Two Fairfax delegates say they believe the county's elected school board has become dysfunctional and should be replaced by a body appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
A new front in Northern Virginia's "water war" between Fairfax Water and the City of Falls Church appears to have opened, with a proposal to add two words to existing law governing water utilities. And some believe the spoils lie in Tysons Corner and other places ripe for redevelopment. With less than a week before the scheduled conclusion of the annual legislative session, members of the business community, lawmakers and business groups appeared blindsided by the potentially significant impact of SB1160, with some believing it could undercut competition for water service, thereby driving up water utility rates....
Before announcing his candidacy for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Marc A. Greidinger thought he should invite over his neighbor and soon-to-be rival, Supervisor John C. Cook, to tell him the news over a drink.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to direct a sizable part of the county's unspent funds from the previous fiscal year to its employees by paying a little more of their current health-care premiums, contributing to their pensions and boosting planning staff.
Fairfax County officials are pushing to ban smoking at all public bus shelters, eight months after Virginia's restaurant-and-bar smoking ban went into effect. The ban would address the "health implications of breathing secondhand smoke," said Fairfax Supervisor Jeff C. McKay (D-Lee), the board's transportation committee chairman. Virginia's no-smoking law was approved by the General Assembly in February 2009 and went into effect last December. The District and Maryland have similar state laws regarding smoking in restaurants and bars. The Virginia Clean Air Act allows localities to institute "reasonable no-smoking areas" at publicly-owned or leased facilities and bus shelters qualify as buildings under Virginia's building code. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously late Tuesday to draft an ordinance for final adoption. In December, Virginia joined the District, Maryland and dozens of other cities and states by effectively outlawing smoking inside restaurants and bars. Under the law, owners could allow smokers to...
Northern Virginia officials are starting their own working group to tackle the bevy of funding and traffic concerns connected with the upcoming Defense Department base closure and realignment. Problem is, the so-called Northern Virginia BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) Working Group sounds very similar to a group that has been formed -- one started by former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner (D) in 2005 and which handed down a series of overarching recommendations several months later (PDF). Funding issues and traffic concerns over the planned realignment of Defense jobs along the Interstate 95 corridor in Northern Virginia have lingered for years, and officials are still unsure where more than $400 million in needed ramps, widened roads and soundwalls will come from. But Alexandria officials have been particularly worried about the loss of thousands of jobs to Fairfax County areas because of the move....
| July 27, 2010; 5:22 PM ET |
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