” and modernization of the Janney School would begin before the end of 2009. The community welcomed the mayor’s announcement, but wariness remains over future development. Fenty made his announcement at Janney in a hastily called press conference timed to catch parents picking up their children after school. “We want to make sure the residents in this community get the amenities they have been calling for as soon as possible,” said Fenty in a surprise move that appeared to take everyone unawares. Neither Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh nor the council’s Library Committee chair Harry Thomas were on hand.

Nor was there any mention of LCOR, the developer selected by Fenty in July to build housing as part of a public/private partnership (PPP) using library air space and a portion of school grounds – a proposal to which the community is largely opposed. Fenty said, “We are going to keep working with our development partners to determine the best path forward. . . . It will take careful planning in these tough economic times,” leading many to attribute the death of the PPP to the financial downturn. The question of mixed-use development on school and library property has roiled the Tenley community for more than six years. Most who heard the mayor’s sudden announcement admitted they were perplexed and planned to stay vigilant.

Last Friday, on WAMU radio’s Politics Hour, Deputy Mayor Neil Albert responded to a question me about the Tenley Library by saying that he and Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper had found a way to ensure the library foundation can be structurally engineered to bear future expansion. Cooper was not able to attend the press event because a performance oversight hearing for the library ran longer than expected.


Fenty Could Learn from Obama
Diana Winthrop,

Mayor Fenty finally threw in the towel on his silly plan to build a mixed-use project as part of a new Tenleytown library and modernization of the overcrowded Janney Elementary school. For two years, Fenty ignored residents who opposed the choice of LCOR developers of Bethesda and regularly pummeled Deputy Mayor Neil Albert. Albert, who is a proponent of a pro-development at-any-cost view, continued to press for the ill-devised public-private partnership, with housing built on top of the library, regardless of the ANC’s opposition. Finally, on Monday with forty-five minutes’ notice to the Janney school community and no one else, he hastily called a press conference at the school to say he was dropping his plans and beginning construction immediately to rebuild the library, instead of in 2012. The young mayor does not know how to admit when he is wrong and lacks the character of President Obama, who at least has said, “I screwed up.” I think the citizens of Ward 3 deserve an apology for the time that was wasted planning for something that was a lousy idea. I have never heard “I am sorry” from his lips for any of his screw-ups. As an early supporter of Fenty, I am saddened to see a young mayor who, with a little humility, could become a great mayor rather than a mediocre elected official. Fenty will continue to turn a blind eye to voters who oppose him or his ideas until he has a challenger with a brain and a few dollars.


World Travel
Bob Evans, southwest DC,

The mayor cannot have it both ways. He cannot call his trip to the UAE a private family vacation and then say it was for official purposes. Even if part of it did involve official business (and I think it would be his responsibility to prove that it did) then some of it still remains as personal vacation. And he certainly cannot claim that his family’s expenses are official. Therefore, what I want to know is this: shouldn’t some of that $25,000 (and perhaps some of the China trip money as well) be personally taxable for the mayor? Will the DC government now issue the mayor a 1099 detailing the amount he should owe taxes on from the money the city received for the trips?


Is It Taxable?
Ed T. Barron, edtb1@macdotcom

Mayor Fenty has taken two major trips abroad with his family that were paid for by foreign governments. That raises an important question that should be answered now before Fenty makes his move to a place in the federal government. That question is, has he paid or will he pay income taxes on the gifts he has received? One might make a stretch of a case that his attendance at the Olympics and at a tennis match were for city “Business.” It seems like too much of a stretch that attendance by Fenty’s wife, Michelle, and their children was for official business. I think he’d better pay up his tax liability now rather than have it haunt him when he decides to move up in the political food chain.


Some Food for Thought Regarding Gardasil
Peter Tucker,

On Friday, The National Research Center for Women and Families held a luncheon entitled, “HPV Vaccine: The Facts behind the Hype. We thought it would save lives. But now we’re not so sure.” The two keynote speakers were Dr. Susan Wood, a professor at George Washington University and the former Director of the FDA’s Office for Women’s Health; and Dr. Diana Zuckerman, President of the National Research Center for Women and Families.

The talk and the question and answer session that followed raised one major concern after another regarding Merck’s Gardasil. Yet here in DC, thanks to Councilmember David Catania, this dangerously undertested HPV vaccine is required for sixth grade girls for the upcoming school year. Interestingly, Catania refers to those who oppose his push as “conspiracy theorists.” This luncheon, hosted and attended by some of the more reputable folks in the medical field, gives lie to Catania’s accusation.

Catania will be further undermined if there are a good number of us, from all walks of life, publicly expressing concern for his actions by testifying at the Thursday, April 9 Department of Health budget hearing. At the last hearing we attended, we rattled Catania with just five of us testifying (it should have been six, but Catania has, without explanation, banned me from testifying). What will happen on April 9 when we number not five, but ten, or maybe even twenty? Let’s not look back years from now and say, “Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve.” On April 9, let’s stand up for our children and stand up to Catania. It’s time for him to stop working for Merck and to start working for us.


An Inconsistent Response
Patricia Howard-Chittams, RN, BSN,

Let me state for the record that I am not a supporter of the Gen X Tuskegee Experiment regarding Gardasil. Let me also for the record state that I have two daughters who would be required to take this FDA approved experimental drug under Catania’s soon to be implemented immunization requirements. Let me be very clear, my daughters will not be the Thalidomide mom’s of this century. While Gardasil may have the potential of preventing four of the multitude of known HPV viruses, it cannot guarantee that my daughters, or anyone else’s daughter, will not become infected with HPV; nor will immunization completely prevent cervical cancer. Regular Pap screenings are a proven cancer success. Don’t believe the hype.

A recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine states that bioethicists have expressed some wariness about or opposition to mandating HPV vaccination. They argue that because HPV is not casually transmissible, there is a less compelling rationale for requiring protection against it than against measles or pertussis. The article goes even further by saying “in the absence of potential harm to a third party, such laws may be considered unacceptably paternalistic.” Another article in The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics argues “that the HPV vaccine does not represent a public health necessity of the type that has justified previous vaccine mandates, Gardasil is relatively new and long-term safety and effectiveness in the general population is unknown. Outcomes of those voluntarily vaccinated should be followed for several years before mandates are imposed.”

Since receiving injections of Gardasil, many individuals have attributed side effects to the receipt of the drug. In August of 2008, Judicial Watch reported more than nine thousand adverse effects attributed to Gardasil. There have been 78 severe outbreaks of genital warts, six cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, and at least ten miscarriages and eleven deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), among thousands of other minor events, after the administration of Gardasil. Although adverse event reports to VAERS do not prove causation, they can provide an early warning sign that a new vaccine may be causing health problems that could be important.

One also has to take into consideration that the targeted age group during pre-approval testing for 9- to 15-year-old girls was small — only 1,184 individuals. And since no participants have been followed for more than five years, long-term effects remain unknown. The Journal of the American Medical Association wrote in a 2002 study that “The safety of new agents cannot be known with certainty until a drug has been on the market for years,” When I hear Catania ranting and raving about the wrongs mothers like myself are doing to their daughters when we refuse to immunize against HPV I wonder what the catch is. Why is he so out of control on this issue? Why prevent dissenters from testifying? And the more I pondered this situation, the more uncomfortable I became. Then I discovered that at $360 for three Gardasil injections, Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, can generate annual sales of $3.2 billion by 2010. That’s billion with a B, folks. Now I have to wonder, who is getting paid?

I recently attended a CE Course with the DC Black Nurses Association and heard some startling information about HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC. And I began to wonder why Catania in his capacity as Chairperson of the Committee on Health isn’t shouting from the rafters about the rampant HIV infection rate in Washington, DC? This is a real public health issue, not a make believe one. Is it that the company that produces Gardasil (Merck) has deep pockets? Is it because there are those who benefit from the requirement of this immunization and can line the political treasury of some of our council members? Is it because when an immunization is required by law it indemnifies the manufacturer against potential suit? But who is there to speak for those living lives of quiet desperation who are HIV positive? Or is it simply easier to force minority women into experimentation than to form an effective policy which can combat the spread of HIV to everyone?

Here are some startling facts. One in twenty residents in Washington, DC is HIV positive. African Americans account for 57 percent of the total population of DC, but account for 81 percent of the total amount of new HIV infections. African American Women are 58 percent of the total female population but account for 90 percent of the total new HIV cases. This isn’t about how one gets the disease; it’s about a real disease with very real consequences. It is not about potential fatality should one possibly develop a disease at some future date, it is about actual fatality should the virus be contracted and not treated. What is wrong with the picture? Where is the outrage, Mr. Catania? Where is the angst? What are you doing to get the word out? Or is this genocide more palatable? Where are your anger filled rants and demonstrations in council hearings? The silence is deafening.

A recent study from the DC Department of Health stated, in part, what we already know, that DC is a hotbed for the spread of HIV. And no one is doing a darn thing about it.


First Cigars, Then Cigarettes?
Ralph J. Chittams, Sr.,

In the February 8 edition of themail, I nominated Councilmember Alexander’s bill styled the “Single Sale of Cigar Products Prohibition Amendment Act of 2009” for the dumb legislation of the year award. I pointed out that the clear language of the bill had the potential to outlaw the sale of all tobacco products in the District of Columbia. “1) ‘Single cigar product’ means an individual cigar, cigar leaf wrapper, flavored or non-flavored cigar that is referred to as a blunt, blunt wrap, or any other tobacco product that may be used in the ingesting, inhaling, or introduction of marijuana to the human body.” In the March 17 edition of the Washington Post, staff writer Keith L. Alexander authored a piece entitled “’Scary Drug’ Makes Comeback.” His article stated, in part, “During its peak, PCP users dipped marijuana cigarettes into a tiny bottle of PCP. Today, PCP users are dipping store-bought cigarettes into a bottle of PCP, or ‘making them wet,’ for $25 a dip, says Inspector Brian Bray, who heads the DC police narcotics unit.” I guess Councilmember Alexander must now work to ban the sale of cigarettes as well. After all, PCP is exponentially more dangerous that marijuana. Watch that slippery slope; the first step is a killer.


Tree Removal
Matt Forman,

Regarding the postings over Jack McKay’s removal of a tree [themail, March 11 and 14], I am not clear on the facts. His posting said that it was at the orders of the city that he was removed a diseased tree. Can he explain? I’ve never heard of the city ordering someone to take down a street tree, and indeed, the mayor’s service center web site has a special category to request the city itself to trim or remove a tree. Perhaps this tree was not in a tree box (between the sidewalk and the street) but rather on the land between the sidewalk and the house facade? Depending on exactly what block you live on, that area is either privately owned by the homeowner or is public owned. If publicly owned, the homeowner is responsible for maintenance. Which city agency ordered the tree removed, and did the order specify that the tree had Dutch elm disease? Did the order specify any permitting procedures that needed to be followed to remove the tree? Why did the police station not provide the signs? Was it because they don’t provide signs for any purpose now, or because it involved tree removal?


Statehood and Recalls
Michael Bindner, mikeybdc at yahoo dot com

William Haskett alleges that statehood activists are mistaken about claims that DC should be treated as a state for voting purposes. Mr. Haskett is himself mistaken. Voting rights advocates make this claim. Statehood activists actually agree with Mr. Haskett that statehood is necessary to achieve voting rights as well, leaving a small area to fulfill the requirement for a seat of government. In 1993, legal opinions were obtained by Citizens for New Columbia showing that a constitutional amendment was not required for statehood, largely because of the residual area left for the seat of government. Some may object that Maryland must be given a shot at the territory (although there are several judicial decisions that find that the permanent cession has already taken place, from Albaugh v. Tawes to Howard v. Maryland — rulings that were used to deny voting rights through Maryland). Statehood remains the only option.

As to the conduct of the mayor regarding his Chinese and Arabian trips and the conduct of this School Chancellor, please allow me to remind all readers that through the rest of the calendar year, the mayor can be recalled (although before you do that, I would suggest filing suit to force the Board of Elections and Ethics to properly purge the roles of anyone who hasn’t voted in the last two federal elections). The voting rolls have not been purged regularly, largely to thwart the referendum, initiative, and recall provisions of the Charter. For any reform candidates out there, cleaning the rolls to enhance direct democracy, as well as amending the charter to allow amendment by initiative, may become issues that set you apart (assuming you can get your message out there with few contributions from members of the Federal City Council).



Department of Parks and Recreation Events, March 20-21
John Stokes,

Friday, March 20, 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Friendship Recreation Center, 4500 Van Ness Street, NW. Turtle Time for ages two to six. Participants will have the opportunity to see, touch, and learn about small animals. For more information, call Enrique Leiva, 282-2198.

Friday, March 20, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Ultra Zone, 3447 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church, VA 22033. Laser Tag. Teens will visit Ultra Zone for a night of games and fun. For more information, call Kyanna Blackwell, Site Manager, 724-4876.

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Riggs La Salle Community Center, 501 Riggs Road, NE. The Winter Indoor Citywide Soccer/Futsal Championships is a citywide soccer meet hosted at the end of every season. This tournament brings together teams from all over the DC area to play in a one day tournament. Ages 13-15 (boys and girls), 16-18 (boys and girls), 19 and up (men only). The first and second place winners are awarded trophies and T-shirts. For more information, call Abdullah Tunis at 673-7692.

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Benning Stoddert Recreation Center, 4300 Anacostia Avenue, NE. Football open house. The Staff of Benning Stoddert will host a preregistration open house for all youth who wish to participate in the DC Pop Warner Football league in the fall. For more information, call Sharon Marshall, 698-1873.

Saturday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Fort Davis Recreation Center, 1400 41st Street, SE. Kite making workshop for ages six to ten. The Staff of Fort Davis will teach youth how to make a kite. Following the production of a kite, they will go outdoors and learn kite flying techniques. For more information, call Mark Chisholm, 645-9212.


Merry Bruns on Looking Professional on the Web, March 21
Barbara Conn,

Most businesses can benefit from a good Web site, but there’s more to looking good on the ’Net than jazzy graphics. Your business Web site needs appropriate content as well. Ineffective Web site content can mean prospective clients pass over your site, moving to the next site and business. Renowned local Web content strategist Merry Bruns will provide new practical tips on making your content live up to your site graphics and on maximizing your content for your customers and potential customers.

Gather your colleagues (whether Web site developers, programmers, consultants, small business owners, entrepreneurs, soon-to-be small business owners, writers, freelancers, or free agents), and your questions, and bring them to this Saturday, March 21, 1:00 p.m., gathering of the Capital PC User Group (CPCUG) Entrepreneurs and Consultants Special Interest Group (E&C SIG). These monthly events are free and open to all. This month’s event is at the Cleveland Park Branch Library (first floor large meeting room) at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW (between Macomb and Newark Streets), just over a block south of the Cleveland Park Metrorail Station on the Red Line. For more information about the seminar, the speaker, and CPCUG (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization), visit To RSVP, send E-mail to


National Building Museum Events, March 23
Jazmine Zick,

Monday, March 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m., For the Greener Good: Healthy Hospitals. What are the costs, consequences, and opportunities of healing our population and our planet? At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Judiciary Square stop, Metro Red Line. Register for events at


DC Summer Jobs Program, March 24
Anne Renshaw,

The Federation of Citizens Associations Assembly will have a program on the Summer Jobs Program: Revamped for success or replicating last year’s flop?, on Tuesday, March 24, 6:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m., at Charles Sumner School, 1201 Seventeenth Street, NW (at M Street). The program will examine the District’s historically problematic Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program on Tuesday, March 24, 6:45 PM, at The Charles Sumner School, 1201 Seventeenth Street, NW (at M Street).

The Assembly speaker, DC Auditor Deborah K. Nichols, will review last year’s failed summer jobs program for 21,000 youth which was mired in chaos, confusion, mismanagement, and lack of planning and oversight which led to a $31 million budget overrun and a myriad of payroll glitches that rewarded absentee and/or ineligible students, deceitful contractors and 203 non-DC residents. Other Assembly invitees are DOES Director Joseph P. Walsh, Board of Trade President/CEO James Dinegar (and/or his representative) and Margaret Singleton of the DC Chamber of Commerce.

With DC’s unemployment rate nearing 10 percent and, given the current economic climate, more furloughs and layoffs on the horizon, the Citizens Federation asks whether there should be a summer jobs program for upwards of 21,000 DC youths. If students are not going to have a meaningful work experience, could the summer jobs funding be more wisely spent? Or will federal stimulus money be used to pay summer jobs costs? Most importantly, what changes to the 2009 program will avoid a repeat of last year’s summer jobs debacle? The Citizens Federation questions if the Fenty Administration has learned from last year’s costly blunders in trying to provide summer jobs for an unlimited number of District youths. On March 24, though, the Citizens Federation anticipates a preview of (what could be) a totally revamped and reliable summer jobs program that will ensure significant work experience for the city’s youth.


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