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Mayor Euille: Let Us Finish Our 'Unfinished Business'

Alexandria's mayor says both he and Obama need to be re-elected to finish up their unfinished business. For Mayor Euille, that's affordable housing.

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille told Patch that Election Day 2012 has been “busy but fun” with his goal to visit all city precincts twice on Tuesday.

During his visits with voters in line and chatting near polling stations, Euille, a Democrat, said most of the questions were about the constitutional amendment addressing eminent domain.

Democrats are advising against voting for the amendment, he said. Euille explained it as this: If a water company has to go in and dig a trench to replace a pipe that may affect a business for a few hours or half a day, that business would have the right under this new amendment to say “I lost $600 in revenues, and tell the city to reimburse them….We call that an unfunded mandate and that’s why the amendment goes too far.”

The Alexandria Republic City Committee is telling voters to support the eminent domain admendment on its sample ballots.

As for the national ticket, Euille told Patch he was visiting the Obama for America headquarters on Election Day because Obama “has demonstrated a strong commitment to move America forward despite obstacles. He has achieved an awful lot but he has unfinished business.”

Euille called himself a “strong supporter” of Obama and said the economy is beginning to turn around. Euille said some of Obama's challenges have been Mother Nature such as impacts from storms and weather, the beleaguered European economy and uprising in the Middle East.

“Through all of that, [Obama] has been able to create 5.5 million jobs during his first term in office,” Euille said, adding that the president has also put forward a strong health insurance plan and “stopped the bleeding in the auto industry.”

The Obama-Biden ticket is best for Alexandria because the “positive uptick in the local economy” is partly due to the “good deeds of the Obama-Biden administration,” he said.

Euille said Alexandria has experienced stabilization in its housing market and an uptick in the real estate appraisals.

“We feel the impacts of [changes in Washington] right away being so close to Washington,” he said. “We can get there with a little more time and a little more oomph.”

As for his own re-election bid for mayor, Euille said he wants a fourth term because of his unfinished business. “One of the major challenges is lack of affordable housing at all income levels and that’s something I would like to continue to work on in Alexandria and with the rest of the region,” he said.

Jim Roberts November 09, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I'll make this my last comment. To make our Alexandria democracy pristine, we should-- 1. Ban political party endorsements of candidates for any elected office. Instead, we should elect our representatives because they persuaded us they share our visions and possess the energy to achieve them on our behalf; not because they are a Democrat, Republican, Liberal or whatever 2. Institute term limits to ensure our elected officials don't fall prey to the intoxication of power one manifestation of which is to be always primed to say "yes," especially to large campaign donors or special interests What's refreshing about VA is our governor doesn't need to curry favor with special interest groups by saying "yes" to their perpetual appeals for access to the state's treasury. Not having to stand for re-election means our governor can do the right thing even it's certain to cause anguish among the politically well-connected. And four years later, we're guaranteed another able person will be at the helm of our state government There's plenty of talent seeking to serve the public for any one person to hog an elected office as if it's their birthright.
OT insider November 09, 2012 at 12:58 AM
>What's missing from the pro-density proponents is their end point; that is, when will they be satisfied that maximum density has been achieved? Come on...no one is looking for "maximum density". But we clearly need to make some changes. My "end point" (at least for my neighborhood) will be when the warehouses, dilapidated buildings and chain link fences are gone and I'll be able to walk along the river - unobstructed - from Oronoco Bay park to the Wilson Bridge.
Jim Roberts November 09, 2012 at 01:28 AM
My last, last comment: The improvements you cite sound appealing to me too, even idyllic. Do they need to trigger a concomitant of greater structural, vehicular and human density in this space that you now find visually odious? More facts would help. For example, based on its failure to respond to my requests, I can only conclude the city has no idea how many existing parking spaces there are in Old Town near the waterfront, much less how many parking permits have been issued to residents to use those spaces. Seems like a germane pair of facts for any discussion about enticing evermore people and their cars into a historically fragile area, even if for a few hours.
donna wilson November 09, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Old Town has a character that was destroyed in the 60's by Martin Smith and the ambitiousness of URBAN Renewal. The old haunts The Royal Restaurant, Liberty Lunch, Lyles pool Hall Herby, Lyles shoe repair, the Mecca grille, The Salvation Army, Old Shumans Bakery, Bradshoes shoes, Levinsons, Haymans, The old bowling alley that had been the Opera house Antique shops , i.e. House of Burgess etc. etc. that gave the blocks from Fairfax to St.Asaph Street a flavor of the 18th and 19th century that was destroyed for Progress. Welly Goddin had the finest plan to save the old but it was rejected. And then came Tavern Square,Courthouse Square and Market Square. All pseudo Colonial out of propotion buildings !!!! It was so sweet with Arells Tavern, one of G. Washington's haunt tucked back in the alley behind City hall and King Street. The city was a joy.The Marshall House stood where the Hotel Monaco now stands. I was brought up in the area and was able to enjoy our History undistured until the 60's. Now the powers in control want to become the "Alexandria Harbour" and the next step, probably gambling on our river front. Upper King street was allowed to evolve with the money of individuals. NOT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION !
OT insider November 09, 2012 at 02:38 AM
What? We're talking about about tearing down warehouses and other structures that have no historic value. In fact, they were constructed during the horrible period you say destroyed Old Town's character and they blight the waterfront today. What does getting rid of them have to do with the destruction of the Marshall House and lower King Street? (which I agree was a terrible mistake). And gambling...???? No one has ever proposed that (or ever will). Please try to come back to reality.

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