Archive for 'Politics'

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 [...]

Congressional candidates take to the television airwaves

Congressional candidates take to the television airwaves

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Democratic candidates vying to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) who are willing to shell out campaign funds for TV ads are exploring ways to reach Alexandria voters in [...]

City council approves $636.8 million budget

City council approves $636.8 million budget

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City councilors adopted a $636.8 million budget last week, making permanent a half-cent hike in property taxes and a slew of other levy and fee increases, nearly without incident. A year [...]

Limiting police license plate readers

Limiting police license plate readers

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) Several Virginia lawmakers plan to file legislation restricting police use of controversial automatic license plate reader (ALPR) technology, though others have yet to take a public stance. Police use of ALPR [...]

State AG broadens in-state tuition eligibility

State AG broadens in-state tuition eligibility

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring declared Tuesday that even students who entered the United States illegally are eligible for in-state tuition. “If the commonwealth is to remain competitive in a global [...]

Food trucks head into homestretch

Food trucks head into homestretch

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Fans of the nearly ubiquitous mobile eateries that have taken the region by storm in recent years can whet their appetites: Food trucks are poised to roll into the Port [...]

Extended meter hours spark debate

Extended meter hours spark debate

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Business leaders remain undecided on whether extending parking meter hours will be a boon or bust for shops and restaurants. City councilors discussed, as part of City Manager Rashad Young’s proposed [...]