Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Oct. 27 is first public meeting on downtown’s future.
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m.
The department is looking for input and ideas from citizens to help update the vision for the downtown area for the next 20 years. The plan will seek to address the rise of downtown living and the importance of public spaces and amenities. It will also focus on successful small businesses, major employers, and other initiatives that help establish downtown Roanoke as a reg
Virginia House Democratic Caucus
In our last message, we reminded you that the 2011 Redistricting Special Session will convene on April 4th. We also shared that the Governor’s Bi-partisan Redistricting Commission which was established to contribute to “public involvement, openness, and fairness” in the redistricting process had been meeting around the state to solicit public input on the new legislative districts.
Now, we’ve heard the most amazing statement from the Governor. His Director of Communications, Tucker Martin, publically stated that, “the recommendations of the commission are theirs alone; they are not recommendations by the Governor.” He went on to say that “the Governor will not weigh in on redistricting until the General Assembly approves their plan and they are sent to him for his formal review.” Say What?
That’s right folks; the Governor will not be listening to the recommendations made by his own Bi-partisan Redistricting Commission. Unbelievable!
Making bipartisan redistricting a reality was one of the central tenets of the Governor’s campaign. The Governor promoted this Commission instead of backing real reform during the legislative session that would have made bi-partisan redistricting a reality.
Tell the Governor that he has to listen to his own redistricting commission! You can call Governor McDonnell directly at his office – (804) 786-2211.
We all deserve to be heard in this process. Call the Governor today and make sure he listens!
Speak out on the House Democratic Caucus Twitter and Facebook pages. We’re listening, even if the Governor isn’t!
Ward Armstrong – Ken Plum
Minority Leader Caucus Chair
10th House District 36th House District
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, house_of_delegates