DC Public Libraries getting shafted. As part of Mayor Adrian Fenty's efforts to close a Nationals Stadium-sized budget gap, the library budget has been cut by 11%. This means no more Sunday or holiday hours, and the bookmobile will be put in storage. DC Public Library hopes to keep their main branch, the Martin Luther King Library near Metro Center open on Sundays with the help of volunteers. It could be worse, the Philadelphia Free Library system nearly closed entirely due to budget problems.
Council Chair Vincent Gray slams Fenty. It's showdown time over teachers in the DC Public Schools. Yesterday Fenty and schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced $40 million in cuts from the DCPS budget. Fenty says the cuts need to happen because of the budget cuts made by the DC Council. Gray disagrees, saying Fenty and Rhee are using this as an excuse to fire union teachers. This is all a bit complicated, but it looks like Gray is on to something here. Mike DeBonis takes a deeper look for the City Paper.
Council of Carpenters again likely using the homeless to protest. There's a picket line outside of the Washington Hilton today, protesting the lack of union carpenters on the worksite. They carry signs proclaiming the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters is outraged, and that hiring non-union labor hurts carpenter's wages. Perhaps a fair statement to make. However, it's well documented that the union hires homeless people to picket. The "hired feet" make about $8/hour "protesting" the impact on union wages. Yes, this obviously makes us sympathetic to unions. Perhaps the non-union protesters can protest the union not hiring union protesters.
Finally, if you missed it, Why I Hate DC was featured on the Washingtonian's Capital Comment blog earlier this week. If interested feel free to read a brief profile and interview, and compare them to Rusty's.