REGION | A few days ago, we reported that some local leaders were threatening to suspend their participation in the Council of Governments over the organization’s endorsement of a gun control paper from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. COG’s board has since retracted the endorsement, and a conversation has ensued about what issues are appropriate for the forum of local officials to tackle.
There are some poignant quotes in the article above about both the urgency and nature of the issue, particularly from Prince George’s County Council member Karen Toles and Greenbelt Mayor Judith Davis. But the Post’s Robert McCartney looks at the controversy from a different perspective – what this squabble shows us about regional collaboration. In particular, he suggests that this was a straw man from the start (WaPo, 4/11):
Just when the Washington area would be smart to set aside its internal differences and cooperate, local leaders have been going out of their way to undermine what little solidarity exists.
The most egregious example of regional self-sabotage began last month when a group of elected officials misused the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to try to score a purely symbolic point favoring gun control.
McCartney is on point about the importance of solidarity.
Related: Here’s the controversial position paper from the police chiefs. It calls for crazy things like a public ban on armor piercing ammunition – you know, bullets that were designed for war?
NONPROFITS | President Obama’s renewed push to limit the charitable deduction has been a highlight of his FY14 budget in our community, but the Chronicle points out that his budget also calls for increased funding for nonprofits in education and health care. (Chronicle, 4/11)
EDUCATION | Fairfax County has named Karen Garza as the new school superintendent. She’ll replace Jack Dale in the summer. (WaPo, 4/11)
HOUSING | Will Alexandria Lose Affordable Housing At Hunting Towers? (WAMU, 4/11) “Hundreds of residents of a low-income apartment complex in Alexandria, Va., are worried about the future.”
GIVING | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation gave Fight for Children $100,000 to support Joe’s Champs, a new early childhood program in the District. (FFC, 4/11)
HEALTH | WRAG’s Health Working Group has been focused on supporting local implementation of the health care reform. The National Health Law Program is hosting a webinar on the subject – Health Reform: An Overview. [Details and registration.]
Related: D.C. Council will get insurance exchange legislation next (WBJ, 4/11)
You might remember Quidditch as the broomstick-centric sport from Harry Potter. Using only good timing and a camera, internet users have created some pretty hilarious pictures of people playing the game.
Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow, so I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.