Voice Analyzer Bill Passes The House

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Uncertified “voice stress analyzers” to be used to measure a suspects “stress level” in hopes of soliciting a confession passed the House without the Governor’s amendment. The Governor’s amendment stated that the “voice stress analyzer” should be certified in the same manner that lie detector equipment is today. Lie detector results and the new voice […]

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One of Nine Council Applicants Set for “mad dash to the clerk’s office”

Friday, February 27, 2009

Your next City Council member requests a police escort with sirens blaring, please. All Roanoke City Council applicants received this message today and must have their car running to make it to the clerks office to be sworn in prior to briefings that start at 10:00 AM: On behalf of the City Clerk, this is […]

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Roanoke City Democratic Committee Meeting – Lacking Socio-economic diversity

Friday, February 27, 2009

It still stings! I attended the Roanoke City Democratic Committee meeting for the first time since the reorganization took place in December of 2007. I finally paid my dues and am still Northwest District Leader. I did not feel comfortable – I kept thinking how much easier it would be as an independent. Lets face […]

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Property Owners Beware – You may become a SCTF “Poster Child”

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

All invited except press and government officials – directed at me for writing about their formation in The Roanoke Star-Sentinel: Steering Committee Recommendations to the Task Force February 26th, 6:30 PM – The First Church of the Nazarene 728 Highland Ave, SE, Roanoke, VA 24013Jay Moran In accordance to the direction provided by members at […]

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School Board votes 4-3 for Plan I with modification

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

PLAN I modified to PLAN 1.BBingham, Carson, and Putney vote for Plan II..Raleigh Court and William Ruffner will be closed – both (especially Raleigh Court) require expensive costly HVAC maintenance and roof replacement . Instead of splitting Raleigh Court between two schools – attendance zones will be drawn to divide Raleigh Court students between Fishburn […]

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Rosen Offers To Help Market Vendors Move

Monday, February 23, 2009

Councilman Court Rosen declares that the City will help the Market vendors find another place and “help them move.” Appearing on “In The News” with Craig Wright Colonel Robert Craig, DRI president Bill Carder, and Councilman Court Rosen debated the Market building for an hour. The episode has aired twice on Cox channel 9. . […]

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Council Can Grant Itself a Waiver – 10% Debt Limit

Saturday, February 21, 2009

From the City Attorney, William Hackworth, an answer to my question regarding required action by Council to exceed the self-imposed debt limit of 10%. In 2010 it will be exceeded at 10.1%. . Ms. Garner: “My answer would be that this would be a policy issue for City Council. If Council wanted to grant itself […]

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From Delegate Adam Ebbin – too funny!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

“After a fun House debate, Senator Chap Petersen’s bill to designate the Eastern Box Turtle as the official state reptile was defeated.” (from his tweet)

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Options Floated for Washington Park Pool

Friday, February 20, 2009

UPDATED: This post is originally from 12/3/08 when it was presented in a Council Briefing. The promise then was for a public input meeting. Evelyn Bethel and sister were on a commission to study Washington Park and were not consulted for this idea and made an issue of it. I think this was a campaign […]

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UPDATE w/ Link: Smoking Bill Passes House

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Link to all exceptions: SB1105 The most ridiculously complicated smoking bill passed the house. Though restaurants are banned they can provided ventilation for separate smoking section. Ventilation – a worker can refuse to work in a smoking section without employer repercussion. Now just how many of you really think an employer will not take that […]

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School In Crisis – Grasping The Gravity – Politics

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Is it good politics or is Councilman Court Rosen sincere in his $7 million offer to the school system? No matter how loud the warning from the City Manager and Director of Finance Rosen demands that the City bleed. It certainly has pulled the heart strings of Councilwoman Anita Price and opened the eyes of […]

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School Board Public Input Session – The Plans – The Savings

Thursday, February 19, 2009

“At least they are thinking ahead and coming up with a plan,” said Stephanie Hogan, Principle at Stonewall Jackson Middle School. Hogan and others from Jackson were on hand this evening to listen to what parents had to say regarding a school system in crisis. As she sat with 5 others the discussion turned to […]

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