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Frank Principi Responds

By Greg L | 25 January 2008 | Crime, Prince William County | 19 Comments

After seeing years of neglect, residents of the Woodbridge Magisterial District are now getting a response from Supervisor Frank Principi to their complaints about the out-of-control day laborer problem along the Route One corridor in Woodbridge. Principi is publicly requesting the Prince William Police Department actually do something as novel as enforcing the law, and begin to cite unlawfully loitering day laborers when they are encountered, if the Police Department can figure out a way to determine whether they actually have the authority to act as a law enforcement agency. It didn’t take long after Hilda Barg left the Board of County Supervisors for things to start to improve in Woodbridge.

Fortunately for Frank Principi and the other residents of Woodbridge, the Police Department’s leadership does seem to have recently discovered that while carrying firearms and citation books they do have the ability to actually engage in the practice of law enforcement. After complaints about what has been happening at the 7-11 on Coverstone Drive near Manassas, the department’s leadership finally decided to enforce the law there and in within a week, the day laborers pretty much disappeared until this exercise came to an apparent end. Perhaps Chief Deane bothered to ask Manassas City Police Chief Skinner how he managed to perform this miracle of law enforcement and prevent the establishment of any informal day laborer sites within the City of Manassas.  Everywhere it is done, when police officers actually start to enforce loitering laws, or at least show a presence, these day laborer sites begin to clean up rather dramatically and quickly.

Here’s a hint to all you day laborers out there, who are finding it difficult to locate a safe place to congregate, piss on the landscaping, harass female passersby, and dump trash all over: There’s still Manassas Park. It would take months for the Manassas Park Governing Board to respond to citizens complaints on this issue, if ever. If and when they ever chase you out of there, the Centreville Public Library is a safe place for lawbreakers, and there’s a steady stream of children available for your amusement, sexual and otherwise.  So don’t take this latest action as a sign that there’s no hope left for you.  Even if Virginia gets too tough, there’s always Maryland, where they’ll not only welcome you, but give you a driver’s license.

Kudos to Frank Principi, who was willing to recognize the severity of this problem (which is likely very sensitive politically for him) and ask that something be done. The day laborer sites in Woodbridge have been completely out of control, and it’s about time that Supervisors start demanding some action here.

Hopefully this could be the start of reforming the leadership of the PWCPD.  That’s terribly overdue as well.

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  1. es_la_ley said on 25 Jan 2008 at 8:57 pm:
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    Arlington is closer if they don’t want to venture to the PRM (People’s Republic of Maryland).

    I’m tempted to send Principi some Truck Nutz. Display them proudly! [sarcasm].

  2. Local Yocal said on 25 Jan 2008 at 9:43 pm:
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    Is there money to fund the resolution?

    Forbes.com: County among wealthiest

    Friday, January 25, 2008


    America’s Richest Counties

    Matt Woolsey, Forbes.com

    Jan. 22, 2008


  3. cdubbs said on 25 Jan 2008 at 9:48 pm:
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    Crazy Walter Tejada, the Chairman of the Arlington Board of Supervisors found a way to help declining school enrollment by championing alternative housing solutions, i.e garages, basements, attics etc. as the perfect match for people needing low cost housing. Supporters of the plan were confident that overcrowding, parking on lawns, trash issues, or an increase in gang and crime activity were only in the imagination of its opponents. I am surprised that our County Executive who can’t find money in our county’s budget to fund appropriate law enforcement here in Prince William County, whose median income is higher by the way than Arlington County, does not send his resume’ up there. Just think of all the money Arlington will either save or make in revenue by actively supporting this type of housing. Glad I’m living in bad old Prince William County where we have Supervisors like Mr. Principi.

  4. Local Yocal said on 25 Jan 2008 at 9:54 pm:
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    Arlington Co. Takes Up Proposal On Rentable Apartments In Houses
    Supporters Say Plan Would Bring More Affordable Housing

    POSTED: 6:13 pm EST January 25, 2008
    UPDATED: 7:36 pm EST January 25, 2008


    Let them go.

  5. Patty said on 25 Jan 2008 at 10:32 pm:
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    They need to get back over to the 7-11 at Coverstone. I noticed the owner of the adjacent building put up a sign advertising for rental. He should sue the county if he can’t get his space rented. I can imagine the reputation we’ve aquired from tourists who go to the Battlefield. I’m sure they have passed on information to their traveling friends about the mob over at 7-11.

  6. Vigilant1 said on 26 Jan 2008 at 12:14 am:
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    One day a month of chasing day laborers from the 7-11s is not going to do the job. It has to be a REPEATED and SERIOUS effort to clear them out. Once they see that the PD and county means business they will learn and not return. HEAD ‘EM UP AND MOVE ‘EM OUT!

  7. El Guapo said on 26 Jan 2008 at 5:50 am:
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    People standing on the street corner looking for work: THAT’S GOTTA STOP!!!!!!!

  8. Patty said on 26 Jan 2008 at 10:03 am:
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    El Guapo,

    Yes, that’s right let the mob hang out there and scare off all potential customers to the businesses. Isn’t that wonderful for business? Isn’t it wonderful for the local economy? Yes, let the mob continue to harass women and children who want to go to 7-11 and buy a slurpee.

    Let them go to the VEC. VEC provides jobs for workers. There is also a temporary agency that they can walk to and get hired. They find jobs for people who are skilled at manual labor. But wait, one has to be here legally and if they’re not here legally they should go back to their country. After all according to the media every country in the world has free health care except the U.S. Let them go back and get their free health care. I’m tired of paying for lawbreakers.

  9. Loudoun said on 26 Jan 2008 at 10:15 am:
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    Coverstone 7-11 Update - 9:15 am

    Approximately 20 day laborers hanging out. See web link. Also included on the web link are prior zoning violations on both sides of my house. One of the back yard shots that shows just a back yard - the grass was almost 3 1/2 feet high. On the other side, there was a pile of tree limbs that sat in the unmown back yard for more than a year. My former neighbor, who abandoned the house and moved to Manassas City, cut these branches off of his trees with his machete (he climbed the trees in his bare feet).

    There is also a picture of a dead rodent one of my dogs killed. We started getting rats and other rodents in our yard when our neighbors wouldn’t mow their lawns or throw out their trash.

    Happy viewing….


  10. Mr. Anon said on 26 Jan 2008 at 2:03 pm:
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    Guano, are you saying there are hookers in Manassas?

  11. One Voice said on 26 Jan 2008 at 5:29 pm:
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    Local Yokel

    PWC citizens are in the top 10 as far as weathliest counties. PWC’s tax bill is on average over $1,000 lower than surrounding jurisdictions. Take the average income, compare to comparable jurisdictions and check out the average residental real estate tax bill. Think you will be surprised.

  12. resident of Woodbridge said on 27 Jan 2008 at 2:33 pm:
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    Just exactly what has Principi done to clear out the 7/11 at Rt. one in Woodbridge???

    Have not seen any difference at the site. Are we hearing another Barg who tooted her own horn and did nothing to help the average person or help the neighborhoods???

  13. anonymoustoo said on 27 Jan 2008 at 3:14 pm:
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    Patty, why should I as a taxpayer have to pay what you’re asking when you said:

    “They need to get back over to the 7-11 at Coverstone. I noticed the owner of the adjacent building put up a sign advertising for rental. He should sue the county if he can’t get his space rented.”

    Just who do you think the County is? The taxpayers? Why should we pay if the owner of the property isn’t willing to pay to solve the problem? You quick to want to waste my tax dollar. Let the building owner pay for a security guard if he’s worried.

  14. anonymoustoo said on 27 Jan 2008 at 3:15 pm:
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  15. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 27 Jan 2008 at 5:54 pm:
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    I was driving on 28 (near the VRE station located by the Manassas airport) yesterday. There is a 7-11 after you pass the McDonalds near the VRE area. I saw a load of what appeared to be “day laborers”. Have they migrated over to this location now?

  16. Ludmilla said on 28 Jan 2008 at 6:44 am:
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    Heard there is a video of the encounter between HSM and day laborers at the Coverston 7-11. Wonder how how long before it makes it to You Tube?

  17. Lafayette said on 28 Jan 2008 at 9:02 am:
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    You mean this video? Great job. It appeared to be about 40 day laborers there. I wonder how many are there this morning.

  18. Concerned in Woodbridge said on 28 Jan 2008 at 9:35 am:
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    Is this the same Principi who was concerned about the potential “police state” that would be created in Woodbridge if the police were actually enforcing laws like loitering? Nothing has changed here, folks. If anything, it is getting worse. The crowds that mysteriously disappeared for a couple of weeks just prior to Nov. 6 are back and now more are popping up at additional 7-elevens along Rt. 1.

    Hilda Barg may not be sitting in the seat at the dais on Tuesdays, but, don’t worry, she’s not far away. She is Supervisor Principi’s advisor!!

  19. Dave in PWC said on 28 Jan 2008 at 6:41 pm:
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    Saw about 19 this morning around 8am some on 7-11 property some on sidewalk and some on rental property beside 7-11, no active police presence. Though there was a PWCPD CSI vehicle at the bottom of the hill getting ready to take a left onto 234 towards I-66.

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