Council was given the FY 20-21 Budget from the City Manager, which was revised to reflect the budgetary impacts of COVID-19. Like other communities across the Commonwealth and the nation, our city is faced with a very complex balancing of needs and services. And like many of our residents’ own households, it appears that some … Continue reading Thoughts on the FY 20-21 Budget
As we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020, I wanted to take a moment for well wishes and reflection. 2019 was a challenging year in many ways and I know many of us were eager to see it come to an end, but I hope we are all looking to the bright future ahead … Continue reading Welcome 2020
This past Tuesday Council considered an ordinance to prohibit tents on the beach, I have received several calls and emails about a quote that was referenced in many news outlets and I wanted to take a moment and provide some context of the quote as well as expound on my position on the ordinance that … Continue reading “Criminalizing Homelessness”
This Tuesday, Council is voting on the Dome Project, but we are also voting on an ordinance I am sponsoring to dedicate Dome Project revenues to Stormwater improvements.Earlier this year, I voted against the term sheet for this project because as it was presented to Council, there was no discussion of it benefiting our battle … Continue reading Dedicated Fund to Stormwater from Dome Project Revenue
City Council will hold a public hearing on Nov. 12th and we a scheduled to vote on the agreement on Nov. 19th. Please take moment to complete the survey below. I am actively seeking public feedback on this proposal.
I was truly honored to stand in for the Mayor today when I read the Proclamation for Hampton Roads Morning of Hope. It was a beautiful ceremony and filled with hope and touching fellowship. I'm grateful for the leaders who organized such a heartfelt tribute to our community and to the families that have been … Continue reading Hampton Roads Morning of Hope
Today City Council will meet for our regularly scheduled workshop and then go into a special session called by the Mayor. The topic relates to last week’s vote on the Council's raises for out appointed positions (the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, City Real-estate Assessor, and City Auditor). My position remains unchanged. The citizens … Continue reading We must be as bold as to do something.
Saturday was World Breastfeeding Awareness Day and I had the honor of reading the Virginia Beach Proclamation on behalf of the Mayor at yesterday's event at Pembroke Mall. Families from all over the world came together to feed their babies all at the same time. This is my second year participating and it is always … Continue reading World Breastfeeding Awareness Day!
The team that will be conducting the independent investigation of the May 31 tragedy held a press conference today to discuss the procedure they will be implementing and has established the following ways for individuals to reach out with any information regarding the tragedy: 877-208-5650 firstname.lastname@example.org The team is also in the process of scheduling … Continue reading May 31st Independent Investigation- Update
This afternoon in my remarks for the Re-Opening of the Kempsville library, I quoted the book “What Do You Do with an Idea?” by Kobi Yamada. The book begins with: "One day I had an idea. Where did it come from? Why is it here? I wondered, “What do you do with an idea?” For … Continue reading The Kempsville Library is Open!