Fairfax County news in brief

January 11, 2012
Comstock, Albo back Romney

Dels. Barbara Comstock (R-Fairfax) and David B. Albo (R-Fairfax) are among the seven state co-chairs of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in Virginia, the campaign announced last week. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) is leading the Virginia campaign.

Romney is considered a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination after narrowly winning the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3. He is one of only two Republican presidential candidates to make it on the ballot for Virginia’s March 6 presidential primary.

Fairfax Connector changes

The Fairfax Connector has announced schedule and route changes on 10 bus lines that will go into effect Saturday. View the new schedules at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/.

•Routes 101, 171, 304 and 305: adjusted to improve on-time performance.

•Route 306: Landmark Mall service discontinued; matched routing changes made by Metro to Metrobus routes 17A and 17B; routing of midday service changed.

•Routes 333, 334 and 335: adjusted schedule to relieve bus bay congestion at Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station; added two late trips on Route 334 to further serve the Northern Virginia Community College medical campus.

•Route 623: adjusted 5:43 a.m. westbound trip to 5:48 a.m. to provide better spacing of early-morning departures at Vienna Metrorail station.

•Route 652: adjusted 4:16 p.m. westbound trip to 4:10 p.m. to improve on-time performance.

Hearing on state of environment

The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council has scheduled a public hearing to solicit comments on the state of the environment in Fairfax County.

The hearing will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. A remote testimony location will be set up in Room 221-A of the South County Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria.

Council members encourage residents to share their views on the environment and to identify environmental issues. The council considers water quality, air quality, noise, hazardous materials, solid waste, stream valley protection, wildlife management, light pollution, visual pollution, climate change response and adaptation, energy conservation, land use, transportation and the use and preservation of ecological resources.

Falls Church down to 3 wards

The Falls Church City Council adopted an ordinance Dec. 12 that reduces the number of voting wards in the city from five to three. City officials expect the change will save money and lead to greater efficiency in voting.

The city has submitted the change to the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division for clearance, as required by the Civil Rights Act of 1965. The Justice Department reviews all election changes in certain southern states to ensure proposed voting changes do not have the purpose, and will not have the effect, of discriminating based on race.

Residents can review the changes at the City Clerk’s office, 300 Park Ave., and may make comments to the U.S. attorney general.

— Fairfax County Times

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