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Alexandria City Council Adopts “Vision Zero” Policy to Eliminate Traffic Deaths

At its regular meeting on January 24, Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted the “Vision Zero” international traffic safety concept with the goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2028. As a Vision Zero community, Alexandria recognizes that these incidents are preventable through proper engineering, enforcement, evaluation and education.

“By adopting Vision Zero, we will learn and apply best practices from other communities as we strive to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries in Alexandria,” said Mayor Allison Silberberg. “The loss of even one life or the injury of even one person is unacceptable.”

In 2016, there were four pedestrian deaths in Alexandria, an increase from one death in 2015, none in 2014, and two in 2013. There were over 35,000 traffic deaths in the United States in 2015, up 7.2 percent from 2014 after a decade-long decline. (more…)

Old Town Alexandria

City Council Seeks Applicants for Boards, Commissions Vacancies

The Alexandria City Council is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on boards, commissions and committees in Alexandria, Virginia.

All applicants must complete a Personal Data Record Form no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, February 2, 2017.

For a complete list of current vacancies, visit this link.

You can apply for a position online. The online personal data form can be found at this link.

Image via Jeff Self, on Flickr

Alexandria, Virginia Mayor Allison Silberberg and Vice Mayor Justin Wilson

Photos:AlexandriaVA.gov

ICYMI, this past Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council voted 6-1 to reaffirm the limit on the amount of time residents have to speak at the ‘open mic’ portion of Council’s monthly public hearings. The vote limits the ‘open mic’ portion of the public hearings to 30 minutes and 15 speakers.

The ‘open mic’ portion of the monthly public hearing is for anyone to speak on anything that is not listed on the docket for that hearing. Since 1975, the Alexandria City Council has routinely voted to limit the amount of time dedicated to the public comment section of Council monthly public hearings to 30 minutes.

It should be noted that this discussion and vote was NOT listed on the agenda for the legislative meeting so there was no public notice of the vote.

After the heated debate on Tuesday night, Mayor Allison Silberberg, who voted against the limit and Vice Mayor Justin Wilson, who proposed the reaffirmation, both appeared on WMAL’s ‘Mornings on the Mall with Brian Wilson on Friday, January 13, 2017 in the 7:00 a.m. hour to continue the debate.

The audio is after the jump…  (more…)

The Alexandria City Council is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on boards, commissions and committees in Alexandria, Virginia.

All applicants must complete a Personal Data Record Form no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, September 23, 2016.

For a complete list of current vacancies, visit this link.

You can apply for a position online. The online personal data form can be found at this link.

Alexandria, Virginia City Councilman John Chapman

City Councilman John Chapman Reappointed to Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism

Yesterday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced his appointments to seven boards. The list includes Alexandria, Virginia’s City Councilman John Chapman who was reappointed to the Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism.

Chapman was reappointed to the Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism along with Jessica M. Bowser of Alexandria, The Honorable Terry C. Frye of Bristol, Zachary Leonsis of Washington, D.C., Amy P. Nisenson of Manakin-Sabot, Julie M. Strandlie, of Alexandria, and Steven A. Valdez of Arlington. Along with Councilman Chapman, Bowser, Frye, Nisenson and Valdez were reappointed.

Five were appointed to the Board of Housing and Community Development. Appointees were Helen Hardiman of Richmond, C. Richard Napier of Midlothian, Earl B. Reynolds Jr. of Danville, Jeffrey Sadler of Norfolk, and Steven Semones of Christiansburg. Semones was reappointed.

Karrie Delaney of Chantilly and Chris Rehak of Radford were appointed to the Commission on Youth. Dana Dickens III, Betty Jolly, and Vickie Williams-Cullins were appointed to the Small Business Commission. Dickens was reappointed.

Clarissa McAdoo Cannion of Suffolk, Thomas A. Gibson of Arlington, and David E. Ramos of Fairfax were appointed to the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

Kristine PJ Torres Caalim of Virginia Beach, Bonnie M. Grifa of Chesapeake, Kathleen M. McCauley of Richmond, and Daun Sessoms Hester of Norfolk were appointed to the Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council. All four appointees were reappointed.

Robert C. Hannon of Smithfield, Josh King of Woodbridge, Frances Caroline Lane of McLean, Kathleen Purdy Owens of Virginia Beach, and Naveed Shah of Fairfax were appointed to the Virginia War Memorial Board. Lane and Owens were reappointed.

(Photo credit: John Chapman on Facebook)

Appomattox, the Confederate statue at Prince and Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is decorated this Memorial Day.

Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and
Street Names Issues Report to Alexandria City Council

The Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names, which was established by Alexandria City Council in September 2015, has submitted its final report (PDF).  The group issued recommendations on the four topics City Council directed it to consider, and concluded as follows:

  1. TheAppomattox statute on South Washington Street should remain in place, with additional efforts made to add context to its story;
  2. The name of Jefferson Davis Highway in the City of Alexandria should be changed;
  3. Rather than a wholesale renaming of streets in the City named after Confederate figures, individual requests for new names should be considered by City Council if brought under existing processes; and
  4. No further action is needed with regard to a specific policy on flying of any flags on property owned or under the control of the City.

The Advisory Group included two at-large members appointed by the City Manager, and one representative from each of the Alexandria Human Rights Commission, the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, the Alexandria Planning Commission, and the Alexandria Transportation Commission.  The Advisory Group received more than 150 comments through its online feedback form and heard more than 60 speakers at its five public meetings.

City Council will receive the Advisory Group’s report at its legislative meeting on Tuesday, September 13, and will consider the report as part of its regularly scheduled public hearing meeting on Saturday, September 17, in the Council Chamber in Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St.  The public hearing meeting on September 17 will begin at 9:30 a.m. with public comments regarding items not on the docket, and City Council will then discuss and take public comments on docket items, including the Advisory Group’s report.

The Advisory Group’s final report, along with the agendas, minutes, materials provided, written public comments and video record of each meeting, are available online.

The Alexandria City Council is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on boards, commissions and committees in Alexandria, Virginia.

All applicants must complete a Personal Data Record Form no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

For a complete list of current vacancies, visit this link.

You can apply for a position online. The online personal data form can be found at this link.

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