Some Court Cases Rescheduled

Some Court Cases Rescheduled
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 Guidance on Public Meetings

County Guidance on Public Meetings
County strongly encourages businesses and organizations to use these guidelines.

  • Non-essential meetings should be cancelled or postponed.
  • Essential meetings should be modified to minimize physical contact among those attending.
  • Consider if the experience can be offered in a virtual format.
  • As the situation with coronavirus shifts, these guidelines may also change
  • County Public Meeting & Gathering Guidance

    Press Release

    Street Maintenance 2020

    The street repaving program runs from March to November. A letter will be mailed to all residents included in a paving project area about 4 to six 6 weeks in advance of the start repaving. Door hangers will be distributed to affected residents with more specific information 48 hours prior to the repaving of their street. Areas scheduled for repaving in Lyon Village are shown on this map in red. Click map to enlarge

    County Street Maintenance Web Page

    Mar 9 School Board Candidates Night

    Mar 9 School Board Candidates Night

    March LVCA Monthly General Meeting

    When: Mon, Mar 9 at 8pm
    Where: LV Community House, 1920 North Highland St

    Come hear from all 6 School Board candidates. This is an unusual year as 2 Board members will be elected and two current Board members are not running for re-election.

    This is your opportunity to hear from the candidates and ask questions on the issues you are most concerned about.

    ● Symone Walker website

    ● Cristina Diaz-Torres website

    ● David Priddy website

    ● Sandy Munnell website

    ● Terron Sims website

    ● Steven Krieger website

    Candidates Steven Krieger, David Priddy, and Symone Walker spoke out against the plan to move three elementary schools at recent School Board meetings.

    Recent posts about School Issues

    APS Acts to Protect Staff & Students

    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. APS Letter

    PUBLIC NOTICE: 2020 Proposed Real Property Tax Rate

    PUBLIC NOTICE
    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.

    Scooters Yes, E-Bikes No

    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

    Pedestrian Fatalities Up 50% in 10 Years

    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

    2020 Property Tax Increase

    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%.

    WTOP  Zillow page for Lyon Village

    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

    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.

    ACPD crime report

    New App for VA Highway Tolls

    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.

    Android App  iPhone App  ExpressLanes.com  GoToll.com

    Dominon Power Phone Scam

    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

    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 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.

    APS Coronavirus Guidelines

    APS School Year to Start Aug. 31

    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.