From the Clarendon-Courthouse-Rosslyn Patch: The Arlington County Board is set to vote Tuesday on a recommendation by the county transportation department to award a major streetcar contract, to HDR Engineering Inc. of New Jersey. The company planned and designed transit systems in New Orleans and Tucson, and helped manage the construction and design of the…

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For Immediate Release Tues. September 23, 2014 Independent Arlington County Board Member John Vihstadt today sharply criticized the County Board?s 3-2 vote to award a $26 million contract to HDR Engineering, Inc., for the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects. Vihstadt was joined by Democratic colleague Libby Garvey in voting against the contract. Vihstadt…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2014 VIHSTADT PRESSES FOR NEW GIFT BAN Arlington County Board member John Vihstadt is calling for a firmer and more specific ethics policy regarding gifts to either county board members or county employees. Vihstadt, an Independent running for re-election Nov. 4, said, ?Arlington must signal its commitment to foster the…

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From Inside NOVA: Editor: In a letter to the Sun Gazette, County Board Chairman Jay Fisette tried to defend spending over half a billion dollars on streetcars. I disagree. Streetcars make neither transit nor economic sense. The estimated costs for the Columbia Pike streetcar alone have roughly tripled. The 7.4 miles of streetcars now planned…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2014 VIHSTADT ON DC OLYMPICS: TAXPAYERS, SCHOOLS COME FIRST Arlington County Board Member John Vihstadt?s comments on Board Chairman Jay Fisette?s statement regarding the 2024 Olympics: ?While I?m a big fan of the Olympics, my first obligation as a County Board member is toArlington taxpayers,? Vihstadt said. ?We have more…

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VIHSTADT CHALLENGES LATEST HOWZE STREETCAR DEFENSE “Let’s be careful about who is calling whom divisive,” Arlington County Board member and streetcar foe John Vihstadt said today in response to a press release issued Wednesday by opponent Alan Howze. “We have a strong contingent of voters who oppose streetcars, and are ready to vote in November.”…

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