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Hitting The Wall

February 17, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – This week the City of Alexandria released its 2017 report on changes in its real estate tax base. The impact of new construction and property appreciation pushed the total just about 2.07% higher than last year adding about $1.1 billion to the assessed value of real property. The gain was the worst since the corrections caused by the large economic decline of 2009-2010 and the third smallest yearly growth in the last 20 years.

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Examining A Public Life

February 13, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – The Board of Directors of alexandrianews.org has chosen David Speck as its 2016 Alexandrian of the Year. How does one evaluate a life of service?

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Conducting The Public’s Business

January 24, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – The recent 6-1 decision by City Council to limit the time dedicated to open public comment at the beginning of their monthly Saturday public hearings, while allowing that open public comment to continue at the meeting’s conclusion, is a welcome change to the way Mayor Silberberg has been running Council meetings since her election.

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Our Growing Family

January 20, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – In January of 2008 a number of us who had been involved in local news decided that Alexandria needed an online newspaper devoted to high standards of professional journalism that would publish local news and features.

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Hope Is Not A Plan

December 27, 2016

alexandrianews.org Editorial – On Saturday, Dec. 17 the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the School Board’s plan for replacing the existing Patrick Henry Elementary School with a new larger pre-K through eighth grade facility and a larger City recreation center.

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A Fiscal And Capital Planning Failure

December 19, 2016

alexandrianews.org Editorial – At the early December public hearing on the School Board’s Capital Improvement Program budget, the current president of the PTA Council said that the PTAC wished to let City Council “know that they can no longer ignore the needs of our public school students”. We would respectfully disagree that the City Council has done so.

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Outfall Fallout

November 28, 2016

alexandrianews.org Editorial – City Council has been discussing sewers for months now in light of new Federal and State standards that require more stringent limits on discharges into the Potomac River.

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The Brave New World Of Budget Guidance

November 21, 2016

alexandrianews.org Editorial – Budget discussion figured prominently in City Council’s annual fall retreat recently. At a subsequent meeting, Council adopted its Budget Process and Guidance resolution for the FY 2018 Budget. From the look of it, Alexandria’s citizens may be in for an expensive 2017 and 2018.

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VOTE November 8, 2016

November 7, 2016

alexandrianews.org Editorial – Finally, Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8 is just around the corner. The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in Alexandria. Anyone in line to vote at a poll by 7 p.m. may do so. All voters must present a valid photo ID.

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This One’s For Alexandria

September 2, 2016

alexandrianews.org Editorial – This week Governor Terry McAuliffe came to Alexandria to announce an award of a state grant of $250,000 to Port City Brewing Company.

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