Parking decimation

October 2, 2012

If Council member Mary Cheh’s plan succeeds, one in 10 meters would be reserved for holders of oft-abused disabled parking placards. (Michael Williamson/The Washington Post)

After a few months’ delay, the city is back with a new plan to overhaul street parking for the disabled. Under the revised proposal, holders of disabled placards would have to pay for parking for the first time. But more than one in 10 parking meters would be a “red top,” reserved for disabled parkers only. How did D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and the city transportation department determine that removing 10 percent of metered curbside parking from general use was the right amount? Unclear. But a representative of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society tells the Examiner it’s still not enough: “I don’t think it’s going to have enough distribution across the entire city.”

In other news:

First in war, first in peace, first in the National League East (Post)

An intriguing new route to budget autonomy? (Post, WTOP, DCist, WaTimes, Roll Call)

Preservationists want Corcoran’s interior protected, too (Post)

New crime lab opens after six years and $210 million (WRC-TV, Examiner, WaTimes, WJLA-TV)

Phil Mendelson: “I will never pick sides against the candidacy of a colleague” (D.C. Wire)

Defending record, Michael Brown deploys “last, least and lost” rhetoric (Examiner)

Can D.C. Chamber CEO Barbara Lang help calm the Airports Authority board? (Post)

Occupy D.C. reunites to celebrate its first birthday — including at least one child conceived in a McPherson Square tent (Post)

Also, Occupy is still litigating (Legal Times)

OCFO says D.C. employee retirement plan payments were legal (AP)

No top charter operators have applied to “fast track” D.C. school applications (D.C. Schools Insider)

More on plans for “Federal Triangle South” (Post)

Two Washington writers — novelist Dinaw Mengestu and Postie David Finkel — win “genius” grants (Post)

A finished Metropolitan Branch Trail is at least two years away — at least (WAMU-FM)

Today: Hearing on potential neighborhood preference in charter school admissions (Examiner)

United Healthcare joins Chartered in demanding more Medicaid money from the city (WBJ)

Share your favorite alternative name for the local pro football team (City Desk)

Negro League ballplayer Mamie “Peanut” Johnson is wondering why the city field named after her isn’t being used for baseball (WJLA-TV)

Key vote on health insurance exchange is set for Wednesday (WBJ)

D.C.’s health reform progress rewarded with $73 million federal grant (DCFPI)

The city is spending $600 million on construction this year — do you want a piece of it? (City Desk)

Dump your construction debris in Trinidad at your peril (HuffPo, Storify)

It’s too hard to update D.C. government Web sites (GGW)

Pedestrian struck by car and killed near D.C. Superior courthouse (Crime Scene)

Where a bunch of famous people lived in D.C. (Bigwig Digs)

Here’s a $4 million Watergate apartment (Housing Complex)

Finally: A H Street bar for “young professionals” (PoP)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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