On the Agenda is the podcast version of Agenda Alexandria, the premiere forum for examining issues affecting the city of Alexandria, Virginia without taking sides.
Reviewing the Police
Alexandria is about to create a new civilian review board for the Alexandria Police Department. Should the new review board have the power to subpoena witnesses and documents? What about the power to fire bad cops? Agenda Alexandria takes a look at the issue without taking sides. We're joined by former Alexandria Police Department Chief David Baker and Alexandria Gazette Packet editor Mary Kimm, who helped create a similar review board in Fairfax County.
Gerrymandering: Amendment One
Your ballot this fall has an amendment that will change how districts are drawn in Virginia for the General Assembly and for Congress. Instead of allowing the General Assembly to draw maps, the amendment will create a new 16-member commission to create political boundaries. Critics worry that the amendment does not require racial diversity on the commission, a problem considering Virginia’s recent history with racial gerrymandering. Supporters say the newly created commission is an improvement over the old way of doing things, where the party in power screws the political opponents, just like Elbridge Gerry did more than 200 years ago.
What is the city of Alexandria doing to ensure housing stays affordable for longtime residents, while new development and infrastructure projects in the area are increasing at a rapid pace. Helen McIlvaine from the Office of Housing in Alexandria, VA and Kayla Hornbrook from the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation join us to talk affordable housing.
What does Amazon's decision to locate in Arlington mean for Alexandria? What role - if any - did all that taxpayer money play in the decision? Tina Leone of the Ballston Business Improvement District and Michael Farren of the Mercatus Center join us to talk Amazon HQ2.