Local Commentary

Local Commentary

A Penny For Your Thoughts

Another step in the annual county budget process was completed last week, as the Board of Supervisors held three sessions of public hearings about the proposed FY 2023 budget. At the end of the third night of testimony, slightly more than 200 residents and groups had made their thoughts known, via in-person, phone call-in, and video submissions. The last two formats were attributable to the pandemic emergency of the past two years, but worked so well that the Board extended them to all public hearings.

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Our Man in Arlington

Residents in one Ballston high-rise complained recently about a rise in petty crimes (bicycle theft in the parking garage among others). Alerts to the police, some bemoaned, were met with a resigned response to the effect the police currently lack the time to prioritize low-level investigations.

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Our Howling in 1993 & Today

The news reported on Page 1 of this edition about the action of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors to “green light” moving ahead with ambitious and exciting plans for the school’s space in the larger 40 acre vision for the West Falls Church Metro Station plan is a big deal. It is a major step to realize what will become one of the wider region’s most important and impactful mega projects that will be of powerful benefit to the citizens of the Little City but also far more.