Category: ‘Libby’s Blog’

Energy, Equity, Emergency Preparedness, and a Controversial Site Plan

The Board plunged into the fall with our Community Energy Plan, an equity resolution, flood resiliency, and a controversial site plan. Energy: We found ourselves discussing renewable energy and climate change the day after students around the world demonstrated to save our planet. Our Community Energy Plan (CEP) was an update from 2013, and was needed […] Read more

Oct, 07, 2019

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July Report: Floods, flexibility, and fun (KGMR bike ride August 10)

Our July meeting was full, but our biggest concern this month has been the terrible flooding after about 5” of rain fell on Arlington in less than an hour. My colleagues and I met with residents from both the Waverly Hills and Westover neighborhoods, which were among the hardest hit. Our first responders reported 38 […] Read more

Jul, 24, 2019

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Some usual, and some not so usual, issues in June

June saw a combination of usual items and some less usual issues. As we usually do, we voted on a number of land use and regulatory issues that should make life better for Arlingtonians. We approved a streamlined approval process for APS to put relocatables on school property when they need to accommodate increased enrollment […] Read more

Jun, 27, 2019

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Congratulations to Parisa Dehghani-Tafti

Please join me in congratulating Parisa Dehghani-Tafti on her win of the Democratic nomination for Commonwealth’s Attorney. Our thanks go to Theo Stamos for her outstanding service for eight years as our Commonwealth’s Attorney. Finally, this campaign has been particularly difficult for our first responders: police, fire, and sheriff. Please join me in thanking them […] Read more

Jun, 12, 2019

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Really Important Primary Tomorrow: Theo Stamos for Commonwealth’s Attorney

As I imagine everyone reading this post knows, we have a crucial primary in Arlington tomorrow for our Commonwealth’s Attorney’s race. I am strongly supporting the incumbent in this race, Theo Stamos, and hope you will vote for her and get others to vote for her too. We vote at our usual polling locations from 6 […] Read more

Jun, 10, 2019

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More housing types, a school from an office building, Public Works Week, and raising Board salaries

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) returned to our agenda on Saturday. As you may remember, last year we adopted zoning changes to give more flexibility to people wanting a separate dwelling area within the existing footprint of their home, and we allowed people to convert existing detached structures, like a garage, into an apartment. We asked […] Read more

May, 24, 2019

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My Thoughts on Civil Discourse and the Commonwealth’s Attorney Race

I don’t usually send long emails. However, I am very concerned about deceptive and misleading mailers you may be receiving from the challenger in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s primary race on June 11, so I am writing a very long email now. Let me say at the outset that Arlington is progressive and well-run, but not […] Read more

May, 17, 2019

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Budgets, Planes, Parks, and Street Names

April was another busy month. Because of the Easter and Passover holidays, our usual Saturday meeting was held on Tuesday and our carryover meeting on Thursday. It was good to have our colleague Katie Crystal back with us and to meet 6-week old Cary. On Tuesday, we completed our work on the FY ’20 budget. […] Read more

May, 03, 2019

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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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