Saturday, September 26, 2009

County Board to Convene Special Meetings, September 28th and 29th

September 28th - 7 PM
County Board Special Meeting for the Purpose of Seeking Input from the Public on the Desired Qualities for the New County Manager

Washington-Lee HS, Cafeteria-Multipurpose Room, 1301 N. Stafford Street
No Action or Other Business is Planned. The Public is Welcome and Encouraged to Attend

September 29th - 10 AM
County Board Special Meeting for a Briefing by the County Manager Regarding Economic and Budget Data

County Office Building, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 302 Room 306A
No Action or Other Business is Planned. The Public is Welcome to Attend.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Arlington County Facing $60 Million Deficit Next Fiscal Year

Meanwhile, the lovely real estate investment trusts that the lovely County Board granted hundreds of millions in "bonus density" for energy-inefficient, unaffordable, and ugly commercial buildings are flocking to have their buildings re-assessed like ducks on the Potomac at low tide.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

GE Spent $750,000 on Sun Gazette Parent Bankruptcy

According to motions filed with the Federal Bankruptcy Court for the District of Wilmington, General Electric Capital Corporation, the owner of the Sun Gazette's parent corporation American Community Newspapers LLC, spent more than $750,000 in legal and consulting fees taking American Community Newspapers into bankruptcy and converting ACN LLC into a media mergers and acquisition subsidiary.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Greens Plan Lawsuit to Prevent I-66 Widening

According to informal discussions with the Arlington Green Party, several Arlington Green Party members will file a lawsuit within the next week to prevent the widening of I-66 inside Arlington County.

Planning Costs for Westover and Shirlington Libraries Exceeded Construction Costs

According to an employee in the Arlington County Manager's Office planning costs exceeded the brick-and-mortar construction costs of both the Shirlington and Westover branch libraries. Arlington voters approved an $8 million bond referendum in 1998 to construct new libraries in Westover and Shirlington. The Shirlington branch library was completed in 2006, after being delayed for several years by the Signature Theater, which shares the same building. The new Westover branch library is scheduled to open on October 31st, 11 years after voters approved its construction.