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Challengers see positives, negatives to governance proposals

Whether it’s a good idea to change Arlington’s 90-year-old governance structure – and if so, how to do it right – could end up becoming a key issue in the 2022 County Board race. And two challengers for the seat...

Governance proposal deferred to fall for more feedback

In the immortal words of the 1970s Carolina beach band Chairman of the Board: “Give me just a little more time.” The leadership of the Arlington County Civic Federation on June 14 announced a delay in consideration of a slew...

Arlington likely to need state backing for governance changes

Perhaps the best Arlington government officials can hope for out of Richmond in the next few years is the status of “frenemies” with the Youngkin administration and Republicans controlling the House of Delegates. And if those same local officials desire...

Historical Society to zero in on centennial of key court ruling

The Arlington County government had high hopes of spending 2020 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the renaming of the community from its previous “Alexandria County.” COVID had other ideas, however, and the events surrounding the centennial were downscaled, delayed...

Editorial: Governance proposals worth a look

We’re not going to say we’re enraptured by the proposal to change how Arlington County Board and School Board members are elected, as promulgated by the Civic Federation’s Task Force in Governance and Election Reform (or “TiGER”) last week. But...

Is elimination of single-family zoning a done deal?

Arlington County Board members on May 14 gave another unmistakable, albeit indirect, signal of their intent to move forward on housing-policy changes that could end, forever, long-sacrosanct single-family zoning in many local neighborhoods. County Board member Matt de Ferranti perhaps...

Editor’s Notebook: Withholding judgment, though it’s not my style

Tuesday brought part deux of the Arlington County Civic Federation’s proposals for changes to Arlington’s governance structure. The biggie to come out of the meeting was the recommendation to shift the timetable for County Board and School Board elections. Rather than...

Letter: Time for Arlington to switch to mayor, district voting

Editor: Yes, Katie Cristol, when it comes to the County Board pay raise, you are on the money. Not only is a raise reasonable, given our county government’s hefty budget and long hours spent by County Board members doing the...

Civic Federation governance study ready for vetting

The Arlington County Civic Federation’s task force on local governance is ready to deposit its recommendations into the court of public opinion. Civic Federation officials aim to present the findings of the body to the organization’s delegates at the monthly...

Civic Federation governance study coming in spring

A year after it was empaneled, the Arlington County Civic Federation’s task force on local governance is nearing its conclusion. Civic Federation officials aim to present the findings of the body to the organization’s delegates in April. The effort, agreed to...
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