Monday, January 30, 2012
County leaders announce donations, group vows to seek more, at meeting in Reston.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Faith community members and local leaders met at St. John Neumann Church in Reston on Sunday in support of expanding dental care for low-income adults in the area. More than 350 members of faith communities and civic organizations in the Reston-Herndon gathered under the banner of V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement). Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova and Virginia Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), along with other elected leaders, voiced their support for the V.O.I.C.E. effort to put a full-time dentist dedicated to serving Fairfax residents at the Sterling location of the Northern VA Dental Clinic. V.O.I.C.E. leaders have already raised $140,000 of the $200,000 needed to cover the cost …
Friday, January 13, 2012
School board members, teachers cautiously optimistic about Superintendent Jack Dale's $2.4 billion budget proposal
Fairfax County School Board members and teachers are praising teacher raises, hires and other plans to address the system’s rising enrollment in Superintendent Jack Dale’s proposed $2.4 billion budget — but some officials say his request for an increase of 8.4 percent in county funds, which dictates much of the plan, is unrealistic. "Boy, 8 percent sounds like quite a jump," Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova said Friday. "We need to be sensitive to the affordability of taxes to our residents. … An 8 percent increase seems like a stretch." Steve Greenburg, president of the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, acknowledged Dale's proposal was facing a tough fight. "I don't think it does any good to be anything but …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Final campaign spending accounting
The incumbent Democratic Dranesville Supervisor spent nearly $300,000 to win reelection in November. His Republican opponent spent nearly $40,000. according to reports compiled by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project. Supervisor John Foust won all 30 precincts in the Dranesville district and 60 percent of the vote on Nov. 8. His Republican challenger, Dennis Husch, a former Herndon town council member, didn't even carry his own precinct. Largest contributor to Foust: $10,000 from Firefighters Local 2068 in Fairfax County. Largest contributor to Husch: $2500 from John J. Kenny, a Reston resident who works for Northrup Grumman. All 10 supervisors were up for reelection in November. Spending by the two Dranesville candidates were …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Incumbent Sharon Bulova (D) faces challenger Michael "Spike" Williams (R) Thursday, 12:30 - 1:30, at the Fairfax Chamber.
Incumbent Democratic candidate Chairman Sharon Bulova squares off against Republican challenger Michael “Spike” Williams in a Thursday, September 15, political debate, sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. The two are running for chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The Chairman's Race Debate will be moderated by Bruce DuPuyt, host of NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk. Freddy Kunkle of The Washington Post; Steve Cahill, editor of The Fairfax Times; and Victoria Ross, reporter at The Connection Newspapers, will serve as panelists. The debate will begin with each candidate presenting a three-minute opening statement. Questions will be asked by each panelist on a rotating basis. "Candidate One will have 90 seconds to …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Thirty-day deadline to cut costs looming, but no decision on the horizon.
Key players in the Rail to Dulles saga are scheduled to meet again Thursday with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood in an effort to reduce mounting costs. Officials from Loudoun and Fairfax counties and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) started meeting in earnest June 1, and LaHood told them they had 30 days to come up with cost-cutting solutions to the estimated $3.5 billion price tag for Phase II. Last week, business leaders from Loudoun and Fairfax voiced their dissatisfaction with the process in a press conference across the street from Reston's Wiehle Avenue station, which will be the end of the line of Phase 1 when it opens in late 2013. Loudoun County Chairman Scott York said the 30-day deadline will …
Monday, June 6, 2011
Cuccinelli says he hopes the rail to Dulles Airport project never happens.
While the three funding partners of the rail to Dulles Airport project are negotiating behind closed doors to settle their differences on the rising costs of phase 2, there's one state elected official who rather see the project killed. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is getting attention for a WMAL radio interview last week when he said the project to extend rail from Reston's Wiehle Avenue Station (the end of Phase 1) to Dulles Airport and eastern Loudoun County is an "economic boondoggle." He predicted that the rising costs of the project's second phase will be a central campaign issue in Loudoun County's local elections. "I hope those folks [in Loudoun] elect an entire board who is committed to pulling out of phase 2 to kill it, …
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Stakeholders in the rail to Dulles project met Friday.
Stakeholders in the rail to Dulles Airport project met Friday morning for the second time this week to negotiate how to cut Phase 2 of the project's $3.5 billion price tag. The three funding partners of the rail project—Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), Fairfax County and Loudoun County—have less than 30 days to have a financial plan back to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who met with the stakeholders on Thursday. LaHood told the three parties that he wanted them to work together to cut the cost of the second phase. LaHood came in as a mediator as friction grew after MWAA’s controversial decision in April to spend $330 million more for an underground station at Dulles Airport, instead of a cheaper above-ground …