Sunday, February 01, 2009

Monday AM Wake-Up Call

Winnowing

The results are in from Saturday's Democratic Council caucus:

Rob Krupicka: 1,595 votes
Paul Smedberg: 1,573 votes
Justin Wilson: 1,537 votes
Timothy Lovain: 1,516 votes
Kerry Donley: 1,471 votes
Del Pepper: 1,400 votes
Boyd Walker: 800 votes

Beyond the appallingly low turnout, it's worth noting that the young Turks on Council did best, with the veterans lagging. If they are the voice of the future and if they have not bought as irrevocably into the old truisms about this neighborhood, could they be our best hope in this City — even in a single-party oligarchy?

The top six contenders will take on Republican challengers on May 5.

Surviving

And speaking of the G.O.P., the Alexandria Republican Party canvass will take place next Saturday (February 7) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Minnie Howard School (3801 West Braddock Road). Any registered voter in Alexandria who believes in the principles of the Republican Party is eligible to vote.

Faltering

Diamond Alexandria LLC (doing business as Monarch Retail LLC) filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in federal Bankruptcy Court in Alexandria late last month. The developer built the Monarch luxury condominium project, but when the market softened and buyers disputed their contracts, the company faced a liquidity crisis.

According to news accounts, Diamond Alexandria has been failing to make payments on its construction loans for the past year. It seems the bankruptcy action was precipitated by a lawsuit filed by Wachovia Bank on January 6.

CHT Construction, Inc., which is owed $13.1 million by Diamond Alexandria LLC, is listed as the largest unsecured creditor.

Hoping

Neighborhood parents have an opportunity to meet with ACPS Superintendent Dr. Morton Sherman tonight (Monday, February 2nd) at 7:00 p.m. at Jefferson-Houston. If there are particular issues you would like included on the agenda, contact Helen Morris (bronwynzoe@gmail.com).

It is anticipated that the session will include a vigorous discussion about International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, which many parents are promoting as an alternative curriculum for Jefferson-Houston.