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City Council Recap - September 12, 2016

Highlights Monday night’s city council meeting, which followed the Fifteenth Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, focused heavily on Section III Housing Policy and ORD: 2016-208 of the Consent Agenda. This ordinance pertains to the construction and opening of a new grocery store in the East End of Richmond at the intersection of North 25th Street and Nine Mile Road. Several citizens came forward, expressing their various reasons for being in favor of or in opposition to this ordinance. City Council President Mosby took time to recognize the month of September as Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month by recognizing a young high school student named Jazmine who has suffered with Sickle Cel

School Board Recap - September 19, 2016

Highlights Public Comments Candice Lucas, an advocate for Coordinating Early Intervention Services (CEIS), an organization whose mission is to eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline, chastised the School Board for being in violation of the codes that protect students with special needs. She cited an incident in which there were no dictionaries for special needs classrooms and stated that it was “unacceptable” for the school system to not have the funding for a hundred and twenty-five dictionaries that could easily be obtained from the dollar store. She criticized RPS’s attorney for not only being unaware of CIEC, but also from being unlearned in the law. CIEC held a meeting in which no Boar

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