Our Man in Arlington

April 7, 2015 1:37 PM0 comments

April 4 delivered me to a double-barreled national history celebration, one that is possible only in Arlington. At Arlington House, the National Park Service put on a rich evening commemoration of the unfolding of the end of the Civil War 150 years ago. April 4 being the day President Lincoln […]

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Guest Commentary: 20 Years of Elected Office Serving Northern Virginia

April 2, 2015 11:51 AM0 comments

The end of March is a special time of year. Not only does it come on the heels of my favorite holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, but each year it offers me an opportunity to reflect and remind myself why I entered public service. This year is a particularly significant milestone […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Many Mason District neighborhoods are glorious in springtime, when mature landscapes burst into bloom as a result of careful tending by homeowners. This year spring seems to be playing April Fools’ jokes on the region, teasing us with sunshine and warm breezes one day, and chilling us out on the […]

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Editorial: F.C. Election Not Until November

April 1, 2015 6:51 PM2 comments

In Falls Church in years past, the annual spring budget deliberations (such as are going on now) were always interspersed with campaigning for seats on the local City Council in a May election. The connection between positions taken on the budget – usually involving tax rates and school funding – […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

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The Legislature will reconvene on April 15 to review the actions taken by Governor McAuliffe on all bills passed during the General Assembly. Despite it being what is referred to as the “short session,” (45 days), legislators from across the Commonwealth introduced 1,919 bills and 857 resolutions on a myriad […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 31, 2015 4:47 PM0 comments

Once a month, my downtown day-job colleagues bag lunches for the homeless. To help the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, I occasionally drive the readied food for distribution at the park behind St. George’s Episcopal Church. It hit me only lately what a tiny thread that is, given the larger […]

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Guest Commentary: Ranked-Choice Voting & Independent Redistricting

March 26, 2015 11:35 AM0 comments

By Christopher Zieja In our current political system, gerrymandering empowers elected officials to choose their voters rather than have voters choose the politicians. The result? Partisanship and polarization. Centrists are stymied and politics less civil due to an overwhelming number of non-competitive legislative districts. As a result, politicians have little incentive […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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For nearly 20 years, parcels along the southern frontage of Leesburg Pike in Culmore, between Charles Street and Washington Drive, have been the subject of discussion in the community about redevelopment possibilities. The block long area was replanned in 1994 for townhouse office uses, but the plan also called for […]

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Editorial: ‘Mason Row’ is a Very Good Idea

March 25, 2015 5:32 PM7 comments

There is a clear calculus operating here that does not require degrees in rocket science to figure out. It goes something like this: If you want quality schools then you have to support aggressive commercial development that will pay for them. It is our sense that most residents of Falls […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 24, 2015 2:33 PM1 comment

The 105-year-old Wilson School may soon be reduced to rubble–to allow construction of Arlington’s first high-rise urbanized school, for the H-B Woodlawn secondary program. Unless preservationists pull off a miracle. Last Saturday I visited that underused utilitarian structure on Wilson Blvd. in upper Rosslyn and perused some documents to learn […]

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