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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Derek Kravitz

Virginia computer problems continue to affect DMV

Derek Kravitz reports on the Dr. Gridlock blog that all of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offices are still unable to issue new or replacement driver's licenses, a day after a computer outage caused the state's largest digital malfunction since 2007. The computer troubles were caused by hardware issues at the state's data center late Wednesday, when 228 servers went offline. Workers tried to repair the malfunctioning servers overnight, bringing 60 percent of those attached to the state's storage system back online. But the state's 74 DMV locations are still facing problems, with customers unable to obtain new, replacement or duplicate driver's licenses, said Melanie Stokes, a Virginia DMV spokeswoman. "Managers are standing outside, telling folks that they're sorry but we can't process driver's license requests," said Stokes, who estimated that about 40 percent of DMV's customers, about 6,500 people daily, seek licenses in person. August is traditionally a busy...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 27, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fairfax moves to ban smoking at bus shelters

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...

By Derek Kravitz  |  July 28, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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New working group, same issues with Defense base closure in '11

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....

By Derek Kravitz  |  July 27, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Embattled nonprofit finds new property manager

The Washington affordable housing nonprofit facing financial ruin in the wake of fraud allegations involving a former executive director has found a new property management firm to oversee its 430 residential units in Northern Virginia.

By Derek Kravitz  |  July 22, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro's Silver Line possibly delayed?

The construction of the first part of Metrorail's Silver Line into Northern Virginia has been unofficially delayed by three months but officials say their schedule is not falling off the tracks -- yet. December 2013 has been the target date for when passengers would be able to ride Metro an additional 11.5 miles into Fairfax County, to Tysons Corner and the eastern edge of Reston....

By Derek Kravitz  |  July 20, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fairfax: No money for traffic calming projects

Fairfax County's traffic calming program, designed to ease congestion in residential subdivisions in Washington's still-growing suburbs, will soon be broke and dozens of projects will likely be suspended, officials said Tuesday.

By Derek Kravitz  |  July 20, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Defense relocation still needs $406 million, Derek Kravitz , July 20, 2010
Debate over N.Va. business corridors heats up, Derek Kravitz , July 18, 2010
Fairfax parks could run out of money by 2014, Derek Kravitz , May 18, 2010
Fairfax board approves annual budget, Washington Post Editors , April 27, 2010
Director of affordable housing group resigns, Washington Post Editors , April 7, 2010
Fairfax survey finds fewer homeless people, Washington Post Editors , April 6, 2010
Protesters greet Cuccinelli at GMU speech, Rosalind Helderman , March 23, 2010
Fairfax, Falls Church propose real estate tax rate hikes, Washington Post Editors , March 11, 2010
No recount in close Virginia House race, Derek Kravitz , March 3, 2010
Herrity confirms race against U.S. Rep. Connolly, Christopher Dean Hopkins , January 13, 2010
Democrats claim Cuccinelli's seat in Virginia Senate, Christopher Dean Hopkins , January 12, 2010
Falls Church loses court fight over water revenue, Anne Bartlett , January 6, 2010
Coming snowstorm brings back memories of '03, Derek Kravitz , December 18, 2009
Fairfax library petition alerts public to cuts, Anne Bartlett , December 11, 2009
Bulova: Meals tax not being discussed in Fairfax, Derek Kravitz , December 7, 2009
McDonnell sidesteps race's national impact, Derek Kravitz , November 3, 2009
Gilmore: McDonnell win is 'reaction' against Obama, Derek Kravitz , November 3, 2009
McDonnell to speak at 9:30, Derek Kravitz , November 3, 2009
The Bob celebration begins, Derek Kravitz , November 3, 2009
Big cheers at McDonnell party, Derek Kravitz , November 3, 2009
The McDonnell party: It's Pat!, Derek Kravitz , November 3, 2009
Barbour: What's changed? President Obama's policies, Derek Kravitz , November 3, 2009
Steele: McDonnell has 'winning formula', Derek Kravitz , November 3, 2009
Updated: Warner misses Deeds events due to flu, Rosalind Helderman , October 30, 2009
Fact Checker: Is that $7,800 number accurate?, Anne Bartlett , October 25, 2009
Fairfax Credit Rating Boosted to Triple-A, Derek Kravitz , October 15, 2009
Biden Fundraises for Virginia Democrats, Derek Kravitz , September 24, 2009
Fairfax Urges Kaine to Re-Start HOT Lane Project, Derek Kravitz , September 14, 2009
Fact-Checker: McDonnell and Energy Rate Hikes, Derek Kravitz , September 13, 2009
Loudoun County Offers Dismal Budget Outlook, Christopher Dean Hopkins , September 2, 2009
Loudoun Faces Grim Budget Forecast, Derek Kravitz , September 1, 2009
Fact Check: Is Economic Fund a Cure-All?, Anne Bartlett , August 30, 2009
Tee Time for Kaine and Trump?, Derek Kravitz , July 17, 2009
McDonnell Unveils Anti-Gang Plan, Derek Kravitz , May 28, 2009
 
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