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According to the City of Richmond’s Property Search and Tax Assessment data, the assessed value of the land that Dwight Jones’ house sits on has dropped 64,000 in the past year.

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We all know that the market fluctuates, and that the functioning of the real estate market under capitalism is largely speculative and prejudicial. But what is very interesting here, is that the Mayor’s neighbors did not receive the same sorts of lowered assessments. The amount taxed on 64,000 at the current rate would be approx. $768 dollars annually. While not a ton of money, we all know that every little bit counts, especially when our schools, parks, and public transit are hurting like they are.

Raymond Boone of the Richmond Free Press, who allowed Occupy protesters to camp on his lawn in 2011, lives next door to the Mayor. Here are his assessments:Boone

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Boone’s property is about half an acre larger than the Mayor’s, which does not seem to explain the giant discrepancy in land values and assessments.

Another of the Mayor’s neighbors, with a much smaller parcel, did receive a lower land assessment, but it does not seem in proportion to what the Mayor received.

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To recap our friend ran the numbers on square foot value:
Mayor’s land: $0.27/sq ft
Boone’s land (2 parcels): $0.86/sqft and $0.69/sqft
The smaller parcel referred to with its new LOWERED value: $1.41/sqft

Ok, so apparently larger parcels get lower value per sqft?…

http://map.richmondgov.com/parcel/

If you zoom out from the mayor’s land, the two larger nearby pieces of land as you look slightly south are $0.42/sqft and $0.40/sqft (for a 1.5million sqft $600k piece of land).

The mayor must be living over a toxic dump.

We can not speak as to whether or not Dwight Jones had or has any knowledge about this assessment discrepancy, but it seems potentially problematic, and certainly deserves an explanation if not an inquiry. It would be a shame if the Mayor himself were not paying appropriate taxes into the City of Richmond.

Civil Rights Attorney, Tom Roberts, who has previously represented members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, and also spoke to ABC to confirm the complete legality of our posting publicly available information online like the Mayor’s address, was shocked to see the drop in the assessment of the Mayor’s property, and suggested that an inquiry be made into the matter.

If you would like to explore this issue more, please check out the City’s property finder application. It is a very helpful tool for many applications. http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applications/propertysearch/default.aspx

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We have a new free zine rack at the Wingnut! Our friend Nic gave us the great rack.
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This is a rough draft of a potential bid for the Monroe Park Lease, which is being voted on tomorrow by City Council. We will hopefully finalize and submit before 5pm in order to be allowed to present this to City Council for consideration. Support between now and tomorrow with edits or items we may have missed would be appreciated and can be mailed to mokarnage@gmail.com – Mo will be at work so replies won’t happen until after 3pm, and will need to occur quickly before printing. Thank you.

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Karnage Creations LLC bid on Monroe Park

Whereas Monroe Park was declared by the Council of the City of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University to be Public Greenspace in Perpetuity, and the Park is now  being offered up to bids for Lease, and whereas the only bidder thus far (in fact, the only bidder expected or wanted to bid) the Monroe Park Conservancy (MPC) fails utterly to represent the best interests of the majority of the citizens of the City of Richmond, Mo Karnage and Karnage Creations LLC are offering a competing bid which we believe to be a better deal for the City of Richmond and more importantly, the people of Richmond.

Karnage Creations LLC, while normally engaged in the business of revolutionary prose, childcare, old window repair and carpentry, will gladly lend it’s name and service to Keep Monroe Park Open and Free. Karnage Creations LLC does not agree with the privatization of any public park, but applies for this lease only in hopes of minimizing damage. Ideally we would think a park should always remain public, but we acknowledge the less than perfect practices of the current City of Richmond administration and the need for members of the community to step up and participate.

Karnage Creations LLC would like to object to the hasty way in which the Monroe Park lease bid was made public, and object to the favorable treatment given to MPC in this process. Ideally, Karnage Creations believes that the Monroe Park issue needs to be revisited in 6 months, after other organizations have had sufficient time to begin developing comprehensive renovation and maintenance plans. MPC had many years in which to develop their plans, as well as support from local government. Other organizations deserve equal treatment in the bidding process.

Karnage Creations LLC would also like to formally object to allowing Charles Samuels, Ellen Robertson, or any council member who sits on Venture Richmond’s board to vote on any issue which involves Venture Richmond. The conflict of interest seems obvious, and the politics of it seems corrupt.

Karnage Creations LLC is willing to make the generous (compared to MPC) offer of paying $1 a month for the lease of Monroe Park. Karnage Creations is requesting a month to month lease, that way, at any time, the citizens of Richmond can, via Council vote, revert the running of the park back to the Parks and Recreation department.

Karnage Creations LLC and Mo Karnage are well known members of the local community, with many years of organizing and networking experience. While financially we personally do not have much to offer, we have access to a much more valuable resource than money- the people of Richmond. We are fully confident that we will be able to organize and recruit the necessary donations and volunteers from a large variety of local businesses, non-profits, churches, and individuals. What we don’t know or have, people we know do or have, or know of other people who do or have. Their are many amazing, positive, talented, and smart people in Richmond that we would hope to make a welcoming space for collaboration of the betterment of Monroe Park and the community. We look forward to collaborating with many amazing people and groups in Richmond. It takes a village, and we happen to know one hell of a village.

Karnage Creations will create a special department to deal with all of the Monroe Park business, named the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee.

  1. Neither Karnage Creations, nor Mo Karnage, nor any member of the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee, will ever be paid for their roles in the maintenance or direction of Monroe Park. No profits will be kept by any of the above named parties, and all profits will be returned to the Parks and Recreation department of the City of Richmond for the use in maintaining and improving other parks in the City.

  2. The Board of Directors for the Park will consist of 2 houseless people, 1 formerly houseless person, 1 unemployed person, 1 senior, 1 public housing resident, 1 person from each neighborhood surrounding the park (Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward, Carver, the Fan), 1 student, 1 Parks and Rec worker, 1 City Council member, 1 elementary school student, 2 people from organizations which serve free food or distribute free clothing. We are willing to adjust this make up if other people have more ideas! The board WILL NOT include anyone who is a member of the Vulture ahem Venture Richmond organization, unlike the Monroe Park Conservancy who shares 2 members directly with Venture Richmond, and has 7 other compromised members either through family, or their employer sitting on Venture Richmond’s board.

  3. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will do it’s best to keep cash out of its control. As opposed to collecting donations, they will focus on collecting the items needed. We will ask for community support in the form of benches, seeds, mulch, playground parts, plants, and more!

  4. Renew Richmond a local 501c3 has agreed, via it’s director John Lewis, to partner with Karnage Creations LLC to create and manage edible landscaping in Monroe Park to provide food and community to the area. Both groups will maintain the edible landscapes and possible future community gardens and fruit/nut trees.

  5. Karnage Creations LLC will donate it’s existing office space at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue for any administrative needs specific to Monroe Park outside of Parks and Rec. Therefor no additional funding will ever be needed for Monroe Park offices, unlike the $3000 a month MPC expects to spend.

  6. The Checkers Building will be renovated into a community commercial grade kitchen, to allow for all organizations who want to serve free food in the park a place to cook that food.

  7. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will help with the follow through of the City funded and mandated renovations of plumbing, electrical, bathroom and water fountain improvements, and pavers for the paths.

  8. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize volunteer work days to help with maintenance and leaf removal among other things. The volunteer work days should reduce the amount of paid maintenance necessary.

  9. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will make legal guarantees that Monroe Park will not be used for parking.

  10. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will allow food carts to access Monroe Park and/or the surrounding sidewalks in compliance with local city ordinances and policies. We will build no special amenities for these food carts. If we ever were to create a permit process for food carts on the paths in the park, it would be limited to 2 at any given time, and the money from those permits would go towards supporting the use of the Checkers Building as a free community kitchen for free food programs.

  11. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize to have utility bills for the Checkers buildings paid for by various churches and other non-profits interested in and invested in the availability of the commercial community kitchen for the feeding of all.

  12. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will secure new benches, moveable tables and chairs, and community chess tables.

  13. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize the construction of a play ground in Monroe Park, returning the swings and other fun aspects to engage both the young and the young at heart in safe, healthy activity.

  14. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will never hire or use private security in the park.

  15. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will never fence off the park, and will work with any necessary contractors to ensure that a useable section of the park always remains open during renovations.

  16. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will not remove any trees without the direction of the City of Richmond’s Urban Forestry Department. New trees that might be planted will be part of the edible landscaping plan developed by Renew Richmond

  17. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will only ever charge a permit fee for events which themselves charge a fee. All money from these fees will go to the Parks and Recreation department. Events where no fee is charged will not be charged a fee, and will not be expected to apply for a permit. We will maintain a website, and a physical bulletin board in the park, where we will post dates of events in the park that we are aware of, that way folks can avoid conflict and overlap. The schedule for the community kitchen will be more officially organized just to make sure things run smoothly.

  18. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will guarantee that no corporation or other organization will get naming rights to Monroe Park or Checker’s building. This will never be Altria park, no matter who donates however much.

  19. Monroe Park will be a park of the people and for the people. Popular public events such as the May Day parade, Halloween Parade, Critical Mass bike rides and more will be supported by the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee.

  20. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will do its best to ensure that Monroe Park will remain a safe and inclusive place for people of all classes, races, sexual orientations, abilities, gender identities, religions, ages, superpowers and more. We will work to improve the physical accessibility of the park. The Committee will work to provide free workshops in the park on a regular basis on a variety of relevant social justice issues. We hope to bring in outside organizations willing to donate their time to facilitate said workshops.

  21. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will promote public art and work with local artists to have free workshops available regularly on a variety of artistic mediums and crafts.

  22. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will work to maintain, renovate, and encourage a Monroe Park that is a benefit to the Richmond community. We will do this not just with corporate money or money from a few, but with the grassroots support from a wide swath of Richmonders, which will make our task far easier and more fulfilling than anything being attempted by the Monroe Park Conservancy.

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For folks who are unclear about the connection between Venture Richmond and the Monroe Park Conservancy (previously MPAC) and their efforts to privatize Monroe Park. 9 out of 11 MPC members are either on Venture Richmond’s board or related to someone on the board or have a board member as their boss….

All 3 city reps on the Conservancy are from the Mayor’s administration and closely tied to him as well as under his thumb.

Fixed error or previous image to call the Monroe Park Gentrifying Committee by their current moniker, the Monroe Park Conservancy.

 

Ok, folks, we have event pages to push. Here is one for the March 18th Land Use Committee at 3,  and here is one for the March 24th City Council vote at 6.

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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Well ok maybe it is not actually spring yet, but it felt like it today!

Here are some photos from the fun we had today around the Wingnut!

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If you want to help the Wingnut do any action around this please get in touch!

Following recent events in Chiapas, the Network for Solidarity and against Repression has urged “adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, and every organization, collective, and honest person in Mexico and the world who, from your own places, extend your embrace to the dignified rage of the Zapatistas,”  to participate in the Week of National and International Solidarity, “If they touch the Zapatistas, they touch all of us”, to be held from February 16 to 23, to “denounce the counterinsurgency war” and express that “the Zapatista communities are not alone.”

This call results from great concerns about recent events, denounced by the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center as: “the Chiapas government’s failure to prevent attacks on the support bases of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) from the 10 de Abril community,” leading to “an imminent possibility of new attacks and an intensification of the violence, which would be a risk to life and personal integrity, in addition to the violations of the right to territory and autonomy of the Zapatista peoples.”

These events came to light on January 31, when the Zapatista Good Government Junta, Heart of the Rainbow of Hope, from Caracol IV, and Whirlwind of our Words (based in Morelia, Chiapas) denounced new aggressions suffered by Zapatista support bases (BAZ). The attacks were made on the iconic Zapatista community of 10 de Abril in the autonomous rebel municipality 17 de Noviembre, by groups of government supporters belonging to the group Independent Center of Agricultural and Campesino Workers (CIOAC) Democratic, from the nearby Tojolabal community of 20 de Noviembre. Six BAZ members were injured, three of them seriously, and one is in danger of losing his sight. Furthermore, a shocking attack also took place on staff from the San Carlos Hospital in Altimirano who came to give assistance, but were attacked and prevented from attending to the injured.
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Please come out to Richmond City Council on February 10th at 6pm at City Hall to speak out against giving Venture richmond a real estate tax exemption.

Venture Richmond is a massive “non profit” heavily involved in lobbying for gentrifying plans to benefit developers and the wealthy, without helping the people of Richmond.

They are currently involved in the Revitalize RVA which plans to waste almost 80 million tax oayer doklars on a baseball stadium and development which will benefit private developers and is not wanted by the people of Richmond.

The letter below by Charles Pool has an excellent break down of why Venture Richmond deserves no breaks from the tax payers of Richmond. They have more than enough money and too little regard for the citizens.

If you want to file a complaint against Venture Richmond with the IRS, please do. IRS form 13909 Tax Exempt Organization (referral) Complaint Form.

Dear Honorable Members of Richmond City Council,

The Richmond City Council will vote on February 10th on whether to give Venture Richmond a real estate tax exemption for its “Tredegar Green” property.   City Council should not approve this tax exemption for Venture Richmond for the following reasons:

1). The City Council has a moratorium on granting tax exemptions by designation.  Venture Richmond submitted this application in 2012, and Venture Richmond failed to meet the deadline of April 8, 2013 , as established by City Ordinance 2013-19, for introducing an ordinance exempting property from taxation by designation.

2). State code requires that City Council consider whether the non-profit applying for tax exemption engages in substantial lobbying for legislation.   According to Venture Richmond, it has spent the substantial sum of at least $32,000 lobbying for the Mayor’s Shockoe Stadium proposal.   The Mayor is President of Venture Richmond, and Venture Richmond has been engaged in substantial lobbying for the Mayor’s legislation.

3).  State code also requires that City Council consider whether the executive salary of the non-profit is reasonable when considering an organization’s application for  tax exemption.  Venture Richmond Director Jack Berry receives a salary of over $240,000 annually, according to IRS filings.   If Venture Richmond can afford to pay its Director over $240,000, it is unreasonable to believe that it cannot afford to pay $43,000 in city real estate tax.

4).  Richmond’s Tax Exemption by Designation Committee recommended AGAINST a real estate tax exemption for Venture Richmond, and the committee sessions generally focused on the amount of executive salaries, revenue sources and any duplication of city services being performed by each applicant. 

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Councilman Hilbert held a 3rd district community meeting about the Revitalize RVA plan for a baseball stadium in historic Shockoe Bottom on Feb. 5 at Pine Camp on Northside.

Farid Alan Schintzius noticed that someone had placed in the medians and other public areas pro- shockoe stadium signs, clearly targeting anyone headed to the meeting.

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Signs in the median on Chamberlayne still there on the morning of the 6th.

Who funded these signs and who illegally placed them in the public right of way, in a shady attempt to influence citizens is not known. What we do know is that Loving RVA and the Mayor have been engaging in underhanded and corrupt measures to use their money and power to push through the baseball stadium plan. Just this week it was revealed that a full page ad for Loving RVA was published in a tax payer funded parks and rec publication, which is not even supposed to have ads in it.

The signs have now been removed from everywhere we found then and we are going to use them for a more worthy cause.

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Join us and many many community groups and members at the City Council Meeting on February 24th at 6pm to insist that Council say No to the irresponsible, disrespectful, and corrupt Revitalize RVA plan.

And if you happen to see any of these signs illegally placed around town, you know what to do.

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If you are in need of books or in need of giving away books, please come check out the Wingnut Little Free Library at 2005 Barton Avenue.

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Little Library in construction above. We made it out of scrap wood kicking around the house. Upcycle! If you want help building one for your neighborhood let us know.

Take a book and bring a different book back later!
No checking out! No need to return!

Just a community resource to facilitate getting books some folks no longer want to folks who want to read them.

If you have more books to give away than will fit in our little library, we have a spot inside the house to store back up.

Come down and check it out and get books! Reading rules and so does sharing!

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We are building a front door and shingling the little free library’s roof soon too. Just got too eager to get it out there to all you lovely people.