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Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night. They do not belong on the sidewalk after tomorrow night.

In recycling news

On March 26, 2014, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced publication of the latest annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), covering data reported for 2012. This year’s report lists types and amounts of chemicals released and reported by 419 industrial operations in the Commonwealth having 10 or more employees and reaching specific minimum amounts of toxic chemicals used (see p. 2 in the this year’s report Introduction for the list of criteria determining which operations must report).

According to the DEQ’s 3/26/14 news release on the TRI report, “32.7 million pounds of chemicals were released on-site to the air, water and land (a decrease of 16.7 percent from 2011); 65.3 million pounds of chemicals were transferred off-site for treatment, recycling, energy recovery or disposal (a 5-percent decrease from 2011); [and] 775 million pounds of chemicals were managed on-site by treatment, recycling, or energy recovery (a 3-percent increase from 2011).”

A more pointed point of view comes from a January 2014 study conducted by the University of Richmond’s School of Law- Robert R. Merhige Jr. Center for Environmental Studies: “A Strategy to Protect Virginians from Toxic Chemicals”.

‘Tredegar Green’ Yesterday Afternoon

While City Council was busy figuring out how to give away Richmond’s oldest PUBLIC park, I was doing some walking down at the riverfront. I was disgusted by what I saw:

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Cars are parked right next to the historic Kanawha Canal. Trash everywhere. Venture Richmond, the property holder, has allowed this very important historical site to become a trashy parking lot! Will there be any repercussions this time?
It is outrageous that the City government wants to give them tax exemptions on the land and let them build an unneeded amphitheater.

This is what happens when you have a corporate government that is not accountable to the public.

Dinamo’s spicy Italian sausage highlighted

Dinamo, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary, got a nice post on rvanews.com that raved about its spicy sausage dish.

It doesn’t look fancy. It’s a pile of beans, some crispy corn cakes, and a monster hunk of sausage. But it looks delicious, and smells even better. Dinamo’s spicy Italian sausage with polenta and beans ($12) is one of the best plates of food you can eat near VCU. The house made pork sausage has a slightly spicy, meaty chew. The perfect polenta–yes, perfect–is fried crispy on one side, soft on the other. And the beans! Who knew white beans could be so creamy and delicious? Here’s a dish worth stretching out your lunch break: a winning balance of flavors, textures, and aromas.

Traffic Impact Briefing for Collegiate Races May 2-4

From Councilperson Parker Agelasto:

Dear all,

I am passing along information about the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championship occurring May 2 – 4. There will be road closings affecting the northeastern portion of the 5th District. Please note that the provisions that have been recommended to accommodate for ingress and egress from neighborhoods. Oregon Hill will be most affected and will gain access by the temporary conversion of 2nd Street to two-way.

Please feel free to distribute this information to your civic association members as I am certain they will want to know.

Many thanks,
Parker C. Agelasto
Richmond City Council, 5th District

Click here for full Power Point file- 4.8.14 Traffic Impact Presser_v2

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Monroe Park Controversy At Special Land Use Committee Meeting Today

There is a special meeting of the City’s Land Use Committee today.

Wed, April 9, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
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The Land Use, Housing and Transportation Standing Committee will conduct a special meeting to consider bids received regarding Ord. No. 2014-10.

NOTE: No public hearing will be held at this meeting as it was held at the 3/24/14 Richmond City Council meeting that was held at 6:00 p.m.

Bob Powell’s Richmond Examiner outlines some of the issues in the controversy. Here is an excerpt from his article:

It also goes to a fundamental question of society. To what extent should a private company be allowed to run a public trust ?

Advocates for the Homeless say the Charter Park concept is just a way to remove the Homeless from the park. Monroe Park is home to several feeding programs run by churches and the secular activist Food Not Bombs.

Activists and civil libertarians feel that a Charter Park will usurp the legal rights of dissident groups who often use the park for rallies,demonstrations and marches.

The right of center Richmond Times Dispatch editorial page has opined that the Charter Park machinations by the Mayor lacked transparency.

There is one bit of agreement among all parties . Monroe Park needs repairs and upgrades to its infrastructure. Maintence people complain that pipes and other lines underneath the ground are a nightmare in need of modernization. Trees need to be trimmed, grass grown, old greenery put out. New tech toys like WiFi need to be introduced.

In 2010, plans were introduced to shut down the park for repairs. A fence was to be built around the park to keep people out. Homeless advocates , in March of 2011, moved into the park as a protest against shutting down homeless feeding programs. The occupation ended with 9 arrests.

In October of 2011, Occupy Richmond was thwarted by the police from taking over Monroe Park.

From 2011 until December of 2013, a period of two years, there was no money in the City coffers to afford a $6 million do over for the newly created Charter Park. The fence nor the improvements happened.Suddenly, the Mayor comes up with $3million while Alice Massie promises $3million in nine months from corporate donors.

The Monroe Park fight is not the first in a series of fights over public spaces in Richmond. The Washington Redskins, second richest pro football team, was handed a sweetheart deal for public land space last summer. There is a controversy over development in Shockoe Bottom over a minor league baseball system.

The Charter Park controversy is not new to Richmond. Municipalities all over the country have wrestled with the private corporate influnce over open space.

RRFP Flea Market Today

From Craigslist ad:

Shop for abortion access!! Sunday the 6th from 8 am to 3 pm at 506 S. Pine St. and across the street in the parking lot behind Mama Zu. Multiple vendors will be selling their goods to benefit the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, Va’s only grassroots abortion fund! Crafts! Clothes! Household items! Jewelry! and more!

Volunteers Needed For the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships

I have mentioned this before, and now there is this plea:

In just a few weeks from now, we will be hosting the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships in downtown Richmond. The event will feature 400 student athletes from more than 100 colleges and universities from across the country. It is also serving as the official test event for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.

We are seeking committed individuals to serve as course marshals on Friday, May 2nd, Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th, 2014. The course marshal role is considered to be the “best seat in the house” as they assist race organizers with crowd control and traffic safety as the racers speed by.

Each volunteer will receive a t-shirt to commemorate the event, food and beverage during their shift and a 15% discount code to use on Richmond 2015 merchandise. In addition, if you volunteer for 2014, Richmond 2015 will provide you with your first choice of volunteer role for the 2015 World Championships when the best men and women cyclists, from all over the world, race through the streets of the Richmond region.

See the attached flier for more information, or to register visit our volunteer site at www.richmond2015.com/volunteer. If you have questions, send them to volunteer@richmond2015.com or call 804-788-5820. Please consider volunteering and please forward to friends, family and co-workers that may be interested.

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