Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Councilman Doug Conner to hold news conference today with Mayor Dwight C. Jones regarding Richmond Emergency Management Operations

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Councilman Doug Conner to hold news conference today with Mayor Dwight C. Jones regarding Richmond Emergency Management Operations

All Richmond residents are invited and encouraged to attend.

WHAT The Honorable Doug Conner, Councilman, Richmond City Council, South Central 9th District, will hold a news conference today with The Honorable Dwight C. Jones, Mayor of Richmond, regarding Richmond Emergency Management Operations and plans for the City of Richmond.

The meeting will include Anthony McLean, Coordinator of the Richmond Office of Emergency Management. This event is free and open to the public and all Richmond residents are invited and encouraged to attend.

WHEN Tuesday, December 20, 2011
2:30 p.m.

WHERE Richmond City Hall
2nd Floor Large Conference Room
900 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia

WHO The Honorable Doug Conner, Councilman, Richmond City Council, South Central 9th District

The Honorable Dwight C. Jones, Mayor of Richmond

Anthony McLean, Coordinator of the Richmond Office of Emergency Management

CONTACT For more information, please contact The Honorable Doug Conner, Councilman, Richmond City Council, South Central 9th District, at 804.233.8288, or doug.conner@richmondgov.com

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Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Councilwoman Robertson invites Gateway 6th District residents to a 2011 Highland Park Christmas Social

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, Virginia 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Thursday, 15 December 2011

Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson invites Gateway 6th District residents to a 2011 Highland Park Christmas Social

Includes refreshments

WHAT The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Gateway 6th District invites all Gateway 6th District residents to a 2011 Highland Park Christmas Social. All Gateway 6th District citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. Parking is Free. The event will include:

Live Entertainment ______________________________________________________
• Food
• Games
• Prizes
• Decorating
• Tree Lighting
• Christmas Caroling

WHEN Friday, December 16, 2011
5:00-8:00 p.m.

WHERE Richmond Department of Parks Recreation and Community Facilities
Ann Hardy Plaza Community Center
3300 First Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23231

WHO The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Gateway 6th District

CONTACT For more information, please contact Cybelle O’Sullivan-McDaniels, Richmond City Council, Gateway 6th District, at 804.646.7964 (office) or cybelle.o’sullivan@richmondgov.com; www.ellenrobertson.com (website)

Background _______________________________________________________________________
Richmond Department of Parks Recreation and Community Facilities
Ann Hardy Plaza Community Center
The Richmond Department of Parks Recreation and Community Facilities Ann Hardy Plaza Community Center is owned and operated by the City of Richmond. The Center is located in Richmond's Northside 6th Voting District and provides programs and services for all Richmond residents. The center includes a meeting room, computer lab, multi-purpose room and restrooms. Outside the center there is one basketball court and a playground. Recreation programs and classes include:

o cultural arts
o afterschool fun club
o sports
o dance
o summer camp
o crafts
o sewing
o self-improvement
o computers
o games
o martial arts
o music
o special events

Richmond Department of Parks Recreation and Community Facilities
Ann Hardy Plaza Community Center
3300 First Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23231
804. 646.4824 (tel)
http://www.richmondgov.com/parks/CommunityCenterAnnHardyPlaza.aspx (website)
Hours of Operation are:
September - June, Mondays - Fridays, 1:30 - 10:00 p.m.
June - August, Mondays - Fridays, 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


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______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Councilman Chris Hilbert encourages everyone to attend the 2011 Holiday Open House at Richmond's Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Monday, 12 December 2011

Councilman Chris Hilbert encourages everyone to attend the 2011 Holiday Open House at Richmond's Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center

Entire Richmond Community invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT The Honorable Chris A. Hilbert, Councilman, Richmond City Council Northside 3rd District, encourages the entire Richmond community to attend the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center. This event is free and open to the public and will include:

• Richmond Boys Choir (music)
• Ban Caribe (music)
• Give-aways
• Refreshments

WHEN Thursday, December 15, 2011
7:00-8:30 p.m.

WHERE Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center
4901 Old Brook Road
Richmond, VA 23227
http://www.richmondgov.com/parks/programmingCulturalArts.aspx (website)
804.646.3672 (tel)

CONTACT For more information, please contact the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities - Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center, at 804.646.3672 (tel), or http://www.richmondgov.com/parks/programmingCulturalArts.aspx (website); or, Councilman Chris A. Hilbert, at 804.646.6055 or chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com


Background ___________________________________________________________________

Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center

Opened in 2000, the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center is located in Richmond’s Northside 3rd District. The center includes a game room, computer lab, a multi-purpose room and restrooms. Located outside the center are three basketball courts, a large children's playground, senior fitness trail, one softball field and a soccer field.

Recreation programs and classes include sports, arts, fitness, dance, crafts, games, active adults (seniors) programs, computers, and an after school "Fun Klub". The center also hosts a summer camp, special events, workshops, after-school program, and cultural activities at different times.

Hours of Operation
September - June, Mondays - Fridays, 1:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
June - August, Mondays - Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information on the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center please visit the website, at http://www.richmondgov.com/parks/programmingCulturalArts.aspx



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______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Councilman Marty Jewell to hold a meeting in the Central 5th District

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Thursday 8 December 2011

Councilman Marty Jewell to hold a meeting in the Central 5th District

All Central 5th District citizens invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT The Honorable E. Martin "Marty" Jewell, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Central 5th District, will hold a meeting in the Central 5th District. Councilman Jewell personally holds individual meetings in the Central 5th District throughout the year that include information on his goals and accomplishments; a thematic agenda of current interest; and, special guests. All Central 5th District citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. Free refreshments will be served. Parking is Free. The planned agenda for this meeting will include:

Topics and Guests

• Richmond City Council Policies and Process
Ms. Joyce Davis, Policy Analyst
Richmond City Council Office of the Council Chief of Staff

• Winter and Holiday Fire Safety
Lieutenant William Andrews
Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services

WHEN Thursday, December 15, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.

WHERE Richmond Southside Government Services Center
4100 Hull Street - Richmond, Virginia

WHO The Honorable E. Martin "Marty" Jewell, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Central 5th District

CONTACT For more information, please contact Councilman Marty Jewell, Richmond City Council, Central 5th District, at 804.646.5724 (tel); or marty.jewell@richmondgov.com (email).

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______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Councilwoman Robertson to hold annual Gateway 6th District Community Celebration and Awards Breakfast

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, Virginia 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Councilwoman Robertson to hold annual Gateway 6th District Community Celebration and Awards Breakfast

Includes refreshments and live entertainment

WHAT The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Gateway 6th District, will hold her annual Gateway 6th District Community Celebration and Awards Breakfast. The event will include live entertainment, refreshments, awards and special prizes. All Gateway 6th District citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. Parking is Free. The planned agenda for the event will include:

Awards and Recognition ________________________________________________
Councilwoman Robertson personally recognizes individual citizens, civic/ community and nonprofit leaders and organizations, corporations, youth and staff for their achievements and service to her and the Gateway 6th District.

Live Entertainment ______________________________________________________
• Live Jazz
Richmond Public Schools Community High School Jazz band

• Youth performances from
Richmond Public Schools Oak Grove Elementary School
Richmond Public Schools Overby-Sheppard Elementary School

• Art Display
Richmond Public Schools - John Marshall High School

• Much, much more

Refreshments ___________________________________________________________
Free food and drinks will be served to all attendees.

WHEN Saturday December 10, 2011
10:00 a.m. – Noon

WHERE 5th Street Baptist Church
2800 3rd Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23222

WHO The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Gateway 6th District

CONTACT For more information, please contact Cybelle O’Sullivan-McDaniels, Richmond City Council, Gateway 6th District, at 804.646.7964 (office) or cybelle.o’sullivan@richmondgov.com; www.ellenrobertson.com (website)

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______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Updated Timetable: Richmond to receive wreath from Wreaths Across America on behalf of departed U.S. Military Veterans

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Updated Timetable: Richmond to receive wreath from Wreaths Across America on behalf of departed U.S. Military Veterans

Delivered by convoy of motorcycle riders, which will include members of Virginia State Police and Richmond Police Department Police motorcycle units

WHAT The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Southside 8th District, is scheduled to accept a wreath on behalf of Richmond citizens from Wreaths Across America (The timetable has been updated below). The wreath honors the service of departed United States of America Military Veterans.

Part of a national tribute sponsored by the Worchester Wreath Company (Harrington, Maine) and its Wreaths Across America initiative, wreaths will be placed on the graves of departed U. S. Military Service Veterans and at other official memorials, locations and sites nationally and worldwide.

Richmond Metro events will include a motor convoy comprised of motorcycle riders, which will include members of Virginia State Police and Richmond Police Department Police motorcycle units and an 18-wheel truck carrying wreaths.

Official worldwide ceremonies will begin simultaneously at Noon, Eastern Standard Time, 1700 Zulu.

WHEN APPROXIMATE LOCAL SCHEUDLE - Saturday, December 10, 2011

11:00 a.m. Convoy to depart Cox Transportation
(1044 Dow Gil Road, Ashland, Virginia). Convoy to include motorcycle riders (which will include members of Virginia State Police and Richmond Police Department Police motorcycle units) and an 18-wheel truck carrying wreaths.

Convoy travels I-95 South en route in Richmond

Includes stops at the Virginia War Memorial

11:30 a.m. Wreath Presentation to Richmond
Branch of convoy proceeds to Richmond City Hall
(900 E. Broad Street) 9th Street Entrance - to present wreath to City of Richmond.



The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Southside 8th District will receive wreath on behalf of Richmond Citizens.

Noon Ceremony held at Richmond National Cemetery
1701 Williamsburg Road, Richmond, Virginia

WHERE Wreath Presentation to Richmond
Richmond City Hall, 9th Street Entrance (900 E. Broad Street)

WHO The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Southside 8th District

CONTACT For more information, please contact Councilwoman Reva Trammell, at 804-240-5050 (mobile); or, 233-7382 (home), or via email, at reva.trammell@richmondgov.com





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______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Councilwoman Reva Trammell to hold a meeting in Richmond’s Southside 8th District

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Monday 5 December 2011

Councilwoman Reva Trammell to hold a meeting in Richmond’s Southside 8th District

All Southside 8th District citizens invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Southside 8th District, will hold a meeting in the Southside 8th District. Councilwoman Trammel personally holds individual monthly meetings that include information on her goals and accomplishments, a thematic agenda, special guests, free parking and free refreshments. The meetings are free and all of Richmond’s Southside 8th District citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. Topics and Guests for her meeting will include:

Topics and Guests

• Mr. Jerryl Bennett, Director of Public Housing
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Richmond Field Office

• Richmond Police Department
Know your neighborhood Richmond Police Officers

Capt. Sybil El-Amin, Commander
Richmond Police Department 1st Police Precinct

Capt. Harvey Powers, Commander
Richmond Police Department 2nd Police Precinct

Capt. Jennifer Elflein, Commander
Richmond Police Department 3rd Police Precinct

WHEN Thursday, December 15, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.

WHERE Satellite Restaurant & Lounge/Crab House
4000 Jefferson Davis Highway - Richmond, Virginia

WHO The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman
Richmond City Council, Southside 8th District

CONTACT For more information, please contact Councilwoman Reva Trammell, at 804-240-5050 (mobile); or, 233-7382 (home), or via email, at reva.trammell@richmondgov.com

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______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Richmond to receive wreath from Wreaths Across America on behalf of departed U.S. Military Veterans

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Friday, 2 December 2011

Richmond to receive wreath from Wreaths Across America on behalf of departed U.S. Military Veterans

Delivered by convoy of motorcycle riders, which will include members of Virginia State Police and Richmond Police Department Police motorcycle units

WHAT The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Southside 8th District, is scheduled to accept a wreath on behalf of Richmond citizens from Wreaths Across America. The wreath honors the service of departed United States of America Military Veterans.

Part of a national tribute sponsored by the Worchester Wreath Company (Harrington, Maine) and its Wreaths Across America initiative, wreaths will be placed on the graves of departed U. S. Military Service Veterans and at other official memorials, locations and sites nationally and worldwide.

Richmond Metro events will include a motor convoy comprised of motorcycle riders, which will include members of Virginia State Police and Richmond Police Department Police motorcycle units and an 18-wheel truck carrying wreaths.

Official worldwide ceremonies will begin simultaneously at Noon, Eastern Standard Time, 1700 Zulu.

WHEN APPROXIMATE LOCAL SCHEUDLE - Saturday, December 10, 2011

9:00 a.m. Convoy to depart Cox Transportation
(1044 Dow Gil Road, Ashland, Virginia). Convoy to include motorcycle riders (which will include members of Virginia State Police and Richmond Police Department Police motorcycle units) and an 18-wheel truck carrying wreaths.

Convoy travels I-95 South en route in Richmond

Includes stops at the Virginia War Memorial

9:30 a.m. Wreath Presentation to Richmond
Branch of convoy proceeds to Richmond City Hall
(900 E. Broad Street) 9th Street Entrance - to present wreath to City of Richmond.

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The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Southside 8th District will receive wreath on behalf of Richmond Citizens.

Noon Ceremony held at Richmond National Cemetery
1701 Williamsburg Road, Richmond, Virginia

WHERE Wreath Presentation to Richmond
Richmond City Hall, 9th Street Entrance (900 E. Broad Street)

WHO The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Southside 8th District

CONTACT For more information, please contact Councilwoman Reva Trammell, at 804-240-5050 (mobile); or, 233-7382 (home), or via email, at reva.trammell@richmondgov.com





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______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Richmond City Council official meeting schedule for December 2011

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Richmond City Council official meeting schedule for December 2011

All Richmond citizens are invited and encouraged to attend all meetings, which are free and open to the public

WHAT In delivery of its official duties as the governing body of Richmond, Richmond City Council holds an average of 12 official monthly public government meetings to discuss, deliberate, and act on laws, finances and policy.

A summary of official Richmond City Council Official Public Meetings for the upcoming month is listed below. Meeting times and dates are subject to change and more meetings may be added as needed.

Council Official Government Meetings are held on behalf of the "body of Council" and include (but are not limited to) two “Council Formal” meetings, two “Council Informal” meetings, six Council Standing Committee meetings, and Council Public Hearings and Public Information/Events held on an as-needed basis.

All Richmond citizens are invited and encouraged to attend all Council meetings and to contact the Richmond Councilmember elected for their voting district (by phone, in person, via email, or by mail) to learn more; provide input; and/or ask questions.

Mission - The mission of Richmond City Council is to represent citizens in creating and amending local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

Vision - Richmond City Council is committed to creating a vibrant community that is a great place to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Parking - Public Transportation, via GRTC, and free street parking around/in the vicinity of Richmond City Hall is available.

Televised - Formal Council meetings are televised live on local PBS TV Station, WVCW and replayed daily at Noon and 7:00 p.m. on Richmond Government Access TV Channel 17.

2011 December Richmond City Council Meeting Schedule Summary _____

Monday, December 5, 2011; 5:00-6:30 p.m.___________________________________________
Richmond City Council
ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
(NOTE: This meeting will include discussion regarding 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting.) Responsible for oversight, monitoring and updating policy regarding Richmond City Council internal operations, Council offices and functions of Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions.

LOCATION Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room; 900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor

Frequency Typically meets the first Monday of each month; 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Monday, December 12, 2011; 3:00-5:00 p.m.__________________________________________
Richmond City Council
INFORMAL MEETING SESSION
Responsible for reviewing information and preparing for “Formal” Council meetings. Meetings may include presentations from city administration or private entities.

LOCATION Richmond City Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall, 2nd floor; 900 E. Broad St.

Frequency Typically meets the second and forth Monday of each month; 3:00-4:30 p.m.
(With the exception of August, when no Informal meetings are held, and holidays)

Monday, December 12, 2011; 6:00-8:00 p.m.__________________________________________
Richmond City Council
FORMAL MEETING SESSION
Responsible for deciding official Council action, which includes discussing, adopting, rejecting, and amending laws and approving the budget. Formal meetings include a time for public comment and are televised live on the local PBS station and are replayed in Richmond on Government Access Channel 17, beginning at Noon and 7:00 p.m. daily.

LOCATION Richmond City Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall, 2nd floor; 900 E. Broad St.

Frequency Typically meets the second and forth Monday of each month; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
(With the exception of August, when no Formal meetings are held, and holidays)

Thursday, December 15, 2011; 4:00-5:30 p.m._________________________________________
Richmond City Council
FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
The Committee is responsible for oversight, monitoring and recommending laws and policy regarding city fiscal operations, which includes the budgetary process, annual/biannual fiscal plan budgets, revenue and expenses and internal fiscal controls.

LOCATION Richmond City Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall, 2nd floor; 900 E. Broad St.

Frequency Beginning February 2011 meets the third Thursday of each month; 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Prior to February 2011 the committee met from 4:00-5:30 p.m.)

CANCELLED
Monday, December 19, 2011; 5:00-6:30 p.m.__________________________________________
Richmond City Council
PUBLIC SAFETY STANDING COMMITTEE
The Committee is responsible for oversight, monitoring and recommending laws and policy regarding judiciary, law enforcement, fire and emergency response and prevention, ambulance services and emergency communications.

LOCATION Richmond Police Academy - 1202 W. Graham Road (Richmond’s Northside)

Frequency Typically meets the third Monday of each month; 5:00-6:30 p.m.

CANCELLED
Tuesday, December 20, 2011; 3:00-4:30 p.m.__________________________________________
Richmond City Council
LAND USE, HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE
The Committee is responsible for oversight, monitoring and recommending laws and policy regarding real estate, housing, environmental issues, and public transportation.

LOCATION Richmond City Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall, 2nd flr; 900 E. Broad St.

FrequencyTypically meets the Tuesday following the 3rd Monday of each month; 3:00-4:30 p.m.


CANCELLED
Wednesday, December 21, 2011; 5:00-6:30 p.m.______________________________________
Richmond City Council
HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE
The Committee is responsible for oversight, monitoring and recommending laws and policy regarding public mental and physical health, social services, recreation, and the public library. The Committee balances the primary role of the Richmond Public Schools Board regarding oversight of Richmond Public Schools against Council’s responsibility for appropriation of public funds.

LOCATION Richmond City Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall, 2nd floor; 900 E. Broad St.

Frequency Typically meets the third Wednesday of each month; 5:00-6:30 p.m.

CANCELLED
Thursday, December 22, 2011; 4:00-5:30 p.m._________________________________________
Richmond City Council
GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS STANDING COMMITTEE
The Committee is responsible for reviewing general operations of all city administrative departments, agencies and offices and for making appropriate policy and operational changes and recommendations to increase efficiency and meet community priorities.

LOCATION Richmond City Hall, 2nd fl; 900 E. Broad St., 2nd Floor, Large Conference Room

Frequency Typically meets the Fourth Thursday of each month; 4:00-5:30 p.m.

NOTE: Richmond City Government Offices Closed for Holidays on Friday, December 23, 2011 and Monday, December 26, 2011

(TENTATIVELY CANCELLED - Pending approval of Proposed Council Resolution)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011; 3:00-5:00 p.m.__________________________________________
Richmond City Council
INFORMAL MEETING SESSION
This meeting may include discussion regarding the proposed FY2012-FY2013 Richmond Biennial Government Budget. This meeting is held for reviewing information and preparing for “Formal” Council meetings. Meetings may include presentations from city administration or private entities.

LOCATION Richmond City Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall, 2nd floor; 900 E. Broad St.

Frequency Typically meets the second and forth Monday of each month; 3:00-4:30 p.m.
(With the exception of August, when no Informal meetings are held, and holidays)

(TENTATIVELY CANCELLED - Pending approval of Proposed Council Resolution)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011; 6:00-8:00 p.m.__________________________________________
Richmond City Council
FORMAL MEETING SESSION
This meeting is held for deciding official Council action, which includes discussing, adopting, rejecting, and amending laws and approving the budget. Formal meetings include a time for public comment and are televised live on the local PBS station and are replayed in Richmond on Government Access Channel 17, beginning at Noon and 7:00 p.m. daily.

LOCATION Richmond City Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall, 2nd floor; 900 E. Broad St.

Frequency Typically meets the second and forth Monday of each month; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
(With the exception of August, when no Formal meetings are held, and holidays)

Member of the
2009–2012 RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL ______________________________

PRESIDENT (2011-2012)
The Honorable Kathy Graziano
Councilwoman, Richmond City Council - Southwest 4th District
804.320.2454 (office tel); 339.8393 (mobile)
kathy.graziano@richmondgov.com (email)

VICE PRESIDENT (2011-2012)
The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson
Councilwoman, Richmond City Council - Gateway 6th District
804.646.5724 (office tel); 314.7658 (mobile)
ellen.robertson@richmondgov.com (email)

West End 1st District
The Honorable Bruce W. Tyler, Councilman
Richmond City Council - West End 1st District
804.357.6007 (mobile)
bruce.tyler@richmondgov.com (email)

North Central 2nd District
The Honorable Charles R. Samuels, Councilman
Richmond City Council - North Central 2nd District
804.646.6532 (office tel); 690.0898 (mobile)
charles.samuels@richmondgov.com (email)

Northside 3rd District
The Honorable Christopher A. Hilbert, Councilman
Richmond City Council - Northside 3rd District
804.646.6055 (office tel) 306.0875 (mobile)
chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com (email)

Central 5th District
The Honorable E. Martin Jewell, Councilman
Richmond City Council - Central 5th District
804.646.5724 (office tel); 332.3654 (mobile)
marty.jewell@richmondgov.com (email)

East End 7th District
The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille, Councilwoman*
Richmond City Council - East End 7th District
804.646.3012 (office tel)
cynthia.newbille@richmondgov.com (email)
*Elected November 3, 2009 in special local election

Southside 8th District
The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman
Richmond City Council - Southside 8th District
804.646.6592 (office tel); 240.5050 (mobile)
reva.trammell@richmondgov.com (email)

South Central 9th District
The Honorable Douglas G. Conner, Jr., Councilman
Richmond City Council - South Central 9th District
804.646.6592 (office tel); 512,0500 (mobile)
doug.conner@richmondgov.com (email)
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MAILING ADDRESS/WEBSITE
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Hall - 900 East Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219 - 804.646.7955
www.council.richmondva.gov (website)

CONTACT For updated meeting information, please call the Richmond City Council Office of the City Clerk, at 804.646.7955.

For more information regarding Richmond City Council, please contact Steve Skinner, Council Public Information Manager, Richmond City Council Office of the Council Chief of Staff, at 804.646.6052 (o); or, steven.skinner@richmondgov.com

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Richmond City Council - Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.5345 tel - www.council.richmondva.gov website



______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
Office of the Chief of Staff
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
skinnesr@ci.richmond.va.us (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
______________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission year-end meeting to be held

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission year-end meeting to be held

All Citizens invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT
The Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission will hold its year-end meeting regarding its work and ongoing projects in helping to preserve and present the history of slavery in Richmond. The meeting is free and open to the public and all Richmond citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. The agenda for the meeting will include the following:

• Welcome
• New Business
• Updates
• Committee Reports
• Charette
• Upcoming Events
• Closing Remarks/Adjournment

WHEN Thursday, 8 December 2011
4:00-5:30 p.m.

WHERE Richmond East District Initiative Government Services Building
701 N. 25th Street (In Richmond’s Historic East End)

WHO The Honorable Delores L. McQuinn, Chairman, Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission, Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates 70th District,

The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council East End 7th District, Member, Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission

CONTACT For more information regarding the Richmond Slave Trail Commission, please contact The Honorable Delores L. McQuinn, Chairman, Richmond Slave Trail Commission (Member, Virginia House of Delegates -70th Voter District) at 804.698.1070, or deldmcquinn@house.virginia.gov
or
The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council East End 7th District, Member, Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission, at 804.646.3012; or cynthia.newbille@richmodngov.com.

Background _________________________________________________________________________

Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission
The Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission is a government entity of Richmond City Council that was established by Resolution Number 98-R 102-107, adopted July 13, 1998, as amended by Resolution No. 2000-R111-109, adopted July 24, 2000, as amended by Resolution No. 2003-R132-123, adopted July 14, 2003, as amended by Resolution No. 2003-R155-141, adopted September 8, 2003, as amended by Resolution No. 2004-R125-131, adopted June 28, 2004.

The purpose of the Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission is to assist Council with oversight and assistance in helping to preserve and present the history of slavery in Richmond. The Commission meets monthly and includes 17 members that are appointed by Council to serve for three year terms. The composition of membership is as follows:

The Commission shall be composed of seventeen (17) members. Such persons shall be appointed by the Council and shall serve for terms of three (3) years. The membership of the Commission shall include at least one (1) member of City Council, not less than three (3) members of the “Hope in the Cities” organization and a representative from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. Any appointed Council members shall be given the first option of serving as the Chair of the Commission in order of their appointment. Five members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for meetings.

Over the years, Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission has worked on a number of important projects, which have included:

• 2011
Unveiling of 17 Richmond Slave Trail Markers located throughout the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond, marking sites that help tell the historic journey, human impact, and the role Richmond played in the tragic history of slavery.

The Richmond Slave Trail Markers will serve to recognize the regrettable time in our nation’s history when parts of the United States allowed the enslavement of fellow human beings and an estimated 8 percent of U.S. families owned slaves just before the U.S. Civil War. The site of the event and location of one of the 17 markers, Lumpkin's Slave Jail was the largest slave-holding facility in operation in Richmond, Virginia from 1840 until the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865. During that time, Richmond was home to the largest domestic slave export business in the United States. The Confederate Army surrendered Richmond, the Capital of the Confederacy, on April 3, 1865.

Following shortly after the end of the U. S. Civil War, which ended in Virginia on April 9, 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States of America Constitution was adopted on December 6, 1865. This amendment officially abolished slavery. A precursor for this amendment was the Emancipation Proclamation, an Executive Order signed by President Abraham Lincoln, on January 1, 1863, which proclaimed the freedom of slaves living in states under Confederate control.

• 2009
Development of the conceptual Richmond National Slavery Museum
Richmond City Council provides annual staff assistance and financial support for the Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission. Council staff support includes providing fiscal management, public information, writing, publication creation, graphic design, special event and project management, promotions and fundraising. Additional staff support is provided by the Richmond City Administration through the Richmond Department of Economic Development, which includes project engineering and management.

• 2009
Development of the Richmond Slave Trail Marker Program, Signage and
Commemorative Site: Lumpkin’s Slave Jail

• 2008
Discovery of Lumpkin’s Slave Jail historic foundation and architectural
artifacts.

• 2008 – 2009
Phase II Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Archaeological Assessment: which
included engineering and storm water engineering

• 2007
Richmond International Unveiling of Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statue on Friday, March 30, 2007, erected at 15th and E. Main Streets. Included design and construction of the Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statute plaza and erection of the statue. This project was part of a global initiative placing three statues in three countries. Dedicated to slavery reconciliation, the installation of the statue represents nearly 10 years of work between the City of Richmond, Virginia, USA (North America), Liverpool, England (Europe), and the Republic of Benin (Africa). A statue was erected in Liverpool in 1989 and the Republic of Benin in August 2005.

• 2006
Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Archaeological Assessment
Lumpkin's Slave Jail was the largest slave holding facility in operation in Richmond, Virginia from 1840 until the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865. During that time, Richmond was home to the largest domestic slave export business in the United States. Owned by Robert Lumpkin, the jail was a place that tens of thousands of African men, women and children were "stored" before being transported to slave owners living in states where slavery was legal. Following Lumpkin's death shortly after the Civil war, his common law widowed wife Mary Lumpkin, who was African-American, inherited the estate. In 1867, she leased the jail to Reverend Nathaniel Colver, who established a school for freed slaves at the site. Founded by the American Baptist Home Missionary Society and the National Theological Institute, the school grew into what is now Virginia Union University.

• 2003
Acquisition of Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statue. For three quarters of the 18th Century, Virginia (North America), Liverpool, England (Europe), and the Republic of Benin (Africa) represented one of the largest global commercial trade triangles of enslaved Africans. Liverpool's shipbuilding industry provided the vessels that sailed to the Kingdom of Dahomey, now the Republic of Benin, where Africans were loaded on ships and transported to the Americas, with Richmond, Virginia being one of the major recipients.

Support
Richmond City Council provides annual staff assistance as available and financial support for the Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission. Council staff support includes providing fiscal management, public information, writing, publication creation, graphic design, special event and project management. Additional staff support is provided by the Richmond City Administration through the Richmond Department of Economic Development, which includes project engineering and management.
Council financial support is provided through appropriations in the Richmond City Budget. This includes appropriations in the Richmond City Budget Capital Improvement Plan, Non-Departmental budgets and Departmental budgets. Funding is predicated on requests made by the Commission and as determined by Council.

Examples of Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission financial investment support, per Fiscal Year (FY), include:

• FY 2011- $6,000
For general Commission support

• FY 2010- $6,000
For general Commission support

• FY 2009 - $75,000
For general Commission support ($30,000 - spent $5,124) and for development of the Richmond Slave Trail Marker Program; signage and commemorative site; Lumpkin’s Slave Jail; development of conceptual National Slavery Museum; and, paid sponsorship for Symposium at the University of Richmond for the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

• FY 2008 - $370,000
For general Commission support ($30,000 - spent $7,748) and for Phase II of Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Archaeological Assessment, which included $155,000 for earthmoving and $35,000 for engineering and stormwater engineering (floodplain and proximity to I-95 berm) and $150,000 for archaeological services to hire a vendor.

• FY 2007 - $511,000
For general Commission support ($11,000) and design and construction of the Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statute plaza; erection of the statue; and, the International Unveiling of the Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statue

• FY 2006 - $35,000
For Richmond Slave Trail Brochure Creation/Printing Phase I of Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Archaeological Assessment

• FY 2003 - $119,000
For acquisition (purchase) of Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statue and freight
from the United Kingdom

Additional financial, staff and archeological support has also been provided by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods, and a number of corporate, nonprofit and individual financial sponsors.


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Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Councilman Hilbert invites community to attend 2011 Christmas on MacArthur Avenue Celebration

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, Virginia 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Councilman Chris A. Hilbert invites community to attend 2011 Christmas on MacArthur Avenue Celebration

All families, friends and neighbors are invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT The Honorable Chris A. Hilbert, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Northside 3rd District, invites and encourages the entire community to come out and enjoy the 2011 Christmas on MacArthur Avenue Celebration activities being held on MacArthur Avenue in Richmond’s Northside 3rd District. This sixth- annual event is free and open to the public.

Festivities will include:
• Richmond Public Schools - Holton Elementary School Choir
• Richmond Public Schools - John Marshall High School Marching Band
• Richmond Public Schools - Huguenot High School Drum Line
• Richmond Corvette Club
• Vendors with handmade arts and crafts
• Donations for the nonprofit Toys for Tots program.
• Children are encouraged to bring new or gently used unwrapped toys and register to win a new bike.

WHEN Saturday, December 10, 2011
Noon – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE 4000 Block of MacArthur Avenue
Richmond’s Northside 3rd District

CONTACT For more information, please contact Charles McGuigan at 804.218.5265 (tel); or charlesmcguigan@verizon.net (email) or Councilman Chris A. Hilbert, at 804.646.6055 (tel) or chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com (email).

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______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ginter Park Library Fundraiser: Councilman Chris A. Hilbert encourages everyone to support our libraries and attend the Ginter Park Library Advisory B

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, Virginia 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Councilman Chris A. Hilbert encourages everyone to support our libraries and attend the Ginter Park Library Advisory Board 4th Annual Holiday FĂȘte fundraiser at the Ginter Park Library

All families, singles, friends, neighbors are invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT The Honorable Chris A. Hilbert, Councilman, Richmond City Council Northside 3rd District, encourages everyone to support our libraries and for all families, singles, friends and neighbors to attend the upcoming Ginter Park Public Library Advisory Board 4th Annual Holiday FĂȘte fundraising event. Attire is festive.

This fun-filled annual event will include:

• Local food
• Door prizes
• Heavy hors d’oeuvres
• Live music with the Hugo Jackson Trio

Suggested donations are $15 per person or $25 per couple. All proceeds will benefit the Richmond Public Library - Ginter Park Branch and help provide needed funds tor library programs throughout the year. The Richmond Public Library is run on public and private funding.

WHEN Thursday, December 1, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE Richmond Public Library – Ginter Park Public Library Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue in Richmond’s Northside 3rd District
Corner of Brook Road and Westbrook Avenue

CONTACT To RSVP and/or for more information, please contact David Lydiard, Ginter Park Public Library Advisory Board at, 804.677.5050 (tel) or ginterparklibraryboard@gmail.com.

BACKGROUND
Established in 1922, our Richmond Public Library serves as a living representation of our commitment to the lifelong success of our community. For nearly 100 years, Richmond families have grown up with the Richmond Public Library, which is dedicated to enriching lives and expanding opportunities by providing free access to books, music, film and all types of cultural, intellectual, educational programs, classes and services.

One of eight Richmond Public Library branches, the Ginter Park Branch opened in 1964 and provides access to the Library’s more than 450,000 items. The branch also offers meeting space, wireless Internet access, public computers, and fax and notary services. In Richmond Fiscal Year 2010 (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010) the Ginger Park Branch hosted more than107,500 visitors and loaned more than 88,000 items. In addition, more than 7,500 people participated in branch learning programs.

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Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
skinnesr@ci.richmond.va.us (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Councilman Chris A. Hilbert to hold meeting in Northside 3rd District

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Councilman Chris A. Hilbert to hold meeting in Northside 3rd District

Entire Richmond Northside 3rd District invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT The Honorable Chris A. Hilbert, Councilman, Richmond City Council Northside 3rd District, will hold a meeting in the Northside 3rd District. Councilman Hilbert holds individual meetings in Richmond’s Northside 3rd District throughout the year that include information on his goals and accomplishments; a topical agenda; and, special guests. These meetings are free and all Richmond Northside 3rd District citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.

The agenda for this meeting include:

FEATURE: Meet and greet the following Virginia General Assembly members for a discussion on their upcoming 2012 legislative goals

• The Honorable Jennifer L. McClellan, Delegate
Virginia General Assembly
Virginia House of Delegates - 71st Voter District

• The Honorable Joseph D. Morrissey, Delegate
Virginia General Assembly
Virginia House of Delegates - 74th Voter District

• The Honorable A. Donald McEachin, Senator
Virginia General Assembly
Senate of Virginia - 9th Senate District

• The Honorable John C. Watkins, Senator
Virginia General Assembly
Senate of Virginia - 10th District

• Holiday Safety Tips
Richmond Police Department 4th Police Precinct

• Performance by the Richmond Public Schools - Richmond Community High School Jazz Band

• Artwork displayed by Richmond Public Schools - John Marshall High School art students

• Light Refreshments will be served

WHEN Wednesday, 7 December 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.

WHERE Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
Pine Camp Recreation Center
4901 Old Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227

WHO The Honorable Chris A. Hilbert, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Northside 3rd District

CONTACT For more information, please contact Councilman Chris A. Hilbert, at 804.646.6055 or chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com.

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______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Richmond City Council approved 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting District Boundary Plan

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS RELEASE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Tuesday 29 November 2011

Richmond City Council approved 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting District Boundary Plan

Public Hearing and Vote held during Richmond City Council Formal Meeting on Monday, November 28, 2011

WHAT Richmond City Council adopted a 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting District Boundary Plan during the Richmond City Council Formal Meeting on Monday, November 28, 2011.

The plan, which attempts to equalize the number of residents in each Richmond Voter District based on city population shifts and increases reported by the 2010 U.S. Census, represents an overall percentage population variance between the nine Richmond Voter Districts of 8.2 percent.

During the past 10 years, Richmond's population increased from 197,790 to 204,214. Changes included (among others) a sizable population increase (+3,862) in the old North Central 2nd District and significant decreases (-3,460) in the old Northside 3rd District.

The approved plan was contained in Richmond City Council Ordinance Number 2011-185 (As Amended), which is attached. Richmond City Council voted 6-3 in favor of the plan. The plan was patroned by The Honorable Charles R. Samuels, Councilman, Richmond City Council, North Central 2nd District. Following the vote, an alternative plan (Richmond City Council Ordinance Number 2011-184), patroned by The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Gateway 6th District, was stricken at her request.

The approved plan represents the first part of a comprehensive 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan, as the pan includes proposed changes to Richmond Voter District boundaries, but not subsequent adjustments that will need to be made to Richmond Voting Precincts and Richmond Voting Locations (Polling Places).

Adjustments to Richmond Voting Precincts and Richmond Voting Location boundaries (to coincide with the approved plan) will be drafted and voted on at an upcoming Richmond City Council meeting.

It is anticipated that a comprehensive plan (that includes the Richmond Voter District Boundaries and Richmond Voting Precincts and Richmond Voting Locations/Polling Places) will be approved and in place by December 31, 2011.

The next step in the process is for the adopted 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan and Richmond Voting Precincts and Richmond Voting Locations/Polling Places to be sent to the United States of America Department of Justice for their approval (clearance).

WHO The Honorable Members of Richmond City Council

CONTACT For more information and/or to discuss the Richmond City Council 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting plans or process, Richmond citizens should contact the Richmond City Council Councilmember (contact information below) that represents them or Steve Skinner, Council Public Information Manager, Richmond City Council Office of the Council Chief of Staff, at 804.646.6052 (o); or, steven.skinner@richmondgov.com

BACKGROUND __________________________________________________________________________

2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting
We, as Americans, govern ourselves at the state, local and national level and choose (elect) fellow citizens to assist us with the ownership and operation of our government. In order to do this, we organize ourselves into geographical areas (districts) based on population and we use these "voter districts" to determine where we vote, which positions we vote for and who we wish to represent us. This self-governance includes deciding how tax monies are invested; what laws are needed; and, what types of services are provided and how they are managed.

As populations shift over time, we redraw (redistrict) these areas to reflect population changes and help ensure everyone is represented as fairly as possible. Thus, every 10 years (decennially), we perform a United States Census to gather statistical information about ourselves and we use this (in accordance with state, local and federal guidelines) to update the boundary lines of our voting districts.

In 2011, Richmond City Council will redraw (redistrict) the existing nine Richmond Voter District boundaries that we use to elect our local Richmond Elected Government Officials (which include: Members of Richmond City Council, Mayor of Richmond, Richmond Public Schools Board of Trustees) in response to results of the 2010 U.S. Census. Adjustments to voting precincts and locations may also be made at this time.

New Richmond Voter Districts are to be based on the 2010 Census population figures for Richmond (available from U.S. Census website, at www.census.gov) and the following criteria (the first five of which are mandatory) and the following four were adopted by Richmond City Council, by Council Resolution on February 28, 2011:

1. Equal population (Making voter districts, as near equal population as possible.)
2. Compactness (Making voter district shapes as closely packed as possible.)
3. Contiguity (Making voter district physically encompassed/connected, which may include spanning water.)
4. Avoidance of split U.S. Census Blocks (Not dividing the smallest geographic unit of census data when forming precincts/districts.)
5. Compliance with the Voting Rights Act (Redistricting Plan must comply with the U.S. Voting Rights Act and be approved by the U. S. Department of Justice
6. The 2011 redistricting plan should, if possible, avoid splits of voting precincts between the Council, School Board, state legislative and congressional election districts.
7. The 2011 redistricting plan should maximize voter convenience and the effective administration of elections.
8. The 2011 redistricting plan should preserve communities of interest.
9. The 2011 redistricting plan should, if possible, consolidate smaller voting precincts so that the number of registered voters in each precinct is at least the statewide average of 2,013.

As Richmond citizens, we use our Richmond Voter Districts to elect the following positions that are established in the Richmond City Charter:

Richmond City Charter Officials
• A Mayor (who must receive the most votes in at least five of the nine Richmond Voter Districts and who serves a 4-year term)
• Members of Richmond City Council (elected by Richmond Voter District to serve four-year terms)
• Richmond Public Schools Board Trustees (elected by Richmond Voter District to serve four-year terms)

Virginia Constitutional Officers (Elected Government Officials)
Additional local positions we elect persons to include Virginia Constitutional Officers, which serve at the Richmond level but are established by the Virginia Constitution and are independent of local government. These positions are elected in Richmond citywide (not by district) but voting may be affected due to changes to voting precincts and locations, they include:

• A Richmond Sheriff (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)
• A Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney of Richmond (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)
• A Richmond Clerk of the Court (elected citywide to serve an 8-year term)
• A Richmond Treasurer (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)

National and State Elected Government Officials
Voting for the following national and state positions may also be affected due to changes to Richmond voting precincts and locations (Note: Decennial redistricting of voter districts in which these positions are elected will be performed in 2011 by the Virginia General Assembly:
• A President/Vice President of the United States of America (elected nationally to serve a 4-year term)
• Members of the United States Senate (elected statewide to serve 6-year terms)
• Members of the United States House of Representatives (elected by state districts to serve 2-year terms)
• Members of the Virginia State Senate (elected by state districts to serve 4-year terms)
• Members of the Virginia House of Delegates (elected by state districts to serve 2-year terms)

2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Input
The 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting will be a year-long open public process that will include a comprehensive array of public information communications and numerous opportunities for Richmond Citizens to learn more, provide input and participate, which will include many Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings, and Public Hearings. All Richmond citizens are invited and encouraged to learn more about the process and to participate during each step of the way. Some of the many ways to engage in this process include:

1. Contacting the Richmond City Council Councilmember that represents you via
phone, email, meeting or letter (contact information below)

2. Sending a letter to Richmond City Council
2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting
Richmond City Hall; 900 E. Broad St., Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219

2. Attending Public Information Meetings, Council Public Meetings and Public Hearings to learn more, ask questions and make suggestions (dates, times and locations listed below)

3. Visiting the 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting website to learn more. The website is located on the City of Richmond website under the “Highlighted Information” button by clicking the word Redistricting. The direct address is: http://www.richmondgov.com/Redistricting/index.aspx. The Redistricting website contains information and documents regarding Richmond’s redistricting process and will be updated with new information throughout the year as the process proceeds. Richmond citizens are invited an encouraged to visit the site, provide input, and to attend all Redistricting meetings scheduled for the process.

4. Asking questions, learning more, and sending suggestions or information by email to steven.skinner@richmondgov.com

5. Sending suggestions or asking questions by sending a fax to 804.646.5468

6. Learning more, asking questions and providing suggestions by calling 804.646.6052

7. Signing up for information and Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meeting and Public Hearings email updates/alerts, by sending a request email to: steven.skinner@richmondgov.com

Six Stage Process _______________________________________________________________________
The 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting process will be organized into six stages. In the First Stage, Richmond City Council will choose what redistricting criteria are to be used, which will include Public Input and Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. During this First Stage, Council will implement a multi-faceted and comprehensive Public Information communications plan to help ensure Richmond citizens are aware of the Redistricting process. This Public Information is critical to the process and will continue throughout the process. In the Second Stage Council will vote to adopt their selected criteria, which will include Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. In the Third Stage, Richmond will receive 2010 U.S. Census Data for Richmond. In the Fourth Stage, Council will use the criteria and Census Data to draft a 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan (This will probably include three proposals to choose from.), which will include Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. In the Fifth Stage they will vote to adopt a Plan, which will include Public Hearings. New Richmond Voter Districts are to be adopted by December 31, 2011. In the Sixth Stage, they will seek approval (clearance) required from the United States of America Department of Justice per the U. S. National Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 1973–1973aa-6).

Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings
Throughout this six-stage process, Richmond City Council is implementing a multi-faceted and comprehensive Public Information communications plan to help ensure Richmond citizens are aware of the Redistricting process. As part of this plan, Council will hold and publicize a number of Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings to help provide information, discuss, receive input, and answer questions regarding the 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. All meeting locations are located on a GRTC bus line and are accessible by people with disabilities. The meetings will include the following topics, dates, times and locations (which are subject to change):

STAGE 1 – Choosing Richmond Redistricting Criteria
Richmond City Council will choose from among a number of criteria to decide which ones they want to use to base their redistricting changes to Richmond Voter Districts. In the first stage of the process they will choose the criteria. There are a number of Mandatory Criteria that must be used. There will be a number of Public Information Meetings and Public Council meetings held with regard to this important part of the process.

Mandatory Redistricting Criteria that Council must use include the following:

Mandatory Redistricting Criteria
1. Equal population (Making voter districts, as near equal population as possible.)
2. Compactness (Making voter district shapes as closely packed as possible.)
3. Contiguity (Making voter district physically encompassed/connected, which may include spanning water.)
4. Avoidance of split U.S. Census Blocks (Not dividing the smallest geographic unit of census data when forming precincts/districts.)

Council, at its discretion, may choose (or choose not to) add other Traditional Redistricting Criteria, which may include some, all, none and/or other types of examples of criteria listed below:

Other Traditional Redistricting Criteria
1. Avoidance of splits of voting precincts
2. Preservation of communities of interest
3. Preservation of shape of existing district
4. 4. Protection of incumbents and avoidance of pairing of incumbents
5. Political fairness or competitiveness
6. Voter convenience and effective administration of elections

The following Stage 1 Richmond City Council Public Information Meetings will be held to present and discuss the different redistricting criteria that Richmond City Council may choose to use to base their redistricting changes to Richmond Voter Districts:

Public Input and Pubic Information Meetings to Present and Discuss Redistricting Criteria
The following Stage 1 Richmond City Council Public Input and Public Information Meetings will be held to present, discuss and receive public input on the legal redistricting requirements and the different criteria that Council may choose from to base redistricting changes to Richmond Voter Districts:

Friday, January 14, 2011 Richmond Southside Social Services Center
6:00-7:30 p.m. 4100 Hull Street; Richmond, Virginia 23224
(Richmond’s Southside)

Monday, January 17, 2011 Richmond Police Department - Police Academy
6:00-7:30 p.m. 1202 W. Graham Road; Richmond, Virginia 23220
(Richmond’s Northside)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Richmond Public Schools – Martin Luther King Jr.
6:00-7:30 p.m. Middle School
1000 Mosby Street; Richmond, Virginia 23223
(Richmond’s East End/Gateway)

Wed., January 19, 2011 Richmond Public Schools - Lucille Murray Brown
6:00-7:30 p.m. Middle School
6300 Jahnke Road; Richmond, Virginia 23225
(Southwest Richmond)

Thursday, January 20, 2011 Richmond Public Schools – Thomas Jefferson
6:00-7:30 p.m. High School
4100 West Grace Street; Richmond, Virginia 23230
(Richmond’s West End)

Results of Richmond City Council Public Information Meetings presented to Council
Results of the Richmond City Council Public Information Meetings will be presented to Council during the following Public Council Informal Meeting:

Monday, January 24, 2011, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond City Council discussion of redistricting criteria
Richmond City Council will discuss the criteria they want to choose from during the following Public Richmond City Council Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting:

Monday, February 7, 2011, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Richmond City Council Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room
900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond City Council discussion of redistricting criteria
Richmond City Council will discuss the criteria they want to choose from during the following Public Council Informal Meeting:

Monday, February 14, 2011, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond City Council Introduction of Redistricting Criteria Resolution
Richmond City Council will introduce a Resolution that selects the criteria they want to choose from during the following Public Council Formal Meeting

Monday, February 14, 2011, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

STAGE 2 – Public Hearing and Adoption of Richmond Redistricting Criteria
Richmond City Council will hold the following Public Hearing and vote to officially adopt Richmond Redistricting Criteria during the following Richmond City Council Formal Meeting:

Monday, February 28, 2011, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

STAGE 3 – 2010 U.S. Census Data for Richmond received
Richmond City Council will receive the 2010 U.S. Census Data for Richmond and make them available to the public.

February or early March 2011
Data estimated to be received/available from U.S. Census Office in late February or early March 2011

STAGE 4 – Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings regarding Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan
Richmond City Council will use their officially adopted redistricting criteria and the 2010 U.S. Census Data to draft a 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan. As part of this process, Richmond City Council will hold Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. These will include information regarding legal requirements for redistricting, criteria selected by Council, Richmond population shifts over the past 10 years and the approval (clearance) required from the United States of America Department of Justice per the U. S. National Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 1973–1973aa-6).

Initial Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan worked on by Council
Richmond City Council works on plan for redistricting - meetings and locations to be scheduled as needed and shared with the public.
March-July 2011

Council reviews and informally “OKs” a Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan to present at Public Information Meetings

Monday, Tuesday July 19, 2011; 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Redistricting Work Session
Richmond City Hall, 5th Floor Conference Room
900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Council Informally “OKs” a Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan to present at Public Information Meetings

Monday, July 25, 2011; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Public Information Meetings to Discuss
Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan
The following Richmond City Council Public Input and Public Information Meetings will be held to present the Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan to the public to present, discuss and receive public input.

Monday, August 8, 2011 Richmond Police Department - Police Academy;
6:00-7:30 p.m. 1202 W. Graham Road, Richmond, VA 23220
(Richmond’s Northside)

Tues., August 9, 2011 Richmond Public Schools - Lucille Murray Brown
6:00-7:30 p.m. Middle School; 6300 Jahnke Road; Richmond, VA 23225
(Richmond’s Southwest)

Wed., August 10, 2011 Richmond City Council Chambers
6:30-8:00 p.m. Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor
900 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia

Thurs., Aug, 11, 2011 Richmond Public Schools – Thomas Jefferson High
6:00-7:30 p.m. School; 4100 West Grace Street; Richmond, VA 23230
(Richmond’s West End)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Richmond Southside Government Services Center
6:00-7:30 p.m. 4100 Hull Street; Richmond VA 23224

Richmond City Council Discussion of public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan
Richmond City Council will discuss public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan that were held across Richmond during the two-week period of August 8 -16, 2011. May include changes to the draft plan.

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011; 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council
Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting
Richmond City Hall - 2nd floor Large Conference Room
900 E. Broad Street; Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond City Council Discussion of public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan
Richmond City Council will discuss public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan that were held across Richmond during the two-week period of August 8 -16, 2011. May include changes to the draft plan.

Monday, Sept. 12, 2011; 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting;
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Council Reviews/Makes Any Final Adjustments to Draft Plan and Determines Final Plan to be Introduced

Monday, October 10, 2011, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting;
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

STAGE 5 - Public Hearing and Adoption of 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan

Richmond City Council Introduces Final 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan as an Ordinance

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Proposed Ordinances to be reviewed in the Richmond City Council Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting

Monday, November 7, 2011, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Organizational
Development Standing Committee Meeting
Richmond City Hall 2nd Floor Conference Room, 900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond City Council Public Hearing/Adoption of 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan
Richmond City Council will hold a the following Public Hearing on the Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan and vote to officially adopt it during the following Public Richmond City Council Formal Meeting:

Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
(Two competing plans were amended and continued)
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
(New Plan Adopted)
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

STAGE 6 – Approval of the U. S. Department of Justice
Richmond City Council will send a copy of the adopted 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan (which will be provided to the public) to be approved (cleared) by the United States of America Department of Justice per the U. S. National Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 1973–1973aa-6). Anticipated clearance to be received by December 31, 2011


Member of the 2009–2012 RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL _____________________________________

PRESIDENT (2009-2010 and 2011-2012)
The Honorable Kathy Graziano
Councilwoman, Richmond City Council - Southwest 4th District
804.320.2454 (office tel); 339.8393 (mobile)
kathy.graziano@richmondgov.com (email)

VICE PRESIDENT (2009-2010 and 2011-2012)
The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson
Councilwoman, Richmond City Council - Gateway 6th District
804.646.5724 (office tel); 314.7658 (mobile)
ellen.robertson@richmondgov.com (email)

West End 1st District
The Honorable Bruce W. Tyler, Councilman
Richmond City Council - West End 1st District
804.357.6007 (mobile)
bruce.tyler@richmondgov.com (email)

North Central 2nd District
The Honorable Charles R. Samuels, Councilman
Richmond City Council - North Central 2nd District
804.646.6532 (office tel); 690.0898 (mobile)
charles.samuels@richmondgov.com (email)

Northside 3rd District
The Honorable Christopher A. Hilbert, Councilman
Richmond City Council - Northside 3rd District
804.646.6055 (office tel) 306.0875 (mobile)
chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com (email)

Central 5th District
The Honorable E. Martin Jewell, Councilman
Richmond City Council - Central 5th District
804.646.5724 (office tel); 332.3654 (mobile)
marty.jewell@richmondgov.com (email)

East End 7th District
The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille, Councilwoman*
Richmond City Council - East End 7th District
804.646.3012 (office tel)
cynthia.newbille@richmondgov.com (email)
*Elected November 3, 2009 in special local election

Southside 8th District
The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman
Richmond City Council - Southside 8th District
804.646.6592 (office tel); 240.5050 (mobile)
reva.trammell@richmondgov.com (email)

South Central 9th District
The Honorable Douglas G. Conner, Jr., Councilman
Richmond City Council - South Central 9th District
804.646.6592 (office tel); 512,0500 (mobile)
doug.conner@richmondgov.com (email)

MAILING ADDRESS/WEBSITE

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Hall - 900 East Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219 - 804.646.7955
www.council.richmondva.gov (website)

Richmond City Council __________________________________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council is to represent citizens in creating and amending local laws, providing government policy and oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to creating a vibrant community that is a great place to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

CONTACT _______________________________________________________________________________
For more information and/or updated schedule, Richmond citizens should contact the Richmond City Council Councilmember that represents them or Steve Skinner, Council Public Information Manager, Richmond City Council Office of the Council Chief of Staff, at 804.646.6052 (o); or, steven.skinner@richmondgov.com


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______________________________________
Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

REDISTRICTING: Richmond City Council to hold new public hearing and is scheduled to vote on amended 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricti

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200 - Richmond, VA 23219 - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Tuesday 22 November 2011

REDISTRICTING: Richmond City Council to hold new public hearing and is scheduled to vote on amended 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting District Boundary Plans

Redistricting Public Hearing and Vote to be held during Richmond City Council Formal Meeting on Monday, November 28, 2011

WHAT As both proposed 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting District Boundary Plans (attached) were amended (attached) and continued during the recent Richmond City Council Formal Meeting (held Monday, November 14, 2011) the new date for Richmond City Council to hold a public hearing and adopt a new Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting District Boundary Plan will be Monday, November 28, 2011 - during the scheduled Richmond City Council Formal meeting.

The plans represent the first part of a comprehensive 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan, as they include proposed changes to Richmond Voter District boundaries, but not subsequent adjustments that will need to be made to Richmond Voting Precincts and Richmond Voting Locations (Polling Places) once the voter district boundaries are approved.

Once Richmond City Council officially adopts a 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting District Boundary Plan, they will adjust Richmond Voting Precincts and Richmond Voting Locations boundaries (to coincide with the approved plan) and introduce and vote on those at a later date.

The two proposed District Boundary plans include: Richmond City Council Ordinance Number 2011-184, that was introduced by The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Gateway 6th District, and Richmond City Council Ordinance Number 2011-185, that was introduced by The Honorable Charles R. Samuels, North Central 2nd District.

Two detailed representations of the District Boundary plans also are attached. Entitled Redistricting District Plan Patron Robertson and Redistricting District Plan Patron Samuels, they include maps of the plans, population numbers and deviation percentages.

Once Richmond City Council officially adopts a Richmond Voter District Boundary Plan, they will adjust Richmond Voting Precincts and Richmond Voting Locations boundaries and introduce and vote on those at a date to be determined.

It is anticipated that a comprehensive plan (including Richmond Voter District Boundaries and Richmond Voting Precincts and Richmond Voting Locations/Polling Places) will be approved and in place by December 31, 2011.

The meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.

WHEN Monday, 28 November 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.

WHERE Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219

WHO The Honorable Members of Richmond City Council

CONTACT For more information and/or to discuss the Richmond City Council 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting plans or process, Richmond citizens should contact the Richmond City Council Councilmember (contact information below) that represents them or Steve Skinner, Council Public Information Manager, Richmond City Council Office of the Council Chief of Staff, at 804.646.6052 (o); or, steven.skinner@richmondgov.com

BACKGROUND __________________________________________________________________________

2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting
We, as Americans, govern ourselves at the state, local and national level and choose (elect) fellow citizens to assist us with the ownership and operation of our government. In order to do this, we organize ourselves into geographical areas (districts) based on population and we use these "voter districts" to determine where we vote, which positions we vote for and who we wish to represent us. This self-governance includes deciding how tax monies are invested; what laws are needed; and, what types of services are provided and how they are managed.

As populations shift over time, we redraw (redistrict) these areas to reflect population changes and help ensure everyone is represented as fairly as possible. Thus, every 10 years (decennially), we perform a United States Census to gather statistical information about ourselves and we use this (in accordance with state, local and federal guidelines) to update the boundary lines of our voting districts.

In 2011, Richmond City Council will redraw (redistrict) the existing nine Richmond Voter District boundaries that we use to elect our local Richmond Elected Government Officials (which include: Members of Richmond City Council, Mayor of Richmond, Richmond Public Schools Board of Trustees) in response to results of the 2010 U.S. Census. Adjustments to voting precincts and locations may also be made at this time.

New Richmond Voter Districts are to be based on the 2010 Census population figures for Richmond (available from U.S. Census website, at www.census.gov) and the following criteria (the first five of which are mandatory) and the following four were adopted by Richmond City Council, by Council Resolution on February 28, 2011:

1. Equal population (Making voter districts, as near equal population as possible.)
2. Compactness (Making voter district shapes as closely packed as possible.)
3. Contiguity (Making voter district physically encompassed/connected, which may include spanning water.)
4. Avoidance of split U.S. Census Blocks (Not dividing the smallest geographic unit of census data when forming precincts/districts.)
5. Compliance with the Voting Rights Act (Redistricting Plan must comply with the U.S. Voting Rights Act and be approved by the U. S. Department of Justice
6. The 2011 redistricting plan should, if possible, avoid splits of voting precincts between the Council, School Board, state legislative and congressional election districts.
7. The 2011 redistricting plan should maximize voter convenience and the effective administration of elections.
8. The 2011 redistricting plan should preserve communities of interest.
9. The 2011 redistricting plan should, if possible, consolidate smaller voting precincts so that the number of registered voters in each precinct is at least the statewide average of 2,013.

As Richmond citizens, we use our Richmond Voter Districts to elect the following positions that are established in the Richmond City Charter:

Richmond City Charter Officials
• A Mayor (who must receive the most votes in at least five of the nine Richmond Voter Districts and who serves a 4-year term)
• Members of Richmond City Council (elected by Richmond Voter District to serve four-year terms)
• Richmond Public Schools Board Trustees (elected by Richmond Voter District to serve four-year terms)

Virginia Constitutional Officers (Elected Government Officials)
Additional local positions we elect persons to include Virginia Constitutional Officers, which serve at the Richmond level but are established by the Virginia Constitution and are independent of local government. These positions are elected in Richmond citywide (not by district) but voting may be affected due to changes to voting precincts and locations, they include:

• A Richmond Sheriff (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)
• A Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney of Richmond (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)
• A Richmond Clerk of the Court (elected citywide to serve an 8-year term)
• A Richmond Treasurer (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)

National and State Elected Government Officials
Voting for the following national and state positions may also be affected due to changes to Richmond voting precincts and locations (Note: Decennial redistricting of voter districts in which these positions are elected will be performed in 2011 by the Virginia General Assembly:
• A President/Vice President of the United States of America (elected nationally to serve a 4-year term)
• Members of the United States Senate (elected statewide to serve 6-year terms)
• Members of the United States House of Representatives (elected by state districts to serve 2-year terms)
• Members of the Virginia State Senate (elected by state districts to serve 4-year terms)
• Members of the Virginia House of Delegates (elected by state districts to serve 2-year terms)

2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Input
The 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting will be a year-long open public process that will include a comprehensive array of public information communications and numerous opportunities for Richmond Citizens to learn more, provide input and participate, which will include many Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings, and Public Hearings. All Richmond citizens are invited and encouraged to learn more about the process and to participate during each step of the way. Some of the many ways to engage in this process include:

1. Contacting the Richmond City Council Councilmember that represents you via
phone, email, meeting or letter (contact information below)

2. Sending a letter to Richmond City Council
2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting
Richmond City Hall; 900 E. Broad St., Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219

2. Attending Public Information Meetings, Council Public Meetings and Public Hearings to learn more, ask questions and make suggestions (dates, times and locations listed below)

3. Visiting the 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting website to learn more. The website is located on the City of Richmond website under the “Highlighted Information” button by clicking the word Redistricting. The direct address is: http://www.richmondgov.com/Redistricting/index.aspx. The Redistricting website contains information and documents regarding Richmond’s redistricting process and will be updated with new information throughout the year as the process proceeds. Richmond citizens are invited an encouraged to visit the site, provide input, and to attend all Redistricting meetings scheduled for the process.

4. Asking questions, learning more, and sending suggestions or information by email to steven.skinner@richmondgov.com

5. Sending suggestions or asking questions by sending a fax to 804.646.5468

6. Learning more, asking questions and providing suggestions by calling 804.646.6052

7. Signing up for information and Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meeting and Public Hearings email updates/alerts, by sending a request email to: steven.skinner@richmondgov.com

Six Stage Process _______________________________________________________________________
The 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting process will be organized into six stages. In the First Stage, Richmond City Council will choose what redistricting criteria are to be used, which will include Public Input and Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. During this First Stage, Council will implement a multi-faceted and comprehensive Public Information communications plan to help ensure Richmond citizens are aware of the Redistricting process. This Public Information is critical to the process and will continue throughout the process. In the Second Stage Council will vote to adopt their selected criteria, which will include Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. In the Third Stage, Richmond will receive 2010 U.S. Census Data for Richmond. In the Fourth Stage, Council will use the criteria and Census Data to draft a 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan (This will probably include three proposals to choose from.), which will include Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. In the Fifth Stage they will vote to adopt a Plan, which will include Public Hearings. New Richmond Voter Districts are to be adopted by December 31, 2011. In the Sixth Stage, they will seek approval (clearance) required from the United States of America Department of Justice per the U. S. National Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 1973–1973aa-6).

Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings
Throughout this six-stage process, Richmond City Council is implementing a multi-faceted and comprehensive Public Information communications plan to help ensure Richmond citizens are aware of the Redistricting process. As part of this plan, Council will hold and publicize a number of Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings to help provide information, discuss, receive input, and answer questions regarding the 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. All meeting locations are located on a GRTC bus line and are accessible by people with disabilities. The meetings will include the following topics, dates, times and locations (which are subject to change):

STAGE 1 – Choosing Richmond Redistricting Criteria
Richmond City Council will choose from among a number of criteria to decide which ones they want to use to base their redistricting changes to Richmond Voter Districts. In the first stage of the process they will choose the criteria. There are a number of Mandatory Criteria that must be used. There will be a number of Public Information Meetings and Public Council meetings held with regard to this important part of the process.

Mandatory Redistricting Criteria that Council must use include the following:

Mandatory Redistricting Criteria
1. Equal population (Making voter districts, as near equal population as possible.)
2. Compactness (Making voter district shapes as closely packed as possible.)
3. Contiguity (Making voter district physically encompassed/connected, which may include spanning water.)
4. Avoidance of split U.S. Census Blocks (Not dividing the smallest geographic unit of census data when forming precincts/districts.)

Council, at its discretion, may choose (or choose not to) add other Traditional Redistricting Criteria, which may include some, all, none and/or other types of examples of criteria listed below:

Other Traditional Redistricting Criteria
1. Avoidance of splits of voting precincts
2. Preservation of communities of interest
3. Preservation of shape of existing district
4. 4. Protection of incumbents and avoidance of pairing of incumbents
5. Political fairness or competitiveness
6. Voter convenience and effective administration of elections

The following Stage 1 Richmond City Council Public Information Meetings will be held to present and discuss the different redistricting criteria that Richmond City Council may choose to use to base their redistricting changes to Richmond Voter Districts:

Public Input and Pubic Information Meetings to Present and Discuss Redistricting Criteria
The following Stage 1 Richmond City Council Public Input and Public Information Meetings will be held to present, discuss and receive public input on the legal redistricting requirements and the different criteria that Council may choose from to base redistricting changes to Richmond Voter Districts:

Friday, January 14, 2011 Richmond Southside Social Services Center
6:00-7:30 p.m. 4100 Hull Street; Richmond, Virginia 23224
(Richmond’s Southside)

Monday, January 17, 2011 Richmond Police Department - Police Academy
6:00-7:30 p.m. 1202 W. Graham Road; Richmond, Virginia 23220
(Richmond’s Northside)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Richmond Public Schools – Martin Luther King Jr.
6:00-7:30 p.m. Middle School
1000 Mosby Street; Richmond, Virginia 23223
(Richmond’s East End/Gateway)

Wed., January 19, 2011 Richmond Public Schools - Lucille Murray Brown
6:00-7:30 p.m. Middle School
6300 Jahnke Road; Richmond, Virginia 23225
(Southwest Richmond)

Thursday, January 20, 2011 Richmond Public Schools – Thomas Jefferson
6:00-7:30 p.m. High School
4100 West Grace Street; Richmond, Virginia 23230
(Richmond’s West End)

Results of Richmond City Council Public Information Meetings presented to Council
Results of the Richmond City Council Public Information Meetings will be presented to Council during the following Public Council Informal Meeting:

Monday, January 24, 2011, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond City Council discussion of redistricting criteria
Richmond City Council will discuss the criteria they want to choose from during the following Public Richmond City Council Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting:

Monday, February 7, 2011, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Richmond City Council Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room
900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond City Council discussion of redistricting criteria
Richmond City Council will discuss the criteria they want to choose from during the following Public Council Informal Meeting:

Monday, February 14, 2011, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond City Council Introduction of Redistricting Criteria Resolution
Richmond City Council will introduce a Resolution that selects the criteria they want to choose from during the following Public Council Formal Meeting

Monday, February 14, 2011, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

STAGE 2 – Public Hearing and Adoption of Richmond Redistricting Criteria
Richmond City Council will hold the following Public Hearing and vote to officially adopt Richmond Redistricting Criteria during the following Richmond City Council Formal Meeting:

Monday, February 28, 2011, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

STAGE 3 – 2010 U.S. Census Data for Richmond received
Richmond City Council will receive the 2010 U.S. Census Data for Richmond and make them available to the public.

February or early March 2011
Data estimated to be received/available from U.S. Census Office in late February or early March 2011

STAGE 4 – Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings regarding Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan
Richmond City Council will use their officially adopted redistricting criteria and the 2010 U.S. Census Data to draft a 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan. As part of this process, Richmond City Council will hold Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. These will include information regarding legal requirements for redistricting, criteria selected by Council, Richmond population shifts over the past 10 years and the approval (clearance) required from the United States of America Department of Justice per the U. S. National Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 1973–1973aa-6).

Initial Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan worked on by Council
Richmond City Council works on plan for redistricting - meetings and locations to be scheduled as needed and shared with the public.
March-July 2011

Council reviews and informally “OKs” a Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan to present at Public Information Meetings

Monday, Tuesday July 19, 2011; 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Redistricting Work Session
Richmond City Hall, 5th Floor Conference Room
900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Council Informally “OKs” a Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan to present at Public Information Meetings

Monday, July 25, 2011; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Public Information Meetings to Discuss
Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan
The following Richmond City Council Public Input and Public Information Meetings will be held to present the Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan to the public to present, discuss and receive public input.

Monday, August 8, 2011 Richmond Police Department - Police Academy;
6:00-7:30 p.m. 1202 W. Graham Road, Richmond, VA 23220
(Richmond’s Northside)

Tues., August 9, 2011 Richmond Public Schools - Lucille Murray Brown
6:00-7:30 p.m. Middle School; 6300 Jahnke Road; Richmond, VA 23225
(Richmond’s Southwest)

Wed., August 10, 2011 Richmond City Council Chambers
6:30-8:00 p.m. Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor
900 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia

Thurs., Aug, 11, 2011 Richmond Public Schools – Thomas Jefferson High
6:00-7:30 p.m. School; 4100 West Grace Street; Richmond, VA 23230
(Richmond’s West End)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Richmond Southside Government Services Center
6:00-7:30 p.m. 4100 Hull Street; Richmond VA 23224

Richmond City Council Discussion of public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan
Richmond City Council will discuss public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan that were held across Richmond during the two-week period of August 8 -16, 2011. May include changes to the draft plan.

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011; 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council
Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting
Richmond City Hall - 2nd floor Large Conference Room
900 E. Broad Street; Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond City Council Discussion of public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan
Richmond City Council will discuss public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan that were held across Richmond during the two-week period of August 8 -16, 2011. May include changes to the draft plan.

Monday, Sept. 12, 2011; 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting;
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Council Reviews/Makes Any Final Adjustments to Draft Plan and Determines Final Plan to be Introduced

Monday, October 10, 2011, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting;
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

STAGE 5 - Public Hearing and Adoption of 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan

Richmond City Council Introduces Final 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan as an Ordinance

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Proposed Ordinances to be reviewed in the Richmond City Council Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting

Monday, November 7, 2011, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Organizational
Development Standing Committee Meeting
Richmond City Hall 2nd Floor Conference Room, 900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond City Council Public Hearing/Adoption of 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan
Richmond City Council will hold a the following Public Hearing on the Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan and vote to officially adopt it during the following Public Richmond City Council Formal Meeting:

Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
(Two competing plans were amended and continued)
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
(New date for approving a plan)
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219


STAGE 6 – Approval of the U. S. Department of Justice
Richmond City Council will send a copy of the adopted 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan (which will be provided to the public) to be approved (cleared) by the United States of America Department of Justice per the U. S. National Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 1973–1973aa-6). Anticipated clearance to be received by December 31, 2011


Member of the 2009–2012 RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL ______________________________

PRESIDENT (2009-2010 and 2011-2012)
The Honorable Kathy Graziano
Councilwoman, Richmond City Council - Southwest 4th District
804.320.2454 (office tel); 339.8393 (mobile)
kathy.graziano@richmondgov.com (email)

VICE PRESIDENT (2009-2010 and 2011-2012)
The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson
Councilwoman, Richmond City Council - Gateway 6th District
804.646.5724 (office tel); 314.7658 (mobile)
ellen.robertson@richmondgov.com (email)

West End 1st District
The Honorable Bruce W. Tyler, Councilman
Richmond City Council - West End 1st District
804.357.6007 (mobile)
bruce.tyler@richmondgov.com (email)

North Central 2nd District
The Honorable Charles R. Samuels, Councilman
Richmond City Council - North Central 2nd District
804.646.6532 (office tel); 690.0898 (mobile)
charles.samuels@richmondgov.com (email)

Northside 3rd District
The Honorable Christopher A. Hilbert, Councilman
Richmond City Council - Northside 3rd District
804.646.6055 (office tel) 306.0875 (mobile)
chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com (email)

Central 5th District
The Honorable E. Martin Jewell, Councilman
Richmond City Council - Central 5th District
804.646.5724 (office tel); 332.3654 (mobile)
marty.jewell@richmondgov.com (email)

East End 7th District
The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille, Councilwoman*
Richmond City Council - East End 7th District
804.646.3012 (office tel)
cynthia.newbille@richmondgov.com (email)
*Elected November 3, 2009 in special local election

Southside 8th District
The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman
Richmond City Council - Southside 8th District
804.646.6592 (office tel); 240.5050 (mobile)
reva.trammell@richmondgov.com (email)

South Central 9th District
The Honorable Douglas G. Conner, Jr., Councilman
Richmond City Council - South Central 9th District
804.646.6592 (office tel); 512,0500 (mobile)
doug.conner@richmondgov.com (email)

MAILING ADDRESS/WEBSITE

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Hall - 900 East Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219 - 804.646.7955
www.council.richmondva.gov (website)

Richmond City Council __________________________________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council is to represent citizens in creating and amending local laws, providing government policy and oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to creating a vibrant community that is a great place to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.

CONTACT _______________________________________________________________________________
For more information and/or updated schedule, Richmond citizens should contact the Richmond City Council Councilmember that represents them or Steve Skinner, Council Public Information Manager, Richmond City Council Office of the Council Chief of Staff, at 804.646.6052 (o); or, steven.skinner@richmondgov.com


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Steven R. Skinner, APR
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804.646.6052 (office)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)
www.council.richmondva.gov(website)
____________________________________________

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council
is to represent citizens in creating and amending
local laws, providing government policy and
oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place
to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.