Letter to the Editor: Let’s celebrate funding for affordable housing

On Monday, city council took a bold step in addressing our housing needs here in Alexandria. A 1 percent increase in the meals tax is estimated to generate nearly $4.75 million each year. This promises to make a significant difference in our city, which has lost more than 90 percent of our affordable housing units since the year 2000.

Alexandria TImes: Newcomer Canek Aguirre runs for city council

When Canek Aguirre, a first-generation American citizen and the son of Mexican immigrants, was growing up in California, he often served as an interpreter between Spanish-speaking parents and school faculty. Later, when Aguirre moved to Alexandria, he served in that role again in a professional capacity at Alexandria City Public Schools as a liaison between bilingual parents and George Washington Middle School.