Logan Circle Parking Problems

A Blog designed to bring to the attention of our political leaders the problems of illegal church parking

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Linda Cropp: Another double talker?

We will try to glean from the comment sections any information that might shed light on various aspects of the Logan Circle parking situation. Here is one person's experience calling DC Council Chairwomen Linda Cropp about the Sunday rally:
I phoned Cropp's office yesterday expressing my anger at (1) her appearance at the pro-church rally that she "stands with the churches" and (2) her refusal to enforce parking laws and the efforts of the ANC to reach a solution. Her aide said that the media selectively chose to report only those words and not her statement that she said "parking laws must be enforced." This is the kind of doublespeak that rightfully tarnishes politicians. Her aide also said that ANC decisions only require "great weight" not wholesale adoption and that no reason must be given to reject an ANC decision. The aide simply said obviously all sides are not happy with the ANC's solution. What does that mean!? Churches are mad they had to obey the law!?
As the caller explains, Cropp's aide is trying to let her boss have it both ways. Its maddening to think that DC residents are going to let their public get away with basically lying to them. Please call Chairwomen Cropp and ask her to explain her words. 202-727-1000.


At 7:37 PM, Blogger TC The Terrible said...

And you expected something more from Cropp? Like sticking to a stadium deal that she helped get through the Council only to then turn on the Mayor when it suited her run for office. You should be ashamed of yourself for thinking that she would be any different on this issue.


At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the one who spoke with Cropp's aide yesterday, but for the record I called her mayoral campaign office at 842-2006. The aide I spoke with was initially a bit defensive, but then eased up and said she was frustrated with the media. She asked how she might get the word out that Cropp does not support illegal parking, and asked me whether I thought dropping leaflets at residents' homes was an idea. I didn't think of it at the time, but it quickly occurred to me that is another copout. One of these politicos (and not just Cropp) needs to get out there and say screw another task force, let's enforce the law. We have no true representation now that the only elected officials we have are screwing us. Anyway, everyone should flood these bozos with phone calls to tell them how we feel.

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous dwb said...

I also emailed Cropp's office with my concern over her appearance and comments at the RALLY. Here is the double-speak reply: I absolutely support your right and the right of all residents to park
without interference. I do not support illegal parking. I attended the rally to urge support for solutions that respect that residents must be able to park freely, and also address the need for parking for churchgoers.
This is consistent with my view that we must find creative solutions to our
parking problem. I voted to change our parking regulations to allow parking
in certain restricted areas during late night and early mornings to increase
the number of available, legal parking spaces. Specifically, from 10 p.m.
to 7:30 a.m., a resident now can park closer to an intersection, and can
park in loading zones and in entrances--forbidden areas during all other

I would welcome the change to talk with you more about this. Please give me
your number or call me on 724-8032. Thank you for taking the time to write me. Linda Cropp
I responded: Dear Chairman Cropp: I believe you only support our rights to park freely in theory--just as Jack Evans does. Logan Circle had its task force--the churches took part in the process and are now using rhetoric during an election year to try to get a better deal. This is from the Washington Times indicating all was in place from DDOT's perspective to implement the proposals from the Logan task force: "We are using Logan Circle as a pilot program for the rest of the city" said Karyn LeBlanc, a spokeswoman for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). "We want to see how implementing full enforcement in that area is going to work before implementing it citywide."

I've always admired you as a conciliator, but Logan residents made concilations and have paid the prices with DDOT restriping costs and traffic patterns that slow down traffic all days of the week to accommodate Sunday parkers. We just want fairness, but election fears have trumped us getting that. Jack Evans copped out by saying that only the Mayor can enforce the parking laws, but we know the Council Chair and Councilmembers can advocate for residents to influence him. You and he have just chosen not too. Unfortunately Evans is not running for reelection this year. But you and Phil Mendelson are.
We need to continue to tell these politicans that another task force is not aceptable.

At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

You know what? At least Cropp is out there. Where the hell was everyone else? Would you rather have the ENTIRE Council do what you claim is wrong of Jack Evans - to simply ignore it???

Linda Cropp didn't get to be the first woman Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia by shying away from tough or sensitive issues. If we want our leaders to stand up and lead, then we have to take the good with the bad.

Yes, it probably was a mistake on the campaign's part to send her there. But who else is getting involved? Who else (with actual proven leadership and ability) has something to say??

I've never found a leader I've always agreed with 100% of the time. I have always found, that those who become involved, make developments happen, and even make mistakes, are the best leaders to trust and keep around.

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save us Chris. Linda Cropp was trying to pander for votes, and is hardly taking a principled stand by talking out of both sides of her mouth. You are right in that Cropp is not alone in the games she's playing. All of these cronies should be taken to task for abandoning their constituencies.


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