Loose Lips

Cost to Break Navigator Lease: $12,450.23

Anybody remember that whole fracas involving Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown and his Lincoln Navigators? Well, LL realized the other day that we never found out what the final tally was for how much the chairman's brief flirtation with luxury SUVs was going to cost.

The details, in case you've forgotten: Brown wants a Navigator like the mayor's, turns down the first one he was offered because it had a gray interior, drives the second one (leased at nearly $2,000 a month) for a month and a half until public outcry forces him return it.

Brown said in February after returning the second Navigator that he was going to reimburse the city for "his share of the use of the vehicle once the attorney general renegotiates the lease agreement."

Turns out the District settled with the leasing company back in April, as you can see in the contract LL obtained and posted below. The cost to break the lease: a hefty $12,450.23.

The settlement also makes mention of "sums previous paid," which presumably are the $1,963.28 monthly lease payments made prior to the settlement. According to the Chief Financial Officer's office, the District made one monthly lease payment in February.

Throw in the $1,600 expedited fee the city paid to have the Navigator here for Brown's inauguration and the second Navigator cost the city  $16,013.51.* LL's reached out to Brown's staff to see if he's paid any of that cost and will update if he hears back. Other city officials say they haven't heard of any payment.

As for the first Navigator, the one with the gray interior that Brown rejected, it could cost the city about $5,200.

The District prepaid $17,600 to the first Navigator's leasing company last year. (That wasn't supposed to happen under city contracting rules.) After the lease was terminated in February, a District review determined that the leasing company should reimburse the city $12,383. The leasing company has several months left to appeal that determination.

If the leasing company does decide to reimburse the city that amount, then the total cost of both Navigators will be near the $20,000 mark.**

You'll remember that Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans made a big stink about Brown repaying the entire cost of Navigatorgate back in March. "Whatever cost the city incurs must be paid by Kwame Brown and not the taxpayers," said Evans. Wonder if he still feels that way.

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*, **This post has been updated.

Photo by Alan Suderman

  • DJ Ren

    Hmm...the question now is, will Fully Loaded live up to his promises and reimburse the city?

    Don't hold your breath.

  • @SamuelMoore

    Do we still have leases for Fenty's smartcar?

  • SEis4ME

    It was silly for Brown to even suggest paying the thing...

  • Will

    This accounts for the hard costs, but I wonder what the soft costs would add up to. The payroll time for the AG's office, all the flakey's in Brown's office who have to think about this stuff, all the time from DPW staff to resolve. I'm sure those costs are double if not more than the hard costs. It just shows what a shameful waste of time and energy this whole episode has been, and why leaders with weak ethics can end up squandering gigantic quantities of public resources.

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  • Truth Hurts

    Contrast LL's obsession regarding this matter with his nonchalant oblivious attitude regarding the multi million lottery contract award debacle.

    Prioritize.

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    Living like he's bullet proof...

  • Skipper

    Raise your hand if anyone thinks Kwame will pay anything other than one month's lease amount and then blame agency officials for incurring all the other costs.

    Besides, Kwame is basically bankrupt. He can't afford to pay the whole bill on his own. Maybe he needs to start up a legal defense fund like Honey Badger Thomas.

  • noodlez

    WHAT WAS THE COST OF FAGGIE FENTY'S SMARTCAR AND NAVI COMPARED TO BROWN'S COSTS?

    CANT WAIT FOR SILLYMON BROWN'S HOUSING UPDATE. OR UPDATE OF MAYOR GRAY'S BLACK NEWBIE'S RESIDENTIAL SITUATION. OR AN UPDATE OF HARRY THOMAS. OR UPDATE OF BARRY'S CAR. OR UPDATE OF ALEXANDER'S CAMPAIGN SPENDING. OR UPDATE OF THE REAL MIKE BROWN'S BASKETBALL PAST.

    YO SEWERMAN YOU ARE RUNNING OUT OF BLACK FOLK ON THE DC COUNCIL. WHO IS NEXT IN YOUR CROSSHAIRS? BOWSER? CAN’T WAIT FOR THE STORY ON HOW SHE IS NOT DOING ANYTHING FOR FOLK WEST OF 16TH ST NW.

    REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE. YOU ARE REALLY STICKING TO THE THREE PRINCIPLES OF CLEANING THIS CITY UP BY CONSTANTLY REDUCING, REUSING AND RECYCLING STORIES UNITL THEY DISINTENGRATE INTO THE ETHER.

    HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO SQUEEZE OUT THAT 'FAMILY BIZNASS' CRAP? THAT STORY'S STANKIVITY LEVEL WAS THRU THE ROOF (FEBREEZE DEF CON 1) SO IT MUST HAVE BEEN SITTING IN YOUR BOWELS FOR QUITE A LONG TIME! HEY SLIM IT'S TIME YOU CHECK YOUR DRAWWS BECAUSE YOU ARE LEAVING AN UNPLEASENT SCENT TRAIL WITH ALL THE STORIES OF BLACK COUNCILMEMBERS TO THE NTH DEGREE AND NO STORIES OF WHITE COUNCILMEMBERS TO SPEAK OF.

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    Noodlez- this isn't about Gray, so why bring Fenty into the equation? It's not a fair comparison. Kwame Brown isn't mayor, at least not to anyone except maybe himself. His ego resulted in the loss of an entire year's salary for one of the 20% of the City's resident. This is unconscionable. While I don’t see the point of having a city paid vehicle, in a few circumstances, I do understand the need. The Chairman of the City Council isn’t one of the exceptions. And for K. Brown to go above and beyond the normal practices because he didn’t like the interior color of the vehicle, is simply fucking unacceptable. Keep it apples to apples though. This isn’t about Gray, so don’t make it about Fenty.

  • DJ Ren

    @ABM, asking all caps guy to keep discussions apples to apples is futile, but I like your style. Kwame's not released a statement on this yet - but I'm looking forward to the mis-spellings and tortured grammar already, knowing that it will end with the words "full responsibility", though the deeds will show Fully Loaded won't pay a dime.

  • noodlez

    @ ABM:
    1ST-FENTY GOT OFF SCOTT FREE OF ALL THE SCRUTINY SURROUNDING HIM BECAUSE HE SHUT DOWN ALL INQUIRIES REGARDING HIS FAILED TENURE! SO I WILL CONTINUE TO MENTION THE FLENSTER AS EACH SITUATION PROVIDES A COMPARISON TO HIS FAILED REGIME AND ALL FOLK INVOLVED WITH IT.

    2ND-MY COMMENT ISNT ABOUT COMPARING MAYOR GRAY WITH THE WORST MAYOR W.D.C. EVER HAD. IT'S ABOUT THE CONSTANT UPDATES OF STORIES REGARDING BLACK COUNCILMEMBERS OR BLACK FOLK IN THE D.C. GOVT AND/OR ITS PERIPHERIE AND NO STORIES OF WHITE COUNCILMEMBERS OR FOLK THAT HAVE SOME SORT OF INVOLVEMENT WITH SAID COUNCILMEMBERS OFFICE IN THE SAME MANNER OF THE STORIES THAT SEWERMAN PROUDLY REGURGITATES AS THEY ARE INVOLVED IN THE SAME SORT OF SORDID INDISCRETIONS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER REMAINS THAT THEY ARE CONSTANTLY GIVEN A PASS BY ALL MEDIUMS BY NOT INVESTIGATING OR REPORTING ON THOSE FOLK.

    3RD-“His ego resulted in the loss of an entire year's salary for one of the 20% of the City's resident. This is unconscionable” THAT $25K CAN AND/OR WILL BE SNATCHED BACK FROM BROWN BUT WHERE IS ALL THE NOISE FROM SPENDING OVER $50K+ TO INSTALL PER BIKE RACK AND $23K YEARLY TO MAINTAIN CAPBIKESHARE FOR WHITE FOLK TO RIDE BIKES IN THE CITY? WHERE IS THE RESEARCH AS TO WHY THE H ST NE LIGHT RAIL DEBACLE SPEARHEADED BY KLEIN AND WELLS (WHITEYS) THAT HAVE RESULTED IN ALL THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT AND NO SYSTEM IN PLACE? LET ALONE THE BACKWARDS WAY OF PUTTING THE PLAN INTO PLACE.

    DID BROWN FUCK UP? YES HE DID BUT LETS NOT RELIVE IT EVERY MONTH WHEN THERE IS IN MY OPINION OTHER STORIES THAT SHOULD BE REPORTED ON WITH SOME ZEST.

  • noodlez

    @DJ Ren-YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WHY COMPARE AN APPLE TO AN APPLE. THAT IS SOME BORING SHIT THAT IM SURE YOUR LAME ASS IDENTIFIES WITH. MAYBE ONE DAY YOUR MIND WILL EXPAND AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO COMPARE AN APPLE TO AN ORANGE IN A MANNER THAT WILL DISPLAY SOME SORT OF OFF BEAT RHYTHM THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO WALK TO!

    IM NOT STIFF AND UNCOORDINATED LIKE YOUR WHITE ASS SO STAYING IN LINE SQUARE DANCING AND LINE DANCING IS NOT IN MY REPERTOIRE. I LIKE TO MOVE AROUND ON MY OWN AND NOT BY SOME VAGUE DISCIPLINE THAT BENEFITS NO ONE BUT BUT THE POOR SOUL WHO IMPLEMENTS IT.

    I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU BUT ONLY FOR A QUICK SECOND AS YOU RIVERDANCE YOUR WAY THRU LIFE! CLOWN.

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  • stinkinthinkin

    Would you Alan Suderman do a story on Legal Aid Society and their quickness to sue and harass small black landlords,while passing to sue large white landlords in the city to 'make believe they are helping the poor.

    I have a tenant who gets free everything-food,medical,utils,rent (she pays $109) and will not pay that becasue she smokes drugs and has 4 lil black savage children savaging my apartment bldg and the LAS lawyers are suing me. So Kwame Brown steals and the low-income tenants in this city get their cue from his kind.
    I will call you with photos,doc's and explanation why I understand the discrimination by the WHITE landlords to ignore BLACK Section 8 aka Housing Choice Voucher Program Tenants and why I salute them white guys actions!

  • Java Master

    Only in DC could an unethical, greedy fool like Kwame Brown end up in the city council...in all other jurisdictions, they have the good sense to get elected to Congress! Why not give DC a congressional seat? Then he could join the rest of those fools.

  • SEis4ME

    ABM, unless I've read the wrong reports, it seems to me that Brown was "allowed" to procure the vehicles.

    Do you have any evidence showing that he "forced" city workers to give him what he wanted?

    Do you have any evidence suggesting that he went "above and beyond" normal practices? This question is irrelevant because the reports I've seen suggests that he went in "accordance" with the usual practices.

  • DJ Ren

    @all caps. Puh-leeze.

    At this point any one of us can write a post for you:

    BLAH BLAH BLAH - GAYTANIA - BLAH BLAH BLAH - WORST MAYOR DC EVER HAD - BLAH BLAH BLAH - SEWERMAN - DID (insert favorite One Citidiot's name here) F UP? YEAH, BUT (insert parallel argument, or repeat worst mayor dc ever had meme, plus excuse)SO LET'S IGNORE THAT. BLAH BLAH BLAH. WHITE FOLKS...BLAH BLAH. EXPAND YOUR MIND - LAME ASS - BLAH BLAH BLAH - MISSPELLINGS.... ONE CITY!

    So who's the clown?

    Oh and btw - did Fenty shut down the Trout Report? And re: bikeshare - am I missing something - I'm pretty sure that all "folk", black and white, can ride the bikes.

  • noodlez

    @DJ Ren-THANKS FOR PROVING MY POINT. YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THOSE WEAK MINDED INDIVIDUALS WHO CANT THINK FOR ITSELF AND RELY UPON OTHERS TO MAKE YOUR POINT FOR YOU.

    TROUT REPORT??? GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE!!

    AS FOR CAPBIKESHARE. ALL FOLK CAN BUT BLACK FOLK HAVE THEIR OWN VERSION AND IT'S MUCH CHEAPER THAN THAT SHIT THAT IS BEING SUBSIDIZED BY DDOT.

    AHH ONE AND AHH TWO AND AHH THREE.
    NOW START WITH YOUR OTHER LEFT FOOT AND TRY TO KEEP UP.

  • linda linne

    In addition to the Smart Car, Fenty also had a black SUV so the Smart Car was more show than substance, since the SUV was also used by him and his staff.

  • Mike Madden

    @ noodlez:

    We just ran a long story about how screwed up the H Street streetcar got.

  • seDCdude

    Ahhh,

    GE Ren.....the absolute worse spin doctor in thread, 1 of them bastards who will say Obama is responsible for the up tick in violence due to GUN regulation, BUT fails to recognize or speak on the death toll during IRAN contra/war on drugs campaigns during 2 other horrible administrations, Reagan and Bush, but with a base solely planted in the bowels of gentrifiers "attempting" to remain relevant in the absence of their whipping boy Flunky Fenty is down right pathetic!

    GE Ren
    you and your opinions are juvenile champ!

  • Honest Abe

    When can we officially recall Kwame Brown?

  • DJ Ren

    @ #20, Actually, I voted for Obama and will do so again. Nice try though. As I said before, think before you post - by saying "2 other horrible administrations" you are inferring that the Obama administration is also horrible -do you mean that, or are you just a horrible writer?

  • noodlez

    @MAD MIKE-AS ALWAYS MS. LYDIA (ALONG WITH MCKENNA) OUTKICKS HER COVERAGE AS IT PERTAINS TO THE WASHCITYPAPER AND THE QUALITY OF WRITERS YOU GUYS HAVE AND PUTS IT DOWN IN A MANNER THAT EVEN I CAN UNDERSTAND IT. HOWEVER THAT STORY WAS A 1ST AND 10 DIVE PLAY. IT WAS BASIC AND SERVED ITS PURPOSE.

    I’M TALKING ABOUT A STORY THAT TAKES A SHOT DOWN THE FIELD. WHICH IS NOT ABOUT THE STREETCARS AND FINISHING THE PROJECT AND MORE ABOUT WHO GOT PAID, WHO FUCKED UP AND WHO SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED BECAUSE THAT WHOLE SHAMOCKERY WAS FUCKED UP FROM THE START? MILLIONS SPENT AND THEY ARE STILL PUSHING THE 1ST RIDE DATE OUT TO 2013??

    THAT SHIT IS FUCKED UP REGARDING THE LIGHT RAIL/STREETCAR FROM THE ROOTA TO THE TOOTA. THE FOLK WHO SIGNED OFF FROM CONCEPTION IS IN CHI-TOWN. WHICH IS WHERE I WAS THE PAST WEEK AND KLEIN THE CLOWN AND HIS SIDEKICKS ARE STRIPING THEIR STREETS WITH BIKE LANES IN A MORE RADICAL WAY BUT THERE IS LESS OPPOSITION BECAUSE THEY MOVED ALL THE BLACK FOLK OUT AND MYOPIC LIL TWITS RUN THE PLACE.

    THEN YOU HAVE WELLS WHO GOT IN HIS FEELINGS LIKE A BITCH BECAUSE HE WAS GIVEN ANOTHER ASSIGNMENT. INSTEAD OF EMBRACING THE CHANGE LIKE A MAN HE WENT ALL GAYTANIA ON KWAME WHICH HAVE ME WONDERING WHY? I BET IT’S BECAUSE GUILT HAVE A FUNNY WAY OF REARING ITS HEAD AND BY BEING REMOVED FROM TRANSPO SOME SHIT WILL HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING UNCOVERED AND EXPOSED IF SOMEBODY LOOKED!

  • http://happyone.org Thequietstorm

    That short napoleon complex FUCK, needs to enjoy his last three year ride.

    What an embarrassment.

  • Really?

    Thanks Tony and Noodlez, as always you guys are on point. Half these mofo's didn't say boo with homie blew a billion dollar surplus. Nor did anyone complain the last six years he was in office.

    Rules for yall and rules for us. Mikey and Al don't want to do a story about Tommy "nobody puts baby in the corner" wells using TIF funds and blocking certain businesses from applying.

    Nope, nor do they want to find out if the word on the street Tommy's goddaughter runs one of the nonprofits on H street.

    How many citypaper reporters are on staff who are other than white cover DC politics?

  • seDCdude

    Absolutely meant what I wrote, clear, concise and LEGIBLE you moron, and the fact that you WILL vote for him AGAIN validates my point.....

    Complete idiot to the 13th degree!!

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