Galvin in her second meeting as a Councilor.
City Council also approved the controversial water plan.
After a variety of speakers pointed out how they'd warned against the war in Iraq before it started, a majority on the Charlottesville City Council voted to send a message to the U.S. Congress urging a moratorium on foreign wars including "drone wars" as well as any military engagement against Iran, the mideast nation suspected of beginning a nuclear weapons program. Several of the speakers at the January 17 meeting asserted that Iran's nuclear ambitions, like those of Iraq under deposed and executed leader Saddam Hussein, have been overstated. One member of City Council, freshman Kathleen Galvin, unsuccessfully attempted to delete the Iranian aspects of the resolution and ended up abstaining from the 4-0 vote.
In other action on Tuesday, a 3-2 majority approved the water supply plan which would put a new dam in the Ragged Mountain Natural Area. The plan has been successfully created and pushed by a group called the Nature Conservancy as an effort to create a national model for river restoration. Councilors Dave Norris and freshman Dede Smith voted against the plan.
A day after the vote, peace activist David Swanson, who helped fill Council Chambers for the vote, informed the Daily Progress that he believed Charlottesville became the first American city to formally oppose American action against Iran, something that won some attention on an Iranian television network called PressTV.
–updated Monday, January 23 in advance of print publication with final paragraph; and first paragraph's reference to "assassinated" changed to "executed."