Friday, April 29, 2011

Audrey Clement Files As County Board Candidate


Virginia Green Party Co-Chair and Arlington resident Audrey Clement filed voter petitions and candidate forms with the Arlington voter registrar's office today. Dr. Clement is so far the only non-incumbent to declare candidacy for the County Board.

Audrey lives in the Westover neighborhood. She is fiscally conservative and environmentally progressive. Audrey played a key role in the Arlington Green Party's litigation against VDOT to stop I-66 widening.

Audrey graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a doctorate in political science from Temple University. She served as a Congressional Fellow during the 100th Congress. She is employed as a statistical analyst in the area of homeland security. For more information about Audrey and her County Board campaign please visit


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

County Residents Shut Out of Site Plan Conditions Revision

Hello, Yupette,

As you may be aware, at the March 12th County Board a local activist and civic association president raised the issue of citizen inclusion in the ongoing site plan conditions review and update by Community Planning, Housing, and Development. The County Board indicated that citizens should be included in the process. Well, it's been 6 weeks and citizens still know nothing about the review process, which is being coordinated by - you guessed it - County Staff who don't live in the County, with input from out-of-state developers, attorneys who don't live in Arlington representing developers, out-of-state REITs, national builders associations, and so on. Latest from County Staff is: "We'll tell you when we're finished." Did someone else mention that County Staff controls Arlington County?


Monday, April 25, 2011

Biodegradable Trash Bags Available for Aerobic and Anaerobic Landfills


I live in Fairlington and the total number of plastic trash bags that are left on the curb for 6 days-a-week pickup from Fairlington's 3,500 households may be as many as 650,000 per year.

You can find biodegradable trash bags and kitchen bags advertised on the Web, the most biodegradable trash bags and kitchen bags seem to be constructed of starch and they biodegrade in both aerobic and anaerobic landfills. Check out the Web for details.

Using highly biodegradable trash bags is something we can do right now, we don't need permission from Dominion Resources or Washington Gas or the other fossil fuel polluters who are micro-managing Jay Fisette's Energy Task Force.