Archive for 'Politics'

School board reconsiders athletic lighting at T.C. Williams

School board reconsiders athletic lighting at T.C. Williams

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Alexandria School Board members are poised to flip the switch on one of the city’s longest — and occasionally most contentious — on-and-off debates: Lighting up T.C. Williams’ football field. The [...]

WAMU OKs tweaked Don Beyer Volvo spots

WAMU OKs tweaked Don Beyer Volvo spots

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Just days after pulling corporate underwriting spots for District 8 congressional candidate Don Beyer’s car dealership, WAMU released a revamped version of the sponsorship message. When the public radio station started [...]

Controversial food truck pilot program lacks benchmarks

Controversial food truck pilot program lacks benchmarks

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Food trucks have until October 2015 to prove their viability, but just how city officials will determine whether the grand experiment is a success or failure remains a mystery. A narrow [...]

Red-light cameras don’t deter scofflaws

Red-light cameras don’t deter scofflaws

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Although city leaders repeatedly assert that the justification for red-light cameras in Alexandria is based solely on safety and deterring motorists from running red lights, statistics continue to suggest that, at [...]

WAMU drops Don Beyer Volvo ads

WAMU drops Don Beyer Volvo ads

By Erich Wagner (File photo) If you tuned into the local NPR affiliate WAMU last week, you probably heard the name of Democratic congressional candidate Don Beyer. But it wasn’t related to any news out of [...]

Food trucks given green light

Food trucks given green light

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) The Port City is opening up to the food truck craze — with a few caveats. That was the 4-2 decision of Alexandria’s top elected officials Saturday after a protracted debate [...]

City Hall to hire chief investigator

City Hall to hire chief investigator

By Erich Wagner (File photo) After a string of arrests of public employees in 2011, officials instituted a series of reforms, from revamping the hiring process and starting an anonymous ethics hotline to launching software for [...]

AG’s in-state tuition opinion gives local students more options

AG’s in-state tuition opinion gives local students more options

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Geraldine Zenteno knew exactly where she wanted to go after graduation. Researching universities, the 17-year-old T.C. Williams senior had fallen in love with The College of William and Mary. Zenteno wants [...]

Food trucks face familiar roadblocks in City Hall

Food trucks face familiar roadblocks in City Hall

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Amid pointed accusations that an ordinance green-lighting food trucks was being railroaded through City Hall, Alexandria’s top elected officials quickly moved to tap the brakes this week. The ordinance, crafted after [...]

Herring’s landmark tuition ruling draws as much criticism as praise

Herring’s landmark tuition ruling draws as much criticism as praise

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) As students chanted, “Si, se puede” — “yes we can” — Attorney General Mark Herring declared via legal interpretation what state lawmakers failed to do through legislation. Bolstering his reputation for [...]