June 30, 2021

At yesterday's Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee meeting, we received a report and presentation on a study of the Fairfax County Police Department's racial disparities in use of force incidents. You can watch the presentation here. Pictured above is Police Chief Kevin Davis providing comments to the Board on the study report. The study was requested in 2019 and covered the years 2016 to 2018.

The Board's priority is to understand and provide public transparency on use of force as we move forward on police reform and racial equity. The report included troubling disparities and raised a number of additional questions that need attention. It also gave us a path forward with recommendations for improvements; progress is being made but we still have a long way to go.
Some background – In January 2020, the county awarded a contract to a research team from the University of Texas at San Antonio in partnership with researchers from the University of Cincinnati. The research team conducted the project from January 2020 through June 2021 and presented the report and recommendations to the Board yesterday. You can see the full report here and the presentation and study overview here.

As a result of the release of the report, Public Safety Committee Chair and Lee District Supervisor Rodney Lusk announced the following next steps:
  • Recommendations from the report will be added to the community input matrix.
  • The county will hold a public input meeting where community members will be able to hear from the researchers and ask questions. More details to come.
  • A community group is being created (made of up community members, advocates, police officers and others) to review the study and provide feedback on it.

I encourage your input on the report. If you have questions or comments, please email my office at huntermill@fairfaxcounty.gov

Also, the July 4th holiday is upon us and I am very happy to report that as of today, 75 percent of Fairfax County adult residents (age 18+) have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more. Enjoy your holiday!

COVID-19 Information (June 30)
Weekly COVID-19 Case/Vaccine Information Chart
Data resources:

For COVID-19 Related Information:

If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Fairfax County Health Department:
  • Call 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends)
  • Email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov (monitored 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays)

Vaccine Updates


Current Number of Cases in the Fairfax Health District
  • Daily reported case information for the Fairfax Health District: here
  • Daily reported case information throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia: here
June's Adoptable Pet of the Month: Mila
June's Adoptable Pet of the Month: Mila
My daughter and I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter this morning. For this month's pet pick, it was a hard choice since there were so many wonderful adoptable pets!

Mila is a very sweet and cuddly, six-year-old female cat with a lot of personality. More about Mila. And as you can see, she really hit it off with Delia!
Learn more about the Animal Shelter's adoption process, including requirements and adoption fee structure. They have dogs, cats and small animals available to adopt, and do same-day adoptions.

Board of Supervisors Update
Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors had a full day of committee meetings. Here are some updates I wanted to make you aware of:

Budget Policy Committee: American Rescue Plan Act
The county anticipates receiving $222.6 million over two years from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Recommendations that were provided to the Board for how the first half of the funding might be allocated:
  • $58 million - Addressing negative economic impacts (this includes funding for the PIVOT small business grant program, work force programs, and other assistance services).
  • $20 million - Supporting the public health response (contact tracing, PPE, etc.).
  • $17 million - Provision of government services (lost revenue, Park Authority support, one time investments).
  • $17.4 million - Remains unallocated.
Allocations will be updated based on Board actions, new funding awards, spending trends and agency requests. You can see the full presentation here.

Transportation Committee: Status of Transition to Electric Buses
The county's Department of Transportation discussed plans to meet the following goals to transition our bus fleet from diesel to electric.
  • No diesel bus purchases after FY 2024. This item has given me particular heartburn as the end of FY 2024 is a full 3 years from today. I am committed to stopping new diesel purchases ASAP but several years ago Fairfax County devised a way to extend bus life from 12 to 16 years, and for budgetary reasons the county has not bought replacement buses since 2017. Therefore, nearly a third of the bus fleet is about done – and before we have the recharging infrastructure and battery capability for longer-haul bus routes. At my suggestion the Board asked staff to further explore buying used diesel buses instead of new and to come back to the Board next year with options on how to make our last diesel bus purchase sooner than June 2024.  
  • Goal of non-carbon emitting transit fleet by 2035.
  • Work with local, state and federal governments to ensure a continuous and interconnected transit system.
  • Identify ways to transition to electric buses more quickly, while not impacting route and ridership needs. 
Watch meeting here.

Transportation Committee: Safe Streets
The Board was presented with a draft of ActiveFairfax: Safe Streets for All, a framework designed to address systemic transportation safety issues with a focus on vulnerable road users and equity. This is part of a regional and nationwide effort to systematically reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries as much a possible. You can see the presentation here and the full draft plan here

Health and Human Services Committee: Eviction Moratorium
The Existing CDC Federal Moratorium on evictions will be ending July 31. The county is making preparations for the end of the moratorium outlined in the following eviction prevention strategies: 
  • Eviction Prevention Task Force.
  • Rental Assistance.
  • Partnership with the Court and Sheriff's office.
  • Landlord Outreach by Nonprofits.
  • Equity Considerations (locating and assisting vulnerable neighborhoods).
To date, the county has distributed almost $100 million in financial assistance to our neighbors impacted by COVID. Currently, thanks to Emergency Rental Assistance funding the county has distributed about $1 million a week in rental assistance. The county's Eviction Data Dashboard identifies areas of the county where residents are most at risk of being evicted from their homes. More information on eviction prevention and resources are here
Meet the Police Chief July 6
Fairfax County's Communities of Trust is hosting a community meeting with newly appointed Police Chief Kevin Davis on Tuesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be in person at Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

Register to attend the meeting here. You can also participate via Zoom. Chief Davis will be presenting his plans for the Fairfax County Police Department followed by a Q&A. For more information contact Officer Megan Hawkins.
Fireworks: What to Know
My office has heard from the community with questions and concerns about fireworks. With July 4th this weekend, here is some helpful information from our Fire and Rescue Department:
Where to watch fireworks:
  • Lake Fairfax on July 3: Lake Fairfax's fireworks event is Saturday, July 3. Tickets can be purchased online through 11:59 p.m. on July 2. Advance tickets are available for $10 per car; day-of tickets may be purchased at the park for $15 per car. Learn more.
  • Town of Vienna on July 4:Join the Town of Vienna's July 4th fireworks celebration at Yeonas Park, 1319 Ross Drive SW. The park opens at 7 p.m. Learn more.
New State Laws Effective July 1
The General Assembly had a busy session this year and there are several new state laws that become effective tomorrow, July 1. More information from the state is here and will also be available tomorrow on the county's NewsCenter page.

Here are two that you may have heard about:

Marijuana (HB2312 / SB 1406) There will be no criminal or civil penalties for possession of up to one ounce of retail marijuana by persons who are 21 years of age or older, and persons 21 years of age or older may cultivate up to four marijuana plants for personal use at their place of. Possession of more than one ounce of retail marijuana by a person 21 or older would be subject to a civil penalty of no more than $25; however, possession of marijuana by a person under 21 would be subject to no more than a $25 civil penalty and mandatory participation in a substance abuse treatment or education program or both.

Bicycles on Roads (HB 2262) Requires the driver of a motor vehicle to change lanes when overtaking a bicycle or certain other vehicles when the lane of travel is not wide enough for the overtaking motor vehicle to pass at least three feet to the left of the overtaken vehicle. The bill also removes the limitations on riding bicycles and certain other vehicles two abreast.
Land Use and Transportation
Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force Meetings
Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force meetings will be held through July. To learn more about the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study and the task force, visit the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study webpage. You can watch a live stream of the meetings on YouTube Live. (Please note that each meeting has a unique link and call-in information).
  • The next meeting is Tuesday, July 6, 7 p.m. and hosted on the Webex platform. Details and the agenda will be found here. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to listen to the meeting on your phone, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code: 173 460 3841. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711.

Parking Survey: Needs and Usage in Reston and Tysons
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is conducting a survey for input on public parking needs and usage in Tysons Urban Center and Reston Transit Station Areas to help plan the county’s Managed Parking program. Learn more.
2 Things to Know Today
County Closed July 5 for Independence Day Holiday
Fairfax County Government offices are closed Monday, July 5, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday on July 4. However, some facilities are open and schedules vary. Learn more.

Liberty Amendments Month Tour
During the Town of Vienna's Liberty Amendments Month (now through July 19), you can take a tour of African American Sites in the town. The self-guided tour of contributions of Vienna’s African Americans from 1867 to 2006 was compiled by longtime residents Sylvia Taylor and Gloria Runyon. More information is available at historicviennainc.org when you click on ‘History Talks’Learn more.
Stay Informed and In Touch
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
703-478-0283, TTY 711