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Financial Literary as Baseline Expectation

Posted on November 11, 2019

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0 The Arlington runs a billion-dollar budget. The need for financial literacy is critical.  We have just seen a 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
4+ 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
3+ 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfGvQ8-aWQ0&feature=youtu.be&t=6936, 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
1+ It’s been a big couple of weeks and Arlington County Staff and the Arlington County Board continue to show a lack of regard for the future of Arlington and its citizens. Some highlights include: announcing an equity initiative without any metrics to determine success or failure and a clear message from the public that there isn’t equitycontinuing to approve buildings that cover 100% of the lot, have no affordable housing, and do not have any environmental or
2+ Arlington County must set a responsible example by holding itself to the same (or more stringent) environmental standards as Arlington homeowners in order to reduce stormwater runoff and lower flood risk. Instead, the Department of and Recreation is avoiding review, documentation and restrictions for its “Paving over our ” projects. The July 8th flooding was not unexpected. Arlington County is paving over green and open spaces at a rapid rate (adding +/–29 acres

The Arlington Way

Posted on September 17, 2019

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1+ Former Ron Carlee wrote an article for the National Civic Review entitled “The Arlington Way: Public as a Community Expectation” I thought he made one very wise remark, and one very cute remark: The cute one – “..too short for such a name” was embedded in: “What is the Arlington Way? In its most positive framing, the Arlington Way means engaging with the public on issues of importance or concern (not

Is it time for a name change?

Posted on September 6, 2019

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4+ The Department of Environmental Services () has a vision and mission to make Arlington a “vibrant, accessible, and sustainable community through strategic transportation, environmental and capital investment projects, while providing excellent customer service, operations and maintenance in a safe and healthy for all.” However, in my experience on commissions, working groups and overall community projects, the only thing strategic about this department as it relates to the is a strategic goal to
11+ Virginia’s Statewide Public School Literacy Screening Conflict of Interest:  A conflict of interest exists between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the University of Virginia (UVA), and Dr. Marcia Invernizzi (former Professor Emeritus at UVA and the creator of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screener (PALS)) and is obstructing APS’ and Virginia’s Public ’ ability to identify all of our K-3 students who are at risk of failing to learn to read.  This obstruction continues

Death By PowerPoint

Posted on August 15, 2019

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1+ Arlington is comprised of people that are smart and very short on time. Individuals are busy with work, school, and home. Furthermore, our residents have experience learning, developing concepts, and negotiating. Arlington County Staff are completely disrespectful of residents’ skills and time parameters.  A typical Arlington meeting lasts three hours10 min of introductions and opening2.5 hours of powerpoint presentations10 min of Q&A10 min of next steps No one should ever give multiple hours of
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