0 Arlington County takes great pride in its community engagement strategy which includes a robust communication that includes a network of civic associations, commissions, and working groups. The County has a responsibility to announce meetings and provide the community access to the minutes of such meetings, as deemed by Virginia open meeting laws. The Civic associations are a fundamental method to inform residents, involve them in decision making, and solicit feedback. The Civic Associations
0 On Monday of this week County Manager, , wrote a letter to Arlington Public Schools (APS) outlining a series of sites across the county to be considered for sites for new schools. These sites are located around the county on small lots including community gardens, community centers, and current park space. The site considerations suggest a complete lack of planning prowess and a disregard for the diversity of needs in our community. Reasons
0 “Even as the population grows, we don’t anticipate needing any more diamond fields.” Director of Department of and Recreation, Jane Rudolph acknowledged on December 9, 2019, during a not-so well advertised presentation of the Department of and Recreation’s () field utilization data and field scheduling issues.  The content of that presentation and the Director’s statement both contradict the misleading statements that county have made for years; that there are insufficient fields
0  It’s been two months now since the surfacing of Christian Dorsey’s financial problems and some campaign reporting issues. He made the declaration that he is still committed to serving Arlington. “My personal financial issues do not in any way impinge upon my ability to work with staff and with our community to find practical, innovative solutions to all these issues,” Dorsey added. “I love this County, and I will continue to work hard to ensure it remains one
0  In April 2019, an article surfaced that the winter referees still had not been paid for work completed. DPR went on the record stating that they are working on the issue and verified that they had paid the contractor over $180,000. In September 2019, some of the unpaid workers showed up at the County Board meeting and the County Board reiterated that they are working on it.  “Dorsey said that officials found out that the head

More on DPR and Trees

Posted on November 14, 2019

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1+ The article documenting DPR’s destruction of mature trees in Arlington omits an important fact.   The Lubber Run “Community Center” expansion project that destroyed many mature trees on the hillside next to George Mason Blvd actually contains space for DPR staff. So, irony of ironies, DPR is cutting down trees for its own institutional benefit. Disgusting!! Project reference link 1+

Financial Literary as Baseline Expectation

Posted on November 11, 2019

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0 The Arlington County Board runs a billion-dollar budget. The need for financial literacy is critical.  We have just seen a County Board member publicly share that they have filed for bankruptcy. Did he need to share that information? No. He did not. Rather, he played the martyr, “But I made a choice to do public service, and that sacrifice means my income dropped.” I don’t know about you, but I have seen a lot
2+ On October 25, 2019, 10 days before Arlington County held its elections, the Sun Gazette published an editorial about Christian Dorsey’s acceptance of a $10,000 donation by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689 for his re-election campaign. The ATU has business before the Metro board, which Dorsey is a member of. But, by October 29, 2019, the article no longer appeared on the Gazette website. Here is a copy of that article EDITOR’S
2+ In the summer of 2018, there was a big storm and people’s homes got flooded. In July 2019, there was a huge storm and a lot of people’s homes got flooded. Arlington residents got mad and built a coalition seeking the County Board’s action to do something. At the September 24 Arlington County Board Recessed Meeting, staff laid out several things that the county could do through the frames of cost and the

A safe place to share…

Posted on November 4, 2019

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2+ Dear Arlway-ers – Why are author names not required for submissions while some submissions do include names? The Arlington Way is at its heart, a whistle blowing website. Only at the specific request of the submitter, will AW include names. The website is the result of years of feeling that there was no safe place to share the information that is being illuminated among neighbors. Local news outlets including ArlNow, the Washington Post, and the Sun Gazette, as well
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