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Power Lines; I-66 & an Invitation

posted July 21st, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Best regards from Dulles! Below are few updates on important issues for our area; please read and share –THANK YOU! For continuous updates on these issues and others, please follow me on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/DelegateDavidRamadan) and Twitter(www.Twitter.com/DavidIRamadan).

Power Lines – Route 50, Loudoun
I’ve held several meetings and many more telephone calls on this issue over the last few weeks. As I previously reported, Dominion Power has new project to build 230 KV power lines in the Route 50 corridor to serve a large, new by-right data center on the existing South Riding Nursery Parcel at Poland Road. Dominion is required by law to serve the data center-just like they would be required to provide power to any property owner for any type of use. In May, Dominion submitted its filing to the State Corporation Commission (SCC)  –who has the sole authority over utilities– for the project and it appears that they did not take into consideration the concerns expressed by property owners and the community. The path is entirely along Route 50, on the south side. It is clear that the chosen path will inhibit StoneSpring Hospital’s ability to Medivac patients, and harm the development of Avonlea Town Center.

Although Dominion have assured me that they are studying the effects of their chosen path on the hospital and informed me that they have commissioned an FAA study, I remain very concerned and support the County position of opposing the current routes. Here is where we stand today:

  • The Loudoun Board of Supervisors passed a Resolution last week formally opposing the power lines on Route 50 and endorsed three alternative routes for the SCC and Dominion to consider. Supervisor Letourneau is holding a public meeting to discuss the County’s proposed alternatives and a strategy on going forward this Thursday, July 23 at 7pm at Mercer Middle School – I urge you all to attend.
  • The SCC had scheduled a hearing in Leesburg in August to hear from constituents. That didn’t sit well with me due to the time of day and location of the meeting; so I requested a change of venue or an additional hearing. My request was supported by Senator Black, Delegate LeMunyon, Chairman York and Supervisor Letourneau. The SCC granted our request and scheduled a Dulles South Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 25th at 6 PM at Freedom High School – Please save the date; it is very very very important that our constituents show up to this meeting and testify to the SCC against the Rt. 50 options and support the County options.   

I will continue to work closely with Supervisor Letourneau who is working with a coalition of landowners and HOA leaders to deal with this issue. This coalition have started an on line petition which I urge you to sign: www.NoTowersOn50.org/petition
Please stay tuned, this will be long fight through the SCC and we will need every constituent’s help and involvement. …
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Must Read: 2015 Changes to Virginia’s Laws _ Delegate David Ramadan

posted June 23rd, 2015

Sincerely,
Del. David Ramadan
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Passage to India: Dulles officials eyeing nonstop flights to evolving nation

posted June 17th, 2015

By Trevor Baratko

The capital of the free world and the second most-populous nation on Earth. One would think, in 2015, there would be a nonstop flight between the two.

One would be wrong.

Not one nonstop flight between Washington’s Dulles International Airport and an Indian city exists, but officials with Dulles, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and the Commonwealth of Virginia are looking to change that.

Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones says the state and MWAA are exploring how to lure a nonstop-to-India carrier from Dulles, an effort that will include a delegation trip to the nation in the fall.

“I’ll say this, and probably get in trouble for it, but we’re planning a trip to India in October,” Jones said at the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Economy in late May. “We do not have direct service from Dulles to India. It’s time, and we have to work on that.”

Mark Treadaway, the airports authority vice president of air service development, confirmed Dulles is hoping to land a nonstop route to India, although he was quick to point out the airport’s carriers already offer numerous one-stop flights to India.

A nonstop route from Dulles to Indian destinations like Mumbai or Delhi could save travelers five or six hours one way, Treadaway said.

Dulles operators’ 2014 courtship of Air China is an example of what the process to lure new India routes could look like, Treadaway said. Last year, Dulles began offering four nonstop flights to Beijing each week, an endeavor estimated to bring nearly 16,000 more visitors to the region and generate $14 million in visitor spending annually, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office.

“This nonstop flight will unite businesses, families, friends and universities, and will provide a seamless method for Chinese travelers to visit Virginia [the] and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area,” McAuliffe said at the time.

A similar mindset is likely in play with India, but the McAuliffe administration, beyond Jones’ remarks, is keeping hush on the new campaign.

“We don’t comment on ongoing economic development projects,” McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said. “… Obviously [the governor] believes it would be a good thing for Virginia, but we can’t discuss what we are or aren’t doing there at this time.”

State Del. David Ramadan (R-87th), a Northern Virginia businessman, regularly conducts business in India and the Middle East. He said a nonstop flight from Dulles to India would be “very advantageous” for corporate travelers. …

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Virginia GOP placing new emphasis on recruiting minority candidates

posted June 15th, 2015

By Rachel Weiner

When it comes to attracting minority voters, Republicans are starting to catch up with Democrats in one key way in Virginia: recruiting nonwhite candidates to run for public office.

In primaries last week for this fall’s legislative elections, Republicans nominated two Asians and one Hispanic, as well as a Jewish immigrant from Belarus. On the Democratic side, meanwhile, two Asian American Democrats ran and fell short in the primaries, as did several women and African American candidates. The Democratic candidates nominated in competitive races Tuesday were entirely white and male.

“For two cycles in a row, we have a field that looks and feels like Northern Virginia,” said Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman who is working to prepare the GOP for the 2016 presidential election. …

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