Saturday, May 11, 2013
Event is Tuesday night at Kenmore Middle School
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran will host a community form on immigration forum Tuesday night in the Kenmore Middle School auditorium. An estimated 10 million to 11 million undocumented immigrants live in this country, and reforming the system to "resolve the status" of these individuals could add more than $800 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product over the next decade and create more than 100,000 jobs per year, according to Moran's office. The congressman will be joined by Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada and representatives from the Center for American Progress, the National Immigration Law Center and the American Immigrants Lawyers Association. The forum will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Arlington and Fairfax officials are seeking clarification and say they will continue to pursue federal funding for the controversial project.
Arlington and Fairfax counties announced Friday afternoon that federal funds expected to cover nearly one-third of the cost of the $250 million Columbia Pike streetcar project will not be available next year. The controversial project would connect Pentagon City with Bailey's Crossroads, and public outcry has sharpened thanks in part to opponents finding a champion in Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey. Arlington and Fairfax counties applied to the Federal Transit Administration's Small Starts program for partial funding in September 2012. The streetcar's funding plan assumed the feds would kick in $75 million, the largest amount the FTA program awards. State and local dollars would pay for the balance. Arlington and Fairfax …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Symbols that connect ship, county abound new Navy vessel.
NORFOLK — The USS Arlington, a landing platform dock, commissioned this weekend was the third Navy vessel to be named for Arlington County. The first was a World War II-era transport ship; the second, a Vietnam-era communications ship. Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada this weekend delivered a candelabra from the second ship to the commander of the new one, adding to a long list of connections between the ship and its namesake. County officials said they viewed the ship not only as a source of pride, but also as a continuation of the relationship between Arlington and the military, particularly the Navy and Marine Corps. More:
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Chairman announced the change to next year's proposed budget Tuesday night.
Arlington Board Chairman Walter Tejada announced Tuesday night that the county will continue to inspect child-care facilities and train child-care providers. Tejada made the announcement at the beginning of a budget work session on the county's social safety net programs. “The Board is committed to maintaining Arlington’s inspections of childcare facilities and training for providers,” Tejada said, reading from a prepared statement. “Although most localities in Virginia rely on the State alone to conduct inspections of childcare facilities, Arlington has, for more than 40 years, provided an extra layer of inspections and training for providers – and the Board is committed to continuing both of those elements.” Arlington's local child-care …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Arlington County Board answers questions about controversial project.
At times, it seems like people who support the planned streetcar for Columbia Pike and those who oppose it are speaking two different languages. Hundreds representing both sides showed up Wednesday night for what turned out to be a fairly heated town hall at Kenmore Middle School. Four of the five Arlington County Board members explained the processes and decisions that have taken place over the last decade and have gotten the county to this point. To them, the discussion has been going on, scores of people have participated, and the streetcar remains the best long-term strategic investment to run along the Pike. To board member Libby Garvey, who opposes the streetcar and seems less concerned about any political consequences of her …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Proposal would allow localities to impose a 1 percent income tax without voter approval.
Arlington County is keeping its eye on a bill that would allow certain localities — mostly in Northern Virginia — to impose a local income tax to fund transportation without voter approval. "We're aware of it," Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada said. "We find it a very interesting concept. You never know how volatile it will get in the General Assembly." The state Senate passed SB 1313 earlier this month and it was placed on the House calendar this week. Under the proposed legislation, certain local governments would be allowed to establish an income tax of up to 1 percent without approval from voters — and for an indefinite period of time. The bill would affect the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, …
Monday, February 4, 2013
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Monday, February 4
Our Arlington County Board chairman, Walter Tejada, is to be commended for hosting one of his town hall meetings about the streetcar from 6:45 to 9 p.m. March 27 at Kenmore Middle School. All of our board members are expected be on hand to deliver an update on the current situation and, most importantly, to hear from those of us who do not agree that the streetcar is the most financially feasible and efficient way of moving people up and down Columbia Pike as development pressure intensifies in the years ahead. Other options, like Bus Rapid Transit, need to be further explored and closely vetted before a final decision is made. This forum, including the brief update of current plans, must be followed by a panel discussion of …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tejada: Members of the public will be able to ask questions, get answers on any topic.
A series of 10 town hall meetings across Arlington County this year kicks off Wednesday night at the Charles Drew Community Center, 3500 23rd St. S. The town halls are part of Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada's Moving Forward Together campaign. The meetings are scheduled every month except August and December this year, and they are designed to give residents a chance to talk directly with county board members on any topic. "As part of my 'Moving Forward Together' agenda, I am looking forward to hearing from the community in this informal setting, where people can speak their minds directly to County Board members, and get answers," Tejada said in a statement. "Arlington is always at its best when we are listening to each …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Elementary school program starts next school year.
A $25,000 state grant will fund a bilingual program at Carlin Springs Elementary School designed to teach healthy eating habits to children and their families. The Healthy Meals for Healthy Families program includes weekly classes for at-risk students in the third, fourth and fifth grades at Carlin Springs. "…We are excited about winning this grant, which will fund a program at Carlin Springs Elementary that will not only educate our children and families — but ultimately change behaviors to promote life-long healthy eating and healthy living," Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada said in a statement. Nearly one in three children are overweight or obese in America, a rate that has tripled over the past three decades, Tejada …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Encouraging healthy lifestyles is part of the broader Moving Forward Together campaign.
Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada this month kicked off his Moving Forward Together campaign in an effort make community members healthier — and targeting childhood obesity is at the top of the list. The policy will guide Arlington County in building a coalition of volunteers and community members to work on a wide-range of areas — from getting children to eat better and exercise more to training childcare providers and establishing new community gardens. "Unless we make it a part of our culture… The efforts so far have not paid off," Tejada told Patch. "We have to make some adjustments." The coalition, known as the Healthy Community Action Team, will benefit in part from a $74,000 grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy…