It’s hard to fight City Hall, even from the inside.

It’s hard to fight City Hall, even from the inside.

It’s sometimes hard to fight City Hall, even from the inside.  Imposing a 24-7 solution precipitated by a single complaint – since withdrawn – breeds cynicism and disrespect for the law

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Washington Post Endorses Vihstadt

Washington Post Endorses Vihstadt

“We support the incumbent, John E. Vihstadt, a badly needed independent voice…”

“…decades of involvement in community affairs”

“…without him, the board runs the risk of groupthink.”

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Vihstadt TV Ad

We just launched a TV ad about people coming together across all political stripes to support John. Check it out below.

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Vihstadt: Vote Tuesday on Streetcar Designed to Feed Notion That It’s a ‘Done Deal’

From the Clarendon-Courthouse-Rosslyn Patch:

The Arlington County Board is set to vote Tuesday on a recommendation by the county transportation department to award a major streetcar contract, to HDR Engineering Inc. of New Jersey.

The company planned and designed transit systems in New Orleans and Tucson, and helped manage the construction and design of the D.C. streetcar project. The board is also to vote on another award, for Kimley-Horn and Associates for street improvements.

The total contract authorization is $26,003,721, which includes roughly $5.3 million in “optional” …

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Vihstadt Blasts Award of Streetcar Engineering Contract

For Immediate Release
Tues. September 23, 2014

Independent Arlington County Board Member John Vihstadt today sharply criticized the County Board’s 3-2 vote to award a $26 million contract to HDR Engineering, Inc., for the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects. Vihstadt was joined by Democratic colleague Libby Garvey in voting against the contract.

Vihstadt said that “the board majority is playing that old quiz show game ‘Beat the Clock’ in trying to rush the signing of various streetcar contracts and agreements before the streetcar’s low popularity sinks …

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Press Release: Vihstadt Presses For New Gift Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2014

VIHSTADT PRESSES FOR NEW GIFT BAN

Arlington County Board member John Vihstadt is calling for a firmer and more specific ethics policy regarding gifts to either county board members or county employees.

Vihstadt, an Independent running for re-election Nov. 4, said, “Arlington must signal its commitment to foster the highest standards of ethical conduct” in the wake of the convictions of former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen on multiple corruption charges.

“To start, the County should consider adoption of a $100 value …

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John Vihstadt’s Letter to the Editor in Inside NOVA

From Inside NOVA:

Editor: In a letter to the Sun Gazette, County Board Chairman Jay Fisette tried to defend spending over half a billion dollars on streetcars. I disagree. Streetcars make neither transit nor economic sense.

The estimated costs for the Columbia Pike streetcar alone have roughly tripled. The 7.4 miles of streetcars now planned are estimated to cost about $70 million per mile. This enormous expense will produce extremely slow transit. Pike streetcars will have to operate in mixed traffic. By contrast, an alternative enhanced …

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Press Release: Vihstadt on DC Olympics: Taxpayers, Schools Come First

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2014

VIHSTADT ON DC OLYMPICS: TAXPAYERS, SCHOOLS COME FIRST

Arlington County Board Member John Vihstadt‘s comments on Board Chairman Jay Fisette’s statement regarding the 2024 Olympics:

“While I’m a big fan of the Olympics, my first obligation as a County Board member is toArlington taxpayers,” Vihstadt said.

“We have more immediate challenges, such as building more seats for students to address our surging public schools enrollment, before we even begin to think about seats for international sports enthusiasts at an aquatics center or anywhere else …

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Press Release: Vihstadt Challenges Latest Howze Streetcar Defense

VIHSTADT CHALLENGES LATEST HOWZE STREETCAR DEFENSE

“Let’s be careful about who is calling whom divisive,” Arlington County Board member and streetcar foe John Vihstadt said today in response to a press release issued Wednesday by opponent Alan Howze. “We have a strong contingent of voters who oppose streetcars, and are ready to vote in November.”

“The fact is that my election on April 8 – by a resounding 57%-41% margin – demonstrated that Arlingtonians strongly oppose the construction of two streetcar lines of 7.4 miles now projected …

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Press Release: Vihstadt, Garvey laud ground-breaking of Crystal City premium bus service

Friday, July 18—Arlington County Board members John Vihstadt and Libby Garvey welcomed the new rapid transit bus service to Crystal City in a ground-breaking ceremony today.

“This is a great example of smart spending to help solve our transportation issues,” Vihstadt said.

Added Garvey: “Even the county’s own press release on the new Crystal City Transitway says it will ease congestion and support both redevelopment and high-density growth. This is exactly what we have been saying BRT (bus rapid transit) can do and this is why we …

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