MY DETAILED PLANS FOR ARLINGTON
Join me, and
let’s Fight For The Future
I believe in Service ★ I believe in Representation ★ I believe in Arlington
I will work to ensure that Arlington’s growth is well-managed and sustainable while advancing a better quality of life and services for every resident. Let’s preserve our small town charms amidst big city amenities.
• Good Government 101: Focus on Customer Service and Core Infrastructure (electric, water, transportation, digital) to make sure Arlington itself is operating quickly, efficiently and smartly.
• Big Picture Decisionmaking: Incorporate more Community Feedback, comprehensive Impact Assessments and proper Long-Term Planning.
• Budget Management: Increase revenue via business, tourism and state/federal support; reduce the burden of taxes and fees on residents.
• Schools: Work closely with Arlington School Board and staff to share resources, resolve the students capacity crisis and meet critical budget needs.
A Shared Identity
We must unite the diverse neighborhoods and peoples of Arlington from Yorktown to Columbia Pike; from Green Valley to Crystal City. Big ideas andbig projects require buy-in and understanding from all parties.
• Arlington Pride: Instill local pride in the heart of every resident; set a goalthat every Arlingtonian join a nearby civic, service, or hobby group.
• Love Your Neighbor: Cultivate a culture of care, friendship and empathythat breaks down the anxiety, loneliness and hate of today’s segregated, digital-dependent world.
• Buy Local: Foster a unique Arlington arts, culture, and entertainment scene;
shift economic development resources from big corporations to small businesses.
Solutions cannot be limited to the borders of Arlington alone. We need a regional approach that includes the rest of Virginia, DC, and Maryland.
• Regional Master Plans: Collaborate instead of compete with neighboring cities and counties on economic development, housing and the environment.
• Shared Services: Find cost savings by exploring where we can combine with neighboring localities on sanitation, security and other services.
• Lead the Commonwealth of Virginia and Washington Metropolitan region on forward-thinking policy, planning and execution.
Safety and Progress for All
From our streets to our schools, everybody needs to feel and be safe; no matter your age, race, religion, gender identity, orientation or ability.
• Safe Streets: Build complete streets that are safe and friendly for walkers, riders and drivers of all abilities and modes of transportation.
• Gun Sense: Ban firearms from county government buildings; regulate the location of gun stores away from child daycares, schools and hospitals.
• First Responders: Create a pipeline of talent from Arlington’s neighborhoods and offer retention bonuses to reduce personnel turnover and stress.
• Equity: Acknowledge historic injustices, study gaps in life outcomes around Arlington and take action with targeted programs and initiatives.
• Workers: Raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $15+ and hold corporations locally accountable for shared community benefits and fair treatment of labor.
A Green New Deal For Arlington
Climate change is here. We now face destructive flash floods and more 100-degree-plus temperature days than ever. We can fight locally from the ground up to protect and expand our natural environment as well as reduce the destructive byproducts of modern industrial life. Let’s bring the birds and the bees back to Arlington.
• Green Buildings: Mandate high energy/water efficiency standards, construct green roofs with gardens and solar panels, integrate plant life and natural light into architectural designs.
• Green Consumption: Eliminate single use plastics, expand vegan-friendly food options, encourage vertical urban farming.
• Green Space: Acquire/rehabilitate parkland where possible, build parks and athletic fields inside and on top of buildings, launch a tree and flower planting and preservation campaign.
• Green Transportation: Electrify county/school vehicles and prioritize walking, biking, scooting, ride sharing and mass transit options and connections.
• Green Energy: Achieve ahead of schedule that Arlington uses 100% clean energy by 2035; become carbon neutral by 2050.
Guaranteed Affordable Housing for the Middle Class
We need to promise that the Middle Class can afford to live and stay in Arlington the next 50 years and beyond.
• Increase the number of reduced rent units set aside by property developers.
• Push the state to provide more funds for the Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF).
• Expand affordable housing programs eligibility to lower middle income earners such as our teachers, fire/police personnel, county employees, young professionals and fixed-income senior citizens.
• Rent Control: Cap annual rent increases at 7% to give Arlington’s majority renter population peace of mind and halt the moral crisis of residents (our neighbors) both old and new being pushed out year after year.
• Update land use and zoning rules where reasonable and feasible to allow more diverse, affordable forms of housing, such as multi-family homes, microapartments, accessory dwelling units and senior living centers.
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VOTE ON JUNE 9 AND NOVEMBER 3, 2020
CHANDA CHOUN ★ DEMOCRAT FOR ARLINGTON COUNTY BOARD
CHANDA CHOUN CURRENTLY SERVES PART-TIME IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE. USE OF HIS MILITARY RANK, TITLES, OR PHOTOGRAPHS IN UNIFORM DO NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT BY THE ARMY OR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.