Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com March 17, 2011 at 6:00 am 1,693 4 Comments

Spring Cleaning For Bikes — Forecasts suggest we’re in for two very nice days to end the work week. It’s going to be warm enough that many seasonal cyclists may be thinking about dusting off their bike for a spin. Local cycling advocate Mark Blacknell has advice for getting your bike into proper riding condition after a winter in storage. [Patch]

Gas Company Urges Residents to Report Leaks — A public forum about gas leaks didn’t attract a large crowd, but it did feature officials from Washington Gas who asked residents to report leaks as soon as they smell them. [Sun Gazette]

Construction on Ballston Development Moving Along — Work is well underway on a new 10-story, 316,000 square foot office building at 800 North Glebe Road in Ballston, the former site of Bob Peck Chevrolet. Tenants are expected to start moving in next March. [CityBiz]

Arlington Wins Transparency Award — Arlington County has received a 2011 “Sunny Award” from the nonprofit Sunshine Review. The honor is bestowed on dozens of local governments each year for transparency on the web. Arlington’s web site earned a “perfect website transparency score” from the organization, which is dedicated to state and local government transparency. [Sunshine Review]

Flickr photo by Cobalt123

  • The Leprechaun

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  • LyonSteve

    Maybe their website is transparent, but the county board sure isn’t!

    • 4Arl

      Sunshine Review sounds good, but I’m not so sure how reliable or useful the information is. They use a wiki format that anyone can edit, and it’s not clear anyone was able to spend much time on research for Arlington. For example they claim the maximum Arlington county manager salary is $200,000.
      It looks like the basis for the award is having a checklist of specific items present on the website. But the checklist description is telling, “if it’s there, then it’s transparent.” Posting basic information, like contact info, term of office, party, etc. for elected officials, is a pretty low bar- I’d hate to see the websites of one of the low-scorers.
      But here’s a start to a list of information to be posted for a real A+ score:
      1. Why did they force Michael Brown out?
      Other suggestions?

  • CW



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