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Making a good county better

Our October Board meetings had a number of issues that were satisfying for me because I felt we clearly were making the County better for people. We approved site plan amendments for 1750 Crystal Drive, which will allow the building and area to be renovated, and will bring retail, a grocery store, a movie theater, […] Read more

Oct, 29, 2018

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September’s meetings: The Hospital, Salt Dome, Scooters, Childcare, and Sobering Budget news

I hope everyone had a good summer. September started off with a lot of items and a lot of emotion. Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) is expanding and needs our approval to do so. While there have been many meetings, both the neighbors and the Planning Commission said the VHC plans did not feel appropriate and […] Read more

Oct, 01, 2018

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Preparing for Hurricane Florence – Important Info and Links

We recognized 9-11 this morning as we always do at Courthouse Plaza with a simple ceremony by our public safety officers. The flags were lowered to half staff for the day. On this 17th anniversary, we were joined by members of our General Assembly delegation, Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and Congressman Don Beyer. We […] Read more

Sep, 11, 2018

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2018 Kennan Garvey Memorial Ride: Will you ride, volunteer, or sponsor a rider?

The 5th Annual Kennan Garvey Memorial Ride is coming on Saturday, August 25th. If you’ve already signed up or sponsored me or another rider, thank you! If you haven’t yet, I hope you can join the ride or sponsor me for this great local non profit. I encourage anyone who likes to ride a bike […] Read more

Aug, 16, 2018

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Several difficult issues, lots of community involvement, better understanding in the end

We needed three days to complete our July agenda. Several difficult issues prompted a lot of community involvement: one was complicated with no clear “right” answer; one was somewhat misunderstood; one was, in part, a County-created problem. After all of the conversation and engagement, I think we all understood these issues better in the end. […] Read more

Jul, 25, 2018

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Tariffs and the CIP, Tax Relief, Tin Roofs, Immigrant Children

As the summer weather arrives, your Board has been working through our ten-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and June’s meeting agenda. Capital Improvement Plan Our work on the ten-year CIP is relatively constrained because we will have less revenue in the current two-year period than we expected, and our investment needs for Metro and schools have […] Read more

Jun, 21, 2018

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May 2018: Jennie Dean Park, Capital Projects, and Resilience

In May, the Board considered an important project, and heard the Manager’s presentation for capital spending, and remembered. Four Mile Run Valley The Four Mile Run Working Group presented their draft plan, which we adopted. This is a long overdue plan (to get an idea of how long overdue, the article on planning for the […] Read more

May, 24, 2018

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Looking forward and getting ready for the future

FY 2019 Budget We adopted our FY 2019 budget on Saturday. This was one of the tougher budgets in my 23 years of public service. Our Manager did a good job reorganizing and trying to focus on core government services when he developed his recommended budget. But when the Board voted to advertise no tax […] Read more

Apr, 25, 2018

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Beer Gardens, Budgets, Marches, and Bikes

I’m writing this on Wednesday as the snow continues to fall and pictures of my grandchildren playing in the snow come on my phone. Being snowed in for a day has been a nice break! I hope everyone has been able to enjoy the day. This month’s meeting agenda was extraordinarily light, which was nice […] Read more

Mar, 22, 2018

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What do golf courses have to do with me?

Can you please help? I’m reporting early this month because your Arlington County Board needs some quick help with our Virginia delegation on a bill which is important to Arlington and is coming up on Tuesday morning. This bill will lower property taxes on our two golf clubs by about $1.5 million per year. This would take […] Read more

Feb, 25, 2018

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