Archive for 'Politics'

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 [...]

Taxes, fees set to increase in fiscal 2015

Taxes, fees set to increase in fiscal 2015

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Despite earlier directing City Manager Rashad Young to craft a budget without increasing real estate taxes, city councilors reversed course Monday, authorizing a half-cent hike meant to restore funding to popular [...]

Old Town fire engine to stay put, West End goes without

Old Town fire engine to stay put, West End goes without

By Erich Wagner (File photo) When the Alexandria Fire Department’s newest station opens in Eisenhower Valley later this year, it will have everything it needs — except an engine and firefighters. An agreement reached by city [...]

Beyer leads fundraising race

Beyer leads fundraising race

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) To say that former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer got his congressional campaign off on the right foot would be an understatement. The Alexandria Democrat took in $668,498 in contributions between January [...]

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 [...]