Hello neighbors –
In lieu of an in-person meeting, here are brief November updates from City Council, House of Delegates, School Board, and WHNA.
Also big Congratulations to our newly re-elected 4th District Council rep Kristen Larson and School Board rep Jonathan Young!
Hoping you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving!
4th District Richmond City Council: Kristen Larson
- 4th District Virtual Small Business Town Hall: Councilwoman Larson invited small business owners living or doing business in the 4th District to join her and the city’s Department of Economic Development at 6 pm on November 23rd for a 4th District Virtual Small Business Town Hall meeting. This was a time to discuss any issues businesses continue to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ways in which the city can lend support.
- Two speed tables on Westover Hills Blvd are in included in the City’s CIP Traffic Calming Program and will likely be installed in the spring. More information on the location of the projects to come.
- Contact Info:
- Please subscribe to my e-newsletter if you would like to receive more regular updates – send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list.
- Phone: office (804-646-5646) or cell (804-503-1313).
House of Delegates: Betsy Carr
- Special Legislative Session adjourned on Monday, November 9 with a budget. Review it at budget.lis.virginia.gov
- 2021 Legislative Session begins Wednesday, January 13 – email Delegate Carr at email@example.com about your legislative priorities and/or if you would like to meet virtually to discuss your concerns.
- COVID-19: Check the Virginia Department of Health for updated COVID-19 resources, data, and testing sites: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/
- Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures beginning Sunday, November 15:
- All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals (this includes indoor and outdoor).
- All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces.
- All essential retail businesses must adhere to statewide guidelines. Violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
- The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, etc. and these establishments must close by midnight.
RPS School Board: Jonathan Young
- A new School Board has been elected consisting of four soon to be new colleagues. I have reached out to all four and look forward to working with them and developing a new team to advance RPS.
- The current Board will vote next month pertinent to the second semester and what school will look like for the balance of the academic year. To weigh in please consider visiting either https://www.rvaschools.net/Page/8090 or https://www.rvaschools.net/Page/8091 for families or https://www.rvaschools.net/Page/8092 for faculty/staff.
- The Superintendent’s contract/future with RPS will constitute among the first orders of business for the new Board; I fully support Jason Kamras and our Dreams4RPS plan comprised of forty initiatives.
- Also among the first orders of business for the new Board will be developing a new budget that accounts for COVID.
- Stay up-to-date on RPS news at https://www.facebook.com/RichmondPublicSchools.
- It’s WHNA election time! If you’re interested in serving on the Executive Team (President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer) or would like to sign up to support a committee (Membership, Special Events, School liaison, Welcome, Yard of the Month & Holiday Décor, Communications, Beautification, or Community Involvement), please email firstname.lastname@example.org by December 14.
- A new Rag will be coming out in December.
- We’re hoping to have a virtual WHNA meeting in January… stay tuned!
- WHNA Membership – Don’t forget to turn in membership dues. It’s easy to do online.