There are a number of ways to learn about City Council actions and ways to contact Council Members.
The City's website offers a number of subscriptions. You can opt in to receive text messages or emails when updates are made or new documents released. The options for City Council-related subscriptions are:
Meeting Calendar: Go to "Stay Notified" in the green bar above. Scroll down to the Calendar section and find "City Council Meetings." You will be notified when a City Council meeting is cancelled, rescheduled, or changed in some way (time or venue).
Agendas: Go to "Stay Notified" in the green bar above. Scroll down to the Calendar section and find "City Council Meetings." You will be notified when a City Council agenda is posted: it will be attached to the calendar entry.
Legislative Updates: Go to "Stay Notified" in the green bar above. Scroll to the Notify Me section (the first section) and find "Legislative Updates." You will be notified when the Legislative Update is posted. Legislative Updates are quick summaries of action taken by Council at Regular Meetings. Archives can be found here.
Council Digest: Sign up to receive this quick update on City Council meetings, published weekly. Go to "Stay Notified" in the green bar above. Scroll down to the News Flash section and find "City Council Meeting Digest." You will be notified when a meeting digest is posted.
Focus on Falls Church eNewsletter: Sign up to stay up-to-date on what's going on in The Little City. Go to "Stay Notified" in the green bar above. Scroll down to the Notify Me section and find "Focus on Falls Church eNewsletter" to receive this weekly publication.
Contact & Stay Informed
City Council wants to hear from you! There are a number of ways to find out what is happening in the community and to let your voice be heard:
Regular Meetings: City Council regular meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of every month. There is a public comment opportunity at every regular meeting. You can comment on anything, even if it's not on the agenda. Fill out a speaker slip at the table just outside Chambers and give it to the City Clerk (desk on the left in front of the dais) before the meeting starts. The Mayor will call you up to speak for up to three minutes. You may also submit comments for the record prior to the meeting - see "Contact the City Clerk" below for more information.
Work Sessions: Work sessions are always open to the public. While there is no opportunity for public comment, this is where the Council holds detailed discussions about items they will be voting on at regular meetings. Work sessions are held the first and third Mondays of every month. Videos of work sessions are typically available within a few days of the meeting.
Contact the City Clerk: You can email the City Clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) to have your comments submitted for the official record for the Council. The Clerk will summarize comments at the regular meetings--e.g., "Jane Smith of 123 Oak St. supports XYZ project for the following reasons" and provide the full text of your comments to each Council Member. You can also send messages to City Council, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046.
Watch Meetings Online: City Council regular meetings are broadcast live on FCCTV (Cox channel 11, RCN channel 2, Verizon channel 35) and at www.fallschurchva.gov. Work session videos are available on the website within a few days after the meeting.