Updates from Letty – April 29, 2016

What a week it’s been! The big news of course was the FY17 budget vote, my first and a tough one (are there ever any easy budgets?) Reasonable people can disagree, and I am grateful for not only the kind words and support I’ve received, but also the healthy and constructive discussions before and […]

My remarks from last night’s budget vote

Exactly a year ago, some of you may remember that I was on the other side of the dais, as a mom speaking and writing to City Council – like many of you tonight – to fully fund the school budget in order to pay for teacher raises and lobbied friends and neighbors to do the same. I am an ardent supporter of our schools and believe in the value of public education in our […]

Tough choices – recap from last budget work session

Last night’s budget recap: City Council wrapped up our last budget work session, ahead of the final vote next Monday. There was a majority of us who had stated that we wanted to see more fiscal prudence in both general government and school budgets (myself included) in the face of staggering tax increases that will be coming to fund long neglected infrastructure – eg, the GMHS project (5-15 cents on the tax rate), Library (2 […]

Updates from Letty – April 15, 2016

It was indeed a full City Council meeting and week, as we had GMHS/MEH, budget, City Hall, and the long-discussed West Broad Area Plan and W&OD Plan on the agenda. We are heading into the home stretch of the budget season, with our final work sessions next week ahead of the […]

Updates from Letty – April 8, 2016

Dear friends, Next week’s City Council meeting agenda includes a number of important votes, so today’s update will focus on those key topics. With votes planned for the GMHS/MEH project, City Hall, West Broad Area Plan, W&OD Master Plan, and public comments on the budget – next Monday appears to be one of the busiest and […]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Last Monday night, the community a “planted” a pinwheel Garden at the entrance of Cherry Hill Park in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. We had a great turnout – thank you to everyone for showing support for this important community dedication, and especially to City Staff in spearheading this effort and being so receptive to ideas and bringing this to Falls Church. This has been a national event since 1983, and I’m so glad to […]