Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com June 24, 2010 at 5:33 am 1,636 3 Comments

Summers Doing Big Business During World Cup — Summers Restaurant in Courthouse was so crowded during yesterday’s World Cup match between the U.S. and Algeria that the fire marshal showed up, according to NBC Washington. The 300-capacity venue was deemed 25 people over-capacity.

Zimmerman Urges State to Reconsider Metro Defunding Threat — “The state should not break the promise made to its residents and regional partners,” WMATA and Arlington County board member Chris Zimmerman wrote in an op-ed on the Washington Post’s website. Zimmerman and fellow Northern Virginia WMATA board member Catherine Hudgins say that if the state withdraws $50 million in funding, as it has threatened to do if it doesn’t get two seats on the Metro board, then a cooperative $300 million per year infrastructure improvement plan “will fall apart.”

Flickr pool photo by brianmka.

  • Let’s Be Free

    Chris “Let the Pentagon Burn” Zimmerman is at it again. Mr. “Longest Serving Member of the Metro Board” piously pontificates to draw attention away from his record. One would think 17 fatalities (indiscriminantly killed riders, pedestrians, employees and contractors) would be enough to tweak Zimmerman’s conscience (if he had one). Zimmerman was responsible for installing the management that destroyed Metro’s safety culture and then defending it through 15 or 16 of the 17 deaths.

    If Zimmerman were to do the honorable thing and offer his resignation (ala McChrystal) that would open the floodgates for the state funding. Unlike Zimmerman, our governor sincerely cares about safety first. Funding is not being withdrawn; funding is being temporarily withheld until Zimmerman and his cronies wake up and yield to reality. The Feds, the Washington Post, and now the Commonwealth have all recognized the calamitous, callous and careless, safety-last culture that was built in Zimmerman’s reign. It is time that Zimmerman and his cabal of supporters recognize the same. Walk away Chris, walk away.

    • lily

      Blaming all Metro’s problems on Zimmerman is so absurd that there’s nothing to say in response. But it does make me wonder, what is up with the conserva-trolls on this blog? Why are they here? Who are they talking to?

      Arlington takes up ~26 square miles of the DC metro area. You don’t have to move far to be out from under the oppressive thumb of the “Arlington liberal cabal” or what have you.

  • Andrew

    bleh…probably the same old curmudgeon that almost runs ya over when you’re trying to cross the street from the aforementioned, problematic Metro system.


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