Mendell Attempts to Block Rooftop Dining to Enrich Herself
By Brent Woodcox
We already knew that certainly Raleigh city councilors had a vendetta against rooftops and patios. What we didn’t know is just how far one would go to stop one from operating when it popped up near property she owned. Current Raleigh City Councilor Stef Mendell used her public position to pressure political appointees not to approve a patio on the roof of award-winning local chef Scott Crawford new Person Street district restaurant because she thought it would hurt her property value. I can’t imagine a more clear conflict of interest from a city councilor than interfering with a city decision to try to maximize personal income drawn from a rental property. But Stef Mendell’s hypocrisy and lack of decency should fail to shock me at this point.