Our Man in Arlington

April 1, 2014 10:49 AM0 comments

The affordable housing projects built in Arlington blend in discreetly. But the sign labeling the handsome buff-and-brick Arlington Mill Residences at South Dinwiddie and Columbia Pike includes four letters that help brand the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. Without APAH’s good offices, the unique four-story apartment building atop a county […]

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Guest Commentary: It’s Groundhog Day in the City of Falls Church

March 27, 2014 10:34 AM2 comments

From the reporting in the News-Press, I see that the annual budget “battle” between the School Board and the City Council is gearing up yet again.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

9:27 AM0 comments

As deliberations about Fairfax County’s FY15 proposed budget continue, the failure of the Virginia General Assembly to adopt a state budget becomes more critical for local programs. Revenue from the Commonwealth accounts for only 2.6 percent of the county’s annual budget, but the amount, more than $95 million, equates to […]

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Editorial: Fund Balance In the Balance

March 26, 2014 7:32 PM2 comments

The squeeze is really on in this spring’s City of Falls Church annual operating budget deliberations, driven by robust increases in residential real estate values, record rates of enrollment growth in the city’s schools, and a new stormwater management fee that every property owner will have to pay for the first time this June.

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Our Man in Arlington

6:31 PM0 comments

Golf legend Arnold Palmer has an intimate tie to Arlington, though he may not be aware of it. My scooplet on this topic was achieved after a friend who attends Resurrection Lutheran Church told me Palmer was married at that sanctuary at 6201 Washington Boulevard. That was news to me, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 20, 2014 9:59 AM1 comment

Often lost in the cacophony of demands for funding from the county budget are the Ten Principles of Sound Financial Management, which first were adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on October 22, 1975. (Longtime residents may recall that Alan Magazine was the Mason District Supervisor at that […]

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Guest Commentary: A Look at the School Board’s Budget Request

8:53 AM1 comment

On March 4, after almost two months of presentations, discussion, public hearings, analysis, and deliberation, the Falls Church City School Board adopted an operating budget for the 2014-15 school year (FY15) – $44,834,600, a 9.5% increase over the current year.

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Editorial: ‘Looking a Gift Horse In the Mouth’

March 19, 2014 9:49 PM4 comments

If we were running Falls Church, and were faced with the need to shove another big real estate tax increase down the throats of our citizens, on top of a nine percent increase in the assessed values of that real estate, and with a whole new financial burden on our […]

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Our Man in Arlington

3:07 PM1 comment

In politics today, he who controls the website controls the debate. Or so it seemed last week when the network of Arlington parents with kids in the H-B Woodlawn “hippie high school” program experienced a strangely unilateral airbrushing of their portion of the school’s online platform. Suddenly vanished on Friday […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 13, 2014 12:29 PM0 comments

Fairfax County’s FY2015 proposed budget brings additional scrutiny to some well-known county departments, including public safety, which is a core mission for local governments. Fairfax County’s crime rate is among the lowest in the nation for jurisdictions of our size. The average time for police response to a Top Priority […]

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