Logan Circle Parking Problems

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

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Logan Residents Ask Questions of the Mayor's Task Force

This is an email from the Logan Residents for Equitable Enforcement of Parking Regulations to DDOT spokesperson, Ann Simpson, asking about various aspects of the Mayor's church parking task force.
It has been widely reported that the Mayor's new church parking enforcement task force -- which will inexplicably revisit all of the work done by the Logan Circle parking task force over the last 4 months -- is being created in an effort to gather input from all affected parties in an attempt to find a workable, cooperative solution to the blatant disregard by church parishioners for lawfully enacted parking regulations which exist in order to protect public safety.

Along those lines, our question is as follows:

Given that during the past several months Mayor Williams, DPW Director William Howland and Acting DDOT Director Michelle Pourciau have all met individually and repeatedly with church leaders to discuss this issue but none have ever met with ... or even had the simple courtesy to respond to a written communication from ... a single resident, how will the concerns of the residents (who are constituents and taxpayers) be represented on the task force?

Clearly, the fact that to date city leaders have regularly met with church leaders but refused all requests to hear from the tax-paying residents is of great concern and casts serious doubt on the administration's motives. The fact that the administration's only communication with residents has been through the local ANC, which passed resolutions calling for enforcement that the city then blatantly disregarded, is indicative of the equitable nature of this inquiry.

Although we have not received a response to our communications to date, we would appreciate a response to this one. In particular, we would like to know whom will be representing the residents on the task force and how many representatives will there be (if any) for the residents versus the churches.

Your prompt response will be greatly appreciated.


At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fenty States Washington Times Misquoted Councilmember Fenty supports enforcing the parking in Logan Circle starting May 21st, since a community compromise was made. He supports the Task Force for the city because other neighborhoods have not yet had an opportunity to help remedy their parking situation by engaging in community dialogue to come up with creative solutions. Unfortunately, the Washington Times misquoted Councilmember's stance on the issue.

At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Cropp has also come out and said the Washington TImes has misquoted her as well.

Funny thing is that neither of these politicians has done anything or said anything in public to go against the Washington TImes article.

I think we all know if they did stated something differently than what they have already said the churches would come up and bit them. Fenty and Cropp want to have it both ways where each side likes them. They can't do that and have to stick to a position which is basically anti-resident, anti-white, anti-gay, anti-law enforcement, anti-anything good for DC.

At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is in Evan's weekly newsletter: Balducci's pulls out of Penn Quarter - Evans and PQNA request your assistance
The word on the street is Balducci's, the upscale grocery chain, has decided not to open a store in Penn Quarter. For all interested residents and those working nearby, Councilmember Evans and the Pennsylvania Quarter Neighborhood Association (PQNA) are asking you to write to Balducci's and Bear Stearns, their investment-banking firm, in an effort to influence their decision.
Why hasn't Evans created something similar for Logan Parking. This issue is not dead in many people's minds, especially as May 21 comes and the double-parking goes unabated. Continue to email him and CM Fenty (who needs to publicly state he was misquoted in Washington Times).


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