Govt/Politics

Supe's surprise: Supervisor Ken Boyd seeks 3rd term
Published on May 12th, 2011
35 comments When Albemarle Supervisor Ken Boyd made an unsuccessful run for the 5th Congressional District Republican nomination in 2010, he said he would not be seeking another term on the Board of Supervisors...
Gunning for Garrett: Two challengers vie for 8-year, $112K job
Published on May 12th, 2011
20 comments City School Board member and assistant public defender Llezelle Dugger will run for Charlottesville Circuit Court clerk, the second Democrat to challenge incumbent Paul Garrett, who's held the clerk...
Buzz driving: Council candidate learns from DUI
Published on May 10th, 2011
43 comments The race for City Council has barely begun, and candidate James Halfaday is already getting heat. The 31-year-old Native American and Democrat doesn't flinch when he's asked about his criminal record...
Drone instincts: What's wrong with the war effort?
Published on May 3rd, 2011
22 comments While Americans may be celebrating the death of “the most infamous terrorist of our time,” seeing it as a fitting act of retribution for the innocent lives lost on 9/11, the war effort is far from...
Git 'er blocked: City picks fencing, not fixing, Belmont Bridge
Published on Apr 25th, 2011
43 comments Fire engines, school buses, and even 18-wheel trucks routinely rumble over the east side of the Belmont Bridge. But not pedestrians. Since November, east side walkers have been temporarily banned,...
Sober blow? Controversy erupts after student gets breathalyzed
Published on Apr 21st, 2011
93 comments An allegation of drinking some spiked lemonade at Western Albemarle High School led to a 10th grade girl getting pulled out of class and forced to take an on-campus, police-administered breathalyzer...
Paul Garrett wants 8 more years
Published on Apr 20th, 2011
26 comments Longtime Charlottesville Circuit Court Clerk Paul Garrett, 65, announces April 20 another run for the seat he's held since 1981, when he was appointed to fill the position until an election in...
Gag me: Does censuring the censors really work?
Published on Apr 13th, 2011
7 comments   20 years of Muzzles Total awarded: 212 Lifetime Achievement Muzzles: 2– NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the FCCGeographical distribution of Muzzles:Alabama - 2Alaska - 0Arizona -...
Big wrecks: Should interstate detours get traffic cops?
Published on Apr 12th, 2011
20 comments UVA football games, Charlottesville running races, and even the recent Dogwood Festival get the benefit of police officers directing traffic. So why didn't the massive tie-up that snarled Pantops for...
Kaine says he's running
Published on Apr 5th, 2011
11 comments Former governor Tim Kaine says he's in the race for the U.S. Senate after taking a couple of months to mull over a run for the seat that will be vacated by fellow Dem Jim Webb. On the Republican side...
nTelos Pavilion: Naming rights headed to telecom co.
Published on Mar 31st, 2011
37 comments The Charlottesville Pavilion is losing its old name. Henceforth the Downtown Mall landmark will be known by a more corporate (and curiously-capitalized) moniker: nTelos Wireless Pavilion. (It could...
Incumbent protection? House plan would add Fauquier to 5th
Published on Mar 17th, 2011
12 comments Every 10 years, Virginia redraws its congressional districts following the fresh census results. Cooler heads inevitably call for nonpartisan redistricting, and accusations of "gerrymandering"...
Signs of spring? New execs offer slight optimism in budgets
Published on Mar 11th, 2011
23 comments For the past couple of years, Charlottesville and Albemarle have faced grim downturns in revenue compared to the high-flying days of the real estate boom and ensuing high tax revenues that filled...
Scenic treasure: How conservation lines the pockets of the rich
Published on Mar 3rd, 2011
127 comments Albemarle County Preserved83,600 acres17.5 percent of the landWho holds the easements? Virginia Outdoors Foundation328 easements62,702 acresNature Conservancy22 easements6,047 acresPiedmont...
Happy campers: Commission smiles on pool-to-camp plan
Published on Feb 26th, 2011
20 comments Field Camp founder Todd Barnett is one step closer to buying the historic Blue Ridge Swim Club after the Albemarle County Planning Commission recommended approval of a special use permit February 22...
Trump talking about becoming U.S. president
Published on Feb 25th, 2011
24 comments Donald Trump, the New York-based real estate magnate and reality television star– and most recently the man who would buy all the properties recently lost by Patricia Kluge to foreclosure...
Mall econ: Is downtown café space handed out fairly?
Published on Feb 25th, 2011
21 comments With spring just around the corner, it's time again for an annual tradition on the Downtown Mall: arguing about outdoor café space. City planners have proposed a revised ordinance to settle the issue...
Going viral: New law could criminalize your sharing
Published on Feb 24th, 2011
18 comments “Eww! You’ve got cooties!” Sound familiar? Admit it: You had cooties a few times back in elementary school. Of course, anyone you touched after that pronouncement also had cooties. The affliction was...
Webb's seat: Washington Post pushes Perriello
Published on Feb 11th, 2011
42 comments Lots of names are being bandied about as possible Democratic candidates to run for U.S. Senate following Jim Webb's February 8 announcement  that he won't seek a second term. "Obviously they're...
Motion to run: Top prosecutor Lunsford seeks reelection
Published on Feb 10th, 2011
18 comments In 2007, Democratic newcomer Denise Lunsford upset four-term incumbent Jim Camblos with 53 percent of the vote to take the Albemarle commonwealth's attorney job. The county's first female top...