Thank you reporter Chris Dovi, Style Weekly and the Freedom of Information Act. We appreciate your exposure of the facts through real investigative reporting, a rarity in this town ("Schools Out," News & Features, Jan. 2). Now the residents will know that the move was not an eviction but an agreed-upon plan to relocate Richmond Public Schools' administrative offices to 3600 W. Broad St.
As you continue your investigation, please ask additional questions:
How many floor plans at 3600 W. Broad St. were approved by RPS? Did council's interference with the negotiations between two administrations cause this train wreck (e.g., 3rd District Councilman Hilbert's ordinance to allow a $10 per year lease)? Is council's ad hoc investigation committee a smoke screen to cover up their own interference that led to this debacle?
The taxpayers should be shocked and outraged at School Board member Lisa Dawson's admission of "playing chicken" with our children's future and tax dollars. The factual content of your article indicates the mayor's actions were justified after all and criticism unwarranted.
Judy Fahl, John Lloyd, David Bass, A. Burton, M.A. Cramer Richmond
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