Logan Circle Parking Problems

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

Monday, May 08, 2006

Response from the Office of Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG)

The following email comes from the DC's Office of the Attorney General. It is in response to questions about illegal church parking. Like all other replies from public officials we do not make comments in the same post:
Thank you for contacting the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) though the ‘Ask the Director’ section of the website. We have received your April 24, 2006 comments regarding parking regulations.

We care about your concerns and appreciate your comments. However, the issues you described do not concern the OAG. We would like you to know that the OAG is the law firm for the government of the District of Columbia (the District). In that capacity, OAG represents the Mayor and various District government agencies and provides legal advice to certain District officials. The OAG represents and defends the District government and District laws in court proceedings. Furthermore, in disputes involving the District government, OAG may be adverse to private parties. Thus, except pursuant to limited statutory exceptions, the OAG cannot provide legal advice to private citizens or conduct legal research on their behalf.

We hope that you achieve a satisfactory resolution of your concerns.


Attorney General


At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting... Wonder what their advice to the mayor will be for the following:

1) Someone was killed\maimed\hurt due to the street being blocked with illegal parking. Neighbors alerted the city to this issue prior to an accident/fire that prevented the appropiate response from emergency services when said accident/fire occured. Is the city liable for arbitrarily enforcing its law?

2) A Logan Circle resident was blocked in due to illegal parking. This resident goes to church in Virginia and requires his personal transportation to get to this religous institiution. The person called the appropiate government authorities to enforce the law. Did the city (through inaction on law enforcement thus allowing the illegal action) just infringe an indivudal's right to worship as did the church goer (who knowingly blocked in that resident)?

At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one prefer the old parking situation to the new one. It may have created more spaces, but it took away the spaces directly outside of 6-8 homes on 11th St. We used to be able to have easy parallel parking outside of our homes. Now, those spaces are gone for good and one cannot parallel or angle park there anymore. It is essentially a "deadzone" at the corner of 11th & Vermont. Except on Sundays of course when people double park like they used to. I would rather be inconvenienced for few hours each Sunday than to have permanently lost the parking spaces outside our home. Additionally, backing up on 11th St (a busy St.) to diagonal park is dangerous!

At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should be pretty obvious by this point that the residents are going to be screwed and the District is going to do nothing on out behalf except some weak lip service that will go nowhere. They're just waiting for us to tire of the situation and move on to some other cause. Unfortunately that will probably happen.

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First Anonymous: you prefer the old way--well welcome to reality--you get doubly screwed. They aren't going to undo this version of parking and they aren't going to enforce the law until perhaps someone gets hurt or the residents really take a stand and make the politicians pay for their inaction.

At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The politicians in DC aren't stupid. They know full well that the "average" NW resident is too busy with their career to even bend down and pick up a piece of trash in their front yard let alone band together with their neighbors (that they've probably never even said hello to) to take a stand on an issue.

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What really stinks about losing these parking spots is that we were not even part of the "complaint committee" that raised these parking issues to begin with. Sure, Sunday was a hassle - but you just had to remember to strategically park on Sat. night if you needed your car on Sunday. There are worse things in life. Now, we can't even park in front of our own home anymore - diagonal or parallel.

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

UPDATE: The parking has been reinstated on the 11TH St area that had lost parking and was told it would not be brought back. Diagonal parking on rest of block remains.


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