- That s what Graham did during the former DC Office of Property Management (OPM) under Williams. He had oversight of OPM while bribery scandals and pay-to-playMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2013View Source
That's what Graham did during the former DC Office of Property Management (OPM) under Williams. He had oversight of OPM while bribery scandals and pay-to-play deal ran amok. Then when the light of day started to hit he held Grahamstanding hearings, focus on developer Doug Jemal who got the sweetheart deals under Williams to keep the light off himself (Graham). Jemal hires a private investigator(s) who puts together a report on Williams and Graham. Next thing you know, Jemal and Graham are OK, Jemal grabs the old Giant site on 14th St (which was to house a mix use development with community uses) and flips it to another Graham pay-to-play developer, who builds the Allegro. Jemal collects a nice profit in the millions for sitting on that property for around a year, if that, while Graham ran interference against community inquiries about the site. Graham even used his influence with OPM to help Donatelli Development take land from the homeless.
Just because this effort to get a seat on the board has ended does not mean that Graham did not score for his pay-to-play machine. He got something out of the deal for backing down.
Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2013 7:08am
Subject: [columbia_heights] Jim Graham ends effort to join Youth Trust board
Graham sent an e-mail to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) withdrawing his earlier request to be appointed to a nonvoting seat on the board overseeing the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. Mendelson had previously assented to the request, but the move generated objections from youth advocates, board chair Robert C. Bobb, and even Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who called Mendelson Wednesday to register concerns.