2020

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2020 has the exact same calendar as the years 1992, 1964, 1936, and 1908.

Events

January

  • January 1 – A man wearing a mask shot a gun into the bar at 11 Elliewood Avenue just after midnight, injuring one [1]
  • January 6 – Charlottesville City Council approves special use permit and a critical slopes waiver for the second phase of South First Street [3]
  • January 14 – Charlottesville police responded to a reported armed robbery at Atlantic Union Bank on Barracks Road. The suspect brandished a firearm at the teller and fled with an undisclosed sum of cash, authorities said. No injuries were reported. [4]
  • January 15 – Deed recorded in Albemarle County court for conservation easement for 1,150 acreas at Morven Farms [5]

February

  • February 19 – County Executive Jeffrey Richardson unveils $451 million recommended budget for FY2021, a slight decrease from adopted FY2020 budget. This delays for one year an anticipated 1.5 cent rate increase to pay for additional debt service [8]
  • February 20 – Charlottesville School Board voted to adopt $92.1 million funding request for FY2021 [10]

March

  • March 2Charlottesville City Manager Tarron Richardson presented his $196.6 million operating budget and $35.3 million capital improvement program budget to City Council meeting. Public safety employees appeared during the matters from the public section to lobby for more funding. [15]
  • March 3 – 2020 March Democratic Presidential Primary: Virginia, one of 14 states, held primaries on this day, also known as "Super Tuesday." Former Vice President Joe Biden won all but three localities in Virginia. Floyd County in the far Southwest and the cities of Harrisonburg and Charlottesville went for Bernie Sanders. The Democratic primary was open, meaning all registered voters could vote in the party primary regardless of the their own party affiliation. The Republican Party voted to cancel its primary.
  • March 10 – University of Virginia President Jim Ryan announces plan to between 1,000 and 1,500 affordable housing units on land owned by UVA or the UVA Foundation. [17]
  • March 12 – In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Albemarle County and Charlottesville declared local emergencies in order to help coordinate public safety efforts to contain the spread of the disease. This gives officials more flexibility to conduct business. It resulted in the temporary halt of public meetings as well as the delay of the adoption of the FY21 budget in Albemarle County. [18] [19]
  • March 13 – Governor Ralph Northam today ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.[22]
  • March 15 – A Facebook post on restaurant Rapture’s page said it will be “closing its doors indefinitely...after over 21 years on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.” [23]
  • March 16 – Health officials confirmed the first positive case of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in the Charlottesville area.[24]
  • March 16 – Lee Enterprises completes purchase of Daily Progress and other Virginia newspapers [25]
  • March 17 – Beginning this day, Charlottesville City Schools will provide combined breakfast and lunch bags to children up to the age of 18. The Monday/Wednesday deliveries will be available from the hours of 11am-noon at locations throughout the city. Families can go to the location that is closest to them. Parents are not required to be present in order for their child to receive a bag, but it is helpful since children will be carrying multiple days’ worth of food — students are encouraged to bring an adult or at least a backpack. [26] [27]
  • March 24 – Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Fifty-Three which bans crowds of more than 10 people; closes recreation, entertainment, and personal care businesses; and limits restaurants to offering takeout and delivery services only.
  • March 27 – Albemarle County Board of Supervisors adopts continuity of governance ordinance [28]

April

  • April 7 – Virginia Announces Changes in Unemployment Insurance program as a result of the Federal CARES Act. The CARES Act provides increased benefits for workers collecting unemployment insurance by $600 for claims effective March 29th until July 31st.[31] The Act expands eligibility for unemployment insurance and provides people with an additional $600 per week on top of the unemployment amount determined by each state. Currently the maximum weekly benefit amount is $378 and the minimum is $60. [32] Virginia's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour ($290 a week is the pay before taxes for an employee who works 40 hours a week at $7.25 an hour; $600 a week is the pay before taxes for an employee who works 40 hours a week at $15 an hour, or 30 hours a week at $20 an hour.)
  • April 15 – Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he will extend Executive Order Fifty-Three for two weeks, through May 8, 2020. The order, originally signed March 24, bans crowds of more than 10 people; closes recreation, entertainment, and personal care businesses; and limits restaurants to offering takeout and delivery services only.[34]
  • April 20The Downtown Grille announced on the company's Facebook page: "With heavy hearts, we have decided to cease operations on the historic downtown mall. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented economic hardship, and we feel that closing the restaurant permanently is the best way to move forward."[35]
  • April 24 – The Virginia Department of Health's Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) is hosting a live town hall to answer questions about COVID-19. [36]
  • April 27 – City of Charlottesville will launch their new website using the domain name gov [37]
  • April 272020 Unity Days: as of this date, the Unity Days Committee for 2020 has not been appointed by the City Manager nor has City Council approved program funding for 2020.[38]

May

June

July

August

  • August 12020 Unity Days: Unity Days events had been intended to take place between during August 1 through 12, 2020. Charlottesville City Council (2018-2019) designated the second weekend of August (and August 12 when it falls during the week) for the annual Unity Days events as the anniversary of the events of August 11 to 12, 2017. However, they didn't happen because of the pandemic [58]
  • August 4 City Council holds listening session on policing in Charlottesville – [59]
  • August 7 – Governor Ralph Northam today announced a temporary statewide moratorium on eviction proceedings in Virginia. The moratorium, which will begin on Monday, August 10 and remain in effect through Monday, September 7, halts all eviction proceedings related to failure to pay rent.[60]
  • August 10 – A temporary statewide moratorium on eviction proceedings in Virginia began and is to remain in effect through Monday, September 7, halts all eviction proceedings related to failure to pay rent. Governor Northam requested this moratorium in a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons on July 24.[61]
  • August 14 – The Albemarle County Police Department was investigating an early morning armed robbery at the 7-Eleven on Greenbrier Drive. Police say around 6:30 a.m the suspect enter the store and displayed a gun. The suspect demanded money from the register and hit the store clerk before driving off in a dark colored SUV.[62]
  • August 18Albemarle Planning Commission recommends approval of Albemarle Business Campus on a 5-0 vote [63]

September

Memorial to Confederate soldiers, cannons, and stack of cannonballs removal. (September 12, 2020)
Oscar Mayer Wienermobile visits The Shops at Stonefield. (September 12, 2020)
  • September 4 – Detectives with the Charlottesville Police Department are investigating an armed robbery at a business that occurred in the 100 block of Maury Avenue. [64]
  • September 12 – Memorial to Confederate soldiers, nicknamed the At Ready statue, cannons, and stack of cannonballs located in front of the Albemarle County courthouse at Court Square. Albemarle County is one of the first localities in Virginia to take action under the enabling authority provided under an amendment to Virginia Code § 15.2-1812 that authorizes localities to remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover war monuments and memorials in their community.

October

November

  • November 3 – November General Election[72]
  • November 4 – Acting City Manager John Blair announced that Parag Agrawal would be taking on the position of new director of the City's Neighborhood Development Services (NDS). His first day was to be November 30.[73]
  • November 5 – at approximately 2137 hours, Charlottesville Police officers responded for a reported shooting in the 900 block of South First Street. Arriving officers located a male with a gunshot wound and began immediate life-saving efforts until paramedics arrived on the scene. Dre’Shawn Rayvon McDonald, a 27-year-old resident of Charlottesville, was transported to UVA Hospital where a short time later he was pronounced dead. An investigation into this shooting began immediately, as officers, forensic personnel, and detectives worked through the night. [74]
  • November 19 – Prince William County announced Parag Agrawal had been hired at a salary of $170,000, according to the Prince William Times. Agrawal was selected as the top-ranked candidate after a national recruitment process. Prince William County received 34 applications from 15 states. Candidates went through an extensive vetting process as part of a contract with a recruiter, The Novak Consulting Group. [75]The city had announced on November 4 that it had hired Agrawal as its new director of NDS at a salary of $150,000.[76]
  • November 24Albemarle County Planning Commission recommends denial of Breezy Hill rezoning near Glenmore for the second time [77]
  • November 28 –The Charlottesville Police Department was investigating a homicide that occurred at 0503 hours in the 700 block of McIntire Road. Officers responded for reports of multiple shots fired in the area and located a female suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to UVA Hospital, but died a short time later. [78]
  • November 29 – According to Charlottesville Police News, a Fluvanna County resident suspected in connection the murder of DreShawn McDonald on November 5, had been taken into custody in Pennsylvania. [79]

December

  • December 1Hezedean Smith takes over as Charlottesville's fire chief. [80]
  • December 17 – Charlottesville Police Department investigates a rape in which a woman was abducted and raped at gunpoint in the 700 block of Madison Avenue around 10:15 p.m. [81]
  • December 21 – Albemarle County Budget Office announced: "Due to COVID-19 related staffing shortages at the US Postal Service, Albemarle County is experiencing delays in the arrival of mailed tax payments."[82]
  • December 23 – The Charlottesville Police Department arrested a suspect related to abduction and rape that occurred on December 17, 2020, in the 700 block of Madison Avenue. The suspect was arrested in the 600 block of 13th Street NW on a warrant out of Portsmouth related to a probation violation. [83]
  • December 27 – Officers responded to the 900 block of South First Street for a report of shots fired at 12:57 a.m., according to a press release. When they responded, police found Jamarcus B. Washington, 32, dead on the sidewalk. The killing is the second around South First Street public housing in the past two months. Police have responded to 14 shots-fired calls on South First Street in 2020, more than 2016 through 2019 combined, according to CPD data, leading to a push for crime enforcement and cameras from residents.[84]

Deaths

Images


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