Author: mgardner

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The Little City Weed

Falls Church City has too many city council members. There is a case to be made for reducing the number of members of city council from seven to five, and aligning those members with ward voting, as a way to bring about needed reform in the middle management layer of our local government.  

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The Little City Weed

Falls Church had a political mid-life crisis last year. It broke ties with its traditional community values by electing a city council publicly skeptical of local schools, and which, among other things, has discouraged affordable housing for local workers and openly mocked the bedrock notion of voter participation.  

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The Little City Weed

The wonks, nerds and earnest do-gooder citizens who volunteer to serve on boards and commissions should know the cool kids on city council are just not that into you. The city council just threw the biggest mixed use development party ever and you were not invited. But, hey, our citizen volunteers are still welcome […]

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The Little City Weed

Picture a ravenous pack of dogs circling in your kitchen. They are watching as you move a big juicy roast from the oven to the dining room table. The dogs want that meat. They may not be sure how they are going to get it, but every shaky hand or hesitant step gives them encouragement that, when the time is right, […]

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The Little City Weed

The progressive community in Falls Church is currently underrepresented. A community which values citizen participation, supports its schools, places a high value on practical politics, and is respectful of local business owners and those who serve us in local government, has no organizing force in the city.  

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The Little City Weed

If you are like me, or if you happen to be a member of a terrorist organization, you have been mesmerized by the growing controversy over new homeland security rules which require air travelers to submit to a nude photo being taken or, alternatively, to allow guards to gently fondle their groin, twice, as a condition of being allowed on a plane.  

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The Little City Weed

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The day at our house is a Felliniesque dress rehearsal for the coming high holy days, without any risk of eternal damnation, but still filled with charismatic costumed characters struggling to emote show stealing lines well practiced, not quite yet internalized, that will someday make them the family stars they were born to be.