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Community Meets Wednesday

May 12, 2008

The first community meeting was a resounding success with the entire Park View High School cafeteria filled with devoted community leaders from all over Sterling.

Scott York was still tired from his European vacation paid for by foreign based companies and interests who love tax subsidies and junkets and frequent trips abroad.

York has more plans for more foreign trips than the U.S. Secretary of State or any Ambassador.

All at your expense and at the expense of American companies paying full freight on taxes.


Thank you to you if you came to last week's meeting. You are making a difference.

Will you help me put an end to overcrowded homes, junk and overgrown grass in yards, and commercial vehicles in our neighborhoods?

I've been fighting to hold off the tidal wave of illegal immigration swamping all of Northern Virginia and the problems that come with it.


And liberal independents like Scott York, Jim Burton and Democrat Supervisor Sally Kurtz propose greater and greater density. I voted no to Moorefield Station (6,000 units) , Mixed Use High Density zones along nearby route 606 and route 28. They voted YES to density packing.

JUST LAST WEEK, the board was considering declaring Sterling Park a high density URBAN TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT and I voted no and Scot York, Sally Kurtz and Jim Burton and a majority voted "yes".

The liberals fiddle with "environmental" and "global warming" and protecting the dark sky (yes, the dark sky zealots are back with a vengence) while proclaiming they don't have a responsibility to prevent the hordes of illegal aliens swarming into Sterling, Sugarland Run, Potomac and Leesburg Districts-- almost half the county now.

"That's Congress's job" say the liberals in Leesburg while the same liberal Loudoun County Supervisors jet to Europe and work to ship American jobs overseas.

And of course they are using Loudoun county taxpayer dollars and other government resources to hire new staff to work in foreign countries and foreign companies to outsource U.S. government services OVERSEAS.


This whole "planning excercise" pre-supposes that Sterling wants to be part of higher density as an accepted fact.

Scott York leads the pack of higher density packers while proclaiming -- falsely--  "Delgaudio is wrong".

We know the county government ignores Sterling. We know they put government in Leesburg rather than Eastern Loudoun. We know they plan on putting future government services 15 miles from the population.

That fight came to a head last Saturday, when County staff held a community input meeting at Park View High School.  They were there to hear ideas from citizens on how to revitalize older communities like Sterling Park.

Neighbors like you let the County know just what it will take to restore Sterling to the community it once was.

Citizens said the county needs to toughen the Delgaudio Ordinance against overcrowded homes and hire more County staff to go after blighted homes, overgrown lawns and commercial vehicles.


So if you missed that first meeting, you have another chance to make Sterling better.  

If you came to the first meeting, thank you very much on behalf of all the citizens who could not be there. You were great!

The 2nd community meeting, supported by your Sterling District Citizens Council, is on Wednesday, May 14 at Park View High School.  There will be an "open house" from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., and the input session starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs to 9:00 p.m.

Here in Virginia, counties have very little authority.  But as you know I have been hard at work using what few tools we do have to try and make life better in Sterling.

So far I've been able to enact an ordinance against overcrowded homes, toughen rules against overgrown grass at foreclosed homes and against commercial vehicles parked on our streets like we used to see along Enterprise Street.  I also helped secure a sheriff's substation for Sterling that will keep more deputies on the street here in our neighborhoods.  

It's a whole lot more than anyone else has even proposed doing.

I'm also doing what I can to expand proactive enforcement of zoning rules so that county inspectors don't have to wait for a citizen to formally file a complaint before they take action and to find a way to legally prohibit people from parking cars on lawns.


I have to be careful when writing these rules, because there are a lot of judges who don't care about what we have to put up with.  If I get one thing wrong and activists file a lawsuit, the entire ordinance gets thrown out and we're left with no protection.  

Your input, opinions, suggestions and ideas will back up what I have been fighting for and put more pressure on Chairman York and County staff to continue to support even more of my proposals.

That's why I'm personally inviting you to attend the meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Park View HS.

The rest of the Board knows I'm telling the truth when I constantly speak about the need for tougher rules against overcrowded homes and more money and staff to enforce the law.

But they're afraid of being sued or offending the special interest groups that elected them by making my rules tougher or giving me the staff and tools to enforce them.

It's already working.  

We filled the cafeteria at Park View last Saturday with concerned neighbors like you and told Chairman York and County staff just what we're up against and what tools we need.

And they are listening.

County staff have been hearing from me for years about the problems we face. But they ignored it.

Now they are coming here to Sterling. Join others in telling them straight up your hopes for Sterling.

But hearing it directly from you helps drive the point home and helps me get my proposals passed even quicker.

Potomac Supervisor Andrea McGimsey, whose district is just to the west of us, was overwhelmed by the input from Sterling Park residents.  

That's a good thing, because the problems we face are ones that spread here from Fairfax County and they're already taking root in her district and 2 other districts.

We CAN win this fight to keep Sterling such a beautiful place to live by showing up in force and making sure OUR plans for Sterling are the ones listened to.  That won't happen unless this Board continues to hear from citizens like you.

Thank you for being such a good friend.  I hope to see you at Park View on Wednesday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m.

P.S.Thanks to you, I've been able to do more to    fight illegal immigration and overcrowding than any other official in Northern Virginia. But it's not enough.    We keep Sterling a quiet, wonderful community but only if you show up and give your ideas.

That's why I'm inviting you to attend the next community input session on Wednesday, May 14 at Park View High School. The doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the session begins at 6:00 p.m.

The first meeting had great impact, so I need you there for this one.  Thank you!-  ED

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