Archives: ‘Editorials’

In Union There Is Strength

December 18th, 2012 | [From: Editorials]

In the wake of adopting the Waterfront Plan earlier this year, City Council ordered a study of Union Street. Union Street will become significantly more important to transportation as the underdeveloped parcels on the waterfront are built out over the next decade.

No Santa Budget Ahead

December 12th, 2012 | [From: Editorials]

This week City Council met in a pre-budget work session. The news from staff was not all dismal; the visions of sugar plums and increased spending on goodies dancing in the heads of members were quickly erased. While it seems that revenues will grow by about $10 million, the cost of maintaining City services at their current level will grow by at least $28 million and that does not include extra monies for the public schools and for transit.

Seeing Green On Black Friday

December 4th, 2012 | [From: Editorials]

For many years Alexandria adopted the philosophy that Black Friday shopping was an affair of the Malls. Old Town was calm, stately and deserted on the day after Thanksgiving. It came back to life on Saturday.

The ABC’s Of $$$

November 27th, 2012 | [From: Editorials]

A year ago Alexandria City Public Schools was rocked by a financial scandal. The facilities department administered the capital program fund in a manner that resulted in project overruns, unpaid invoices and transfers among projects that were not properly approved.

Tilting At Windmills

November 20th, 2012 | [From: Editorials]

We recently had a national election. The Democrats held on to the Presidency and increased their control of the Senate at a time when an overwhelming number of Democratic seats were being contested. At the same time the Republicans easily maintained their control of the House of Representatives.

Legislative Dreaming

November 13th, 2012 | [From: Editorials]

Every year the City Council puts together a legislative package for the City’s representatives to the General Assembly. There is a short session this year and several parts of the package are notable.

Candidates Victorious

November 7th, 2012 | [From: Choice 2013, Editorials]

After the last local election three and a half years ago, City Council voted hastily to move elections to the fall. There were predictions that the crush of candidates would cause long delays at the polls. There were predictions that the heavier turnout in a largely Democratic City would swamp Republican and Independent candidates.

November Choices

November 1st, 2012 | [From: Choice 2013, Editorials]

The election is less than a week away and we must make our choices at the polls or by absentee ballot. We have attended numerous forums, spoken with the candidates and reviewed their web sites and statements. We present our comments and candidate choices below.

Going Going Gone!

October 24th, 2012 | [From: Editorials]

One of the topics that is front and center in our local forums for City Council candidates is affordable housing. This week produced a major analysis of the trends of such housing in the City and the factors impacting it. The picture is not comforting.

Voting Constitutional

October 16th, 2012 | [From: Editorials]

The November election has many offices on the ballot. Alexandrians will be voting for President and Vice President, a US Senator, a US Congressman, A Mayor, 6 Members of City Council and 3 Members of the School Board.