Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The former City Council candidate has joined the Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities, which will investigate the impact of sequestration on Virginia.
Gov. Bob McDonnell has created a new commission to examine the impact of federally mandated budget cuts on the commonwealth and has appointed Old Town Alexandria resident Bob Wood to the team. The new Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities will examine the “indiscriminant defense budget cuts due to sequestration,” which are expected to have a “potentially devastating impact in Virginia,” according to Executive Order No. 60 (2013). The order says that it is estimated Virginia could lose about 82,000 direct jobs at federal agencies and contractors and an additional 82,000 indirect jobs supported by business and personal spending. Northern Virginia is expected to absorb more than 60 percent of these losses, Hampton Roads …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Short-term recommendations approved; Shared-street concept draws skepticism.
Earlier this month, Alexandria City Council approved a series of short-term changes to Old Town’s Union Street corridor. The changes stem from a recommendation in the Waterfront Small Area Plan that the city review vehicular, pedestrian and other impacts along one of Old Town’s busiest streets between Jones Point Park and Pendleton Street. One of the more transformative recommendations is to design, with input from the community, a pedestrian plaza on the south side of the unit block of King Street next to Mai Thai and Starbucks. Other short-term recommendations include: Council also adopted an amendment to institute improvements at the intersection of Franklin and Union streets. Long-term recommendations of the plan call for pursuing a …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Residents from across the city endorse Republican Bob Wood for City Council.
Monday, October 29, 2012
To the Editor: Over the past two years, a large number of Alexandria’s residents have become actively involved in the city’s development. Today, the Vision of the City in the 2010 City Council Strategic Plan is demonstrated to be without integrity; and the city short on the ability to plan or implement without major error (BRAC) or deliberate ignorance (Waterfront). What are the main elements of the council’s Vision of the City: Diverse – Historic – Beautiful and Unique Neighborhoods - Urban Villages - Great Community. It is a challenge to the imagination to believe that this vision remains a top priority for City Hall. This election for City Council gives Alexandria city residents the most timely and best opportunity to tip the scale, …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Alexandrian Mark Coombs says local Republican candidates as well as one independent have his vote this election.
Friday, October 26, 2012
To the Editor: I am a 26-year-old Alexandrian. Like many who call Alexandria home, I did not always have the privilege; it took but one trip into Old Town a few years ago, however, for my wife and me both to fall hopelessly, head-over-heels in love with the city cited by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as “one of the most culturally rich destinations in the country.” Alexandria is a community, simply stated, with singularly inimitable character. Of the 12 candidates running for City Council, three rise above the rest in their appreciation for — and commitment to conserving — this character: Frank Fannon, Alicia Hughes and Bob Wood. Together with former Vice Mayor Andrew Macdonald, who is running to replace the incumbent Mayor …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The group is supporting John Taylor Chapman, Tim Lovain, Del Pepper, Paul Smedberg, Justin Wilson and Bob Wood in their bids to win a seat this November.
The Mount Vernon Group of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed six candidates running for a seat on the Alexandria City Council in the November election: Democrats John Chapman, Tim Lovain, Del Pepper, Paul Smedberg, Justin Wilson and Republican Bob Wood. The environmental advocacy group made its endorsements after reviewing candidates’ answers to club questionnaires and interviews with members of its executive committee. The club said it makes its endorsements on a nonpartisan basis. The review included an evaluation of each candidate’s environmental record and “ability to run a viable campaign,” according to the Sierra Club. The questionnaire considered candidate views of top environmental priorities for the city; complex…
Monday, October 1, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Alexandria.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Old Town Alexandria Patch, Del Ray Patch and West End Alexandria Patch are devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates. Voting Information For complete information on voting on election day, including information on the new Virginia voter ID laws, see the election section on the city's website. Not sure of your polling place? Fill out your voter information on the Virginia Election and Registration Information System website. Alexandria Mayor, City Council and School Board Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, a Democrat, is seeking a fourth term in the …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The 12 candidates for Alexandria City Council shared a stage for first time Wednesday night at Francis Hammond Middle School.
The 12 candidates for Alexandria City Council shared a stage for the first time Wednesday night at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, tackling questions in a forum organized by members of several citizens associations from the city’s West End. Sitting in the shadow of the new location for the Washington Headquarters Service called BRAC-133, discussion of how it was decided in 2008 that the massive office complex would be built away from transit just off Interstate 395 became the biggest point of contention in a forum that aimed to help voters decide who will represent the city in 2013. First-time candidate Bob Wood (R) drew the earliest and one of the larger applauses of the evening when he called BRAC-133 “the biggest planning failure” in…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Alexandrian Bob Wood, who worked at the Pentagon in 2001, will attend city's Remembrance Day for first responders with his family.
Alexandrian Bob Wood was working at the Pentagon as a top U.S. Army strategic planner in 2001. “I had cancelled a meeting after the first hit,” Wood recalls. “My daughters had called to warn me and I had reassured them … Just as I hung up, with no warning, the plane hit the Pentagon.” Wood and his family are encouraging people to attend the city’s Remembrance Day ceremony Tuesday, in honor of the first responders on September 11. “It’s important for Alexandrians to remember that day – a day of sacrifice for those who lost their lives and a day of service for first responders,” he said. Wood had closed his office door to review a document when the plane hit, he recalled this week. “The plane hit below my office. It was a matter of getting …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Republican Bob Wood says the city needs better guidance, direction, planning and communication.
Republican candidate for City Council Bob Wood called for a “reset” to City Hall on Thursday night before a packed courtyard at Gadsby’s Tavern. “We all love this city, its neighborhoods, its diversity… its history… its educated community. … We rally around issues that are important to us,” he said, adding that there’s been enough of city planning that “makes us not neighbors but enemies.” Wood, a graduate of West Point and a retired military leader who holds an economics degree, said he has worked on putting communities together in Bosnia, Germany and other areas and it can be done in Alexandria. “We see plans without citizen engagement and analysis,” he said. “Why are we rushing to failure?” He cited the installation of the controversial…
Friday, June 8, 2012
City's PTA Council asks candidates about issues facing Alexandria City Public Schools.
1:30 p.m. update — Del Pepper turned in her survey Friday afternoon. Her completed questionnaire is attached to this story. To read it, click on the PDF file on the right. — — — — The PTA Council of Alexandria distributed a candidate survey concerning school issues to all 14 candidates running in the Democratic primary for City Council. The survey asks candidates 11 questions, including their experiences with Alexandria City Public Schools, their thoughts on the relationship between council and the School Board, and on issues of school-capacity and pupil spending. As of Wednesday, all but incumbent Del Pepper returned the questionnaire to the PTA Council. The surveys are posted on the Cora Kelly Elementary School PTA website. The PTA …