Council members say they’ve yet to receive anything in writing from the administration regarding the shortfall — a point of frustration, council members say, because the city charter requires the mayor to notify them of any budgetary issues “without delay.” Link
So I can tell you FOR SURE that the Mayor, his CAO, his staff, knew enough about the potential problems in the Social Services Department to the extent that it would have required pro-active leadership….if they gave a damn. Link
The cost to build the Redskins training camp has gone up by $1.1 million — a 10-percent increase in construction costs over the $10 million the city has committed to the project.
Fifth District City Councilman Parker Agelasto wonders why no one bothered to ask City Council about the expense. “Anytime you’re 10 percent over budget, the folks who authorized it should be informed,” Agelasto says. Link
Here’s a magic trick. Tear down an old school (in this case Overby-Sheppard Elementary School in Richmond), build a new one in its place using nearly all allocated capital ground funds for school improvements across the city, and argue that this will help everyone in the entire school system. Magic, right? Link
For one reason or another, the City of Richmond seems incapable of living up to its true potential. Whether it’s corruption, incompetence, negligence, abuse, and everything outside or in-between, the City of Richmond cannot walk the straight and narrow path towards a more just and socioeconomically viable city. Link
The city administration failed to answer questions about the proposed public utility charges and rates.
No response was received from City Council members except Mr. Agelasto. Read the rest of this entry »