Protesters repeatedly shouted “Shame” as a northern Virginia County Council unanimously approved a $23 million reward program to encourage Amazon to build a new headquarters there. According to news media reports, Arlington County Council voted 5-0 on Saturday, after hours of intense public testimony.
Supporters say Amazon plans to build a large facility in Crystal City, which will generate tens of thousands of good jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
Opponents say the technology giant neither needs nor deserves public subsidies. 8 inch mini electric scooter portable foldable for adult They also said that low-income residents would be driven out of their homes by rising rents.
In November, Amazon selected New York City and Crystal City as the winners of a secretive, year-long process in which more than 230 North American cities bid to become the home of the Seattle-based company’s second headquarters. Amazon abandoned its New York City plan last month because politicians and activists were angry about the company’s tax cuts and its anti-union stance.
“This vote today is about racial justice,” Danny Cendejas, a member of the La ColectiVA advocacy group, said, according to WRC-TV. “We have been talking to folks in communities of color, immigrant communities. We have been hearing consistently the concerns about gentrification.”
The Washington Post reported that in response to concerns about increased rents, traffic congestion and school overcrowding, board chair Christian Dorsey said: “I am confident we can manage those impacts.”
Amazon plans to create at least 25,000 jobs in suburban Washington in 12 years. Virginia has approved a $750 million corporate incentive plan.
Washington resident Chris otten shouted that voting should not be allowed and shouted dirty words at a participant who supported Amazon, who he said had cursed him. This prompted police and security personnel to take Otten away, screaming as he was taken away. Then he was accused of disrupting order and misconduct.