Sunday, January 13, 2013
Report issued late last week says outage following June derecho in Northern Virginia and other parts of the country was "unacceptable."
The Federal Communications Commission plans to introduce new rules to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of 9-1-1 communications networks during disasters in the wake of a storm last summer that left Northern Virginia without 9-1-1 service, the federal agency said in a news release this week “These failures are unacceptable and the FCC will do whatever is necessary to ensure the reliability of 9-1-1," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said. The announcement late last week coincides with the regulatory agency's release of a report (attached with this story) about the 9-1-1 service failure June 29 to 30, after the derecho storm hit Northern Virginia and other parts of the country. The derecho that struck …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Not addressing sequestration puts business growth, NOVA economy in limbo, Fairfax County leaders say.
Fairfax County officials are disappointed Tuesday’s last-minute “fiscal cliff” bill does not address a solution for sequestration cuts that could endanger Northern Virginia’s economic well being. Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova said she was grateful Congress took action and passed the bill, which keeps the Bush-era tax cuts for individuals making less than $400,000 and couples making less that $450,000. It also makes permanent the fixes for the Alternative Minimum Tax and delays government spending cuts for two months. “Even though it’s not a comprehensive resolution to everything at least people are talking and at least things have gotten started,” she said. “But we’re disappointed that we still have waiting to do.” Bulova …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
What does the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors look forward to in the new year?
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova has shared with Patch her legislative priorities and goals for 2013. They have been published below. As an added bonus, she also included her New Year's resolutions. The adoption of the Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Budget begins in earnest in late February when County Executive Ed Long releases his Advertised Budget. We already know that Fairfax County is, and will be, affected by the current federal climate. Our income projections (flat to modest) coupled with expenses needed just to maintain our current levels of service result in a projected shortfall of approximately $170 million for FY2014. It is my goal, working with my colleagues and County staff, to adopt…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
911 failed during derecho storm.
In the four hours following the June 29 derecho, 911 calls received in Fairfax County increased 415 percent above normal. But in the early morning hours of June 30, 911 service failed. Officials want to know why. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova intends to propose a task force to investigate the 911 failure at a meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments meeting Wednesday, she said during Tuesday's regular Board of Supervisors meeting. The director of Fairfax County’s emergency communications center told the Washington Post it took Verizon roughly three hours to officially notify the county that 911 was down, after the emergency line went out at 6:30 a.m. on June 30, the Post reported. The …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Environmental sustainability was a hot topic last week at the final meeting of the county's 'Evolution of Fairfax' series.
The future prosperity of Fairfax County lies in environmental consciousness, alternative energy and “transitional thinking,” said architect Doug Carter last week during the final installment in the Evolution of Fairfax lecture series. “Collectively, we are messing up our planet,” said Doug Carter, an architect who has lived and worked in the area for 40 years. “I happen to think that global warming is real and a very imminent danger to all of us. We need to change the way we do things, and we need to generate new alternative energy sources.” Carter was one of three speakers who capped off a series of panel discussions that covered Fairfax County’s past, present and future. Fairfax County Board Chairman Sharon Bulova curated the event, …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
County is working with health service providers to make it happen.
Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, said Thursday she was personally "pleasantly surprised" by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. "Now that there is some clarity as to what in the act actually is now going to be law, and is going to be implemented, we may move forward now," she said. "Fairfax County stands ready to make that happen." "We are poised to move forward with what we know now is going to be implemented in Fairfax County," she said. Bulova: Turned down for healthcare coverage Bulova said personal experience has made her a big believer in affordable healthcare for all. "When I was a young mother in my late 20s, I worked for a small private company and was covered by a …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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The Washington Post interviews Sharon Bulova
The Washington Post published an interview with Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova on Monday two years after the Board of Supervisors which she heads adopted a sweeping plan to transform Tysons Corner into a 21st-century city. "Two years ago this week, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted a new blueprint for Tysons Corner. Since then, landowners have rushed forward with development plans, but progress has been slowed by disagreements over affordable housing, green space and transportation funding. Board Chairwoman Sharon S. Bulova (D) took a few minutes to consider the state of Tysons," the Post reported. The county is orchestrating everything from new roads to new athletic fields to new water lines so that by 2050 "…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Fairfax County Supervisors Chair says Rail to Dulles is too important to fall victim to state, local issues.
Rail to Dulles was a focus at Tuesday's Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting, where Chairman Sharon Bulova called on the county’s federal representatives to pursue any and all avenues for providing federal funding for Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Bulova also signed a letter from the supervisors to Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton, objecting to the administration’s attempt to "circumvent the efficient transit funding system" Northern Virginia has used for decades, it reads. The future of Metrorail's Silver Line Phase 2 has been shaky for months as the project faces a lack of federal funding and wavering support from Loudoun County. Phase 1 of the Silver Line will run from Tysons Corner to Reston…
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
With project labor agreement and high cost to taxpayers and counties, Silver Line to Dulles International Airport has a chance of not happening.
Could Rail to Dulles really end up being Rail to Reston? That possibility was discussed at "Silver Line: On Track to Loudoun," a panel discussion hosted by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce at the Sheraton Reston on Wednesday. With seven new members on the nine-member Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, many of the new board members have said they are undecided about whether to support the $2.7-billion Silver Line Phase 2, which will extend the rail from Reston's Wiehle Avenue to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Fairfax County last week granted Loudoun County Supervisors an additional 30 days to decide whether it will contribute to Phase 2, which is …