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Toward a New Model of Arlington Civic Engagement

Peter Take is a weekly opinion column.

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Kudos to Jane Rudolph and Mark Schwartz for their forthright apology.

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The proposal cheap jordans online was highly contested for several reasons less green space, proximity to nearby homes, need and equity. Why, some cheap air jordan asked, did Aurora Highlands need a 6thplayground when 16 neighborhoods have none?

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Numerous community members suspected that there was something wrong with the community engagement process. This led to a January 9, 2016 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the County. Emails and other documents the County produced in response confirmed these suspicions.

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Numerous efforts were pursued (both publicly and with staff) to exclude, discredit and even falsely campaign against residents including stakeholders, working group members and active civic volunteers.

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cheap jordans 14 The Community Facilities report analyzed why Arlington needs to do better in this area. The County recent hiring of Bryna Helfer as its Assistant County Manager for Communications and Public Engagement is encouraging. But the Nelly Custis controversy indicates how much new thinking, processes and leadership are needed in order for Arlington to develop a new model of civic engagement. The County apology indicates progress cheap jordans 14.

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