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Re: “OPINION: Misplaced Priorities

I wouldn't mind a school system consolidation.See Dave's comment. Good luck getting past that.

Short of that, students in poverty take more money to be educated, nearly twice as much per student. One of the best ways to cut this expense over time would be to raise the minimum wage. If the counties do a good job at $9500 per student, this means RPS probably needs $15000-16000 per student to do the job right. And an extended school year, as research shows that taking out summer break disproportionately benefits lower income students. I'll try to find where I got this, as I landed here on the way to Breitbart to do battle with them over the New Zealand mosque massacres (I might have to put a link to the story in one of their comment sections; they might not report it at all)

I don't mind a tax increase going to schools. Put schools first, after all. But I do mind if some of that increase goes to the Coliseum. The jury is still out on that one.

I am feeling you though on the utilities, Tom. Water in particular is among the most expensive in the country. It is being used to subsidize other parts of the budget, including the $3M PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes)

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Posted by y32cats on 03/15/2019 at 4:59 PM

Re: “OPINION: Misplaced Priorities

Tom Craig -- No. About 52% or so of Richmond's school age children go to public school vs. 75-80% in the counties. Some of this is due to a higher dropout rate in the city but most of it comes from parents who decide to stay in the city sending their kids to private school. This means the city school system gets a disproportionate number of kids from lower income homes with greater special ed needs. Greater special ed needs happen because private schools typically reject such kids. Out per student rate would be closer to the counties if we had 75% of our school age kids in public school. Our facilities would be closer to full capacity for one thing, so fixed costs would be spread over more kids. The 23-28% in private school are also disproportionately general ed so are less expensive to educate.

This might still not bring us down to county levels of per student spending. But it certainly does not mean that RPS should quit the public education business.

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Posted by y32cats on 03/14/2019 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Dreaming in Ruins

Realist -- stay on topic please. The rest of us have moved on.

As for Mr. Parks -- as long as a project fits well into the fabric of the neighborhood and the neighbors don't mind it being there, it's a success. It's impossible to make every building iconic. Before we picked a developer who has his own architectural team our cohousing group became a fan of Walter Parks. Perhaps one day he'll get to design a cohousing or coworking space. The outcome will be fascinating.

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Posted by y32cats on 03/02/2019 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Why We Need a Baseball Museum

Congrats on making a new persona simply to comment.

Suburbanite, you have made my point. A new publicly financed stadium is not viable here until basic public services are consistently provided. This is not the case right now.

That is not a goofy position. An insistence on new arenas is goofy and distracting.

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Posted by y32cats on 02/24/2019 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Why We Need a Baseball Museum

The people who disliked my comment are probably people who live in the suburbs and barely come into the city.

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Posted by y32cats on 02/22/2019 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Why We Need a Baseball Museum

Clayton, I don't dislike baseball. Every proposal for one that crossed the radar while I've lived here has involved public financing, specifically public debt. At the same time, our schools are crumbling, the streets are filled with potholes, public servants including police and firefighters are underpaid, even street cleaning and leaf collection are weirdly inconsistent in time and quality. The bus system has become less acccessible and may soon become more expensive for a lot of people. Stadiums are luxury items. They do not make money for their local governments.

If we had a city with very strong finances and most things going well, I'd fully support a stadium. That's not the world we live in though. If one of the counties wanted to build a stadium, more power to them. If they wanted to finance a 75% share for a stadium in the city, I'd consider it depending on location and design. If it were privately financed, I'd encourage my city councilman to look at the details of that too.

I oppose a publicly financed stadium for the same reason I oppose a publicly financed Coliseum (make no mistake, that's what the current plan is about and why I'm very disappointed in Levar for now). We cannot divert public resources toward tourists and luxuries when the people who live here don't benefit from them sufficiently.

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Posted by y32cats on 02/22/2019 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Holding Serve

Biff, I think he'd like this version of Richmond better. Ever thought about why he didn't like the version he grew up in?

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Posted by y32cats on 02/22/2019 at 7:23 PM

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