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The Civic Voice

Newsletter of the Arlington County Civic Federation

June, 2001 - Volume 85, No. 10

Public Safety Chiefs To Visit June Meeting

Annual Elections Set For Federation�s June Gathering

    June General Meeting
    7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 5
    Arlington Hospital, Hazel Auditorium
    1701 N. George Mason Drive

We will wrap up our civic-year this month at the June meeting. That means we will conduct our annual elections and also ask our members to tell us what they liked about this year and what they want the Federation to do in the following year. Here�s the program schedule for June:
-- June Meeting Program --

Annual Election of Officers

Public Safety Program

2000-2001 Year End Wrap-Up

More information about the elections and our program is inside this edition.

Neighborhood Day - A Super Event!

You can view some pictures of the event taken by our Executive Committee Chair, Pat Smaldore

And � if you missed the parade entirely, it will be replaying 4 times each Friday on Cable Channel 31 throughout this coming month, starting at noon on June 1st.

For those who completely missed our Neighborhood Day activities � ACCF civic organizations hosted a wide variety of activities ranging from park clean-ups, and community yard sales to helping seniors spruce up their yards. The parade rated a �Thumbs Up� by the Sun Gazette�s editor for the Civic Federation. We reached out to our new neighbors from other nations with an impressive variety of cultures (credit goes to Walter Tejada) in the parade and at the festival in the courtyard of the County Building. We wrapped the evening up at Fort Myer with a truly moving ceremony by the Army conducted in honor of Arlington. It was all nicely done!

Elections At June Meeting

At our April meeting, the membership elected a Nominating Committee comprised of Tim Wise, Frances Finta, Wayne Kubicki, Ann Rudd and Sue Zajac. The purpose of this committee was to search out and select candidates for the Federation�s election of officers for the coming year. The work of the committee isn�t always easy as they look for delegates from member organizations who have a desire to serve and can commit to the extra hours of volunteer time. This year work was not any easier than expected. The Committee Chair, Tim Wise, reports that the committee worked hard to seek out new faces to serve as officers. They came up with a slate of names (some new, some familiar) for this year�s candidates, which is listed below. This list is by no means the final word on who gets elected. It�s just insurance that we�ll have enough names to fill all the spots. At June�s meeting, we will open the floor to additional nominations. So � for now, the Nominating Committee�s proposed nominees:

    Slate of Nominees (Not Final)

      Nominee for President: Jim Pebley

      Nominee for Vice President: Dan Krasnegor

      Nominee for Secretary: Tim Wise

      Nominee for Treasurer Frances Finta:

      Nominees for Executive Committee (Five):

        Kim Smith
        Mileva Hartman
        Patrick Smaldore
        Robert Atkins
        Roger Meyer

Public Safety Chiefs Visit In June

If you remember last year�s Public Safety meeting, you will recall it was a real eye-opener. We had some very frank presentations by the Fire Chief and Deputy Chief of Police. This year we�ve decided to expand the discussions to include the Sheriff and Head of the Emergency Communications Center (ECC). The meeting format will be the same. We will ask them to each give us a ten minute summary on the �State of Public Safety in Arlington.� We plan to follow that with 45 minutes of questions and answers (questions will be limited, as always, to delegates and alternates). The Public Safety Committee has done a lot of work looking at what the concerns of our member organizations are and developed a list of topics that we have forwarded to our guests in advance of the meeting. Here are a few of the questions the Federation has forwarded:

For the Police Department

    1) What is the Triad Program and how does it work?

    2) Staffing � We�ve heard staffing was down 30 sworn officers. What is the status of staffing now?

    3) Crime trends -- what types of crime does summer bring, and what can citizens do to avoid becoming a victim of some of these crimes? What can you tell us about Identity Theft? Credit card fraud?

For the Fire Department

    1) Since 1991, how many new employees have been added to the Fire Department?

    2) We understand you are striving toward having all your personnel cross-trained -- fire and EMS. How is that progressing?

    3) With Arlington's aging population, including all the Baby-boomers who are entering middle and beyond-age, what effect will this have on calls for service?

    4) What exactly happens when a hospital is on emergency or critical care by-pass status? What are the EMS personnel instructed to do? What are the hospitals obligated to do?

    5) We understand that Fairfax has fire-engineering plans for all its buildings. Does Arlington? Where are they housed? How accessible are they?

    7) The Tri-Data Study indicated you needed 25 new personnel immediately. Realistically, how many people could you effectively add each year?

For the Sheriff�s Department

    1) What trends are you seeing in the ages of the jail population?

    2) Are sentences for drug crimes increasing or decreasing?

    3) What trends are you seeing in gang related incidents?

    4) What types of rehabilitative programs are now in effect for the jail population? Have you done any recidivism studies?


    1) How many calls on average did you handle before use of cell phones became the norm? How many calls are you averaging today? Can you break these down by category -- i.e., emergency (fire, police, ambulance); non-emergency?

    2) Your staffing was down an estimated 30% several months ago. What is it now?

    3) Can you please describe what happens when one of your personnel receives a 911 call for police? For ambulance? For fire?

    4) Several dramatic stories have appeared in the press recently about the heroic actions of your staff. These types of situations have to produce a great deal of stress. What types of staff programs are available should the need to decompress occur?

West Nile Virus Lookout!

While we were happy to see the drought cut short by the recent series of rainstorms hitting the area � another threat may appear in Arlington � West Nile Virus. The recent rains have left behind standing pools of water, which can provide breeding sites for Asian Tiger Mosquitoes. The mosquitoes can transmit the virus between people and birds, which carry the virus. Members who find dead birds that appear to have died from natural causes should call the Animal Welfare League at 703-931-9241 to report it. If you� d like a visit to your organization�s next meeting by County Health Services for a presentation on the West Nile Virus threat, contact them at 703-228-7395. And, most importantly � get rid of that standing water!

President's Notes

Well � this year has flown by. While keeping up with all the extra duties has been a challenge, the reward has been working with a truly great group of people � the Federation�s officers and committee chairs. While we won�t be holding membership meetings in July and August, we do have some activities planned you may want to join...

  • Civic Association�s Web Page.� It�s scheduled for July 28th, 1-5p.m. at the Technology Enterprise Community Center in the Littman Law Offices 1st floor at 3717 Columbia Pike. Contact Jay for details by phone 703-920-5193 or an email to jay+

  • County Fair Booth, Aug 16-19 -- This year, as last, we will have a Fair booth to spread the word about the Federation and its member organizations. Organization Presidents � make sure to get us your literature! And...we need Fair booth hosts! If you can spare us 2 hours, please contact Patrick Smaldore at 703-528-3935 or send him an email to patrick+

  • Virtual Newsletters � This summer, I�ll be sending updates out to our organization presidents every three or four weeks.

  • Finally, don�t forget about our Civic Heroes Program! If you know some truly worthy Arlingtonian, contact an Executive Committee Member or Federation Officer about nominating him or her!

See you on Tuesday!

-- Jim Pebley

p.s.: Public Comment still starts at 7 p.m.!

ACCF Officers

    President Jim Pebley 703-525-0766 jim+

    Vice President Dan Krasnegor 703-534-4024 dan+

    Treasurer Frances Finta 703-528-2882 (no email)

    Secretary Tim Wise 703-243-8345 tim+

Executive Committee

    Chairman - Patrick Smaldore 703-528-3935 - patrick+

    Member - Robert Atkins 703-527-8859 - (voice or fax) - (no email)

    Member - Darnell Carpenter 703-243-5188 - darnell+

    Member - Mileva Hartman 703-841-9287 - mileva+

    Member - Dan Krasnegor 703-534-4024 - dan+

    Member - Susan Quinn 703-931-1755 - susan+

Committee Chairs

    Bylaws (Co-Chairs)

      Jean Mostrom, Chair 703-532-0452
      Scott McGeary, Vice Chair 703-750-4704

    Community Relations

      Jacqueline Mow 703-528-1112

    Cultural Affairs

    Environmental Affairs

    Housing (Co-Chairs)

      Reid Goldstein 703-271-0431 reid+
      Wayne Kubicki 703-536-1954 waynne+


      Nancy Graham 703-243-4650 nancy+


      Frances Finta 703-528-2882 (no email)

    Parks & Recreation (Co-Chairs)

    + Planning & Zoning (Co-Chairs)

      William Gearhart 703-522-2276 bill+
      Martha Moore 703-527-3782 martha+

    Public Services


    Revenues and Expenditures

      Robert Atkins 703-527-8859 (voice or fax) no email

    Schools (Co-Chairs)

      Roger Meyer 703-671-3655 roger
      + Terri Prell 703-820-3782 terri

    + Special Events



Newsletter Editorial Committee

    Editor: Jim Pebley 703-525-0766 - jim+


      Dan Krasnegor703-534-4024 - dan+
      Randy Swart 703-521-2080 - randy

    + News email: - civicvoice Fax: 703-486-0576

    + Web: - www.civfed.org (.com works too)

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If you have comments or complaints, please contact the editor, Jim Pebley

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