With the semester coming to a close, the URGOV student team will be heading off for the summer. URGOV will be taking a summer hiatus and will return in August. The URGOV team will also be saying goodbye to graduating senior Nadia Iqbal. She will continue her life journey in NYC and will be aimingContinue reading “Summer Hiatus”
On March 12, 2022, the General Assembly adjourned after 60 days of fervent discussion on a variety of bills and talks of the state budget. With this formal session over, what has been decided so far and what has been rejected? Governor Youngkin has called for a Special Session to begin on April 4. TheContinue reading “General Assembly Session 2022 – An Overview”
The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance and approval of the minutes of the February 7 and 22, 2022 meetings. Then, there was the recognition of the student representative Evelin Medrano who is currently a junior at Open High School. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree at J. Sargeant Reynolds through the EarlyContinue reading “School Board Meeting-March 7, 2022”
The meeting began with awards and recognition of certain individuals by members of the city council. First, Police Lieutenant Robert C. Marland was honored by Councilwoman Reva Trammel for his 45 years of dedicated public service on behalf of the Richmond Police Department. Next, Vice President Ellen Robertson honored and recognized Charles Barker for hisContinue reading “City Council Meeting – February 28, 2022”
On November 2, 2021, Richmonders voted on a referendum to allow for a Casino to be established in the Southside. After spirited campaigning from both sides, 51% opposed the casino. Many people from all sides felt that misinformation may have been present to sway people’s votes. After this referendum, certain councilmembers in particular were disheartened,Continue reading “The Second Casino Referendum: Anti-Democratic or Normal Procedure?”
Citizen comments began with Eric Branch, who wanted to address a complaint that he filed in regards to a Chesterfield police officer totaling his Cadillac on July 17, 2021. He filed an official internal affairs complaint but claims that the Richmond Police Department did not conduct a proper investigation. Chief administrative officer Lincoln Saunders offeredContinue reading “City Council Meeting – February 22, 2022”
The Richmond School Board, as well as other school districts all over Virginia, had mandated masks to be worn by students and staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Governor Glenn Youngkin’s inauguration day on January 15, the second executive order he signed stated that parents are allowed to decide whether their child willContinue reading “School Mask Mandates in Virginia – What Richmond is Doing and the Arguments on Both Sides”
Unlike previous school board meetings, this took place in the auditorium of Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. The first agenda items were to receive proclamations for different themed months and weeks. Richmond joined in having Virginia School Board appreciation month be made in February. School board clerk appreciation week was made to be fromContinue reading “School Board Meeting-February 7, 2022”
Citizen comments began with Brian Bills, who discussed how last week the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) were evicting 1100 housing units, or one out of four residents in RRHA. He clarifies that this means 1100 housing units, so if there are four people in each unit, then there are eviction lawsuits against 2%Continue reading “City Council Meeting – January 24, 2022”
Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) Terry McAuliffe (D) Princess Blanding (L) Lieutenant Governor Hala Ayala (D) Winsome Sears (R) Attorney General Jason Miyares (R) Mark Herring (D) House Of Delegates- District 68 Dawn M. Adams (D) Mark Earley Jr. (R) Sheriff Antionette V. Irving Mike Dickinson Treasurer Nichole Richardson Armstead L. Shirley Harvey State Referendum –Continue reading “2021 Election Results”
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