Updates from Letty – January 14, 2022

Happy 2022 – I hope you are staying healthy and well. City Council held our organizational meeting this week and elected new leadership. Mayor Tarter was re-elected and I was elected to serve as Vice Mayor for the next two years. It’s not something I’ve pursued or aspired to do, […]

Updates from Letty – December 17, 2021

As expected, our last City Council meeting of 2021 was packed, our first 1 am+ meeting in recent memory. We took a number of 7-0 votes, but this is another instance where the thorough discussion and differing opinions in the 6 hours may not be apparent behind unanimous votes. So […]

Updates from Letty – December 10, 2021

It’s been a busy few weeks since Thanksgiving, so there’s a lot of ground to cover – the budget, your tax bill next year, big votes coming up, and tacos. I’ll jump right in. This week’s post will cover: Annual joint session with the School Board – next year’s revenue […]

Updates from Letty – November 19, 2021

We had a jam-packed work session this week. We have three meetings left in 2021 and expect similarly heavy agendas before we recess in mid December for the holidays. For the non-night owls, the good news is that you can always catch recordings of our meetings (or read these posts) and […]

Updates from Letty – November 12, 2021

After the election, City Council was back in the saddle this week. Congratulations to my new and returning colleagues and a big thanks to all of the candidates who selflessly stepped forward to run for office. This week’s TL;DR: We covered one of my favorite regular topics – our City […]

Updates from Letty – October 29, 2021

It’s the final weekend before Election Day, so I hope you’ve either already voted or have plans to vote today/tomorrow/Tuesday. Yes, today and tomorrow are the last two days of early voting at City Hall – no excuse needed. Everything you need to know about Election Day is here and […]

Updates from Letty – October 22, 2021

This week’s update will be heavy on dollars and cents. If you care about the city’s finances, how we fared during the COVID year, or the plans for the federal COVID relief money we’re receiving, I hope you’ll read on. Sometimes budget-speak makes eyes glaze over, so I’ve been committed […]

Updates from Letty – October 15, 2021

Given the attention on the election in a few weeks*, City Council’s work session topics likely won’t get much attention. But I hope you’ll read on as I think one of our topics – carbon emissions and what we should do about it – should rank as one of the […]

Updates from Letty – October 8, 2021

I learned a sobering statistic this week. In the US, more people have died from COVID in 2021 than in 2020. And an overwhelming majority from 2021 were likely preventable given the prevalence of vaccines this year. (Thankfully, this isn’t the case in Falls Church – our city’s vaccination rate […]

Updates from Letty – October 1, 2021

I hope everyone is enjoying the delightful fall weather. We blinked and somehow it’s October 2021, and we find ourselves still in the pandemic, albeit the “new normal” where we’re cautiously resuming community gatherings and fall traditions. This week, I was reminded of the value of seemingly ceremonial items like […]

Updates from Letty – September 24, 2021

Without much fanfare, we returned to City Hall for our first in person work session. Next week will be our first regular meeting – which are when we hold public hearings, take comments, and cast votes. The public is welcome to attend in person at City Hall (masking and distancing […]