Morning Notes

Clouds over Penrose Square (Flickr pool photo by Jason Gooljar)

HQ2 Workforce Shrinks — “Amazon has fallen so far behind schedule in creating new jobs at its Northern Virginia headquarters that its workforce at those offices shrank last year, the company confirmed… Sullivan said Amazon has not abandoned its target of 25,000 jobs, though a company spokesperson later clarified that it would look to meet that goal by 2038. She called HQ2 ‘a long-term investment’ and noted that there are 1,000 open positions for the campus.” [Washington Post]

Fire Union Seeking Wage Hike — “47 firefighters were unable to go home to their families this past weekend. #ACFD is at critical staffing levels, and the challenges posed by attrition and vacancies have reached historic proportions. It’s time for the County Board to take decisive action.” [Twitter]

Legion Baseball Coach Quits — “Bob Romano’s long and successful run as the field manager of Arlington’s American Legion summer baseball team has ended… Romano had planned to coach the team again this summer, having already done all of the preseason planning, like setting up a roster and securing field assignments. He changed his mind, and also stepped down as the team’s administrator because of some previous issues with state American Legion administrators, that were not baseball related.” [Gazette Leader]

Best GOP Fundraising Since 2016 — “Arlington Republicans raised $10,542.00 in the 1st Quarter of 2024. By comparison, the Committee raised $1,389.00 in 2023, $6,316.00 in 2022, $3,306.00 in 2021, and $4,910.00 in 2020 in the same period. The Arlington GOP raised $16,058.50 in the 1st Quarter in 2016.” [Press Release]

Library Launches New Art Program — “Arlington Public Library launched a new art program—The Incubator—to provide opportunities and space for artists to showcase their work in a public setting. Each library location features opportunities for artists to display their artwork and to engage the public.” [Press Release]

Refinancing for Office Buildings — “Monday Properties has refinanced two Northern Virginia office towers, including Nestle USA’s headquarters in Rosslyn, which recently averted foreclosure, for a combined $206 million. The company secured a five-year, fixed-rate commercial mortgage-backed security from Citi Real Estate Funding Inc.” [Washington Business Journal, Press Release]

Only Parents on School Board? — “When it comes to proposed revisions to the Arlington School Board’s policy governing its own membership, one local resident has an intriguing proposition. Why not, this resident suggested, require that only parents of current students in the county school system be allowed to serve on the School Board?” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Wednesday — Expect cloudy skies, a high near 70 accompanied by a southeast wind at 5-7 mph, and showers with possible thunderstorms after 5pm. Precipitation chance stands at 70%, with new rainfall amounts generally under a tenth of an inch, although higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms. On Wednesday night, chances of showers and thunderstorms continue. Otherwise, the night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 59, southeast wind at 6-8 mph, and a 60% chance of precipitation. [NWS]

Flickr pool photo by Jason Gooljar