FYI Alexandria - January 18, 2019

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Alexandria's Official Resident Newsletter • January 18, 2019

Alexandria Welcomes New Mayor, City Council

Alexandria’s new City Council—Mayor Justin Wilson, Vice Mayor Elizabeth B. Bennett-Parker, and Councilmembers Canek Aguirre, John T. Chapman, Amy B. Jackson, Redella S. “Del” Pepper, and Mohamad E. “Mo” Seifeldein—took the oath of office on January 2. These leaders who were elected in November 2018, will serve three-year terms from 2019 through 2021.

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Dockless Mobility Pilot Program Begins

Alexandria has approved a permit application from San Francisco-based company Lime to operate dockless mobility devices, like electric scooters and bicycles, within the City right-of-way. The approval of the first operator permit begins a nine-month pilot program approved by City Council in 2018. The City continues to accept permit applications from other operators, and will evaluate the safety and popularity of the devices, the overall performance of the participating companies, and other factors  to determine if shared mobility devices will be permitted after the pilot program ends.

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Alexandria Celebrates Mentoring Month

To celebrate National Mentoring Month in January, the City invites the public to join the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership in raising awareness about the benefits of mentoring programs. Celebrate mentoring in Alexandria by attending a January 17 Open House or participating in a “Wrap the Van” fundraiser to help recruit mentors, or consider becoming a mentor!

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Paul C. Smedberg Appointed to Metro Board

Paul C. Smedberg, who completed five terms on the Alexandria City Council last month, has been selected by Governor Northam and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors. As a Principal Director, Smedberg will play a critical role overseeing operations, governance, and implementation of reforms for the Metro system.

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Gretchen M. Bulova Appointed Director of the Office of Historic Alexandria

City Manager Mark B. Jinks has appointed Gretchen M. Bulova as Director of the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA), effective January 12. Bulova served as Acting Director of OHA since the retirement of her predecessor on November 30, 2017. She was appointed OHA's first deputy director in 2015, following more than 20 years of service with the City.

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What’s Next for Landmark?

Help shape the future of the Landmark Mall area! Come to a Landmark Mall Re-Planning Process Workshop—in person or online—on Saturday, January 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Ave. The meeting is an interactive opportunity for the community to learn about the project, ask questions, view presentations, and provide participant feedback. Learn more at

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