SYMHM: The “Ug” Edition

by December 27, 2010 at 4:30 am 1,474 1 Comment

Logan Circle 14th Street NW Luis Gomez Photos

Snow flurries in Logan Circle: Sunday afternoon on 14th Street NW looking toward P Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)


It’s the Monday after Christmas. Only two days after Christmas. However, one of the things I love about living in DC is that people seem to have more vacation time here than in other parts of the country. I guess it’s the government jobs and the trade associations and their tendency to be more generous with annual leave time. So, let’s ease into the week, shall we? After all, another holiday is coming up this Saturday. Note: SYMHM is simply a better headline than Stuff You Might Have Missed for space reasons.

Assistant Chief Groomes Back at MPD

Assistant Chief Diane Groomes was reinstated to her job last week as head of patrol services and school security. She had been put on administrative leave in November after she had been “accused of compromising a test given to command staff members as part of an in-service training,” as noted by WAMU-88.5 FM.

According to WAMU, “A police spokeswoman says an investigation found that no one obtained or shared the answer key for the test. But it also found that the department did not have adequate rules in place governing a new online testing program.”

Groomes is well known in the Borderstan area. She once commanded what is now Police Service Area (PSA) 208 when it was 306. Yes, we’ll editorialize: Welcome back, Chief Groomes.

DC is Unfriendly to Business: DePillis Says It’s Bunk

The Washington City Paper’s Lydia DePillis, who writes the Housing Complex Blog last week had a post, Debunking the “D.C.’s Dead Last in Business Friendliness” Meme. DePIllis methodically examines the narrative that DC is a really horrible place to do business — even for small entrepreneurs. One important way she does this is by giving a closer look at the organizations and rating systems that routinely call DC anti-business: “Another of these studies was just released by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, a research and advocacy group that spends much of its time trashing regulation of things like fracking and greenhouse gases.”

Furthermore: “More holistically, let’s look at the kinds of places this study prizes: South Dakota, Nevada, Texas, and Wyoming fill out the top four. If D.C. wanted to be more like those places, I suppose we could slash taxes and regulations. But would that really make the District a more attractive location to start a business?”

Capital Bikeshare to Expand in DC and Arlington

Dcist reported last week that the District Department of Transportation has locked down the necessary funding to expand its successful Capital Bikeshare program with 20 new stations inside the District. Dcist says that there will be an additional 16 stations in Arlington and that the 36 new stations will expand the system’s capacity by one-third.


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