Thursday, June 14, 2012
Katy Cannady, a leader of local PAC Alexandrians for a Livable City, applauds the successes of those she endorsed and for addressing issues like affordable housing.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
To the Editor: On behalf of Alexandrians for a Livable City, I congratulate Allison Silberberg for her successful campaign for a Democratic Party nomination to run for City Council in November. Allison attracted a wide array of voters with her message of reasonable discourse and compromise as a part of public policy. I expect her conduct of her office (if she is elected in November) to be gracious and inclusive toward voters. I predict that she will emulate the Hon. Patsy Ticer in her public demeanor. It is also worth mentioning that in running for Council as a first time candidate, she ran near the top in the order of finish, ahead of two incumbent Council members. We also congratulate our other candidates, Victoria Menjivar, Sammie …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The 14 candidates debate for the last time before the June 12 primary.
Alexandria’s 14 Democratic candidates squared off once again shoulder-to-shoulder at the final Alexandria Democratic Committee debate before the June 12 primary. Candidates expressed concern with challenges faced by many jurisdictions in Northern Virginia—education, fiscal responsibility, transportation and traffic, density and development, infrastructure and affordable housing, among other topics. Sorenson Institute Executive Director Bob Gibson moderated the panel at George Washington Middle School before a packed house that spilled over into the auditorium’s balcony. Some of the questions were generated through a partnership with ACTion Alexandria, where participants could submit questions online in advance. Most candidates when asked …
Monday, May 28, 2012
Rosemont resident Katy Cannady says the PAC Alexandrians for a Livable City has wisely endorsed five candidates, none of whom currently hold council office.
Monday, May 28, 2012
To the Editor: The first Democratic Primary for City Council candidates in living memory will draw many more voters to the polls on June 12 than the party caucus that chose Democratic candidates in the past. The opportunity to run in a primary has also attracted a herd of candidates, 14 in all. We also have three different political action committees (PACs). The one I help to lead, Alexandrians for a Livable City, believes that decisions made by the incumbent Council members and also those who served on the previous Council have not served our city well. We have endorsed five candidates, Victoria Menjivar, Sammie Moshenberg, Arthur Peabody, Allison Silberberg and Boyd Walker. We did not bestow a sixth endorsement because only these five …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Alexandria City Council candidate Sammie Moshenberg (D) encourages current councilmembers to vote against the Beauregard Small Area Plan.
Friday, May 11, 2012
To the editor: At Wednesday night’s Alexandria Democratic Committee City Council candidate debate, virtually everyone signaled the importance of addressing affordable housing in Alexandria. From the outset, some of us had said the Alexandria faces a crisis in affordable and workforce housing and in its treatment of low-income and working families and communities. Now, with different solutions and plans, almost everyone agrees. Words are fine, actions speak louder. Many candidates argued that 'smart growth' means locating density around Metro stations and hubs. I agree. That’s why I oppose the Beauregard Small Area Plan. It’s a high-density project with absolutely no Metro station in sight. Absolutely none. Not now. Not ever. I encourage …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
All fourteen Democratic candidates participate in the first of two forums put on by the Alexandria Democratic Committee.
The Alexandria Democratic Committee held the first of two City Council candidate debates Wednesday night at Francis Hammond Middle School. Bob Gibson, executive director of the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia, served as moderator. The rapid-fire debate format gave all 14 candidates a chance to address a variety of topics and even ask questions to each other. The candidates are squarring off for six nominations that will be determined June 12 in a citywide primary. Here is some of what each candidate had to say on Wednesday night: John Chapman A lifelong Alexandrian and currently a school administrator in Fairfax County, Chapman said improving the city’s education system and making positive changes in affordable housing are…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Victoria Menjivar, an Alexandria City Public Schools employee and mother of two, has advocated for housing and education.
Warwick Village resident Victoria Menjivar is entering the race for Alexandria City Council because she feels the issues she has focused on as a community activist for more than a quarter century are at the forefront of the upcoming election. “I’ve been involved in community work for many years, all 26 years I have lived in the city,” said Menjivar, a Democrat. "The challenges of housing and education have been a focus. I thought it was about time to bring everything I’ve been doing here in the city to the next level.” Born in El Salvador, Menjivar immigrated to the United States in 1980. She currently holds a support staff position with Alexandria City Public Schools and is the mother of two ACPS students. She has never run for political …
Monday, April 2, 2012
About 100 people turned out in Market Square on Sunday evening to express support for the slain Florida teen and his family.
About 100 supporters of Trayvon Martin turned out in Market Square on Sunday evening to express support for the slain Florida teen and his family and to make a statement about social justice today. Martin, an African-American, was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman while Martin was walking through a gated community. The shooting has spurred racial tensions around the country. The Justice for Trayvon Committee hosted the event and member Paul Friedman spoke followed by a moment of silence at 7:15 p.m., around the time when Martin was shot on Feb. 26. Mayor Bill Euille also addressed the crowd in front of City Hall, saying it’s important to seek justice, fairness and equity and to show love and respect in regards to …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Hume Springs resident has been an advocate for low-income housing, affordable quality health services and maintaining diversity.
Hume Springs resident Sammie Moshenberg (D) is jumping into the Alexandria City Council race because she believes the city is at an important turning point. “There are issues before council that could change the character of the city,” she said. “[The Beauregard Small Area Plan] has the possibility of really displacing a number of low-income and moderate-income residents and I don’t particularly want to see Alexandria turn into Ballston.” Moshenberg, 61, has lived in Alexandria for 29 years. In her time in the city, Moshenberg said she has worked as a civic activist advocating for “affordable housing, low-income housing, access to affordable quality health services and maintaining diversity.” She was also active in a campaign for a living…