A petition to move Leesburg's town elections from May to November was signed by more than 2,500 voters and delivered to the Clerk of the Circuit Court on Monday, according to Leesburg Town Council member Kenneth "Ken" Reid and resident Barbara Bayles-Roberts, who is leading the petition effort. The petition was signed by more than 10 percent of registered Leesburg voters -- about 2,500 -- the minimum required for a voter referendum on the proposal in November. The question of whether to move town elections was first raised in fall 2009, when the county electoral board sent a memo to Leesburg and other Virginia municipalities stating that costs could be cut by moving the election date. The electoral board estimated in August that by cutting the costs of hiring polling staff and creating separate ballots, Leesburg could save about $17,000 every two years if it made the switch, according to...
After years of discussion and debate, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve proposed amendments to the county's sign ordinance that aim to encourage the growth and competitive ability of local businesses. The approved amendments will simplify the existing regulations, allowing certain signs to be erected without review and streamlining the process for sign exceptions that require special approval. The county's prohibition of billboards and other temporary roadside signs will remain intact. The amendments, which take effect March 1, also include related amendments to the schedule of fees for land development applications and the addition of standards for directional signs used for religious and civic purposes....
Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene A. Delgaudio (R-Sterling) once again ignited the blogosphere Friday with online musings about the "Radical Homosexual" infiltration of an annual pirate festival in Tampa. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest, an annual event for more than 100 years in the Tampa Bay area, features a parade, fireworks, games, activities, a pirate ship and hundreds of people in costumes reenacting a supposed historic pirate invasion of Tampa. Delgaudio, who has a long history of public commentary decrying homosexuality, wrote on the Inquisition News site that the event has been transformed in recent years into "a two week alcohol fueled display of public debauchery," where organized events "are designed to prey upon unsuspecting college students." He continued, "When the young men are sufficiently intoxicated, homosexuals dressed as pirates whisk them away to God knows where to take advantage of them sexually. There are even countless stories of any number of...
"After we pass this bill, I'm confident that we'll have no more partisan attack speeches about big government, about taxes, about job-creating, about economic environment--no more hypocritical accusations," Del. Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax) said during the floor debate Tuesday. "That's all behind us now...So let's pass a good stiff mandate, one that was not even included in Obamacare itself."
| February 2, 2011; 4:52 PM ET |
Categories: Fairfax County, Fredrick Kunkle, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Loudoun County, Prince William, William Howell
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