Sunday, October 18, 2009

2009 RAFOM/NRCA Candidates' Forum

The Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights Civic Association (RAFOM) meeting on Oct. 15, 2009 began with approval of the minutes for last month's meeting. With respect to neighborhood signs, the minutes for last month's meeting record:
RAFOM Vice President Patricia Darneille noted that persons are now voting on the two options. There was a discussion whether people should be required to be RAFOM members in order to vote. It was agreed that voting wouldn't be linked to membership, if technologically practicable.
Careful readers of the Ode Street Tribune will recognize that this record of the September meeting is not quite accurate (compare it to this first-hand, contemporary news report). But that's no big deal. The good news is that voting on the neighborhood signs is now open to all neighborhood residents, without additional conditions. Moreover, the period for voting has been extended to Oct. 24. Neighborhood residents can conveniently vote online here.

The meeting discussed airplane noise.  Residents are complaining of noise from airplanes taking off and landing at Reagan National Airport.  RAFOM President Stan Karsen reported that new routing of airplanes over the river is being phased in, and airplane noise is expected to lessen by the beginning of next year.  

RAFOM and the North Rosslyn Civic Association (NRCA) jointly sponsored a candidates' forum for the upcoming general election.  Candidates for seats on the Arlington School Board, the Arlington County Board, and the Virginia House of Delegates gave presentations and answered questions from the audience.  Below are links to video of the candidates' presentations and rebuttal statements, where applicable.

Candidate for Arlington County School Board (unopposed):
Candidates for a seat on the Arlington County Board:
Candidates for Delegate to the Virginia House of Delegates, 48'th District (includes Rosslyn):

The election is on November 3. Vote!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the Ode Street Tribune. The power of a free press as exercised by the Ode Street Tribune and its fearless, crusading editor, is no doubt what opened up the voting at RAFOM. Congratulations.

Douglas Galbi said...

Thanks anon, and three cheers for a free press!