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(Washington Post) — Former mayor Adrian M. Fenty has bounced back in popularity, according to a new poll by The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation. But Fenty had no comment on his significant comeback: 56 percent of registered voters now say they approve of the way he did his job as mayor. Just before he lost the Democratic primary to Vincent C. Gray last September, a Washington Post poll showed a 47 percent approval rating.
(Washington Examiner) — A revised settlement in a lawsuit between the District and Banneker Ventures preserves the city’s ability to sue against the contracting and construction business tied to two of former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s fraternity brothers. The modified settlement was filed earlier this month, and the D.C. Council voted Tuesday to stop trying to intervene in the suit. The District agreed to pay Banneker $550,000 in a July settlement that prevented D.C. from reclaiming millions of dollars in payments and from suing the company for fraud. The settlement put an end to Banneker’s claim that the city owed it $2.3 million for a parks and recreation construction contract. The revised settlement explicitly acknowledges that the District could file other claims against Banneker.
(Washington Post) — Former mayor Adrian M. Fenty did nothing wrong when his administration doled out city contracts for parks and recreational centers two years ago, according to the findings of an 18-month investigation made public Monday. But the probe found that two of the mayor’s close associates may have overcharged the city for work and had unexplained financial ties to each other and to subcontractors. The report, authorized by the D.C. Council and conducted by the law firm Trout Cacheris, recommends that U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. investigate the dealings of Omar Karim, whose Banneker Ventures won a bid to manage $87 million in contracts, and Sinclair Skinner, who co-owns an engineering firm, Liberty Engineering and Design, or LEAD, which received subcontracts handed out by Banneker.
“Multiple ties,” both personal and professional, existed between Karim and Skinner, but neither would answer detailed questions about the extent of their relationship, investigators said. LEAD, hired by Banneker to do surveying and engineering work, had to hire outside firms and employees to complete its work, the report found, marking up its cost significantly — as much as 400 percent for site surveys. When the council and its pro bono attorneys tried to unravel the controversy, Skinner and Karim were uncooperative. “The witnesses’ claimed failure of recollection was so extensive and so complete that it was unworthy of belief,” the report said. “Karim and Skinner essentially thwarted the investigation, and their performance left us with the clear impression that they believed they had something to hide.”
(Washington Post) — Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown had had six run-ins with law enforcement, including three charges in the District and an attempted-murder charge in Chicago, at the time he received a $110,000-a-year job in the administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, said city officials and sources close to Gray. The administration knew of the three D.C. charges — in addition to a protective order and one conviction in the District for unlawful entry — before offering Brown the job as an analyst at the Department of Health Care Finance.
Gray transition officials did not discover the 1988 attempted-murder charge in Chicago, for which Brown was acquitted, or a 2008 arrest on suspicion of assault in East Orange, N.J., for which he was not indicted, said a source close to Gray’s transition team who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Officials with the health-care agency told Brown on Jan. 26 — five days before he began work — that they wanted to perform a background check, according to e-mails obtained by The Washington Post.
Brown told the officials there was no need. He directed them to Gerri Mason Hall, the mayor’s chief of staff, who he said would vouch for him. “Please contact Gerri Mason Hall, as it relates to that,” Brown wrote in one of the e-mails. “Her office has already done a complete background check on me. I was placed with you by her office.” Hall declined to comment Monday. WUSA (Channel 9) reported Sunday that Gray’s transition team learned of the Chicago and New Jersey charges, which were mentioned in a “confidential” report dated March 9, two weeks after Brown was fired by the District.
(Washington Post) — Mayor Vincent C. Gray has hired more senior staffers than his predecessor and is paying his top managers tens of thousands more a year amid city employee furloughs and looming budget cuts. Only a handful of executive office employees are making less than their counterparts in the administration of former mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) – and others are being paid more than city salary caps allow.
Gray’s chief of staff, Gerri Mason Hall, received a 25 percent salary increase to $200,000 a year, putting her over a $193,125 cap for her job category; Linda Wharton-Boyd, his communications director, is getting $160,000 – $40,000 more than her predecessor. Budget director Eric Goulet, who has the added title of deputy chief of staff, has a salary of $152,240 – about $27,000 more than his predecessor. In addition, several other employees now earn five figures more than the people who held the positions before them.
(Washington Business Journal) — Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has found his third job since leaving office, this time hired as an outside adviser by Arlington-based foreign language software maker Rosetta Stone Inc. Fenty’s strong ties to the community and record of positive change, as well as his connections to education, government and corporate decision makers will be valuable assets, Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST) said in a statement. “During my tenure as mayor, I made providing children with a quality education a priority, and together with Rosetta Stone I hope to continue to impact student learning in a positive way around the U.S., as technology-enabled innovations are made available to schools that are looking to give their students improved language learning outcomes,” Fenty said.
(Afro) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty appears to be following in the footsteps of the chancellor that played a prominent role in the loss of his job in last year’s primary election. Fenty has signed on with a talent agency as an education advocate, meaning he will be promoting and advising school districts across the nation on implementing many of the tough reformation mandates Michelle Rhee set in motion for the District’s troubled public schools system.
(Washington Examiner) — Former Mayor Adrian Fenty has been vindicated by a ruling from the District’s highest court in favor of the city’s right to shut down a downtown homeless shelter, but it was decisions like the closing of the Franklin School Men’s Shelter that helped scuttle Fenty’s re-election bid. Fenty closed the shelter in September 2008 as part of a wider plan to place the homeless in apartments. Before the doors could close, however, Fenty found himself in a heated battle with the council and, soon after, a group of plaintiffs.
(Washington Post) — D.C. Council members debated a possible income tax increase Tuesday as a stream of advocates for low-income residents, small-business owners, labor leaders and others lamented the proposed cuts in Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s gap-closing budget plan. At the all-day hearing, some council members and advocates called Fenty’s spending plan shortsighted and unfair, setting a stage for likely measures that would squeeze more dollars out of the city’s wealthier households to help close an estimated $188 million budget deficit.
(Afro) — The dismantling of Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration, prompted by his 53-46 percent loss to City Council Chairman Vincent Gray in September’s Democratic mayoral primary, is continuing apace. Gray named the team that would facilitate his transition to the city’s helm late last week. And in recent days, hundreds of Fenty hires were given their walking papers in the form of letters from the Department of Human Resources, telling them how to resign from their jobs. Now many are wondering about the future of the political wunderkind, who in 2006 became the youngest mayor in the city’s 40 years of home rule. While no answers are immediately forthcoming, according to a close supporter, Fenty will continue to do what’s in the best interest of the District’s children.