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Wednesday Morning Notes

by Dave Emke — March 22, 2017 at 9:00 am 16 Comments

Morning Notes - Winter

More Attention for Town Center Parking Debate — Reston Town Center merchant Aaron Gordon was on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on D.C. radio station WAMU on Tuesday speaking about paid parking at the Town Center. Supervisor Cathy Hudgins was also on the show to give her thoughts. [WAMU/player.fm]

Whole Foods Purchases to Benefit Fairfax County Charity — Five percent of purchases today at Northern Virginia locations of Whole Foods — including in Reston at 11660 Plaza America Drive —  will benefit Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, which partners with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue to provide coats, books, toys and needed supplies to families. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

Elected Officials to Discuss Economic Growth in Area — Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and delegates Ken Plum (D-Fairfax), Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax/Loudoun) and Kathleen Murphy (D-Fairfax/Loudoun) will be among the speakers at a forum on economic drivers and opportunities March 30 in Herndon. [Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce]

County Officials Worry About Effects of Immigration Fear — At Tuesday’s meeting of Fairfax County’s Public Safety Committee, officials discussed concerns that members of the immigrant community will become afraid to report crime, ask for help or provide police information. They say that distrust may jeopardize overall safety in the county. [WTOP]

  • Bah

    Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and delegates Ken Plum (D-Fairfax), Jennifer
    Boysko (D-Fairfax/Loudoun) and Kathleen Murphy (D-Fairfax/Loudoun) will
    be among the speakers at a forum on economic drivers and opportunities
    March 30 in Herndon

    None of them has ever had a real job – they’ve spent their lives suckling at the government teat, directly or indirectly. But hey they know all about the economy! Probably the “economic drivers” will be “more government spending” and the “opportunities” will be “how to get some of that government spending”.

    • Mike M

      If you listen to most leftists, they believe that the government is at the heart of the economy. This is taught in schools. Ironic because government is actually a parasite on economies.

      • The Constitutionalist

        It’s unfortunate, but it’s not just most leftists, there are quite a few on the right that advocate for more government spending as well.

        Neither side has proposed many cuts or even a balanced budget.

      • Chuck Morningwood

        While I disagree with your analogy of “government as economic parasite”, it is a parasite without which no economy can survive.

        • The Constitutionalist

          While the latter part of your statement is true at least as a generality. It must be taken into consideration that government, in the form we know it, cannot create productivity, and therefor, can only be a parasite.

        • Mike M

          There are ecological economies and transnational economies that have survived without formal governance. You might make the case that good governance can help an economy thrive, most are parasites who do not return on the investment.

  • Generic User

    Glad to see the RTC paid parking fiasco continues to get a higher profile with the Wash Post article and now the Kojo show. In yo face, BP!

    • Mike M

      My bet: BP doesn’t care. I’ve observed that their general industry is quite comfortable being at odds with the communities in which they operate. I have also observed a lower than average IQ in the sector.

      • Greg

        I agree. BP, just like the RA, will never cave.

      • Generic User

        Well, I am sure that $8 million/year they were predicting for parking revenues is not on track anymore with all of us boycotting and when the tenants all start moving out or closing down over the next year, then their rent revenues will start dropping. So if they never cave, that will be conformation of extremely low IQs and hopefully some people getting fired.

        • Mike M

          I hope you are right, but I am not holding my breath.

  • Donald

    Two good topics:

    RTC getting more attention and the Economic Drivers in our community.

    I’m happy to see the parking matter taking a higher and higher profile (as Generic User below states).

    This will indeed have a negative impact on the RTC brand. This is something their corporate offices take note of — as it will ultimately affect their revenues, and eventually, shareholder value. Corporate will start looking at the local RTC management and start asking hard questions.

    Economic development conversation is a can of worms, depending on who is really “sponsoring” this forum.

    Donald

    • Generic User

      Trump? No, couldn’t be. That response was too well spoken and coherent.

      • Why do you bother?

        Nah – not signed THE Donald.

        • Donald

          Excellent observation, well stated,

          Donald

  • Generic User
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