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The city attorney declined to comment when asked if there is anything in city code that limits or prohibits the city’s ability to accept free services from a vendor interested in a potential contract. Link

Mayor Jones

Jones, it would appear, can’t handle the truth. Instead, he comes off looking stingy on school maintenance, lavish on spending for private-sector sports teams and indifferent about the safety and comfort of the city’s school children. Link

California-based Stone Brewing Co. may have a second Richmond option for its new Eastern facility after Thalhimer Realty Partners submitted an application to allow a brewery and distribution center in Manchester as part of its Reynolds South development. Link

No matter the efforts of the school system’s maintenance staff — and they’re struggling against leaky roofs, damp basements and broken air conditioning systems, among other problems — the city’s four dozen schools still need hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency, short- and long-term repairs and renovations and, in some cases, replacement. Link

Just when Richmond school leaders thought things couldn’t get worse, an unexpected discovery at one of the district’s largest high schools has left them scrambling to get repairs done. Link

An eye opening report from the Richmond city auditor was released at Monday night’s school board meeting. The audit focused on nutrition services, training and development, and workers compensation. Link

Mayor Dwight C. Jones took issue with a report that Richmond Public Schools needs tens of millions of dollars for maintenance issues, saying the city has bigger school needs than leaky roofs and faulty air conditioners. Link

Not coincidentally, a return to two-way streets in Richmond has been a stated goal of various city plans dating back to 1998. Such a conversion will not be cheap. But it has been maddeningly slow to come to fruition, even as the city has found money for other pet projects that popped up in the interim. Link

A defiant Mayor Dwight C. Jones rebuffed overtures from school officials for tens of millions of dollars for maintenance issues, saying the city has bigger school needs than leaky roofs and faulty air conditioners. Link

To the vendors who paid $2,500 for a spot in the “food court” outside the practice facility and had minimal sales, the Redskins aren’t quite the asset as seen by the city fathers. Link