Jack Evans furious over inauguration parking restrictions on D.C. council

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The John A. Wilson Building (blue balloon) is along the inaugural parade route (red line) on Pennsylvania Avenue. D.C. Councilman Jack Evans is not happy with the security arrangements made by the people who guard the neighboring residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (marked by red balloon). (Graphic: Jennifer Peebles/Washington Examiner) Local,DC,Alan Blinder,Inauguration

A longtime District lawmaker was furious Tuesday over security restrictions that will be in place on Inauguration Day, complaining that parking spaces at the John A. Wilson Building will be limited as authorities guard the parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans, who has been a member of the D.C. Council for five previous inaugurations, said it was "unacceptable" that the Secret Service would mandate that lawmakers park their cars at the Wilson Building by 6 a.m. on Jan. 21, the day of the public swearing-in festivities this year.

Evans called that excessive -- especially since the parade begins at 2 p.m. -- and urged Paul Quander, the city's deputy mayor for public safety and justice, to push back against security planners.

"I'm not asking you to ask them," Evans said of the revisions to the security plan he wanted. "I'm asking you to tell them."

Quander and Christopher Geldart, the director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, said they would convey Evans' concerns to federal officials, but Quander said to expect no changes.

The Secret Service is responsible for coordinating security arrangements for the inauguration, though D.C. officials sit on the planning committee.

If lawmakers make it to the Wilson Building ahead of the security clampdown, they'll have the opportunity to watch the parade in a $342,000 reviewing stand. The federal government is funding its construction.

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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Alan Blinder

Staff Reporter, D.C. City Hall
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