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Lovers of beer and live music should like this page and go to city hall

One of the best changes I’ve seen the area was the addition of beer and wine to the menu at Crossroads. This combined with music nearly every Friday & Saturday make for a great social space.

Graziano officially no longer Council President

Kathy Graziano had already announced that she wasn’t going to run for City Council President and now it is official. Charles R. Samuels was elected unanimously last night as part of the first meeting/swearing in of the 2013 City Council. More details on Samuels’ night can be found on RTD. Do you think this lose of power will have […]

5th District residents form Community Action Team

Citizens of Richmond’s Fifth District have organized a Community Action Team, 5CAT.  The team has been established as a venue to build unity among the district’s neighborhoods and give voice to 5th District citizens’ concerns.  5CAT had its first meeting in November, with plans to meet monthly at various locations throughout the 5th District.  The next 5CAT meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 11, 7:00pm at […]

Style Weekly names Michelle Mosby Council Member Elect the Inquisitor

Count me as one of the many that didn’t see much of a race happening in the 9th District. Style Weekly takes a closer look at Michelle Mosby and the race that nobody knew, including the incumbent Doug Conner, was a race. I also learned that she owns the International Hair Salon on Forest Hill Ave […]

Style Weekly takes a look at 5th District City Council race

The 5th District City Council race for my money is the most interesting race going on in local politics. Three candidates each with a unique style and approach. Style Weekly has an article that focuses on Jewell and Angelasto. “I think Marty likes to make accusations without having his facts to back it up,” Agelasto […] 5 questions with 9th District City Council candidates continues it’s series asking local candidates 5 questions. This time up is Douglas Conner the incumbent and Michelle Mosby the challenger. I’m listing one question and answer, click on the candidates name to see the rest. What is the biggest issue in the City of Richmond?

4th District meeting next Tuesday

Councilwoman Kathy Graziano the local council member for most of our area is planning to her quarterly meeting on Tuesday, January 31 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church (7757 Chippenham Parkway). On the agenda is Richmond Alternate Leaf Collection Program by James Jackson, Director, Richmond Department of Public Works, a look at Richmond […]

Jewell Fires a Salvo at Mayor

Council Member Marty Jewell is not happy with the Mayor and is expressing his discontent in his usual subtle way. Yesterday he released a press release titled, “Mayor’s deception against Richmond City Council”. In it he outlines his 5 bones of contention but most of his anger is directed at the new jail project. Continue […]

Judge Dismisses Civil Case Against Council President Graziano

From the RT-D A Richmond judge has thrown out a civil claim against City Council President Kathy C. Graziano, citing overwhelming evidence that she had responded appropriately to allegations of sexual harassment raised by a former council aide.  

City Fires Back at Walle on Charges

You can read some of the details on RTD of the 40 page response that the City Attorney released in which the city denies allegations made in a complaint filed by Walle. The report is the result of interviews of city employees with the exception of Walle who refused to be interviewed. In arguing for […]

Some Cases Dropped in Walle/Hathcock/Graziano Suit

From RTD; A Richmond judge dismissed Monday two claims in a civil lawsuit stemming from allegations that a Richmond City Council liaison inappropriately touched a female co-worker and that his boss, Council President Kathy C. Graziano, failed to act when the allegation was reported to her. Judge Richard D. Taylor Jr. of Richmond Circuit Court […]

Patrick Henry & George Wythe Make Funding Requests

Last night the city council heard citizen requests for budget money. North of the river wants landscaping and a lighted sign for Carytown, south of the river is looking to improve their schools. Details from RTD. Among the possible changes to Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ plan, Councilman E. Martin Jewell is recommending $500,000 to help pay […]

Walle Files Suit Against Graziano, Hathcock and City

Chris Dovi and Richmond have the details on the $200,000 in compensatory and $350,000 in punitive damages suit filed on behalf of Jennifer Walle. The complaint against the City Council president — Hathcock’s boss — stems from Graziano’s handling of an inquiry into Walle’s complaint that shifted its focus away from Hathcock, says Fisher, […]

Walle Speaks on Council Controversy

In the ongoing battle in city council over alleged sexual harrasment the accusser, Jennifer Walle, has recently spoken up. Most recently with Style Weekly; Walle’s life became an ongoing water-cooler topic following a City Council meeting held Jan. 2. At the meeting, Councilman E. Martin Jewell made public an e-mail exchange in which Hathcock seems […]

More on City Council Infighting

RTD has this article that doesn’t say much but Chris Dovi at Richmond has more detail into the political infighting. Richmond City Council’s first meeting of the new year typically is one filled with little more than a vote to select its president and vice president for the next two years. Instead, tonight’s meeting was a […]

City Council Controversy Brewing

From Richmond; At tomorrow evening’s Richmond City Council meeting, Councilman Marty Jewell says he plans to share an alleged May e-mail exchange in which Bruce Tyler’s council liaison accuses the top aide to Council President Kathy Graziano of inappropriate physical contact and asks that he refrain from such behavior in the future. “I’m going […]

City Council Needs You to Serve

The city has a variety of committees, commissions, boards, and studies. Currently there are 55 openings that need to be filled ranging from Port of Richmond Commission to the Richmond Urban Forestry Commission. The term range from a few months to 4 years. If you are interested go online to apply. Check out the full […]

Goldman Upset at Hathcock Email

From RTD; An aide to Richmond City Council President Kathy C. Graziano sparked a rebuke from longtime political figure Paul Goldman today after accidentally sending an e-mail to Goldman that referred to him as “a blithering, blathering idiot.” David Hathcock, Graziano’s council liaison for the past five years, acknowledged sending the e-mail but said he […]

Councilman Marty Jewell Hospitalized

Press Release; Regarding Councilman Marty Jewell (Richmond , Virginia ) – Yesterday evening, Richmond City Councilman E. Martin “Marty” Jewell, Central 5th District was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital. Upon experiencing some chest discomfort and with his physician’s office being closed, Councilman Jewell decided to go to the hospital where he was admitted and is […]

Real Estate Tax Rate to Stay the Same

From RTD: The Richmond City Council voted 8-1 tonight to keep the real estate tax rate at $1.20, meaning property owners will see their tax bills rise or fall with their assessments. After adopting the rate recommended by Mayor Dwight C. Jones for his proposed $637.3 million budget for next year, the council struck proposals […]

Tree Ordinance Not to be Heard Tonight

Just got word that the that the proposed Urban Tree Policy, Ordinance 2010-33, will not be heard tonight by the City Council. Full Press Release

City Council to Meet on Monday

The city council is meeting on Monday. The agenda includes the noise ordinance we discussed earlier in the week. Ord. No. 2010-13 is about continuing to operate existing telecommunication equipment at Westover Hills Park adjacent to Westover Hills Elementary School for another five-years. There are a total of 32 Ordinances before the council. Parking for […]

Creation of Urban Forestry Commission

Council representative, Chris Hilbert, has introduced ordinance 2009-174 to establish a citizen tree commission to be called the Urban Forestry Commission.  The purpose is to improve the City’s urban forestry resources through policy development, advise, education and fundraising.  Key responsibilities include: Serve as an advisory body to Council regarding legislation and policies regarding public trees. […]

Online Petition to Save Old & Historic Districts

Richmond City Council has recently formed the Commission of Architectural Review Task Force. The CAR Taskforce was established to review the process and guidelines of the Commission of Architectural Review. (Resolution No. 2009-R85-97) which oversees and approves any work being done on structures within the City of Richmond’s 14 Old & Historic Districts. The CAR […]

City Council Seeks GRTC Board Member

Richmond City Council is considering appointments to the GRTC (Greater Richmond Transit Company) Board of Directors.  It’s unpaid, meets monthly.  Interested parties can obtain an application from the city clerk’s office or download this pdf:  Appointment Application Form. Applications are due in by the end of the day next Monday. There is no description of […]

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