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Washington Business Journal: Fannie Mae Eyes Move to Reston’s Core

Fannie Mae is discussing plans to move its northern Virginia operations to possible locations in Reston, according to a report by the Washington Business Journal.

 The company, which currently leases space in Herndon and Reston, is scouting the area for roughly one million square feet for a new hub, including several sites like the future phase of Comstock Partners’ planned Reston Station, according to the report. 

Other options currently under development include Boston Properties’ mixed-use development at the door of the north Metro’s planned Silver Line station. Fannie Mae has not made any final decisions on the search.

The company already leases space at several local sites, including a 185,00-square-foot lease at One Reston Crescent that was signed in 2015. Boston Properties has also moved forward with plans for a 270,000-square-foot office project at 1750 President St. in Reston Town Center.

This post has been updated.

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Del. Ken Plum: Virginians Can Be the Winners!

This is a commentary from Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax), who represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

For many years into the future the example of one vote making a difference will be the House of Delegates election in the 94th House district in Virginia. After all legal issues are resolved, a winner will be finally announced. The winner will have won by a single vote or by a drawing of lots as Virginia law prescribes. You simply cannot get an election outcome closer than that! Every vote does count. But the importance of that one vote goes beyond deciding who will represent the people in that district; it will also decide which of the two parties will have a majority in the House of Delegates or whether the parties will be tied! Too bad for the people who might have an interest in the outcome but did not bother to vote.

The one-vote outcome along with a wave of voter participation transformed the Commonwealth’s legislative control in the House from Republican dominance of 66 members to 34 Democratic legislators to an even division or an advantage of one depending on that one final vote. Legislation of importance like expanding health insurance to those in need to adequately funding schools and encouraging gun safety that could not make it through the majority party that has been dominated by ultra-conservatives is much more likely to receive a hearing with a greater chance of a favorable hearing.

I do not sense an appetite from the people with whom I have talked for political posturing and grand-standing. To the contrary, I believe there is a public expectation that we work out whatever we need in order to proceed with the business of the legislature and to resolving issues that have been left unaddressed for too long. The one-upmanship that too often dominates the political world needs to be set aside. There is important work that needs to get done.

A study by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that between 1970 and 2003 there have been 32 tied legislatures in 22 states. The report described various ways that states have dealt with the situation. The North Carolina House of Representatives resolved a tie in 2002 by having two speakers of the house, one from each party who alternated each day. Similar agreements were used in the Indiana House in 1988, the Michigan House in 1992 and the Nevada Assembly in 1994. 

Wyoming’s law provides for a coin toss to pick the majority party. Indiana, Montana and South Dakota break a tie by selecting the party of a top official like the governor, the NCSL report said. Washington State had co-speakers for a session that was described as cumbersome but workable. When the Florida Senate tied, one party’s leader served as chamber president for the first year of the term, followed by the other party’s leader the second year.

The people have made their voices heard in a historic election turnout in 2017. Campaigning has ended; it is time to start governing. A power-sharing agreement can be worked out. Virginians will be the winners when a power-sharing agreement is in place.

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Pet of the Week: Rudolph

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Meet Rudolph, an Australian Shepherd & Shepherd mix puppy available for adoption.

Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about him:

This great little fella is a nice blend of friendly affection and normal puppy playfulness and will be great company for any adopter. Precious pups like these go fast, so please send your application on in pronto so you don’t miss out. Rudolph is up to date on all shots and dewormings and carries an adoption fee of $354 which includes his micro chip. This friendly little fellow is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky family.

Are you and Rudolph a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

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Crime Roundup: Detectives Investigate Home Ransacking

Detectives are investigating the ransacking of a home on the 12900 block of Framingham Court. On Dec. 30, the Fairfax County Police Department responded to a report that a home was broken into between 4:50 and 6:50 p.m. and multiple rooms were ransacked. Several items were reported missing.

Meanwhile, a sixth grader ejected after a pickup truck being chased by police rammed into a mini van last week remains in critical condition. Four other children and Filsan Djama, the driver, were also in the van at the time of the crash. An online fundraising campaign with a goal of $150,000 has been set up for the family.

Brendan Stefon Vinson, 28, of Adelphi, faces multiple charges, including carjacking, speed to elude, two assaults on police officers and receiving stolen property. Police were called for back-up at the hospital where he was being treated for injuries as the suspect attempted to wrestle out of his handcuffs.

The department also reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES

1600 block of Reston Parkway, cell phone from residence

12100 block of Captiva Court, sunglasses from vehicle

 2400 block of Paddock Lane, navigation system, sunglasses and cash from vehicle

1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza, jewelry from residence

11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, cell phone from vehicle

11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, property from vehicle

2200 block of Gunsmith Square, coat from vehicle

2300 block of Woodland Crossing Drive, purse from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

The Herndon Police Department had no major incidents to report in its weekly crime report.

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Reston Player Selected for Olympic Hockey Team

A player from Vienna who played in Reston is among the roster for Team USA’s Olympic hockey team, which will vie for gold in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Garrett Roe, a 29-year-old former member of the Reston Raiders, a local hockey club, was selected for the roster, which was unveiled on New Year’s Day. He plays as a forward for EV Zug in Switzerland. He played in seven seasons of professional hockey from the American Hockey League.

According to the Washington Post, Roe’s father, Larry, is the founder of the Club. In an interview with the Post, he said his son always had an “extra little sense for the game.”

“Some players have a sense for the game. Some players are talented. Some players have both, and that’s Garrett,” he said.

Last year, the National Hockey League barred its players from playing in the games, which conflict with the league’s season schedule. The change opened up opportunities for players in less professional leagues to participate in the games.

Photo via Team USA Hockey

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Registration for 12th Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon Opens Today — Beginning at 7:30 p.m. today, individuals can begin registering for the race, which will take place on June 3. [Reston Sprint Triathlon]

Local Police Crack Down on Drivers — According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the DWI squad made 513 DWI-related arrests last year, concluding the squad’s first full year. The nine-officer unit was created in December 2016 to reduce impairment-related crashes through increase DWI enforcement [Fairfax County Police Department]

Police Radio Conversation Sheds Information on Fatal Shooting — Local news outlets have released police dispatch calls that show the couple’s daughter called 911 to report that her parents were shot inside their Reston home. [NBC4]

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