Saturday, November 5, 2011

Audrey Clement for Arlington County Board


We carefully evaluated the three candidates for Arlington County Board for several months. We attended debates and forums, viewed County Board meetings, and watched the three candidates interact with voters. Arlington Yupette does not accept advertising. We do not have any connection to local businesses, corporations, non-profits, or lobbying groups (e.g., Arlington Chamber of Commerce).

We endorse Audrey Clement for Arlington County Board. She has proven herself to be by far the best candidate.

Moreover, we urge voters to vote for Audrey Clement and only for Audrey Clement on Tuesday. We simply cannot afford four more years of helter-skelter mega-development, planned in secret by the County Board's crony capitalists, that ignores the costs and effects of vastly increased density on taxpayers, schools, transportation, housing, and the environment. Nor can we afford four more years of expensive wants funded before basic needs. Both Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada used increasingly disingenuous statements and platitudes about housing, transportation, and education needs as the campaign progressed. They cannot be trusted to protect and preserve, let alone improve, Arlington's suburban quality of life.

As for the claim that Audrey Clement is 'too negative' one only needs to examine her platform. What's 'negative' about retrofitting renewable energy to older schools? It's done all the Alexandria.

The endorsement of County Board incumbents Hynes and Tejada by the Washington Post and Sun Gazette should be discounted. Both newspapers are riddled with corporate and editorial conflicts of interest.

The choice for County Board is clear, four more years of the same or a turn towards fiscal, social, and environmental responsibility. Therefore, we endorse Audrey Clement for Arlington County Board.

Cindy and Susan

Friday, November 4, 2011

Post Editor Rants at Clement for Being 'Anti-Growth'

Hey, Yupette,

Think Patricia Sullivan's article in yesterday's Post Metro section was biased towards the County Board incumbents running for re-election? Post Editor Lee Hockstader, who's on the Post's Editorial Board, ranted for fifteen minutes at County Board candidate Audrey Clement last night for being "anti-growth."

Hockstader would not let Audrey explain she's not anti-growth but wants the County Board to carefully evaluate the potential effects of future mega-development on neighborhoods like Crystal City before actual planning begins.

The Washington Post Company has generated considerable anger among Alexandria residents who recently learned that the Post engaged in secret negotiations with the City of Alexandria over mega-development of its warehouse properties on the Alexandria waterfront.

Appears that the Post's Editorial Board had its mind made up long ago about any political candidate who, for any reason, opposes unrestricted high density growth inside the Beltway.

15th Street

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Washington Post Should Not Endorse Anyone for County Board

Hello, Yupette,

After reading Post Staff Writer Patricia Sullivan's article in Sunday's Post Metro Section regarding redevelopment of the Alexandria waterfront, I am appalled that the Post is endorsing local candidates where development and redevelopment are major issues.

The Washington Post Corporation owns several large warehouses on the Alexandria waterfront, which it wants to massively redevelop. The Post also supported the massive gentrification of Washington D.C. by Adrian Fenty and has been waging an editorial jihad against Fenty's successor as Mayor, Vincent Gray.

Patricia Sullivan recently interviewed Audrey Clement, Mary Hynes, and Walter Tejada in preparation for the Post's endorsement later this week. According to sources within the three candidates' campaigns, Sullivan's interviews of Hynes and Tejada were cordial and friendly, but Sullivan treated Audrey Clement like a nuisance. This, apparently, is in accordance to the Post's news and editorial policy regarding third party and independent candidates in Northern Virginia.

If you feel, as I do, that the Post should not endorse County Board candidates, given the Post's conflicts of interest regarding redevelopment, you can send an e-mail to the Washington Post Company's CEO, Donald Graham, at grahamd at washpost dot com.

South Arlington

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Clement Trounced Hynes and Tejada in League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

Hello, Yupette,

Audrey Clement trounced Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada during the combined League of Women Voters, AAUW, and NOW Candidate Forum. The debate was held this afternoon at Arlington Central Library.

It's obvious that all Hynes and Tejada are interested in doing over the next four years is allowing developers to massively gentrify and urbanize Arlington. Based upon their opening and closing remarks, and their responses to written questions by the audience, Mary and Walter will rubber stamp any and every mega-development scheme by any and every out-of-state REIT, planner, and law firm.

On the other hand, Audrey Clement clearly indicated that she would get back to basics and set priorities when elected to County Board. Her priorities are libraries, schools, roads, public safety, and affordable housing that's truly affordable.

Our choice is clear. Time for a change on November 8th. I'm voting for Audrey Clement and only Audrey Clement for County Board.