[CIP] Wednesday at 6 p.m.; for the first time, citizens have a chance to preview the presentation. When Prince William County Schools held its first school board meeting this year with four new board members, the meeting lasted until 11:30 p.m. The board had scheduled a work session to follow the regular meeting, which would discuss the building of new schools, additions to old schools and the use of hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds.
FAAR hold real estate discussion
The Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors held a roundtable discussion with local industry leaders focusing on how the housing market performed in 2015 and what to expect in 2016. The meeting was the first of its kind held by the association and brought together realtors, lenders, stakeholders and media. The spring market was phenomenal but it turned lackluster in the fall, said Chip Taylor of Century Battlefield Real Estate in King George County. He said that while the November market was off, December and January—so far—have been slammed.
In call for unity, McAuliffe urges lawmakers to avoid ‘political sideshows’
As he enters his crucial third year in office, Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday night called on the Virginia General Assembly to work with him to strengthen the state economy, while promising to block any efforts to curtail Democratic priorities such as gay marriage, abortion rights and gun control. As lawmakers convened at the Capitol for the start of the 2016 legislative session, McAuliffe used his State of the Commonwealth address to hit a familiar theme: The need to grow and diversify the state economy during a two-year pause in federal spending cuts. “It is my hope that our work together this session will be devoted to productive areas where there is room for compromise, and not political sideshows that distract from matters that demand our urgent attention,” McAuliffe said in a speech that ran a little less than an hour.
Getting There: Another I95 option tossed into the mix
Another hat has been tossed into the ring in the debate over how to fix backups at the Interstate 95 express lanes merge in North Stafford.
Del. Mark Cole, whose district covers Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg and Stafford, has proposed a bill pushing for the extension of the express lanes to U.S. 17 in Stafford by 2020. Cole’s bill would “direct” VDOT to negotiate with express lanes operator Transurban to extend the lanes.
Bill would make Airbnb legal throughout Virginia
Guests are flocking to Airbnb to book rooms in Richmond’s luxury lofts and quaint row houses, despite it being illegal to rent out your house for short-term stays. But that could change during this session of the General Assembly.
Andersons of Prince William share a home, and now, political careers
Maybe the Andersons should consider changing the welcome mat in front of their Woodbridge home. The current one bears a symbol of the Air Force and their last name. It quickly conveys the message that husband and wife were in the same branch of the military. But although they are retired from that service, they recently began sharing another kind of public work: elected office. Ruth M. Anderson was sworn in last week to represent the Occoquan District on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. Her husband, Richard L. Anderson, has represented the 51st District in the House of Delegates since 2010.
Prince William Electoral Board chair under investigation, may lose job
An unauthorized investigation aimed at uncovering possible voter fraud might cost Prince William County Electoral Board Chairman Guy Anthony “Tony” Guiffré his job. The Virginia State Board of Elections took a rare vote Friday to initiate steps to remove Guiffré from the county electoral board over allegations he compromised voter privacy and might have broken state and federal laws. The allegations stem from his efforts to determine whether absentee ballots were improperly requested for the Nov. 3 election. The three-member state board, which includes two Democrats and one Republican, voted along party lines during a meeting in Richmond to ask Attorney General Mark Herring (D) to begin the removal proceedings.
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