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But the 108 recipients on the city’s list were not pre-qualified to receive the technology as required under state policy…. Link

The Council has been JONES’ ENABLER for months now, and this was shown when they didn’t even protest when Mr. Marshall failed to meet their deadline for providing these details.
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Depending on your outlook, the new name could come off as an insidious bit of Orwellian newspeak. To University of Richmond linguistics professor Thomas P. Bonfiglio, it’s more than a little euphemistic. Link

Did Samuels block off the two front rows of seating to keep Dorsey off camera?

Stith said Council President Charles R. Samuels had agreed to have the rows blocked off that day after Dorsey had an “erratic” conversation with the clerk’s office the preceding Friday.Link

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“Our city is being sold piece by piece to people who wish to profit at the expense of others,” the group’s page states. “Our elected officials have betrayed the trust of their constituents by consistently voting against the interests and concerns of the people.” Link Style Weekly

The condominium tower would lie just west of the famous view over the James River from Libby Hill Park, but the issue of what constitutes a scenic and historic vista continues to fire debate over development within sight of the park. Link

In a statement released Monday, City Assessor James D. Hester said he has asked City Auditor/Inspector General Umesh Dalal to review the actions of “all individuals who may have participated in this assessment decision.” Link

The first time didn’t really bother me. But the second time, to be honest, ticked-me off. Especially when one of the people said something like “we know who you are Mr. Goldman”. Link

In the Skinner-Dorsey conversation transcript the word “challenged” should be “childish”.

0:00:39 Skinner: there’s no need to be challenged childish about this
0:00:40 Dorsey: no I’m not being challenged childish . I’m being exact

This is actually much more damning of Mr. Skinner.  It is disrespectful and antagonistic.  A city employee should not speak that way to a citizen.

130801 Lamar Co. v. City of Richmond 04/17/2014 In reviewing a challenge to the denial of a zoning variance by a board of zoning appeals, the circuit court incorrectly applied the “fairly debatable” standard of review. That standard is applicable when a governing body acts in a legislative capacity, such as when it adopts a zoning ordinance or grants a special use permit. When considering the decision of a board of zoning appeals to deny a request for a variance, the proper standard of review to apply is that articulated in Code § 15.2-2314 and the city charter. The judgment is reversed and the case is remanded for application of the correct standard.

131235 Lamar Co. v. City of Richmond 04/17/2014 In consolidated proceedings arising from a declaratory judgment action brought by landowners and a billboard advertising company challenging a city’s enforcement proceedings to require removal of a billboard or reduction in its height to a conforming level under applicable ordinances, the circuit court erred in holding that the 15-year non-conforming use provision of Code § 15.2-2307 is “merely enabling” legislation and in granting the defendant city’s demurrer on that basis. The judgment is reversed and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. Combined case with Record No. 131249

131249 Shaia v. City of Richmond 04/17/2014 In consolidated proceedings arising from a declaratory judgment action brought by landowners and a billboard advertising company challenging a city’s enforcement proceedings to require removal of a billboard or reduction in its height to a conforming level under applicable ordinances, the circuit court erred in holding that the 15-year non-conforming use provision of Code § 15.2-2307 is “merely enabling” legislation and in granting the defendant city’s demurrer on that basis. The judgment is reversed and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. Combined case with Record No. 131235
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