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Pipe stems, Bay protection, buying land, and a new community center at Lubber Run

Our July meetings had some interesting and some difficult issues. Regulations affecting homes A family that wants to tear down an old house and build new found themselves in the middle of a controversy when they learned they were on a “pipestem” lot and had to come to the Board for approval to build. As […] Read more

Jul, 20, 2017

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Kennan Garvey Ride: Will you ride or sponsor me?

Its almost time for the Kennan Garvey Ride to help Phoenix Bikes move into its new home. I encourage anyone who likes to ride a bike to sign up. You can ride for as little or as far as you like on a great bike path that Kennan and I loved and rode often. Despite […] Read more

Jul, 13, 2017

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Getting Around, Growing Businesses, and the Best Uses of Scarce Space

I hope everyone enjoyed a good July 4th holiday. I always give thanks for those who have formed and protected our nation over the years, and for my own opportunity to provide some small public service to Arlington. Transportation: Getting Around Arlington and Across the Region Metro’s General Manager, Paul Wiedefeld, came to speak with […] Read more

Jul, 06, 2017

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Tuesday is primary day in Virginia

This Tuesday is primary day in Virginia. I want to share information about how you can vote either in-person absentee or on Tuesday. I hope you will join me in voting for Ralph Northam for Governor and Susan Platt for Lt. Governor. You can vote in-person absentee at 2100 Clarendon Blvd, 3rd floor: today, Thursday, […] Read more

Jun, 08, 2017

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May Meeting: Cooperation Yields a Small Park, Commercial Signs, Historic Designation and Virtual Governing

May was a light month for Board business. Of all the items we covered, I found our votes to move the Gilliam Place affordable housing project forward to be particularly delightful. There was real community cooperation. APAH (the developer) and the Arlington Presbyterian Church (the land owner) worked together to preserve a small portion of the […] Read more

May, 25, 2017

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Vote Tonight, Thursday, or Saturday – County & School Board Caucuses

I hope you are enjoying the lovely, if cool, weather. This is a quick reminder that the Arlington Democratic County Board & School Board nominating caucuses are this week. These caucuses will almost certainly determine who will be our next school and county board members in November, so they are important although very few people […] Read more

May, 09, 2017

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Birthdays, budgets, new knees, and campaigns

First, thank you to all who helped make my 66th birthday special! We Passed a Budget April is always a busy month with our budget. We adopted the budget with a 1.5 cent increase on the tax rate. This was 1/2 a cent less than the Manager’s original proposal. To find the 1/2-cent, we delayed […] Read more

Apr, 27, 2017

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Budget priorities, an historic school and farmhouse, and two April celebrations

After a packed meeting last month, our March meeting was quite a bit lighter, in part because we are working through our budget as we prepare to adopt it in April. FY 2018 Budget As I shared last month, the County Manager’s budget proposal is online. He designed it based on an assumption of raising […] Read more

Mar, 27, 2017

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Get Your Kicks…

In honor of Libby’s 66th birthday, you are invited to Get Your Kicks on Sunday, April 23rd 4:00 – 6:00 pm Home of Jane & Dan Dixon 3176 20th Street N, Lyon Village, Arlington, VA Hope to see you there! ___ $266 ___ $166 ___ $66    ___ $33 (Young Dem) Contribute online or mail checks […] Read more

Apr, 13, 2017

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ICE, big projects, the budget, and no more pet tigers

February held a packed agenda. Before turning to some of the many things we did, I want to congratulate Jay Fisette on his outstanding career on the County Board. Jay decided it is time for him to take on a new challenge. He will serve out his term, so we will have his experienced leadership […] Read more

Mar, 03, 2017

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