Graelyn Brashear



Results from an annual government-mandated survey of local homeless individuals were recently released by a local data analysis organization. File photo.

City homelessness survey highlights a common cause

Over the course of two days in late January, teams of volunteers filed into shelters in communities around the country to conduct a massive point-in-time survey on homelessness, including here in Charlottesville. The results of the survey of about 130 locals have just been released. The data doesn’t offer a complete picture of the homeless […]

Snowy train tracks under the JPA bridge on March 6. Photo by Graelyn Brashear.

What will it take for Dominion to bury power lines?

Before the end of the winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in central Virginia and put the Commonwealth into a state of emergency last week, 233,000 Dominion Power customers around the state were without electricity in freezing temperatures, including tens of thousands in Charlottesville and Albemarle.  At 10am Wednesday—the morning after […]

Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler as he entered the Albemarle County Circuit Courthouse to accept a plea deal in January. Photo by Graelyn Brashear.

Dumler issues statement of apology, says he won’t resign

Despite escalating pressure to resign from office—including from all five of his fellow Albemarle County supervisors—embattled Scottsville representative Chris Dumler released a statement today apologizing for his actions and saying he does not intend to step down following his guilty plea on a sexual battery charge stemming from an arrest for forcible sodomy late last […]

Jim Baldi. Photo courtesy Albemarle County Police.

Who will try Jim Baldi on embezzlement charges?

Last week, two and a half years after fleeing indictments, former Charlottesville restaurateur and accused embezzler Jim Baldi made his first appearance in local court, but the nature of the charges against him make it difficult to predict what the path forward looks like for the area’s most notorious bookkeeper. Altogether, Baldi, who managed the […]

Kathy Galvin, Elaine Echols, and Steve Williams weigh in on the comprehensive plans being finalized by city and county. File photos.

What’s in a comprehensive plan?

Few local government topics are as mired in planning jargon—or more likely to cause eyes to glaze over at public meetings—than the revision of a comprehensive plan, the massive guidance document that lays out broad ground rules for a municipality’s growth and development. “It’s sort of this giant cloud that hangs over the community for […]

Chris Dumler. Photo: John Robinson

Dumler faces censure, calls for resignation

Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler faced official censure and angry calls for his resignation at his first Board of Supervisors meeting after pleading guilty to sexual battery last week, and may also have to beat back a challenge to his continued presence on the Board. An overflow audience—some holding signs calling for the Scottsville representative […]

An employee with Virginia Uranium, which owns one of the world’s largest untapped uranium deposits, uses a Geiger counter to demonstrate the massive amount of radioactive material underground at a Southside Virginia site. Photo by Sean Cockerham via Newscom.

Virginia’s environmental lobby claims victory in battle over uranium mining —for now

A bill that would have lifted Virginia’s 31-year ban on uranium mining died in the State Senate last week, but local environmental advocates monitoring the issue in Richmond during this year’s fast-paced legislative session say the long-running debate is hardly over in the Commonwealth. Dan Holmes, director of state policy for the Piedmont Environmental Council, […]

The newly approved expanded boundaries of the Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO, which now includes Crozet—but stops at the county lines. Image courtesy of Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.

Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO grows to include Crozet

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board voted unanimously last week to redraw its boundaries to include Crozet, an expansion officials say could mean more federal dollars for public transit linking Western Albemarle to the area’s urban core. Like its nearly 350 counterparts across the country—cross-governmental organizations tasked with long-term regional transportation—the MPO was […]