2015/07/08

City Council

Filed under: Charlottesville,politics — WmX @ 07:30
matters from the public

I went to my first City Council meeting when I was 45 years old.

2015/07/06

Monticello 53rd annual

Filed under: america,politics — WmX @ 13:24

nickel porch

FOB Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, addressed the crowd gathered for the 53rd annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello.



pipeline protest

Court was called into session, petitioners at Monticello took the oath of citizenship. McAuliffe posed for photos with the new citizens. I am fairly sure the Governor did not pause, on his way up to Monticello, for photos with these petitioners. The “Macster” is a deal maker. Energy companies are granted audience, common citizens can hold their breath.



new citizens

The naturalization ceremony provides a happier meditation on the strengths of our country.

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”-Oath of Citizenship

2015/05/16

horse race

Filed under: politics,signs,trees,Urban Planning — WmX @ 10:54
election signs

Charlottesville Democratic Primary candidates are wearing out the shoe leather. Walking the relatively shadeless streets of our city,
meeting voters in preparation for June 9 Democratic Primary.
When the new Council is seated in November, I hope that they look back and ask themselves why the 1975 Street Tree plan was never implemented.
Revise and adopt that plan in the first one-hundred days!

2015/03/18

Pond

Filed under: Charlottesville,people,politics — WmX @ 13:49
Mike Signer

Politics in our ten square mile pond is fascinating. In the big water,
state, national, there is a money at play. But in the little pond, it’s about vision, quality of life,
having principals and living by them, wanting to make your home better.

Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story.
Mike Signer

 

Wes Bellamy

These candidates are exemplary. They care deeply about their community.
Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story.
Wes Bellamy

Lena Seville

Many different paths lead to a councilmanic run. The candidates are activists: for community engagement, for the environment, for historic preservation, for clean safe streets, for better schools.
Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story.
Lena Seville

Dede Smith

Two of the candidates are incumbents. They’ve worked their way through a multitude of meetings in the past four years. Fielded thousands of e-mails. Met with citizens, made site visits. Stayed up late. Read thousands of pages of staff reports. It’s not easy.
Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story.
Dede Smith

Kathy Galvin

In a small pond like ours the candidates have guts, and there is little glory in the offing. No one has an office decorated in the style of Downton Abbey. The Councilors give us their work and selfless dedication, to make our town a better place.
Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story.
Kathy Galvin

2014/11/01

Midterm election

Filed under: Charlottesville,politics,signs — WmX @ 10:47

UR missing
Politics, Charlottesville style.

2014/04/30

ethnography

Filed under: Charlottesville,politics — WmX @ 11:14

the Chrysanthemum and the sword
I’ve been reading a book by Ruth Benedict. Wish we could raise her up from the dead
to write the story of class, race, politics and power in the little town of Charlottesville.

2013/11/05

election day

Filed under: politics,signs — WmX @ 09:25

strange bedfellows
Unusual alliances in blue Charlottesville.

Jake, Mike and Emma
Election morning, Council candidate Farruggio with his children at Recreation precinct.

2013/10/31

Vegan Dog Bomb Dog

Filed under: dogs,politics — WmX @ 14:56

Bill Clinton, vegan dog
President Bill Clinton came to town Halloween Eve to support the Macker, Terry McAuliffe, next Governor of Virginia.

the road show held in the Paramount theater
There are those who bemoan the difficulty of the choice, having to choose between snake oil and holy water. It really isn’t a difficult choice.

Terry McAuliffe
Lots of good writing on the race and on the candidates. My favorite article in the past few days is by Noreen Malone titled

Terry McAuliffe’s Shamelessness Makes Him Loveable
His extremist opponent doesn’t hurt, either

bomb dog
One could always cast a write-in for the fabulous Bomb Dog!

2013/10/23

gubernatorial

Filed under: politics,signs — WmX @ 10:44

political sign Pole Green Road
Pole Green Road

2013/06/15

horse race

Filed under: politics — WmX @ 09:52


Photo finish in the City Hall Basement Conference room. Media on hand to cover the opening of provisional ballots.


Councilmanic Democratic primary contenders Bellamy and Fenwick await results.


Election officials open envelopes, tally votes in local and state primary contests.


Wes Bellamy converses with media following the count. Lisa Provence has the story.

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