We’re not sure if it counts as a conspiracy if it is so blatant and public. But anyways, it is time for everyone in the Richmond area to take a closer look at Vulture (Venture) Richmond, who is involved, and what they are pushing in this city. We are posting the entire list of their Board of Directors, taken from their website, below. We are also teasing out some of the obvious connections between these people are various icky things happening in Richmond and conflicts of interest. But please take a look at the list and see if you can pull out some connections of your own. We would love to hear em.
Basically though, Venture Richmond is closely connected to local media, City council members, the privatization of Monroe park, the Revitalize RVA plan, and attempts to get their own Tax exemptions. All the struggles are connected, and Venture Richmond just highlights the intensity of intersectionality in Richmond right now.
John W. Bates III of McGuireWoods is on the Venture Richmond Board AND is on the Monroe Park Conservancy as one of the 4 citizen representatives. Not that citizens in Richmond had any say regarding the creation of the Monroe Park Conservancy, the renovation plans, the idea of considering privatizing Monroe Park, or how many and what type of citizen might represent citizens on the board.
From local politicians, we have Mayor Dwight Jones, City Councilman and Council President Charles Samuels, and City Councilwoman and Council Vice President Ellen Robertson. So not only is the Mayor involved in this massive conflict of interest, but so are 2 out of the 9 City Council Members. It would seem only fair that they would be not allowed to participate in any votes regarding projects Venture Richmond is working on.
From local media we have Thomas Silvestri, the President and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which seems like a potential conflict of interest in the news coverage of local issues by the paper. Sounds like the news coverage of Venture Richmond in the paper is about as fair and balanced as Fox news.
James E. Ukrop, the Principal, New Richmond Ventures, is on Venture Richmond’s board, and his relative is R. Scott Ukrop, who is also one of the 4 citizen members of the Monroe Park Conservancy.
If you have the time and inclination, check out the financials of Venture Richmond here: http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/52-1256458/venture-richmond.aspx
From the Venture Richmond website:
Board of directors
Chairman and CEO
President, McClenney Wallace, PC
Vice chairman and chairman of executive committee
Senior vice president, Alternative Energy Solutions, Dominion
Dwight C. Jones**
Mayor, City of Richmond
Immediate past chairman and CEO
Robert W. Woltz Jr.*
Mark R. Merhige*
President, The Shockoe Company (more…)