Archive for 'Politics'

Minimum wage debate arrives in Arlandria

Minimum wage debate arrives in Arlandria

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) visited the Arlandria branch of MOM’s Organic Market on Monday to laud the company’s practice of paying workers above the federal minimum wage. Kaine toured the [...]

Local officials wait on Richmond’s budget talks

Local officials wait on Richmond’s budget talks

By Erich Wagner (File photo) While most of the Virginia General Assembly’s work is done for the year, many of the Port City’s legislative priorities remain tied up in the ongoing brinkmanship over the state budget. [...]

City Hall to expand red-light camera program

City Hall to expand red-light camera program

CORRECTION: Because of a reporting error, the site of the red-light camera on Duke Street was incorrectly identified. By Erich Wagner (File photo) A pair of new red-light cameras planned for two local intersections are intended to [...]

Alexandria’s homegrown food truck

Alexandria’s homegrown food truck

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) As the city’s food truck task force prepared to kick off what likely was its final meeting Monday, members and local restaurateurs Mike Anderson and Rich Arslan spent a few [...]

Council extends deadline for King Street car dealers to relocate

Council extends deadline for King Street car dealers to relocate

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Alexandria City Council has granted two King Street used car dealers a reprieve, giving them until October to vacate Old Town in the hopes that they can find new lots elsewhere [...]

Down to the wire

Down to the wire

By Erich Wagner (File photo) The deadline for a deal for the coveted Old Dominion Boat Club parking lot passed Monday, but City Hall hasn’t pulled the trigger on eminent domain just yet. After 90 days [...]

Staying the course

Staying the course

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) After months of debate and procedural wrangling, city councilors voted unanimously last week to add bike lanes along a portion of King Street in the Taylor Run and Rosemont neighborhoods. While [...]

School budget gap could affect instruction

School budget gap could affect instruction

By Erich Wagner (File photo) When Superintendent Alvin Crawley unveiled his $252.8 million budget for Alexandria City Public Schools in January, he warned that the district’s belt was as tight as it could get. “If we [...]

Budget blues

Budget blues

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Suzanne Laboy, wife of Peter Laboy, the Alexandria police officer grievously injured in the line of duty last year, vividly described her husband’s daily struggles while arguing for preserving life insurance [...]

Rethinking cat licensing

Rethinking cat licensing

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Once the cat got out of the bag that City Councilor Justin Wilson was combing Alexandria’s codes for outdated or unnecessary laws, residents started coming to him with ideas. And more [...]