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 was 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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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

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

Missing Middle Listening Session: Feb 4

Missing Middle Listening Session
When: Feb 4 at 7PM
Where: Online via Microsoft Teams

Possibly the greatest future challenge facing Lyon Village residents will be proposals to up-zone much on Lyon Village, now mostly single-family houses, to permit additional duplexes, triplexes, quads, and denser structures, thus dramatically changing the character of Lyon Village.

Share thoughts with County staff on priorities and considerations on the Missing Middle Housing Study. The meeting will be a forum to discuss your ideas with other community members, provide feedback, and learn more.

Link for Feb 4 Meeting Announcement

LVCA Meeting Recap Video: Missing Middle

Residential Permit Parking (LVCA General Meeting Recap)

Residential Permit Parking (LVCA General Meeting Recap)
The January LVCA meeting featured an overview of proposed changes to Arlington’s Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP). Many people know it as “Zone 6 Parking.”

A presentation by LVCA Board Member Andrew Rude, who has been following the RPP review for LVCA. County staff were invited to make a presentation, but declined. Andy summarized the changes the county is considering: some good and some that LVCA Board Members think should be changed. Several members of nearby neighborhood associations, who will also be impacted by RPP changes, attended the meeting. We will be working together on this. The County Board is planning to vote on these changes at its regular meeting in February (tentatively Feb 20).

RPP Presentation: Jan 11 2021 by Andy Rude (PDF)

Future Actions
Members of the LVCA Board and representatives from other Arlington neighborhood associations are meeting to develop a common position on the proposed RPP changes and to communicate with the County Board about the proposed changes.

From LVCA
LV’s RPP Survey (Nov 2018)
More About RPP (website post)

From Other Neighborhood Associations
BVSCA: Summary of Public Comments (PDF)
Aurora Highlands Residential Parking Objections

From the County
Proposed program and comparison chart
Proposed program and comparison chart – After Markup by County Board
  The markup does not address most of the resident’s concerns.
Proposed administrative policies and procedures
FAQs

Other RPP News
Public Hearing on Residential Parking Program Deferred to February (ARLnow)

Jan 11 LVCA General Meeting: Residential Permit Parking Program

LVCA General Meeting: Residential Permit Parking
When: Mon, Jan 11, 8PM
Where: Virtual via Zoom About Zoom
ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House.
Police Update
The meeting will start with an update from LV’s Community Policing Team.
Residential Permit Parking Program
The January meeting will feature an overview of proposed changes to Arlington’s Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP). Many people know it as “Zone 6 Parking.” Join us to learn more about the changes that the county is considering: some good and some that LVCA Board Members think should be changed.

The presenter will be LVCA Board Member Andrew Rude, who has been following the RPP review process for LVCA. County staff were invited to make a presentation, but declined.

Members of other neighborhood associations, who will be impacted by changes to the RPP have been invited to this online meeting.

A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Jan 11); just click the link in the email to join the meeting. Please join the meeting a bit early, like 7:50 PM, so you will be ready when we start promptly at 8 PM. The meeting is limited to 100 attendees so latecomers may not be able to join.

For more about the RPP and links to additional information see LVCA’s Previous Post about the RPP.

Holding Cell Phone While Driving Now Illegal

Holding a Cell Phone While Driving Is Illegal In 2021
Virginia’s hands-free law, taking effect on Jan 1, makes it illegal to drive holding a cell phone in Virginia. Previously, only texting or emailing while driving was against the law. Drivers can talk hands-free, using a speaker or headphone (one ear only, headphones in both ears violates a different law). Fines are $125 for a first offense and $250 for a second offense or if driving in a construction zone. Last year distracted driving resulted in 120 deaths in Virginia. This compares to 4,984 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia.) Code of Virginia § 46.2-818.2

Nov 9 LVCA General Meeting Police & Missing Middle

LVCA General Meeting Police & Missing Middle: Nov 9
When: Mon, Nov 9, 8PM TONIGHT
Where: Virtual via Zoom About Zoom
ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House.

Police Update
The meeting will start with an update from LV’s Community Policing Team.

Missing Middle Housing Study
A discussion of Arlington’s, recently started, Missing Middle Housing Study that is expected to run through 2022.
● Up-Zoning: Changing the zoning of areas now limited to single-family houses to permit duplexes, triplexes, quads, and denser structures.
● How up-zoning relates to Arlington’s agenda for accelerated development, growth, and density.
● Impacts of up-zoning, accelerated development, growth and density on Arlington’s infrastructure (public schools, fire stations, storm and freshwater distribution systems), environment, and budget.
County’s Missing Middle Web Page
Missing Middle Study Timeline
MM Article published by Arlington Civic Assn
Arlington-Analytics Report on MM

Speakers:
● Peter Rousselot from Arlingtonians for Our Sustainable Future will make the case agains the Missing Middle Housing Study and up-zoning.
● The county has declined to provide anyone to explain their case for the Missing Middle Housing Study.

A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Nov 9); just click the link in the email to join the meeting. Please join the meeting a bit early, like 7:50 PM, so you will be ready when we start promptly at 8 PM. The meeting is limited to 100 attendees so latecomers may not be able to join.

Police Foot Chase 10th & Irving

Police Foot Chase 10th & Irving
The Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit announced the arrest of 2 suspects in vehicle-related property crimes. At approximately 5:30 AM on Oct 12 police observed a vehicle with 2 subjects walking alongside and appearing to look into parked vehicles in the area of 10th & Wilson. After a police chase the suspect’s vehicle became inoperable at 10th & Irving. Following a brief foot pursuit 2 of the 4 were taken into custody. The other 2 remain at large.
    The method of theft is consistent with other vehicle-related property crimes reported in Arlington: perpetrators check vehicle door handles and enter unlocked vehicles. News Release Lock your doors!

Armed Robbery

Armed Robbery
When: Fri, Aug 21, aprox 12:15 AM
Where: 1600 block of N Rhodes
The victim was sitting inside his parked vehicle when a vehicle pulled alongside, displayed a firearm and commanded the victim to exit his vehicle, lay on the ground and empty his pockets. Crime Report

31 Vehicles Stolen in July

31 Vehicles Stolen in July
Motor vehicle thefts are on the rise. Thieves are targeting cars left running unattended and parked with keys left inside. Of the 31 vehicles stolen in July, 9 were running unattended and 12 were unlocked with keys left inside. The victims are often food delivery drivers who return from their delivery to find their vehicle has been stolen. News Release

3 Carjackings in Last Month

3 Carjackings in Last Month Daily Crime Reports
CARJACKING, 2020-07250042, 2200 block of Shirlington Road. At approximately 2:06 a.m. on July 25 Police were dispatched to the report of a grand larceny auto. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim exited his vehicle and was approached by 3-4 male suspects who exited a vehicle and approached him…
CARJACKING, 2020-06240033, 1400 block of Crystal Drive. At approximately 3:33 a.m. on June 24, police were dispatched to the report of a carjacking just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was asleep in his rental vehicle in a garage when he was awoken by two unknown suspects brandishing firearms…
CARJACKING, 2020-06220165, S. Four Mile Run Drive at S. Walter Reed Drive. At approximately 8:27 p.m. on June 22, police were dispatched to the report of a carjacking. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was pumping gas when the male suspect allegedly approached her and demanded the vehicle…

VA AG Sues Advanced Towing Company

VA AG Sues Advanced Towing Company
Attorney General Mark Herring filed suit against Advanced Towing, alleging the company breaks state and county towing provisions and is “frequently predatory, aggressive, overreaching and illegal.” Herring seeks restitution for consumers and a bar on future violations of the law. NBC4 Washington
LV’s Community House has a towing contract with Advanced Towing.

Police Move Non-Emergency Calls Online

Police Move Non-Emergency Calls Online
ACPD asks that the public report non-emergency incidents using its online reporting system.

Online Police Reporting System

To report in-progress crimes call 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in emergency.

All police operations remain fully functional. Officers continue to proactively patrol the County and respond to in-progress crimes and emergency calls where there is an immediate threat to life, health or property.

The public may observe officers wearing protective gear such as gloves, masks or eye protection to help reduce possible exposure.

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…”

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

Two Suspects Charged in Auto Break-ins

Police determined that on February 2, 3, and 10, the two suspects forced entry into three vehicles parked in the 1400 block of Key Boulevard by smashing the cars’ windows. The suspects then allegedly stole personal property. Felony warrants have been obtained for two suspects. Both are being held in D.C. pending extradition to the Virginia.

Utilizing various investigative resources, including witness accounts and surveillance video captured in the area, detectives developed information on possible suspects.

Press Release

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.

Police Advice on Auto Thefts/Break-ins

To help residents keep their vehicles and property safe, the Arlington County Police Department is sharing ways we can work together to reduce and prevent property crimes in our community.

The identification and apprehension of suspects is just one step in reducing crimes of opportunity. Thieves are looking for easy, low effort opportunities to steal. Thieves often target multiple unlocked vehicles parked on streets, in driveways and in garages to rummage through personal property and steal items of value as well as vehicles with keys left inside.

Method of Theft
Larcenies from auto are often crimes of opportunity with thieves taking advantage of unsecured doors and windows to steal items left unattended or out in plain view.

Based on surveillance video, witness accounts, interviews with victims and interviews with suspects apprehended in past cases, the evidence suggests that the suspect(s) are trying door handles and entering those vehicles that are found to be unlocked.

Arlington County Police, as well as our regional law enforcement partners, do not have any confirmed cases in which thieves have entered vehicles using sophisticated electronic technology.

When and Where Thefts Occur
Larcenies from auto have been reported in nearly all neighborhoods across Arlington County, typically during the overnight hours and can occur on any day of the week. Suspects will often commit a series of larcenies from auto by targeting numerous vehicles at a time.

Public Education
The Department is deploying electronic signboards in various locations throughout the County as a high-visibility community reminder to lock vehicles and safeguard personal property. The signboards are part of a public awareness campaign and will be periodically moved to different neighborhoods to help spread important crime prevention messaging.

A signboard deployed in your neighborhood doesn’t necessarily mean that larcenies from auto have been reported in the area.

Take Action with these Crime Prevention Tips
No matter where you live, follow these crime prevention tips to help reduce the likelihood for criminal activity.

Never assume your home or neighborhood is immune from criminal activity as criminals will purposely seek out homes or neighborhoods that they believe present easy targets.

● Close and lock all windows and doors when you park. Pull on the door handle to verify it’s locked.

● Keep your garage door closed and locked. If a thief can get into a vehicle, they can have access to a garage door opener and can gain access to your home.

● Park in well-lit areas and activate exterior lights at your home.

● Never leave the area while your vehicle is running. Doing so is illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

● Take all valuables out of your vehicle.

● Do not leave your keys, key fobs, or valet keys in your vehicle. This includes keys to a secondary vehicle.

● Consider installing effective home surveillance cameras. Be mindful that if a home surveillance system captures a larceny from auto in progress, they do not always provide the overwhelming evidence needed to prosecute a case.

● Participate in the #9PMRoutine and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do so too.

Report Suspicious Activity to Police for Investigation
Arlington County Police officers proactively patrol Arlington’s neighborhoods to identify and prevent criminal activity.

The department’s efforts are enhanced by the active involvement of residents. When residents call to report suspicious activity, they aid not only the police, but help make their neighborhoods a safer place to live and work.

Suspicious activity is an occurrence that is out of place in your neighborhood. Common suspicious activity factors in larcenies from auto cases include observing individual(s) looking into your or your neighbors’ cars, individual(s) walking down the street and trying multiple vehicle door handles, and vehicles with open doors with the interior dome lights on.

Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. The public should report only suspicious behavior and situations rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas or expressions.

Residents observing suspicious activity should contact the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.

If you see a suspect in your vehicle, do not approach them and dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Captain W. Vincent, Arlington County Police Department

Press Release

Police Announce Auto Thieves Identified

Arlington County Police announced charges against 3 suspects responsible for multiple auto theft and larceny cases throughout the County.

Multiple warrants were obtained for Michael A. Brunner III, 18, of Washington, D.C. His charges include felony Stolen Auto, Grand Larceny and Credit Card Larceny, as well as misdemeanor Vehicle Trespassing and Petit Larceny.

Two juvenile suspects have been arrested for Grand Larceny Auto.

Since July, 882 car breakins have been reported to police.

Press Release

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.

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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

Armed Robbery on Highland St

Where: 1800 block of N. Highland St (near LV Park)
When: Approximately 3:36 a.m. on November 16, Saturday
ROBBERY, 2019-11160049, 1800 block of N. Highland Street. At approximately 3:36 a.m. on November 16, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by three unknown suspects, who each displayed a firearm and demanded the victim empty his pockets. The suspects stole the victim’s personal belongings and fled prior to police arrival. The suspects are all described as black males, 18-20 years old, 5’10”-6’0”, wearing dark colored hoodies, dark pants and dark masks. The investigation is ongoing.

ACPD Crime Report