0 The government has enacted a “Continuity of Government” ordinance to help it address the emergency presented by the epidemic. All levels of American government need and have emergency powers. How, when and where government exercises those powers is a test of leadership. Will the government overreach, underreach, or get it right? The government’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic has displayed all three types of responses. There are many respects

A Park vs. A Park in Arlington

Posted on May 26, 2020

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0 When you think of a park, what do you think of? Arlington is one of the top five richest counties in the country. An award will not replace having spaces to play and relax for all ages. Arlington County was just ranked as #4 best park in the U.S.  by the Trust for Public Land. Let’s set aside the fact that in this instance Arlington is considered a city, that the calculation includes federal

Those “Well Meaning” Tree People

Posted on May 25, 2020

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0 “A society grows great, when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in” – Greek Proverb A neighbor shared an email with me this week that was discussing the merits of removing a significant number of trees for a county project. There were three lines of particular interest Infrastructure investments will improve storm water runoff and reduce floodingTree preservation is a priority of [NOVA/Arlington parks] so they will work
0 I’m writing about the referee payment problems. I submitted my concerns in January about how absurd it was that referees were not getting paid. Apparently, our newest board member is most naïve in the ways of Arlington and was unable to fulfill his promise to get the referees paid by Feb. 1 “at the latest.” His updated desire is to resolve things “before spring arrives.” Bless his heart. Now Matt DeFerranti has set up
0 In a search for basic information regarding Arlington County, I was told I would have to FOIA it. WHAT?!?!?! Why would I have to FOIA anything that should be easily accessible on a website? Furthermore, why would I have to pay for it?!  As background, the FOIA was signed into law in 1966. Following the Watergate scandal, FOIA became what it is today including the timeframes, penalties for non-compliance, and the parameters of fees
0 As the heat gets turned up on Dorsey’s fate, I wonder if the other County Board members are in a position to comment on integrity, , or recusing themselves from critical conversations. Let’s take Erik Gutshall as an example. Most people know Erik through his much-referenced home maintenance business, Clarendon Home Services. Positioned as a small family business, Erik made the case that he was the right candidate for the County Board because his

Columbia Pike Project

Posted on January 28, 2020

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2+ In reference to the ongoing Columbia Pike project and the lack of communication and by the County, there was a number of years ago a segment of the overall project to align Four Mile Run Drive Minor with S. Buchanan Street as it crosses Columbia Pike.   That particular project completion was delayed well over two years with many cost overruns mainly because, as admitted to me by the same County project manager
0 Arlington County takes great pride in its community 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
1+ On Monday of this week , Mark Schwartz, 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 Parks and Recreation, Jane Rudolph acknowledged on December 9, 2019, during a not-so well advertised presentation of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) field utilization and field scheduling issues.  The content of that presentation and the Director’s statement both contradict the misleading statements that county staff have made for years; that there are insufficient fields
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