Thursday, February 28, 2013
In response to several requests, A,Y. recently researched Arlington's VIP County employees to determine how many actually live in Arlington. The answer - very few. By VIP we mean the County Manager, her deputies, assistants, and department heads with key decision-making authority over plans, projects, and agendas that determine our quality of life. Among the comments posted to this blog are several that stated: "Arlington County is run by non-residents, for non-residents".
It's completely unacceptable to us to have non-residents who live in semi-rural outer suburbs to cram as much density as possible into our tiny county to benefit REITs and developers who live in similar protected enclaves - sometimes in the same enclave. In the event you are unfamiliar with what a semi-rural outer suburb looks like, we enclose a photo of Clifton, Virginia, home of Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan.
Apparently it's too much to ask the County Board to require its VIP employees (many with household incomes above $300,000) to find an upscale home in Arlington and be liable to the same consequences for the decisions they inflict on Arlington residents and taxpayers.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Arlington Republicans and Democrats Agree: 'Never Mind the FY14 Budget, Party's Over Here at the U.S.S. Arlington'
Want to know why both the Dems and Repubs told the County Board to "raise our taxes, please" at Saturday's County Board meeting? Because the FY14 Budget and taxes aren't a priority this year. What IS the #1 Priority of the VIPs from both parties? The massive Pay-to-Play Extravaganza set for the U.S.S. Arlington's commissioning ceremony the week before the ceremony, on April 6th.
Just check out the Dems and Repubs at a recent pre-commissioning dress rehearsal at arlingtonva.tv/uss-arlington-sponsors-reception/ (or just search "USS Arlington Sponsor's Reception: Arlington TV).
Obviously, all the pre-commissioning dress rehearsals are costing Arlington taxpayers a fortune, but what can we do when ALL the County's VIPs want to throw galas and parties and hook up with companies and organizations that will "pay to play"?