Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4) is among the highest-paid members on the D.C. Council with her combined salaries totaling about $200,000, according to financial disclosure statements filed recently with the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance.
Besides her council salary, Jarvis makes $120,000 as president of Southeastern University. Jarvis is joined by council member Vincent B. Orange Sr. (D-Ward 5), who in addition to his council salary reported $117,537 in income from work as a lawyer and accountant.
Among the disclosure statements filed with the campaign finance office earlier this month were those of Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), who, as The Washington Post previously reported, disclosed for the first time that during last year's campaign for mayor he had been paid $40,000 for doing consulting work for two city contractors.
Campaign finance officials say that under D.C. law, Williams should have reported the arrangements within 30 days, rather than waiting until this spring. They have charged the mayor with violating city law and ordered him to appear at a private hearing Wednesday to explain his actions and provide financial documents concerning his consulting work.
Meanwhile, the financial disclosure statements of the city's 13 council members yield details including the stocks they hold, gifts they have accepted and income they have received for speeches.
Jarvis reported receiving two gifts: $240 in tickets to the Legg Mason tennis tournament from Bell Atlantic, and $600 in Kemper Open tickets from NationsBank--one of the companies that gave Williams a consulting contract.
Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), meanwhile, reported receiving a $200 gift from Kaufman Associates.
Some council members reported that they had clients or did business with companies that have city contracts.
Orange reported that one of his clients, the National Children's Center Inc., did business with the city's Department of Human Services and D.C. public schools.
As for outside income, lawyers led the list of other top-paid council members.
Kevin P. Chavous (D-Ward 7) reported that two law firms paid him a combined $101,220, in addition to his council salary. Chavous switched firms late last year. Harold Brazil (D-At Large) was paid $75,216 as a partner in the law firm Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis and Lightfoot. And Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) listed $50,000 in income from Baker and Hostetler.
David Catania (R-At large) listed $36,705 from the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld. He also received $150 for a lecture at American University in May 1998 and contributed the money to charity.
Council members Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) both filed reports indicating that they held stock with various companies exceeding $5,000 in value.
Mendelson, a former council aide, also reported receiving $4,600 from rents and rental management arrangements. He also reported $50 from the ELS Language Centers for an appearance in November 1998.
Four of the 13 council members did not list any income, honoraria or gifts outside their city salary: Kathy Patterson (D-Ward 3), Sharon Ambrose (D-Ward 6), Sandy Allen (D-Ward 8) and council Chairman Linda W. Cropp (D). As chairman, Cropp is paid $102,530 a year and not permitted to hold outside employment.
Rallying Around a Friend
Ward 8 might lose one of its most vocal political activists--but not if Helyn Boone, a Southeast Washington resident for nearly 40 years, has her way.
Philip Pannell, who lives in Congress Heights, is packing his bags to move across the Anacostia River. Pannell, 49, says he may be forced to move in with a friend in Northwest Washington because his landlord is planning to sell the condominium unit in which Pannell has lived for the past 11 years. Pannell doesn't have the $5,000 to make a down payment on the unit.
Last year, Pannell, who works part time, made $9,400. The Newport News, Va., native has a degree in political science from Fordham University and worked on his master's at Howard University soon after he moved to Washington in 1975. But he had a nervous breakdown and did not finish his degree at Howard.
Since then, Pannell has become a leading community activist who can dazzle friends with his creativity, but he continues to battle depression and alcoholism.
While some of Pannell's friends and supporters are trying to organize a benefit fund-raiser to help him stay in Ward 8, Boone is selling crafts, jewelry, candles and planning a bake sale "to help Phil because he's very valuable to the community."
Boone said she is helping Pannell because of what he did to help her six years ago. Pannell held a fund-raiser for Boone and went on local television to talk about her plight after a 15-year-old boy pointed a gun at her through a window, ordered her out of her house and beat her before stealing her truck and crashing it.
Pannell said he's not asking for handouts and is preparing to move to another community, though he knows it will be difficult. He has worked for five years as a community liaison for Arrington Dixon and Associates Inc. He started receiving a paycheck in March as the executive director for the Anacostia Coordinating Council.
He raises the money for his salary by soliciting donations, applying for grants and planning fund-raisers for the nonprofit community organization.
"It's going to be very difficult for me because I made a conscious decision to move to Ward 8," Pannell said. "I felt folks over here needed more voices in their struggle. People were very accepting of me."
Pannell has been chairman of his Advisory Neighborhood Commission and president of Ward 8 Democrats. Last year, he was the Ward 8 coordinator for the mayoral campaign of Anthony A. Williams.
Pannell said people in Ward 8 have been "very supportive of me, as a gay man and a person with mental illness.
"I don't have a roommate. I don't have a pet, a significant other or brothers or sisters," Pannell said. "Being involved in the community is basically to me like being involved with a family."
Boone said that Pannell "would be very heavily missed" in the ward.
"He's just a bandage for the elderly, the ones who are least fortunate," she said. "I want to help him because he deserves that. I'm giving him his flowers while he can smell them."