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City Council Meeting Recap - December 8, 2014

In its final meeting of 2014, Richmond City Council approved the funding for the first phase of construction of a new brewery in the Greater Fulton neighborhood. It also approved several economic development measures, but again delayed acting on most measures related to the construction of a new baseball stadium. Here are some notable actions from yesterday's meeting, as well as Council's full summary of the meeting. Council passed the following measures: Ord. No. 2014-228 - Funding construction of new Richmond brewery This ordinance would appropriate $23 million to Richmond's Economic Development Authority to construct a building for Stone Brewing Company, which agreed to open a new brewery

City Council Meeting Preview - December 8, 2014

For its final meeting of 2014, Richmond City Council is finally set to consider several ordinances related to the contentious Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium plan, as well as matters relating to economic development. Check out some items of note to be considered tonight, and read the agenda. Person to Watch: Michelle Mosby Though she has yet to say anything publicly, it has become an open secret that Ninth District Councilwoman Michelle Mosby will challenge Second District Councilman Charles Samuels for the Council presidency in January. Mosby is halfway through her first term on City Council, and she is considered a strong ally of Mayor Dwight Jones. Third District Councilman Chris Hilbert,

Richmond Residences Protest Eric Garner Ruling

For the second time this week Richmond residents tooks to the streets to protest a grand jury's decision to let off a police officer who killed an unarmed black man. The protests lined-up on broad street and were chanting "no justice, no peace." Other chants include "Punish killer cops" and the "The racist system must die." Read more here

City defends refusal to release Marshall confidentiality agreements

In a 12-page legal filing, the city of Richmond defends its refusal to disclose the confidentiality agreements surrounding the departure of former chief administrative officer Byron C. Marshall. The city says it and Marshall have a “reasonable expectation of confidentiality” that the documents City Council members were asked to sign would not become public. Read more at Times-Dispatch

Alternate Routes

Style Weekly's Ned Oliver argues that "a comprehensive reform of Richmond’s criminal justice system is years behind schedule and barely underway. But some alternative programs are making a dent." Three months after it opened, the jail that Richmond built to relieve overcrowding is over capacity. The jail is rated by the state to sleep 1,032 inmates, but it housed an average of 1,175 inmates in October — about 14 percent more than it should. It's an increase of 230 inmates over the record low population of 945, which city officials trumpeted when the facility opened at the end of July. On opening day, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones attributed the initial low number to the successful reform of th

Richmond School Board considers turnaround options for failing schools

Richmond school leaders on Monday night heard from four potential partners to help improve the academic performance at long-struggling city schools. In Richmond, the schools on this year’s state list of Title 1 priority schools include Blackwell, G.H. Reid, Ginter Park, Oak Grove and Woodville elementary schools; Binford, Elkhardt, Thompson, Henderson and Martin Luther King Jr. middle schools; John Marshall High School; and the Richmond Alternative School, a grade 6-12 school for students with discipline issues. Read more at Times-Dispatch.

City defends refusal to release Marshall confidentiality agreements

In a 12-page legal filing, the city of Richmond defends its refusal to disclose the confidentiality agreements surrounding the departure of former chief administrative officer Byron C. Marshall. The city says it and Marshall have a “reasonable expectation of confidentiality” that the documents City Council members were asked to sign would not become public. Read more from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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