Many non-urgent court cases before the 17th Judicial District Court may be continued to a later date due to COVID-19. Commonweath’s Attorney Parisa Dehghani-Tafti drafted a letter to all judges in the 17th Judicial District outlining “emergency plans.” Patch
“The Commonwealth respectfully request the Courts continue, through administrative order, all misdemeanor and felony cases, trials, and hearings involving out-of-custody defendants beginning March 16, 2020, through April 10, 2020, or later…”
County strongly encourages businesses and organizations to use these guidelines.
County Street Maintenance Web Page
Lyft, Jump & Spin Scooters Denied Arlington Permit
Must remove scooters from Arlington by March 15. Only Jump, Lyft, Skip, and Spin are licensed in DC, hence only Skip and Jump can be ridden in both DC and Arlington. ARLnow
GMU Names School After Carters
George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Virginia Square has been renamed the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. GMU Press Release
Watch Out for Coronavirus Scams
“As public health concerns continue to grow surrounding the coronavirus, Attorney General Mark R. Herring is urging Virginians to be wary of any coronavirus related scams. Scams could include selling products that purport to prevent the coronavirus, spreading misinformation, or pretending to solicit donations for victims of the disease.” Attorney General Mark Herring Press Release
Recent posts about School Issues
APS Acts to Protect Staff & Students
Arlington Public Schools, in an email to parents, advised that it is continuing to stay in close contact with local health officials, monitoring student health, reinforcing effective preventative steps (e.g. hand washing), continuing to disinfect surfaces in schools, “preparing for the possibility of school closures in the future,” and preparing to provide instructional activities to all students in grades PreK-12 should schools close. Students and staff should stay home when sick; only returning to school when symptom-free for 24 hours.
Source: FY2020 WABE Guide (Washington Area Boards of Education)
2020 Proposed Real Property Tax Rate
A public hearing on the proposed tax rate will be held on April 2, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible in Room 307, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA. after the hearing is held on April 2, 2020, the County Board may adopt a tax rate lower than $1.013 per $100 of assessed value, but it cannot adopt higher rate. Public Notice
The tax rate which would levy the same amount of real estate tax as last year, when multiplied by the new total assessed value of real estate, would be $0.976 per $100 of assessed value.
Source: APS 2021 Budget Presentation Slides
Scooters Yes, E-Bikes No
Five e-scooter firms: Bird, Jump, Lime, Razor and Skip were approved to operate in Arlington county. Three others were rejected for various reasons, like lack of speedometers on their scooters. The only applicant for electric-bicycles failed to get County approval. Sun Gazette
APS Press Release
FY 2021 Proposed Budget Slide Deck - APS
FY 2021 Proposed Budget Document - APS
2021 Budget Work Sessions Schedule
Pedestrian Fatalities Up 50% in 10 Years
Drivers killed 50 percent more pedestrians in 2019 than in 2009, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Fatalities in 2019 are forecast to increase 5% over 2018. Causes include drunk and distracted driving, poor road design and heavier SUVs. Washington Post
People who drive expensive cars are less likely to stop for people crossing on foot. CNN
Mansion Global Gushes About Lyon Village
But notes “upscale area” has no “mansions.”
Arlington, Virginia’s Lyon Village Feels Like ‘Norman Rockwell on a Generous Budget’
2020 Property Tax Increase
The County Manager is expected to propose no increase in Arlington’s property tax rate for 2020. Nevertheless, because property assessments will increase the average Arlington homeowner can expect a property tax increase of 4.6%. Lyon Village home values, as reported by Zillow, increased by 6.5%.
FY2020 Budget county web page
The county has published a correction to their press release from “No Property Tax Increase” to “No Property Tax Rate Increase,” admitting that the amount of tax paid will increase.
Another Vehicle Break-In Arrest
Responding to a citizen report, Arlington police discovered a man inside a vehicle. During the course of the investigation it was determined that the suspect had also gained entry to two other vehicles in the area. A 68 year-old D.C. man was arrested, charged, and is being held on no bond. Among the charges is a charge of carrying burgler tools.
New App for VA Highway Tolls
Transurban, the company that runs Virginia’s express lanes, has developed Android and iPhone apps for mobile payment of tolls. It is intended for people who occasionally use Virginia’s toll roads but don’t have an E-Z Pass.
The app currently works on 12 Virginia highways, including the express lanes on the Capital Beltway, I-95 and I-66. The app does not currently work on any highways outside Virginia.
Average Arlington Single-Family Home Price Up 118% to $2M
Before the tax man gets too excited, this is due to the sale of the Case mansion for $45M. Median price of all Arlington homes sold in Jan is $584,500, down 5%. WSJ
Dominon Power Phone Scam
Calls claiming to be from Dominion Power saying your account is overdue and your power will be shut off “today” or “in 30 minutes” are fake.
No Mardi Gras Parade Feb 25
The Clarendon Alliance announced that there will be no Mardi Gras parade for Fat Tuesday (Feb. 25) this year. Speculation is that they are giving up on the popular local event.
APS Quarantines Students Recently from China
APS students returning from Mainland China will not be allowed to attend school for 14 days. APS will provide support to any student who is unable to attend school by providing take-home educational materials.
Steps to prevent students and staff from becoming ill in schools:
● Cleaning and disinfecting touched objects and surfaces
● Reinforcing hand washing, hand sanitizer use, not coughing or sneezing on hands, staying home when sick, etc.
Sidewalk Riding Restricted for E-Vehicles
Sidewalk-riding will be prohibited on streets where a protected lane is available. A protected lane is an on-street lane where people riding bicycles, scooters, e-scooters, e-bikes and motorized skateboards are separated from drivers with a parking lane or other physical barrier.Click to Continue Reading…
Native Plant Seedling Sale
The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation district’s annual seedling sale makes low-cost bare-root native shrub and tree seedlings available to Northern Virginia residents. Seedling packages are announced in January, go on sale in February 4th and are available for pickup in April.
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Stormwater Management Grants for Homeowners — Deadline Mar 15
The StormwaterWise Landscapes program provides matching grants for Arlington property owners to reduce stormwater runoff from their property. Approved projects include pavement removal, pervious driveways and patios, rain gardens, or conservation landscaping.
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APS School Year to Start Aug. 31
Arlington School Board approved a new start date for the next school year: Aug 31. After 4 days of class there will be a four-day weekend for Labor Day.
The school year will end on June 16 for high school students and June 18 for elementary and middle school students.