I am taking a page from Supervisor Miller’s blog, and finding something nice to say about Mr. Delgaudio: He is good at what he does, which is orchestrating political stunts and getting people to act contrary to their own interests.
Published in the Blue Ridge Leader on March 10, 2011.
Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio and the so-called Loudoun “Environmental” Council really turned out the troops on March 1. Let’s see who they were, and what they have in common:
Residents of Raspberry Falls were there. Their homes were built over porous limestone, and their wells are contaminated. Their signs read “Halt building permits until we have a water solution.” Mr. Delgaudio aggressively opposed the limestone overlay district that would have prevented this catastrophic development over limestone.
Someone from Citizens for Property Rights carried a sign that said “CBPO, is it clean water or no growth.” We wonder if she talked with the Raspberry Falls residents? CPR landowners sold their property to residential developers, who in turn are the largest donors to Mr. Delgaudio. CPR and their developers lobbied against the limestone overlay district and previous riparian buffer protections.
There were also people with signs that said “$6700 playsets,” people whose small backyards border stormwater management retention ponds. Nobody likes the retention ponds, and concrete culverts, and ugly rock filled drainage ditches. Low Impact Development practices could have replaced this costly infrastrucuture, used less land, and retained rainfall to recharge the aquifers that feed wells and streams. But LID is small scale, and good for small businesses like architects, landscapers, and nurseries; it’s not so good for big businesses like Shockey concrete. Mr. Delgaudio has been in office since 1999, and worked really hard for people who sold lots and lots of concrete.
Our favorite sign was on a big pink pig: “Corrupt Politician.” There was only one politician in the room, and staging street theater stunts is how he makes his living. Well done!
Jonathan and David Weintraub