In The Neighborhood: Arlington County Board Meeting for July 17th, 2021

Our Vice-Chair to Arlington County and the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Mike Coletti, attended the recent Arlington County Board meeting in July to see what’s going on in the neighborhood. Here’s what he saw.

Main Draw: AFSCME Union Collective Bargaining Agreement

The deal is within reason, given that this is for county employees. However, let’s not forget that a large reason for Virginia being a top state to work is the policy of Right to Work. As long as employees have the choice of whether or not to join said union, then let employees do what they feel is best for themselves.

Hottest Button: ICE

There were protestors lined up outside, and speakers inside, on the topic of ICE in Arlington. Those represented want Arlington County to stop all cooperation, (including the sharing of information), with the federal law enforcement agency. While there was no action taken during the meeting itself, it is worth noting board member Christian Dorsey’s comments, stating that the Board not removing ICE from Arlington is not inaction, but a decision. Sounds fun!

Notable Spending Guffaws:
  • $28.88 million [$100,000/unit] towards the remodeling of Park Shirlington affordable housing complex.
  • $17.5 million contracted towards a pollution control plant.
  • $3.65 million towards cleaning Ballston Pond.
  • $215,810 towards the Arlington Arts.

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Mike Coletti, Vice Chair, Arlington and the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church

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