Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Alexandrians Kathryn Papp and Mark Mueller address gambling across the river and its percolating presence in Old Town.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
To the Editor: A goodly number of Old Town residents continue to be amazed and amused by the diverse ways this little town on the Potomac is being touted as a vital adjunct of the growing gambling cooperative across the river. Last year the mayor was courted by a group of gambling investors in D.C. and now, the latest foray—following on to National Harbor being ballyhooed as a world class attraction—is horse racing. This past Saturday, a local riverfront restaurant went to the ponies with a special backroom promotion featuring 90NorthRacing, a fledgling flat-racing syndicate that as its flier says “let’s you share in horse ownership and every facet of its excitement.” We wonder if the eatery is seriously jockeying for position as a nascent…
Monday, May 7, 2012
Co-chairman Andrew Macdonald will step away from the group as he runs for mayor. Fellow Chairman Boyd Walker earlier this year announced his intentions to resign as he runs for council.
Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan has announced new leadership and said its co-chairman, Andrew Macdonald, has stepped down from his position as he runs for the mayor’s seat, which will be decided in November. CAAWP co-founder Boyd Walker earlier this year announced he also would step aside to run for City Council. The group has elected vocal CAAWP supporters Bert Ely and Mark Mueller as co-chairmen. The group, which largely opposes the city’s plan to redevelop the waterfront, said in a statement: “In the coming months, CAAWP will be focused on raising funds to support a two-part challenge to the legality of the waterfront plan and rezoning that City Council adopted on Jan. 21.” City Council passed a plan to redevelop …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Kathryn Papp and Mark Mueller question the city's claim that the National Park Service supports the waterfront redevelopment plan.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
To the Editor: The Jan. 20, 2012 letter from the National Park Service (NPS) that discusses the Small Area Waterfront Plan only states “general support for the proposed 2011 Plan.” This is in contrast to what some have labeled an “endorsement.” In political language there is a huge gulf between the two. After speaking at length with Peter May, author of the NPS letter, he made it clear that his real concern was not to put an NPS imprimatur on the Plan, but to state the importance of NPS property interests. The political hay being made of the NPS “endorsement” is just that – only fodder for ruminating. Taken together with the letter from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the letter from former EPA Director Reilly, the most …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Similar complaint will be heard before the city's Board of Zoning Appeals on April 12.
The Alexandria Circuit Court on Friday threw out the lawsuit requesting the court overturn the city’s denial of a petition that would have required City Council to pass the waterfront plan by a supermajority, or 6-1 vote. Council passed it in January 5-2. The circuit court decided that “in order for the court to grant relief requested by the plaintiffs, it would first have to required the Director to accept the plaintiffs appeal as properly filed. ...The writ does not grant the authority to require an official to undo an act that is already done.” Planning and Zoning Director Faroll Hamer ruled the morning of the public hearing and vote on the city's waterfront plan that the petition was not valid. The city and the plaintiffs disagree when…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Citizens for an Alternative Waterfront Plan seeks to raise about $50,000 to pay for the legal costs accrued by three women who have sued the city over a waterfront rezoning issue.
Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan is hosting a “mailing party” Tuesday evening in an effort to fundraise for the citizens seeking to squelch city efforts to rezone parts of the riverside, allowing development such as hotels. CAAWP leader Andrew Macdonald said the group seeks to raise about $50,000 for legal fees, but hopes that some of the work related to the case will be offered pro bono. “This is a VERY important mail out. The three petitioners, Marie Kux, Beth Gibney, and April Burke, as well as Mark Mueller and Bert Ely, both of whom have been integral to the legal process, need our support in reaching out to donors to pay for the legal bills incurred as a result of the petition effort,” reads a marketing effort by…
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Lobbying on the waterfront plan hits fever pitch as Saturday vote nears.
Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan is calling for the vice mayor to recuse himself from a vote on the city’s plan to redevelop its riverside. Additionally, it’s touting the efforts of a group of citizens residing in homes near the waterfront who are circulating petitions opposing the plan that could potentially delay a vote. “The current city plan is tainted by cozy relationships with developers,” CAAWP cofounder Andrew Macdonald said in a late Thursday morning news conference. Macdonald on Thursday sent a letter to City Attorney James Banks formally requesting that Vice Mayor Kerry Donley recuse himself from a vote related to the Waterfront Small Area Plan. Donley’s employer is Virginia Commerce Bank, which loaned $3.9…