Yea, so that happened at the Land Use Committee Meeting today. Also the committee voted to forward the Monroe Park Lease item to Monday’s Council Meeting.
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Hi Ms. Karnage,
Section 15.2-2102 of the Code of Virginia generally requires the Council to “accept the highest bid from a responsible bidder.” State law contains nothing that we can find that describes what format is legally sufficient for such a bid and what is not. Consequently, in a case like this, a statement that the bidder stands ready to perform at least the obligations of the tenant under the proposed lease and that describes its capability to do so would satisfy minimum legal requirements.
Let me know if you have further questions.
Jean V. Capel, CMC
Office of the City Clerk
City of Richmond
900 East Broad Street, Suite 200
Richmond, Virginia 23219
From the local rules:
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§ 15.2-2102. How bids received and to whom franchise awarded.
The presiding officer shall read aloud, or cause to be read aloud, a brief summary of each of the bids that have been received, for public information, and shall then inquire if any further bids are offered. If further bids are offered, they shall be received. The presiding officer shall thereafter declare the bidding closed. The presiding officer shall receive recommendations from the staff relative to any bids received in advance and staff’s recommendations, if any, on any bids received at the advertised council meeting. After such other investigation as the council sees fit to make, the council shall accept the highest bid from a responsible bidder and shall adopt the ordinance as advertised, without substantial variation, except to insert the name of the accepted bidder. However, the council, by a recorded vote of a majority of the members elected to the council, may reject a higher bid and accept a lower bid from a responsible bidder and award the franchise, right, lease or privilege to the lower bidder, if, in its opinion, some reason affecting the interest of the city or town makes it advisable to do so, which reason shall be expressed in the body of the subsequent ordinance granting the franchise, right, lease or privilege. The process described in this section may run concurrently with any other advertisement or public ordinance requirements of this title, or such requirements as may be contained in charters of such cities or towns.
(Code 1950, § 15-730; 1962, c. 623, § 15.1-310; 1997, c. 587; 2001, c. 498.)
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Tags: anarchist, collective, corruption, dwight jones is selling our city, john w. bates III, keep monroe park open and free, Monroe Park, monroe park advisory council, MPAC, rvacouncil, rvafoodnotbombs, rvanews, ukrop, VCU, venn diagram, venture richmond, vulture richmond, Wingnut
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.
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Intimidated by getting involved in local politics? Not sure what to expect from a meeting?
This guide will help you be prepared!
Tags: Monroe Park, neoliberalism, privatization, RVA, rvacouncil, rvafoodnotbombs, rvanews
From John Richmond:
On Tuesday March 18, 3pm, the City Council Land Use and Planning Committee will consider an ordinance (paper) to lease Monroe Park to the Monroe Park Conservancy (specifically named) in essentially a no-bid process. If it passes this committee it will go before the full Council on March 24, 6pm, as other events have pointed out. This paper is considered likely to pass unless other councilpersons hear about it.
All of our City Councilpeople need to be contacted on the issue. We need to tell them that while we want Monroe Park fixed up, we want it to remain free, public, and open to the public.
The main problems with the paper are (1) the no-bid process producing a public-private partnership, as Mo Karnage ably pointed out in her post from earlier on March 15 and Scott Burger among others have been educating us about for years, and (2) the idea that the city might put down $3 million of its money to fix the park but allow a private entity to close off Monroe Park figuratively or literally by charging for every event, or making some activities such as food programs, anti-war protests, pro-American flag demonstrations, or poetry readings illegal.
Please invite your friends to help in this effort as well.
See this link to find how to contact your councilperson: http://www.richmondgov.com/CityCouncil/contacts.aspx
Tags: Monroe Park, monroe park conservancy, WRIR
Christopher Beschler, from the city and the Monroe Park Conservancy, to talk with me about the Monroe Park Conservancy plan and to answer some of the burning questions. The interview will be broadcast on Open Source RVA at 4PM tomorrow (Friday). We also have a new WRIR “listening portal” at wrir.org so you can stream shows after they happen. Check the interview out if you can – it may be of interest.
Tags: dwight jones is selling our city, lease monroe park, lease park, looting rva, loving rva, Monroe Park, monroe park conservancy, revitalize rva, rva brand, shockoe stadium, ukrop, VCU, venture richmond, vulture richmond
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…)
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Quail Bell publishes an article on the rising Resistance in Richmond!!
Tags: Alice Massie, Food Not Bombs, Monroe Park, neoliberalism, privatization, RVA
March 18 at 3pm Land Use Meeting where discussion of Monroe Park privatization will happen.
March 24 at 6pm City Council Meeting will decide on Monroe Park privatization.
Both at City Hall.
Contact your city council members and spread the word hard between now and then.
Get educated, get involved.