Geek Girl in Washington: Trying to ‘Build a Better DC’

People at the Washington Examiner questioned what it meant to file a lawsuit against City Hall in “Build a better DC,” a weekly feature in which one anonymous (and us) D.C. observer looks closely at city government and reveals its secrets.

That’s one reason why you shouldn’t do it—someone might spot you at City Hall and sell your story to the press. The Washington Post caught a 15-year-old boy sneaking onto the front steps of the speaker’s office Monday night. While it was a no-no, many in the city are concerned by the increase in young people sneaking onto D.C.’s office buildings.

Lots of good government and good events went on in the district this week. The D.C. Department of Transportation re-opened a bike lane on 10th Street Southwest, just north of the Massachusetts Avenue bridge. Drivers should expect street closures for about two months.

A 7-inch crack in the rickety brickwork at the Blythwood Elementary School on K Street Northeast, Washington had helped a working group come up with a plan to address the crumbling brickwork. A public meeting is scheduled for next week.

First we got back to our First Thursday strolls and Arlington Public Schools’ 28th annual PTA Conference got underway Tuesday. That afternoon, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Murphy sent a letter to parents about the massive pothole on 21st Street between Tysons Corner Center and Marshall Thomas Drive.

As for sex, boy. Well, obviously he wasn’t up for it. Then the D.C. Council passed a bill requiring that employers have a written policy on when they give employees on-the-job performance reviews. Councilmember David Grosso drafted the measure after a sexual harassment case against a D.C. government chief information officer.

He didn’t just get Mayor Muriel Bowser to sign the bill, he included a provision prohibiting City Hall from getting in the way of officers getting licensed to drive a police motorcycle.

And more government = less chaos: One of those super-slim Citizen IQ scores assigned to D.C. residents—by Harry Enten—has finally dropped below 100.

And a little bit of good news for Barry Goldwater Institute President Mike Petrilli. Pinnacol Assurance, which insures the state’s workers’ compensation fund, said it will stop paying his legal fees in a lawsuit involving a lawsuit against the fund, which is named for its former employer: the state’s Republican governor, and Trump supporter, Craig L. Harris.

It was fun while it lasted.

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