Cheh, along with Council members Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), managed to possibly stop the reopening of Klingle Road by voting to cut $2 million in funding that would have started the project. The vote occurred at a budget markup, where the Committee on Public Works and the Environment made changes to Fenty's budget support act.
Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), a proponent of the road and chairman of the committee, cried foul since the council voted 8 to 5 in 2003 to reconstruct the path through Rock Creek Park. He is holding a hearing at 6:30 p.m. on May 8 at the Wilson Building.
But former Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp and Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large), still on the council, made the same move to get that 2003 decision. They attached funding for the project to the budget support act, making it impossible for then-mayor Anthony A. Williams to veto it.
It was considered a real coup back then. Cropp patted herself on the back, calling it "clever."