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December 10, 2017
As Charlottesville considers building new school facilities to accommodate future population growth, the school division’s policy of accepting students from outside the city has come under more scrutiny. This year, 294 non-resident students attend Charlottesville public schools, including 88 tuition-exempt students whose parents work for the school division or ...
July 21, 2017
Albemarle County is refuting the city of Charlottesville’s counterclaim in an ongoing legal dispute over which jurisdiction’s rules apply to recreational activities at the Ragged Mountain Natural Area. The 980-acre property is owned by the city but located within the county. The controversy stems from an ordinance passed ...
March 24, 2017
Charlottesville City Councilor Bob Fenwick will seek a second term in order to further address questions about how city government is run. “Do Charlottesville citizens feel they are in charge of our government and the direction it is taking?” Fenwick asked Friday at the formal launch of his campaign. “Do ...
February 04, 2017
Some concerns about the future of the Jefferson School City Center were allayed last week after the Charlottesville City Council directed staff to provide nearly $1 million to help stabilize one of the two anchor tenants in the historic building that re-opened as a multi-purpose civic center in 2013. As ...
January 16, 2017
A new Charlottesville political organization is looking ahead to this year’s city elections, hoping to recruit and support candidates its organizers think will align with principles of inclusion. Meanwhile, one city councilor whose seat is up this November said she won’t be seeking re-election.
November 03, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council will spend $350,000 to help the Piedmont Housing Alliance plan for the redevelopment of Friendship Court, a 150-unit low-income apartment complex just south of the Downtown Mall. “We are absolutely committed to a process that puts residents at the center,” said Frank Grosch, the chief ...
October 20, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 Monday to delay opening up trails at the Ragged Mountain Natural Area pending the results of a natural diversity inventory next spring. “We do have a process for our parks that we always follow and it wasn’t followed,” said Councilor Dede Smith said ...
October 10, 2015
A network of trails at the Ragged Mountain Natural Area could be opened to cyclists, runners and dogs after Charlottesville officials consider changing rules governing the space. Management of the land was transferred to the city from the Ivy Creek Foundation in September after the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority completed ...
August 18, 2015
For the second time this year, the Charlottesville City Council has rejected the results of a study commissioned to develop a new streetscape for West Main between the University of Virginia and downtown. “I would like to see West Main improved, but not the way it is proposed in this ...
July 23, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council wants more information before it decides whether to grant developer Oliver Kuttner a permit to build more than 40 units on a 1.33-acre site two blocks south of the Downtown Mall. “I definitely want to see drawings that I know are going to be what ...
July 21, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 Monday to amend a previous zoning for the William Taylor Plaza, a controversial mixed-used development at the corner of Ridge Street and Cherry Avenue. Councilors Kathy Galvin, Satyendra Huja and Kristin Szakos voted for the amendment. “The council is not ignoring what the neighborhood ...
July 18, 2015
While many teens see the summertime as a chance to relax, a program administered by the city of Charlottesville has placed 150 youths in intensive internships across the city, with positions ranging from elderly care to custodial services to government work. The Community Attention Youth Internship Program, which runs its ...
July 08, 2015
Charlottesville’s City Council will wait until later this summer to take a final vote on a rezoning amendment for William Taylor Plaza, a controversial development proposed for the corner of Ridge Street and Cherry Avenue. The council opted late Monday not to take a vote after the city attorney ...
June 17, 2015
In Charlottesville, incumbency is no guarantee of retaining a seat on City Council, even if you’re vice mayor. Just ask Meredith Richards, the last one to be ousted by her own party in 2004. It happened again June 9, when Vice Mayor Dede Smith was edged out by Wes ...
June 16, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council is poised to grant a zoning amendment that will allow a proposed mixed-use development at the corner of Cherry Avenue and Ridge Street to proceed. A majority of councilors indicated their support Monday to allow more surface parking at the site to satisfy the needs of ...
June 11, 2015
One independent and one Republican will face three Democrats in the general election race for three Charlottesville City Council seats. Independent Alvin Scott Bandy has filed the necessary paperwork to appear on the Nov. 3 ballot alongside Republican Anson Parker. Wes Bellamy, Kathy Galvin and Mike Signer were the three ...
June 05, 2015
As the construction boom in Charlottesville continues, Dede Smith said she wants a second term on the City Council to help preserve the area’s environment and historic character. “I’m running on my 30-some years of deep experience in the community and what I’ve done,” Smith said. “A ...
May 29, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council candidates running in the June 9 Democratic primary all want to see the area’s youngest, and most-at-risk, students be successful. Recently, Wes Bellamy and Mike Signer—both City Council contenders—and Kathy Galvin—a current City Councilor seeking reelection—announced in press conferences their desire ...
May 19, 2015
Democratic City Council candidate Mike Signer on Monday laid out a six-point action plan for environmental goals he hopes to achieve if elected. “I have been an ardent environmentalist since I was in high school,” Signer said. “My first experience as a progressive activist was going to Al Gore’s ...
May 14, 2015
The five candidates seeking three Democratic nominations in the Charlottesville City Council race primarily tackled growth and development issues at a forum earlier this week. One particular new housing development received near universal contempt and disdain and the debate centered on whether it should now be viewed more as a ...
May 12, 2015
Democratic City Council candidate Lena Seville wants Charlottesville officials to take the health of the environment into consideration every time they make a decision. “Often, you see environmental concerns as a stand-alone item or as an afterthought, and I want to have it as part of the decision-making process from ...
May 07, 2015
The second candidate forum for the Charlottesville City Council Democratic primary attracted a small audience Wednesday at the University of Virginia’s Nau Hall. Incumbent Dede Smith and challenger Wes Bellamy participated in the forum which focused on relations between the city and the University of Virginia. Incumbent Kathy Galvin ...
April 29, 2015
When The Flats at West Village apartment complex was completed last August, criticism soon emerged about the finished product. “The Flats is viewed by many in this community as being out of step with the character of Charlottesville,” said City Councilor Kathy Galvin, an architect who is seeking re-election to ...
April 26, 2015
The five Democrats seeking their party’s three nominations for Charlottesville City Council had an opportunity to differentiate themselves at the first candidate forum of 2015. “The central question of this forum is how City Council candidates will improve the health of the African-American community,” said M. Rick Turner, the ...
April 23, 2015
The Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP will hold a forum for the five Democratic candidates for Charlottesville’s City Council. They will be asked to share their ideas to improve the health of the city’s African-American community. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and the Public Housing Association of Residents are ...
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