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Category: Government

Park & Hide: Downtown parking meter program halted, but downtown parking problem remains

While many people and businesses are happy that the parking meter program downtown has been suspended, everyone seems to have forgotten why it was implemented in the first place: to reduce congestion downtown and make it easier to find a place to park. As a 2008 downtown parking study determined, parking availability wasn’t necessarily the…

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State Investigation of August 12 in Charlottesville cites miscommunication

From the State investigation into the events of August 12: “…James W. Baker, a consultant with the International Association of Chiefs of Police who led the review, said state police and local police each had their own response plans, which should have been unified before the event. Baker said that despite collaboration and meetings in…

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Rush Job? Planned City Manager review ahead of August 12 investigation causes concern

By David McNair According to Charlottesville City Councilor Bob Fenwick, a decision on whether or not to extend Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones’ contract is “underway now” and “might be done by the next Council meeting.” That news has apparently caused some concern in the community, as Tim Heaphy, the former U.S. Attorney for the…

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No music for Moto Saloon

The Hook–Across the street from one of the more quiet businesses in town, tombstone retailer W. A. Hartman Memorials on East Market Street, a neighborhood kerfuffle over music came to an end recently when Charlottesville City Council laid to rest the Black Market Moto Saloon‘s bid for a music hall permit. The decision followed a…

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Ambassadors or bouncers?

DTM business owners and patrons have apparently been giving City Council an earful about rude or aggressive behavior from some folks on the DTM, and so council has decided to spend $80,000 to hire four “Downtown Mall ambassadors.” Councilor have been quick to say its not a “crack down” on the homeless, though much of…

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DTM meals tax revenue rising

According to Commissioner of Revenue Lee Richards, DTM restaurants generated $1,147,809 in meals tax revenue in 2011, up almost $115,000 from 2010. And, because of some dated tracking, that doesn’t include revenue generated by restaurants on the DTM’s side streets. Starting in 2009, over all city meals tax revenue (which is roughly $6.7 million) began…

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