Archive for 'Politics'

Potomac Yard, tax reform top chamber’s agenda

Potomac Yard, tax reform top chamber’s agenda

By Erich Wagner (File photo) When Dak Hardwick joined the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce to lead its government relations committee earlier this year, he noticed one problem with the organization’s lobbying efforts: they happened at the [...]

Ebbin: Gay rights fight not over with marriage decision

Ebbin: Gay rights fight not over with marriage decision

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Throughout state Sen. Adam Ebbin’s decade-long tenure in Richmond, the openly gay lawmaker focused on securing equality for LGBT Virginians. Until last week, that meant pushing for the repeal of the [...]

Dominion benefits schools as it weighs transmission line project

Dominion benefits schools as it weighs transmission line project

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) As Dominion Virginia Power officials consider tearing up local neighborhoods for a 230-kilovolt transmission line, the utility gave back to the community Tuesday, building an outdoor classroom for public school students. [...]

Residents question Dominion power line plans

Residents question Dominion power line plans

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Dominion Virginia Power officials still refuse to say where they would prefer to run a 230-kilovolt transmission line through Alexandria, but one offered a guess last week. “If there was a [...]

Couples laud lifting of same-sex marriage ban

Couples laud lifting of same-sex marriage ban

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) Dawn Turton was having a quiet Monday morning. She had the day off, and happened to check Twitter as the news percolated: the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear several cases [...]

State lawmakers push for privacy rights

State lawmakers push for privacy rights

By Kathryn Watson The government is watching you. Local police in Virginia randomly collect and keep photographs of license plates. Virginia universities are testing drones and, as of next July, police and other authorities [...]

City council to apply new housing contribution rules to oft-delayed projects

City council to apply new housing contribution rules to oft-delayed projects

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City councilors want to ensure developers working on long-delayed projects don’t eventually make contributions to the affordable housing fund based on outdated formulas. At a hearing earlier this month, city councilors [...]

Old Town bike lane concept draws criticism

Old Town bike lane concept draws criticism

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Bike lanes along Prince and Cameron streets remain a long way off, but the idea already is proving controversial. Old Town resident Townsend Van Fleet blasted the proposal, calling it a [...]

Officers seek overhaul of salary system

Officers seek overhaul of salary system

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) City police officers have petitioned Alexandria’s top elected officials for pay raises this year, warning of dire consequences unless changes are made. Citing sinking morale and a worsening brain drain, leaders [...]

ACLU: Police activity lacks oversight

ACLU: Police activity lacks oversight

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) There aren’t too many requirements local law enforcement agencies in Virginia must meet to acquire excess military equipment. And once they do, they don’t always let the public know what they [...]