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The 434 Newsletter 

Keeping You Informed
Highlighting December 2020

The Rundown

Brief Updates
  • This month's edition is brief as Council only meets once in December.
  • Council appointed Ms. Alicia Finney as the new Clerk of Council.
  • In accordance with the legislation passed by the General Assembly, Council adopted a resolution establishing a relief program with CARES funds (federal dollars) to assist with delinquent water and sewer accounts. Cut-offs likely to resume early 2021.
  • Council approved a rezoning request for 2627 Old Forest Road & 2700 Confederate Avenue for Meanwhile Back on the Farm, an expanding small business in Lynchburg. 
  • After a public hearing, Council reversed the decision of the Historic Preservation Commission to allow for the construction of a fence at 2144 Rivermont Avenue. 

Defending Constitutional Liberties

The Majority Tried To Limit Your Engagement

In a last-minute motion, Lynchburg City Council attempted to limit engagement with the community and your First Amendment Rights by limiting Council chambers to 25 people.

Not on my watch.

Thankfully, this motion failed, and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. How could I go to my constituency and ask for their support in an election, as an example, if I was in favor of limiting their access to Council? I can't, because government has no right to limit your inalienable rights, no matter the circumstances.

This is why electing constitutionally minded, conservative representatives at the local level is so important. As your Ward IV Representative on City Council, I will never advocate for such proposals and will fight every day for your God-given liberties here in Lynchburg.

Watch this converstation and be informed. 

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Bucking The Lynchburg City School Board

Holding Our Appointees Accountable
On December 10th, The News & Advance reported the Lynchburg City School Board would eliminate in-person comments at future board meetings without offering an explanation. 

Here is what I said initially on the matter: 

This is wrong, and borderline cowardly.

Un-elected bureaucrats are limiting public engagement, presumably because they are tired of hearing from parents who disapprove of their actions, and offer no rationale to the community or to their employees - not even a reason due to the virus.

City Council appoints School Board Members and we must hold them accountable.

I have asked for a justification. Parents and LCS employees deserve an explanation.


After multiple attempts to receive some form of a justification for limiting the community access to the School Board, I learned via observing the following meeting it was in fact due to the virus. 

Council needs to continue to hold the School Board accountable for their actions. Limiting in-person engagement with the community is not right. There are ways to accomodating in a safe and responsible way; but, to ban it outright during a time of great stress and concern from staff and parents is wrong.

While Council's governance of the School Board is limited, I will continue to hold their actions accountable on behalf of the parents, teachers, and students of Ward IV and the City at large.
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Community Spotlight

Congratulations to my Alma Mater for defeating our rival, Coastal Carolina (12), in the Cure Bowl this past weekend. This was a great win for Liberty and should continue to put Lynchburg, Virginia on the map. Well done.

Chris in the News

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     Thank you for the opportunity to serve you on Lynchburg City Council as the representative from Ward IV.

Best,



Chris Faraldi, M.A.
Ward IV Representative
Lynchburg City Council
www.ChrisFaraldi.com
(434) 544-1774
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