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Braddock/Pleasant Valley and Major Gum Spring Road Changes to Be Discussed at 4/28 Town Hall Meeting

posted April 16th, 2015

From: “Matt Letourneau”
Date: April 16, 2015 at 1:13:08 PM EDT
Subject: Braddock/Pleasant Valley and Major Gum Spring Road Changes to Be Discussed at 4/28 Town Hall Meeting

Supervisor Letourneau to Hold Town Hall Meeting on April 28

I will be hosting my 2nd quarter Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00pm at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School (26020 Ticonderoga Road).

At the meeting, we will be discussing two major events that will impact commuters: construction of the Braddock/Pleasant Valley Roundabout, and a new configuration for north-south traffic from Gum Spring Road.

We’ll have the design-build project team from VDOT and Fort Meyer Construction on hand to present the construction plans for the Braddock/Pleasant Valley Roundabout and answer any questions from the public.

We will also inform you of a major change that is currently scheduled to take place on or around April 29th involving the north side of Gum Spring Road and Stone Springs Blvd and Route 50. On this date, the section of Gum Spring Road adjacent to the StoneSpring ER and the hospital under construction will close to through traffic, and all traffic will use a new section of Stone Springs Blvd on the north side of Route 50. You will be hearing about this change over the next few days from HOA’s and on message boards in the area.

As always, I will also update you on other projects in our District — there has been considerable progress in the last few weeks. And, I have also asked Delegate David Ramadan to give an update on the General Assembly session which just concluded. I hope you can attend.

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Delegate Ramadan Will Not Seek Re-election

posted April 15th, 2015


Delegate David Ramadan
Telephone: 703 348 7015
E-Mail: info@davidramadan.com

Delegate Ramadan Will Not Seek Re-election

Richmond, VA | April 15, 2015 – Delegate David I. Ramadan (R-87th District; Loudoun) today issued the following statement about his decision to not seek re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2015:

“Serving in Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol has been the greatest honor of my life. For the past three and a half years, I have worked as hard as possible to represent my constituents and give back to the community, the Commonwealth and this great nation that has given me so much since I immigrated in 1989.

Serving in the House of Delegates has been a privilege, but it also has presented incredible challenges for my career and my family. The 87th District is one of the most Democratic districts held by a Republican in the entire Commonwealth, which means that my next election will be incredibly expensive and time consuming, just as my previous two have been.

Yesterday, I returned from an overseas business trip. There is no question that my business interests have suffered over the past few years, since my time and attention has been solely focused on my role as a Delegate.

Waging another successful campaign would require me to raise more than half a million dollars again this year. While I firmly believe that I would once again be able to win my race, it has become clear to me that the amount of time and effort that it will take to raise the funds needed will require me to continue to neglect my business for the next seven months. Unfortunately, this is just not sustainable for me and my family.

I am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish during my two terms. Richmond can be a tough place for a new Delegate, especially one with such a different background than what many here are used to. However, I was able to author and pass several pieces of legislation that are now law on various important issues such as education, public safety, business development and transportation. I’m particularly thankful to be able to pass a Constitutional Amendment providing survivor benefits for the widows of military members who were killed-in-action.

I worked hard to bring transportation solutions to our area, and helped forge agreements and obtain funds to widen Route 606 and build the Braddock-Pleasant Valley roundabout. I also put together a comprehensive case against the outrageous tolls on the Dulles Greenway, a fight which is still ongoing. As a private citizen, I will continue this effort, even if it means taking it to the Virginia Supreme Court.

Winning my first two campaigns against all odds and all my accomplishments wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the help and trust of many friends, neighbors, and constituents. I’m blessed by the love of so many and humbled by the support you have given me since 2011 –Thank You!

I take pride in serving in a bi-partisan manner and representing all of my constituents in the 87th while holding on to my conservative principals. Public service is the duty of every American; I’m very fortunate to have been able to serve.

I will continue to be an active participant in the public process, and if my circumstances change in the future, I will certainly consider seeking elected office once again. In the meantime, I will continue to work hard to represent my constituents’ right up until the end of my term.”

Delegate David Ramadan represents the 87th House of Delegates District, which includes eastern Loudoun County and western Prince William County. He currently serves on the oldest & newest committees in the House of Delegates: Privileges & Elections (P&E) and Science & Technology (S&T), as well as General Laws Committee. He serves as the chairman of the P&E Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee. Delegate Ramadan is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Business Development Caucus. He also serves as an Alt. Commissioner on the Interstate Potomac River Basin Commission. To learn more visit www.DavidRamadan.com


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Ramadan vows to keep fighting ‘highway robbery’ on Dulles Greenway

posted April 13th, 2015

By Caitlin Gibson

In the wake of several failed attempts to halt the rising cost of tolls on the Dulles Greenway, Virginia Del. David I. Ramadan (R-Loudoun) and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors are redoubling their efforts to seek relief for motorists who use the privately owned road.

Last month, Ramadan and the board filed new legal briefs with the Virginia State Corporation Commission, in support of a pending appeal that aims to lower tolls and implement a distance-based pricing structure on the 14-mile roadway, which runs between Washington Dulles International Airport and Leesburg.

The briefs urge the SCC to reconsider its hearing examiner’s conclusion last year that there was no need to overhaul the road’s toll structure.

“There was overwhelming evidence to the contrary,” Ramadan said in a statement. “The evidence included expert testimony that was presented during a five-day trial.” …

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Another Crisis In Governance At UVA

posted April 13th, 2015


On Mar. 29, the University of Virginia’s Rector, George Keith Martin, and its president, Teresa A. Sullivan, sent a letter to the Virginia General Assembly regarding the new Affordable Excellence model. What they failed to mention, however, was the abhorrent lack of transparency in how this model was passed, reminiscent of 2012’s crisis in governance in which the Board unilaterally ousted Sullivan from her presidency.

On Mar. 24, UVA’s Board of Visitors maneuvered back-door dealings to force through a secret proposal. In only one meeting, the BOV introduced, discussed and voted on an unannounced proposal to raise tuition for incoming in-state students by an unprecedented amount over the next two years, expanding the “high-tuition, high-aid” model. Despite objections where Board members Allison DiNardo and Helen Dragas abstained and voted against the model respectively, the Board decided to move forward with this proposal. We have serious concerns about the Affordable Excellence model. Most of all, we are furious at the lack of transparency and the Board’s deliberate efforts to exclude the student voice.

Catching wind of this proposal less than 48 hours before the BOV meeting, students from the organization UVA Students United organized a rally of over 150 students outside of the Special Collections library, where the Board met. At the rally, students held their own hearing to discuss rising tuition, since there is no opportunity for public comment during any BOV meetings. Following the rally, the students entered the library to attend the meeting, where the proposal in question was being discussed. However, all but about eight students were denied access. When students asked the administration to move the meeting to a larger room to accommodate the students, they said it was not possible because any changes to meetings in time or location must be made 10 days in advance, according to the Board’s manual. Yet when students returned to attend the next day of meetings on Mar. 25, the schedule was rearranged so that the open meeting during which the Board passed a tuition hike actually occurred several hours before it was scheduled. During the closed session of the BOV in the afternoon, the whole building was put under lockdown. There were armed police guarding all entrances and exits, and administration entered and exited through alternative doors to avoid students desperate for answers. Sources say Rector Martin deliberately moved the open meeting in order to circumvent concerned students. Whether the BOV has permission to change the meeting schedule or not, what matters is that Rector Martin changed the schedule with the purpose of keeping students and the public from attending. This library lockdown is indicative of the Board’s ongoing trend of obfuscation.

The purpose of UVA has always been to create an active and engaged citizenry to uphold democratic freedom while equipping its students with the knowledge and power to fight tyranny and corruption. So long as UVA is ruled by an oligarchy of Virginia’s wealthy elite, this university fails to uphold values of self-governance. The Board’s attempt to model our University after private institutions and Ivy League schools is overshadowing our fundamental commitment to the public. They conducted business behind locked doors guarded by armed officers in order to intimidate and threatened students with arrest for trying to peacefully participate in democratic discourse. We as students ultimately failed because we tried to work in a democratic way with what is fundamentally a non-democratic body.

Below are our proposals for how to make the Board of Visitors more transparent and democratic.

1- Demand that the UVA Board of Visitors re-evaluate the Affordable Excellence Model.
2- Implement a public comment period of at least one hour during the Board’s regular meeting, open to all constituents of the University.
3- Establish several elected student representatives to the Board who have voting power.
4- Mandate student and faculty representation on the Governor’s Advisory Board for Board of Visitors’ Appointments.

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