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Snow plows clear the way for Fenty

What's the fastest way to get your street plowed after a massive storm?

Call a press conference with the mayor on your block.

At least that's what one Southeast resident, Rhonda Young, assumed when she saw a plow clearing 18th Street to the pavement just minutes before Mayor Adrian Fenty was scheduled to arrive for a photo opportunity with her neighbor.

"This is the clearest I've ever seen this street," said Young, an administrative assistant at D.C. Superior Court, who has lived on the street for nine years. "This is politics to the fullest."

Fenty, who is up for reelection, arrived at about 4:30 p.m. to help shovel the walkway of 76-year-old Vivian Freeman to highlight Serve D.C., a volunteer program that has been assisting seniors in the wake of the storm.

But the timing of the plowing appeared to be a coincidence. Daniel "Big Apple" Ellis, the plow operator on the street, said he had been out in the neighborhood since 7 a.m. The only reason he was still there by late afternoon, he said, was because "people are not letting us do our job. They're getting in the way."

Ellis said residents were dumping snow back into cleared streets as they tried to shovel out their cars and others were following his plow insisting that he also hit their streets.

"I didn't want to say, 'no,'" Ellis said, adding that he knew nothing of the mayor's plans.

Young still wasn't convinced. "These seniors need help all the time. Not just during campaign time," she said.

Before the mayor left, though, Young summoned her teenage son from inside to pose for a picture with the mayor.

By Ann Marimow  |  February 11, 2010; 6:32 PM ET
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , Mayor Fenty  
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"Snow plows clears the way for Fenty" It seems The Washington Post editors and reporters are seeking to gloss over D.C. Mayor's Adrian Fenty failed coordination and planning during the District's snow emergency. Mayor Fenty is nothing more than a media showman lacking intellectual depth. The real kudos should go to the District workers who in the face of Mayor Fenty's bumbling worked hard to clear District streets. Despite the best efforts of The Washington Post to recreate history, District voters still do approve of Mayor Fenty.

Robert Vinson Brannum
rbrannum@robertbrannum.com

Posted by: robert158 | February 11, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"Snow plows clears the way for Fenty" It seems The Washington Post editors and reporters are seeking to gloss over D.C. Mayor's Adrian Fenty failed coordination and planning during the District's snow emergency. Mayor Fenty is nothing more than a media showman lacking intellectual depth. The real kudos should go to the District workers who in the face of Mayor Fenty's bumbling worked hard to clear District streets. Despite the best efforts of The Washington Post to recreate history, District voters still do not approve of Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Robert Vinson Brannum
rbrannum@robertbrannum.com

Posted by: robert158 | February 11, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

"Snow plows clears the way for Fenty" It seems The Washington Post editors and reporters are seeking to gloss over D.C. Mayor's Adrian Fenty failed coordination and planning during the District's snow emergency. Mayor Fenty is nothing more than a media showman lacking intellectual depth. The real kudos should go to the District workers who in the face of Mayor Fenty's bumbling worked hard to clear District streets. Despite the best efforts of The Washington Post to recreate history, District voters still DO NOT approve of Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Robert Vinson Brannum
rbrannum@robertbrannum.com

Posted by: robert158 | February 11, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

This blog entry could have been tighter. There is another article showing that a path was cleaned for Fenty at the rec. center before he held a press conference and Fenty's street and his parent's street have been cleaned to the pavement during both storms.

Posted by: loved1 | February 12, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

"then she summoned her teenage son from inside to pose for a picture with the mayor." Ummm couldn't her teenage son help shovel? Don't wait for others to do what you can do yourself. I bet there are a slew of teenagers where she lives and they surely could have used their time wisely and shoveled.

Posted by: jkinderteacher | February 12, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

My street is cleared to pavement and I have nothing to do with Fenty or his parents. Many many DC streets were cleared to pavement. Why invent a conspiracy when the truth- we got a lot of snow- is just reality?

Posted by: bbcrock | February 12, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

if you were a plow operator, wouldnt you clear the mayors path, even if he didnt ask you to? Thats just common sense, keep the boss happy.

Posted by: mikey999 | February 12, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

"then she summoned her teenage son from inside to pose for a picture with the mayor." Ummm couldn't her teenage son help shovel? Don't wait for others to do what you can do yourself. I bet there are a slew of teenagers where she lives and they surely could have used their time wisely and shoveled.

Posted by: jkinderteacher
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How do you know he had not been shoveling all day? Maybe he had been "doing for himself." You have no facts and make bold assumptions.

Posted by: pjjacobs | February 12, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Interesting. everty street I sqw was not plowed in NW DC or NE DC. But then I live in Silver Spring MD for a reason. DC Corruption

Posted by: patmatthews | February 12, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

The city's response to these storms has been abysmal. Yes, the road crews deserve kudos for their hard work, but clearly leadership is lacking. Why else would (as reported) about 20% of the snow removal equipment be out of service and major streets in the city unplowed. Add to that that most of the side streets in my NW DC neighborhood are still unplowed with 12-24" of packed snow. I dug out my car, but will not be able to go to work because the snow in the street is too deep.

Conclusion: Mayor Adrian Fenty = Major Failure in his leadership in this and many other responsibilities. I assume he is getting a police escort while bicycling though his plowed neighborhood, probably with a salter/sander to make certain he maintains traction.

Posted by: Libertarian3 | February 12, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

He's an EDUCATED plow driver who kept the boss happy.

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | February 12, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I live on a very narrow street in SE. I cannot expect a large plow to make it down my street without hitting several parked cars, breaking mirrors, etc. A pickup truck with a plow struggled through about mid-day on Monday the 8th but it could only move about half the snow. Then on Thursday night, to my surprise, two small Bobcat-type front-end-loaders made their way up my street and the next two blocks. They cleared the snow down to the pavement. So, kudos to Fenty, DDOT, and the workers on the street! This will really help us regain some normalcy.

Posted by: presbug | February 12, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? Is this really news?

Posted by: sonofkenny1 | February 12, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Why SHOULDN'T the snowplows clear the road for the mayor? What the heck is wrong with you people? He's the mayor of the city, for heaven's sake. What would you have them do, go clear everybody else's streets first? Running for mayor isn't the same as being Mother Theresa. They don't take the job because they like to help others and get no benefits or credit. What's next? Objecting to Air Force One? Yea, make the President fly coach. That'll teach 'em!

Posted by: gasmonkey | February 12, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Security reasons could be heart & Similing faces. In SW on Federal Property, Theres' Been NO Plowing, In Fact, Huge HOLES Where One Motorist Shoveled Way Out, leaving vechiles hoping & bouncing, No Limits Nor igns, Make EveryOne For OWN, Even district Streets Are just ONE Way Traps & getting stuck, For Hon. Mayor or Anyone, Just Getting Thru With Task IS BIG Deal ToDay.

Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART von DRASHEK M.D. (notBrannigan)

Posted by: thomasxstewart1 | February 12, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marimow concludes: "But the timing of the plowing appeared to be a coincidence. Daniel "Big Apple" Ellis, the plow operator on the street, said he had been out in the neighborhood since 7 a.m. "

I have worked for Metro for over 30 years. Much like at Metro, I can assure you that while Mayor Fenty may NOT have requested the area be plowed---may not have had ANYHING to do with it---he had a schedule and that schedule said where he was going to be and at what time. You don't think that the head of DPW didn't direct to have extra cleaning and plowing in that neighborhood because the Mayor would be there?

No one had to say at word to the plow driver about Fenty being there, and so he could have plausible deniability and he probably didn't know. But a plow driver being in that area from 7am, for almost 9 hours, there is NO way, the people who run DPW didn't have a crew there KNOWING the Mayor would be in that neighborhood. It would have been a disaster to have the Mayor show up at a home with 18th Street being a snowy mess as a back ground for the media to cover.

Posted by: dccavalier | February 12, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

no HOME RULE comments? da city is a disaster. return his honor for life marion and business will pick up.

Posted by: pofinpa | February 12, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Chris Wallace, of FoxNews Sunday, told WTOP listeners that Fenty's snow plan seems to be spring.
His neighborhood had not been plowed.
And fair or not, he'll mention it on TV.

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | February 13, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

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