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Re: “Bull Hooks Still Allowed on Elephants in Richmond Area

This story should be corrected. Richmond City Council approved the ban on bullhooks as a local ordinance that only has jurisdiction within city limits. It has no jurisdiction elsewhere. Richmond International Raceway is located in Henrico County where similar laws do not exist. Until the county, or Virginia General Assembly, adopt a similar prohibition, UniverSoul Circus and others entertainers will continue this practice that Ringling Bros. has already determined should end.

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Posted by Parker Camp Agelasto on 03/16/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “City Explores Tax on Richmond Airbnb Rentals

It should also be noted that the bigger issue is zoning. Existing zoning codes have restrictions on temporary housing. For example, R-1 provides for "Temporary housing of not more than 30 homeless individuals within churches or other places of worship, subject to meeting applicable building code and fire code requirements, for up to a total of seven days and only within the time period beginning on October 1 of any year and ending on April 1 of the following year." Beyond that allowance for temporary housing is not a permitted use in R-1 through R-43. R-53 and R-63 permits for Tourist Homes though they must be situated on a Federal Highway. Tourist Homes are generally permitted only in the UB and Business zoning districts.

The Zoning Ordinance defines Tourist Home as "a building containing not more than ten guestrooms, with or without kitchens and with or without board, intended to be rented for compensation for occupancy by the traveling public and similar transient guests on a daily basis and in which access to individual guestrooms is provided exclusively from within the building, as distinguished from a hotel, motel, lodginghouse, group home, shelter or similar form of housing."…

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Posted by Parker Camp Agelasto on 04/29/2015 at 9:18 AM

Re: “City Explores Tax on Richmond Airbnb Rentals

As for the request of Charles Samuels and I to further study AirBNB, the resolution neither encourages or discourages levying the Transient Occupancy Tax on AirBNB. Rather it seeks resolution on the issue as some constituents have asked whether it applies.

The Transient Occupancy Tax is defined in Virginia State Code Section 58.1-3819 and includes the language "facilities offering guest rooms rented out for continuous occupancy for fewer than 30 consecutive days." Richmond City Code establishes the definition for this Lodging Tax in Section 98-446. The facilities that are required to comply with the Richmond Lodging Tax must offer ten or more rooms for transient occupancy up to 90 days. Students and film production temporary employees are exempt.

Given the difference in State and City codes, it is advisable to study the intent of these and whether it is necessary to more clearly define the tax as it relates to individual room rentals.……

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Posted by Parker Camp Agelasto on 04/29/2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “City Explores Tax on Richmond Airbnb Rentals

In an earlier posting, there was a comment about tax abatement on my home. The tax abatement was placed on my home prior to my purchasing it in 2006. Tax abatement runs with the property and transfers to new ownership. This program is available to all residences in the City of Richmond that are more than 20 years old and the improvements increase the assessed value by 20%. When the tax abatement expires, the City will receive the full tax on the improved property. The abatement on my home will begin to phase out next year and I will be paying additional real estate property taxes. Since the program is available to all Richmond residents that qualify, and I did not apply for the abatement while in elected office, I do not believe there to be a conflict of interest.

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Posted by Parker Camp Agelasto on 04/29/2015 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Five for Fighting

For the record, I am not under investigation by the FBI or any other regulatory or law enforcement agency. I submitted all of the proper paperwork to the Voter Registrar along with 173 signatures from individuals in Oregon Hill, the Fan, Randolph, Byrd Park, Maymont, Carillon, Carytown, Woodland Heights, and Swansboro neighborhoods. These registered voters in the 5th District who signed my petition have been strong supporters throughout my campaign.

Likewise, I would like to clarify some other factual misstatements from earlier posts. I was the Manager of Membership and Visitor Services at the VMFA where I managed a staff of 13 employees and 40 volunteers and was responsible for nearly $1 Million in annual revenue being processed through our office. I was part of a team that created the business plan for the museum's expansion.

In 2010, I wanted to work on the US Census to understand the numbers from which so many decisions are being made in government. Demographic and population statistics are the most cited metric in our understanding of unemployment, poverty, education, etc. A hands-on experience provided a complete understanding of how these numbers are generated. During my work with the Census, I was a recruiter, a trainer, and a supervisor and met thousands of the City's residents and listened to their needs and concerns.

Finally, the Entrepreneurship Certificate program that I teach for the University of Virginia was the product of Prof. Greg Fairchild whom I have known for nearly 10 years. In 2008, when the economy tanked, I challenged Dean Bob Bruner of the Darden School to get more engaged in giving back to communities who were hard hit by the recession. It took years to plan the program though it was inaugurated in 2011 when I joined the faculty. You can read more about our accomplishments in the Financial Times article.…

I appreciate the tremendous support I have from 5th District residents and thank all those who go out to the polls to vote for their candidate of choice. In the meantime, I ask that readers please contact me with any questions.

Parker C. Agelasto

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Posted by Parker Camp Agelasto on 10/26/2012 at 12:46 PM

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