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Re: “Political Arts: Richmond's Mayoral Candidates Share Their Arts and Culture Platforms

The city is not going to spend more money supporting the arts. As others have noted, it doesn't have the money to do so. The arts have to be supported by private corps and private individuals and the public, by going to shows. Broadway shows are at the Altria, and there are some good ones.

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Posted by kazoo on 10/16/2016 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Wilder’s Shadow: Richmond's Mayoral Election Is Missing a Superstar Candidate

I agree: The new system encourages unqualified people to run for mayor, and we get unqualified mayors--like Jones. Look at M. Mosby, newly minted city council president who thinks she should be mayor. No college degree, and it shows. No management experience. I'm sure she's a decent person, but she's not qualified. Nor is Stoney, a Democratic Party flunkie with no ties to RVA, never had a private-sector job, and he's trying to buy the position.

Mayor is a serious management job; it's not a license to hire your incompetent friends and family members and put them into cushy city jobs. And city salaries, by the way, ought to be chopped by 15 percent. One of the candidates recently cited the excessive administrative costs in Richmond city government--far higher than in other VA cities. Too many people making too much money. Wilder, by the way, was a raging confrontational egotist--not a good mayor.

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Posted by kazoo on 10/05/2016 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Event Pick: The 2016 Hogtober Festival at Libby Hill Park

Nice event...but the bands! A Neil Diamond tribute band? A tribute band to Bowie, who is beyond imitation? Yikes....

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Posted by kazoo on 09/29/2016 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Joe Morrissey's Wife Criticizes Media, Speaks Out on Being "Used"

I'm betting that Myrna had very little to do with this letter--now CAN you give me some more righteous indignation!

Morrissey doesn't have the character to be mayor, sorry. But the man does have plenty of gall. He does not shame easily, or at all, which makes him the D. Trump of our mayoral campaign!

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Posted by kazoo on 09/21/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Short and Sweet: Why I Want to Be Mayor of Richmond

Doug, check out Stoney's TV ad: The message is quite clear--implicitly and explicitly: /I know what it's like to grow up black and poor. I got subsidized public-school lunches, too. I can relate./ And that's probably the only card he can play because he not a Richmond guy--he has no real ties to the city--and hasn't done anything but work as a Democratic party operative for 10 years. That doesn't qualify one for mayor--and the Democratic Party is doing a disservice to Richmond by pushing him on the city. He's an opportunist. And I say that as a Democrat.

Mosby's "I am Richmond" is the same appeal--I'm one of you. I can help." It's fine, it's politics; it's what candidates hang their hats on when their credentials are thin. The point is, Richmond needs to move beyond racial voting and start electing smart, competent people with serious management experience and integrity--black or white. (I'd say that Morrissey's issues are something more than "foibles.") It's not a position that entitles you to start handing out top city jobs to your friends. It's a serious management job, but unfortunately the process of electing a mayor is completely political, which is why Richmond has been saddled with a lot of lightweight or worse mayors in the past--and will likely be saddled with lightweights in the future.

I also think this whole Style exercise of asking the candidates to make statements is worthless--as of course they've all made the same general points.

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Posted by kazoo on 09/21/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Short and Sweet: Why I Want to Be Mayor of Richmond

We could have all counted the seconds until Scott showed up with his buried canal wall complaint about Berry, which he has only posted about 10,000 times.

I'm not clear on the boondoggles attributed to Venture Richmond. The fact is, VR has created some very successful events that have been good for the city and brought some genuine excitement to the downtown area--and that is a big deal and key to revitalizing Richmond. To pretend otherwise is stupid, but the activists who like Richmond as a backwater often pretend otherwise. Most of the criticism directed at Berry is lame. He in fact is the most qualified candidate in the field, probably followed by Baliles and Tyler.

Stoney is a complete interloper--a well-connected dilettante who is not qualified to be mayor because he has no real ties to Richmond and has done NOTHING except work for the state Democratic party since he graduated from mighty JMU. He has NO relevant experience--his last job was a party patronage position. But he /wants/ to be mayor, and he's tight with the governor, and so the Democratic Party of Richmond/Virginia is shamefully trying to FOIST him on the city. He's the last person Richmonders should vote for.

Mosby is completely unqualified--doesn't even have a college degree--and would be a disaster. Williams has an impressive background but has no city management experience. Junes seems too education-centric; ultimately, it's the School Board's job to improve the schools--and while they've not done a good job, Richmond's education issues are at root about poverty and social dysfunction. It's not the mayor's job to try and tackle poverty--that's absurd. A mayor can help promote sensible development, which can create jobs--but no mayor if going to fix the poverty problem. Still, we have to endure yet again the Kabuki of African American candidates telling African American voters that THEY will help improve their lives because they are African American. It's not like RVA hasn't had African American mayors--we've had plenty. Did any of them fix the poverty problem? Mayors don't fix poverty--the make sure the buses run on time and that the city is run EFFICIENTLY with sound budgetary discipline. All the rest is political blather.

And Morrissey? His personal and professional problems should completely disqualify him for mayor.

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Posted by kazoo on 09/20/2016 at 9:43 PM

Re: “When Will Richmond Embrace Hip-Hop?

The first two or three videos here are lame. They look like they were made in 1988--the same tired gangsta theme--profane language, flashing guns, smoking weed, lyrics about dick and ass and cash? Logos with a dollar sign in the name? How original! I'm sure 15-year-olds are impressed but anyone older knows those were cliches 15 years ago. This is the genius material that isn't getting any love? Talent finds its level.

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Posted by kazoo on 09/15/2016 at 11:10 AM

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