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Former Police Chief Brackney demands $3 million from city, alleges wrongful termination

Former Police Chief RaShall Brackney is demanding $3 million from the city of Charlottesville and has lodged a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that her Sept. 1 termination was unjust. Standing in front of city hall on Tuesday morning, Brackney and her attorney, Charles Tucker of The Cochran Firm, accused Charlottesville’s former […]

Posted inGovernment and public institutions, Race and equity

City Council (tentatively) plans to decide the fate of Charlottesville’s Confederate statues before the year’s end

A public comment in the last few minutes of Monday’s City Council meeting prompted Councilors to discuss when they’ll decide what to do with the recently removed statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The Council had not discussed the matter since its Oct. 15 deadline for individuals and organizations […]

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Charlottesville is losing its community gardens to redevelopment — this group wants to relocate them to city parks

Editor’s note: This story has been updated on Nov. 4 to better reflect the leadership of residents of various housing communities in making decisions regarding community gardens. Peering into an aqua plastic container that sat atop a folding table, an older woman paused to ask Richard Morris about its contents. “What kind of lettuce is […]

Posted inOur neighborhoods, Race and equity

Charlottesville Planning Commission unanimously approves Comprehensive Plan update after nearly five years of work; now it goes to City Council for a hearing

Charlottesville Planning Commission chair Lyle Solla-Yates was certain that the biggest news to come out of Charlottesville last week would be the Tuesday evening Planning Commission meeting.After all, the topic of discussion — the update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan — has been in the works for nearly five years. But just before the meeting […]

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The unprecedented turnover in Charlottesville government could have ‘enormous consequences’ for the community — this is how

Chip Boyles this week became Charlottesville’s fifth city manager to leave the post in less than five years. That is an unprecedented level of turnover in the city’s top position — and the upheaval is not limited to the city manager’s office. In an interview with Charlottesville Tomorrow this week, Councilor Michael Payne rattled off […]

Posted inRace and equity

‘Confederate memorials are associated with hate’ — New UVA study shows ‘significant’ correlation between lynchings and monuments

John Henry James sold ice cream. That’s all that’s known about him, except for how he died on July 12, 1898, just a few years after moving to Charlottesville. James was murdered by a white lynch mob. More than a century after his death the community in 2019 acknowledged James publicly with a historical marker […]

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