CSI: Arlington County

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

We're Watching You


TO: Arlington County Employees
FROM: CSI: Arlington County
SUBJECT: Your Internet Surfing Habits

Dear Arlington County employee, like you, we are big fans of the Internet. The Internet allows us to do fun things like post pictures of law-breaking county employees and then mock their infractions. It allows us to find fun facts, like how Arlington County parking aides get paid $45,011 each year, while new teachers in Virginia make only $31,924. The Internet also allows us to see who is visiting our website, how long they spend on our website, and what other websites they might have been looking at both before and after their assuredly delightful jaunt to CSI: Arlington County.

So imagine our surprise when we discovered that many of the commenters on and visitors to our site were *gasp* employees of Arlington County! It even appears that one of you naughty little buggers spent quite a bit of time at our site leaving harrassing comments in nearly every post. If we didn't know any better, we'd think you had a crush on us.

Of course we're delighted that our county officials are finally taking the time to educate themselves about the concerns of the electorate, but we're not too keen on our tax dollars being used by county bureaucrats to defend their little bureaucracy for hours at a time.

In addition to being big fans of the Internet, we here at CSI: Arlington County are also big fans of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In addition to allowing citizens access to records about county expenditures on vehicles and fuel, FOIA also allows us to access county records about, oh, let's say a certain website that tracks the illicit activities of a certain county parking enforcement unit. We're sure that request is going to be a lot of fun for you. But don't get ahead of yourself, as you have plenty of other requests to which you must first attend. And remember, non-compliance with state FOIA regulations may end up costing you a lot of money.

Anyhow, we know you have a lot of very important work to do, so we won't take up too much of your time. Just remember that we know who you are, and that based on the sites you've been visiting, Santa's not going to have very many presents for you this year.


  • Fuck Arlington county! What I don't get is people who make excuses for these money-grubbing douchebags.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:10 AM  

  • I like this site!! And pretty intersting that as you've disclosed Arlington County workers are regular visitors. Keep up the pressure on 'em.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:13 AM  

  • heh heh heh.

    By Blogger Dr Obvious, at 3:56 PM  

  • Boo! It's an Arlington employee looking at your site :) Just wanted to correct one of the "fun facts" you have posted regarding the salaries paid to "Parking Aides". It's not $45 K per year - that figure is above the last step in the classification which, by the way, takes about 12 years to reach if the aide is working full time at giving out those annoying parking tickets. The exact figures are as follows: Job Title: PUBLIC SERVICE AIDE; Salary: $11.80 - $19.51 hourly; $944.00 - $1,560.80 biweekly; $2,045.33 - $3,381.73 monthly; $24,544.00 - $40,580.80 annually.

    Enjoyed your postings and photos. Some of us follow the rules and it is as annoying to us as it is to you when we see silly things like the Police car in the handicapped space. I can only hope they were chasing a murderer and just happened to abandon their Police car in that space because they were in such a rush. -- Brenda

    By Blogger Ocracoke Pelican, at 1:33 PM  

  • Brenda, your information is incomplete. Parking enforcement aides fall under tiers 3 and 4 of the Virginia pay schedule (you only cited tier 3), which can be found here: http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/ManagementAndFinance/budget/fy07adopted/9-1_pay_scale.pdf.

    Is there anyone here who doesn't work for the county who thinks that meter maids should make $45k a year?

    By Anonymous Legal Parker, at 2:25 PM  

  • Hmmm. The salary information came directly from the job announcement for the last recruitment that Arlington did. I'll do a little more research and post what I find out just to clarify the salary question. First, I have to find a legal parking space and come up with the zillion quarters to feed the meter :)-- Brenda

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:04 AM  

  • You are correct! The position does straddle two grades. I checked with one of the Arlington Human Resource Analysts and the Parking Aides are always hired between the first and third steps in grade 3 and are able to move into grade 4 with promotions. A Parking Aide would have to work with Arlington a significant amount of time before they could attain the $45K salary unless they compete for a promotion and move into a supervisory or team leader position.

    I have to say I am suprised at the harsh language bloggers on this site use to express opinions about Arlington employees in general. I work with scores of Arlington employees who take their responsibilities very seriously and who go above an beyond what is expected of them and who perform their jobs very well. I wonder about where these folks work -- surely they see poor performance from a certain segment of their co-workers? The County isn't any different. Taking photos and reporting problem employees is a very good tactic. I can't imagine action isn't taken when poor performance is brought to the attention of department heads and supervisors.

    Maybe its my personal experiences that have shaped my view of Arlington County employees. I moved from Arlington to live in Prince Georges County in MD 10 years ago and I can tell you that the level of service Arlington provides on it's worst day is light years beyond what PG is able to muster even on their best day. Absolutely every County service we receive is a problem. We spend a lot of frustrating hours on the phone trying to get the basic services provided to us with the most minimal level of performance. A problem is remedied and six month later becomes a problem again. When we contact the County representative who solved the issue for us before they no longer work for PG and we have to start over again. Sigh. Arlington looks pretty good from my view over in MD, I guess.

    By Blogger Ocracoke Pelican, at 7:47 AM  

  • I don't work for Arlington but I do live in Arlington. This site makes me sick.

    Get a life.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:42 AM  

  • I moved to Arlington county a year ago and now they've moving all street-side parking from one side of a curved road to the other! This side has a lot of apartments. The other side has the trail and nothing else. Best guess me and neighbors have is they're trying to come up with a way to either kill us or an excuse to slow down the road traffic. Argh.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:05 AM  

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