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Not so fast, Wendy




Or, Greuel Redux...

We were as enthused as the next habitual offender to see Controller Wendy Greuel's report on the City's Gold Card system that magically absolves parking tix for those who curry favor with the right Councilmember.

That's why it was so surprising to learn that as Councilmember herself, and even as head of the Transportation Committee, Greuel voted "yes" to the contract package that included "Gold Card Desk Service." And Greuel also used the service on behalf of her constituents when she was Councilmember. And we have now seen some correspondence that indicates Wendy Greuel was briefed not one but many times as a Councilmember regarding the system and how it worked.

This all goes a long way against what Greuel's office claimed in her press release:
Controller Greuel was not aware of the Gold Card Desk during her tenure as a Councilmember, and was surprised to learn that such a V.I.P. process existed for a select few. Controller Greuel commented, “You shouldn’t need political pull to expedite the investigation of a ticket. There ought to be a fair and equal process for examination of all contested citations.” She is calling for DOT to shut down the Gold Card Desk altogether.
&c. With PowerPoint presentations abounding, cc'ed to many Councilmembers, this paragraph's inclusion in Wendy's presser appears to be quite a stretch. In fact, a reader writes: "You can bet she had plausible denial lined up..."