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League Positions and Past Program Videos


Transportation Development and The Impacts on Falls Church

Presenters at the 2017 Transportation Forum: Falls Church City Commission and Assistant City Manager, VDOT, NVTC (Northern VA Transportation Commission), Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and Falls Church Citizens Advisory Commission on Transportation. Topics covered in this one hour and forty-five minute video: Transportation funding, expanding public transportation, mixed-use roadways, bike share, transportation funding, commute times, bus schedules and Metro upgrades, I-66 tolls, as well as local development and citizen's input of traffic concerns and how those concerns are handled.

Ring Around Falls Church: Planning and Transportation around the city

As mixed-use buildings, more people, and more cars move into Falls Church, the "little city" and city planners are considering ways that attract more families yet stay committed the small town feel. This video addresses infrastructure, zoning, and transportation.

Civic Creativity: Beyond Civic Engagement Finger-Wagging

Indications are American civic life is in crisis. This event was designed to move beyond complaining about the decline in civic life to laying the groundwork for its revitalization. The presentation is by Pete Davis, Harvard Law student and co-founder of Our Common Place of Falls Church.

Assessing the Relationship Between Money in Politics and Free Speech Under the First Amendment

This forum explores whether all or some political activity should constitute free speech protected under the First Amendment in contrast to recent Supreme Court rulings to allow unlimited spending in candidate elections that entirely discount an danger from undue influence other than quid pro quo corruption. Keynote Speaker: Tara Malloy, Deputy Executive Director, The Campaign Legal Center.

Why Redistricting Matters

Community Forum sponsored by the George Mason University School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, and co-sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters in both Falls Church and Arlington and the Northern Virginia chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

Why Redistricting Matters from Mason Schar School on Vimeo.

The Economic Impact of Medicaid Expansion

Tens of thousands of Virginians fall into the healthcare coverage gap because they do not qualify for Medicaid or another public program, do not receive coverage through their job, and do not qualify for subsidies to purchase insurance in the private market. In this panel, five distinguished speakers from government, business, and the health sector discuss the impact of the coverage gap on Virginians and the state's economy. Speakers (in order of appearance): Massey Whorley (Commonwealth Institute), Joe Flores (Virginia Secretariat of Health and Human Resources), Sheila Ryan (Arlington Free Clinic), Joe Vidulich (Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce), and Mary Margaret Whipple (Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association). The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Arlington in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Falls Church and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy's Northern Virginia chapter.

Extreme Realities

Unprecedented extreme weather events are leaving a trail of destruction throughout the world. Are these merely once in a hundred year storms or an early warning signal -- a tipping point? This film and panel discussion investigates the link between severe weather, climate change, and threats to our national security.


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Local Issues: Information Papers

Where Do Your City Tax Dollars Go? This handout provides a useful overview of the City's budget and current spending.

Where Do Falls Church City Budget Dollars Come From? This handout provides a useful overview on sources of revenue for the City.