The new year is off to a busy start. I wanted to share a couple of time sensitive items with you.
DC Protests – January 6th
We are asking all residents to stay safe and refrain from counter-protesting in Washington D.C. on January 6, tomorrow, when far-right extremist groups are expected to gather in large numbers to protest what they falsely claim to be widespread voter fraud in the November 3, 2020, presidential election. Mayor Bowser has asked that people not come to the city to counter-protest and we strongly support her request.
Vaccinations and our next Covid-19 Work Session
Everyone is understandably anxious to know when they can expect to be vaccinated for Covid-19. A lot of information can be found on our Covid-19 webpage, which is updated regularly as this is a constantly changing situation. Much still needs to be worked out about local vaccinations. We will hold our next regular Covid work session with our staff at 3 pm on January 12. If you have any questions you would like me to ask our staff, please let me know.
Board Organizational Meeting
As many of you probably know, we elected our new Board leadership team for 2021, Matt De Ferranti as Chair and Katie Cristol as Vice-Chair. I know they will make a strong leadership team for us.
As outgoing chair, I opened the meeting by thanking the community, staff, and my colleagues for working together to get through a year that challenged us like no other in our memory. 2020 really was a challenging year and I am proud of what Arlington County accomplished, despite the many problems that were not solved or remain to be solved, especially the need to get students back in school. Matt did a great job leading us off with a few administrative votes and remarks. Our new year’s remarks can be read on the County webpage: https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/matt-de-ferranti-named-2021-arlington-county-board-chair/
After the meeting, we continued our new tradition and joined the Civic Federation for their January meeting. There was a good discussion on many questions from Civic Federation members.
As always, I welcome your comments and thoughts.