Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com April 26, 2012 at 8:40 am 3,307 37 Comments

County Urges Residents to Buy CO Alarms — Arlington County Chief Fire Marshal Daniel Fitch is urging residents to buy, install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms. The recommendation, in the form of a press release, came one day after five people died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Oxon Hill, Md. [Arlington County]

Route 1 Transit Corridor Tension — Arlington and Alexandria are at odds over the proposed transit corridor along Route 1, reports Michael Lee Pope. Arlington has, for some reason, backed off a promise to kick in $2.4 million for an environmental analysis for the project, according to Pope. [Arlington Connection]

United Exempts Foreign Service from New Pet Fees — Rep. Jim Moran is applauding a decision by United Airlines to exempt the cost of transporting pets overseas for the country’s more than 5,000 Foreign Service workers. Last month United announced new charges to transporting pets, but at the time exempted only military personnel. “The policy change could have added thousands of dollars in moving costs to Foreign Service personnel,” Moran’s office said in a press release.

No Drones Over Arlington — Despite a report that the Arlington County Police Department has been cleared by the FAA to operate drone aircraft, the department says they’re drone-free. “The Arlington Police Department cleared is in Arlington, TX,” said department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. “ACPD has no plans [for] ever using drones.”

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    If Arlington was going to back out I wish they would have had their talking points out there. Alexandria certainly had all the pols on the radio this morning telling their tale of woe.

  • SouthPikeGuy

    Not surprised about the situation with Alexandria. When has Arlington’s current leadership ever cared about anyone in region except themselves?

    • drax

      Your question has a false premise and false facts.

      • sunflower

        false facts?

        • drax

          Yep. A fact is simply a statement of the existence of something. Sometimes it is used to mean a “true statement,” but facts can be wrong and still factual. Example: Mars is purple. A factual statement, but not a true one.

          • Bill Safire (deceased)

            No, a fact is a statement of something that has really occurred or is actually the case. A famous example of redundancy is “a true fact.”

            You’re describing a premise.

            So a “false fact” cannot exist.

            Unless I have my facts wrong.

          • drax

            Nope. A false fact can exist. Statements may be of a factual nature without being true. Truth is not an element in every definition of “fact” as I explained.

          • sunflower

            {citation needed}

          • ramen

            A simple “I disagree” would have sufficed, but it would not have come off as haughty and condescending as his tastes.

    • Fairfaxian for transit

      the last time Michael Pope did a story on Arlington Alex conflict over CCPY, it turned out to be making a mountain out of a molehill – a difference in planned timing over when the bus way should be converted to LRT. A press released was issued by at least one of the jurisdictions callin him on it.

      This time he has more to go on, since he’s got some Alex pols making statements. I still think this will end up being a minor misunderstanding.

  • WeiQiang

    On those drones, anyone reading the EFF article and looking at the map would see that the “Arlington” mentioned was Arlington, TX. The agencies shown in Arlington, VA are DARPA and DoD. This issue didn’t even require WTOP to do research, just look at the info that was already provided. Shoddy.


  • Richard Cranium

    ACPD already uses drones in the form of the Parking Meter Stormtroopers.

    • nunya

      lovely Rita.

    • South Awwlington

      Bullied by Arlington again…

      • South Awwlington

        Was supposed to post related to the transit debacle.

  • nunya

    looks like that report tripped up a few people.

    anyone else having fios net problems?

    • Banksy

      Nunya — I have the FiOS triple play, and my phone and internet service went out late last night, but my TV service was okay. Did that happen to you?

      Phone and internet were still out this morning, so I assumed it was a problem with my modem. I unplugged everything for a while, and then pushed the re-set button on my modem, which seemed to do the trick.

      • nunya

        Banksy, had the same problem. VZN said there was an outage in parts of NoVa.

        Your magic juju fixed everything!

        • Banksy

          Phew, at least it wasn’t just me — not that I’m happy you had problems, too!

          I’m glad you mentioned the problem in your initial comment.

  • Arlington, Northside

    $2.4 million for an environmental analysis?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Good Lord we have taken things too far! $2.4 million should cover the cost of an environmental analysis for the entire County of Arlington and City of Alexandria. The county is right to scoff at this. And the EPA should be ashamed to require such a costly STUDY.

    • David Potomac Yard

      Agree in principle, but it’s not the EPA. Any transportation project using federal funds (in this case the Federal Transit Agency) has to conduct an alternatives analysis. Arlington seems to have lured Alexandria into the fold to plan for the initial steps, but now has decided to pay for the system without federal funds. While this means Arlington can move forward quicker without the study, it forces Alexandria to pony up the cash for the system now without a federal contribution. Alexandria was counting on paying $1 million for the study in hopes of getting $40 million in federal money to help by the streetcars.

      In this situation, it looks like Arlington is being a bad neighbor. If they move forward with streetcars to the Potomac Yard border, it will only lesson usability and make the entire thing less attrractive.

      • Noonan

        So is the county doing any environmental impact study on their own since they are skirting NEPA requirements? Does the state have any requirement to analyze the impact on the environment?

        It seems that after all the posturing by Arlington about the NEPA waiver on the HOT lanes, it would be quite hypocritical to not submit to a third party regulatory analysis on a project like this.

        • Suburban Not Urban


    • Josh S

      A drop in the bucket compared to the value of environmental resources that have been (and continue to be) wasted / destroyed in the United States. We have gone too far, indeed.

      • Patrick

        Yes we should all immediately go back to horse and carriage and reading by cadlelight.

        • drax

          Another preposterous straw man/false dilemma from Patrick.

  • Dick Armendariz

    Tell us, there, Josh: does the value of resources change when you use the word “environmental” as a prefix? Or do you use “environmental” as a synonym for “emotional”?

    I’m not sure what you mean by wasted / destroyed as that’s somewhat subjective; but I know that someone had to work to create that $2.4MM, it was confiscated, and most likely it will be wasted or destroyed.

    Your sweeping assessments are not very clear.

    • drax

      “someone had to work to create that $2.4MM, it was confiscated, and most likely it will be wasted or destroyed.”

      And Josh is simply noting that something more valuable to us all could also be confiscated and destroyed, and this study will tell us.

      • Dick Armendariz

        Is that a fact? A fact-finding mission, is it?

        • drax

          It’s almost as if words can have more than one meaning, even if they differ in subtle ways!

          • Dick Armendariz

            Many words differ in subtle ways. Like homophones and homographs, or bore and boor, or Drax and Mehoo.

          • SouthPikeGuy


  • novasteve

    Will the county also recommend getting Dihydrogen Monoxide alarms too?

    • Unbeeweebable


      If I understood the reference, wouldn’t the County only require those for Donaldson Run residents/neighbors?


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