Morning links: Rebutting stereotypes and arguments
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"Cheap shot" on BRAC:
Richard Layman says an Examiner editorial criticizing local governments
for not just building roads around BRAC installations is a "cheap shot,"
since local governments don't have that money, Congress could have stepped up, and since when is the Examiner a fan of unfunded mandates? (RPUS)
Floreen vs. the bag fee:
Montgomery Councilmember Nancy Floreen comes out against a 5¢ bag fee
, saying it's a "nickel and diming" waste of time if it won't clean up the Chesapeake all on its own; Keith Berner says it'll make a positive impact
and the Council spends plenty of time on more frivolous topics. (Post)
Talking buses hot topic in Portland:
Portland spent $46,000 on audible turn warning systems
for their buses. A female engineer duplicated the talking bus technology for $10 on YouTube, which prompted the CTO of the company that sold it to make a sexist remark in the comments. (The Oregonian, Ken Archer)
Metro morsels: No Board members
and only 2 members of the public attended a hearing on WMATA's capital budget ... After eliminating closely-placed bus stops along 4 lines in the fall, Metro has backtracked on some of the changes
in wards 4 and 5 following some resident pushback. (Examiner)
How to win a contest:
Robert Solorzano, winner of the Capital Bikeshare "Winter Weather Warrior" contest, rode to every one of the 104 stations
in one bad weather day, including east of the river and Crystal City. (TBD)
TJ parents argue over ESL:
Fairfax County's most elite public high school, Thomas Jefferson, will offer English as a Second Language instruction
, raising some questions about whether the school emphasizes math and science too much in admissions and angering others who resent the numbers of immigrants at the school. (Post)
Tell residents, not commuters, about program:
To advertise a HUD-financed program to encourage home ownership
among long-time residents of Ivy City and Trinidad to encourage home ownership, a sign was placed along a commuter highway that the residents don't use. (District Curmudgeon)
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