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April 27, 2006

Don't forget to vote Tuesday May 2nd!

The City of Charlottesville is holding its 7th Annual Government Services Fair on the Downtown Mall today.  At their table on the Mall, Voter Registration staff are reminding citizens to vote Tuesday, May 2nd.  This will be the last May election in the City, which switches to a November schedule in 2007, and the first election for the City School Board which has been previously appointed by City Council.

Charlottesville Tomorrow has complete City Council election coverage, including a podcast of last night's candidate forum, on our Election Watch website.

Brian Wheeler

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Photo: Striking a pose for Charlottesville Tomorrow are Evan B. Smith, Deputy Registrar and Sheri L. Iachetta, General Registrar for the City of Charlottesville

April 26, 2006

City Council Candidate Forum #4

Citycouncil20060426On April 26, 2006, about a dozen people attended a City Council candidate forum for next week's City Council Elections being held on May 2nd.  This forum was sponsored by Earth Week Charlottesville and Democracy for America.  The forum was moderated by Bob McAdams of Democracy for America and held in the City Council Chambers.  Candidates Dave Norris and Julian Taliaferro participated in the candidate forum.  Candidate Rob Schilling was unable to attend.

Complete election coverage can be found on Charlottesville Tomorrow's Election Watch website.

Listen to podcast: Download CityCouncilForum20060426.mp3
Read transcript: Download transcript as PDF

1:01 -- Introduction by Moderator Bob McAdams

Topic 1.  Transportation

Question #1: Where do you stand on Council's recent decision to greenlight VDOT's acquisition of property in preparation for the building of the Meadowcreek Parkway?
1:58 -- Taliaferro
3:18 -- Norris

Question #2: What is your opinion of a proposed vehicular crossing of the Downtown Mall?
5:26 -- Norris
6:50 -- Taliaferro

Question #3: Transportation and transit initiatives are very important with regard to development.  What initiatives do you believe are consistent with sustainable development and which of those do you think the City could do a better job of pursuing?
8:15 -- Taliaferro
9:30 -- Norris

Question #4: In your opinion, what are the City's obligations to County development in regards to creating transportation infrastructure and how far should the City go to accommodate it?
11:15 -- Norris
12:39 -- Taliaferro

Question #5: Automobile exhaust is a major source of air pollution.  Do you believe the City has a responsibility to promote transportation projects that target reduction of traffic, and, thus, those emissions in the City?  If so, what sort of initiatives would appeal to you?
13:52 -- Taliaferro
15:03 -- Norris

Topic 2.  Parks & Greenspace

Question #6: How would you work with or regulate planning and development interests to encourage better integration of nature with our urban environment, particularly in regard to in-fill development?
16:27 -- Norris
18:06 -- Taliaferro

Question #7: The 2005 survey done by Parks Department regarding its services indicates that most Charlottesville residents would like to see an increase in walking, running, and biking trails and natural resources in the parks.  How do you plan to meet that demand within the current park structure, e.g., which parks would you target for redesign along these lines and why those parks?
19:25 -- Taliaferro
20:10 -- Norris

Question #8: Native plants in Virginia are losing the war against invasive species, e.g., Parks has recently cut down acres of invasive bamboo running rampant on City property.  What measures do you think local government can take to encourage native plant propagation and natural habitats?
22:20 -- Norris
22:54 -- Taliaferro

Topic 3:  Water Supply & Management

Question #9: The City has recently paid some attention to the need for improved stormwater control methods, as witnessed by the critical slopes ordinance passed in January and the erosion and soil inspector position created in the FY2007 budget.  What further measures would you like to see the City take in regards to stormwater management and how can we improve on a good start?
23:42 -- Taliaferro
24:30 -- Norris

Question #10: On April 18, RWSA announced its intention to go ahead with the local pipeline and raising the reservoir dam.  What do you think are the primary benefits and/or detriments of this project?  Given that state and federal agencies will require mitigation in connection to this project, what mitigation options do you prefer and why?
25:45 -- Norris
27:15 -- Taliaferro

Question #11: What water conservation measures do you support and how do you think the City can improve its public outreach in this regard?
28:40 -- Taliaferro
29:35 -- Norris

Question #12: The City, by virtue of owning a great deal of public property along various creeks, rivers and streams, is in position to be a pro-active role model for water stewardship.  You had mentioned green roofing and rain barrels.  How about riparian buffer plantings, other conservation techniques, stream restoration projects?  What initiatives do you think the City should continue or begin and what resources should they devote to that?
31:08 -- Norris
32:20 -- Taliaferro

Topic 4:  Land Use & Development

Question #13: Do you believe it is in the City's best interest to attract, support, and use green design and eco-conscious businesses?  How would you propose doing that?
33:20 -- Taliaferro
33:58 -- Norris

Question #14: When it comes to approving development and housing projects, how will you balance the City's need for revenues with the public's need for space and environmental health?
35:02 -- Norris
36:00 -- Taliaferro

Question #15: In-fill development seems to be a key phrase in this election--how will you ensure that that development style will provide not only affordable housing but will also preserve what open space the City residents currently enjoy?
37:19 -- Taliaferro
38:13 -- Norris

Topic 5:  Energy & Other Issues

Question #16: Every year, trash becomes a bright-line item in the annual City budget, e.g., Ivy landfill clean-up, revenues from trash stickers, recycling initiatives, and large-item pick-up are just a few of the trash-related budget issues from the last couple of years.  How do you think we can improve our waste services and what would you do to promote recycling efforts?
40:20 -- Norris
41:25 -- Taliaferro

Question #17: Should Charlottesville look into diversifying its energy sources, e.g., buying or investing in wind power or purchasing green utility services?
42:23 -- Taliaferro
43:00 -- Norris

Question #18: Both Charlottesville and Albemarle have purchased hybrid vehicles for their service fleets.  Given that hybrids tend to be more expensive vehicles, do you support this as a good use of public funds?  How would you further such green-fuel initiatives in terms of the City's use of oil and gas for heating, vehicles, maintenance, etc.?
44:15 -- Norris
45:32 -- Taliaferro

Audience questions
When was the last time you rode a City bus or used a bike for transportation?
46:54 -- Taliaferro
47:12 -- Norris

How would you improve our public transit and what do you see as our highest priorities for public transit?
49:30 -- Norris

What are your opinions of a street car system for the West Main corridor from Downtown to UVA?
51:30 -- Taliaferro
52:22 -- Norris

What does “sustainability” mean to you?
53:06 -- Norris
54:58 -- Taliaferro

Are there any environmental groups that have made endorsements for City Council?
55:44 -- Taliaferro
55:50 -- Norris

If audience members like what you have to say, how can they make sure you get elected?
56:08 -- Norris
57:28 -- Taliaferro

Several ordinances have been proposed by citizens over the last five years.  Three examples include ordinances to support the use of native plants; an ordinance to create a natural habitat variance for lawn care; and an ordinance related to composting variances so we can deal with some of the trash issues via composting.  None of these made it to City Council for a vote.  What would you do to encourage such ordinances and activities?
59:28 -- Taliaferro
1:00:05 -- Norris

We have spent a great deal of time and money to make Downtown Charlottesville THE destination place in our community.  If you could turn back the clock, would you maintain that model or would you diversify to promote a neighborhood model that spreads out destination spots with mixed use activity in many neighborhoods.
1:02:10 -- Norris
1:04:40 -- Taliaferro

Closing comments
1:06:17 -- Donna Goings, Democracy for America
1:07:52 -- Tatyanna Patten, Earth Week Charlottesville

Brian Wheeler

April 25, 2006

RWSA introduces draft of drought response plan

Rwsa_meeting The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) introduced a draft version of a new drought response and contingency plan at their Board of Directors meeting on April 24, 2006.  While all the local reservoirs are full and neither Charlottesville nor Albemarle are currently facing drought conditions, lagging levels of rainfall over the winter and early spring have raised concern about possible future drought scenarios.  The new drought plan sets out to define water restriction targets and better coordinate drought management between the City and County.  The three stages of the new plan include an alert, which calls for voluntary water conservation; a warning, which demands a minimum of a 5% water use reduction; and a declared emergency, which requires a minimum 20% reduction.   

The RWSA board hopes the plan will move through the various entities voting on it by the end of June.  Once agreed upon, it will be up to the City and County to separately define how to meet those reduction targets.  The public will also have opportunity to join in the discussion for comments.  Charlottesville Tomorrow will post dates and locations of those meetings on our calendar when they are announced.

Also discussed in the meeting was the reactivation of the South Fork Hydro Plant, which has been shut down since 2003.  As of April 17, 2006 the electricity generating facility has been in continuous operation and is expected to save RWSA $100,000 annually on electricity, assuming sufficient water is flowing over the dam. 

Listen to podcast: Download RWSA20060424.mp3

  • 0:56 -- Introduction by Chairman, Michael Gaffney
  • 3:34 -- Report from Executive Director, Tom Frederick, on the Community Water Supply Plan and the South Fork Hydro Plant
  • 6:30 -- Public Comments
  • 12:34 -- Response to public comments
  • 19:14 -- Draft Drought Response and Contingency Plan presentation
  • 27:26 -- Update of current area rainfall conditions
  • 32:41 -- Water conservation technique of irrigating at night
  • 38:34 -- Schedule for drought response plan

Andrew Owen

April 24, 2006

City Council Voter Guide Released

Voterguide2006 In advance of the May 2nd election for two seats on the Charlottesville City Council, almost 17,500 households in the City will receive this week a ten-page non-partisan voter guide, courtesy of Charlottesville Tomorrow.  The guide allows voters to compare candidates’ answers to eight questions concerning their priorities and experience for City Council as well as their positions on land use and transportation issues.

Download Download 2006 Voter Guide

Through our website and printed voter guide, we are trying to get detailed information out to voters.  We hope they will find this to be a helpful tool to make an assessment of the candidates running for City Council.  The Voter Guide is a valuable snapshot of each candidate’s position on a number of key issues coming before the community.

The statements in the voter guide are drawn from interviews of all three City Council candidates conducted by Charlottesville Tomorrow. Also available on Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Election Watch website are the candidate's answers to an additional seven questions, their bios and links to complete audio and written transcripts from interviews and all three candidate forums.

Charlottesville Tomorrow does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns at any level.

Brian Wheeler

April 20, 2006

Community Chalkboard opening ceremony

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression held their dedication of the Community Chalkboard and Podium: A Monument to the First Amendment today on April 20th.  The slate wall is located in front of City Hall at the east end of the downtown mall and exists as a venue for the excercise of free speech.  Every Thursday the Community Chalkboard will be erased.  Here are some photos of the dedication's guest speakers as well as the wall's first signings. 

Listen to the podcast of the dedication at http://www.cvillepodcast.com/2006/04/20/freespeech/

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The view from above
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Mayor David Brown [remarks]
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John Grisham [remarks]
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Dahlia Lithwick [remarks]
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Boyd Tinsley [remarks]
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First free expressions
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First free expressions
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Al Weed

Biscuit Run work session #2

On April 18, 2006, the Albemarle County Planning Commission held its second formal work session on the rezoning request for the proposed Biscuit Run development.  The Planning Commission, planning staff, and the applicant discussed the development plans and potential environmental impacts to the existing terrain at this site in the County's designated growth area South of I-64 between Avon Street and 5th Street/Old Lynchburg Road. 

Charlottesville Tomorrow
has produced two recordings of this event. This first of two recordings includes the start of the work session by Chair Marcia Joseph, a presentation on "Safe Routes to School" by Alia Anderson from Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT), and a staff report by Senior Planner, Claudette Grant.  This is followed by a report from the engineer for the Biscuit Run development, Scott Collins.  A question and answer session with the Planning Commission and Mr. Collins completes the first recording.

Listen to podcast #1: Download 2006418_BiscuitRun-A.MP3

  • Introduction by Chair Marcia Joseph
  • 2:18 -- Claudette Grant introduces Alia Anderson from ACCT
  • 2:50 -- Alia Anderson discusses the "Safe Routes to School" program that emphasizes student walking and biking to nearby schools
  • 9:18 -- Questions for Ms. Anderson
  • 15:08 -- Staff report by Claudette Grant, Senior Planner
  • 18:58 -- Questions for Ms. Grant, Mr. Kelsey (County Chief Engineer), and Staff
  • 32:34 -- Report by Scott Collins, Project Engineer
  • 49:03 -- Questions for Mr. Collins

The second recording includes the remainder of the work session which focuses on specific environmental concerns raised by County staff to be considered by the Planning Commission. 

Listen to podcast #2: Download 2006418_BiscuitRun-B.MP3

The Planning Commission was asked to consider the following questions during the work session:

  • Should disturbance of the significant environmental features shown on the Open Space Plan be allowed for the development?
  • How should ecosystems in the Rural Areas affect the decision on whether or not the school and park area should be locating in the Rural Areas?
  • How should woodlands be dealt with on the site?
  • Should a different layout of the site be considered that would lessen the impacts and level of grading proposed with the existing plan?

The Planning Commission stated during the work session that before it could engage in a meaningful discussion on other important issues, such as the Neighborhood Model, historic resources, or impacts to schools, fire-rescue, and police, it needed a much better understanding of the traffic plans.  The developer is currently conducting a transportation study for the area around Biscuit Run for consideration as part of this rezoning request.  Future work sessions will focus on transportation issues.

Brian Wheeler

April 18, 2006

RWSA unveils recommended water supply plan

Rwsa20060418a_1The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) unveiled their preferred alternative for the community’s 50-year water supply plan at a public information meeting tonight held at Monticello High School.  Their recommendation is to build a larger dam at the Ragged Mountain Reservoir, ultimately raising the water pool by 45 vertical feet, and to build a pipeline connecting this expanded reservoir to the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir.  According to RWSA, this system costing an estimated $130.5 million, including the addition of improved water treatment facilities, would allow additional storage and treatment of water for the urban water supply for times of drought and for needs required by projected population growth.

The pipeline alternative not receiving RWSA support was to utilize the James River, a water source originating outside the local watershed.  RWSA Executive Director, Thomas Frederick (pictured above) told the audience, "You told us many ways, many times, that you wanted to stay within the watershed. To stay within the areas where the land use is controlled by the local officials, and that's what this alternative provides to you."

This “Ragged Mountain Reservoir Alternative,” or Charlottesville Pipeline, would be built in phases during the next 15-20 years. The first priority will be to address the safety of the existing Ragged Mountain Dam by starting construction of the replacement dam.  This would be followed by an upgrade of the Observatory Hill water treatment facility. 

Rwsa20060418pipelinerouteThe most expensive aspect of this project is the pipeline connecting the reservoirs which is expected to cost $34.9 million (detailed map at left, click to enlarge).  RWSA would like to begin the pipeline construction process as early as possible once financing options are finalized.  Much of the northern portion of the pipeline’s path is over existing roads or land acquired by VDOT in the right-of-way for the Western US 29 bypass project.  The southern portion is largely on land owned by the University of Virginia.

Next, RWSA will seek approval of this plan by the RWSA Board, the Charlottesville City Council, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, and the Albemarle County Service Authority in order to submit a permit application to the regulators by July 4, 2006.

RWSA is still accepting feedback on this project and it can be sent via e-mail to info@rivanna.org. RWSA's PowerPoint presentation is available on the Charlottesville Tomorrow website.

In September 2005, Charlottesville Tomorrow published an analysis of the two major water supply pipeline options, a pipeline to the James River and a Charlottesville Pipeline connecting existing reservoirs and collecting water almost entirely from within Albemarle County.  After reviewing this research, 100% of the members of the public that took action via the Charlottesville Tomorrow website and who expressed a pipeline preference indicated they preferred the Charlottesville Pipeline over the James River Pipeline.  Charlottesville Tomorrow did not take a position on a preferred pipeline.

Further, in that analysis, Charlottesville Tomorrow made the argument that either pipeline would have to include a water treatment plant upgrade as well as an expanded Ragged Mountain Reservoir.  In September 2005, Charlottesville Tomorrow estimated the costs of a Charlottesville Pipeline solution at about $105 million.  This cost estimate was based on a 10 mile 18” diameter pipeline.  At tonight’s meeting, RWSA estimated the distance would be 9.5 miles for a proposed 36” pipeline.  Other cost estimates were also revised and RWSA put the total preliminary cost projection for this water supply plan at about $130.5 million.

Brian Wheeler

April 17, 2006

Albemarle Place Takes a Step Forward

Coarb20060417The Albemarle County Architectural Review Board (ARB) met today and spent three hours discussing the Albemarle Place development ultimately approving Block C which includes the theater and a 5-story office building along Hydraulic Road.  The Albemarle Place project is divided into seven major sections (A thru G) and the remaining sections will be reviewed at meetings on May 1st and May 15th.

Update 4/18/06: Blocks A & B (south of Sperry Marine and closest to intersection of Hydraulic and US 29) will be reviewed on May 1st. Blocks F & G (between Sperry Marine and old Comdial facility) will be reviewed on May 15th.  Block D, the area with the tallest proposed buildings, is on hold.  Preliminary plans for Block D showed a 10-story residential building that, at 150’ in height, would require a modification to the rezoning.  Block E, directly behind Sperry Marine, is not visible from the entrance corridors and thus will not get ARB review.

The ARB focused their attention on aspects of the project that could be viewed from the Hydraulic Road and US 29 entrance corridors.  Details discussed included such items as glass types, brick color, door colors, landscape plantings, and cornice treatments.  Burrell Saunders, an architect with CMSS Architects, described the goal of creating a town center with a variety of buildings types and designs.  ARB members seemed generally pleased with the form of the development in this section of the project.

While ARB approval was certainly good news to developer Frank Cox, he informed the Board today that he has still not yet submitted an updated site plan for review by the planning staff.  Thus the ARB worked off of conceptual drawings and preliminary plans for the 12 buildings and parking garage in Block C.  Mr. Cox indicated he wanted to get any significant input from the ARB before a new plan was finalized. A final site plan will have to be approved by Albemarle County before the development moves forward.

Click here for all weblog postings on Albemarle Place.

Brian Wheeler

April 13, 2006

City Council Candidate Forum #3

On April 12, 2006, the League of Women Voters hosted the third candidate forum for the May 2, 2006 City Council Elections. Complete election coverage can be found on Charlottesville Tomorrow's Election Watch website.

*Note: Mr. Schilling (R) had to leave the forum early because of a prior engagement and was present for only the first 11 of the 20 questions.  His closing remarks can be found at the 1:04:17 mark.

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Listen to podcast: Download CityCouncilForum20060412.mp3
Read transcript: Download transcript as PDF

Introduction by Tara Boyd, VP for Community Engagement of the League of Women Voters

Opening Remarks

  • 3:00 -- Rob Schilling
  • 5:05 -- Dave Norris
  • 7:05 -- Julian Taliaferro

Question and Answer session

1. As a community, we have many priorities--good schools, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, user friendly transportation--and of course all these things cost money.  How can we make the city less dependent on the property tax and what are your ideas for economic development in the city?

  • 9:36 -- Dave Norris
  • 11:31 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 13:36 -- Rob Schilling

2. What are the candidates positions on the issue of rebates for moderate and low income homeowners, especially in view of rising real estate assessments?

  • 16:43 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 17:29 -- Rob Schilling
  • 19:29 -- Dave Norris

3. Do you support a permanent mall crossing at Fourth Street and how would you evaluate the success, or lack thereof, of the temporary crossing?

  • 21:55 -- Rob Schilling
  • 23:52 -- Dave Norris
  • 24:47 -- Julian Taliaferro

4. Where do the candidates stand on infrastructure maintenance and improvement?

  • 26:42 -- Rob Schilling
  • 28:35 -- Dave Norris
  • 30:15 -- Julian Taliaferro

5. Will you vote to end the practice of programming the tax increase into the budget and publicizing the budget before determining that the tax increase is necessary?  What specific procedural changes will you bring to bring some fiscal discipline to the City?

  • 33:01 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 34:19 -- Rob Schilling
  • 36:19 -- Dave Norris

6. Are you willing to pledge to not engage in personal attacks on other candidates and are you willing to publicly disavow yourself from Blake Caravati's remarks?

  • 39:46 -- Rob Schilling
  • 41:55 -- Dave Norris
  • 43:06 -- Julian Taliaferro

7. [Specifically addressed to Mr. Taliaferro] Is it true, in the early 1970's, that it was the [Fire] department's policy and therefore [Mr. Taliaferro's] policy not to hire African-Americans, and if not could you please explain?

  • 44:46 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 45:48 -- Dave Norris

8. In light of the city's current democratic controlled spending habits, what changes would you make to the city's current spending policies?

  • 47:20 -- Dave Norris
  • 49:05 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 49:54 -- Rob Schilling

9. What can you do about the transportation headaches that will keep developing as UVA, Albemarle County, and the City all continue to build and grow?

  • 52:44 -- Dave Norris
  • 54:09 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 55:00 -- Rob Schilling

10. As a counselor, what specifically has Mr. Schilling done to improve adult literacy and what kinds of programs or actions do the other candidates support to address the problem of adults without a high school diploma and/or who cannot read?

  • 57:56 -- Rob Schilling
  • 59:24 -- Dave Norris
  • 1:01:25 -- Julian Taliaferro

11. What type of system should be used to elect school board members and why?

  • 1:03:25 -- Rob Schilling

[1:05:17 Mr. Schilling's closing remarks]

  • 1:08:02 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 1:09:15 -- Dave Norris

12. Are you in favor of specifically funding more ESL programs to address the growing population of students in public schools who speak English as a second language?

  • 1:12:00 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 1:12:37 -- Dave Norris

13. If a resident asks for your assistance in interacting with a city official, what if any action would you take? And if not, why?

  • 1:15:45 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 1:16:28 -- Dave Norris

14. Would you have supported City Council's letter to the General Assembly opposing the HB751 resolution to ban gay marriage? And how will you vote on a proposed amendment to the Virginia constitution to support HB751 when it will appear on the November election ballots?

  • 1:19:29 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 1:19:51 -- Dave Norris

*Note: HB751 states that a civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage is prohibited and that such an arrangement entered into in another state or jurisdiction is void in Virginia and any contractual rights created thereby are void and unenforceable.

15. Would you have voted for the recent appropriation for MountainSide Assisted Living?  Are there any conditions in the next budget cycle that would lead you to support city council expending funds on behalf of Mountainside Senior Living?

  • 1:22:36 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 1:23:28 -- Dave Norris

16. If elected, would you increase the city budget beyond its current allocation to public schools despite the funding needs of many other city programs?

  • 1:26:11 -- Dave Norris
  • 1:27:30 -- Julian Taliaferro

17. How do you think you can help bring a real vision to Charlottesville achieving a leadership role and becoming a true world class city?  What do you think are the areas with the greatest resources, will, and community cooperation to make such a mark?

  • 1:29:59 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 1:31:41 -- Dave Norris

18. Do you support government use of eminent domain to build public facilities in minority neighborhoods?

  • 1:34:47 -- Dave Norris
  • 1:36:00 -- Julian Taliaferro

19. If elected, how would you bring back summer youth employment programs? And what strategies would you use to to improve re-entry of ex-felons?

  • 1:37:20 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 1:38:18 -- Dave Norris

20. Where do you value law enforcement and fire services as priorities in city? And what measures might you take to getting these services fully funded?

  • 1:41:35 -- Dave Norris
  • 1:43:34 -- Julian Taliaferro

Closing statements

  • 1:45:32 -- Dave Norris
  • 1:47:48 -- Julian Taliaferro

April 12, 2006

City Council Candidate Forum #2

On April 10, 2006, the NAACP hosted the second candidate forum for the May 2nd City Council Elections. Complete election coverage can be found on Charlottesville Tomorrow's Election Watch website.

Listen to podcast: Download CityCouncilForum20060410.mp3
Read transcript: Download transcript as PDF

00:54 -- Introduction by Dr. Rick Turner, President of Charlottesville/Albemarle NAACP

Candidate speeches on education, affordable housing, and health care
01:44 -- Dave Norris (D)
09:15 -- Rob Schilling (D)
24:34 -- Julian Taliaferro (R)

Question and Answer session
36:02 -- 1. How would you empower teachers in the face of this litigious environment and in the face of school board pressure for SOL performance?

  • 36:24 -- Dave Norris
  • 38:10 -- Rob Schilling
  • 39:51 -- Julian Taliaferro

40:56 -- 2. How would you change the city's current spending priorities?  what major changes in spending policy would you make?

  • 41:11 -- Dave Norris
  • 42:33 -- Rob Schilling
  • 44:15 -- Julian Taliaferro

45:39 -- 3. How would you improve public transit?  And when can we look forward to Sunday bus service?

  • 46:03 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 47:23 -- Rob Schilling
  • 48:58 -- Dave Norris

50:26 -- 4. How do you feel about the issue of a district or ward system for the election of City Council members?

  • 50:35 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 51:33 -- Rob Schilling
  • 53:11 -- Dave Norris

54:13 -- 5. With the newly elected School Board, what policy role should City Council play in developing school policy?

  • 54: 24 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 55:01 -- Rob Schilling
  • 56:09 -- Dave Norris

57:14 -- 6. Can City Council influence action by the University of Virginia related to student housing,
increased health care for low income residents, and use of cars by students? If so, how?

  • 57:39 -- Julian Taliaferro
  • 58:50 -- Rob Schilling
  • 1:00:14 -- Dave Norris

1:01:57 -- Concluding remarks by Dr. Rick Turner