Monthly Archives: November 2012

For $67,569 I’d be a baseball fan, too

As previously reported here, the various shell companies behind developer Bob Farren’s proposed extraordinarily minor league baseball stadium (coming soon to an inconvenient location near you) contributed nearly $20,000 to the election campaigns of Chairman Scott York (R) and his fellow members of the all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors.

But that, it turns out, was just the tip of the iceberg.

Going through the list of investors in Farren’s venture, it turns out that the stadium’s financial backers gave at least $67,569 to York & Co. for the 2011 election. Continue reading

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York and Williams shill for major campaign donor

More details on the traveling road show by Chairman Scott York (R) and Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) to try to sell very unhappy nearby residents on the wonders of “professional” baseball (i.e., a stadium for a team so minor it’s not even affiliated with any real baseball team):

Some 240 very unhappy local residents of age 55+ communities located as close as half a mile away from the suddenly new location of the proposed stadium showed up Wednesday night for a three-hour session at which they expressed their concerns to York and Williams. Continue reading

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How to bungle an investigation

The very belated scramble last week by Loudoun prosecutor Jim Plowman (R, Needless to Say) to ask the Circuit Court to appoint a real special prosecutor to investigate Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) for criminal misuse of country staff, resources, and offices for private political fundraising activity is the latest twist in a bizarre series of cover-ups and bungling that has been going on since March. Continue reading

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A lot of very unhappy constituents

There was a standing-room-only crowd last night to confront Chairman Scott York (R) and Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) when they showed up in Potomac Green to try to sell the Hounds/One Loudoun stadium deal to a lot of very unhappy neighbors.

The meeting went on for three hours. We’ll have more details to follow.  Clearly York, Williams, and the rest of the all-GOP Board seem amazed that the people who actually live in Loudoun are not deliriously happy about corrupt backroom deals that favor special treatment for major campaign contributors while shutting out the normal public process. (The Board last month voted 9–0 in another snappy “business friendly” move to “expedite” the approval of the stadium backer’s bait-and-switch decision to “move”  the planned stadium from Kincora to an entirely different location at One Loudoun.)

Much more to come on this story.

A funny thing happened on the way to the political payoff

It turns out that not everyone in Loudoun County is as gaga in love with the Loudoun Hounds (or even their irresistible mascot “Fetch”) as Major Campaign Bucks Recipients Scott York (R), Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run), and the other grateful Republican officeholders who are rushing through an expedited special exception to allow the Hounds to change the location of their proposed very minor league stadium.

Among those distinctly unthrilled are the residents of five age-55+ communities within shouting distance of the new stadium location. They are so ticked off in fact, that they have organized a group called No Stadium on 7. Their website has already posted some terrific information Continue reading

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