Graham Postpones Taxicab Hearing

Sources say complaints have surfaced over proposal

By Jim Iovino and Tom Sherwood
|  Friday, Sep 25, 2009  |  Updated 9:15 PM EDT
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Graham Postpones Taxicab Hearing

Councilman Jim Graham has postponed a public hearing on taxicab legislation that has been caught up in his chief of staff's bribery case.

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D.C. Councilman Jim Graham has postponed a public hearing on taxicab legislation that has been caught up in his chief of staff's bribery case.

Sources told News4 that the taxicab industry and others complained that the legislation should not go forward until more clarity is reached in the case against Ted Loza. Some council staff members now fear the legislation is suspect.

"Nothing that Mr. Loza may or may not have done had any impact on this legislation," Graham said Friday. "This legislation results from a lot of people's efforts over a long period of time."

Graham relented and postponed next week's public hearing. The legislation, sponsored by Graham, would put a limit on the number of taxis allowed on D.C. streets and could institute a medallion system like the one used in New York City.

The FBI took Graham's chief of staff into custody on bribery charges Thursday morning.

Loza, 45, is accused of accepting two bribes to promote taxicab legislation. He pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday.

Graham said Loza told him about the FBI investigation recently. The councilman denied any personal wrongdoing.

"I have had no engagement whatsoever in any illegal or unethical behaviors," he said.

For more on the case, click here.

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