Sunday, April 12, 2015

County Board Likely to Save Artisphere, Demolish Wilson School

Hey Yupette,

I listened to Friday's broadcasts of the County Board-School Board budget work session and County Board-County Manager budget work session via the County's Web site.

Appears there is great interest in saving the Artisphere and little interest in saving Wilson School.

The County Board will not raise the FY 16 residential real estate tax rate per County Board budget reductions and budget reductions by APS.

From the discussion among County Board members Friday afternoon, it appears that if Ingrid Morroy had listened to the legal advice she was given about the BPOL tax Arlington taxpayers might have a 1 cent tax reduction next fiscal year. Instead, $6 million is stashed away for refunds to overtaxed businesses.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Vihstadt Exposes FAAC Charade at Budget Work Session

Hey Yupette,

I tuned into the County Board - County Manager Budget Work Session yesterday, broadcast over the County's Web site. It's great that we elected John Vihstadt. He asks lots of important questions and the Democrats on County Board and in the County Manager's Office are annoyed.

One question he asked the Chairman of the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission yesterday was "Who votes for the FAAC's recommendations?" Turns out the authorized strength of the FAAC is 15 members, 13 presently serve on the Commission, and typically 8 (or fewer) show up for a meeting. Turns out that the votes for FAAC's various budget line item recommendation take place over weeks and whomever shows up for a meeting votes. The FAAC is supposed to reflect what County residents want or don't want, since we don't get to debate budget line items with the County Board and County Manager. But it appears the FAAC votes for or against budget line items reflect various constituencies whose members show up at FAAC meetings and vote for what interests them. But we already knew the annual Budget meetings are a big charade, and FAAC is a small part.

Thanks for this blog.

 Ken, 22207

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

County to Implement Hybrid Dual Offices for Internal Audits


According to a presentation at the County Board - County Manager FY 16 Budget Work Session on April 7th, the County will implement a hybrid dual office approach to internal audits beginning in July. The County Auditor will report to the County Board. The County Auditor's Office will be overseen by an Audit Committee composed of two County Board Members, the County Manager, Department of Management and Finance Director, and one member of the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission. The County Auditor will be focused on program and operational audits.

An Internal Audit Office will be established within the Department of Management and Finance and would be focused on internal control and core financial audits. The Staff would report to the DMF Director.

Both offices would have an annual workplan and would publish reports in line with the Institute of Internal Auditors best practice guidelines.

This County Board - County Manager FY 16 Budget Work Session appears on video on the County Board's Web site.


Friday, April 3, 2015

ACPD Increasingly Punitive Towards Hipsters, Homeless, Minorities

Hi Yupette,

I will soon be retiring as a member of a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) because I am seeing too much punitive behavior by the Arlington Police Department directed towards Hipsters, the Homeless, and Minorities in Arlington. I don't want to continue to be any part of that.

Consequently I advise everyone to not attend any event or patronize any bar or restaurant, festival, pub crawl, anything, in the Ballston-Rosslyn Corridor, most immediately upcoming NCAA basketball championship events. These events are a win-win for Arlington's Cowboy Police (only a few of whom live in Arlington) - they get tens of millions in overtime for providing security services to the bars, restaurants, pub crawls, and they get to beat up on Urban Hipsters, who they despise.

Arlington's Cowboy Police also hate Arlington's Homeless and Minorities who are poor and non-trendy, and have little disposable income. ACPD is becoming more punitive about arresting hipsters who are over the limit for alcohol consumption and minorities who possess and use small amounts of marijuana.

Oh, regarding Arlington's new Chief of Police, he's commonly referred to around ACPD as "Murray the Schlep" for his many promotions over the years based on assignments and activities that had nothing to do with policing.

Mike 22205

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Virginia's Third State Song - 'Smart Growth Shenandoah'

Hi Yupette,

So Virginia now has two State songs, "At Home in Virginia" and "Our Great Virginia".

But what about our State's great heritage of Smart Growth Gentrification? The Smart Growth Elite paves over suburbia and gentrifies out the working class, middle class, everyone in Arlington with less than $100,000 in disposable income ($200,000 for families). Where are they to go? Where do Arlington residents go for recreation when every playground is a dedicated soccer field? Where does the Middle Class go for affordable housing that's affordable? Where does the Smart Growth Elite build their vacation McMansions? Where is the refuge from pub crawls?

Don't worry, be happy. The Smart Growth Elite has it all planned. Their future and ours is 100 miles away. Yup, the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Now mostly populated by cows, sheep, and horses. Smart Growth Gentrification getting started here and there in the Valley, mostly in the older towns and cities. Never mind those smelly horses, cows, and sheep. Soon they will be replaced by vacation McMansions. Agricultural land to be bulldozed for affordable housing. And you thought the Smart Growth Elite are selfish, greedy, elitists and racists. Not true. They even had a group of urban hipsters write a third State song "Smart Growth Shenandoah" that won't become outdated soon because it will reflect the reality of life in Virginia in 2045.

Jeanne 22201

Friday, March 20, 2015

Arlington Police Abandon Neighborhoods to Provide Pub Crawl Security

Hey Yupette,

Chief Doug Scott may have retired from the Arlington Police Department but it's still the same old ACPD. Residential neighborhoods have been stripped of police officers for the past two weeks to provide security for St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the Ballston-Rosslyn corridor which are going to morph into March Madness next week, after the St. Paddy's Day Mega Crawl on March 21st. ACPD has had a command post set up in the B-R corridor since March 13th and it will remain until after the NCAA Championship Game on April 6th.

So be sure to lock your vehicle, put personal belongings out of sight in the trunk or locked storage compartment, keep bicycles indoors, turn on security lighting, and watch out for strangers in your neighborhood looking for things to steal and neighbors to rob. Those of us who live in residential neighborhoods that are not in the B-R corridor are on our own until after April 6th.

Barry, 22207

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bikester Urban Hipster Cult to Gridlock Arlington by 2018

Hey, Yupette,

I visited my sister in Baltimore for the first time in about two years.

Latest news from Baltimore is the Bikester Cult has Baltimore gridlocked much of the time, together with their Gangsta buds who ride everything from skateboards to ATVs on Baltimore's streets, roads, highways, trails, sidewalks, everywhere, all the time. Pedestrians are constantly in danger. Motor vehicles can't move.

Same thing is gonna happen here in Arlington within about 3 years, if the Bikester Urban Hipster Cult has its way. Facilitated by the likes of Urban Hipster wannabes like Jay Fisette.

But don't believe me. Take the MARC train up to Baltimore and see Arlington's future for yourselves.

Terri, 22201