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County Board Appoints New Leadership, Looks Back on 2010

by ARLnow.com December 15, 2010 at 9:28 am 1,910 26 Comments

The county board reflected on 2010 at its meeting yesterday evening. Board members were treated to a five-minute year-in-review video prepared by the staff of the county’s cable channel.

From environmental initiatives to Long Bridge Park to Arlington’s “car free” push, the video’s unspoken, underlying message was that the county has remained proactive about pursuing larger policy and infrastructure goals despite the tough economic times. (The video never actually mentioned the economic climate.)

Also at yesterday’s meeting, the board announced, as expected, that it has selected Chris Zimmerman to take over as chairman on Jan. 1, succeeding Jay Fisette.

The board tapped Mary Hynes to succeed Zimmerman as vice chairman.

In Arlington, the chair and vice chair serve a one-year term, typically corresponding with whoever is up for re-election. Zimmerman was re-elected this year, and Hynes faces re-election in 2011.

  • cj

    Your “has elected” Chris Z. is premature. “Selected” would be correct. He will actually be elected on January 1st.

  • Bluemont John

    What a disappointment. Someday I hope we get single-member districts. I’m a Democract and a shamelss Obama lover (OK, not so much recently)–but this all-Dem board is ridiculous.

    All they care about is 1. Creating additional massive high-rises so the County can get the tax dollars with which to grow the County government and 2. adding additional affordable housing for the poorest of the poor–as in, recent immigrants from Central America.

    There. I said it. It’s the truth.

    Is there housing for, say, a couple in their early 30s making $100K/year combined? Not unless they want a 1BR condo. SFH? Forget it. Yet the Board doesn’t see that as a problem. In fact, they recently bought and tore down a 1BR SFH Cape Cod right next to BonAir Park–and it’s still a vacant lot. Whom did that serve?

    The County Board sees itself first and foremost as a human-services agency. I’m all for human services–but to a reasonable degree and done with transparency and fairness. I mean–if they *really* want to do more for poor people, we could sure use a homeless shelter/addiction treatment center in Arlandria. But the County would rather let them sleep at Central Library.

    And what about our overcrowded schools? The increase in crime near the Metro stops (and elsewhere–e.g., the recent bank robbery)?

    I’m a guy who generally favors big government–but this is ridiculous.

    • Aaron

      Wanting to spend taxpayer dollars wisely in order to address and resolve actual public problems shouldn’t be a partisan issue.

    • tuesdayschild

      Excellent comment!!

    • mehoo

      Well, yeah, John, but where would you put something other than a 1 BR condo? The county is built out. There’s not much room for any new housing except for building up, and that means mostly apartments and condos. Where you going to put new single family homes, in Bluemont Park?

      • Bluemont John

        They could at least avoid tearing down the existing small SFHs. I would be for a law preventing the construction of McMansions or the conversion of residential-zoned lots to commerical ones.

        But the county itself not tearing down small SFHs would be a good start!

        • mehoo

          As you know from your neighborhood, most existing SFH are torn down to make room for a new one, or more often two new ones. I don’t know of many SFH that are town down for commercial development or high density housing in this county – another positive effect of smart growth by the way.

    • bb

      SFH for a couple making $100k/year? Try most of South Arlington. I bought my place there by myself in March and I don’t make $100k/year. Unless of course you’re talking North Arlington. In that case, forget about it.

      • Jim

        ah — maybe in parts of Nauck — but you aren’t going to get a SFH in most of south Arlington if you make under a $100k… or, at least, no bank should give you a mortgage for a SFH in south arlington if you make under $100k.

        • mehoo

          I think you’re overstating your case.

    • LVGuy

      Even if you had district-elected officials, it would still be an all-Democratic board. Name one area of the county where Republicans outnumber Democrats. Maybe certain blocks, but that’s about it.

    • el fat kid

      completely agree with you…

  • TGEoA

    I still can’t believe the county has video production facilities. However I’m not surprised the CB would use it for their own self aggrandisement.

    • Vinh An Nguyen

      Most places do. They’re usually provided as a concession for granting a cable tv monopoly.

  • Burger

    Hack! Hack! what a complete joke video. I needed a laugh this morning and “the Arlington way” video supplied it.

  • NorthAdams

    i liked the fat zimmie more.

  • The Pope of South Arlington

    The county board should be forced to hold their meetings in a 1 bedroom basement apartment at Buchanan Gardens. After the meeting, Mr. Tejada can give them a tour and show them the joys of multiculturalism.

    • mehoo

      I’m so glad you SA riffraff are confined to the south. We do need to beef up security at the border though – there are just too many easy ways to get across Rte. 50.

  • Jim

    why does the county have a TV station?? waste of money?

    • Vinh An Nguyen

      See my comment at 9:53 am

      • Jim

        that still doesn’t explain why arlington SHOULD have one. because most places have one is a terrible reason.

        • mehoo

          It’s not a waste of money – as noted, they get it for free.

          They likely don’t have their own studio either, they probably use the same Arlington Community Media public access studio that anyone in the public can use – the one we all have access to as part of the cable franchise. Here, look it up: http://acmi.tv

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