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Marathon March Meeting: Bicycles, Children, Parks, and Amazon

On Saturday we advertised an update to the bicycle portion of our Transportation Master Plan and adopted Phase 1 of our Child Care Initiative. We have long needed the Child Care Initiative because our zoning and regulations were out of date, full of contradictions, and posed barriers instead of support to child care providers. I […] Read more

Mar, 26, 2019

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February: Childcare, Veterans Housing, FY’20 Budget, Amazon, and more

Two important items on our February agenda addressed the problem of affordable living in Arlington. Child Care Initiative: Studies show Arlington has the most expensive childcare in the nation. That, on top of expensive housing, makes it very difficult for young families to live here. Our staff reported out on 18 months of work to […] Read more

Mar, 04, 2019

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January Meetings: Stepping back on parking, Moving forward on a pre-school and Amazon

I know that for many of you, as for me, the events of the past week in Richmond have been distressing and have taken up attention. Even so, our local government here in Arlington continues its work for our entire community. Our January meetings were relatively light, but covered some important topics. Parking: One of […] Read more

Feb, 12, 2019

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Libby’s 2019 Organizational Meeting Remarks

The Arlington County Board met on January 2nd, 2019 for their annual Organizational Meeting. Below is a video recording and the full text of Libby’s remarks on her priorities and outlook for the year.     Thank you, Mr. Chair. First, a few words for my Board colleagues. Congratulations to Mr. Dorsey on becoming our […] Read more

Jan, 02, 2019

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December’s meetings were very short, but lots is happening

Our agendas for this month’s meetings were very light, but a lot is happening in Arlington. At our Saturday meeting, we adopted our state legislative package, as we always do. In it, we indicate mostly general positions we plan to support in the General Assembly session that begins in January so that our staff and […] Read more

Dec, 21, 2018

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Sister Cities, Budgets and the Hospital

The carryover portion of our November meeting started as we usually do with various reports, which can be quite informative. Our Chair outlined the many opportunities to learn about and to comment on Amazon coming to Arlington. I reported on my trip to our sister cities of Aachen and Reims for the 25th anniversary of […] Read more

Dec, 04, 2018

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Parks, plans, permits, and a blue wave

November’s meetings are separated by 11 days due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so I’ll separate my usual monthly email update as well. Saturday Public Comment and Amazon: It was no surprise that many people came to comment about Amazon on Saturday morning. Many were disappointed to learn that we only allow one person to comment […] Read more

Nov, 20, 2018

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Amazon In Arlington

As you no doubt have heard by now, Amazon has chosen Arlington one of its new headquarters sites. Information about the proposed agreement is available on the County website, and I welcome thoughts and comments as the Board analyzes the final agreement. We will follow our regular public engagement and hearing process for development decisions […] Read more

Nov, 13, 2018

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Please Vote Tomorrow

The important mid-term elections are tomorrow. For those of you who have not voted early absentee, I hope you will join me in voting to reelect Senator Tim Kaine, Congressman Don Beyer, my colleague John Vihstadt for County Board, and Barbara Kanninen for School Board, as well as for all the bond referenda. Senator Kaine […] Read more

Nov, 05, 2018

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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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