Our Man in Arlington

February 6, 2018 2:46 PM0 comments

Tree lovers, tree stewards and tree protectors have grown across Arlington recently. The county released its latest study of the 755,400-tree canopy (a protective asset from Mother Nature under threat from over-exuberant development), designated four protected tree specimens and updated its inventory of “champion trees.” This weekend, I met with […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

February 1, 2018 1:01 PM0 comments

The General Assembly is off to a fast and furious start. Governor Northam took the helm Jan. 13 and has set the stage for bipartisan efforts on behalf of Virginians. You may recall last November there was a Democratic wave that swept all three statewide offices and netted Democrats 15 […]

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Guest Commentary: Same Old Story With Richmond & Transit Funding

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When Governor McAuliffe included statewide funding for Metro in his last budget, the hope was that a fairer approach to funding Metro might actually emerge. That proposal at least began to reflect the $600 million the state gets each year from tax revenues generated as a result of Metro and […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Installing sidewalks seems like a fairly simple task. Some tools, some cement, and some time ought to fix things up, right? Actually, no. By the time it’s under construction, years may have passed in the engineering and design of the walkway, obtaining the land rights to construct, getting bids to […]

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Editorial: Did We Miss Out on Bezos?

January 31, 2018 9:21 PM0 comments

Granted, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), owner of those underutilized 24 acres adjacent the West Falls Church Metro station, was under no obligation to share their designs to development that parcel with anyone, much less the neighboring City of Falls Church and its 34 acres available and in […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 30, 2018 6:49 PM0 comments

“My kids said middle school stinks, and they hope high school is better.” That was a motivator for Karyn Ewart, the clinical psychologist who last September opened Arlington’s newest educational experiment. The private Sycamore School, where she gave me the cook’s tour, serves just over 20 motivated 6th-to-8th-graders on leased […]

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Guest Commentary: F.C. Officials Should Negotiate More Affordable Rental Units

January 26, 2018 10:39 AM0 comments

By Joshua Shokoor While the physical landscape of the City of Falls Church has been reshaped by development, so have the demographics of its residents, especially how they are housed. Since 2009, presumably in reaction to the collapse of the housing market and a subsequent reluctance of developers willing to […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 25, 2018 9:52 AM0 comments

Committees of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors generally are committees of the whole, meaning that all 10 board members also serve on each committee. Most committees meet at least quarterly, but the Board’s Legislative Committee is different. Since the Virginia General Assembly sessions are short — 45 or 60 […]

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Editorial: Medicaid Expansion Now Possible

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With the difference between Democrats and Republicans in the Richmond House of Delegates now narrowed to what a single vote can do, the matter of Virginia providing health coverage to an additional 400,000 of its citizens is now on the table. When the legislature was 66-34 pro-Republican, there was no […]

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From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s Richmond Report

January 24, 2018 7:52 PM0 comments

I am sharing this statement adapted from a letter written to me by Eric Welch, a J.E.B. Stuart High School teacher, describing a serious barrier to higher education that must be eliminated: Over the past year some Virginia public colleges have been issuing demands to student applicants to provide their […]

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