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.
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.
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/.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
Other changes will have to occur for county response time to improve.
“After two years of saying the current site was not adequate for a bigger fire station on the Station 8 site, the county reversed its position and provided site drawings last week indicating the current site was feasible,” said Nancy Williams of the Old Dominion Civic Association. “It would be interesting to know why that took so long,” she said, “but the most important thing is that local citizens were able to get the county to go back review the facts, with a different result.”
Unspent TANF grant money, prisoner rights among social issues discussed.
On average, low income families in Virginia who are eligible and sign up for funds from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant receive $269 monthly and are cut off after five years. But lawmakers say there’s a lot more unexpended money available in the federal grant that, if it remains unused, could one day be taken back.
Rezoning and phased development to be reviewed.
The aging Rosslyn Plaza Park could be undergoing a massive overhaul after the upcoming March 12 County Board meeting.
Arlingtonians share concerns about upcoming I-66 expansion.
After a year of meetings and hearings, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is beginning to move into the final phase of outreach for the I-66 transformation projects. At a regional level, most of the criticism was centered around the new tolling and extended High Occupancy Vehicle restrictions. For Arlington, the concerns are a little different.
If there’s one place in Arlington where you're likely to see more arguments than at a playground, it's the County Board. An argument between neighborhood residents against their civic association and the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee escalated to a disagreement between members of the County Board, but one that ended with unanimous approval.
Quick look at the Arlington County Schools budget.
Arlington County has a revenue sharing agreement with the school system, where the schools automatically receive 46.5 percent of the local taxes revenue.