Quite a few of us in Prince William County are looking forward to the roll-out of Verizon FIOS, even though the crews digging up area lawns to lay fiberoptic cable aren’t met with quite the same level of excitement. However we may feel about these crews in Prince William, over in Loudoun County many residents are downright outraged. All appearances there would indicate that Verizon contractors and their subcontractors are hiring illegal aliens to perform this work and cramming these work crews into single family homes in Sterling Park, causing huge disruptions that are destroying that community.
Joe at NOVATownHall has the very extensive scoop on what he is calling government-sponsored blight. It is an utterly shocking expose of government corruption, rampant lawlesness and a community that is utterly under seige.
Free pass from local authorities? Gosh yes. Check out the photos below, recall Juanita’s final decision, and the fact neither Zoning nor any other county department lifted a finger about any of the following.
Breaking rules? Yes, they broke all sorts of rules, very flagrantly. Oh, did they ever. Of the five to seven vehicles operating from there for the roughly two month period, none had Loudoun County stickers, and most had out of state plates. The house was definitely a boarding house, as the “family” of six adult men actually changed as more men showed up, different overnight vehicles came and went, and groups of workers were often ferried in and out in a variety of different vehicles from week to week. Even if by some crazy anomaly all the workers were legal, the subcontractor was breaking numerous laws.
There were all kinds of subtleties that indicated what was going on - too miniscule for our crack employees at the Department of Building and Development to notice, apparently, but which anyone with a brain could pick up on in an instant.
Perhaps most shocking is what happens when a Sherrif’s Deputy comes to take a look at what’s going on at one of these houses, and finds that what is visible from the street is only the tip of the iceberg:
He showed up on the first weekend in June, the day after several of the photos above were taken. When the deputy arrived, one of my neighbors was in the process of mowing the lawn at House A - rather pissed off, I might add - so the deputy talked to my neighbor, then knocked on the door to the house and talked to one of the residents. After about 20 minutes, the deputy came over and talked to me, and informed me that in the back yard of the house there were something like 30 - 50 large trash bags laying in the back yard and that the back deck was also filled up with trash bags. So the trash we could see from the street was simply the overflow.
Just a family of six and two unrelated. Thank you, Loudoun County government.
Unfortunately the problems still exist in Sterling, and nothing is being done to address them. After having the concerns of residents fall on deaf ears, it looks like now is the time to start documenting the bad behavior of government officials and naming names in an effort to embarass them into fulfilling their obligations to Loudoun County residents. As this situation becomes more desperate, politics in Loudoun County are going to get a whole lot uglier, and businesses who either employ illegal aliens or tolerate such behavior by their contractors are increasingly going to face a strong public backlash.
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