Archive for 'Politics'

Staying the course

Staying the course

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) After months of debate and procedural wrangling, city councilors voted unanimously last week to add bike lanes along a portion of King Street in the Taylor Run and Rosemont neighborhoods. While [...]

School budget gap could affect instruction

School budget gap could affect instruction

By Erich Wagner (File photo) When Superintendent Alvin Crawley unveiled his $252.8 million budget for Alexandria City Public Schools in January, he warned that the district’s belt was as tight as it could get. “If we [...]

Budget blues

Budget blues

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Suzanne Laboy, wife of Peter Laboy, the Alexandria police officer grievously injured in the line of duty last year, vividly described her husband’s daily struggles while arguing for preserving life insurance [...]

Rethinking cat licensing

Rethinking cat licensing

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Once the cat got out of the bag that City Councilor Justin Wilson was combing Alexandria’s codes for outdated or unnecessary laws, residents started coming to him with ideas. And more [...]

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 [...]