The League of Women Voters of Falls Church is a nonpartisan organization that serves the citizens of Falls Church City by encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties. Any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League.
Please complete your registration for the meeting and luncheon by June 1. The agenda for the meeting, as well as the proposed 2013-2014 budget and slate for LWVFC's Board of Directors can be found here.
The League is also pleased to announce that a generous member will match all contributions to the Education Fund made between now and August 31, 2013 up to $1,000. This in itself is an excellent reason to make an Ed Fund donation: you get a tax deduction and your dollars will double. When you send in your reservation for the annual meeting, please add a check made out to LWVEF (League of Women Voters Education Fund). Thank you; we look forward to seeing you on June 8.
Speakers included Gary Fuller, principal planner with the City, who provided an overview of the past 10 years of the City's changed and changing demographics; Johannah Barry, City Council member, who highlighted some of the budget and development policy challenges the Council faces as it seeks to serve all of its citizens; and Susan Kearney, chairman of the Falls Church School Board, and Dr. Toni Jones, superintendent of Falls Church City Public Schools, who detailed how they are working to manage the growth in enrollment while delivering the best possible education to City students.
While 26 percent of the City's population is under the age of 18, the City's population is far more diverse, including seniors, empty nesters, and singles, all of whom have interests and needs beyond the school system. The central question addressed by speakers and members of the audience alike was: How can the City best serve its diverse population while maintaining its award-winning schools? Falls Church Community Cable TV (FCC-TV) taped the forum, which can be seen on YouTube.
Chief Gavin recommended a six-minute video on what to do in an active shooter situation titled "Run Hide Fight" and produced by Ready Houston. The video can be found on YouTube. Links to versions of "Run Hide Fight" in English with subtitles and in text only are also available at Ready Houston's website. Chief Gavin said officers in the department would be glad to work with any group to view and discuss this resource.
Falls Church Community TV (FCC-TV) taped the League's session on community and school safety and has made it available here.