Govt/Politics

Perriello candor draws attention
Published on Mar 19th, 2010
10 comments Frosh Congressman Tom Perriello spoke candidly/cynically about a Congressional tendency to spend, and that won him a headline Thursday–- "Dem Congressman: 'If You Don't Tie Our Hands, We Will...
Hiking 'hood? No-plow street now loses parking
Published on Mar 18th, 2010
27 comments No one told Maurie Sutton her street would be no parking when she bought a lot there in 2007. PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART The neighborhood already reeling from getting declared a no plow zone in...
Unenforcable: Unshoveled sidewalk cases thrown out
Published on Mar 16th, 2010
11 comments Unshoveled sidewalks like this one on Water Street were common this winter. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Even though snow blocked sidewalks all over town for weeks following major snowstorms in what was a...
Snap: Sunset at Crozet Library
Published on Mar 14th, 2010
1 comments The Crozet Library gleams in the afternoon light of February 28. For a while, there was a plan to replace the former railroad depot with a mammoth new library nearby. Although a house was demolished...
You can still serve your kids booze, but barely
Published on Mar 12th, 2010
35 comments The Virginia General Assembly has sent the governor a bill that clarifies the law that allows parents to serve alcohol to minors. The law already requires that the parent or guardian of any drinking...
Satellite situation: City targeted dishes, dish owners fire back
Published on Mar 8th, 2010
26 comments Front yard clutter? City zoning inspectors ordered this Cherry Avenue resident to relocate the satellite dish. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Satellite dish in my yard Tell me more, tell me more Who's the...
Opinion time: Public can scrutinize O'Connell's budget
Published on Mar 8th, 2010
6 comments City residents who want to affect the upcoming budget will get their chance next week. While Albemarle's fiscal year 2010-11 budget cuts to the bone, Charlottesville's $126,001,345 operating budget...
Wilder: I'd have finished health care by now
Published on Mar 3rd, 2010
15 comments Former Virginia governor L. Douglas Wilder lamented President Barack Obama's methodical approach to enacting a national health care package, extolled the virtues of his threatened one-handgun-a-...
CTS becomes CAT
Published on Mar 3rd, 2010
22 comments The Charlottesville Transit Service, long referred to as CTS, has changed its name to Charlottesville Area Transit, reports Sean Tubbs for the Daily Progress/Charlottesville Tomorrow. However, the...
City budget falls just one percent
Published on Mar 2nd, 2010
102 comments Unlike deeply cut Albemarle, Charlottesville proposes a $141 million budget that will fall just 1.19 percent while still funding new sidewalks, storm water programs, parkland acquisition, and housing...
Council approves 65dB noise ordinance
Published on Mar 1st, 2010
30 comments Despite pleas from several music-lovers that it might kill a burgeoning part of the Charlottesville music scene, City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to create a new ordinance to ban amplified evening...
After all: Wilder's one-handgun-a-month ban may survive
Published on Mar 1st, 2010
61 comments It was part of L. Douglas Wilder's campaign platform, but two weeks ago it appeared that the former governor's 17-year-old ban on buying more than one handgun a month seemed headed for repeal. Wilder...
Wa$te War: Was RSWA's own trash partner to blame?
Published on Mar 1st, 2010
7 comments The RSWA had "no success" fixing billing problems at the BFI/Republic transfer station–– but Van der Linde got sued. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO For over two years, the Rivanna Solid...
Grim budget: Albemarle picks austerity to hold tax rate
Published on Feb 25th, 2010
67 comments After years of boom times, Albemarle County Executive Bob Tucker presents a diminished budget for the second year in a row, this one 12 percent less than two years ago. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE With...
Smoking gun: Bell a callous enforcer, say pot reformers
Published on Feb 23rd, 2010
46 comments Delegate Rob Bell, right, votes against marijuana reform bills in committee and becomes the subject of a YouTube video. PHOTO FROM YOUTUBE Supporters of two bills on marijuana–- one to...
Snap: Shipping out the snow
Published on Feb 19th, 2010
4 comments As a new winter storm veers eastward and amid a multi-day mop-up operation of past storms, a City pickup truck hauls a load of snow west on the Downtown Mall, as photographed at 9:32am Friday,...
5 citations: Charlottesville Police begin enforcing citizen snow removal
Published on Feb 17th, 2010
49 comments Where the sidewalk ends: Water Street on February 17, just past the federal courthouse. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Charlottesville Police have gotten tough on businesses and individuals who have not...
Spacek lobbies Richmond
Published on Feb 16th, 2010
28 comments Albemarlean Sissy Spacek was at the General Assembly Tuesday, February 16 with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling (and with her husband Jack Fisk) to beseech lawmakers to pass incentives to attract...
Web-erasing: Strom's JADE blog inspires Bell bill
Published on Feb 16th, 2010
33 comments If Delegate Bell's bill passes, police may be able to remove their address from government websites. PHOTO BY WILL WALKER The woman jailed for publishing the address of an undercover drug enforcer...
Buzz kill: Crozet man finds eBay yanks High Times
Published on Feb 15th, 2010
49 comments Crozet-based eBay merchant Fred Carwile was surprised by eBay's action. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Super Bowl Sunday left Crozet resident Fred Carwile "frustrated and angry," he says. And not because...