D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray used his bi-weekly news briefing Wednesday to unveil a website that allows city residents to evaluate the local government’s services and agencies.
The mayor took some time to explain the partnership and how the website will work. He acknowledged that “grades” for the city’s agencies likely will be “all over the park.”
But he also provided some tips on how to use it, based on a recent conversation with Lucinda Babers, director of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
“It’s not very insightful, or very helpful, to send in a comment that says, ‘DMV sucks,’ ” Mr. Gray said.
Ms. Babers expounded on the conundrum presented by such a base form of criticism: “What is the response to that? You kind of need to know more specifics.”
Raiders of the lost funds
In one of this year’s more improbable developments, a politician has been rebranded as an action hero.
No, we aren’t talking about the upcoming release of the film “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
Honest Abe has nothing on Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot, whose alter ego “Indiana” Franchot has helped return unclaimed property to more than 5,000 people this year, according to a statement his office released last week.
The comptroller’s office serves as guardian of forgotten bank accounts, safe-deposit boxes, wages and other personal property left unclaimed for more than three years.
Each year, the office runs an insert in dozens of newspapers advertising the property in hopes of finding its rightful owner.
This year’s insert ran in April and listed nearly $51 million in property. More than 12,000 people contacted the comptroller’s office and 5,695 of them ended up finding their holy grail.
The “Indiana” moniker may have been created by George Lucas but Mr. Franchot’s office has run with it, advertising how he has helped residents on their “adventure” to find “unclaimed treasures.”
Mr. Franchot’s campaign website even features a photo of himself wearing Indy’s familiar leather jacket and brown fedora while, of course, holding a bullwhip.View Entire Story
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Megan Poinski is the former deputy metro editor at The Washington Times. She has worked as a reporter, editor and web designer for more than a decade, covering mostly local, state and federal government in Ohio, Maryland and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Throughout her career, she has received reporting awards from the Scripps Howard Foundation, Capitolbeat, and Associated Press Managing ...
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