Updates from Letty – December 16, 2016

Dear Friends, We wrapped up the last City Council meeting of 2016 this week, so my update emails will also be on break until 2017. In between holiday parties – this is a good time to catch up if you haven’t gotten to some of the recent meaty topics yet. What can we afford for GMHS, how much will it cost, and what are the risks? (Also preliminary FY18 budget info) Understanding the proposed financial policy changes […]

Updates from Letty – December 9, 2016

​​As expected, it was a packed week full of City meetings and important topics – we had a lengthy joint work session with the School Board covering a spectrum of money matters, several economic development-related meetings and updates, and another GMHS campus working group meeting. Whether you are a perennial […]

Updates from Letty – December 2, 2016

​​As we wrap up the calendar year, the last few weeks will be packed with city business. This week’s City Council meeting was full of interesting, important topics. Read on for my recap of a briefing VDOT gave us on the I-66 lane widening/tolling project that is happening right at our […]

Updates from Letty – November 23, 2016

Dear Friends, With the holiday week, my update is early. We had a productive work session on Monday night, covering a number of important topics (GMHS-MEH campus planning, City Hall renovation, Visioning) so I wanted to be sure to provide you the highlights. I hope the beginning of this holiday season brings you peace and joy. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Best, Letty What Happened This Week: City Council Work Session: (1) Joint […]

Updates from Letty – November 18, 2016

Dear Friends, Thank you for all of the positive comments in response to my note last week and the updated version that ran as a letter to the editor in the FCNP yesterday. It was uplifting to hear from so many that you’re also looking for concrete steps to productively respond to the past 10 days. I am ready to pick myself up and practice what I preach. Tomorrow, the boys and I will be delivering early […]

Want to get involved or give back?

(1) Join a Board or Commission. I’ve made the plug before, but this really is a great way to dip your toes in local government and share your passion or expertise in a low time commitment, yet impactful way. Even if there is no current vacancy in the B&C you’re interested in, all meetings are open to the public so you are welcome to attend, observe, and share your thoughts. http://www.fallschurchva.gov/130/Boards-Commissions (2) Fill the Pipeline. November 2017 […]

Updates from Letty – Thoughts on the Week

Dear Friends, I was planning to take the week off from blog posts with no City Council meeting. But as I have been processing the results of the most consequential national election of my lifetime, I wanted to use my weekly outreach to share what’s on my mind, how I’m choosing to move forward, and offer a few outlets for those who are ready too. First, hearing from many in the community the past few […]

Updates from Letty – November 4, 2016

Dear Friends, This week’s update will be shorter than the past few editions – part news and part PSA as we all gear up for Election Day next week. The update section will be of interest to those following the GMHS/MEH campus project. We have no regular City Council meetings scheduled next week, so my updates will be on hiatus and back in your inboxes on November 18th. Feel free to reach out with questions or concerns […]

Updates from Letty – Oct 28, 2016

It’s proving to be a busy last few months of the year. This week’s City Council agenda was a packed one, and we only have 4 more regular meetings the rest of this calendar year with an ambitious docket of work: work sessions on 11/21 and 12/5 and regular meetings on […]

Updates from Letty – Oct 21, 2016

It was a busy week of city business – full of many interesting topics, like water towers, cottage housing, and FCC-TV and some drier topics like budget amendments and bond issuance. Before your eyes glaze over on budget and bonds – I tried to make it easy to understand and highlight the policy […]

Updates from Letty – Oct 14, 2016

We had a relatively light meeting week, so this week’s updates will be brief. As we count down to Election Day in 3 weeks, I want to make sure Falls Church citizens are well informed before heading to the polls about the library bond referendum. The League of Women Voters of Falls Church […]

Updates from Letty – Oct 7, 2016

After last week’s deep dive on the year end financial picture and proposed updates to financial policies, this week’s highlights will be lighter. The TL;DR version: A quick update on the GMHS/MEH Campus Planning discussion from Monday The City Hall project town hall that occurred last night – here’s a quick one-pager about the $18MM capital project Speaking […]