“While it’s true that the only constant in Washington is change, progress doesn’t have to come at the expense of experience. Save Rolando”

by Prince Of Petworth August 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm 11 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Recently it was announced that my work building, 1667 K Street, will be contracting with a new parking management company beginning September 1. While it’s true that the only constant in Washington is change, progress doesn’t have to come at the expense of experience.

Rolando, the senior member of the parking team has been working with the tenants of this building for 31 years. Solomon who closes our garage every night has been here for 15, and Molla, who greets us all every morning with a smile and takes time to get to know each of his customers has been working here for 10 years. These men and the rest of their team have more than 55 years of combined experience in the foundation for our building, and you can’t put a price on that. For many of us, they’re the first faces we see each morning and the last ones we see before heading home each night. They don’t just park our cars, they take care of them, and most importantly, take the time to get to know everyone that parks there.

This courteous, talented and dedicated parking team shouldn’t be cast aside simply because a name on the sign over the garage is changing. They are a part of the fabric of the downtown DC community. They may not be high powered lobbyists, but they are good people and deserve to have their jobs stood up for. Please help us keep them a part of the community!

  • Prarthana G.

    Have you reached out to the Employment Justice Center? Not sure if they can help, but it’s worth a try – they do great work in DC on labor issues.

  • Anon

    While I am not sure how effective this will be, kudos to the OP for trying to help here and good luck!!

  • textdoc

    OP, have you tried (1) getting your building to reconsider its switch to a new parking management company and/or (2) seeing if the new parking management company would be willing to hire Rolando, Solomon, and Molla to continue working at your building? (Or is #2 what your goal is? I see from the link that you’re encouraging people to e-mail Jim Fitzgerald — is he from the new parking management company?)

  • CHGal

    Just because there is a new management company doesn’t mean these guys are gone. Are you sure they’ve actually lost their jobs?

    • Lee

      Depends on the contract. Couple of years ago when I worked in a downtown building, I also loved our wonderful parking guys. New company took over the contract and the guys had to go through the interview process and everything to stay, otherwise, they were out of their jobs. One stayed, three left. It was never the same.

  • wdc

    I parked in that garage for the last few months of pregnancy, years ago. Those gentlemen were so kind and considerate, so genuinely caring. Every morning, “How’s Baby? Did he let you sleep?”

  • leftcoastsouthpaw

    I worked in that building in 2001-2002 and I still have fond memories about how friendly and accommodating they were with me. They wouldn’t judge when I would pick up my car the following morning after a hard night of drinking at Tequila Grill. Memories..

    • stcohi

      Not germane to this thread but I MISS TEQUILA GRILL SO MUCH.

  • Nichole

    These guys are so wonderful. They greet me with a smile most every morning. It would be such a loss!

  • Melanie

    I remember them from 5 or more years back when I worked at the building next door! Always very friendly and courteous! Thanks for your effort to ‘save’ them!

  • camelcolored

    I heard from the management company that they’re staying on. If it’s true, the news made my day. These guys are so kind, and so thoughtful. Park your car at 1667k!


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