Delegate Marcus Simon’s Richmond Report

February 19, 2014 7:03 PM1 comment

Every session of the General Assembly certain themes rise to the surface. As we near the half-way point of the 2014 Session, it is clear that one of this year’s themes is whether Virginia will accept billions of dollars in federal funds to close the health coverage gap. Not accepting […]

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Editorial: Those 2 Mailings This Past Week

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All property owners in Falls Church (and most other places as well) have now received their new real estate assessments in the mail, and most are showing a marked increase in value that will translate into a bigger tax bill this year, even if the tax rate remains unchanged. But […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 18, 2014 10:50 AM0 comments

That dome-shaped line-item in the county budget, better known as Artisphere, may have turned a corner. Karen Vasquez, director of cultural affairs for Arlington, says the Rosslyn venue known for edgy artists, global music and administrative do-overs has boosted visitation and revenues and won “a lot of critical acclaim.” Yes, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 13, 2014 12:14 PM0 comments

Every year, elected officials from Virginia’s local governments trek to Richmond for what is known as VACo/VML Legislative Day, an opportunity to buttonhole Senators and Delegates about how issues under consideration at the General Assembly affect localities. More than 400 supervisors, city and town council members, and administrators gathered last […]

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Guest Commentary: Establishing & Delivering on Transportation Priorities

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By Paul Stoddard Since I began working as the City’s transportation planner in the spring of 2013, I have received many requests from City residents for expanded travel options. People have asked for better ways to get around the City as pedestrians and as bicyclists. People have also asked for […]

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Senator Saslaw’s Richmond Report

February 12, 2014 8:17 PM0 comments

From fox penning to ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, a diverse array of legislation has made its way through the Senate of Virginia. The same is true for the House of Delegates. Now that we enter crossover, both chambers will review any approved legislation from the other house. Additionally, […]

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Editorial: Beef Up the Tax Deferral Programs

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It’s already shaping up as a very expensive year to be living in Falls Church, given the robust rise in real estate assessments out this week, the ambitious plans at City Hall to renovate or rebuild City Hall, the library, Mt. Daniel Elementary and George Mason High School in the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 11, 2014 10:39 AM0 comments

My friends who own one of Arlington’s most historic homes opened it up last month to neighbors long-curious about what 163-year-old “Maple Shade” is like on the inside. Though many doubtless came for the accompanying talk by County Board candidate Alan Howze, I was pleased to offer the standing-room crowd […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 6, 2014 11:34 AM0 comments

The hint of springtime last weekend didn’t last, of course, and the gloomy days of winter quickly re-established themselves. It is February, after all, and winter weather, coupled with long hours of darkness, raises questions about safety on many fronts. News accounts remind us to bundle up, wear gloves or […]

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Guest Commentary: New Falls Church City Council Looks Ahead

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By Dan Sze Your new City Council held its first retreat after taking office three weeks ago in order to get up to speed on all current issues: the upcoming budget for public government and schools, capital improvement projects, the state of economic development and disposition of funds available from […]

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