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Backlash builds over Fenty parking fee increase plan

The backlash is building against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's (D) proposal to use increased parking fees and traffic tickets to help close the city's budget shortfall, including raising the cost to park at some meters to $3 an hour.

At a news conference this morning, the leaders of AAA Mid-Atlantic decried Fenty's proposal, accusing him of viewing motorists who travel through the District as an "ATM cash machine."

According to an analysis by AAA, Fenty's proposed fiscal year 2011 budget would increase the number of photo radar tickets by nearly nearly one-fourth to generate an extra $16 million. The budget would also increase the fines on 71 moving violations to raise an estimated $28 million. But the loudest outcry stems from Fenty's proposal to increase "premium" on-street metered parking spots to $3 an hour, which would require motorists to put a quarter in the meter every 5 minutes.

The new $3 an hour parking rates would apply to about 140 areas, according to budget documents. The proposed increase follows last year's decision to raise parking meter rates from $1 to $2 an hour in well-trafficked corridors. The city also extended meters well into the evening and on Saturdays in many areas.

"District residents are absolutely upset," said Kelvin J. Robinson, an ANC commissioner in Ward 6 who attended AAA's press conference.

Douglas Sloan, another ANC commissioner, has begun circulating a resolution among the ANC's calling for asking the council to block Fenty's proposal.

"The extension of [meter] hours to 10 p.m. on weeknights and on Saturday's we feel is an unfair burden," Sloan said. "I will take a 2-cent tax on anything before I will take a $50 or $60 ticket for parking in a residential area at night."

Several council members said today they, too, are worried about Fenty's proposal. Specifically, many restaurant owners are complaining that their customers are being forced to continually run out onto the streets at night to feed their meter.

There are signs that Fenty is also having second thoughts about his proposal. While testifying before the council in support of his budget on Monday, Fenty said acknowledged the "outcry" over his proposal.

"Probably, to be honest with you, we're going to have to look at going back or reducing," Fenty said.

If Fenty and council members do not scrap the proposed fee increases, AAA officials hinted they would make it an issue in this year's campaigns for mayor and D.C. Council..

"There is nothing like a good ol' fashioned election in November to change minds," said Mahlon G. Lon Anderson, director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  April 14, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
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I don't have a problem with the increased meter rates, as long as the machines have bill acceptors or credit card readers. However, the extension of enforcement to 10 PM and all day on Saturday is absurd. I was in NW the other day, and wanted to park near a friend's apartment to spend the evening. However, all of the permit spots were filled up and the dozens of open spots were all 1-hour meters in front of closed businesses. Why do you need to have a 1-hour limit on a meter in effect at 8 PM in front of a bank that closed at 5 PM? The whole concept of allowing for spots to "turn-over" is mute in more than half the city's meters that are in front of or near businesses that close between 5 and 8 PM.

Posted by: Russtinator | April 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Fenty HAS TO GO

Posted by: shadon1 | April 14, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if the Mayor wants to discourage this Alexandrian from spending money in the District, I can take a hint. (Or I could use the safe, reliable, convenient metr--oh. Nevermind.)

Posted by: redlineblue | April 14, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

It's still cheaper than Crystal City garage parking. $8 for the first hour. $18 for two hours.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 14, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Russtinator - moot. I believe you mean moot. Unless you mean someone who cannot talk (mute)...

Meter enforcement should never extend past residential parking enforcement. That just drives people into the spots that we residents count on to park overnight.

Posted by: dude7 | April 14, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Revolution! Torches and pitchforks! Get the teabaggers! Yeagh!

Posted by: bs2004 | April 14, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

dont be fooled Fenty will take $3 an hour meter rates out of the budget until the election is over and if Fenty wins reelection I am sure that the $3 an hour meter rates will be back in the budget FENTY HAS TO GO LETS VOTE HIM OUT FENTY HAS TO GO LETS VOTE HIM OUT FENTY HAS TO GO LETS VOTE HIM OUT FENTY HAS TO GO LETS VOTE HIM OUT

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | April 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Anything that passes a burden on VA and MD visitors is good in my book. Parking is at a premium and should be paid for. Perhaps not at night in some areas, but otherwise its a great idea.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | April 14, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The whole issue of street parking needs revisiting. Way too many "no parking driveway/garage" signs refer to driveways and garages that have long since disappeared. Also, something has to begin correcting this horrible behavior of running through red lights.

Posted by: aronmor | April 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Who carries around that much change? Homeless people? You need $4-6 in change in your car!

Posted by: lottaaction | April 14, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Can't Fenty think of any way to raise money besides parking & other motorist fees? He needs to learn to think outside the meter. He's certainly not very creative.

Posted by: AnonyMiss | April 14, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The blanket extension of meters to 10 p.m. is ludicrous in many parts of the city, as russinator says. I spent one evening last week in the area of E/F/18th/19th, near the World Bank. That area is a deserted wasteland on a weekday evening, but there was no place I could park to attend a lecture and dinner from ca. 6:30 to 10 p.m. -- all the meters (none of which were occupied) were one or two hour limits until 10 p.m.

Posted by: crystal4 | April 14, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I would kill for $3 an hour. In London in the centre, touristy area of the city, fees can be as much as £12 per hour...yes that's about $18 an hour...at meters.

Posted by: bsnalex | April 14, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The more I see this guy the more I like Vincent Gray. Fenty is a disappointment. He championed himself as a peoples mayor then turned into Gordon Gekko after he was elected. The city is full of congestion due to a construction project every other block that last for what seems like years in some cases, I have seen metro stations get built faster than his benning rd trolley project. He funnels taxpayers money to outsiders and people in his inner circle. If you aint a Kappa or Soro dont expect anything from this guy. We talk about Marion Barry being a corrupt guy. This guys is trying to drive the very people who supported him most out of the place they live and replace them with outsiders who have no loyalty to him whatsoever. Not to mention he circumvented the process for contract approvals and gave all the contracts to his friends.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 14, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Meter hikes do not only harm VA/MD commuters and tourists but DC Shop & rest. owners. These little shops are the losers. Example: With the last rate hike in January I began primarily shopping/eating in Arlington/Mclean. I used to go to dinner or get carryout in upper NW, but it's crazy to have to add change 8-10 PM hours in non-premium areas. Ultimately less tax in the coffers and shops will shutter. Sat. parking meters are also a burden.Finally, the comparison to other cities is not fair. January's meter hike was >50%.

Posted by: astro4 | April 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

$3 an hour? The price of parking in DC has caused many of us who live in the suburbs to avoid DC on the weekends. Also, who has enough quarters to keep up with $3.00 per hour on the city's 2 hour parking meters? DC is actually loosing millions of dollars because it is less expensive to spend an eveninig eating in a fine restaurant in Bethesda. DC has to lure suburnaites back downtown in the evenings and weekends if it really want to delete the budget shortfall.

Posted by: JoiaJeffersonNuri | April 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The council can't hide behind Fenty on this one....the increases are approved by the council as well. It's nice to finally hear someone in the government, the mayor no less, admit that speed and red light cameras are NOT installed for safety reasons but as a method to raise revenue.

Posted by: logan303 | April 14, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Backlash is something he better get used to. Between declining city services, higher fees and RHEE. Just get used to it because it's coming everyday.

Posted by: candycane1 | April 14, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

It's about time. It is a legitimate and admirable goal to reduce the amount of commuters and vehicles in the District. It's out of towners and commuters who find it easier to drive in and park than take bus or train in that will be howling about this but this is the closest thing DC can get to a commuter tax so suck on it out-of-towners. Threats that you will stop coming into DC are hollow. You can drive around and contribute to congestion and pollution in your suburbs all you like. As it is driving into the city and parking is FAR to easy. Great job on the part of District policy.

Posted by: mandrake | April 14, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the city start enforcing its existing parking regulations on Sundays. I don't mean that DC should start enacting meter fees; they should be issuing tickets to cars that are parked illegally. In Shaw and other parts of the city, I notice that people seem to use Sunday as an opportunity to park in front of fire hydrants, obstruct intersections/crosswalks, park on sidewalks, etc. If this is dangerous to pedestrians and other vehicles on weekdays, it is dangerous on Sunday too and should be enforced.

Posted by: shaw3 | April 14, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Eating and shopping in DC is becoming a sucker's game. DC obviously does want your business Look at how they nickel and dime those who want to spend money on leisure. I have saved a lot of money since DC instituted the bag tax. Now I bring my lunch & shop for groceries when I get home to MD. It's the principle of having to pay for that which should be free. Tax this, increase fees on that. It never ends.

Posted by: loved1 | April 14, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Vote with your feet (or car tires) and take your business someplace cheaper. It's just too bad the real losers are going to be the same small business owners that Fenty allegedly wants to help out.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | April 14, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

If you are going to extend the time then allow people to park their longer than two hours. But no that way you cant write as many tickets. The object here is to make parking so restrictive and expensive that they make money off of you two fold by making you pay the meter then issuing you a ticket if you are their too long even after you have fed the meter. You want people to patronize downtown DC then stop making the area soo expensive to patronize. By the way, why is it they are still enforcing 13th through 15th st between L and K as if it is still a red light district for prostitutes parking wise but they dont enforce the circling the block rules that went with it? There was a time that you could not park or circle the area after 9:00pm. Now you just cant park. They left that in tact just so they could continue issuing parking tickets on L st. at night. You close budget gaps by fiscal restraint not by fleecing the citizens who patronize the city. I would rather pay a tax increase than to be fleeced by the city I live in via parking restrictions.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 14, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Fenty must go!! We need a change on the Council as well!

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | April 14, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Fenty really has failed the city overall. As a DC homeowner I wish it were otherwise as I've supported him for some time. But now it's time to reconsider.

Posted by: HillRat | April 14, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

You might as well move your desk & computer out to the street & sit by your car.

Posted by: uncivil | April 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

First the metro rates go up and now this. Increasing the meter rate to $3 an hour will REALLY hurt those who live in the city. However, things would be looking up for builders and owners of parking garages! Many of the policies proposed by Fenty are very favorable for big businesses but are harmful to the average, working DC resident making much less than six figures.

Posted by: cfred38 | April 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Mayor Fenty would like everyboby to ride a bike to work and park on the sidewalk. I's time for him to go. Plz let Vote him out of office.

Posted by: dcynnep | April 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm really surprised that with all the people who have come to Washington to siphon off stimulus money for themselves before it makes it out to the provinces--and remember, we're talking trillions with a 'T' here--that they have to levy this regressive tax on people via parking meters and tickets. I mean, look around people--big parts of this area are NOT experiencing a recession. In fact, if you don't mind being a courtier, there are millions to be made. And the money's being made. So, Fenty & Co. might want to think about all those fat cats as their revenue cows.

Posted by: calhern | April 14, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Moral of the story: When you starve out the cab industry, you starve out the economy.

Posted by: starclimber9 | April 14, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey all you Fenty people--anybody else is going to do the same old thing Fenty's proposing. Don't think it will change. Fenty's done a lot of excellent things, first among them the schools chancellor. The city cannot and SHOULD not go back to the miserable, failed, corrupt policies of the past. This parking meter thing is wrong, but don't be foolish and dump the baby with the bath water. Or else you might be doing what DC public schools used to do before Rhee.

Posted by: calhern | April 14, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

If you drive into the District for a good meal at a good restaurant you are already paying 10% on the food, and 2 hours is not enough time for a decent dinner time. Ten percent on a $200 meal is $20. Kiss the $20 goodbye Mr.Mayor. I greatly object to extending meter hours past 6:30 on weekdays and the elimination of free parking on Saturdays. One of the reasons I'm giving up my Wizards tickets is the extended meter hours. I was a Fenty guy but this meter absurdity is uncalled for. Out with Fenty!
I drive into the District a lot because my girlfriend lives there but we will be going to VA and MD for dinner much more because of DC parking stupidity.

Posted by: edthefed1 | April 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Until they cut spending and reduce the welfare waste I say no. These ignorant pandering POS politicians need to be put out to pasture. Live with in your means.

Posted by: askgees | April 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks, the city needs all the money it can get. You want to know why? Remember the Nationals Stadium deal?

Posted by: Soulbrother | April 14, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

@calhern: The progress in this city, particularly customer service, was transformed under the leadership of Mayor Anthony Williams. Fenty inherited that success. He also is the beneficiary of all of the downtown development deals brokered and signed by Mayor Anthony Williams. Fenty would take credit for Nationals Stadium if he hadn't voted against it as Councilman Fenty. Yet, he still enjoys that luxury suite.

Chancellor Rhee has not substantively transformed DCPS. As stated by another reader ...from the most basic math required to provide a professional standard of care for the futures of our children and the teachers who must care for them; to the sudden, extreme and incredulous increase of DC/CAS scores relative to NAEP test scores that have remained static during her reign; these are some of the issues that the U.S. Department of Education (has) questioned when placing our DCPS LAST among finalists for the "Race to the Top" prize.

If I had to choose between a Williams DC and a Fenty DC, I'd take Williams any day. As it stands, going back to a Williams DC, would be a step forward in DC progress.

Gray entered politics in 2005, at a time that Fenty was already on the Council. You tell me who is, old guard. It wasn't Gray that moved 85 million tax dollars to a private entity for the sole purpose of doling it out in contracts to his unqualified friends and cronies.

You keep drinking that Fenty kool-aid you are going to end up with diabetes.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 14, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

edthefed: you need to go out and spend in Bethesda where they have the same parking rules, have had them for a zillion years, AND have done very well by them, thank you very much. All Fenty's doing is getting with the modern world which--outside of the Internet--is not Free Zone.

Posted by: calhern | April 14, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I support the video cameras for moving offenses, I drives me nuts to see the police lazily walking around giving tickets while motorists are speeding and running red lights a few yards from them. I don't think DC residents should have to pay to park on the streets, our license plates should give us exemptions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We own the streets, remember?

Posted by: George210 | April 14, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Revolution! Torches and pitchforks! Get the teabaggers! Yeagh!
Posted by: bs2004 | April 14, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse
DC is DEM/LIB so my guess is you’ll just bend over and take it. LOL

Posted by: askgees | April 14, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Question - where I work the meters are 2 hours and if you feed the meter without moving after the 2hour limit you may get a ticket - how does that work now since the new meters allow you to add time from your cell?

Posted by: Lmdba | April 14, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

@concernedaboutDC: Coming in during 2005 doesn't mean Gray isn't being supported by the old guard. This old guard of a corrupt, failing school system is both Williams and pre-Williams. Concerned about DC to me implies being concerned about turning around the school system and making the city a decent, viable place to live for all. Williams deserves miles of credits. Pay him his respects and then put him up on the shelf where he belongs. Fenty inherited many good things from him, protected them, and then added new things. Williams, for whatever reasons, couldn't manage the cronies of the schools and so that monster task was left up to the current mayor.

For the short amount of time Rhee has been in there, there have been dramatic improvements, in both facilities and academics. Not that the anti-Rhee press would ever concede that. But for those of us in the trenches who can see the improvements day by day, we don't need newspaper ideologues to tell us what's what. The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. Not that the schools don't have miles to go--they do. But they don't stand a chance under Gray and under Fenty there is an actual track record to point to. I just hope that people in this city don't drink the kool-aid, as you put it, and vote against their interests contra Fenty.

Posted by: calhern | April 14, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought it couldn't get any worse in DC. I already feel like I have a target on my back whenever I come into DC. With the 2 hour parking limit, zoned parking, speed cameras and the unreliability of Metro it is becoming less worth it to come into DC. Now they want to tighten the screws even more.

Posted by: MrT55 | April 14, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

You know, I really wonder how many of the people complaining about the new parking meter requirements actually live in DC. I'm a resident of the District and I for one support the increase. If the folks from MD and VA don't, well tough. How about we get rid of those and instead impose a commuter tax? Its used by NYC to deal with all the commuters from NJ and CT, we should be able to use it here too. Unfortunately, until we have full representation in Congress that idea won't go anywhere since any law imposing one will be overturned by Congress.

Posted by: rawk | April 14, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Come on, people. The issue isn't the actual price -- $3 ah hour is cheap. Ever park in a lot or garage? If you use parking, pay for it.

There certainly are some practical problems that One problem is having that much change, although In more and more areas there are the machines that take credit cards. Another is that what is reasonable as a 1 hour limit during business hours should have a longer limit in the evening, etc -- The payment machines will be able to take care of that, too -- different time limits can be assessed by the meter patrol.

They can figure it out if they WANT to. Will they? Dunno. But I"d love to have people devote their time here to providing reasonable adjustments that realistically can be made.

Posted by: AnnieDC | April 14, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

What??? You mean he doesn't get enough money by having his cronies write inappropriate parking tickets and having his hearing examiners deny appeals with evidence obviously proving otherwise? This is FREE money he's getting, plus the interest he makes on all that free money, and now he wants to up the fees?!?! He's going to lose tourists and residents with this stupidity! He already has! Why aren't our council members and neighborhood commissioners doing something about this? They still haven't answered any of my e-mails. This is a joke!!! Are we going to take this?

Posted by: gijen24 | April 14, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

$3/hr to park on the street??? I am so glad that I stopped coming downtown for anything other than work.

Posted by: JoStalin | April 14, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

DC parking policies and enforcement are clearly raping the public… and they want to take it even further!

Posted by: quietwar | April 14, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

We are hearing that business owners are losing customers to other jurisdictions that don't have such fees.

Posted by: 411Tibby | April 14, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I would rather have someone walk up to me with a gun and take my money... at least that is honest robbery.

Posted by: SeanA1 | April 14, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Yawn...until we man up and admit that government is not a bad word and the services we want require money from somewhere we're going to continue to b!tsh and moan. Raise the income tax and raise property tax rates. Buy the snow equipment these same b!tshers, moaners, and whiners complained we needed, repair our roads, and put money into Metro.

Until the dumb ch!ts realize that it cost money to give 'em what they want--and that includes all the Ward 8 Barry supports who want a job for doing nothing--they aren't going to be happy.

Thank you Mayor Fenty for doing a wonderful job with nit wits like Barry being repeatedly returned to the council with no clue on how to find their way out of an open box.

Posted by: streff | April 14, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

@Streff

You're a tool. $3 an hour for a meter is ridiculous. And these stupid speed cameras do nothing for safety. People figure out where they are and slow down for just a second. And the mayor doesn't care about safety- just money. You're a dummy... and a tool.

Posted by: SeanA1 | April 14, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with figuring out what the market will bear?

Posted by: poster1231 | April 14, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

What the market will bear. LOL@1231. Funny. Bear market.

Posted by: calhern | April 14, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for increasing the parking fees. It will help to get even more people to use public transportation. As for AAA, I think it's a morally corrupt organization. Its main mission is to make money. But it also has to justify its existence my making some public outcry from time to time that it thinks is in its members' benefit. However, it only has an extremely narrow and parochial view that doesn't look out for the long term interests of its members. If it truly cared about its members, it would look for ways to improve public transportation.

Posted by: mgsru | April 14, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

It would be real easy to raise 50 million dollars quickly by: citing drivers for moving violations (no one seems to stop at stop signs, for example); ticketing law-breaking bikers (no helmets, going wrong way on one-way streets, ignoring all traffic rules) and jawalkers. Make the first two at least 100 dollars a pop. Go easy on the pedestrians, say 25 a pop. Easy money. Good for safety. Good for police--get them out of their cars and away from the donuts, you know.

Posted by: axolotl | April 14, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Outrageous meter and parking fees are what you get when a bunch of bicyclists take over the government. Maybe next time, the District voters will elect some people with common sense.

Posted by: PepperDr | April 14, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The hate for MD and VA commuters is appalling. We come into DC to work (or go to school) and sometimes play - but we always spend money that go into DC tax coffers.

$3.00 per hour for meters seems excessive especially when you can park in many garages for $10-$14 per day.

I have found myself not frequenting my favorite after work restaurants because of the parking enforcement after 6:30pm.

These constant fees hurt the small and mid-sized businesses. Which eventually hurts the DC resident attempting to make a living in the city.

Posted by: honeylamb | April 14, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This just makes telework look better and better.

Posted by: overhereontheleft | April 14, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

As a Virginia resident, I could care less about DC's parking fees. Since the city doesn't seem to want me to shop or dine there, I don't I can shop and dine at Tyson's Corner, Reston Town Center, or Dulles Town Center and park for free all day and night.

Posted by: doubleagle | April 14, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

How is the investigation of Marion Barry coming along? You remember, for steering city contracts to his girl friend. A felony. I guess the Post, who supported Barry, has decided to stop coverage of that. Is it any wonder that many people, inside and outside DC, believe THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IS BEING RUN BY CORRUPT BABOONS!

Posted by: Phil5 | April 14, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

The new parking fees have definitely kept me away. I live in Silver Spring but would often go in to DC for dinner during the week, or on Saturday afternoon to go to some shops and grab lunch. Now, it's just not worth it. DC may be gaining a few quarters, but they are losing big bucks on taxes that us suburbanites used to pay for meals, and it's unfortunate that many local restaurants and shops will suffer as well.

Posted by: jresnick4 | April 14, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Parking meters and video tickets are an attack on the basic quality of life elements of city living- I no longer frequent any of the restaurants on Mc Arthur Boulevard because of the unconscionable use of camera tickets -at speeds that have no- as in no- safety relevance whatsoever-
I will not vote for a Mayoral candidate tjhat suppoprts increased parking fees and /or video cameras - our votes for President in DC are irrelevant -whether for a Democrat or Republican- but opur vote for a Mayoral candidate does count-

Posted by: 27anon72 | April 14, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I guess Phil5 doesn't read his Post very carefully. The Post reported on the conclusion of Mr. Bennett's investigation weeks ago, that Barry's award of the contract was a conflict of interest that should be referred to the U.S. Attorney.

Posted by: doubleagle | April 14, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

These commenters don't know what the hell they're talking about. Anthony Williams made a stupid deal with Major League Baseball to get a franchise here. The city had to pay for the new stadium entirely. That's why the city has to raise parking fees. The city needs money to pay for that damn stadium. Of all the council members who stupidly voted for the stadium deal knowing that it was a horrible deal that the city couldn't afford, guess who was one of the few who voted against it? Adrian Fenty. So all you MD and VA residents, please pay the $3 an hour parking fees so that the city can pay off the stadium debt. After all, you all really wanted baseball in DC, right?

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Posted by: jennyteone | April 15, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

DC can't hide the elephant in the room behind a proposition to nickel and dime a budget into balance. The recently "discovered" surplus is just more evidence of the shell game gone wrong.

Posted by: logosdesigns | April 16, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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