Saturday, February 1, 2014
Every time I see something new about the proposed Pike streetcar it gives me another reason to vote for Cord Thomas for County Board.
Here's another reason - The Arlington County Board approved a massive amount of parking together with the site plans it has approved since January 2012? How much new parking? About 3,500 parking spaces in 2012. About 7,500 parking spaces in 2013. And 960 parking spaces so far in 2014. That's almost 12,000 parking spaces in two calendar years - since January 2012.
Same two years the County Board spent about $6 million on promoting a so-called 'car free diet'. Last County Board meeting, January 28th, Chairman Fisette urged everyone to ride bicycles in the winter, after voting on January 25th for 960 new parking spaces.
So, they want to put a streetcar on Columbia Pike? About how fast do they expect it to travel? Four miles per hour? Five miles per hour? Five hundred million dollars for what? A tourist trolley.
Cord for Board !!
Friday, January 31, 2014
County Would Raid Paygo, Regional, State, Federal Transportation Funding to Pay for Pike Trolley Folly
It's more than obvious where funding for Chris Zimmerman's Pike Trolley Folly disaster would come from. Take a look at the agreements between the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the County approved at Tuesday's County Board meeting (agenda items 32 and 38). They're going to raid every fund that's connected with transportation, and some that aren't, to pay for Chris Zimmerman's streetcar disaster. You saw a couple weeks ago how they lie like cheap rugs when it comes to providing taxpayers with basic information about what the Fisette Aquatic Center will cost. They secretly purchased Ballston Park Apartments on Tuesday - seen a press release about that on the County's Web site? So look for tens of millions to be siphoned from paygo, regional, state, and federal transportation funds to pay for Zimmerman's streetcar.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Another Democratic caucus, another opportunity for surrogate and non-resident voters to determine the outcome, as happened recently. Appears the surrogate vote will be minor today and Saturday compared to the non-resident Young Democrats who will vote using their parents' address, non-residents who have an Arlington address and ID they use to enroll their kids in Arlington's schools, and so on.
This is a must win for the Democratic Old Guard aka Zimmercrats who want to keep the New Urbanism aka Smart Growth streetcar on the tracks. State Board of Elections won't be watching, so the Caucus will be the usual charade.
Thanks for your blog. No question about who I'm voting for - I'm another Arlington Resident who's voting Cord for Board.
another fed-up Dem
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Did you happen to watch the County Board Meeting last night? Check out the interlude around 8:30 between the end of item 43 - Pines of Italy and Chris Zimmerman's farewell speech. Just after someone from Pines of Italy calls the County Board 'c***suckers'.
The County Board approved it's secret purchase of the upscale Ballston Park Apartments from the Village of Buckingham Management Corporation. Apartment rents presently range from $1350 for an efficiency to $2400 for a townhouse. Hard to see how this will ever be 'affordable' other than as entry level housing for the Creative Class. Last middle class person in 22201 and 22203 to leave Arlington please turn off the lights before your apartment is demolished or renovated.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I attended the Democratic candidates forum at Arlington Yuppie Mill next week.
I will vote for Cord Thomas in the Democratic Caucus this week.
Whatever else Cord would do on County Board at least he wouldn't support extravagant, wasteful, and unnecessary programs, policies, and massive vanity infrastructure projects.
No way I would vote for the worst candidate, Peter Fallon, or Zimmy's handpicked successor Alan Howze.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Fairlington (and Arlington) 2014 Condo Tax Assessment Increases Are Inversely Proportional to 'Affordability'
Thanks for this blog.
I live in the Clarendon II townhouse in North Fairlington I purchased for $150,000 in the mid-90's. My assessment increased by $41,000 this year from $364,300 last year to $405,300. I haven't done anything much to my condo over the past 17 years, a few minor interior upgrades (renovated kitchen and new bathroom fixtures, nothing major that requires a building permit), new appliances, new heat pump, and so on.
So, why are ALL the Clarendon II condo units in Fairlington being bumped up by $41,000 no matter whether the owners applied and received multiple building permits for major upgrades or have have made few or no improvements except for replacing appliances? Same for the larger Clarendon I condos in South Fairlington. But their assessments increased by about $20,000 this year. Moreover, having visited the County Assessor's Web site it is most disconcerting to see that the smallest and most affordable condo units in Fairlington were hit with massive assessment increases. And we're talking about 1-bedroom condo units occupied by retirees who have lived here for 35 years.
Appears that the same occurred in other condo communities across the County that have various units with various amounts of interior space. The most affordable condominium housing got hit with the biggest assessment increases in 2014. What kind of Smart Growth is that?