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Latest Mayor-Council Dustup Over ... Parking Spots?!

Look what Mayor Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent Gray are fighting over now: Parking spaces.

No one wanted to speak publicly about the matter, but here is what D.C. Wire is told:
Turns out that Gray recently arrived at the building to find both council spaces filled, one by the official Tahoe used by his office and the other by a city car that is used by City Administrator Dan Tangherlini. One of the mayor's three spaces (one is where Tangherlini generally parks) was open, so Gray parked there.

That didn't sit well with the mayor's office, we're told. There was the threat of towing. Into the mix stepped John Falcicchio, adviser to Fenty (D) and all-around get-it-done guy. Before long, a tow truck showed up behind the Wilson Building.

But Ronald Collins, deputy secretary to the council, traded words with the mayor's team, explaining that the council controls the parking spaces. Towing the chairman's car, he suggested, might result in a loss of those spaces.

That resulted, we're told, in a retreat by the mayor's team and a compromise. The chairman got his spot back.

By Nikita Stewart

By David A Nakamura  |  August 6, 2008; 3:08 PM ET
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Good for Chairman Gray. And, yes, the Council does control the parking at the Wilson Building. I suppose now the Mayor will attempt to introduce emergency legislation to wrestle control of that from the Council. I don't see why the Mayor's arrogant staff find reading to be less than fundamental. These spaces are clearly marked for both the Executive and the Legislative.

Next time perhaps the Chairman should summons the tow truck himself to free up his assigned space.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 6, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Such fragile egos...when do these people focus on the business of serving the voters, most of whom can't get a parking space on their own residential streets?

Posted by: WeNeedANewMayorNow | August 6, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

How about the mayor and Mr.Gray sit down and ask themselves what should be done about the Director of DYRS who has continued to lie about the kid who escaped while at the Director's HOUSE

Posted by: concerned | August 7, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of piss ants these people are and I am suppose to be a whack job?

Posted by: Jonathan Rees | August 7, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why the Fenty folks got all excited. Their head of the Office of Planning is trying to do away with all parking spaces anyway.

Posted by: amused | August 7, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Let me see...the city is averaging a murder every 3 days, the city schools are in terrible shape physically and academically, the summer jobs program is mismanaged, you're not receiving rent payments for a stadium the city spent 600 million building so you would think the last thing the mayor and city council chairman would be fighting over is a parking spot. take both of their spots away and let them struggle try to find parking on the street and feed the meters like the rest of us.

Posted by: wash dc | August 8, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Um...just out of curiosity, if Gray's (office's) official car was in one spot, why did he need another one? Are all office staff allowed to park in the council spots (and haven't they heard of carpooling over there)?

Posted by: confused | August 8, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Good for You Chairman,

The Fenty bunch is so arrogant and condescending. They clearly use associated power. Sad state of affairs.

Posted by: DC Vendor | August 10, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Good for You Chairman,

The Fenty bunch is so arrogant and condescending. They clearly use associated power. Sad state of affairs.

Posted by: DC Vendor | August 10, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

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