Category: ‘Libby’s Blog’

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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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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January: Light meeting, better lights, enlightening new map

January’s Agenda January’s Board meetings were very light, with just three non-controversial regular items besides our consent agenda: 1) The naming of Short Bridge Park and approval of the design guidelines for the park; 2) Various approvals and a loan to allow the renovation of Culpepper Garden to begin; and 3) A rezoning and other […] Read more

Feb, 05, 2018

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A year of challenges…and opportunities

Happy New Year! Last night, the County Board held its annual Organizational Meeting. As expected, we unanimously elected Katie Cristol to serve as our chair and Christian Dorsey to serve as our vice chair this year. We also welcomed our newest colleague, Erik Gutshall, to the Board table for the first time. I was happy […] Read more

Jan, 03, 2018

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Libby’s 2018 Organizational Meeting Remarks

The Arlington County Board met on January 2nd, 2018 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, Madam Chair. Happy New Year, everyone, and thank you for joining us or tuning in this evening. […] Read more

Jan, 02, 2018

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