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Special Planning Commission Meeting/Monroe Park Bids
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Keeping up with our local government:
The City Planning Commission will hold a special meeting on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 10:00 am to receive a presentation on the Mayor’s Capital Improvement Plan for FY15-FY19. Although some neighbors wanted to speak at the meeting in support of Councilman Parker Agelasto’s CIP budget request for rewatering the James River and Kanawha Canal, there is no public hearing at this meeting and the public will not be allowed to speak. The full budget is referred to Council and its committees. Once that occurs, public hearings with time for public comment will be scheduled both at the committee level and the full Council level.
A request for bids is in the Classified legal section of today’s Times Dispatch newspaper for the Monroe Park lease. A term of 30 years is advertised. Bids to be received by 5:00 pm on Monday March 24 and presented to City Council at 6:00 pm on March 24.
Tuesday, March 11th, from 12-2pm, at Dominion Power’s Richmond headquarters (701 East Cary Street, Richmond VA), there will be a demonstration marking the third university of the Fukushima disaster, protesting the proposed construction of a third nuclear reactor at Lake Anna Nuclear Plant.
The Lake Anna station was built on a known fault line, which the company then controlling the plant failed to disclose (and was subsequentially fined $32,000 for concealing, in 1977). The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared Lake Anna to be the 7th most at-risk of seismic damage in the nation, out of all 104 reactors in the US.
RSVP through the title link.
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From the Sierra Club Falls of the James group:
To Mayor Jones, members of City Council, members of the City Planning Commission,
Monroe Park, the James River and Kanawha Canal, and Shockoe Bottom are three of the most historically and environmentally sensitive sites in Richmond. We are alarmed that it appears that these sites are under siege and that vast city resources are being devoted to plans that would cause a degradation and damage to these important sites with little regard for obvious and prudent alternatives. The City of Richmond should respect its important historic and environmental resources and evaluate development plans by considering how these plans support and reinforce these resources.
We are very concerned that the City of Richmond is considering the 30 year lease of Monroe Park, the city’s oldest public park, to a private conservancy made up primarily of VCU and City administrators. Through the wording of this lease, the city parks department would no longer have any supervision of the care of the trees of the park, which is a vital green space of the city. The proposed lease would grant VCU the total authority to remove trees and shrubs at will. We are aware that in the past VCU has proposed removing 20% of the mature trees in the park. There is concern that the city park may be cooped by VCU as the University’s quadrangle. The proposed conservancy offers no representation to the surrounding neighborhoods that rely upon this green space, nor does it offer representation to the city parks department or organizations such as the Sierra Club and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that are devoted to fostering the city’s environment. We urge that the lease of the city’s oldest and arguably most historic park be rejected in favor of reconstituting the Monroe Park Advisory Council with representation from the surrounding neighborhoods and city parks department.
The City of Richmond possesses an invaluable resource in the James River and Kanawha Canal. This canal, proposed and founded by George Washington, offers an opportunity for creating a transportation and scenic tourist magnet for our city. We believe that the historical importance of this 18th century canal far outweighs Venture Richmond’s need for an amphitheater because Richmond already has many outdoor venues. We are very concerned that Venture Richmond’s proposal to lower and remove a substantial portion of the towpath embankment for an amphitheater will compromise the opportunity to restore the canal and jeopardize the historical integrity of George Washington’s canal. We urge the City of Richmond to be a good steward of the canal and take all necessary steps to protect the canal from damage.
Likewise, the Falls of the James Sierra Club also urges appropriate stewardship of the city’s Shockoe Bottom property. Any proposal to build a baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom must weigh the historical significance of the site and the environmental benefits of recycling the existing stadium site on the Boulevard. Read the rest of this entry »
From Scott Burger:
Speech given to City Council Finance Committee during public comment period on Feb. 20:
Good afternoon. My name is Scott Burger and I am a City resident.
I would like to congratulate Councilmembers for requesting this needed report. If the City government is to truly tackle poverty, it must consider the living costs of its residents. City utility bills and fees should be a major focus, since they do fall under City government control. Thank you for looking into this.
In short response, I am still looking through this report, however I say right from off the bat that the city needs to face up to the fact that the PILOT payment in lieu of Federal Income Tax is not legal and must be removed. This is not a charge that is found in ANY other public utilities in Virginia. State code allows for the locality to charge taxes that the utility would pay if it were not publicly owned, but no business pays Federal Income Tax to the city!
Also, in particular to the report, I strongly object to the savings per customer in the removal of the PILOT in lieu of Federal Income Tax shown in a small reduction of the VOLUME rate vs. a large reduction in the SERVICE charge. There is no reason whatsoever that the elimination of the PILOT in lieu of Federal Income Tax should not be removed directly from the SERVICE charge. The PILOT payment is not a production or delivery cost.
By my estimation, each customer’s monthly water/sewer SERVICE charge would be reduced by around $7.62/month with the elimination of the PILOT in lieu of Federal Income Tax!
Let me repeat that, By my estimation, each customer’s monthly water/sewer SERVICE charge would be reduced by around $7.62/month with the elimination of the PILOT in lieu of Federal Income Tax! Read the rest of this entry »
From Scott Burger:
Hey everybody, this message was supposed to go out on Monday, but I did not see it so I am sending again:
I am excited to announce that this petition/boycott has passed the 1,000 mark. Thank you! I will be sending out an updated press release to the local media (maybe more of them will actually report on it this time!).
I will try to keep this brief, but I did want to say a few things to fellow boycotters-
First of all, we know 1,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the over a million people in the Richmond region. Obviously, we hope to grow the boycott further, but we also need to let critics and supporters know that all we really need is enough people boycotting for the Mayor, RIchmond Squirrels and businesses that support the flawed Shockoe stadium plan to rethink their decision. Its not a political vote or popularity contest, its an economic formula.
How many subscriptions and sales can the Flying Squirrels afford to lose before they recognize that this stadium proposal is not viable for lack of public support?
Speaking of the boycott, while the language on the boycott petition only specifies the Richmond Squirrels baseball team, we do need to start letting supporting businesses know what is at stake also. For example, after the Times Dispatch editorial staff came out in favor of the Shockoe stadium proposal, it is time to cut their business. I only received Sunday’s paper copy, but I called their sales department, canceled my subscription and let them know why. I decided I can read the newspaper for free at the library or online for the sake of the boycott. I urge others to do the same.
Also, like we have said from the beginning, we really dislike hurting small businesses, but it may be time to let those restaurants who took part in the supporters’ recent ‘bar crawl’ that we will not be patronizing them in the future either. Here is a list: Sullivan’s on the Canal, Casa Del Barco, Tobacco Company, Sine Irish Pub, Southern Railway Taphouse, Europa, Cha Cha’s Cantina, Society Social Club, Rosie Connolley’s, Havana 59, Halligan’s, River City Diner, Tiki Bob’s, On the Rox, Station 2 , 2113 Bistro, 23rd and Main, Poe’s Pub. The owners of City Bar & Grill, River City Diner, and Arcadia spoke in favor of the Shockoe stadium plan at a recent City Council Finance Committee meeting. In short, while we don’t expect everyone to stop using every business that is a member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce (yet), we do need to start making our presence known. We hope that the boycott will be successful early on in order to minimize economic damage, but, again, that is really up to the people pushing the flawed Shockoe stadium plan.
CALL TO ACTION AGAINST THE STADIUM IN SHOCKOE: For those of you that tweet or those of you that can (it’s easy!)….
It is VERY important that twitter be used for the stadium fight. The other side uses it A LOT. FB is stifling for this kind of fight.
Due to the “12 years a slave” winning best picture (yay!)last night a few folks in Richmond are starting to tweet the cast of winners and to prominent black film cast and crew to shed international light on what is happening in our city and asking for their help in speaking up. This is a great opportunity for outreach. You do NOT need friends like FB to make it effective. You can make one and start tweeting at people. The more tweet the more it will be seen.
Many of you may not know that Solomon Northup spent time in Richmond once. In a slave jail. In Shockoe Bottom.
It was the jail shown in this map #8. The one the stadium will be build on.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152336763374744&set=a.78575014743.102325.697384743&type=1&theater
Richmond has recently been recognized by Frommer’s as a destination spot for it’s tourism along with several other travel recommendation publications. We are also becoming increasingly more popular as a destination for a cheap place or filmmakers to set up shop. Seems silly to wreck all of this rightful historical attention and job opportunity for a very very risky “investment” in a minor league baseball stadium doesn’t it funded with public funds? We think so too. Read the rest of this entry »
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Quail Bell publishes an article on the rising Resistance in Richmond!!
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Both link to the petition, which we hope you all have signed. If not, please get on it.
Join the Resistance, fight to Keep Monroe Park Public and Free, fight to keep Dwight Jones from selling out city, and to keep Vulture Richmond and Looting RVA from stealing our pyblic resources!!!!
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Just wanted to share this photo of some of the many Richmond Food Not Bombs members who came out to the maratjon five hour city council meetig last night to take a stand against a stadium in Shockoe.
To say Food Not Bombs has good people involved is an understatement.
And more pictures from the meeting: