Gray Pays City $300 for Reckless Fence Building
Almost Mayor Vince Gray has settled with the city over the seven fines he was assessed for building a too-tall fence around his Hillcrest home without permits, according to a settlement given to LL by a friendly tipster.
The settlement knocks down the $2,100 in total fines Gray was initially told he had to pay to a $300 fine. DDOT director Gabe Klein signed off on the settlement Oct. 5, and an administrative law judge accepted the settlement on Oct. 8.
LL asked Gray's attorney in the matter, former Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti, if Gray got any special treatment having his fines cut down by $1,800. Shockingly enough, Spagnoletti said no, that such deals are typical.
"The special treatment was in the imposition of the fines," Spagnoletti said, referencing this Post story that details how Gray was the only District citizen during Mayor Adrian Fenty's tenure to run afoul of the city's height rules for fences.
Gray took his $12,600 fence down this summer.
Since LL had Spagnoletti on the phone, LL asked if he wanted his old job back when Gray takes office. Spagnoletti said he can't say—because he hasn't been asked: "I'm not in a position to answer that."