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2012 Fairfax Area LWV Testimony & Activities

Press Release: The Fairfax League Urges Citizens to Vote on Election Day

Letter to the Editor: Bond Referenda The League speaks in favor of the four Bond Referenda on the November 6 ballot.

LWVFA speaks out on discrimination against women in 2012! Click here to read this letter to the editor published recently in the Fairfax Times and The Connection newspapers.

LWVFA gave testimony to the School Board on June 21, 2012 about increasing time between presention of a proposal and the vote on the proposal. Click here to read this testimony.

School start times Click here to read the statement presented to the Fairfax County School Board on March 29, 2012.

LWVFA speaks out on discrimination against women in 2012! Click here to read this letter to the editor published recently in the Fairfax Times and The Connection newspapers.

LWVFA Co-President Jane E. George delivered a statement to the Fairfax School Board at its January 30, 2012 public hearing on the FCPS proposed FY2013 Budget. Click here to read the statement.

LWVFA testimony to the General Assembly delegation from Fairfax Area that was given by Co-President Julie Jones on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Read it here.

2011 Fairfax Area LWV Testimony & Activities

LWVFA Supports School Bond Referendum - editorial published in The Connection Newspapers on October 11, 2011. Read it here

LWVFA letter on affordable housing in Fairfax County is published in Fairfax Times on October 7 and lauded by the Northern VA Alliance for Affordable Housing (NVAHA) in an alert to Alliance members. Read the letter here.

Fairfax County has drawn new magisterial and precinct lines that have been approved by the Department of Justice; Fairfax County redistricting information can be found at this link. See this link for precinct and polling place locations for the for the November 8, 2011 General Election. For other election and voting information, go to our ELECTIONS PAGE [button on left].

LWVFA HELD ITS 63RD ANNUAL MEETING ON APRIL 16, 2011. Click here to see a copy of the Annual Meeting Kit; all proposed items were adopted (budgets for FY2011-12) and new Officers and Directors were elected.

LWVFA presented input to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at the March 29, 2011 public hearing on the FY12 Advertised Budget. In the testimony, among other things, LWVFA urged the BOS to adopt the advertised property tax rate at $1.09. Click here to read the entire testimony.

From NVAHA: "Civic Organization [LWVFA] Supports Affordable Housing Policies in Fairfax County" In light of some negative talk about local government policies supporting affordable housing, the Alliance applauds Janey George and Julie Jones, co-presidents of the Fairfax Area League of Women Voters for their letter to the editor, published on October 7, 2011 in the Fairfax Times: "Providing Affordable Housing to All Income Levels is Good Policy." The letter cites the efforts of Governor McDonnell's State Housing Policy Workgroup and recommendations from Fairfax County's Economic Development Advisory Committee as evidence that strong public policies that address affordable housing needs are necessary to provide housing for our workforce and to keep Virginia competitive. Read letter here.

The Fairfax Area League is seeking feedback from ALL of its members (not just the ones who attend unit meetings!) regarding the future of LWVFA. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO DOWNLOAD THIS FORM, FILL IN AND MAIL TO THE LWVFA OFFICE, 4026 Hummer Road, Suite 214, Annandale VA 22003. This Questionnaire is included in the June 2011 Fairfax VOTER, however, you can click here for the form only. The LWVFA Board has assimilated the answers so far and the results are posted here.

LWVFA gave input to the Fairfax County School Board at its July 28, 2011 meeting stating that LWVFA supports 20 minutes of recess each day in elementary schools. Read the testimony here.

Redistricting 2011 - Public comment was solicited on how the legislative district lines would be drawn in Virginia based on the 2010 Census. Meetings were being held around the state for feedback from the citizens on: The redistricting process; Criteria to be considered in preparing redistricting plans; and Potential district changes to legislative and congressional districts. The maps for House of Delegates and Senate Districts have been drawn and submitted to the Department of Justice for approval. Congressional district maps will be drawn later in 2011. Read the League's Redistricting Talking Points. See the LWV of Virginia website-Homepage and Calendar page,, latest information. Click here for LWV-VA Calendar Section.

LWVFA GENERAL MEETING, JANUARY 22, 2011 AT CC OF FAIRFAX LWVFA's January's General Meeting, spotlighting the issue of domestic violence, featured local attorney Mehagen D. McRae, who spoke on the topic "Domestic Violence Today" on Saturday, January 22, at the Country Club of Fairfax on Ox Road (Route 123). Click here for the January Fairfax Voter with more information about the topic and LWVFA's ongoing study on the issue. There were no unit meetings in January.

On January 16, 2011, The LWV of Fairfax Area and LWV of the Prince William Area showed "Gerrymandering: The Movie" at the Pohick Regional Library (6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke, VA 22015). Click here for more information.

On January 8, 2011, President Jane E. George testified to the Northern VA delegation of the General Assembly regarding LWVFA's concerns for the 2011 Session. Click here to read full testimony.

Ginger Fitz Shea's Letter to the editor about Fairfax schools was published in the Fairfax Connection on January 6, 2011; click here to read letter and school board vote on January 6 to allow the Superintendent to set the school day.

2010 Fairfax Area LWV Testimony & Activities

Ginger Fitz Shea testified on behalf of LWVFA to the Fairfax County School Board at their December 2, 2010 meeting regarding its changing FCPS Policy 3415 [that allows the School Board to set the length of the school day. To read the entire statement, click here.

LWVFA Supports Transportation Bond Referendum on the November 2nd, 2010 Ballot. The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area supports the use of general obligation bonds for financing transit capital improvements in providing an effective, well-coordinated and adequately financed system of public transportation for Fairfax County residents. The proceeds from bond sales will be needed to replace and buy necessary rail cars and buses, address safety concerns, finance road and pedestrian improvements, and make the County's required payments for Metro service. A failure to obtain bond funding for its required Metro payment would require major cuts to other areas of the County budget.

The LWVFA's 62nd Annual Meeting was held Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Mason District Governmental Center, in Annandale. Anita Kumar from The Washington Post was the luncheon speaker. The business meeting included approving Amendments to LWVFA and LWVFA Ed Fund Bylaws; adopting a budget for FY2010-11, adopting local program for the next biennium (2010-12) and electing new officers and directors. In addition to approving the recommended program, the not-recommended item "Fairfax County becoming a City" was also adopted as a study for 2010-12. Links to the some of the foregoing are: Proposed Amended LWVFA Bylaws, Proposed Amended LWVFA Ed Fund Bylaws and Summary of Amendments [3 documents]; Proposed Budget Transmittal Memo with Statement of Condition at End of Fiscal Year, Proposed LWVFA Budget for FY2010-11 and Proposed LWVFA Ed Fund Budget for FY2010-11 [3 documents]; and Proposed LWVFA Recommended Program for 2010-12.

LWVFA gave Testimony to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed FY 2011 Budget on April 8, 2010. Click here to read.

LWVFA received annual briefing from Fairfax Co. Office of Management & Budget at its board meeting March 17, 2010, at the Packard Center.

LWVFA sent a letter to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on March 5, 2010 about the FY2011 Advertised Budget. Click here to read the letter. League Testimony about the budget will be given at the BOS public hearing on April 8, 2010.

At the LWVFA General Meeting on January 24, 2010, attendees heard about the latest plans for developing Tysons Corner. A summary of Clark Tyler's presentation is published in the March 2010 Fairfax VOTER. Click here for Part 1 of the March Voter to read Mr. Tyler's remarks.

LWVFA gave input to Fairfax Co. School Board on proposed FY2010 schools budget at public hearing on January 25, 2010. click here to read the testimony.

LWVFA gave testimony on League Legislative Priorities to General Assembly Delegation for Fairfax County & City on Saturday, January 9, 2010 click here to read the presentation.

2009 and prior Fairfax Area LWV Testimony & Activities

"OPEN & TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT - Do we expect too much or not enough?" held March 18, 2009 7:30 p.m., GMU Johnson Center, Third Floor, Room C. click here for more information. To see video from the event click here.

LWVFA celebrated its 60th Anniversary in April, 2008 with a new 60th Anniversary display board and updated publications:

  • Remember The Times-2008: a compilation of LWVFA Presidents' memories from 1948 - 2008.
  • Historical Milestones - 2008: a companion publication for the LWVFA 60th Anniversary Exhibit (display board) that toured the FCPL libraries throughout the summer of 2008 and at the Fairfax Co. Government Center during April.

LWVFA presented historic picture to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors on March 12, 2007. More information

LWVFA Board members help to present Women's History Month Proclamation to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. (photo)

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) Court Observation Report 2006 reflects League members' observations and surveys prepared in Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court (J& D) from May 2005 to April 2006. Leaguers observed over 900 cases in the J & D Court. The six-page report is divided into three sections: (1.) background information, (2.) survey results and (3.) court watchers reflections. The report is in a Portable Document Format (pdf). Click LWVFA Court Observers Report (pdf 184kb/6pp) for the complete report.