Updates from Letty – July 31, 2020

In a season of too many losses already, the passing of our friend and colleague Dan Sze this week has been especially tough. Even though we can’t gather to mourn the loss, we will continue to reflect on his contributions to our community and keep his family in your thoughts. […]

Updates from Letty – July 24, 2020

As expected, we had a packed agenda in our City Council work session with the topics I previewed last week. This week’s post will cover updates on the Broad & Washington (Whole Foods), gun legislation, and a potpourri of other updates. Before jumping into city business, I want to acknowledge […]

Updates from Letty – July 17, 2020

This week’s post will be a little different than typical. Our meeting this week was pretty cut and dry and we have a packed work session on Monday, so instead of recapping this week – I’m going to spend more time on the upcoming topics, some of which I know […]

Updates from Letty – July 10, 2020

It’s been nearly 4 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we’ve lost an entire spring and too many lives, jobs, and sacrifices all around. While new positive cases in Falls Church have significantly slowed and Virginia has made progress on testing, tracing, and hospital capacity – we […]

Excerpt from a house deed located in the City of Falls Church

Updates from Letty – June 26, 2020

You’ve marched, donated, signed petitions, ordered new books. Now what? If your social media feeds and neighborhood chatter are like mine, the cynical part of me worries that this activism is already fading. Easy wins like new band-aid colors and bringing down monuments by themselves are hollow. How will you […]

Updates from Letty – June 19, 2020

Today is Juneteenth, the first observance of the holiday in Virginia and the City of Falls Church. As more become more aware of Juneteenth, it’s important to learn about its significance (my kids will watch this read-aloud after breakfast). Juneteenth is not the day that enslaved people were freed or the […]

Updates from Letty – June 12, 2020

After a week of amazing turnouts for racial justice, I am proud to see our community so loudly stand on the right side of history. Falls Church is now one of the first cities in the region to have accepted President Obama’s pledge on police reform. Chief Gavin is an exceptional, humble […]

Updates from Letty – June 4, 2020

With no City Council meeting this week, I debated taking a week off to use this platform judiciously to let other voices be heard. Like the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been paralyzed by the enormity of the job ahead. There is much to learn and many worthy causes to […]

Updates from Letty – May 29, 2020

Today marks an important turning point in the pandemic – Northern Virginia has entered Phase 1 re-opening, which is a tiptoe and not yet a complete re-opening. Read on for the specific restrictions still in place and what you can expect from businesses. The US also surpassed another grim milestone […]

Updates from Letty – May 22, 2020

Ahead of this holiday weekend, I know this year’s start to summer just won’t be the same. In lieu of our annual Memorial Day festivities that have been canceled, I hope you’ll take a moment to join the City’s virtual observances to reflect on the sacrifices of many soldiers and families. […]

Updates from Letty – May 15, 2020

The big news, which you’ve liked heard by now, is that Virginia is slowly re-opening today (Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan), with the exception of Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Accomack County (latter two were added yesterday) due to local leaders appealing to the Governor that we have not […]

Updates from Letty – May 8, 2020

Today marks eight weeks since the beginning of the pandemic closures in Falls Church. It’s not the kind of milestone anyone wants to celebrate, so I will cut to the chase this week. 1. Small Business Saturday – we declared every Saturday of May as “Small Business Saturday 2.0” in Falls […]