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News Briefs: January 12th – 18th

F.C. Police Issue Warrant For Arrest of Stabbing Suspect

City of Falls Church Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Gian Vi Nguyen, age 44, in connection with a non-fatal stabbing on January 5, 2023, in the 6700 block of Wilson Blvd. A Photo of Nguyen is below. He is believed to be a resident of Maryland.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts or the stabbing incident should contact Detective Gandionko at 703-248-5284 (TTY 711) or cgandionko@fallschurchva.gov.

F.C. Council Extends Agreement For ‘Teacher Workforce Units’

By a unanimous vote, the Falls Church City Council authorized City Manager Wyatt Shields to execute an agreement to extend the City’s deal with the Read Building (402 W. Broad) owners, Jefferson 402 LLC, to offer nine of the building’s 25 rental units as affordable “teacher workforce units” for another 10 years, at a cost of $350,000, with funds from a Virginia Housing Amazon REACH grant. With 35 percent of the units offered as “affordable,” the Read Building has the highest percentage of affordable units in Falls Church. 

Affordability restrictions on the nine units range for qualified applicants with those having  60 to 80 percent average median income (AMI).

City Retirement Fund in 95th Percentile of Results

The annual report of the Falls Church City’s retirement fund investments, reported by Retirement Board chair Connie Rydberg at the F.C. City Council meeting Monday, shows that over the five year period from 2018 to current, the average rate of return for the basic and police plans both was 8.2 percent, placing it in the 95th percentile in comparison to other plans with similar investment strategies.

The value for funds invested as a portion of the sale of the City Water System  has grown by 5.6 percent.

2 Planning Commissioners Reappointed to 4 Year Terms

Robert Puentes and Cory Weiss were voted by the F.C. City Council to new four year terms, running through Dec. 31, 2026 on the City’s Planning Commission Monday night.

In addition, Steve Hicks was appointed to the Historical Commission and Mathann Jackson to the Retirement Board.

Council Mulls Making Some Outdoor Dining Permanent

As a work session following Monday’s F.C. City Council meeting, the Council mulled an ordinance that would make the 13 existing outdoor dining options approved on an emergency basis during the Covid-19 Pandemic and would allow for others to be approved.

In conjunction, the Council will also consider reductions in minimum parking requirements for some businesses that Planning Chief Jim Snyder said “could be inhibiting economic growth.”

Council member Letty Hardi said, “Clearly, we’ve proven we operate with less parking,” and Mayor David Tarter said such moves “are on the right track.”

The Council will consider both matters in the next month. 

Planned Parenthood Advocates Assail New Richmond Plans

“Today, on the first day of the 2023 Virginia Legislative Session, Del. Kathy Byron introduced HB2278, which would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood advocates reported. “This bill would strip Virginians of their bodily autonomy, undermine health care providers, and prevent patients from making their own deeply personal medical decisions.” 

A statement by Jamie Lockhart, executive director of Planned Parent Advocates of Virginia, stated, “Delegate Kathy Byron made good on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s promise to try to ban abortion in Virginia by introducing this proposed legislation, which would hurt Virginians and put politicians where they don’t belong: in control of people’s private medical decisions.

“Let’s be clear: a ban is a ban, plain and simple. Like all bans, Del. Byron’s proposed bill would deny Virginians the fundamental right to control their own bodies, lives, and futures.”