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July 22, 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 20, 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 07, 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 10, 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 ...
April 15, 2015
After a nearly two-month-long process, the Charlottesville City Council has adopted a $156 million budget for the next fiscal year that includes a 25 percent increase in the meals tax. “We had to raise the meals tax so we can do more for education and for public safety,” said Mayor ...
March 29, 2015
Five candidates will be on the June 9 Democratic primary ballot for Charlottesville City Council, the deadline to file for that election having passed. Voters can select as many as three candidates in the race, and the top three vote-getters will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Challengers ...
March 05, 2015
Charlottesville City Councilor Dede Smith announced her re-election campaign Wednesday by saying she wants a second term to continue work protecting neighborhoods, natural resources and the community’s historic character. “We are 250 years old and we have so much history here that speaks volumes about who we are today ...
February 16, 2015
Albemarle High School teacher Wes Bellamy has officially launched his campaign for Charlottesville City Council. This is Bellamy’s second attempt to secure the nomination of the Democratic Party. “One city, one community, one Charlottesville,” Bellamy repeated during his announcement Sunday night at C’ville Coffee. “I want to bring ...
January 22, 2015
The future of a proposed new look to Charlottesville’s West Main Street is in question after a leading city councilor gave his critique Tuesday night. “The whole West Main Street plan is not a coherent design,” said Mayor Satyendra Huja. “It is a cluttered plan with too many inconsistent ...
January 19, 2015
The new owner of the Charlottesville Parking Center will unveil a proposal this week for a public-private parking and travel management system that would bring smart parking meters to downtown streets. “The promotion of free parking on the street is at odds with the promotion of walking, cycling and mass ...
December 09, 2014
Charlottesville officials will not adopt next fiscal year’s budget for another four months, but the City Council has already begun a debate on how to make ends meet. “This is the start of a new season for budgeting,” said Mayor Satyendra Huja. “We will soon find out there is ...
December 05, 2014
Charlottesville’s youth leaders are talking, and Charlottesville’s Youth Council found City Council listening. In a first-ever event, the students and the City Council met Thursday at CitySpace in downtown Charlottesville. “They [students] take this seriously,” said David Ellis, Charlottesville’s assistant city manager. “They’re not on it ...
October 21, 2014
An attempt by Charlottesville officials to govern relations between the City Council and members of the public resulted in some angry comments from citizens Monday night. “I find it ludicrous and shocking that several items on this proposal fly in the face of free speech,” said city resident Rebecca Quinn ...
September 11, 2014
On Thursday, state and local education officials gathered at Charlottesville High School to open the school’s new science lab. Named the Sigma Lab by CHS students because of the Greek symbol’s significance of numerous parts coming together to create a whole, the $1.26 million, 8,580 square ...
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