Former Officials Hendrix, Tucker and Davis Offer Tutorial on Local Government: Session Five

The fifth in a series of free educational forums on understanding government will be held Thursday, May 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at City Space in downtown Charlottesville and will feature talks on local government by three former Charlottesville and Albemarle County officials with over a hundred years of government experience between them.State Government and its relation to Virginia communities.

Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice System (May25)

  • Timothy Longo, former Charlottesville Chief of Police
  • Jim Hingeley, former Head, Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Defenders Office
  • Dave Chapman, Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney
  • Others TBA

The government sessions are a series of six forums on understanding government offered by the Democratic Road Forward PAC, which was established in 2003 by the late Delegate Mitch Van Yahres.

In reference to the PAC, former Charlottesville City Councilor and PAC president, Meredith Richards explained that the mission is to encourage and nurture government leadership at the grassroots in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. “While some of our activities are partisan in nature,” she said, “others like the Understanding Government program are non-partisan and exist for the sole purpose of promoting good government and contributing to a well-informed citizenry.”

The Understanding Government forums will run every other Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from March 30 to June 8, with the first one held in City Council Chambers and the remaining forums at City Space in downtown Charlottesville.

Meetings update

Due to logistical challenges and owing to the fact that the Mass Meeting and Business Meeting are next week (May 16), there will not be a breakfast social for May.  Our next breakfast social is scheduled for June 10th.  Please note the Official Calls for the Mass Meeting and the Business Meeting to follow are published on this website.  Consult the Official Calls for details.

ACRC Business Meeting Official Call May 16, 2017

OFFICIAL CALL

I, George M. Urban, Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee, do hereby issue this call for a meeting of the Committee to be held in the large meeting room at Northside Library, 705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, following the conclusion of the Mass Meeting (scheduled for 6:00 PM local time).
The agenda shall be as follows:
I.                Call to order.
II.               Invocation.
III.              Pledge of Allegiance.
IV.              Approval of minutes from the March 15, 2017 meeting.
V.               Approval of new member applicants:  Chris Boland, David Caron, Joe Drago, Tanner Hirschfeld (student), Amy Johnston, Eric Kessler (student), Jason Kessler (associate), Winne Kessler, Frieda Loose-Wagner, John Miska, Charles Ruehle, Charles Stevens, Michael Wagner.
VI.              Chairman’s report.
VII.             Treasurer’s report.
VIII.            Budget for upcoming year.
a.       Authorization of donations to nominated candidates.
IX.              June 13 primary election volunteers.
X.               Guest speakers / announcements.
XI.              New business.
XII.             Adjournment.

Official Call for Mass Meeting May 16

OFFICIAL CALL
Mass Meeting of the Albemarle County Republican Committee
of the Republican Party of Virginia

As Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee, and pursuant to the Plan of Organization and as recommended and directed by the Committee, I, George M. Urban, do hereby issue this call for a Mass Meeting to be held in the large meeting room at Northside Library, 705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901, starting at 6:00 PM local time (with registration opening at 5:30 PM) on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, for the following purpose:

Nomination of a Republican candidate for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in each of the Jack Jouett, Rio, and Samuel Miller magisterial districts to be voted upon in the General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Qualifications for Participation

All legal and qualified voters of Albemarle County under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, regardless of race, religion, national origin, or sex, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who, if requested, express in open meeting either orally or in writing as may be required, their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election, may participate as members of the Republican Party of Virginia in its mass meetings, party canvasses, conventions, or primaries encompassing their respective election districts.

In addition to the foregoing, to be in accord with the principles of the Republican Party, unless otherwise stipulated by the appropriate Official Committee, a person otherwise qualified hereunder shall not have participated in Virginia in the nomination process of a party other than the Republican Party within the past five years. A single exception to the preceding shall be approved for a voter that renounces affiliation with any other party in writing, and who expresses in writing that s/he is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and intends, at the time of the writing, to support the nominees of the Republican Party in the future.

Voters may be required to produce personal identification such as a valid driver’s license or voter registration card in order to participate in the mass meeting.

Filing Requirements

Candidates for the nomination at said mass meeting shall file a written statement by mail or in person, to George M. Urban, 1236 Hatcher Court, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22903, which must be received not later than 10:00 AM local time on Tuesday, May 16, 2017; postmarks do not govern.

Registration Fee
There will be no registration fee to participate in this mass meeting.

Paid for and authorized by the Albemarle County Republican Committee.

Former Officials Hendrix, Tucker and Davis Offer Tutorial on Local Government: Session Four

The fourth in a series of free educational forums on understanding government will be held Thursday, May 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at City Space in downtown Charlottesville and will feature talks on local government by three former Charlottesville and Albemarle County officials with over a hundred years of government experience between them.State Government and its relation to Virginia communities.

Public Education: Meeting the Needs of our Children in Today’s Challenging Times (May 11)

  • Juandiego Wade, Co-Chairman, Charlottesville City School Board
  • Others TBA

The government sessions are a series of six forums on understanding government offered by the Democratic Road Forward PAC, which was established in 2003 by the late Delegate Mitch Van Yahres.

In reference to the PAC, former Charlottesville City Councilor and PAC president, Meredith Richards explained that the mission is to encourage and nurture government leadership at the grassroots in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. “While some of our activities are partisan in nature,” she said, “others like the Understanding Government program are non-partisan and exist for the sole purpose of promoting good government and contributing to a well-informed citizenry.”

The Understanding Government forums will run every other Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from March 30 to June 8, with the first one held in City Council Chambers and the remaining forums at City Space in downtown Charlottesville.

Senior Statesmen of Virginia sponsor area legislators General Assembly Legislative Report Wednesday May 10th at the Senior Center (Free)

Area legislators will report on the 2017 Session of the Virginia General Assembly. This was the biennial “short” session when the focus is normally on amending Virginia’s two-year budget. Because revenues were greater than expected, the budget amendments were adopted with little strife. The record on other issues was mixed. For example, bills to reform the redistricting process and end gerrymandering, which passed the Senate overwhelmingly, were killed in an early-morning House subcommittee meeting. Joining us to discuss the events will be . . .

deedsSenator Creigh Deeds (D)
represents the 25th Senate District which includes the cities of Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Covington, and Lexington, and the counties of Albemarle (part), Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Nelson, and Rock- bridge
landesDelegate Steve Landes (R)
represents the 25th House of Delegates District which includes portions of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties.  Note: Delegate Landes is in the process of working to
resolve a scheduling conflict so that he will be able to attend.

toscano

Delegate David Toscano (D)
represents the 57th House of Delegates District which includes Charlottesville and part of Albemarle County.


The prgram will be moderated by SSV Board Member Terry Cooper.

The next meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia will be held on
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
at the Senior Center, Inc., 1180 Pepsi Place
Senator Creigh Deeds and Delegates Steve Landes and David Toscano

Free and Open to the Public

An Earth Day Education

April 21, 2017 wsj.com    Somehow life keeps getting better.

Just in time for Saturday’s Earth Day forecasts of environmental apocalypse, economist Mark Perry provides a helpful reminder of the accuracy of previous eco-prophecies. Specifically, he notes “18 spectacularly wrong predictions” made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970.

Perhaps because earlier predictions of catastrophe were off target, it’s clear that in 2017 many of Earth’s inhabitants are still not persuaded that their planet is doomed. But Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers may have a solution for this. She writes for CNN today a bout her organization’s “campaign to bring climate and environmental literacy to the world.”

Ms. Brown explains: “Climate literacy is now recognized universally as the engine for driving individual behavioral change, building consumer support for a green economy, creating green technologies and jobs, and promoting policy reforms at all levels of government. Recognizing the importance of an educated global population, the authors of the Paris Climate Agreement put climate education at its heart, calling on national governments to cooperate in taking measures to enhance climate education, training and access to information.”

This column would like to do its part by sharing a valuable history lesson, thanks to Mr. Perry and also t o my onetime colleague Ronald Bailey, who in a 2000 piece for Reason magazine looked back at the first Earth Day. Here’s what Mr. Bailey wrote on the 30th anniversary of that landmark eco-happening:

Imminent global famine caused by the explosion of the “population bomb” was the big issue on Earth Day 1970. Then–and now–the most prominent prophet of population doom was Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich. Dubbed “ecology’s angry lobbyist” by Life magazine, the gloomy Ehrlich was quoted everywhere. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” he confidently declared in an interview with then-radical journalist Peter Collier in the April 1970 Mademoiselle. “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”

“Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,” wrote Ehrlich in an essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe!,” which ran in the special Earth Day issue of the radical magazine Ramparts. “By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” Ehrlich sketched out his most alarmist scenario for the Earth Day issue of The Progressive, assuring readers that between 1980 and 1989, some 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the “Great Die-Off.”

Readers old enough to remember the 1980s should be forgiven if they can’t quite seem to recall a famine wiping out most of the world’s population. As Mr. Bailey noted in assessing the accuracy of Mr. Ehrlich’s predictions:

Time has not been gentle with these prophecies. It’s absolutely true that far too many people remain poor and hungry in the world–800 million people are still malnourished and nearly 1.2 billion live on less than a dollar a day–but we have not seen mass starvation around the world in the past three decades. Where we have seen famines, such as in Somalia and Ethiopia, they are invariably the result of war and political instability. Indeed, far from turning brown, the Green Revolution has never been so verdant. Food production has handily outpaced population growth and food today is cheaper and more abundant than ever before. Since 1970, the amount of food pe r person globally has increased by 26 percent, and as the International Food Policy Research Institute reported in October 1999, “World market prices for wheat, maize, and rice, adjusted for inflation, are the lowest they have been in the last century.”

Former Officials Hendrix, Tucker and Davis Offer Tutorial on Local Government: Session Three

The third in a series of free educational forums on understanding government will be held Thursday, April 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at City Space in downtown Charlottesville and will feature talks on local government by three former Charlottesville and Albemarle County officials with over a hundred years of government experience between them.State Government and its relation to Virginia communities.

Regionalism: Jurisdictions working together to develop effective solutions (April 27)

  • Chip Boyles, Executive Director, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
  • Diantha McKeel, Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
  • Michael Signer, Charlottesville Mayor

 

The government sessions are a series of six forums on understanding government offered by the Democratic Road Forward PAC, which was established in 2003 by the late Delegate Mitch Van Yahres.

In reference to the PAC, former Charlottesville City Councilor and PAC president, Meredith Richards explained that the mission is to encourage and nurture government leadership at the grassroots in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. “While some of our activities are partisan in nature,” she said, “others like the Understanding Government program are non-partisan and exist for the sole purpose of promoting good government and contributing to a well-informed citizenry.”

The Understanding Government forums will run every other Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from March 30 to June 8, with the first one held in City Council Chambers and the remaining forums at City Space in downtown Charlottesville.

Candidate Events/Fundraisers

Note: ACRC has not endorsed any candidates in the 2017 Republican primary.  Announcements in this space are for the benefit of our membership.  We endeavor to include local events for all candidates that are submitted to us.
April 13 (Thursday) – 6:30pm – Senator Bryce Reeves, candidate for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor, will be featured at a private event at a home at Keswick Vineyards.  A presentation on the Leadership of Thomas Jefferson will be given in celebration of his 274th birthday.  For more information, please contact Tyler@BryceReeves.com
April 25 (Tuesday) – 7:30am to 9:00am – Join Delegate Rob Bell for breakfast to support his re-election campaign at Tiptop Restaurant.  Tickets are available for a $25 donation each; sponsorship giving levels are available.  For more information, please contact Rob@DelegateRobBell.com