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Last Monday evening, Bill Taylor was standing on the 1800 block of S Street NW when he noticed a white Honda Civic trying to get around a black Cadillac Seville parked in the alley across the street. The Honda driver honked her horn, but the Cadillac refused to budge. Taylor walked up to the Caddy, which, he noticed, sported a Ward 5 Councilmember license plate. “I thought he was just not paying attention,” Taylor says. As the window rolled down, Taylor spotted Ward 5 Councilmember Vincent Orange in the driver’s seat along with a stack of papers, some money, and a front-seat passenger. “I asked politely if he could move so that [the Honda driver] could pull into the spot,” Taylor says. Orange wasn’t too accommodating. “Does she live in this building?” Orange barked. “If you have a problem with it, you can call the cops.” Then Taylor noticed a tenant of the building bolting out of the door, camera in hand. “Smile, Councilmember Orange,” she said, taking his picture. The woman later explained to Taylor that tenants of the building are in a dispute with Orange, who manages the property, over electrical and heating systems.