Politics

Drawn from the 15 weekly community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.

Subscribe

Tease photo

A-SPAN is a Washington Post Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management Finalist

“You are always serving food; tonight I’m feeding you.” Anna Kaminski, volunteer specialist and VISTA volunteer at A-SPAN, offers cheese puffs at Willow Restaurant to Gene and Jean Cross at the A-SPAN quarterly event to thank the volunteers for their support and enthusiasm in reaching out to the street homeless and newly housed.

Alexandria: Mistrial and Missed Trial

Just down the hall from each other, there were major developments in two Alexandria murder trials on April 23.

Alexandria: Mayoral Standoff

First debate in race for mayor focuses on failing infrastructure.

Differences between incumbent Mayor William Euille, current Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, and former Mayor Kerry Donley emerged during a debate as the three took turns directing blame for Alexandria’s current problems on each of the other two during the first mayoral debate. The debate, held in Douglas MacArthur Elementary School on April 23, primarily focused around issues of parking and city infrastructure.The shifting blame became most apparent during the candidates’ discussions on BRAC-133.

Alexandria: Add/Delete Budget Drama

Council members spar over last minute additions.

A preliminary discussion of the City Council’s Add/Deletes from the budget led to a heated exchange between council members during their April 28 meeting.

Mount Vernon: More Money For Route 1

Improvement projects for corridor gather momentum.

Fairfax County elected officials were pleased with recent announcements from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and Commonwealth Transportation Board that included increased funding for transportation improvements along U.S. Route 1.

Mount Vernon: John Geer Protest

Adam Buchanan of Springfield was among a group of about 20 protesters in front of the Fairfax County Government Center prior to the Ad Hoc commission meeting on April 27. He began following the case of John Geer after some of his friends who lived nearby where Geer was killed told him about the incident. “I’m glad to hear about the grand jury,” Buchanan said, “but all these cases, why are people getting killed in these situations? What can be done to prevent this in the future?”

Tease photo

Protest Precedes Police Meeting at Fairfax County Government Center

Themed subcommittees announced at second police review commission meeting.

Increased Fairfax County Police presence was noticeable at the rear of the room after three masked men entered the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

Alexandria Mayoral Standoff

First debate in race for mayor focuses on failing infrastructure.

Differences between incumbent Mayor William Euille, current Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, and former Mayor Kerry Donley emerged during a debate as the three took turns directing blame for Alexandria’s current problems on each of the other two during the first mayoral debate.

Q&A with Kathy Smith, Supervisor Candidate

School Board member wants to tackle new position.

Kathy Smith, Sully District representative on the Fairfax County School Board, is running as the Democratic candidate for the supervisor’s seat being vacated by Michael Frey.

Tease photo

Guevara Wins GOP’s Nod

A 16-vote victory to become Republican candidate for supervisor.

It’ll be John Guevara vs. Kathy Smith in the upcoming race to represent the Sully District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Tease photo

Neighborhood Outlook: Development and Land Use in McLean

An occasional series on development and land use in McLean.

Tease photo

Number of Homeless Declines in Arlington

Change in methodology has effect on number.

The numbers from Arlington County’s yearly Point in Time Count are once again showing the effort to reduce homelessness is getting results.

Arlington: County Board Approves $1.16 Billion Budget

Schools adopt Tier One reductions.

After months of negotiations, the Arlington County Board and School Board settled on a compromise that sees cuts to projects on both sides.

Tease photo

Not Enough Progress Made on Affordable Housing in Alexandria

Alexandria Needs Assessment finds affordable housing severely lacking.

The 2010 City Council Strategic Plan laid out seven main goals for the city’s long-term development. Goal number one was to “achieve a net increase in the number of dedicated affordable rental and ownership units in the city by 2015.”

Previous