Community activist Michael Muhammad called for the removal of Councilman Tommy Smigiel as principal during a School Board meeting Wednesday.
Muhammad, a former mayoral candidate, said Smigiel’s position as an elected official conflicts with his role as principal of the new Academy for Discovery at Lakewood.
Freshman Ward 5 Councilman Tommy Smigiel won a second term with more than 80 percent of the vote over former Norfolk School Board member Jim Driggers.
Smigiel's overwhelming win was a far cry from his first campaign four years ago.
Electronic tolling may be a part of the plan to ease traffic woes at the Midtown Tunnel, but Councilman Tommy Smigiel said Tuesday it's just as necessary to ensure that motorists know their options.
Smigiel wanted to know what is being done to educate motorists, especially tourists who may get caught without cash on hand for the toll. He said something similar happened to him in Florida and that it was off-putting.
At least one councilman wants to consider censuring Paul R. Riddick in the wake of a federal lawsuit in which the IRS says Riddick owes $246,000 in taxes, some of which date to 1998.
But Councilman Tommy Smigiel's request probably will die from a lack of support.
For more than a decade, W. Randy Wright was a dogged and often lonely proponent for light rail.
He jetted around the country, button-holing federal transit officials to tell them Norfolk was the perfect place for mass transit. He pored over light-rail budgets, made frequent suggestions on design changes and picked the name for Norfolk’s starter line: The Tide.
Many, including Mayor Paul Fraim, call Wright the father of Norfolk light rail.