Articles by: Penny Gross
Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be e-mailed at mason@fairfaxcounty.gov

A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 2, 2017 10:02 AM0 comments

“Raise my taxes. Lower my taxes. Spend more on schools. Schools spend too much. Cut wasteful programs. Privatize everything. People on fixed incomes can’t afford to live here. Have police issue more tickets and the revenue problem will be fixed.” Such comments are part and parcel of the annual budget […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 23, 2017 10:27 AM0 comments

The comprehensive effect of County Executive Ed Long’s proposed FY18 budget plan on county services hasn’t sunk in yet, but a closer look at recommended reductions gives some sense of the breadth of services provided by the largest county government in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The small stuff – reducing […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 16, 2017 10:30 AM0 comments

Budget season has begun! Fairfax County Executive Edward L. Long, Jr. released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 on Valentine’s Day. While there were few surprises, there also wasn’t much “love” in this proposed budget. Real property values remain relatively flat, with residential equalization increasing only .68 percent, with […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 9, 2017 10:01 AM0 comments

Despite the tweets emanating almost hourly from the White House, and the battle for supremacy in the Congress, the everyday work to provide for community needs gets done at the local level, mostly with locally generated revenue. Fairfax County residents may observe the presidential and congressional shenanigans more closely than, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 2, 2017 10:35 AM0 comments

The new administration’s Executive Order imposing a ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority Middle Eastern countries has resulted in international protests at home and abroad. The ban already has torn families apart, and sowed fear into many local residents, who wonder if they may be at risk in their adopted […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 26, 2017 10:38 AM0 comments

The rant that passed for an inaugural address last week appeared to be written, and delivered, by people not very friendly to the United States of America. During the Cold War, dictators and demagogues might have used words like “carnage,” “tombstones,” “rusted,” and “stolen” as propaganda against the United States. […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 19, 2017 9:46 AM0 comments

Tomorrow’s inaugural ceremonies will adhere, for the most part, to a standard format that has been practiced for decades. What will follow the ceremony and parade, however, is anyone’s guess. Our nation has never had a presidential administration where the commander-in-chief has neither government nor military experience, and whose Cabinet […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 12, 2017 10:42 AM0 comments

In 2014, Fairfax County entered into an agreement with the Virginia Commissioner of Highways, which allowed county staff and the Community Labor Force to remove signs from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) rights-of-way, and invoice the owners of the signs at $100 per sign removed. Since the beginning of the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 5, 2017 9:57 AM0 comments

It’s been almost 60 days since the world was stunned by the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Yet, just two weeks before Inauguration Day, Trump and his allies still are in campaign mode, continuing to attack Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and their supporters, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 29, 2016 10:40 AM0 comments

Happy New Year! Amidst the hustle and bustle of the presidential election results and subsequent holidays, there’s some good news that might have been missed. I call them “Cheers for the New Year.” • Got the dot? It’s easy to participate in the Yellow Dot program that the Fairfax County […]

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