On The Look Out

Post: Brodsky charged with impersonating police officer

May 31, 2011

Former alcohol chairman Charles Brodsky was arrested Saturday night and charged with impersonating a police officer, according to a D.C. police report, writes the The Washington Post.

The arrest came one day after Charles Brodsky resigned from his appointed position with the board.

"Brodsky was parked in a no-parking zone in Adams Morgan on Saturday night, according to the police report. When an officer approached to issue a ticket around 9:15 p.m., Brodsky was seen entering the vehicle to remove a red dash light and a Metropolitan Police Department placard that read 'POLICE OFFICIAL BUSINESS,'” the Post reported.

Brodsky told the officer that he had recently been the chairman of the alcohol control board and was given the light by the District government to use on official business, according to the Post. He then changed his story and said “a police friend gave it to him,” the police report stated.

Brodsky also allegedly said that he was a police officer in Alexandria, according to the Post, but later recanted that and said he is not a sworn officer and does not have powers of arrest.

Via The Washington Post

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The Fog of Debt? Georgetown's Bob Woodward presses Geithner for answers

May 26, 2011

Georgetowner and legendary Watergate reporter Bob Woodward turned the screws on Timothy Geithner when the baby-faced Trez-Sec told a financial, political and media audience at the Newseum Wednesday said he is confident that the debt ceiling will be raised and that no contingency plan is needed. The GOP opposition, he said, is just “political theater.” 

But is Geithner just as confident that Woodward isn't writing a new book? Woodward's Obama's Wars published last year painted a portrait of a president sharply at odds with the military and deeply ambivalent about the war in Afghanistan.

Would Geithner like to play the starring role in an upcoming tome on the financial crisis?

Errol Morris produced The Fog of War about Robert S. McNamara. So what: McNamara went to Harvard: Geithner to Dartmouth. McNamara, once head of Ford Motor Co., headed the World Bank. Geithner, whose mother worked at Ford, worked at the IMF.

Geithner was speaking at a Playbook Breakfast hosted by POLITICO on Wednesday. 

“I think we have a very good chance of [raising the debt limit], and on the basis of what I’ve seen in these negotiations, I think you’re seeing a fair amount of pragmatism, openness, recognition that that’s the right thing to do,” Geithner said.

But Woodward, taking copious notes unlike other guests, asked the Trez-Sec whether he had a Plan B.

Geithner said no such plans were needed. “The United States will never default,” he pronounced.
"It’s not a credible negotiating strategy, and it is not going to happen," Geithner said, according to Politico.

Politico star Mike Allen hosted the event, while the indefatigable Woodward pressed for more.  Geithner repeated his answer with a tight smile, while lauding the success of the highly controversial Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

On other topics, Geithner, a former IMF official, said he isn’t in a position to comment on the arrest of Georgetown resident and former head Dominique Strauss-Kahn on assault charges.

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On the Waterfront: Flooding causes evacuation of Washington Harbour businesses

April 19, 2011

Donna Krapf was hoping to walk her dog along the boardwalk about 8:30 Monday morning when she discovered she couldn't go down the steps from Starbucks/Bangkok Joe street level to the fountain below.  As she told The Georgetown Dish, "The water was pouring over sandbags that had been placed where the flood gates would have been if they had been in operation. Half a block away no one knew that anything was happening."
Cabanas Restaurant (Photo by: Donna Krapf) Cabanas Restaurant
Tony & Joe's Restaurant (Photo by: Katherine Gregory) Tony & Joe's Restaurant

ALERT DC warned at 6:00 am Monday morning of a coastal flood in the "upper tidal Potomac River along Washington DC through this evening especially around high tide times. Expected impacts...moderate coastal flooding...particularly in Georgetown.“  It was hard to believe given the forecast of “sunny and warm.”  But, by noon the water was lapping K Street and businesses in Washington Harbor were evacuating. 

As of Monday afternoon, MPD and EMS were posting “No parking on the south side of K ST NW, from 29th to Wisconsin Ave NW. No parking from 8PM until 9AM Tuesday morning” signs.

Apparently, the management company in charge of Washington Harbor failed to raise the flood wall needed to protect the businesses and parking garage close to the river.  A D.C. official termed the situation preventable.


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