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July 14, 2006

During the July 1 to July 4th period, I met 2000 Loudoun citizens in the
greater Sterling area, as I promised. I met many citizens one on one at
the fireworks at Dulles Town Center, South Riding, Sterling Park, and in
Herndon. I met many citizens at Claude Moore Park, and the Leesburg
Parade. If you missed seeing me, and was at any of these events, you
probably saw the American flags we handed out, or the red white and blue
Fans or the glow in the dark bracelets. GREAT TO SEE YOU AND THE FAMILY.

>>>Public Hearing Citizens Comment

The online webcast shows video and audio from the Public hearings and
meetings. On July 11, the trifector or triple star team spoke in the
first 15 minutes. Jack Shockey spoke first about the downzoning and how
ABC Liquor stores seem to be the anchor store in Faquier County where
the PEC holds power. Sterling's Mark Gunderman gives a quarterly report
on the Good Shepard Alliance effort to feed the hungry and house the
homeless. Barbara Munsey exposes liberal environmentalists. These are
the most active citizens in Loudoun. All 1,2,3 on the webcast.

Happy Fourth of July Again! Nice card with music and display.


Last year's was good, too

>>>Headline "HARVESTING CASH/Reaping Money for Nothing/

Farm Program Pays $1.3 Billion to People Who Don't
Farm", Sunday, July 2, 2006 (IN THE WASH POST).

Downzoning Zealots intent on forcing you to pay for their viewshed argue
"large lot sizes" are the key. If lot size is the meat of the debate, a
recent article details farm subsidies paid to people to NOT farm land,
which will continue unless they develop the land.

I feel there are issues here pertinent to our own zoning and tax debate.
If the
major criterion in our discussion is the size of lot allowed, then
people with more of this most valuable commodity should pay more for the
privilege of being protected by law from having smaller neighbors.

If the supposed justification for increased lot size is "rural economy",
then tax breaks should be examined to see that actual economic benefit
is accruing from the supposed use on the parcel.

Loudoun spends quite a bit of money on (now two) annual farm tours and
innumerable forms of free advertising through web use, etc. Simple
research of the county's own site finds that some of these "farms" have
as few as three sheep, or are only open for business six days
a year.

I plan to work with Supervisor Snow in reviewing the issue of tax breaks
for a lifestyle expectation in depth. It would seem that those who need
to commute yet live in the rural area are not making their primary
income from "farming".


Sales Tax Holiday --- Save on School Supplies, Clothes

Earlier this year the General Assembly unanimously approved a three-day
period in August during which certain purchases will be exempt from the
5 percent state and local retail sales tax. Sales tax will not be
charged on school supplies priced at $20 or less per item, or articles
of clothing, including footwear, costing $100 or less.

The "holiday" will take place each year on the first
Friday-Saturday-Sunday period in August. This year, the exemption
period will be Aug. 4-6.

Guidelines for Virginia's First Sales Tax Holiday


The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and the Loudoun County School
Board have agreed to participate in a literal Tug-of-War during
half-time at The Finest vs The Bravest Football Game. It should take 3


The Miller and Smith firm will present a large GIANT check to the Sully
PTO on the football field.


Participating, at this time, in the half-time Tug-of-War are Chairman
Scott York, Supervisors Eugene Delgaudio, Stephen Snow, Bruce Tulloch,
and Mick Staton. Representing the School Board are Robert DuPree,
Thomas Reed, Joseph Guzman, Warren Geurin, and John Andrews.

In what will surely be biggest event of the summer, the Loudoun County
Sheriff's Deputies will be playing against Loudoun County Fire and
Rescue - The Finest vs The Bravest - in a thrilling game of flag football.


This event will take place in the main football field at Park View High
School on Sunday, July 16 at 12:00p.m. Kick-off is at 1:30pm. Tickets
are available at the door for a suggested donation of $2 for adults.
Children are free.

All proceeds from this event will go toward supporting Discovery Park,
the new science playground to be built in the fall at Sully Elementary
School. Come out and show your community spirit and thank these
wonderful and generous public servants who have donated all proceeds
from this FIRST TIME EVER event to Discovery Park. They are helping to
raise the needed funds to build our park. Come early and see the K-9
squad, motorcycles, fire trucks and ambulances.

With your help and the help of several VIP contributors, Discovery Park
has already raised $97,000 of the $130,000 required.

Volunteers are needed to help build the park. You can sign up at or contact the Project Coordinators.

>>>Loudoun County Health Department to Host Pandemic Flu Summit

The Loudoun County Health Department encourages everyone to plan for the
possibility of a flu pandemic. The department is hosting a summit for
the general public Thursday, August 10, 2006, from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., at
the Loudoun Public Schools Administration Building, 21000 Education
Court in Ashburn.

More information is available at .

>>>Seminar on Loudoun Home Improvement Programs Scheduled for July 18

Loudoun County's newest home improvement programs will be the topic of a
seminar Tuesday, July 18, 2006, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Sugarland
Homeowners Association, 200 Greenfield Court in Sterling.

Kelly Marrocco of the Loudoun County Department of Family Services will
discuss the Loudoun County Home Improvement Program and the Eastern
Loudoun Revitalization Program, which are designed to preserve and
rehabilitate existing affordable housing.

The programs make funds available to low- and moderate-income families
who currently own homes in Loudoun County that need rehabilitation. The
Home Improvement Program offers loans that can be forgivable and/or
interest free. The Eastern Loudoun Revitalization Program offers loans
at low interest rates for 10- or 20-year terms.

The seminar is free, but space is limited. Please call Kelly Marrocco at
571-258-3819 to reserve a spot for the seminar.

>>>How Loudoun Regs Cause Sky-High Housing Prices

In Reason magazine's July 2006 cover story, Joel Miller examines the
ways the government jacks up the price of owning your home. He finds
that permit delays "of six months can add nearly $7 per square foot to
the price of a house. That's more than $10,000 added to the cost of a
1,500-square-foot home. Double that for a 12-month lag." Or how about
environmental policies? One California developer had to pay mitigation
fees of $3.8 million because there were 40 garter snakes on the land -
that's $93,950 per snake and a cost that gets passed along to
homebuyers. Today's trendy regulations are affordable housing mandates.
But as Miller reports, a Reason Foundation study found the Bay Area's
attempts to provide affordable housing by requiring developers to sell a
percentage of new homes at prices below market value have backfired,
triggering significant decreases in new home construction and increasing
the price of new homes by $22,000 to $44,000. The full Reason cover
story is here:

>>> Republicans raise m-o-n-e-y!

LCRC Chairman Paul B. Protic and the Host Committee (names deleted to
protect sources)
Cordially held an extremely successful 2006 GOP Victory Reception With
Special Guest The Honorable Chris Smith Chairman, Pro-life Caucus U.S.
House of Representatives last night on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at
Lansdowne Resort 44050 Woodridge Parkway in Leesburg, Virginia 20176.
Rep. Smith could not make it due to his wife being operated on. Pray for
Smith's wife. Lt. Gov. Bolling gave the speech of the century declaring
war against liberalism and that nothing less than total victory under a
Jeffersonian Banner is his goal. Congressman Frank Wolf then gave one of
the singular declarations for human rights against gambling, crime,
gangs and deficit spending in years. Wolf was cheered on until late at
night by a ballroom full of enthusiast conservatives. Suzanne Volpe was
presented the first Patrick Henry award for heroic work. Over $40,000
was raised.

Democratic Party leaders and their friends may file charges over all of
this shortly.

>>> Supervisor Mick Staton Takes On the Liberals in the Blogosphere

Mick Staton, the conservative leader from Sugarland Run District,
launched into the blogosphere some days ago and continues to orbit the
internet with salvos against the liberal left-leaning tax increase
worshiping fat cats. If you like straight conservative talk, then visit

>>>Traffic Signals Malfunctioning Due to Power Outage Along Route 50

A power outage spanning the area of Route 50 at Gilberts Corner and east
into Fairfax County has Loudoun Sheriff's Deputies working traffic
control at numerous intersections.


The Route 28 PPTA team, which is building the Sterling Blvd.
intersection right now, called today and are planning a ribbon cutting
to celebrate the opening of the grade-separated crossing of the W&OD
trail that has been done as a part of the Church Road improvement
project tied in to the Route 28/625 interchange. The ribbon cutting
will be held on Tuesday, August 1st at 10 a.m. in the proximity of the
site. Coffee and donuts on the Route 28 PPTA team and tax district

>>>Pick UP Trash on Sterling Blvd. July 15

Sterling Boulevard Cleanup, Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers
needed. Meet at Park View Recycling Center (400 W. Laurel Ave.) to receive
orange bags, safety vests, instructions and directions. Please bring
gloves. In
case of inclement weather, cleanup will be deferred to July 22. For more
information, call Kevin Chroninger at 703-406-7749 or visit

>>>>Man Accused of Taking Indecent Liberties with Children Apprehended

After nearly 18-months on the run a former Loudoun County Public School
and Mental Health employee accused of taking indecent liberties with
children has been apprehended in San Francisco, California.

Franklin Todd England, 40, who once live in Leesburg, fled the area
after he was charged by Loudoun Sheriff's Investigators in November 2004
with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child. England was
released on a $5000 personal recognizance bond and did not appear at his
next court hearing.

Sheriff's Investigators working in conjunction with the United States
Secret Service located England in San Francisco, CA. He was taken into
custody on June 5th and brought back to Loudoun County Thursday night
after waiving extradition.

England is currently being held at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center in
Leesburg without bond.

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