I received my taxpayer funded campaign newsletter from Eugene Delgaudio.
The newsletter should have been titled the “Sterling District Newsletter” not “The Delgaudio Report.” Our tax dollars are for educating the community and not for generating political name recognition. Delgaudio should not misappropriate tax dollars for the benefit of his re-election campaign.
The lead story is “Crime drops 30.7% in Sterling area.” The article credits the new Sterling Sheriff Substation. True, crime statistics have steadily declined over the past 10 years in Sterling but the crime rate did not change much after the substation opened.
Delgaudio claims tougher enforcement through the “Delgaudio Ordinance” pressured “drug dealers and illegal aliens“ thereby reducing crime. However during the past decade Sterling has supposedly had a mass influx of illegal migrants. Meanwhile Prince William County has hassled their Hispanic immigrant community through anti-migrant laws causing many Hispanics to move to other communities such as Sterling with much angst in the local Rule Of Law crowd. Interestingly, crime hasn’t decreased in Prince William County like it has in Sterling. Perhaps illegal migrant workers are a criminal scourge only in the fevered minds of right-wing socialists who dislike people who speak Spanish. Note that those who bypassed the lower-cost but older communities of Sterling for the fast-growing transition zone took the crime with them. Crime in the Dulles South area increased 26.9%.
If we want a big increase in foreclosures, an increase in crime, and a big drop in property values we should follow Prince William County’s lead and use policy hazing to social engineer an exodus of our Hispanic community. It is obvious to me that Sterling will be stronger and safer if we oppose Delgaudio’s policy and follow a live-and-let-live policy regarding migrant workers and their work status.
I live in a community with an HOA and our covenants prevent neighborhood deterioration. Sterling Park does not have an HOA. That was the choice of many residents who made fun of neighboring communities with HOAs and the evils of regulating color choices and swing set locations. If Sterling Park residents suddenly see the value of an HOA now that people with a different culture live amongst them, they should have a referendum and see if their neighbors agree to an HOA. Otherwise they should grin and bear it or move. Using Eugene Delgaudio as the spear point person to increase the size and scope of government and raise taxes to impose HOA-type restrictions without the consent of those governed is, well, un-American and certainly not following the smaller-government conservative creed he claims.
Delgaudio includes a Citizen Survey in the newsletter. The survey is a joke because it is not intended to get all feedback, just positive feedback that agrees with his agenda and as a way to solicit money to retire his campaign debt. (Aren’t fiscal conservatives opposed to debt?) Delgaudio warns that we need to “remain vigilant” against “outside negative [political] influences.” Only those who agree with him are the “wonderful, caring people who love [Sterling]” while those who oppose his expensive police-state policies (such as building a Sheriff Substation that is twice as big and twice as expensive as needed or expanding zoning inspections) are pro-gang, pro-criminal, pro-flop house, pro-ghetto liberal scum.
Once again Delgaudio is making our community a laughingstock in the world by falsely claiming that a spot for a nativity scene on the Courthouse lawn has been “abolished ‘forever’”. This is hardly a Sterling issue. We didn’t have a free-speech disaster until Delgaudio manufactured his anti-attack-on-Christmas fundraising scheme. Why does our community tolerate being used by Delgaudio as a stage for his day-job of fear mongering among the uninformed to solicit donations to pay himself and his staff 6-figure salaries? If Delgaudio job were for an actual business, it would be closed for fraud since his only economic output is fundraising appeals.
Why can’t Sterling do better? Are there no moderate independents who can articulate a governing style that represents more of the middle instead of pendulum swings between the political fringes? Previously Delgaudio’s craziness and fear mongering was moderated by a board that was split politically. With an all-Republican Board of Supervisors, what will hold him back now?