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Stoney turns to McAuliffe for help funding Richmond schools

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to propose more funding for Richmond Public Schools in his last budget as governor. Stoney wrote McAuliffe on Tuesday saying the division needs the help to satisfy a performance agreement with the state and support incoming schools chief Jason Kamras. Richmond School Board and City Council members received copies of the letter Wednesday.

VaNews November 30, 2017


Richmond Mayor Stoney announces major downtown redevelopment plan centered on new Coliseum

By MICHAEL MARTZ AND MARK ROBINSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney launched an ambitious attempt Thursday to redevelop a large swath of downtown, including the replacement of the Coliseum with a new, larger arena, construction of a hotel next to the Greater Richmond Convention Center, and revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood with affordable and mixed-income housing.

VaNews November 10, 2017


Community members urge Richmond School Board to take action on facilities problems

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Frustrated members of the public urged the Richmond School Board on Monday to take action on the school system’s far-reaching problems with its facilities.

VaNews November 7, 2017


Stoney criticizes Richmond Public School Board for missing updated facilities plan deadline

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is calling on the Richmond School Board to present a plan Monday to fix the school system’s facilities problems. Stoney, in a letter sent Friday to the School Board, criticized the board for not taking action on the issue. He said he was disappointed the board missed its initial Oct. 16 deadline for an updated facilities plan. Nearly three weeks after the deadline, a plan still hasn’t been presented.

VaNews November 4, 2017


City officials vow steps to curb recent violence

By ALI ROCKETT AND MARK ROBINSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and other city leaders made a “plea for peace” at a tense news conference Tuesday morning after nine fatal shootings in an eight-day period. Stoney, flanked by Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority CEO T.K. Somanath and Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring, announced short- and long-term efforts to stem what the mayor repeatedly called a rising tide of violence in Richmond, and specifically in its public housing communities.

VaNews September 13, 2017


Stoney endorses candidate for Henrico Board of Supervisors, raising eyebrows

By MARK ROBINSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Thursday endorsed a candidate in a November special election in Henrico County, wading into a neighboring locality’s district-level race and raising some eyebrows in the process. Stoney’s political action committee, One Richmond, released a statement backing fellow Democrat Courtney Lynch, who is vying to fill an open Board of Supervisors seat in the county’s Brookland District after the death of longtime supervisor Richard W. “Dick” Glover in February. Her opponent, Robert “Bob” Witte Jr., is a Republican and a member of the county’s Planning Commission.

VaNews September 8, 2017


Richmond City Council opts not to challenge schools referendum in court

By MARK ROBINSON AND K. BURNELL EVANS , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The Richmond City Council on Friday opted not to challenge in court a proposed charter change set to appear on the November ballot that, if approved, would eventually push city leaders to solidify a plan for modernizing Richmond Public Schools’ decrepit facilities. At issue is a proposal that would require Mayor Levar Stoney to develop a fully-funded plan to overhaul Richmond Public Schools’ buildings without levying a tax increase.

VaNews August 28, 2017


City Attorney: Mayor, Council should challenge referendum order in court

By MARK ROBINSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

A charter change set to appear on the November ballot may face a legal challenge from the government it would compel to action if city voters have a chance to weigh in on it. City Attorney Allen Jackson on Tuesday recommended that Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration and Richmond City Council pursue legal action to stop a referendum that would amend the city charter, requiring the mayor to put forth a plan to overhaul Richmond Public Schools’ outdated facilities without levying a tax increase.

VaNews August 24, 2017


Richmond's City Council, School Board sign off on Mayor Stoney's education compact

By MARK ROBINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The Richmond City Council and the Richmond School Board on Monday approved a scaled-back version of Mayor Levar Stoney’s education compact, an agreement among the three elected arms of Richmond government and the Richmond Public Schools administration to work together and improve the long-struggling school division.

VaNews August 22, 2017


Richmond to offer amnesty period for delinquent taxpayers

By MARK ROBINSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Richmond will offer an amnesty period beginning next week for delinquent taxpayers to settle their outstanding balances with the city, an effort that Mayor Levar Stoney proposed to the City Council in his budget presentation last spring. The period will run Tuesday through Oct. 16. Any person or business that, as of Feb. 1, 2017, owes taxes for back real estate, business or business license, admissions, lodging, meals, or personal property can settle the debt without paying penalties or outstanding interest. The amnesty is not extended to delinquent vehicle personal property taxes or vehicle license taxes.

VaNews August 11, 2017