Immigration Forum

In the wake of Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s recent comments on multiculturalism, area officials and business and civic leaders will gather with the public for a candid discussion on the debate over immigration and its effects on the region.

The public forum, "Press One for English: Sesno Reports," will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WETA studios, 2775 S. Quincy St., Arlington. The forum will be taped, and WETA will broadcast it later that week.

The panel will be moderated by journalist Frank Sesno and will examine the challenges and opportunities related to the Washington area's immigration boom and the underlying ethnic, social and economic implications for the region.

Members of the public interested in participating may register by calling WETA at 703-998-2211.

Seating will be limited, and registration is required.

Arlington Survey

Arlington is conducting its first countywide, statistically valid survey of residents.

According to county officials, the Arlington Counts survey is designed to measure residents' satisfaction with county services and to gather input about issues facing the community.

The survey will be conducted by the ETC Institute, a professional market research firm. The survey will be mailed to approximately 3,000 randomly selected Arlington households and will include questions on a wide range of issues, including public safety, parks and recreation, maintenance and administrative services.

Surveys will be mailed in June. Residents who receive the surveys are asked to complete and return them promptly.

ETC staff also will make follow-up calls to ensure a statistically valid sample size.

Survey results will be available on the county's Web site ( in late July or early August.