Merrick Appointed to Airports Board

by ARLnow.com November 23, 2011 at 11:45 am 3,327 18 Comments

There’s a silver lining for Caren Merrick, the one-time Republican candidate for state Senate who was soundly defeated by Democratic Arlington County Board member Barbara Favola.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) has appointed Merrick, a successful businesswoman, to the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. If the appointment survives a potential legal challenge, Merrick will be one of 17 members of the MWAA board.

The Authority has been facing scrutiny recently amid accusations of mismanagement, according to the Washington Post.

  • DSS10

    Can we ask her to change the name of DCA back to National Airport? Would she listen?

    • No, you can’t ask.

    • Smoke_Jaguar4

      The renaming was part of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project. The RRLP is run by the Imperial Wizard of the Republican Party, Grover Norquist. You have a better chance of asking her to name a bathroom stall after Bill Clinton.

      • NorthArlingTim

        don’t think we need to ask. many of us longtime residents abhor the current name – considering that RR deregulated airlines and fracked so much up.
        BTW, RR is my godfather – i was born on his bday (feb 6) in the republic of CA – according to paper records i have from decades ago; he signed two of my father’s Ph.D.’s in CA @ UCDavis when he was a mere governator of CA, (and tossed me up in the air a few times when i was like a few months old).
        feb 6 is also bob marley’s bday – much better!! lol.

  • Lou

    A Silver Line(ing), if you will.

    Anyway, this is noteworthy because McDonnell’s administration is still hammering away at the the labor deal for Phase II and the more people he can plant on the board, the better chance he has to get a wider field of contractors to compete for the work.

  • charlie

    love it when campaign losers stomp their feet until someone gives them something to shut them up.

  • drax

    What’s Jaime Areizaga-Soto up to these days?

  • bemused bystander

    Watch for the flight paths to be redirected over all the Arlington neighborhoods that didn’t vote for her. Oh — right — that’s all of them.

    • NorthArlingTim

      They’re already doing this. Colonial Village was “grandfathered in” as a no-fly zone cause it was there first. Now there doesn’t seem to be a curfew anymore and the noise starts at 6am. Did they ever finish whatever work they were doing @ National?

      • John

        Noise in North Arlington is getting worse by the day. I have lived in the area for more than seven years now and the airplane noise pollution has gotten much much worse of late. Planes are flying right over Courthouse, especially the northbound takeoffs. Planes are supposed to follow the Potomac river until they reach the Georgetown reservoir but they simply cut through Arlington starting at 6 in the morning. You can see the actual path taken by every flight out of National using the flight tracker on this link:


        I have been following this for several weeks now and am noticing several patterns:

        1. Northbound takeoffs are the worst in cutting through Arlington and are the source of most noise pollution.
        2. Some planes follow the river like they are supposed to but most do not on a consistent basis. So it discredits the answer that flight paths depend on weather. Its the same no matter what the weather is. And some planes can follow the river but most simply do not.
        3. Arrivals seem to follow the river more closely.
        4. There seems to be disproportionately more northbound traffic – both arrivals and departures.

        I have lodged these complaints on the same website but that seems to be dead end. Basically there is no accountability here. Airlines are cutting corners and not following the rules. Airport authority is either incompetent, lazy or in the pocket of the airlines. And the community getting most screwed is north Arlington. Elected and appointed officials do not seem to care much either.

  • Steve85

    Hopefully she wont screw up!!

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Interesting details on the lawsuit issues:

    • NorthArlingTim

      Thanks for posting this! Quite fascinating. I love reading about the history of this area.

  • PCityZen

    Apparently Directors on the Board receive no compensation, they just exercise influence:

  • DBCooper

    Will she get us all permission to carry guns on planes and metros? Or maybe even mandate us to pack heat to really ensure public safegy?

  • BallstonDweller

    So, only a few weeks after the voters rejected her by a large margin, the governor finds a place of influence for her? Was she a donor?

  • soarlslacker

    Aren’t repubs supposed to be folks who want smaller gov’t? Why make the board bigger? Just so you can stack it with people who think like you do? Everyone thinking alike is the worst possible situation. What is it about Merrick that qualifies her for this position? Does she have a hidden secret background in public transportation? Is this a VA Gov’s “loser” prize.

  • LPS4DL

    Neither of them are qualified for these positions. They are both Republican donors and supporters. Nevertheless, let’s welcome them aboard and let them know this: Now that you are here, you will do all you can to get Richmond to increase funding for all sorts of transportation initiatives and programs in Northern Virginia. We expect Richmond to start kicking in it’s fair share to support the economic engine that is Northern Virginia. We are tired of Richmond taking our tax dollars and the benefits of our economy and not reinvesting their fair share into our transportation networks.
    Tell them on a regular basis for as long as their term runs. Their number one priority is more funding from Richmond to improve transportation in Northern Virginia.


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