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Councilpersons Larson and Gray, Citing Lack of Transparency, to Vote Against Resolution Requiring Report and Recommendations on Police Funding Changes

RES. 2020-R047 would require the Chief Administrative Officer to produce a report that would give recommendations to transfer RPD budget to community mental health, substance abuse, and social service programs designed to perform such functions.

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First up the resolution in question.

RES. 2020-R047

To request that the Chief Administrative Officer cause to be prepared and submitted to the Council and the Mayor a report identifying funding in the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 General Fund Budget and the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Special Fund Budget appropriated to the Department of Police for mental health, substance abuse, and social service functions and that provides recommendations, to the extent permitted by law, for the re-appropriation and transfer of such funding from the Department of Police to other City departments and to community mental health, substance abuse, and social service programs designed to perform such functions.

Next up on the logic for voting against the measure.

Statement from Councilpersons Kristen Larson and Kimberly Gray

Today, Councilmembers Kimberly B. Gray and Kristen Nye Larson call on their fellow councilmembers to support an alternate path to police reform.

“Dangerous protests have happened in Richmond, including this past Saturday, and they are unacceptable. They include damaging small businesses that are trying to reopen, destruction of public assets, and acts of arson that could have seriously harmed residents and protesters alike. This kind of protest is unacceptable.

“Tonight, Richmond City Council is scheduled to vote on resolution No.2020-R047 to ask for recommendations from the city administration to defund the police. Because of the lack of any clear policy direction related to this proposed budget reallocation, and the surrender of our Council fiscal duties under the City Charter, we cannot support this resolution.

“To be clear, we support the creation of a Citizen Review Board and the implementation of a Marcus Alert system. To start this process, Council needs cost estimates and a list of possible policy and implementation issues to begin a public, accountable, and transparent budget process.

“We support efforts to have a third-party analysis of the Richmond City general fund budget, including Richmond Police Department budget.

“However, this resolution does not speak to policy initiatives and does not guarantee accountability in any budget reallocations.

“We support the following processes to consider reallocating funds in the budget to areas aligned with council and citizen priorities. Richmonders have expressed a strong desire to be involved in our budget process and we respect and want to honor their wishes:

  • First, as we proposed during the budget process in 2019, we again reiterate our support for a third-party audit of the Richmond City budget to go above and beyond the regular audit process.
  • We also ask for an amendment to resolution No. 2019-R051 that would include the General Fund budget in the participatory budget process. This process is an intentional, transparent, proactive budget process that includes public participation from the beginning. We support a budget process that is community driven.
  • Accountability measures should be built into any budget re-allocations. Moving taxpayer dollars without that accountability is reckless. We support funding programs that have clear goals, purpose, and accountability.

“We recognize that our city and our country need to transform the way we look at policing, public safety and our overall budget. We also recognize the revenue reality of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We need to start with realistic revenue and COVID-19 cost estimates.

“We support a practical, accountable, and transparent process for our next budget cycle and we are ready and willing to work with the community to make this happen.”

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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NBC12 on Pony Pasture Parking Woes

Although the focus of the story is on Pony Pasture other areas are being impacted by heavy park usage.

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NBC 12 has the story on the parking issues in our parks.

”It has been a lot more people this year. I don’t know if it’s because of the coronavirus. I’m sure there’s probably a lot of pools that are not open, or whatnot, and no places for people to go,” said Susan, a Stratford Hills resident who lives close to Pony Pasture.

According to the city’s Office of Parks and Recreation, the number of visitors to Pony Pasture in the month of June 2020 alone was over 44,000. They add that as of June 30, 2020, the James Rivers Park System had seen 1,076,873 visitors whereas on the same date in 2019 – there were 975,433 visitors.

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Win Home Opener

Kickers get their first win in the 2020 USL 1 season.

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The Kickers took an early one-goal lead and had a strong first half. The second half saw Madison press hard. The last few minutes were nail-biting with several scrambles in front of the Richmond goal but in the end, the home team prevailed and kept their one-goal leading shutting out the visitors. Full Recap after the photos.


Official Kickers Summary

The Richmond Kickers (1-1-1) picked up their first victory of the 2020 USL League One season Saturday night at City Stadium, behind a 1-0 win over Forward Madison FC (0-2-1). Emiliano Terzaghi scored his second goal of the season, coupled with Akira Fitzgerald picking up his second straight shutout to lead the team to the three points.

Richmond jumped out in front after nine minutes. Kyle Venter sent the ball out wide on the right wing for Ian Antley. He found Emiliano Terzaghi at the top of the Madison box. The Argentine turned and took a touch for space and launched a shot across the face of goal and into the back of the net for the early lead.

Akira Fitzgerald kept Madison off the board in the 33rd minute. Coming out of the hydration break, Christian Diaz floated the ball over the top for Jamael Cox making a run up the left flank. Fitzgerald came off his line as Cox tried to slide his shot under the keeper, but the veteran stopper got a foot on the ball to parry it away.

Deep into first half stoppage, Cox had a chance to level the score. Diaz tried to square a pass to JC Banks, but the midfielder lost his footing and the ball rolled into space. Cox got the ball first and looked for goal as his shot sailed harmlessly over the net.

Luke Pavone, making his first start of the season, nearly doubled the Richmond lead in the 54th minute. Fitzgerald got the play started clearing the ball up field. Pavone headed the ball down for Ryley Kraft, who quickly got it to the feet of Terzaghi. He did not waste a second lofting the ball over the top for Pavone getting in behind the backline.

The post came to the rescue for Forward Madison in the 63rd minute. Kraft looked up to see Matt Bolduc in  plenty of open real estate just outside the 18. After controlling the ball, he put a solid chance on frame, unfortunately bouncing off the woodwork. Terzaghi tried to follow up on the loose ball but he could not control his shot.

Scott Thomsen made a last ditch save off the line to preserve the shutout for Richmond. JC Banks served in a corner kick. Akira Fitzgerald came off his line to punch the ball away, but it fell for former Kickers midfielder Brandon Eaton. He wasted no time trying to find the equalizer. Thomsen got a foot on the shot to save the clean sheet, marking the second one in a row for Richmond.

The Kickers conclude their two match homestand next Saturday night as FC Tucson comes to City Stadium for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.
BOX SCORE
TEAM FIRST HALF SECOND HALF FINAL
Richmond 1 0 1
Madison 0 0 0
LINEUPS
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Ian Antley, Kyle Venter, Ivan Magalhães, Scott Thomsen, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft, Emiliano Terzaghi, Jonathan Bolanos (59’ – Mutaya Mwape), Matt Bolduc (70’ – Zev Taublieb, 76’ – Gianluca Cuomo), Luke Pavone
Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Greg Boehme, Charles Boateng, Amass Amankona

Madison GK Philipp Marceta, Christian Diaz (81’ – Eli Lockaby), Conor Tobin, Josiah Trimmingham (81’ – Eric Leonard), Jiro Barriga Toyama (86’ – Gustavo Fernandes), JC Banks, Allan Rodriguez (62’ – Brandon Eaton), Don Smart, Paulo Jr, Jamael Cox (62’ – Alex Monis), Wojciech Wojcik

Unused Substitutes: Chris Brady, Louis Bennett

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 8 0 12 3
Madison 7 1 10 7
SCORING SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
9′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (Ian Antley)
CAUTIONS SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
16′ MAD Josiah Trimmingham
73′ MAD Wojciech Wojcik
EJECTIONS SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
None.

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Matt Franz
Assistant Referees: Meghan Mullen, Andrew Charron
Fourth Official: JC Griggs
Attendance: 822
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 81 ºF

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Henrico names VDOT’s Terrell Hughes to lead Public Works division

Hughes currently works as assistant planning director and assistant division administrator for the Transportation and Mobility Planning Division of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), where he has provided oversight for the department’s STARS and multimodal programs and has supported the administration of Virginia’s SMART SCALE funding prioritization program.

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Henrico County has appointed Terrell Hughes director of the Department of Public Works (DPW), effective Monday, August 31st.

Hughes currently works as assistant planning director and assistant division administrator for the Transportation and Mobility Planning Division of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), where he has provided oversight for the department’s STARS and multimodal programs and has supported the administration of Virginia’s SMART SCALE funding prioritization program.

Prior to his service with VDOT, Hughes worked as an engineer and project manager for Kimley-Horn & Associates, a project engineer with Davenport Transportation Consulting and a transportation engineer with the Timmons Group.

As director of Henrico’s DPW, Hughes will head an agency with 269 employees and a budget of more than $52 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year. DPW oversees the design, construction, and maintenance of secondary roads in the county. With more than 3,500 lane miles and 159 traffic signals, Henrico operates the third-largest road network in Virginia.

DPW also is responsible for stormwater drainage, administration of public transit services, and enforcement of erosion and sedimentation laws and ordinances. The department comprises the divisions of design, maintenance, construction, transportation development, traffic engineering, and environmental control, as well as the standing water initiative.

The recipient of a 2019 VDOT Commissioner’s Award, Hughes is president of the Old Dominion section of the American Society of Highway Engineers. He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Hughes and his wife Brittany have four children.

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