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Breakfast links: Trouble with nonprofits

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Not that type of service: DC Attorney General Irv Nathan is suing a nonprofit for allegedly using city money to build a strip club. The group won $10 million in grants to provide residential services for HIV/AIDS patients. (DCist)

Tighter rules for nonprofits?: DC Council rules require members to disclose personal and spousal business relationships but do not include nonprofits. Kwame Brown's and Harry Thomas's wives work for nonprofits that receive city money but neither disclosed it. (WAMU)

Bikeshare in Bethesda?: Both Montgomery council VP Roger Berliner and state senator Brian Frosh want to bring bike sharing to Bethesda. CaBi stations could help complete the connection from Rockville to DC and improve mobility within Bethesda. (WABA)

Improve a small triangle: A resident wants to improve the triangle park at 8th and K Streets and West Virginia Avenue, NE, and has started a blog to discuss it. Fortunately, it's city-owned rather than federal, meaning elements not present in 1929 can be considered. (K Street Triangle via Frozen Tropics)

New faces around Gray: Mayor Gray announced his new chief of staff and deputy chief of staff yesterday, Chris Murphy and Andi Pringle. (DCist) They could help Gray regain his footing, but Pringle does come with possible campaign baggage. (Post)

Georgetown ANC drama continues: Georgetown students showed up at the recent ANC2E meeting to protest the ANC redistricting plan. Students have a right to equal representation but student voter turnout is exceptionally low. (Patch, City Paper)

Greater Washington is majority minority: Census data show that minorities are the majority population in the Washington region. The distribution is not equal but is changing the economic and political future of the region as a whole. (Post)

And...: Marion Barry called Ward 8 a ghetto after making a illegal u-turn in a damaged car. (DCist) ... The USDOT withdrew a requirement for local governments to replace street signs. (Post) ... Another historic DC school is for sale. (City Paper) ... See a possible redesign of the Wonder Bread factory in Shaw. (DC Mud)

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Jamie Scott is a resident of Ward 3 in DC and a regular Metrobus commuter. He believes in good government, livable communities and quality public transit. Jamie holds a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at Georgetown. 


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Good lord, one needn't write a sitcom about the DC government: it perpetually writes itself.

by Dave J on Aug 31, 2011 8:49 am • linkreport

Through the cycle track, no less!

by Matt on Aug 31, 2011 9:48 am • linkreport

I think bringing CaBi to Bethesda would be nice for getting around downtown Bethesda, and maybe even going to Friendship Heights. But it's not going to make any kind of connection between the Rockville stations and Bethesda, let alone DC. No one is gonna ride a CaBi bike from Rockville town center to Bethesda and beyond, much too far on a very non-bike friendly route.

by IsoTopor on Aug 31, 2011 9:53 am • linkreport

The only part of the route that is not really bike friendly is Rockville-White Flint. From there you can get on the Trolley Trail and shoot down to the Woodmont Triangle fairly easily. I know of someone who lives near White Flint who commutes via bike to downtown via Trolley to Bethesda to Capital Crescent.

by Dave J on Aug 31, 2011 10:10 am • linkreport

"Census data show that minorities are the majority population in the Washington region."

I'm sure you liberals are cheering at the diversity and change in the area. Meanwhile, our ruling class (politicians) are plotting divide and conquer class warfare type situations based on this data.

by American on Aug 31, 2011 10:38 am • linkreport


I don't much changing based on this data. This has been the trajectory for years. And politicians on the right, as well as the left, play class warfare to varying extents, which one side being far worse than the other, IMO.

by Vik on Aug 31, 2011 11:08 am • linkreport


Sure, I remember my civics teacher in Middle School saying the same thing decades ago.

The reality is that its here now, and has only accelerated during the past decade.

I think the real issue that many have is the lack of assimilation to the culture of the country they are emigrating.

by American on Aug 31, 2011 11:14 am • linkreport

No. The problem is not that they don't assimilate with the country from which they are emigrating. I'm sure most of them have no problem fitting in in their home countries.
Side note: "to emigrate", spelled with an e means to migrate out of a country.
Personally, I don't think that an inability (or lack of desire to) assimilate is a problem, either. Every category of immigrant (note the "i") to this country has retained elements of their "home" culture. And that is one thing that has made this country a beautiful tapestry.

Over time, these traditions fade. The children born to these immigrants (again, note the "i") will be more "American" than their parents. As will their children. But they will also retain important elements of their culture.

The problem is not the immigrants. It's the "natives" who fail to recognize the richness that having a strong immigrant base provides to the culture. Different is not bad. It's just different. Think about that the next time you go to a Chinese restaurant. Or a biergarten.

Grammar Lesson: Since this is apparently necessary:
  • Emigrate means to leave a place. Remember "E" for exit.
  • Immigrate means to come to a place. Remember "I" for in.
  • Migrate means to move within a place.
So, let's have some examples.
  • During the Potato Famine, many Irish people emigrated to other countries.
  • Better prospects for work have caused many people to immigrate to the United States.
  • The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of farmers who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl.

by Matt Johnson on Aug 31, 2011 11:34 am • linkreport

@Matt, since you already stated, "Side note: "to emigrate", spelled with an e means to migrate out of a country.

Was the subsequent clarification really necessary? It just doesn't read very well and comes across as a bit haughty.
We got the message the first time.

by HogWash on Aug 31, 2011 11:46 am • linkreport

I'm fairly certain that 95% of a menu at a Chinese restaurant wouldn't be on the menu in China. And when the last time a "biergarten" in this area was opened by German immigrant?

by charlie on Aug 31, 2011 11:57 am • linkreport


One of the biggest factors with this demographic shift is that white people, outside of places like Utah, are not producing enough kids to sustain their share of the population. The lack of assimilation is overblown. If people are so bothered by this country being less white, there are plenty of Eastern and Southern Europeans who would be willing to come to this country.

I agree that everyone should speak English, but if you chat with some of these people who are so bothered by this issue, it's pretty clear that assimilation is not the only big issue they have.

by Vik on Aug 31, 2011 12:22 pm • linkreport

Interesting link on immigration.

by charlie on Aug 31, 2011 12:35 pm • linkreport

I agree that everyone should speak English, but if you chat with some of these people who are so bothered by this issue, it's pretty clear that assimilation is not the only big issue they have.

And that they are often not very proficient in the language themselves. If there were a language test prior to voting, a fair number of the anti-immigration crowd would be disenfranchised.

by Dave J on Aug 31, 2011 12:37 pm • linkreport

Students have a right to equal representation but student voter turnout is exceptionally low.

From old GGW news:
31 of DC's 299 ANC races had no listed contenders.

Also, DCs last council member got voted in by 13583 votes. That's 13583/600000 ~ 2% of DCs population.

Seems to me that GU students are just as not interested in politics as other Washingtonians.

by Jasper on Aug 31, 2011 12:39 pm • linkreport


Why do you get so defensive in these comments? Your grammar lesson above was overkill, and made you come across as pretentious. Instead of engaging in a conversation with your readers, you are too eager to aggressively support your argument, which, in my mind, continues to decrease your credibility.

by Jess on Aug 31, 2011 1:31 pm • linkreport

I have deleted a comment from Jasper that crossed the line. Please address the issues not the commenter.

by Matt Johnson on Aug 31, 2011 1:59 pm • linkreport

I can assure you, Charlie, that much of what is on a "Chinese" menu here would be utterly foreign to China. (My relatives have run Chinese restaurants in this area for over 50 years now.)

Studies of many factors related to assimilation -- language spoken at home, out-marriage, names given to babies -- show that the children and grandkids of recent immigrants are assimilating at similar rates to yesteryear's European immigrants. Remember, few of them were considered "white" when they first arrived. Four generations ago, political leaders in many cities campaigned against the tide of German immigration. Times change.

Speaking of white-ness, Vik, I doubt that much more emigration from Europe is in the cards. Birth rates in eastern and southern Europe are far lower than in the USA. In fact, birth rates in Mexico are lower than in the USA.

by Payton on Sep 1, 2011 11:41 pm • linkreport

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