Archive for 'Politics'

School board wrestles with capital budget plan

School board wrestles with capital budget plan

By Chris Teale (File photo) City Manager Mark Jinks may not submit his city budget proposal until next month, but the fiscal planning season already has kicked into high gear for the Alexandria City School Board, [...]

Councilors disappointed by food truck pilot program results

Councilors disappointed by food truck pilot program results

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City councilors were visibly frustrated at a meeting last month after hearing the news that Alexandria’s food truck pilot program, which is set to expire at the end of December, had [...]

Controversial King Street bike lanes hailed as success

Controversial King Street bike lanes hailed as success

By Chris Teale (File photo) Eighteen months after the installation of dedicated bike lanes along upper King Street from Janneys Lane to West Cedar Street, a report prepared by the city department of transportation and environmental [...]

City property taxes could increase next year

City property taxes could increase next year

By Chris Teale (File photo) City councilors quickly reached consensus at a meeting last month and unanimously agreed to allow City Manager Mark Jinks to raise taxes if necessary to balance his fiscal 2017 budget proposal, [...]

Judge’s ruling says GSA exceeded own size limits in TSA award

Judge’s ruling says GSA exceeded own size limits in TSA award

By Chris Teale (File photo) The General Services Administration erred in its awarding of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s new lease to the Victory Center in Alexandria because the building exceeded the agency’s limit of square [...]

Developers make progress on housing affordability at The Gateway

Developers make progress on housing affordability at The Gateway

By Chris Teale (File photo) The Gateway project at King and Beauregard streets received unanimous approval from city council at a November 14 public hearing, as officials hope the mix of residential, office and retail units [...]

Allison Silberberg plans ethics push

Allison Silberberg plans ethics push

By Erich Wagner (File photo) It’s been three weeks since Allison Silberberg was elected mayor of Alexandria, but she said she still is trying to catch up. “It’s been hectic,” she said in an interview. “I’m [...]

Willie Bailey reflects on long journey to City Hall

Willie Bailey reflects on long journey to City Hall

By Chris Teale (File photo) He is set to become Alexandria’s newest city councilor in January, but Willie Bailey does not consider himself a political person by traditional definitions. “I don’t see myself as a politician,” [...]

U.S. Rep. John Lewis recalls civil rights struggle in talk at T.C. Williams

U.S. Rep. John Lewis recalls civil rights struggle in talk at T.C. Williams

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) Growing up in rural Alabama, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) remembers asking his parents and grandparents about the signs designating bathrooms and other public areas for white and black people, and [...]

TSA relocation to Alexandria voided by federal judge

TSA relocation to Alexandria voided by federal judge

By Chris Teale (File photo) Just three months after the city’s successful bid to bring the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to the Victory Center at 5001 Eisenhower Ave., a federal judge voided the agency’s lease on [...]