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When Mayor Vince Gray hits the mean streets of Beijing next week, he’ll be doing so without the protection of his security detail.

This information was shared with LL yesterday after LL brought up the mayor’s costly Navigator. A little bird at the Wilson Building let LL know that Gray travels sans bodyguards when he leaves the District, a money-saving break from the habits of a certain former mayor. The bird provided  LL with a spreadsheet of some of the costs associated with out-of-the District costs for former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s security detail. Trips to Miami, Los Angeles and Virginia Beach totaled thousands of dollars in security-detail related expenses during Fenty’s last year in office, according to the spreadsheet.  Take a look:


A quick search of the archives didn’t show whether Fenty took his security detail on his jaunts abroad. But in the former mayor’s defense, LL has heard that Williamsburg can be a rough place for out-of-town mayors.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery