Dorsey Drama Continues

On September 16, Arlnow had a comment by a frequent contributor: Morning Notes $4 Million to Heirs Annually • 7 hours ago The Bankruptcy Trustee has a filed a motion to dismiss Dorsey’s bankruptcy case for his failure to file a modified proposed plan. A previous Court order required Dorsey to file a modified proposed plan that would include $5,893 owed to his mortgage company for failure to pay his May and June 2020 mortgage payments. A
On Friday September 11, we showed up at Doctor’s Run Park and there were three vehicles pulled onto the grass. The team was busy mowing and blowing and edging. Our park is very well used and we tend to have a lot of garbage from the local 7-11 and lack of garbage cans in the area. We love this park; it is where our neighborhood children get out of one of the

Voting Blue isn’t Enough

The situation in Arlington continues to disturb me. Certainly, we don’t have elected leaders or that are suppressing voting rights, curtailing a woman’s reproductive rights, or supporting aggressive policing. However, our elected leaders and staff do seem to have a unique relationship with the real estate and development community in Arlington. That  relationship seriously compromises other core values our community cherishes: education, the environment, and equity. To a busy resident who is only getting
This morning I was greeted by my second email from Arlington’s Car-Free Diet program. Yes, my focus is elsewhere; as is everyone else’s. There are three reasons why allowing this email to be sent demonstrates the continued lack of strategic resource allocation by senior County leadership during this unprecedented time. In a county that has a very high proportion of white-collar working people, the majority of us who still have jobs are working from home
As the Pandemic continues, Arlington Elected Officials Drift into Opaqueness, Closed Door Sessions, and Lack of Public Review. Starting off with the good.  Arlington’s endless processes and faux outreach which wasted resident’s time and just resulted in diluted outcomes favoring and the most organized individuals or groups are finally taking a rest during the pandemic.  Now the bad. Trump flopped big time by not having any plan at all to deal with the
After months (it’s been months) of individuals and commissions trying to find the “next normal” for Arlington public engagement, the County Board has taken a step in the direction of reactivating Arlington’s decision-making infrastructure. If one takes a moment to analyze it, it has been a decidedly “Trumpist” approach. Hear me out. The Trump administration has a play book: get the public distracted about something pretty basic and easy to do, tell them it’s impossible
The government has enacted a “Continuity of Government” ordinance to help it address the emergency presented by the COVID-19 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 Arlington County government’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic has displayed all three types of responses. There are many respects in
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. 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 park
“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 to
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 a

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