Fed Up With Tree Loss

Fed Up With Tree Loss
Lengthy discussion of tree loss on NextDoor.
Why Should We Care?
Trees are one of the primary buffers against urban heat. Trees both block and absorb heat, remove pollutants, and absorb greenhouse gasses that drive climate change. Studies have also attributed green space with other societal benefits: less crime, violence, respiratory illnesses, and even obesity. NCR: Earthbeat When a Single Tree Makes a Difference Arlington Tree Action Group

Arlington Leads Region in Pop Density

Arlington Leads Region in Pop Density
The 2020 Census reveals that the region’s densest neighborhood is the 5 blocks east of Ballston Metro around Randolph & 9th St with a population density of 96,758 people per square mile. This is not only the highest density census tract in the metro area, but also in Virginia.
● Just east of Quincy another census tract has 72,487 people per square mile.
● Just west of Stafford another census tract has 51,735 people per square mile.
  This high density was achieved by Arlington’s planners encouraging high-rise residential and office buildings along the Orange Line corridor while discouraging single-family homes even a short walk away.  (Very similar to what Plan Lee Hwy proposes for Lyon Village.) GGW Story ARLnow

Heat Islands

Heat Islands
Sorry About the Environment, There’s Money to Be Made
Heat islands are areas that experience much higher temperatures than surrounding areas. Heat islands are created when rural and suburban areas (like Lyon Village) are replaced by high-density (as the County is now proposing). While trees and lawns absorb heat, high-density areas retain and radiate heat. Thus high-density areas are hotter both during the day and even at night as retained heat is released. NCR: Earthbeat
● Extreme heat can become deadly, leading to more US deaths than flooding and hurricanes combined. Retained heat results in hotter nighttime temperatures exacerbating the deadliness of extreme heat (as we are currently experiencing in the DC-Metro area).
● Heat islands lead to unhealthy levels of ozone (as we are currently experiencing in the DC-Metro area).
● Heat islands increase use of air conditioning, which starts a vicious cycle as more power is demanded from power plants that are often fueled with fossil fuels, which add to global warming.

COVID-19 Patients Must Pay Share of Hospital Costs

COVID-19 Patients Must Pay Hospital Costs
In early 2021, most health insurers waived COVID-19 treatment costs. More recently insurers are no longer waiving these costs or are phasing out cost-sharing waivers. It is estimated that out-of-pocket costs of COVID-19 hospitalizations average about $1,300. Although this is a large amount for most patients, it only represents a fraction of the cost to society for these preventable hospitalizations: $2.3 billion in just June and July 2021. KKF Health System Tracker

Chamber of Commerce Letter on Plan Lee Hwy

Chamber of Commerce Letter on Plan Lee Hwy
A letter from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce supports additional commercial/residential density as proposed by Plan Lee Hwy.
   But even the Chamber sees that parts of Plan Lee Hwy are deficient:
“Much of the proposed open space in the scenarios fronts on high-traffic, unwelcomingly loud places, or is in locations which could hinder reinvestment. Additionally, the scenarios propose open spaces that will be broken up by development and transportation infrastructure or that may not even be realized because of placement at sites that are unlikely to be redeveloped.”

Excerpts from Letters to the County Board

Excerpts from Letters to the County Board
Over 30 neighbors sent letters opposing up-zoning LV. One letter was signed by 34 households. One letter supported up-zoning. Here are a few of the thoughtful comments. Additional posts based on the letters may be aded in the near future. Hopefully the impressive thought that went into writing these letters will have the desired effect.

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Board Member Tours Lyon Village

Board Member Tours Lyon Village
On Thurs afternoon, LVCA President, John Carten and two dozen LV residents lead County Board member Takis Karantonis on a walking tour of LV. When residents were asked “would you prefer the proposed changes or keep Lyon Village as is” 22 out of 23 residents on the walk raised indicated a preference to keep Lyon Village as is.
  All County Board members are invited to take Karantonis’ lead to meet with each of the affected communities.
  Some attendees expressed unhappiness with Karantonis doing lots of talking and little listening. One attendee sent a long, fiery email to the entire County Board and County Manager.
  Karantonis will be running for re-election this November, challenged by 3 independent candidates. The County Board has decided this election will not use ranked choice voting.

LVCA President’s Message on Plan Lee Highway

LVCA President’s Message on Plan Lee Highway
The Lyon Village Citizens’ Association (LVCA) wants to ensure that you aware of the current proposals being developed by the Plan Lee Hwy (PLH) team and County staff and the impact these proposals will have on single-family homes in Lyon Village.

These proposals would change the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) and zoning for the R6, single-family homes between Lee Hwy, N. Veitch St., 18th St. N., and N. Highland St. in Lyon Village. This ultimately will result in the destruction of
● 75 single-family homes (10% of all single-family homes)
● 43 townhomes (50% of all townhomes)
● 6 affordable apartment buildings (40% of all affordable apartment buildings)
● As well as the futures of all the families living in them

Information on the County’s proposals can be found at the following links. Lyon Village is in Area 5 (West) in these documents and slides.
Plan Lee Hwy Homepage
Presentation on Lyon Village

The LVCA strongly opposes these proposals, as is spelled out in our Position Paper.

LVCA supports maintaining the current GLUP and zoning, as shown on these Maps.

We feel these proposals, if approved, would set a precedent that would negatively impact Lyon Village and additional neighborhoods in the future, as well as harm the reputation of the County. We respectfully request your support in stopping these proposals from going forward to the County Board for approval in October 2021.

Please send letters to the following letting them know you oppose the proposals for Lyon Village. Get at least 10 of your friends and neighbors to send letters, too. We need every Lyon Village resident in every household to speak out and make his/her/their voice heard.

CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us — General address for all Board members
 mdeferranti@arlingtonva.us — County Board Chair
 kcristol@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
 cdorsey@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
 tkarantonis@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
 lgarvey@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
CountyManager@arlingtonva.us — Mr. Mark Schwartz, County Manager
planleehighway@arlingtonva.us
 paul.alexander.holland@gmail.com — Chair of Plan Lee Highway
 nalfonso-ahmed@arlingtonva.us — Lee Highway Project Manager
ecleva@arlingtonva.us — Ms. Elise Cleva, Acting Comm & Engagement Manager
rlapiana@arlingtonva.us — Ms. Rachel LaPiana, Comm & Engagement Specialist
webmaster@lyonvillage.org
(Please send a copy of your letter to webmaster@lyonvillage.org. As we learned in the past, the County will not publish or provide copies of letters from individuals.)

Please feel free to contact me at gjcarten@verizon.net if you have any questions.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

John Carten, President, LVCA

Please send questions or comments to John Carten gjcarten@verizon.net or Loria Porcaro loriap@att.net.

Watch: Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan

Watch: Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan
County representatives encountered over 100 angry residents at LVCA’s recent virtual meeting on the Lee Hwy Study. The study proposed rezoning all of LV north of 18th St for commercial and high-rise development. Despite it all, we want to thank Paul Holland, Chairman of the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum and Leon Vignes of Arlington County Planning Staff for patiently facing our 2-1/2 hour pummeling.

Intro & Slide Presentation by Paul Holland (20:00)


Initial Questions by LVCA President, John Carten (14:40)
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Please Complain About Lee Hwy Plan

Please Complain About the Lee Hwy Plan
County representatives encountered 100* angry residents at LVCA’s recent virtual meeting on the Lee Hwy Study. The study proposed rezoning all of LV north of 18th St for commercial and high-rise development. This, along with other proposals on the south, east, and west would drastically change the character of the little sliver of LV that remained.
  It is extremely important that LV residents, who want to preserve their homes and their neighborhood, contact County officials to signal their opposition. Below there is a sample letter and information about who to contact. Many other problems with the study were voiced by LV residents during the meeting. The the meeting recording is worth a listen or a re-listen (the recording will be posted very soon).Click to Continue Reading…

Dealmaking: Arlington vs. San Jose

Dealmaking: Arlington vs. San Jose
Arlington (March 16, 2019)
The Arlington County Board today approved the County’s proposed direct financial incentive to Amazon, an annual pay-for-performance grant valued at approximately $23 million… News Release
Jan Jose (May 25, 2021)
San Jose officials voted late Tuesday to approve Google’s plan for a sprawling downtown campus… To secure approval for the project, Google agreed to pay a first-of-its-kind $200 million community benefit, which will see it invest in anti-displacement and job readiness programs… the company also agreed to create a $155 million community stabilization fund for job training, homelessness and affordable housing… a stark contrast to tech peers like Amazon and Tesla, which have at times asked governments to compete for business by cutting costs — as well as developers from other industries where community concessions are not the norm…SF Chronicle

May 27 Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV

2nd Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV

When: Thurs, May 27, 7PM.
Discussion of Lyon Village/North Highlands will begin at 7 PM.
Where: Online Links to the Meeting

  
The Lee Highway Alliance and the Plan Lee Highway (PLH) Working Group will hold a second on-line meeting where the County will present its proposed concepts for the future development along the Lee Highway Corridor in Lyon Village/North Highlands and East Falls Church. Following the presentation, there will be a facilitated discussion to garner feedback on the proposed concepts.

This plan will determine the kind, size and heights of new developments along the northern edge of Lyon Village, among other things, possibly eliminating single-family housing south of Lee as far as 18th St.

  
Additional information are posted on the project website. Links to the meeting recording and presentation materials will be posted there after the event.

Map of Planning Study Areas (LV is #5)

The Lee Highway Alliance was formed to create a joint community vision for a more economically vibrant, walkable, attractive Lee Highway that benefits neighborhoods and the business community. The goal is the development of a new General Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Hwy to guide future rezoning and development.

May 20 Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV

Meeting on Development of Lee Hwy in LV
When: Thurs, May 20, 7PM. Discussion of Lyon Village/North Highlands will begin around 8PM.
Where: Online Links to the Meeting
The Lee Highway Alliance and the Plan Lee Highway (PLH) Working Group will hold an on-line meeting where the County will present its proposed concepts for the future development along the Lee Highway Corridor in East Falls Church and Lyon Village/North Highlands. Following the presentation, there will be a facilitated discussion to garner feedback on the proposed concepts.
   This plan will determine the kind, size and heights of new developments along the northern edge of Lyon Village, among other things, possibly eliminating single-family housing south of Lee as far as 18th St.
   Links to the meeting and additional information are posted on the project website. Links to the meeting recording and presentation materials will be posted there after the event.
The Lee Highway Alliance was formed to create a joint community vision for a more economically vibrant, walkable, attractive Lee Highway that benefits neighborhoods and the business community. The goal is the development of a new General Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Hwy to guide future rezoning and development.
Map of Planning Study Areas (LV is #5)

Does LV Have a Rat Problem?

Does LV Have a Rat Problem?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food establishment closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, causing rodents to search for new food sources. Several residents have posted on Nextdoor about rat problems in LV: Discussion on Nextdoor
● Wilson between Filmore & Garfield
● 18th between Edgewood & Danville
The County says extermination of rats on private property is the responsibility of property owners. However, the County does provide consultation and guidance upon request. County Rat Page

Virginia Mask Mandate Ends

Virginia Mask Mandate Ends
Virginia is removing its indoor mask mandate for fully-vaccinated individuals tonight, May 14, at midnight. CDC guidelines still apply. Twitter @GovernorVA
CDC guidelines for those fully vaccinated against COVID19 remove requirements to wear a mask or stay 6-feet apart, except in healthcare settings, on public transportation, and where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, including local business and workplace requirements.
  So far mask requirements have been dropped by Walmart and Trader Joes. Other retailers are reevaluating their in-store policies.
Should We Continue to Mask Forever?
Respiratory illness in children is down 62%. Flu deaths among children, usually 100 to 200 per year, down to just one this year. Adult deaths have dropped dramatically too. Kaiser Health News

Children Now 22% Of New US COVID Cases

Children Now 22% Of New US COVID Cases
Just one year ago, child COVID-19 cases made up only around 3% of the US total. As older portions of the population get vaccinated, kids who are not eligible for vaccination, make up a larger share of coronavirus cases. Adolescents tend to be both more likely to get infected and to spread the infection relative to younger kids. We are seeing more outbreaks related to school and school activities. Adolescents down to age 12 are now eligible to get the Phiser COVID vaccine. Get it now! NPR

May 15 COVID Vax for Kids 12+

COVID Vax for Kids 12+ on May 15
Arlington will vaccinate kids ages 12-15 starting Sat, May 15. Arlington will offer clinics Sat-Mon over the next 2 weekends specifically for children 12-17. Unlike other jurisdictions, Arlington requires:
● Appointments
● Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
● Parent/guardian must show ID
County Locations
● Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S 16th St Sign Up
 • Sat, May 15 9AM-7PM SOLD OUT
 • Sun, May 16 9AM-7PM
 • Sat, May 22 9AM-7PM
 • Sun, May 23 9AM-7PM
● Wakefield High School, 1325 S Dinwiddie St Sign Up
 • Mon, May 17 10AM-4PM
● Kenmore Middle School, 200 S Carlin Springs Rd Sign Up
 • Mon, May 24 10AM-4PM
Other Locations
Search and schedule vaccine appointments at vaccines.gov.
● Safeway, 2500 North Harrison
● Safeway, 5101 Wilson Blvd
● Safeway, 3713 Lee Hwy
● Joule, 1028 South Walter Reed Dr
● Giant, 2901-11 South Glebe Rd
News Release

Gradual Return to Normal

A Gradual Return to Normal
Virginia could lift most of its COVID-19 pandemic restrictions by mid-June according to Gov. Northam’s office. News Release
May 15: Virginia is scheduled to relax some restrictions. Restaurants may return to selling alcohol after midnight and dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5AM. Up to 100 people at indoor gatherings. Up to 250 people at outdoor gatherings. Entertainment venues operating at 50% capacity indoors (1,000 people max), and 50% outdoors (with no cap).
June 15: Social distancing requirements and restrictions on gathering sizes could be lifted entirely, provided coronavirus cases continue to drop and the pace of vaccinations does not let up.
● The mask mandate is likely to remain.
Arlington is now reporting a 7-day average of 15 new COVID-19 cases per day. About 50% of Arlington residents have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine and 34% are fully vaccinated. VA COVID Dashboard

COVID Shots Easy to Get

COVID Shots Easy to Get
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at no cost from multiple sources
County Offers Open Scheduling News Release
The County is now accepting walk-ins, no appointment necessary.News Release
● Individuals of age 16+ may directly schedule an appointment
● Individuals aged 16-17 should only make appointments for Pfizer vaccine
● Schedule an appointment at the County website
COVID Moderna Shots at Virginia Hospital Center
● Individuals of age 18+ may directly schedule an appointment
● Appointments are required: Schedule Here
● VHC does not have a waitlist
COVID Shots at Nearby Pharmacies
● Check Vaccinefinder.org for availability and for links to appointments
● Individuals aged 18+ may make appointments for any vaccine
● Individuals aged 16-17 should only make appointments for Pfizer vaccine
   • CVS, 4238 Wilson, Ballston Commons (Moderna; two-dose)
   • CVS, 1100 Wilson, Rosslyn (Moderna; two-dose)
   • CVS at Target, 1500 Wilson, Rosslyn (Moderna; two-dose)
   • Walgreens, 1301 S Joyce, Pentagon City

Virginia Rolling Back COVID Restrictions

Virginia Rolling Back COVID Restrictions
Gov. Northam announced further loosening of coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and social gatherings starting May 15 with additional rollbacks likely in June. News Release
● Indoor sports/entertainment venues may expand capacity to 50% (from 30%) or 1000 (from 500)
● Outdoor venues may operate at 50 percent capacity
● Social gathering limits increase from 50 to 100 indoors and 100 to 250 outdoors
● Restaurants may sell alcohol after midnight
● Dining rooms may remain open between midnight and 5AM
● Bar seating is permitted with proper social distancing
● School performances, like musicals, may now take place

COVID-19 Outbreaks in Arlington Schools

COVID-19 Outbreaks in Arlington Schools
COVID-19 outbreak investigations are currently ongoing at Washington-Liberty High School and another unnamed Arlington public school. The W-L investigation started after 4 students tested positive between March 23-31. Over the last couple of months APS has reported 84 COVID-19 cases among students and staff. APS has declined to answer questions, citing privacy concerns. Story at ARLnow

April 24 Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (Contactless)

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (Contactless)
When: Sat, Apr 24 from 10AM to 2PM
Where:
● Arlington County Police Dept, 1425 N Courthouse Rd
● Fire Station #5, 1750 S Hayes St
Service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. All participants are expected to follow COVID-19 guidelines: physical distancing & face coverings.
Permanent Drug Take-Back Box Locations
Drop off available 24/7/365. Items accepted: prescriptions, vitamins, prescription ointments, pet medications, prescription patches and over-the-counter medications. Items not accepted are needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, lotions, liquids, & hydrogen peroxide.
● Fire Station #2, 4805 Wilson Blvd
● Fire Station #5, 1750 S Hayes St
● Fire Station #9, 1900 S Walter Reed Dr
● Arlington County Police Dept, 2000 block of N 14th St
News Release

April 18 Vaccine Eligibility Expands to All VA Adults

Vaccine Eligibility Expands to All Adults April 18
Adults (persons aged 16 and older) who live or work in Virginia, will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Sunday, April 18. All eligible Virginians should pre-register or update their registration so they can be notified to schedule their vaccination. All who have pre-registered should periodically check spam/junk folders to assure they don’t miss their email notification to schedule their vaccination. Eligible persons can also use vaccinefinder.org to find COVID-19 Vaccines at pharmacies, which takes more effort, but may lead to earlier appointments. News Release

April 5 Smelly Water Season Starts

Smelly Water Season Starts, April 5
Arlington will begin its annual clean out of its tap water system starting Monday, Apr 5. During that time, drinking water will have a chlorine taste and odor. The County suggests using a water filter or allowing water to sit in a container in the refrigerator to decrease this taste and odor. Water service will continue uninterrupted. This process is repeated nearly every spring. News Release

NoVa Children Got COVID at 2x Adult Rate

NoVa Children Got COVID at 2x Adult Rate
Children and adolescents were enrolled in a cross-sectional, observational study of SARS-CoV-2 prevalence from July-October 2020 in Northern Virginia. Contrary to prior reports, the study determined children shoulder a significant burden of COVID-19 infection. Their antibody positivity rate was 8.5%, double the adult rate in the same region at a similar time. 66% of COVID-19 positive children had no symptoms. Medrxiv Preprint Story at InsideNoVa