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
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