Petition to Stop APS School Moves

“On February 6th, the Arlington County School Board will vote on a proposal to move over 2,400 kids across three elementary schools – Key Immersion School, Arlington Traditional School, and McKinley Elementary.”

“The goals for doing so have shifted over time and remain unclear.”

“In a growing county with diverse needs, we understand that changes like school moves and boundary adjustments are often necessary. But as taxpayers, parents, and concerned citizens we want to the Arlington County School Board and its staff to support sensible, sustainable change based on good governance, clear goals, and sound, data-driven logic. Approving the current school moves proposal is the opposite of these ideals.”

Petition at Change.org

LV Prowler (Video)

Caught on video, this guy is simply walking around Lyon Village in the middle of the night trying doors. No burglar tools, just looking for someone who forgot to lock up. Keeping lights on all night does not seem to bother him. Security cameras are typically mounted too high to get a clear shot of his face and do not take very clear pictures in low light.

Click to view video

Now 6 Democrats Announce for School Board

Two new School Board members will be elected at the Nov 3 general election because the two incumbent School Board members, Tannia Talento and Nancy Van Doren, are not running for reelection. The latest candidate to announce is Steven Krieger.

The updated list of candidates is:

● Symone Walker website

● Cristina Diaz-Torres website

● David Priddy website

● Sandy Munnell website

● Terron Sims website

● Steven Krieger website


More about Arlington Democrats candidates website

Video of 5 candidates at the Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting

The Arlington GOP website is not presently showing any candidates.

LV Residential Property Values Rise

The average home value for LV detached homes will increase about 6% (vs. 4.3% county wide). This is about triple the current rise in the CPI. About 85 percent of county residential property owners will see their assessed value go up.

Assessments were mailed to Arlington property owners on Jan 17 or can be viewed online.

The majority of County revenues come from the real estate tax (57% in 2019).

Arlington’s Recycled Glass Made Into Bottles

Arlington’s Recycled Glass Made Into Bottles
Glass coming from dedicated collection bins in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County has been of sufficiently high quality that, in addition to being crushed and used as construction materials, some is now going to a processing facility and is being recycled into new glass products, like bottles.

Glass-to-glass recycling uses less energy than making bottles from original material, reduces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and supports hundreds of jobs.

Press Release

Free Tax Preparation Services

Free Tax Preparation Services
When: Jan 31-April 15
Where: Various locations (click button below)

The Department of Human Services has partnered with tax experts who will prepare your taxes for free.

On certain days of the week, people with low or moderate incomes can visit local tax clinics for free tax preparation services sponsored by the Department of Human Services, AARP Foundation, and Community Tax Aid, Inc.

More Info

Malicious Wounding: 900 block of N. Jackson Street

MALICIOUS WOUNDING: 900 block of N. Jackson Street.
At approximately 2:37 a.m. on January 18, police were dispatched to the report of trouble unknown. Upon arrival, it was determined that a dispute between multiple subjects inside of a business moved outside, escalated and became physical. The suspects stole the victim’s jacket and phone, entered a vehicle and attempted to flee, striking two additional victims. The parties became reengaged in the dispute and a suspect struck the vehicle with a metal pole, causing damage. The victims sustained minor injuries which did not require medical treatment. The investigation is ongoing. 2020-01180044

Water Problems: Flooding & Wet Basements

A new section about about water problems has been added to the LyonVillage.org link list (near the bottom of the column of links). Links to resources range from flooding to wet basements. The County provides a surprising amount of practical information to assist citizens. Definitely worth checking out before spending money on contractors.

This is a permanent feature of LyonVillage.org

Also included are links about redevelopment. Single family home redevelopment is the largest source of new stormwater runoff and pollution from all building activity in Arlington. A Land Disturbing Activity/Stormwater permit is required if construction disturbs land area of 2,500 square feet or more. Permit requirements help protect neighbors from impacts of increased runoff from new or expanded homes. Its good to know what is required.

Water Problems

Flooding Home Page

Flooding Story Map

Stormwater at Home

StormwaterWise Landscapes

Home Flood Proofing

Reducing Flooding Risk

Stormwater for Homeowners Webinar

Stormwater Management Ordinance

County Plans Bus/HOV Lane on Lee Hwy

County Plans Bus/HOV Lane on Lee Hwy

Under the plan curb lanes would be bus/HOV only eastbound from N Veitch to N. Lynn during AM peak and westbound from N Oak to N Veitch during PM peak. This section of Lee Hwy is 3 lanes wide in each direction and highly congested during peak hours. This makes it difficult for buses to maintain schedule.

More details at ARLNow

Columbia Pike Improvements to Cost More

Columbia Pike Improvements to Cost 1/3 More, Take Longer
An incomplete site survey has resulted in a $5.5 million surprise. Additional funds will come from curtailing other projects on Columbia Pike and part the South Garfield St to South Quinn St project.

Until the end of 2020 there will be only one lane open in each direction between South Jefferson St and the Four Mile Run bridge, except an additional eastbound lane during weekday morning rush hours (7 am to 9:30 am). There are also new no-left-turn restrictions. Avoid the area if possible.

Alternate routes around the work zone
● Westbound: Follow George Mason Drive north to Route 50/Arlington Boulevard or south to Route 7/Leesburg Pike
● Eastbound: Follow Carlin Springs Road north to Route 50/Arlington Boulevard or south to Route 7/Leesburg Pike

Details at Arlington Connection website

More at County Projects Page

More on High Water Bills

More on High Water Bills
Citizens meet with County Board Chair, Garvey. “Those who attended the Monday meeting were adamant that drought could not be the sole cause of the dramatic increases in water bills that far exceeded the collective increase in consumption of 14.4 percent.” (ed note: This is faulty math.)

Long story at Arlington Connection website.

Five Candidates Announce for School Board

Two new School Board members will be elected at the Nov 3 general election because the two incumbent School Board members, Tannia Talento and Nancy Van Doren, are not running for reelection.

Candidates announcing at the Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting were:

● Symone Walker website

● Cristina Diaz-Torres website

● David Priddy website

● Sandy Munnell Twitter page

● Terron Sims website


More at ArlNOW

Video of candidates at the Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting