Arlington public aquatics center wins approval, four years after postponement

Arlington public aquatics center wins approval, four years after postponement

 

Vihstadt on Long Bridge Park aquatics center: Times change. Arlington has more pressing priorities for $60 million today.

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Board allocates closeout funds to affordable housing, other items

Board allocates closeout funds to affordable housing, other items

Vihstadt on budget surplus:  Let’s not short-circuit the normal budget process. Carry it over, weigh all competing demands and let’s see what shakes out in the spring.

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ARLnow Podcast With John Vihstadt

ARLnow Podcast With John Vihstadt

For the latest 26 Square Miles podcast, we spoke with County Board member John Vihstadt about last week’s elections in Virginia, his reelection bid next year and various issues facing Arlington County, including budget pressures and development.

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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  Imposing a 24-7 solution precipitated by a single complaint – since withdrawn – breeds cynicism and disrespect for the law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.”

Read the full endorsement here.

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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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