People are Getting it...Time to Exit the Metro Deal
SEIU Gets it! Hey everybody, Tax Pig here... stop by the new SEIU office in Leesburg and get one of the "SEIU LUVS Metro" stickers they’re wearing...then throw it in the trash where it belongs. Metro to Loudoun... built and operated with pride by out-of-state union workers in our right-to-work state is a disgrace. Are we going to say Thank You to SEIU for eating our lunch and putting our taxes and tolls to work to secure 4 more years of hopeless change!
How obvious is this debacle becoming? Even Loudoun Rail NOW is getting it! I kid you not, this is the new logo they are rolling out. They called for a picture of Tax. Nice colors!
The Public is Getting it! This past Friday night, Taxpayers for Accountable Government (TAG) brought out a good crowd of local people to the Purcellville Train Station. Judging from a show of hands, most were from Blue Ridge and Catoctin districts. Butch Porter moderated an impressive set of presentations by Sally Mann, Rob Martin, Dave Dickinson, and Dan Davies. The only question that seemed to be left unanswered was, ‘what are Janet and Geary going to do to protect their constituents from this?’ All nine Supervisors were invited and asked for statements, although none were there, and no statements were offered. Ken Reid (Leesburg) and Eugene Delgaudio (Sterling) are on the record with solid opposition to this. Others are on the fence or have voiced enthusiastic support for Metro-to-Loudoun. There is some serious irony, as you may have noticed, holding a meeting at the train station, where 155 years ago the train was central to Loudoun economy. Believe it or not, leaders are contemplating putting a railroad train back at the center of Loudoun's economic plans despite warnings from the experts. Some Supervisors say that without extending commuter rail beyond Dulles, east into Loudoun, we will miss a great opportunity. Can’t we do better than a 19th century relic to build our future on? A recent study commissioned by Loudoun County contradicts that view. It said,
“Nonetheless, RCLCO has not found any credible evidence to indicate that the extension of rail transit brings new development to an entire region."
Virginia Delegate Jim LeMunyon recently told the Loudoun Chamber that
"By 2025, with or without rail, not a single car comes off the road."
Preach it, Jim!
Some of the Media is Getting It! The Purcellville Gazette has run some good opinion letters on Metro, and Leesburg Today is letting Dulles Rail comedy get some air.
They printed aletter by Malcolm Baldwin,the guy who ran for Supervisor against Geary Higgins saying how much he loves Dulles Rail. Malcolm is vouching for Stephen Fuller’s psychic readings. Fuller (pronounced full-of-it), has some explaining to do about who is paying for his statistical wizardry that conveniently shows Loudoun finding the land of Oz at the end of two cold steel rails. You can’t make this stuff up. We love you Malcolm. Keep up the great work.
Even theTimes Mirror lets oneor two get by. But the real coverage on this Loudoun‘Story of the Decade’has been scooped by out-of-town news sources. They are getting it and see this scheme for what it really is.
Refuting Stephen Fuller’s unsubstantiated claims for Metro-dependent prosperity the response is loud and clear, “Not so, said David LaRock, spokesman for Loudoun Opt Out, a group of residents that seek to promote awareness of the county’s financial involvement in the proposed metro extension.
“I think it would have the effect of binding the citizens of Loudoun to a massive, ongoing, perpetual debt,” he said. “It will reshape the character of our county in a way that I wouldn’t consider positive and will offer no real corresponding benefit.”
Likewise,Toll Road News spottedthe lopsided view in Loudoun’s Metro Math and is saying that the silly emperor has no clothes. If you take their $2260 per person cost figure and assume the average household has 3 people, that amount creeps up to $6780, and that is based on LoCo’s extremely low-ball guestimates.
The county has a population of a mere 315,000 people, so that's $2260/per person.
Long-term forecasts like this we're very skeptical about. However the near years look even worse:
2016 to 2025 revenue of $92m and expenditure of $396m.
And none of this takes into account the costs of higher tolls paid by residents to fund the rail line, or the fallout from likely bankruptcies of the agencies involved.
WMATA will never get it! ...until we say, “Go home WMATA and never come back” The big NON-event on the Metro to Loudoun scene was the WMATA clown show taking up hours of our Board of Supervisors time to present absolutely nothing. That presentation might have won 9 Yes votes in Fairfax, but...this is Loudoun, baby. So outrageously void of information was the event that the highlight of the meeting was Chairman York telling Metro exactly what “Opt Out” means. I’ve gotta say, hearing Scott York telling Metro folks that Loudoun will not be bullied by the bullies, was, shall we say, refreshing. Next meeting maybe we can let Ken Reid or that Supervisor from Sterling have some fun. Let them tell the Metro people what, “Go home WMATA and never come back” means.
The Washington Compost is getting it! Even the WaPo is hearing that Loudoun might bale on rail... like the government of Virginia is doing. Sure, some state reps. say they love rail, but their actions say, “We just can’t afford to waste our money on a dream!” Check out this ad:
When Will Our Elected Leaders Get it? Folks, making fun of this silly project is just way too easy and too much fun, but it won’t be funny if it passes, so join us will you? The supers who are still trying to figure this out deserve to hear from you, because anyone who can prop up this wobbly proposition and call it an investment deserves to get run right out of town. Kick in with those letters and calls, and get in front of the mirror to practice your 2 minute talk on what you think of this Metro money pit. I know two minutes isn’t enough, just be ready to talk fast and use lots of hand gestures.
Broad Run Supervisor Shawn Williams says you are not getting it.(see below) This week, Shawn Williams said you don't exist. He and others are talking openly about how there are only a handful... four or five... rail-hating trouble makers. That means if you don’t agree with him, you don’t exist. We need to educate these folks by getting all of our people out in the open. If you've signed up atwww.LoudounOptOut.comin the last few days, don't worry, we will update the list ASAP.
Below is a list of people who have asked supervisors to opt out of this boondoggle. We need you to help us grow this list to ten times this many. Send this email to your friends and have them sign up atwww.LoudounOptOut.com You can contact us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for bumper stickers and yard signs.
Barbara Adgate Suzanne Ager Laura Ahlbin John Albino Margaret Albright Mark Albright Belinda Alvarez Charles Alvarez David Anderson Traci Anderson Lisa Anger Bert Arians Natalie Arias Paul Arias Bridget Atkinson Christine Aubrey L Bailey Lydia Barner Bennett Battle Laura Battle Barbara Bayles-Roberts Nelly Beaman Michelle Bean Benjamin Belrose Betty Bigler Mary Blackburn Linda Blanken Daryl Borgquist Allen Bozarth Robert Brawley Jeff Breming Billy Brice Je'Neka Brice James Briggs Cathleen Brombuff Bryan Brooks Stuart Brown Robert Bruton Theresa Bruton Kathryn Buck Heather Burden Holland Burgan Yvonne Burgan Anita Burkard Gregory Burnside Brian Burton Alex Butler Ron Calet Brent Campbell Lewis Cassidy Kevin Causley Debbie Cea Ramesh Chemudu Chris Ciliberti Larry Cimbalista Joyce Clegg Paul Clement Janet Cloninger B Coates Ken Coglin Ellen Collins Stacy Connors Charles Cooper Donna Lynn Cooper Patricia Costantino Roberto Constantino Dean Coursen David Cox Jeff Cramer Pauline Crasser Robert Crasser Joseph Csernik Fernando Cubeza Kelly Cubeza Leslie Darr Daniel Davies Kara Lee Davies Cassandra Dean Brigitte Deel Lisa Deel Trey Deel Crystal Delgaudio Eugene Delgaudio Julie Delgaudio Vivian Deliz Willie Deutsh Verne Dickerson David Dickinson Elizabeth Dickinson Matthew Dillion Elizabeth Donat Dwight Dopilka Joe Dotson John Drury Thomas Dunn Dennis Ebersole Dan Egtvedt David L. Eno Lisa Escobar Jeffrey Evans Peter Fagan Norm Felarca Michele Ferreira James Fitzgerald Kellie Fitzgerald Maria Ford Stephen Ford N Forsythe Suzanne Fox Lesli Francis Carroll Franklin Kathy Franklin John Frazier Robert Fredeen Christine Frias Erik Frias Dennis Funct Benjamin Garber Jonathan Garber Joseph Garber Olga Garber Chris Garcia William Gard Michelle Garritty Ginger Gash Anne D. George Fred George III Wendi Gill Ryan Gleason Eve Marie Barner Gleason M Glidden James Golterman Stephen Grant Kerry Grayson Thomas “Tag” Greason Robert Greene Karie Griffin Barbara Haeussler Philip Haeussler Barbara Hanson Bernadette Harlow Bobby Harris Donna Harris Richard Harris Jon Harthun R Hayes James Head Mary Anne Healy Hanna Hermiz Elaine Hockman Aledra Hollenbach J Hopkins Justin Houtz Clinton Huffman Tad Hunter Rodney Huth Carmen Igoe James Igoe Laurie Ivanhoe Thomas Jager John Jaggers Ahmed Jama Chris Jensen Kris Jensen Theron Johnson James Jones Robert Jones Anela Kahn Habib Kahn Kristen Kalina Amy Kelly Bob Kelly Jack Kelly Jim Kelly Julie Kelly Jeff Kenis Melissa King Ahto Kivi Ruby Kivi Fred Klein Francis Klotz Darren Koch Kathleen Krein Brett Kucherek Jennifer Kugler Cynthia Lacombe Joe LaFiandra Margaret Lambke David LaRock Elizabeth LaRock Joanne LaRock Susan LaTour Greg Law Stephane Leasure Jon Lee J Leoin Tina Lester Donna Lewis John Lewis Ken Lightbody John Lind Eleanor Lockwood Joan Lopez Jeremiah Lorring Ed Louderbank Robert Lowery Robert Maistros Margaret Manchin Jack Mann Sally Mann Colleen Maoloriogolcie Tom Marcoupis Anne Markert Charles Markert Jeanine Martin Rebecca Martinez Norma Mason Eugene May Kathryn McBride Steve McCaslin Tim McClain Trish McClain Kristie McDonald Robert McGraw Charles McKinney Catherine McNickle Michael McPoland Sarah McWhirter Hector Mendoza Denise Merrell Paul Miller John Millhiser Michael Monrroy Matthew Morris Carolee H. Morrison Frederick Morrison Robert Todd Morrison Denise Murdock Jim Murdock Jennifer Mustachio Usnk Nallurz Thomas Newman Ryan Nichols Heather Norman Don Normington Mark Nuzzaco Jennifer Oblas Shri Ohimaladinne Stacey Osborne Bob O'Such Christine O'Such Michael Pakstys Tina Paolozzi Brian Petrilla Lynne Petrilla Lee Phillips Patricia Phillips Renee Pillor Anthony Pla Connie Potter Ene Poua Frank Poulin D Powers H. J. Powers Krista Preble Ed Presor Deborah Price Carol Printz Aaron Quinn Deeanne Quist Erik Quist Rose Ray Judythe Ream Dan Reed L Reed Tom Reed Joseph Rico Margaret Rizzi David Roberts Kate Rodgers Kristen Rogers Karen Rogstad Martha Romanik Sylvia Ross Sergio Rovira Ralf Ruedinger Bolivia Ruiz Valerie Ruiz Richard Ryan Michael Safford Anne Sage-Sunshine Jeffrey Salmon James Sarch M Doug Satterwhite Vivian Satterwhite Nasix Sayed Sadiya Sayed Joseph Scarbro Shelly Schubert C. Schurtz Mark Sell Paul Sellers Harry Settle Loreta Sewall Wanda Shoemaker Colby Shocker Gigi Shyote Marion Simpson Theodore Sjurseth Scott Smedile Josh Smialek Anita Smith Rebecca Smoot J. Solomon Jim Sonnenfeld Tim Sparbanie Arthur Spinks Elaine Stephanos Carolyn Stevens Joshua Stockman Stephanie Stockman Steve Stockman Greg Stone Holly Strychuski Anthony Swanchara Patricia Sweeney Erin Sylvester Terry Tabb Manna Taffe K Thayer Carolyn Thomas H. Powers Thomas Amy Thompson Joe Thompson Douglas Thrush Stacie Titus Clair Torchid George Torchid Cara Townsend B. Man Trace Judith Trent William Tuck Michelle Tucker Jill Turgeon Patricia Usborne Tamra Varda Derrick Veney Angela Vermilion Judith Vipond Terry Vipond E. Voell Gerard Voellinger Douglas Vonce Dana Walker Shirley Weslander Dan Whalen Maureen Whalen Jonathan Whitbeck Gary White Doug Whitman Howard Williamson William Williamson Steve Willis Dainyell Wilson Todd Wilson William Wilson Deidre Winnick Karen Wolfe Michael Wooten A.W. Zachar Evelyn Zachar Carolyn Ziegler James Ziegler Elwood Zimmerman Lisa Zimmerman
Please add the following dates to your calendar:
Metro-to-Loudoun 'Town Hall' Meetings
Leesburg: Rust Library May 17th, 7pm
Loudoun Board of Supervisors:Dulles Rail Public Input Sessions
May 24 (Thursday) 7-9pm Mill Run Elementary School Gymnasium 42940 Ridgeway Drive, Ashburn
May 30 (Wednesday) 7-9pm Freedom High School Cafeteria 25450 Riding Center Drive, South Riding
June 2 (Saturday) 10am-12noon Loudoun Valley High School Cafeteria 340 N. Maple Avenue, Purcellville
June 4 (Monday) 6:30pm Board Room,1 Harrison St, Leesburg
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