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Election Day 2008

November 1, 2008

Happy Day after Halloween. Last night was great weather. Many neighbors went all out and gave lots of candy to the children who went out. Thank you if you gave candy, greeted parents or dressed up your house.
100s of Cubscouts and Boyscouts went to most every door in Sterling and delivered "scouting for food" flyers and bags this morning. Please use that bag and put some more bags of food out next Saturday for the scouts to pick up and bring to the foodbank. The scouts will be back to your door Saturday November 8, 9 a.m. to pick up donations of canned and packaged foods for redistribution to neighbors in need. Any non-perishable food items is acceptable but no glass item. Thank you. 18 area churches are also helping if you miss the scout pick up.

The horn-honking heard downtown this morning was no ordinary rush-hour traffic jam -- it was jubilation ahead of the parade to honor the World Series-winning Philadelphia Phillies. Hundreds of thousands turned out yesterday (story online)

>>>>Election Day Tuesday November 4

Absentee Voting at the Electoral Board ends today AT FIVE P.M. in Leesburg. For more information on text of ballot resolutions on the ballot and list of candidates:



You have the opportunity to vote "yes" or "no" on increasing your taxes on all prepared foods. As supervisor, I voted against the meals tax when it was proposed. As a citizen, I urge you to vote "no" this Tuesday. I believe you are overtaxed and the government spends your money like it belongs to them. I believe a big "no" vote will send a message that the government needs to cut more and spend less.

In interview after interview, I have opposed the granting of tax exemptions for Howard Hughes Institute (3 million dollars of your money); for brand new hybrid car drivers ($3 million of your money); for owners of private lear jets and small airplanes ($16 million of your money); Libraries and Parks that allow out of county residents to use the facilities without limit or penalty for abuse or excessive use ($3 million of your money!); free lunch for children of rich Western Loudoun families ($1 million of your money). These are specific spending decisions that must be reversed BEFORE a meals tax is considered. Vote No on the Meals Tax.


As I have told you dozens of times in recent months, Sterling needed resources from every corner of government at the local, state and federal levels. I needed quick responses. I am still waiting for Governor Tim Kaine to send state troopers and to tell me where they can get a piece of fighting the gangs. I will keep calling and asking for help. One man wrote a letter in response to my pleas for help stated on all 3 television news channels. He offered everything at his disposal and was open to ideas on how he can help with fighting the gang and violent crime issue. And he wrote the entire board of superivsors. I responded as soon as possible and set a date for his visit overnight.. That man is Frank Wolf.


I called the FBI to come to Sterling and set a date. As citizens, we all assume things are done by our top law enforcement agencies like the FBI. They do work but they are human beings too with budget and time constraints. Simple things like explaining exactly what they do day to day make a difference. When Washington's top agent sees the support and welcome he recieves it is a rare thing. And Sterling benefits.

We learned a lot at that important meeting. We all learned that we will not "see" the FBI on the street but they work closely with our deputies.


Last week, at the Sterling meeting, the FBI confided that the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force was moving in with them to learn how to use daily techniques in fighting crime and have complete access to training and information on a daily basis. This is a big development.


It is things like this we can not take for granted. Frank Wolf worked for years and years on funding the gang task force and now when Sterling needs help, there are 18 extra deputies from the entire region to help out. This Gang Task Force worked with the FBI based on a Congressional Budget Resolution. So they have worked since then. A new budget resolution was passed last month. Once that new allocation was made, we had additional resources. Together many of you and I turned out for frequent meetings and demanded help as a result of the recent shootings. The gang issue has been around and fighting it has been a pet project of Frank Wolf. It took vision and follow through.

Frank Wolf went to meeting after meeting with federal officials at every level and with fellow Congressmen and U.S. Senators and demanded for this task force to be created. Frank Wolf was fearless and persistent and is singularly responsible for this important tool in the FBI utility belt. This task force covers this Sterling district and is the conduit for deputies on the Loudoun County level to have full access to federal resources on a regular basis.


I can tell you and do tell you frequently how I stay on certain issues and projects no matter what. Frank Wolf has been that kind of person on fighting crime in this region.


America's top comic writer, who is also my webmaster Jim Huber, asked me: What are you doing on Election Day? I will be at the Forest Grove elementary school to answer questions, write down errands you want me to do and handing out invitations to the sheriff's substation groundbreaking for this Thursday along with a report on crime fighting.

What: Delgaudio
When: Election Day Six AM to 7 p.m. (with lunch break 11 to 12 noon)
Where: Forest Grove Elementary School
Why: To hand voters an invite and progress report on fighting crime.

>>>>Sterling Sheriff Substation Groundbreaking

WHEN: Thursday, November 6th at 1PM

WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for the much-anticipated Sheriff Substation in Sterling. There will be free cookies for all attendees.

WHERE: The groundbreaking site is next to Rolling Ridge Elementary School on E. Frederick Dr. in Sterling.

Note: Two weeks ago the county staff followed board policy and removed this project from the 2008 capitol improvment plan. At a meeting of the Board's finance committee last Wendesday the board responded to the frequently stated demands of Sterling citizens and your elected supervisor and voted to put the Substation back on the plan and to consider the construction contract this coming Tuesday. I asked, and the board agreed, for a state agency to finance the construction.

The Sterling Sheriff Substation is the only new county facility being built today.

If you can, please come to the groundbreaking to keep up support for this Substation. The new commander is anxious to meet you and address your questions privately.


It's That Time Again: Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery, says Sterling Volunteer Fire Department and also send them a large donation for their volunteer cause, too.

>>>Clean up planned on Sterling Boulevard November 8

Sterling Boulevard Cleanup, Saturday, November 8, 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers needed. Meet at Park View Recycling Center (400 W Laurel Ave.) to receive orange bags, safety vests, and instructions. Please bring gloves.

>>>>>Loudoun County Public LIbrary Sponsors Immigration Series

I am quoting directly. My position is not to welcome ILLEGAL ALIENS. I love all law abiding residents who live here but if you came here and are not a legal guest of this country, please accept my invitation to leave Sterling. Thank you.

I just heard about this series at the public library. The Loudoun County public library does some good things. But it also refuses to raise money, collect late fees and promotes liberal authors and speakers around the clock.

In short it sticks a sharp stick in the eye of taxpayers as a spending machine with no limit on its "services" and no interest in converting its support into financial support and therefore relief for taxpayers.

Quoting directly from the Library:
>>>Immigration: Who Belongs?

A four part film and scholar-led discussion series is scheduled for Sundays at 3:00 p.m., November 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2008, at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls.

The question of how America will deal with the tens of thousands of potential new immigrants every year is now much in debate in both the public and private arena. The contemporary stories in these four documentaries illustrate both the challenges and opportunities faced by the latest generation of immigrants to come to America.

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