Updates from Letty – December 15, 2017

And that’s a wrap! We concluded our City Council meetings of 2017 this week and cast important votes on budget guidance for FY19 and the City Hall project, so I’ll share how and why I voted on these two matters. The City Hall project now moves forward into the construction phase […]

Updates from Letty – December 8, 2018

​​ ​ Dear Friends, It’s hard to believe that budget season is already around the corner. This week, the City Council and School Board met for our annual joint session focused on budget planning for FY19 and other money matters. While we’re several months away from actual budget votes, staff has been […]

Updates from Letty – December 1, 2017

​​ ​ Dear Friends, As we kickoff the holiday season, I hope you’ve seen the new festive lighting in action, either driving through town or better yet, shopping and dining locally. The lights will now be up year round and change color with the season! Using new revenue from the hotel occupancy tax […]

Updates from Letty – November 17, 2017

​ Dear Friends, No rest of the weary, indeed. On the tails of the election (was it just last week??), we resumed city business with a long meeting on Monday and have packed weekly agendas ahead of our winter recess in mid December. Lots to cover this week, so grab a cup […]

Updates from Letty – November 10. 2017

​ Dear Friends, In lieu of my regular updates, I’ll direct you to the Guest Commentary I wrote in the FCNP this week, with my thoughts on the election and next steps for the GMHS project. For regular blog readers, you’ll see that many of the themes and steps I urge us to […]

Updates from Letty & Info Round Up #2 – November 3, 2017

​ Dear Friends, As we head into election weekend, this week’s post will include my final round up of information for the GMHS Bond Referendum. If you are undecided or have questions, I encourage you to read, click, and share with your friends and neighbors. I believe the most important part of this […]

Updates from Letty & Info Round Up #1 – October 27, 2017

​ Dear Friends, This weekend, we’ll be ten days out from Election Day. If you’re overwhelmed, still trying to catch up from the summer (me!), or new to my blog – I’ve rounded up links to voter guides and videos of candidate forums so you can get informed about our local candidates. Next week, I’ll do […]

Updates from Letty – October 20, 2017

​ Dear Friends, Between the weather finally feeling like fall, yard signs, and the intense debates, the home stretch of the fall election season is upon us. We had great citizen turnout at our walking tour of downtown Falls Church, and I’ll share highlights below. The big topic I’m writing about this week is RISK. […]

Updates from Letty – October 13, 2017

​ Dear Friends, Thank you for all of the great feedback about my recent GMHS posts (if you missed them see these posts: Timeline/Recap, FAQs, Fact vs Fiction). Keep sending me comments and questions, and I’ll do a final round-up in the coming weeks. Our democracy works best when people are informed and turn out to […]

Updates from Letty – September 29, 2017 + Fact vs Fiction

​ Dear Friends, Taking advantage of the lighter agenda we had, this week’s update will include “fact vs fiction” based on what I’m hearing around town. I’ll also explain the City’s year end financial report (including the “6 cents tax rate hike” you may have read), provide a few updates on the economic development […]

Updates from Letty – September 22, 2017

​​ Dear Friends, It’s been a whirlwind week in the Little City – it was great to see diverse turnout at last weekend’s events – the Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church, FCEF’s Run for the Schools, the Referendum debate, then our City Council work session Monday night. We then had a day to […]