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Senator Kaine Hosts Interfaith Forum

Senator Tim Kaine spends last day before VP pick showing why Virginia matters.

No one knew it at the time, but Sen. Timothy M. Kaine’s (D-Va.) public appearances moderating roundtables in Northern Virginia last Thursday, July 21 would be his last day of relative political anonymity before being catapulted to political prominence 24 hours later as Hillary Clinton’s pick for her Vice-Presidential running mate.

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New Homes for Arlingtonians in Need

“In terms of affordable housing, we had nothing but positive things to say about it.”

The long struggle against declining affordable housing in Arlington just received a boost. The expansion of the South Rhodes Street project near Columbia Pike will include 105 new committed affordable housing units. More than half of those units will be multi-bedroom apartments. At the July 20 County Board meeting, board members praised the new affordable housing and unanimously approved the project.

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Arlington: Parents Decry Speed of Site Decision

County Board approves Wilson School as a temporary fire station site.

Just two weeks after Arlington County announced that it was planning on placing a temporary fire station on the future Wilson School site, the County Board unanimously voted to move forward with an agreement that would allow the fire station to occupy nearly half of the field space at the Wilson site until at least 2020.

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Arlington: Residents Express Frustrations over Process

Public commentary voiced on Saturday, July 16, about the county’s plan to put a temporary Fire Station 10 on the Wilson School/HB Woodlawn playing fields reflected common themes heard around North Arlington last week.

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Arlington: Lift Off for Potomac Gondola

A look at the initial feedback from citizens and advice from an existing gondola system.

The Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola baffles people. The proposed tram alongside the Key Bridge has drawn a mixture of interest and confusion.

Arlington: What’s the Hurry? Where’s the Fire?

Questions raised by Task Force on Station 8 still need to be resolved.

Betsy Forinash, Richard Lolich, and Alexandra Bocian and other North Arlington residents believe Arlington County Deputy Manager Jim Schwartz must have some other agenda for pushing the relocation of Fire Station 8 from Hall’s Hill to Old Dominion and 26th Streets, because if he had read the report of the FS#8 Task Force, he’d know that doesn’t make sense. The tenor of citizens’ remarks rose last week when word leaked out that the county was leaning towards the Old Dominion site because it was said to be more cost effective.

Arlington: Garvey Prevails

Incumbent County Board Chair defeats primary challenger.

After a split from the Arlington Democratic establishment following her opposition to the streetcar project and her support of independent John Vihstadt, County Board Chair Libby Garvey faced a primary.

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Arlington: The State of Affordable Housing

Arlington continues to struggle with loss of affordable housing.

With each year, Arlington becomes less and less affordable. According to David Cristeal, housing director for Arlington County, between 2000 and 2013, Arlington has lost 13,000 units of affordable housing.

Arlington Brief: Democratic Primary

The polls are open 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. on June 14 for the Democratic Primary for County Board. The candidates are Erik Gutshall and incumbent Libby T. Garvey. For the candidates’ campaign information see www.erik4arlington.com/ and www.libbygarvey.com/.

Arlington: Building Better Businesses

County Board candidates talk commerce in local debate.

The core differences between the Democrats, and even the independent running for County Board, are slim. So when the three candidates met the evening of May 16 for a debate, the conversation centered around differing approaches to the same issues affecting the county.

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Arlington: Schools To Dip Into Reserves

School Board sacrifices future budgets to avoid cuts in 2017.

The good news is that the Arlington School Board approved a budget without cutting any of the proposed programs from the $582 million budget the School Board sent to the County Board.

Arlington: Responding to Metro Delays and Closures

Arlington leadership and ridership look at upcoming Metro changes.

From elected officials to Metro riders just passing through, this has been the response to the long-awaited plan to fix the Washington Metro.

Arlington: Garvey, Gutshall in Democratic Primary

Democratic Primary pits incumbent Libby Garvey against establishment-backed newcomer Erik Gutshall.

Two years ago, County Board member Libby Garvey refused to back the Columbia Pike Streetcar.

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Arlington County Board Passes Budget Mostly as Proposed

Affordable Housing Investment Fund gets boost from 2016 leftovers.

Between the County Manager Mark Schwartz’s budget proposal in February and the final adoption on April 19, little had changed.

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Transitway Comes to Arlington

Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the launch of joint Arlington-Alexandria bus service.

“This is Arlington,” said Sandra Borden from the Crystal City Civic Association as she points across Glebe Road, “and over there, that’s Alexandria.”

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