Although members of the D.C. City Council might benefit from more frequent riding of Metro trains and buses than from routinely driving their cars, MetroScene doesn't begrudge their reserved parking spaces outside the District Building.

Yesterday, however, there was reason to be curious about that parking arrangement. For some inexplicable reason, there are 12 parking spaces set aside for the 13 council members. All 12 were filled, and council member William R. Spaulding (D-Ward 5) encroached into the area set aside for the mayor's staff.

But wait! There was a 14th council member's car. H.R. Crawford (D-Ward 7) was parked in one of the nearby, scarce metered spaces available to the general public. The "violation" flag was up.

Much as we resent officials with reserved spaces encroaching on the few public spaces, Crawford really can't be blamed. Our complaint is this: How can the council's reserved area be overfilled without a trespasser getting a ticket? None of the cars in the area had one, even though a police officer just moments before had ticketed several cars in the public area for overtime parking.

One reassuring note: the car driven to the building by Jerry A. Moore Jr. (R-At Large), who is chairman of the council's transportation committee, bore a red "rejected" sticker from the city's vehicle inspection station. No favoritism here.