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Clock is ticking on Gray's fence

The clock is ticking for Council Chairman Vincent Gray to do something about his fence. He has 30 days to relocate or lower the black aluminum fence that surrounds his Hillcrest home, according to a letter dated June 9 from the District's Public Space Committee.

Last month, the committee ruled that Gray had not provided sufficient justification to exceed the District's height limit on fences built in the public right of way. The panel, charged with protecting the character of the city's neighborhoods, gave Gray two options to act by July 9: lower his 67-inch fence to the limit of 42 inches or move the fence back to the property line.

Rulings by the obscure but powerful committee are final. Gray is consulting with his attorney, but has "not yet made a decision on whether he will move the fence or decrease the height," his campaign spokeswoman Traci Hughes said Thursday.

The six-month saga of Gray's fence comes as the chairman is challenging Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who technically oversees the committee that ordered Gray to overhaul the $12,600 fence.Gray installed the fence two years ago without obtaining a permit, and the Department of Consumer Affairs took notice after a series of stories in The Washington Times last December.

Fenty has not publicly commented on the fence, but Attorney General Peter Nickles has said that Gray should have known to apply for a permit.

Gray, who said he thought his contractor was applying, has appealed a series of fines totaling $2,400, which were issued while he was in the process of filing a permit application.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  June 17, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Vincent C. Gray  
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When they DON'T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE THEY WILL GRASP AT STRAWS!!! When the Devil Starts Messin' You Know God Starts Blessin'!!!!! Congratulations Mr. Gray, keep the faith and build upon your message.

Ward 3 Democratic Committee
Democrat to Democrat : Making the Difference


ADRIAN FENTY 168 votes
► VINCENT GRAY 174 votes
other 0 votes
undecided 11 votes

** Candidate Endorsements **
The following candidates have received the endorsement of the Ward Three Democratic Committee

► KWAME BROWN - Chairman of the Council
► MARY CHEH - Ward Three Member of the Council
► MIKE PANETTA - United States Representative (Shadow)

Following are the complete Endorsement voting results for all Democratic primary positions:
[ Endorsement required 75% of ballots cast ]

Delegate to the US House of Representatives
Eleanor Holmes Norton - 19 votes
Douglas Sloan - 41 votes
No Endorsement - 2 votes
blank - 1 vote
Mayor of the District of Columbia
Leo Alexander - 1 vote
Sulaimon Brown - 0 votes
Adrian Fenty - 15 votes
Vincent Gray - 40 votes
Ernest E. Johnson - 0 votes
No Endorsement - 6 votes
spoiled - 1 vote
Chairman of the Council
Kwame Brown - 54 votes
Calvin Gurley - 0 votes
Vincent Orange - 5 votes
other - 1 vote
No Endorsement - 2 votes
blank - 1 vote
At-Large Member of the Council
Michael Brown - 14 votes
Phil Mendelson - 38 votes
Clark Ray - 10 votes
spoiled - 1 vote
Ward Three Member of the Council
Mary Cheh - 56 votes
other - 2 votes
No Endorsement - 4 votes
blank - 1 vote
United States Representative
Nate Bennett-Fleming - 3 votes
Mike Jones - 0 votes
Jon Kuhl - 1 vote
Mike Panetta - 49 votes
Tarek Stevens - 0 votes
No Endorsement - 10 votes
blank - 1 vote

Posted by: lacairaine | June 18, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, lacairaine - I wondered why both campaigns were silent about the ward 3 straw poll. I just checked the Gray for Mayor site. Here's the link to the straw vote results:

Soon we'll be seeing this "officially" on DC Wire, right? and not just in the comments section? Maybe even in the print paper?

Other good news for Gray at that link:
"The Ward Three Democratic Committee also voted tonight on whether to endorse a candidate for Mayor. While no candidate received the required 75% needed for an endorsement, Gray handily beat Fenty among the delegates by a margin of 40-15 (or 64% of the vote to 24%)."

So, if only a 60% margin would have been needed (as with the Gertrude Stein group), Gray would have the Ward 3 Democrats delegation endorsement too! fantastic.

This will certainly get other ward 3 voters to sit up and take notice.

Posted by: efavorite | June 18, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

This is silly the Attorney General weighing in on a lack of permit issue.

Posted by: Fatmanny | June 18, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

It's a fence! geez

Posted by: AJordanMBA | June 19, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

So, Gray thinks that he doesn't have to comply with D.C. Law? The law applies to everyone, even to politicians and to elected D.C. leaders.

Posted by: ObjectiveReader1 | June 20, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

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