Archive for 'Politics'

City trying to tip the scales toward offices

City trying to tip the scales toward offices

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Mayor Bill Euille remembers the good old days, when the Port City was close to balancing its tax revenues from commercial and residential property at a 50-50 ratio. “It’s been a [...]

Bike lane deadlock

Bike lane deadlock

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Three months of contentious public debate surrounding a plan to add bike lanes to a heavily trafficked section of King Street failed to change the minds of the city’s traffic and [...]

Parks and recreation hit hard in city budget proposal

Parks and recreation hit hard in city budget proposal

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Nearly 30 city employees could be boxing up their belongings later this year. City Manager Rashad Young presented his proposal for the city’s $634.8 million operating budget Tuesday night. Despite a [...]

Vowing to marry

Vowing to marry

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Several same-sex couples celebrated Valentine’s Day by attempting what remains forbidden fruit for them in Virginia: obtaining a marriage license. Couples, along with supporters and local religious leaders, rallied for marriage [...]

City Hall extends an olive branch

City Hall extends an olive branch

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Rocked by seemingly endless controversy — as well as accusations that officials knowingly keep residents in the dark on major issues — in recent years, city councilors took a step toward [...]

No clear front-runner to replace Moran

No clear front-runner to replace Moran

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Trying to figure out who has an edge among the increasingly crowded field of Democratic candidates to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8)? Your guess is as good as any [...]

Euille, Ebbin enter race for Rep. Jim Moran’s seat

Euille, Ebbin enter race for Rep. Jim Moran’s seat

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Mayor Bill Euille and state Sen. Adam Ebbin on Thursday became the latest local politicians to enter the Democratic race for the congressional seat held by Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) after [...]

Hitting the brakes on bicycle lanes

Hitting the brakes on bicycle lanes

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) The debate over bike lanes on a stretch of King Street that has roiled the Taylor Run neighborhood will roll on for several more months. City cycling advocates have supported a [...]

Fire chief departs Alexandria for McAuliffe administration

Fire chief departs Alexandria for McAuliffe administration

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) Fire Chief Adam Thiel is stepping down to take a position with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration. The announcement came late Friday afternoon. Thiel, who has overseen the city fire department since [...]

Roadmap to affordability

Roadmap to affordability

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) It’s been years in the making, but City Hall finally has a plan for tackling one of Alexandria’s most daunting challenges: the dramatic loss of affordable housing in recent years. The [...]