Saturday, November 3, 2012
Neighborhood business, civic association and property owner coalition ways in on controversial issue.
The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization issued this statement in October following a series of Arlington County Board candidate debates. Click here to watch the Patch-Arlington Independent Media forum for county board candidates. Recent publications suggest that Bus Rapid System would be superior to a Streetcar serving the transit needs of our area. The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization takes this opportunity to reaffirm support for a modern Streetcar. In July 2012, the Arlington County Board and Fairfax County Board chose a modern Streetcar as the preferred transit alternative in our corridor. This decision was correct and well informed. The rationale in support of a BRT alternative has been exhaustively discussed during …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Funding for projects contingent on voter approval next month.
The Arlington County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved $2.7 million for several projects under the Neighborhood Conservation Program. The money — much of which will only be available if voters approve issuing bonds on Nov. 6 — will fund four new projects and provide additional funding for five ongoing projects. If the ballot measure fails, the projects will not be funded. They include: More than $747,000 will pay for four streetlight projects and improvements to the Virginia Highlands Sprayground. At board Chairwoman Mary Hynes' request, county staff delivered a lengthy presentation about the types of streetlights Arlington is using — LED lights that are replacing old high-pressure sodium lights. The new lights are more energy …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Federal law requires employers to notify employees, local governments before mass layoffs.
Republican Matt Wavro has called on the Arlington County Board to "stand up" for residents here who could be affected by federal sequestration. The looming $1.2 trillion in cuts to defense and other parts of the federal government was meant to force a compromise between partisan politicians but now could actually be realized. Under the federal WARN Act — that's the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act — most employers are required to give workers a 60-day notice in advance of plant closings or mass layoffs. But some Northern Virginia defense contractors are holding off on those notices — some haven't decided — following a White House memo that says the federal government will cover any liability for doing so. Republicans have …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Patch-Arlington Independent Media forum touched on a variety of issues, from the cost of doing business here to the cost of living and quality of life.
Arlington County Board candidates touched on a wide range of issues Thursday night during a Patch-Arlington Independent Media live forum — touching on the proposed Columbia Pike trolley, affordable housing, the cost of doing business in Arlington and the future of the Artisphere. Democratic incumbent Libby Garvey faced Republican Matt Wavro and Green Party candidate Audrey Clement at Arlington Independent Media's studio in Clarendon. Arlington Patch Editor Jason Spencer moderated. Patch and Arlington Independent Media will feature the video online in upcoming days. Meanwhile, some highlights: If the vote was today, would you support the Columbia Pike trolley? “I would not,” Garvey said, taking a firm stand on the controversial proprosal. …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Challengers factoring in increased turnout from top-of-the-ticket race in their campaigns.
The presidential race at the top of this year's election ticket casts a long shadow — and will potentially affect down-ballot races. Conventional wisdom says the contest between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney in Arlington will help Democrats. Obama carried Arlington County with more than 70 percent of the vote four years ago. That bodes will for Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey, a Democrat and incumbent seeking re-election. Garvey has only held her post for a little more than six months, winning a special election in March to fill a term that expires at the end of this year. Garvey has taken darts from her opponents — Republican Matt Wavro and Green Party candidate Audrey Clement — for not …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Democratic incumbent faces opposition from Republican, Green Party candidates.
The proposed Columbia Pike streetcar could be a defining issue in the three-way race for Arlington County Board. The estimated $249 million transit system would connect the Bailey's Crossroads/Skyline area of Fairfax County with Pentagon City, where it may eventually connect with a proposed Route 1 streetcar. At the center of the storm is Democratic incumbent Libby Garvey, who won her board seat in March, filling a term that expires in December. Garvey faces Republican Matt Wavro and Green Party candidate Audrey Clement — both vocal critics of the streetcar. In July, Garvey abstained from a vote to move forward on the Columbia Pike trolley system, saying she needed more time to study the matter. She said this week that she's still talking …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Event will air at 7 p.m. Thursday, replay several more times before the November election.
Patch and Arlington Independent Media will host a forum for Arlington County Board candidates that will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Thursday. AIM will rebroadcast the forum multiple times before the November election. Patch also will feature the video on its Arlington County and Clarendon-Courthouse sites. Next month, voters will determine who represents them from the federal to the local level. Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey, a Democrat, faces opposition from Republican Matt Wavro and Green Party candidate Audrey Clement. Garvey won a special election earlier this year to fill the unexpired term of Barbara Favola, who ascended to the state Senate. That term expires at the end of this year. Candidates will be allowed to bring …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Matt Wavro, a Republican running for Arlington County Board, says residents 'deserve better.'
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Wavro campaign distributed this piece to media outlets Wednesday afternoon. The residents of Columbia Pike and Crystal City deserve a better plan for the future of our community than a blind rush toward the vanity project that is the planned circulator trolley. The current plan to spend what could end up being nearly $500 million installing two trolleys is not the right plan for Columbia Pike, Crystal City or the region. I think we all support the goal of a pedestrian friendly Main Street on Columbia Pike and an active, accessible Crystal City. The guidelines in place for such development — the Form Based Code on Columbia Pike and the Crystal City Sector Plan in Crystal City — are starting to change the development dynamic in these …