Falls Church News Briefs

Fairfax Water Answers F.C. Supreme Court Appeal

Asserting that the City of Falls Church should be denied its petition for appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, counsel for the Fairfax County Water Authority filed a “Brief in Opposition to the Petition for Appeal” in Richmond on April 26.

It claims that “the trial court properly ruled that the retail water charges by the City of Falls Church were an improper revenue-generating device,” that “the City deliberately inflated its water rates to generate surplus revenues to divert to its general fund.” Since 92 percent of the City’s water customers reside in Fairfax County, the “surcharge also represented an unconstitutional, extraterritorial tax.” The 34-page document concluded, “It is extremely unusual for a city water system to have a customer base that is overwhelmingly comprised of non-city residents. Falls Church capitalized on that imbalance by charging an inflated water rate to all of its customers, reaping huge profits that allowed it to drastically reduce the local tax burden on its own citizens.”


Moran, Connolly, Barnett Need No Primaries

Veteran Rep. Jim Moran and first-term incumbent Gerry Connolly are not being opposed in their own Democratic Party this election cycle, precluding the need for a primary in the 8th District and 11th Districts. The same is the case for Jeff Barnett, now the only candidate for the Democrats, also precluding the need for a primary, in the 10th Congressional District of Virginia that reaches from the northern edges of Falls Church deep into Loudoun County to the west. Barnett will challenge entrenched Republican incumbent Frank Wolf in the November election. Judy Feder, the Democrats’ challenger to Wolf in each of the last two elections, is not in the race this time. Barnett began a lengthy career in the U.S. Air Force upon his graduation from college in 1972, until his retirement as a full colonel in 1999. Since 2003, he has worked with Toffler Associates, an international executive advisory firm founded by futurist Alvin Toffler. He has written two books, the most recent being “The Job Box.”  It was announced by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee yesterday that Barnett will join Northern Virginia incumbent congressmen Moran and Connolly as featured guests at the committee’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Fairfax on May 22.


Kory Announces Drop-In Office Hours

State Del. Kaye Kory of the 38th District announced for public drop-in opportunities at two locations in her district in May and June. The series is launched at the Woodrow Wilson Library, 6101 Knollwood Dr. in Falls Church on Thursday, May 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. The second will be Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. A third will be at the Wilson Library on Thursday, June 3 from 1 to 3 p.m, and a fourth at the Mason Library on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.

F.C. Education Group Raises $70k At Banquet

The non-profit Falls Church Education Foundation held its most successful yet annual banquet, its sixth, last Friday night in Arlington, with tickets, auctions and silent auctions bringing more than $70,000 from over 240 attendees. Auctioneer Colm Dillon, owner of the Ireland’s Four Provinces restaurant, led the live auction. $7,200 was raised for extending Challenge Days to the Henderson Middle School. Now an institution since its introduction at George Mason High School four years ago, Challenge Days is an enormously effective program aimed at overcoming fears and hatred of differences among students. Other major beneficiaries of the fundraising efforts at Friday’s banquet included Mt. Daniel and Jefferson Elementary, recipients of four new SmartBoard interactive teaching tools, and the robotics program at George Mason High, which recently qualified for the national championships in Atlanta. Corporate sponsors of Friday’s fete were Acacia Bank, Moore Cadillac and Pal-Tech.