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Candidates Debate Future of Arlington’s Growth

Arlington County Board Democratic candidates debate future of Arlington‘s growth.

With County Board members Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada announcing that they would not seek reelection to their seats, six Democrats have thrown their names into the ring to be one of the party’s two candidates to the County Board this fall.

‘Ban the Box’ Effort

Burke Brownfeld, member of the board of directors of Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) announces an award presented by Mondre Kornegay to Alexandria Mayor William Euille for his efforts to eliminate the “check the box” initiative which required a former offender to check yes on employment forms.

Column: Improving Economic Equality for Women

Commentary

I have been surrounded by strong women all of my life. My grandmother was a suffragette, economics professor, labor leader, and advocate for most of her 98 years. My mother is famous in the intellectual disability community for her work with the ARC. One of my four incredible sisters has been CFO in our family business for a generation. My oldest daughter shares management responsibilities for our largest store, and my wife has long been a powerful voice for women in business.

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Simply Unaffordable: An Uncertain Future for Affordable Housing in Arlington

New Master Plan lays out uncertain future for Affordable Housing in Arlington.

A new Affordable Housing Master Plan released in March laid out Arlington County’s dire Affordable Housing needs. Hoping for approval before the plan is brought to the County Board in July, the Affordable Housing Study Working Group presented its findings to the Transportation Commission on April 2. The Master Plan was approved unanimously.

Insufficient Data: Arlington Meter Increase Deferred

Arlington’s Transportation Commission recommends County Board defer action on increases to meter rates and hours.

A last minute plea from local business owners and lingering doubts compelled the Transportation Commission to reconsider, and ultimately recommend deferring, a proposal from Arlington County’s Department of Environmental Services to increase the meter rates and hours.

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Arlington Courtroom Drama

Public Defenders protest pay inequality with Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

“You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”

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Arlington’s Uninsured

Lack of expansion taints Affordable Care Act anniversary.

National and Virginia leadership’s planned celebration of the five-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act quickly became a discussion of the program’s outreach failings and concerns following Virginia legislature’s decisions not to expand the program. Federal and state officials met at the Arlington Mills Community Center on Monday, March 23, for for a round table discussion led by Sylvia Burwell, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8). Much of the panel’s conversation centered around

Column: Small Step on Road to Ethics Reform in Arlington

Virginians deserve to know that their leaders are ethical and honest, both from their actions and the rules that govern those actions. For the second year in a row, the General Assembly has taken a small step in the right direction, but our Commonwealth needs real and substantive change.

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Lunches for Workers

The SEEC program, sponsored by Arlington County, was established in 2000 to connect day laborers with potential employers.

Arlington Doctor Sentenced in Oxycodone Conspiracy

Derron McRae Simon, 45, of Arlington was sentenced March 6 to 180 months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release for his role in an oxycodone conspiracy.

Arlington County Manager Avoids Tax Rate Increase

Homeowners to face rise in property taxes through higher assessments.

Beneath the surface of the County Budget there are several notable changes that could have a sizable impact on the lives of many Arlingtonians.

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GMU Students Rally to Lower Student Debt

Members of GMU Student Power Travel to Richmond to voice concern over rising debt.

Twelve students from George Mason University traveled to Richmond with the Virginia Student Power Network, rallying and calling for debt-free education, and for increased educational opportunities for undocumented students. Rodrigo Velasquez, a junior at Mason from Springfield and GMU Student Power’s organizer, was one of the 12 from Mason who also went to Richmond.

Commentary: Economy, Budgeting Top Opportunity Agenda in Arlington

Senator Ebbin’s Weekly Richmond Report

Last week, my fellow Democratic Senators and I unveiled our 2015 legislative priorities, an “Opportunity Agenda,” which focuses on six core principles. They are Economic Security; Voter Access and Participation; Equality; Education for a Brighter Future; Restoration of Faith in Government; and Leading Healthier and Safer Lives.

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Addressing Growing Student Population in Arlington

New schools and boundary changes in the works in Arlington Public Schools.

While the rest of county moves into the new year, Arlington County Schools are finding themselves in the middle of a challenging one. Arlington schools have faced a 21 percent increase in student population over the last five years and anticipate a 19 percent increase over the next five. This has put a strain on school resources, and consequently has forced the schools to ask for budget increases. Meanwhile, the schools have begun plans to shift school boundaries to spread the student population as evenly as possible.

Arlington Brief: Whipple Named to State Board

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed former state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple to the Virginia Board of Health. Whipple is currently employed as the regional director for community and member outreach for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. Whipple will fill the seat vacated by Eric Deaton, who resigned his seat on the board to take a position outside of Virginia.

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