17-Year Cicadas Are Coming

17-Year Cicadas Are Coming
Cicadas re expected to emerge this May across much of Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington. This is “Brood X”, emerging every 17 years. Cicadas emerge after the ground temperature reaches the mid-60s so the exact time depends on the weather. The next emergence will be in 2038. cicadas.uconn.edu
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Street Crossing Decriminalized

Street Crossing Decriminalized
As of March 1, VA HB 5058 provides that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop a pedestrian for jaywalking or entering a highway where the pedestrian cannot be seen… Where intersections contain no marked crosswalks, pedestrians shall not be guilty of negligence as a matter of law for crossing at any such intersection or between intersections when crossing by the most direct route. A long list of other minor offenses are similarly decriminalized, prohibiting police officers from stopping persons or vehicles, however civil penalties remain. VA HB 5058 Virginia Mercury

LVCA General Meeting: Clarendon Sector Plan

LVCA General Meeting: Clarendon Sector Plan, March 8
When: Monday March 8, 8PM
Where: Virtual via Zoom

ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House.
A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Mar 8)

Police Update
The meeting starts with an update by Captain Scott Linder and the Arlington County Community Policing Team on police activity in and around Lyon Village and Clarendon over the last 2 months. Followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

Clarendon Sector Plan Update
The meeting continues with a look at the on-going update to the Clarendon Sector Plan. The Plan was last updated in 2006. Changes to the Clarendon Sector Plan may have a significant impact on traffic, parking, trash, and safety in LV. Brett Wallace of Arlington County staff, who is overseeing the update, will present.
Clarendon Sector Plan 2006 APA Great Places
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Some Kids Returning to School Mar 2

Some Kids Returning to School Mar 2
Arlington Public Schools will begin a phased return to hybrid, in-person learning on Tue, March 2, starting with Pre-K through 2nd grade students. APS Announcement This is despite one Core Indicator and two Secondary Indicators on the APS COVID-19 Dashboard indicating “Highest Risk” and warnings from CDC Director Rochelle Walensky that “The latest data suggests that these declines may be stalling, potentially leveling off at still a very high number. We at CDC consider this a very concerning shift in the trajectory… Things are tenuous. Now is not the time to relax restrictions. We may be done with the virus, but clearly, the virus is not done with us.NPR Transcript

New Elementary School Boundaries Split LV

New Elementary School Boundaries Split LV
The School Board adopted a new set of elementary school boundaries on Dec 3. LV had been split between Arlington Science Focus and Taylor. Now, with the move of the Key Immersion program a new elementary school will be opening at the former Key site to serve the east side of LV. The west half of LV will attend Arlington Science Focus. The changes take effect in Fall 2021. For details about grandfathering, transfer students, and plans for managing enrollment across all the elementary schools see the APS Press Release.


The dividing line runs from Wilson along Fillmore St, then west on Franklin and finally north on Highland to Route 29. APS Map (PDF)

Key School Rename Committee Rejects People’s Choice

Key School Rename Committee Rejects People’s Choice
The controversial relocation of the Key School Spanish immersion program requires a new name for the remaining building, which will now be a neighborhood school. The school re-naming committee ran a public survey for a new name and then proceeded to reject the top choice among survey respondents. The top choice was Grace Hopper Elementary School, named for Naval Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, an Arlington resident, computer programming pioneer, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.
   Instead of recommending an inspirational person, the naming committee decided to propose two bland alternatives: Innovation Elementary School and Gateway Elementary School. The Arlington School Board will have its final say on March 11. Story at ARLnow To email the School Board

VaccineFinder Website

VaccineFinder Website
This easy-to-use website displays an interactive map of nearby commercial pharmacies offering the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. The page shows vaccine availability. Clicking on a location provides more details and a direct link to the pharmacie’s sign up page. Pharmacies include some locations of: CVS, Giant, Safeway, & Harris Teeter. Currently (2/25) information is not kept sufficiently to date to be useful. Pharmacies that show “In Stock” often show no appointments available on their scheduling page. Hopefully, pharmacies will become more conscientious about updating their status in the future. VaccineFinder

More Cuts Threatened By Metro

More Cuts Threatened By Metro
WMATA’s proposed budget threatens to close up to 22 MetroRail stations, including Clarendon, Virginia Square, Arlington Cemetery and East Falls Church. Metro also proposes to cut train schedules to just 2 trains per hour all day long and shut down daily at 9PM. Bus service would be halved with many lines consolidated or eliminated. The 38B, which runs through Clarendon, would be eliminated. Metro Proposal

VA & MD Senators Offer WMATA $350M With Strings Attached
The Metro Safety, Accountability and Investment Act of 2021 introduced by US Senators Warner, Kaine, Cardin and Van Hollen would reauthorize for the next 10 years $150 million per year of Federal funds and $50 million in matching funds each from VA, MD, & DC.

The bill would also authorize an additional $50 million per year contingent on a series of safety, oversight, and governance reforms.
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Huge Developments Planned in Clarendon

Huge Developments Planned in Clarendon
Initial plans for a redevelopment called Bingham Center will replace the Silver Diner and The Lot in Clarendon. The development plans 2 buildings: a ten-story, 224-room hotel at the Silver Diner location and a 286-unit residential building where The Lot is currently located. The development includes 15,000 square feet of street-level retail. The hotel will include 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
   South of Bingham Center, at the intersection of N Irving and 10th St, another developer has proposed an 11-story mixed-use building with at least 200 apartments. ARLnow

New Water Bill Rate Structure Proposed

New Water Bill Rate Structure Proposed
Currently the rate structure is simple: all customers pay the same rate for the volume of water used. In the proposed new rate structure, different kinds of customers would pay different rates based on the demand each places on the water system. Customers will be classified as residential, commercial or multi-family.

In addition, the new rates introduce a base rate, tiered water consumption, and cap the sewer bill at each resident’s Winter consumption. The reason for the cap is to not charge residents for outdoor water use, like garden watering, as sewer use.

Survey About New Rates (Respond by Feb 28)

How Much More Will Residents Pay?
Compare charges under the existing rate with charges under the proposed structure. To use it you need to get your account number from your water bill.
Arlington Water and Wastewater Bill Calculator

Most RPP Changes Approved by County Board

Most RPP Changes Approved by County Board
The County Board, in a session lasting over 2 hours, approved an overhaul of the County’s popular Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Program despite numerous objections from residents and civic associations. Letters from a dozen civic associations were received with only one expressing broad support. Letters from over 100 residents were also received. Unfortunately the County Board failed to publish any resident’s letters; 23 resident’s letters in opposition were CC’d to LVCA.

The Board voted unanimously to adopt most of the unpopular revisions. Changes will go into effect in April; current permits and passes expire July 1.

The LVCA Board thanks all residents and officers of civic associations who sent letters and testified about RPP to the County Board. Hopefully there will be future opportunities to correct the problems these changes create.

Community Wins
● Paid 2-hour parking by anyone rejected
● Existing RPP locations & hours unchanged
● More households eligible to apply for RPP

Community Losses
● Limit households with driveways to 2 permits
● Potential permit price increase to cover full cost of program (may double)
● Grant permit eligibility to many kinds of non-residents
● Low-cost all-zones permits for developers
● Exempts car-share vehicles from all RPP restrictions (24-hour limit)
● Street must be an absurd 85% full to apply for RPP (was 75%)
● Petition must be signed by an absurd 80% of street residents (was 60%)
● Unclear ability to make adjustments as congestion problems increase
● Offloads private costs (developers, bars, etc.) onto the community
● No consideration of other means to solve purported parking problems
● Poor community outreach to review proposal accepted by Board
● Refusal to meet with civic associations to review proposal accepted by Board
● Discarding of most “social and environmental” RPP objectives
● Open RPP to legal challenge by discarding SCOTUS protection

County News Release
Letters from Civic Associations
Video of County Board Meeting RPP starts at 51:00

Predatory Towing Ordinance Changes: Fees Increase

Predatory Towing Ordinance Changes: Fees Increase
Proposed amendments to the County’s Towing Ordinance, Chapter 14.3 of the Arlington County Code.
● Lowered fines on towing companies from $1000 to $250
● Signs must clearly state hours & days of the week towing is in effect
● Increased base tow fee from $135 to $150
● Increased additional fees from $25 to $30
● Institutes $25 fee for removal of “Barnacle” immobilization device
● Decreased “drop fee” from $25 to $10

FY2022 Real Estate Tax: Residents Lose

FY2022 Real Estate Tax: Residents Lose, Businesses Win
County Manager proposes balancing the budget of the backs of residents.
No change in the tax rate of $1.013 is proposed. Increased revenue is achieved by manipulating assessments. In addition the separate “stormwater tax” would increase from $0.013 to $0.017.


County Manager’s Proposed FY 2022 Budget Slide 2

Meanwhile, Alexandria’s proposed FY2022 budget cuts its real estate tax rate by two-cents, Alexandria’s fourth consecutive year with no increase. News Release

Check Your COVID Vaccine Registration

Check Your COVID Vaccine Registration
The Virginia COVID vaccine database is now operational.
Check Your COVID Vaccine Status VDH Pre-Registrater for Vaccine
Many Arlington residents who preregistered through the County system have been unable to find themselves using the ‘Check the List’ feature because data migration has been delayed. The County requests that residents not re-register. They promise to get it right eventually. News Bulletin

Do Proposed RPP Changes Make It Illegal?

Do Proposed RPP Changes Make It Illegal?
At the Feb 15 Open Door Monday session hosted by County Board Member Libby Garvey, one of the participants (who is a lawyer) raised a potential legal problem if the County makes the proposed changes to the Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP).

The proposed changes declare the current RPP preamble, “Purpose and Intent,” to be “secondary” and seek to substitute a different primary purpose: to “manage parking demand.”

The RPP program’s current intent language refers to issues like litter, air pollution, and improvements in air quality, reducing congestion and/or hazardous traffic conditions in the neighborhood, increasing the use of public mass transit. However, these are secondary benefits of the RPP program.

County Board Agenda Item See page 4
RPP Preambles Compared (PDF)

The Virginia Supreme Court held that the ordinance violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. However, this was reversed by the United States Supreme Court citing its “social and environmental” objectives.

The United States Supreme Court quoted the preamble, “Intent and Purpose” at length in explaining its decision to uphold the RPP. Replacing the RPP’s preamble should be viewed as a legislative “third rail.” Arlington County Board v. Richards(1977)

The Supreme Court decision made the current RPP a national model for neighborhood conservation. Sadly County staff seek to go in a different direction as step by step Arlington moves away from being a model for the nation.

Suggested Resident Letter About RPP

Suggested Resident Letter About RPP
The following letter may assist LV residents in voicing opposition to the proposed changes to the RPP.

The County is proposing changes to the Residential Permit Parking Program (Zone 6 for Lyon Village). The proposed changes will make the program less effective for Lyon Village and much harder to enforce. The proposed changes declare the current Purpose and Intent of the RPP to be “secondary benefits” and seek to substitute a primary purpose to “manage parking demand.”


County Board will meet about RPP Sat, Feb 20 at 8:30AM
Letters must submitted to the County Board no later than noon on the Wednesday before the Saturday Regular Meeting to be posted online with the agenda.
To comment on these changes, contact the County Board members:
● Matt de Ferranti, Chairman, Arlington County Board
Email: MdeFerranti@Arlingtonva.us
● Katie Cristol, Vice Chair, Arlington County Board
Email: KCristol@arlingtonva.us
● Christian Dorsey, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: CDorsey@arlingtonva.us
● Takis P. Karantonis, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: TKarantonis@arlingtonva.us
● Libby Garvey, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: LGarvey@arlingtonva.us
● General County Board Email
Email: CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us


Sample Letter

Dear County Board Member :

The current Permit Parking Program (RPP) has been successful in protecting our streets from commuter and other parking. It has helped to reduce traffic in residential neighborhoods and has contributed to pedestrian safety and improved quality of the environment. The proposed changes to the plan go against all of the stated goals of the program.

A serious problem with the proposed changes to the RPP is allowing two-hour paid parking in all restricted parking zones. This is particularly egregious without having a transparent means in place to enforce the paid parking limit. Arlington County staff has indicated that the County would be unable to enforce it. Once the word gets out that the County can’t enforce two hour paid parking, people will forgo paying to park in the commercial areas and head for the neighborhoods. Residents across the county would be irate when they see people parked on neighborhood streets for long periods of time and with no means to have it enforced.

Many of our streets are narrow and not designed to be full of parked cars. Space is needed for cars to pass each other; the neighbors know this and park accordingly. If instead these streets are full of parked cars it will be harder to drive on those streets creating unsafe conditions for pedestrians, bikes and cars and for Emergency vehicles responding to calls. This is a safety issue.

Providing additional parking would also further promote use of motorized vehicles, greenhouse gases emissions, and handicap the county’s efforts to promote a “no car diet” and alternative forms of transportation.

Neighborhoods in Arlington are different. What works in one neighborhood may not work in another. The “one size fits all” approach taken in the proposed revisions to the RPP will not work in all locations.

I urge the County Board to vote no on the proposed changes to the Residential Permit Parking Plan.

Thank you for your consideration.

Ideas: Letters Submitted About RPP

Ideas: Letters Submitted About RPP
The following letters may assist LV residents in voicing opposition to the proposed changes to the RPP.

The County is proposing changes to the Residential Permit Parking Program (Zone 6 for Lyon Village). The proposed changes will make the program less effective for Lyon Village and much harder to enforce. The proposed changes declare the current Purpose and Intent of the RPP to be “secondary benefits” and seek to substitute a primary purpose to “manage parking demand.”


Letters must submitted to the County Board no later than noon on the Wednesday before the Saturday Regular Meeting to be posted online with the agenda.


LVCA Letter to County Planning Commission(PDF)

LVCA Statement at Planning Commission Meeting

BVSCA Letter to County Planning Commission (PDF)

BVSCA Statement at Planning Commission Meeting

The proposed changes minimize the original Purpose and Intent of the RPP…
RPP Preambles Compared (PDF)


Dear Mr. Lantleme:

I have just become aware of proposed changes to the RPP program. Quite frankly, I am astounded by the proposal to encourage commuter and commercial parking in low-density residential areas close to high-density areas. It seems to go against everything that Arlington planning has claimed to support such as a “car free diet,” prioritized use of public transportation, bicycling, etc. Many a site plan lessened parking requirements for businesses and apartments with the assumption that public transportation would be used instead. As a community, we accepted that tradeoff, because our residential streets had the benefit of the RPP program. Now the aim appears to be to shift parking from commercial lots and streets to our residential neighborhoods. It is completely unjust to exempt businesses from providing parking and shift parking to residential streets instead.

I truly find it shocking that residential streets would be opened up for 2-hour metered parking. The proposal appears to effectively end the RPP program and do nothing more than allow residents to compete with 2-hour parkers for a spot at the reduced price of an annual permit. I doubt that we would be able to find a space under such circumstances as it is still difficult even with the restrictions.

I am also strongly opposed to limiting the number of permanent permits. Even though we as a family commute by Metro and put very few miles on our cars, we have multiple cars. Houses of our vintage in Lyon village often have driveways, but a double driveway is rare; having 2-3 cars is not rare. One has to park on the street. I am more than happy to pay 100% of the fee to prevent juggling of cars in an 8-foot-wide drive and avoid getting a parking ticket on my own street because only 1 vehicle-specific permit would be allowed. Especially when FlexPasses are so easily lost when changing cars. An increase in price is the only change I could support regarding the number/price of passes.

Additionally, we were able to get extended hours for restrictions, which I understand would no longer be permitted. Although it causes us a hardship when having visitors, it has been instrumental to our quality of life. Being next to a late-night bar scene means parking is sought well into the night. If 2-hour parking is allowed by anyone without a permit, finding close parking in the evening would most likely be impossible. And that doesn’t touch upon the secondary issues caused by bar patrons that led us to seek 24-hour restrictions.

I urge you to abandon these changes and go back to the drawing board. I urge Arlington to continue to encourage the use of public transportation, walking, biking, instead of turning our low-density neighborhoods into a parking lot for commuters and commercial businesses—especially when those businesses have been exempted from providing the full amount of parking that they otherwise would be required to have.


Dear Mr. Lantelme, Planning Commission Chair

As you consider the proposed revisions to the RPP I urge you to be a good neighbor too. Please also look at the Report as a neighborhood resident and a former LVCA president.

The proposed changes are full of subtile changes that will seriously degrade the benefits of the RPP. The RPP is not so much about parking as it is about our neighborhoods. Putting the review in the hands of the Parking Manager seriously skews the values embodied in the proposed revisions.

The RPP Report runs off the rails right at the start, with drastic changes the preamble of the Ordinance, “Purpose and Intent”. The review sweeps away all of the current purpose and intent of the RPP as “secondary” and substitutes “parking management.” This would be a serious policy change and such anti-neighborhood bias permeates the entirety of their analysis.

The proposed changes create numerous exceptions that make the ordinance effectively impossible to enforce. No one will know which exception applies to determine if a car is legally or illegally parked. Most of the exceptions are completely indeterminate by inspection of the vehicle. The Police Dept has already stated that the changes makes the Ordinance unenforceable. Yet the report sweeps this serious problem aside with claims of computer magic and does not even acknowledge the Police Dept’s determination.

The Report claims community outreach yet seeks to brush aside vigorous opposition from many neighborhood associations. I can not remember another case where the County has flatly refused to attend an LVCA meeting to explain their work. The community outreach has been nominal and inadequate for such serious changes.

The Report fails to consider alternatives that would not spill parking into the neighborhoods.

The Report fails to consider how changes will impact our many narrow streets that rely on space to pull over so two cars can safely pass.

The Report is deficient in many ways. The Report makes a number of sly assertions that should not be taken at face value. There are too many problems to list in this email.

In these strange economic times there is no pressing need to make changes now. Please consider that this faulty Report should be reviewed and revised by someone who is more familiar with our residential neighborhoods.

Thank you for your consideration,


Dear Planning Commission and County Board,

My main concerns with the proposed changes to the RPP Program are the enforcement of the two-hour parking and the parking by school staff around schools.

Currently, people frequently take a risk and park along my street without a permit. I’m sure in the future, many more people will take the risk of parking without paying or parking for longer than two hours. Now I can call the police and someone without a zone sticker can get a ticket. In the future, what will happen if I call the police? I’m assuming the police can somehow confirm if someone has paid and is still within their two-hour window. If the police can not do this, then how will they be able to enforce the two-hour parking?

As for school staff parking… Lyon Village worked with the Principal at the current Key School to decide on time-restricted street parking along Adams St and Key Blvd at the school to address parents blocking driveways, driving dangerously, ignoring Do Not Enter signs, etc., during pick-up and drop-off and to provide parking for parents who needed to be at the school during school hours.

I would want Lyon Village to work with the new school at the Key site to review the time-restricted parking along Adams St and Key Blvd, which could impact the location of where overflow staff could park. I would also want to identify the number of staff who would receive the newly proposed parking passes and help them find parking close to the school without overburdening particular streets or blocking elderly or handicapped neighbors from easy access to their homes.


Planning Commission:
Please accept these comments with regard to the proposed revisions for Arlington County’s Residential Parking Permit (RPP) Program.

As a resident of Lyon Village, my home is located one block off of Wilson Boulevard. On any given day, our residential block sees heavy traffic due to our proximity to Clarendon’s commercial area. While our home benefits from location and its quick access to shops, supermarkets and Metro, we are also burdened with the challenges of living in a high traffic area. Currently, and in spite of the pandemic, bars and restaurants on Wilson Boulevard continue to see a steady and hefty flow of patrons. During the day, customers visiting shops or restaurants find no-cost parking on our side streets. On many nights, revelers returning to their vehicles from the bars and restaurants awaken our households. On a regular basis, we wake up on Saturday and Sunday mornings to remove cans and bottles that are left behind on our curbs and directly on our properties from individuals in route to their parked vehicles. Like many Lyon Village residents, we deal with these challenges and disruptions because we love our neighbors and being a part of this special community.

This is why it is so important that some of the current measures like 8am-1am parking restrictions are upheld. The proposed RPP changes such as allowing two-hour parking without appropriate enforcement will increase vehicular traffic and congestion in our neighborhoods, turn residential blocks into parking havens for patrons and commuters and further burden the day-to-day living of residents. In addition, the proposed revisions have the potential to negatively impact our properties and the safety of our community. Undoubtedly, more traffic, more congestion and more late-night congregating will increase littering, noise and disorderly conduct in our residential neighborhoods.

As 5-year residents of Arlington County, we urge the Planning Commission to take no action on the proposed changes at this time. Thank you for your attention and consideration.


Good morning,

Please do not make the proposed changes to the Residential Parking Permit program in Arlington’s Zone 6. My sister and I grew up on Highland St across from Lyon Village park in the 1970s, when the area was so quiet you could sled down our hill and onto the street. It is wonderful to see the neighborhood grow and prosper, but not at the expense of quality of life.

The car traffic is formidable in Zone 6, especially around the shopping districts but also farther away. People zip across the side streets between Key and Wilson at dangerous speeds sometimes – hence the traffic circles and safety bumps. It is also very difficult to find parking near the Metro. It will only become more so after the pandemic, especially if the proposed RPP changes go through.

My family supports the Lyon Village Citizens’ Association stance on RPP changes.

Thank you for your time.


Robbery By Force Near LV

Robbery By Force Near LV
In the 1200 block of N Troy on Jan 20, 2021, a suspect followed the victim off of a bus, approached her as she was attempting to enter her residence, and grabbed her purse strap. A struggle ensued over the purse, during which the suspect pulled the victim to the ground, dragging her down a set of stairs. The suspect then stole her purse and fled on foot prior to police arrival. The victim sustained minor injuries during the incident. News Release

RPP Hearing Needs Your Voices (Updated)

RPP Hearing Needs Your Voices (Updated)
The County is proposing changes to the Residential Permit Parking Program (Zone 6 for Lyon Village). The proposed changes will make the program less effective for Lyon Village and much harder to enforce. The proposed changes declare the current Purpose and Intent of the RPP to be “secondary benefits” and seek to substitute a primary purpose to “manage parking demand.”

Without a vigorous response from Residents these changes will likely be accepted by the County Board with little consideration of the negative impact on Residents. Please send your comments to the County Board and please let us know by sending a CC of your emails to RPP@LyonVillage.org

Background Information
RPP Presentation: Jan 11 2021 by Andy Rude (PDF)
LVCA Letter to County Planning Commission(PDF)
Current Ordinance (PDF) Scroll down to Article VIII, 12.2-98
Full Text of County RPP Proposal Draft (PDF)
Residential Permit Parking (LVCA General Meeting Recap)

Planning Commission Hearing of Feb 8
The Planning Commission met to consider RPP on Feb 8. The 3-1/2 hour marathon session got bogged down in minutia and gave short shrift to many issues raised by residents and neighborhood associations, including LVCA.
● A staff presentation and statements by residents and neighborhood associations, including LVCA, occupied the first hour.
● The Commission spent an hour debating the allotment of parking permits based on whether households have driveways/garages or not: 2 permits for those with and 4 for those without.
● The Commission spent an hour debating whether parking in restricted zones should be available to anyone for 2-hours upon payment of a fee using an online app. This was accepted subject to evaluation on a block-by-block basis and if minimal enforcement was provided.
● One good idea coming from the hearing was their realization that Arlington is full of special situations so the one-size-fits-all approach taken by the RPP revision is not appropriate. Unfortunately, though discussed, it was not reflected in their final resolution.
Watch Meeting Video
Final Planning Commission Resolution on RPP
Story at ARLnow

County Board will meet about RPP Sat, Feb 20 at 8:30AM
Letters must submitted to the County Board no later than noon on the Wednesday before the Saturday Regular Meeting to be posted online with the agenda.
To comment on these changes, contact the County Board members:
● Matt de Ferranti, Chairman, Arlington County Board
Email: MdeFerranti@Arlingtonva.us
● Katie Cristol, Vice Chair, Arlington County Board
Email: KCristol@arlingtonva.us
● Christian Dorsey, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: CDorsey@arlingtonva.us
● Takis P. Karantonis, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: TKarantonis@arlingtonva.us
● Libby Garvey, Member, Arlington County Board
Email: LGarvey@arlingtonva.us
● General County Board Email
Email: CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us
County Board Members (webpage)
Watch Live Board Meetings and Past Meetings

● Stephen Crim, Parking Manager, Arlington County

Email: SCrim@Arlingtonva.us
Our experience is that Mr. Crim does not expeditiously respond to emails

County Board Virtual Open Door Mondays
Open Door Mondays offer Arlingtonians an opportunity to speak one-on-one, or in small groups, with a County Board Member in an informal setting. Two opportunities before the Board meets: Feb 8 & 15. Must sign up online starting 8AM of the previous Tuesday.
ODM FAQ
The Open Door Monday registration form is active from 8AM each Tuesday to the following Monday of the ODM session at 5PM. Upon submitting your registration, further instructions and meeting details will be emailed to you.
● Feb 8 7-9PM RSVP (online form)
● Feb 15 7-9PM RSVP (online form)

LVCA Takes Stand on RPP

LVCA Takes Stand on RPP
The County is proposing changes to the Residential Permit Parking Program (Zone 6 for LV). The proposed changes will make the program less effective for LV and much harder to enforce.

LVCA has been collaborating with other civic associations, including Ballston-Virginia Square, Aurora Highlands, and Clarendon-Courthouse. There is broad consensus among these civic associations and we support our fellow associations in their positions and concerns.
LVCA Letter to County Planning Commission(PDF)

County Seeks Comments on Predatory Towing

County Seeks Comments on Predatory Towing
Trespass Towing Advisory Board Meeting (TTAB)
When: Feb 10, 6:30PM
Where: Online via MS Teams
Questionnaire
Proposed Changes (Slides)
County Towing Webpage and link to complaint form
While residents complain about “predatory towing” the TTAB says they received no public comments in 2020.
Slides: Predatory Towing (Columbia Heights Civic Association, 2016)
Virginia Sues ‘Predatory’ Arlington Towing Company (WTOP, Jul 2020)
Matt Chiste, Resident TTAB Member website

The Feb 20 County Board meeting is expected to vote on the changes.