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by ARLnow.com October 26, 2012 at 9:10 am 3,963 43 Comments

Election Board Calms Election Fraud Fears — Don’t worry about election shenanigans in Arlington, says the Arlington Electoral Board. The board is made up of two Republicans and one Democrat. At the Arlington County Republican Committee meeting on Oct. 24, Republican board member Scott McGeary said the county’s election staff will “make certain we have the utmost ballot integrity.” Local Republicans have been fearful of a “stolen election” in recent days, given the release of a video depicting Rep. Jim Moran’s son discussing ways to fraudulently cast ballots. [Sun Gazette]

Proposed Courthouse Office Building Still in Limbo — The ‘Clean Technology Center‘ — a new office building proposed for the 2300 block of Wilson Boulevard in Courthouse — had a vote on its site plan postponed by the Arlington County Board on Tuesday. The Board and local residents have been critical of the building’s design and its purported lack of public benefits. [Arlington Mercury]

Zimmerman Joins National Smart Growth Council — From a county press release: “Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman is one of 22 leading local officials from jurisdictions around the country to join the Advisory Board of Smart Growth America’s new Local Leaders Council , a nonpartisan group of local officials.” [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by Maryva2

  • Webster


    • WeiQiang

      The building is being pre-fab’d in the Chinese province of Yunnan in the city of Linbo.

      • coppa

        No it’s a new Arlington neighborhood. kinda like tribeca or soho. forgot what it’s supposed to spell though

        • Cybex

          How about not wasting the tax payers ‘Green’ money on worthless, smug, better than you, green projects which always cost 20 times more than projected and save virtually nothing.

          • Josh S

            My, you’ve got this world all figured out, haven’t you?

          • WeiQiang

            20x ? Yet developers still agree to develop to the standards. They must be bad businessmen.

          • drax

            Because they usually don’t cost 20 times more and save alot more than nothing?

    • John

      That building’s massing needs significant changes.

    • nom de guerre

      I thought it was Jeremy Lin’s nickname.

      • SomeGuy

        I think it’s a typo, and thus, just a chink in ArlNow’s editorial armor.

      • drax


      • Jay

        When was the last time Lin had and election?

        • Rosslynite

          I see what you did there.

  • GodFila

    Don’t worry about election shenanigans in Arlington, says the Arlington Electoral Board. The board is made up of two Republicans and one Democrat.

    Nice way to assuage the voters…

    With truth.

    • cause

      “Local Republicans have been fearful of a “stolen election” in recent days”

      Right. If fraud DID occur, it would mean Moran would win by 72% of the vote instead of 70%.

      • ballstonian


        I found the video disturbing in the sense that it shows Patrick lacking ethics, but the idea of the election being “stolen” is ridiculous. Moran has about 0% chance of losing this election, and the campaign isn’t about to start assisting with illegal voting — not because it offends them morally, but because it wouldn’t help them.

        If the video makers wanted to really catch someone, they should have talked to workers in a closely contested race somewhere. Or perhaps they did, and didn’t catch anybody condoning illegal activities, so they best they’ve got is Moran.

        • Stitch_Jones

          So…vote fraud is only a concern when the outcome of an election is uncertain?

          Would you all like to try a second stab at that? Because I am pretty sure that wrong behavior is important to bring to light regardless of the circumstances.

          Beleive it or not, this is a big story and if it had been on Nightline chances are that you would take it more seriously.

          I fear you are more interested in the messengers than the message.

          They just alerted you of a campaign’s efforts to cheat (something Jim Moran has had to resign for in the past – spend five minutes googling his escapades from the 80’s and 90’s). Impartial observers would consider that a service. I don’t know why you can’t recognize that…

          Out district deserves better.

          • Right of Center

            Amen brah

          • ballstonian

            Except nobody committed vote fraud, and nobody was likely to do so in this scenario. I’m no fan of Moran – the guy is as sleazy as he is stupid, and I’m not in the least surprised that his dumb kid is comfortable discussing how to carry out vote fraud. But they would never carry it out in this election because its way too much work, and risk, for no reward. And even if they did, it would be illegal as hell, but it still wouldn’t be a “stolen” election, to use the word of the original article, because it wouldn’t have changed the outcome.

          • Josh S

            You may be reading too much into the evidence. Nowhere does it say / indicate that anyone made any “efforts” at anything.

      • Scott


      • drax

        +1,000 was thinking that too.

      • GodFila

        Republicans are not wasting their time
        ad-lib-bing in Arlington. A blue pond
        in a red sea…

  • witches

    nice to see a pic. of a sidewalk without utility poles in it.

    • DCBuff

      you’ve got your funny pants on. all the best on the 31st.

      • drax

        Bright yellow funny pants make it easy for cars to see you while trick-or-treating in the middle of the street because there are no sidewalks.

  • OldYeller

    Is that from Potomac Overlook Park?

    • Quite serious

      All the trails I’ve been on there have been unpaved.

      • Serious Cat

        the leaves present a slip hazard. litigation alert!

        • TreeHugger

          Those look like Lyon Village leaves.

          • WeiQiang

            You have LEAVES in North Arlington. totes jeally

          • Josh S

            jelly reads the same and has one fewer character


  • DCBuff

    Yes, where are those “public benefits” a private developer is supposed to cough up to exercise the legal right to build on his/her property? Carmine, I don’t think it’s right you should extort money from the college.

    • R. Griffon

      Since VA is a “by right” state, you can build whatever the heck you want so long as it conforms to code and zoning. The fact that they’re looking for “public benefit” must mean that the developer is asking for some sort of exception or variance. Without doing any research (b/c I’m lazy), I’d guess that the developer wants to build more density than that site is allowed by zoning, and the County demands some sort of public benefit in return.

      Since more density equates to more or less a bigger building with more sales or lease revenue, the developer is thus motivated to provide that public benefit in order to be granted the additional density.

      But that’s just my guess.

      • DCBuff

        I’m guessing you may be correct about the extras the developer might want. That said, ArlCo pushes developers to provide “public benefits” even when the developer isn’t seeking a variance, and then dangles out the possibility of extras the developer didn’t ask for in return.

        • Josh S

          And partly as a result of doing so, Arlington enjoys a very high quality of urban living. Which benefits everyone. Including those who don’t already drive Beemers and live in Potomac…..(i.e., why should I give a good godd*mn about developers?)

  • Ted

    ‘Smart Growth’? That’s where Arlington allows developers to build massive parking garages under new commercial buildings so non-residents can drive to and from work in Arlington, one to a vehicle, while Arlington residents are constantly urged to go on a ‘car free diet’.

    • Sam

      You realize urged doesn’t ‘mean forced? You can ignore them if you want.

    • drax

      No, that’s not it.

  • YTK

    How can they put that building in Limbo when NONE of the buses even GO there??????

    • Right of Center

      They’re getting a street trolley

  • Captain O’Hagen

    I swear to God, I’ll pistol whip the next guy who says “shenanigans”!

    • Would You Hit a Woman?

      Aren’t pistol-whipping shenanigans below your rank, Captain?


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