Column: Improving Economic Equality for Women


I have been surrounded by strong women all of my life. My grandmother was a suffragette, economics professor, labor leader, and advocate for most of her 98 years. My mother is famous in the intellectual disability community for her work with the ARC. One of my four incredible sisters has been CFO in our family business for a generation. My oldest daughter shares management responsibilities for our largest store, and my wife has long been a powerful voice for women in business.

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Alexandria: Planning Comission is Considering Reducing Parking Options

Planning Commission updates policy on residential parking spaces.

A proposed text amendment to the Alexandria Parking Standards will decrease the amount of parking spaces residential property developers will be required to provide.

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Mount Vernon: Foreman Drives Senate District

GOP candidate spends day seeing the 36th top to bottom.

By 2:30 p.m. on April 2, Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman had already attended meet-and-greets in Stafford, Quantico and Montclair. His fourth stop was the home of Susan Valentine in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. A fifth event, an ice cream social called “Get the Scoop on Jerry,” awaited him at the finish line in Dumfries.

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Mount Vernon: Surovell, Krizek Deliver Petition on Route 1 Widening

Following a public meeting held March 31 at the South County Government Center to discuss the different projects the Northern Virginia Transit Authority is considering, Del. Scott Surovell (D-44) and 44th District House of Delegates candidate Paul Krizek submitted a petition to the Transit Authority demanding the widening of Route 1 be made a higher priority.

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Mount Vernon: Hundreds Attend Budget Hearing

Schools, libraries, economic development authority and others seek more funding while tax-hawks call for reductions.

More than 200 people packed the Fairfax County Government auditorium Tuesday, April 7, and 60 speakers were scheduled to testify before the Board of Supervisors on the advertised budget. The hearing began with a presentation by School Board Chairman Tamara Derenak Kaufax.

Meet GOP Candidates for Sully Supervisor

Backgrounds of the Republican contenders.

Three men are competing in the Republican primary to run in November for the Sully District supervisor seat being vacated by incumbent Michael Frey. They are John Guevara, Brian Schoeneman and John Litzenberger.

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Three Republic Candidates Have Their Eyes on the Prize

Three Republican candidates for Sully District supervisor debate the issues.

School Board member Kathy Smith will be the Democratic candidate hoping to replace the retiring Michael Frey (R) as Sully District supervisor. But the Republican candidate will be chosen April 25, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at a Firehouse Primary at Westfield High.

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Frey Hosts His Last Town Hall Budget Meeting

County, schools see lean times.

Sully District Supervisor Michael Frey oversaw his last Town Hall Budget meeting on March 25. The topic of the meeting were the Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposals for both Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools.

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Del. Rust Receives OPAL Award

The American Society of Civil Engineers awarded Del. Thomas Davis Rust (R-86) an Outstanding Project And Leaders (OPAL) award in Arlington on March 26, for his lifetime achievement in government. The national OPAL award was established 15 years ago, to recognize outstanding civil engineering leaders whose lifetime accomplishments and achievements have made significant differences.

Foust Runs for Re-election

Dranesville Supervisor highlights his quality of life results, agenda.

At a campaign kick-off event held on Saturday, March 28, Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) announced that he will run for a third term to represent the Dranesville District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Foust was elected to the Board in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.

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Simply Unaffordable: An Uncertain Future for Affordable Housing in Arlington

New Master Plan lays out uncertain future for Affordable Housing in Arlington.

A new Affordable Housing Master Plan released in March laid out Arlington County’s dire Affordable Housing needs. Hoping for approval before the plan is brought to the County Board in July, the Affordable Housing Study Working Group presented its findings to the Transportation Commission on April 2. The Master Plan was approved unanimously.

Insufficient Data: Arlington Meter Increase Deferred

Arlington’s Transportation Commission recommends County Board defer action on increases to meter rates and hours.

A last minute plea from local business owners and lingering doubts compelled the Transportation Commission to reconsider, and ultimately recommend deferring, a proposal from Arlington County’s Department of Environmental Services to increase the meter rates and hours.

Real Estate Tax Rate Is Still a Work in Progress in City of Fairfax

In the city manager’s proposed budget for FY 2016, the residential real-estate tax rate would increase by 2.5 cents – to 1.065 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The City Council can ultimately decide to lower the tax rate but, for now, it’s advertising it at the proposed amount. Meanwhile, it’s holding public hearings and workshops on the budget, so the idea will receive a great deal of thought and discussion before the budget is finally adopted and the tax rate is set.

Sargeant Kicks Off Mount Vernon Supervisor Campaign

Of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors district seats, all of which are up for election this fall, the Mount Vernon spot is already being contested by four candidates.

Alexandria: People vs Parks on Potomac Yard Impact

Draft Environmental Impact Statement details Potomac Yard Metro impact on parks and neighbors

The Potomac Yard Metro plan moves forward with the release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement developed by the City of Alexandria alongside the Federal Transit Administration and the National Park Service.