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Delegate: Bills on Arlington governance changes unlikely in 2023

The 2023 session of the General Assembly is likely to come and go this winter without considering changes to Arlington’s governance structure proposed by the Arlington County Civic Federation. Federation delegates last fall adopted a resolution suggesting a series of...

Civic Federation sets stage for action on contentious resolution

The contentious internal battle over an Arlington County Civic Federation resolution will play out at the organization’s Feb. 21 meeting. Civic Federation delegates on Dec. 13 agreed to devote virtually the entire February meeting to the critique of Arlington governance...

Civic Federation governance package moves ahead, but not unanimously

Despite a surprising number of “no” votes that seemed to catch proponents by surprise, delegates to the Arlington County Civic Federation on Nov. 15 capped three years of discussion by approving a package of proposed changes to county governance. The...

Editorial: Document lambasting Arlington governance worth perusal

The Arlington County Civic Federation’s rank-and-file this week was slated to get a first look at the draft of a proposed resolution calling on county-government leaders to return to a more open, responsive county government where everyone has the...

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...
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New School Board member receives liaison assignments

New Arlington School Board member Bethany Sutton has her assignments. School Board members on Feb. 2 are expected to approve...
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