Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Lawmakers return from Richmond to meet with constituents for town hall meeting Saturday. Got any questions about pending legislation and the future of the Commonwealth?
The 2013 Virginia General Assembly is in full swing, and members of the Northern Virginia delegation will return to hold a town hall meeting Saturday at 10 a.m. Virginia State Del. Mark Sickles (D-43rd), Sen. George Barker (D-39th), Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30th), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36th) and Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay will speak to constituents at the Kingstowne Thompson Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Pkwy., about pending legislation and answers about the General Assembly session. Opening remarks by the representatives will be followed by a Q&A.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
McKay now oversees the 20-person Commission.
Lee District supervisor Jeff McKay was elected chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission on Jan. 3. “This is a critical time for transit," McKay said in a statement. "We move more people in Northern Virginia by bus and trains than anywhere else in the state. We need better state support to ensure transit continues to be a large part of Northern Virginia’s economic success. Transit creates jobs, moves people to jobs, and creates enormous economic development opportunities. In light of the economic and political challenges there is no time more important than now to support transit as a key transportation and economic driver for our region.” McKay replaces former NVTC Chairman and Arlington County Board member Jay Fisette…
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
With third straight year of zero funding for program, cyclists say some transportation improvements are threatened; county to look toward Arlington for model
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a $6.7 billion budget Tuesday morning, a spending plan which put aside more money for human services, schools and employee pay but, for the third consecutive year, not bicycle programs. Although the county funds a full-time bicycle coordinator in its transportation department, the bicycle program has gone without funding since fiscal year 2011, according to Fairfax County staff reports provided to supervisors this year. The county's formal bike program was launched in 2006 as the Comprehensive Bicycle Initiative. Early projects included developing the county's first bike route map, retrofitting connector buses, and adding bike racks to county park and ride lots. The program received…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Local educators say more cooperation and collaboration needed in Virginia to prepare for changing job market.
This is the second of a two part series about the Feb. 25, 2012, joint retreat of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board. Part I, Board of Supervisors, School Board Team Up, was published Monday. __________ Providing a skilled work force for the next decade is going to require collaboration between public school systems, community colleges and four-year universities, according to local educators. Dana Kauffman, director of College Government Affairs at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), said local communities need to grow their own front-line work force. He addressed the joint retreat of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board Saturday. A 2011 study conducted by Dr. Stephen …
Monday, July 18, 2011
Moran, McKay, Connolly and Bulova were all present in Springfield.
With Hawiian leis, party snacks and enthusiastic volunteers, the Springfield Commerce Street 2011 Democratic Coordinated Campaign Headquarters officially opened on Sunday. The festivities began with a kick-off rally and ended with a neighborhood canvass for Virginia Senator George Barker and phone bank with Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova. Lee District officials, candidates, and special guests U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, Rep. Gerry Connolly and Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Brian Moran welcomed and gave praise to the campaign volunteers who turned out to participate. “We have great candidates standing up here, but our ability to get elected and re-elected is in the hands of the people in this room… the volunteers who do the work …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Half the mall's storefronts are empty in preparation for major renovations.
Those long-awaited, heavily-rumored renovations to Springfield Mall may start as early as this fall, according to Fairfax County officials. One clue that renovations are coming soon is that right now roughly half the storefronts in the once-prosperous Springfield Town Center are empty. “A lot of the vacancies that exist in the mall—believe it or not—are deliberate,” Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay told Patch. The vacancies will allow stores to move around and remain operational while large sections of the building are renovated. Other vacancies are deliberate for a different reason: “[The owners have] not been renewing leases for stores that they don’t think fit in with the long-term redevelopment plans for the mall.” --------- What…