Archives: ‘Editorials’

A Sense of Accomplishment

October 29th, 2010 | [From: Editorials]

This past Tuesday night, City Council voted, 6-1, to roll parking meter rates back to $1.25 per hour from the $1.75 that was approved last spring. In so doing, they have greatly improved the parking situation for shoppers and diners until the new generation of meters that accept cash and/or charge cards is installed.

Jim Moran: Two More Years

October 27th, 2010 | [From: Editorials] Editorial
Next Tuesday, voters in Alexandria will go to the polls to elect a member of Congress. Ten-term incumbent Jim Moran is facing a spirited challenge from Republican Patrick Murray and Independent Green Party candidate Ron Fisher.

Still Dollars And Still No Sense

October 9th, 2010 | [From: Editorials]

Last spring in the budget, City Council raised parking meter rates to $1.75 per hour without replacing the coin-fed parking meters. The decision created great inconvenience for shoppers and angered merchants. People just do not carry the amount of change needed to feed the meters at the new rates.

Dollars And Sense

August 18th, 2010 | [From: Editorials]

During the budget deliberations last spring, City Council voted to raise the parking meter rate to $1.75 an hour. Such a raise was recommended by the retail study update as a way to increase the amount of street parking available to retail and restaurant customers. The higher rates combined with enforcement would force employees and other “long term” parkers to utilize available garage parking leaving the street spaces for shoppers and diners.

A School Too Far?

July 21st, 2010 | [From: Editorials]

The City Council and the School Board met in June to discuss the redevelopment of the Jefferson Houston–Durant Center site. The vision offered by Dr. Morton Sherman, our Superintendent of Schools, is for a public-private partnership to redevelop the 10.3 acre site into a mixed use site that would include a new elementary school to replace Jefferson Houston and Head Start, an office block to house school administration now in rented space, public space to replace the Durant Center, and a rooftop pool and athletic field to replace the pool and field now there. In addition, the private developer would construct hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space and/or residential space for lease or for sale supported by underground parking.

End Of The Line

July 1st, 2010 | [From: Editorials]

A week ago, reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled against the City of Alexandria in the matter of the Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading Facility that was opened just over two years ago. The decision is hardly surprising. The federal law governing rail transportation is what it is and localities have little say.

Coming Home To Roost

March 10th, 2010 | [From: Editorials]

Alexandria City Public Schools received the bad news from the State Department of Education this week. T. C. Williams, our “flagship” high school, has failed to meet adequate yearly progress for six consecutive years and now faces major restructuring under State and Federal guidelines.

Civics 101: A More Taxing Experience

February 25th, 2010 | [From: Editorials]

Alexandria’s Business License Tax is due on Monday, March 1. Business owners like myself are now scrambling to fill out the newer and more complex forms and to find the cash to pay the bill.

In another example of the increasing complexity of life in the 21st century, the City decided to collect a great deal more data about businesses that are licensed here.

Civics 101

February 10th, 2010 | [From: Editorials]

The great snow came last weekend as predicted and Alexandria responded. In my column of last Sunday I made some observations on our city’s snow removal efforts for the big storm in December. Let’s see how the City handled this one.

First the City nailed King Street pedestrian crossings. When the usual snow shoveling crew appeared on Saturday afternoon to clear the handicapped ramps it looked like business as usual. Sunday afternoon, however, a pair of skid loaders worked their way up King Street clearing the intersections for easy pedestrian passage. The result was amazing.

Now you See Them, Now you Don’t

February 8th, 2010 | [From: Editorials]

The T.C. Williams boys basketball team posted a very fine record for the first two months of the season winning 12 and losing only 3. That all changed in a heartbeat last Monday as the presence of two ineligible players was revealed. All wins were forfeited leaving the team with an 0-15 record.