Admittedly, I’m very biased against ODU because of how they handled the Central Radio case. I also think the money spent on college sports is absolutely obscene when compared to how much a college education costs these days. So it should be no surprise when I say I think ODU cares more about their sports teams and economic development around the area than they do about student safety and academics.
Enter The District, below, an apartment complex marketed on ODU’s website as a place for student living. And, someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but built on property seized using eminent domain powers. The assault and robbery that occurred there recently shouldn’t be new news to anyone, but the Federal Department of Education’s inquiry-in-progress might be.
So what does ODU have to say:
“Old Dominion has not yet been contacted by the Department of Education, but this incident happened outside of our federal Clery Act reporting area,”
Here’s an idea for our legislators: mandate reporting anywhere with a student population over X or anywhere where eminent domain was used on behalf of the college.
So Virginia Beach is getting an arts district at the oceanfront, great news. Hopefully those pushing it will also give themselves an attitude adjustment and realize they are getting a special handout from the taxpayers of Virginia Beach that is not being afforded to others hoping to build businesses elsewhere.
Yesterday while on Facebook I saw a post from someone in my newsfeed claiming John Moss had called the Arts District immoral and asking people to come out in support at that night’s council meeting. No context was initially given, but eventually he posted the email from Moss in question.
Big surprise, it never said the arts district was immoral, merely that spending $100,000 to give a small group of people benefits not afforded to other citizens–while the city had recently cut senior tax relief and plans on raising taxes–is immoral without at least doing some kind of fiscal analysis.
I reached out for comment to the author of the post. He refused to comment and accused me of threatening him when I said I thought it would be better to say something rather than nothing. I tracked down the original source of the email and posted a comment on their FB page and received no response.
So congratulations folks on your Arts District. Let’s hope you can create a better ViBe there than on Facebook.
Speaking of bad vibes, Norfolk Councilman Paul Riddick threatened a speaker at Norfolk’s council meeting with bodily harm after he was berated by the speaker about his numerous, well documented legal troubles.
There are some people who think Mr. Ginn shouldn’t have pushed Riddick so hard. Apparently he comes to every meeting to trash Riddick. I’m not one of them. We don’t have freedom of speech to talk about the weather; we have it to say very controversial things, especially to those in power. In fact, the free speech clause of the 1st Amendment was specifically written to guarantee our ability to criticize our elected leaders without threats of retribution.
I sincerely hope Mr. Ginn gets his warrant against Riddick and that Riddick faces criminal charges. This isn’t the first time he has threatened someone at council and it probably won’t be the last. Remember, this is the guy who hit a deli clerk in the face with a package of ham after they wouldn’t let him return it.
For full disclosure purposes, I ran Billy Cook’s campaign against Riddick in 2014. We lost, but it had more to do with my miscalculating turnout than any real support Riddick had in the community. He got roughly 80 votes more than Billy did in 2010 when they first ran against each other. That drop-off in turnout was not something I anticipated.
First things first. Where is Cherise Newsome (right)? Hopefully she’s on vacation and didn’t get silently removed or, like Patrick Wilson, promoted to keep from digging up more dirt on powerful local people.
So back to the meeting. These things are always so awkward because you can see on the faces of council members that they know they are responsible for the poor performance of the school board and school system but are terrified of actually admitting that responsibility.
To Riddick’s credit, his cantankerous attitude isn’t limited to people who berate him at council meetings. He directly asked King to explain just how they division could forfeit those Federal Funds. Not surprisingly, King gave a non-answer except to say the division now has a new full time position to oversee these things. Key word being “full time.” Why that happened now instead of before is anyone’s guess. And who was the person overseeing the money part time?
Cherise Newsome would find the answers, I’m not so sure about this Tim Eberly guy. Step your game up. I’m still trying to figure out how you could write about The Main and not ask about the financing for it. But that’s another issue entirely.
Let’s get a few things out of the way first. I think marijuana should be legal. I think the pepper spray and the stun gun use were unwarranted. The lawyer for the young man pepper sprayed and stunned is Gary Byler, who gave me my first job in politics when I was 18. I also think trying to delete the video was definitely destruction of evidence and the officer in question should face criminal charges.
Now to the real point. Why is the media rarely, if ever, mentioning the quantity of marijuana found in the car and the scale? Why do they never say that as a minor, you don’t have the right to have your parents present when you are arrested?
In no way do the drugs found in the car excuse the officer’s actions. Personally, I think that punk kid should have been physically dragged out of the car kicking and screaming. I think the political correctness of our society has caused police to use pepper spray or a taser on someone rather than lay hands on them because of liability issues.
I also think that whiny kid was a punk entitled brat who knew he was screwed when the police asked about drugs and was trying to do anything to generate sympathy or possibly get himself out of trouble. The same goes for the driver.
Listen kids, man up and do your time. When you were out there selling drugs and making money from it, everything was fine. [Kudos to whoever can tell me what rap song I stole those lyrics from.]
To the police officers, next time, just drag the kid out of the car. You shouldn’t need pepper spray and a taser to remove a 17 year old from a car. Or better yet, humor the kid and call his parents. I’m sure that would have made him real happy to get yelled at by his parents while the police handcuffed him.
The real moral of the story is that if you are going to be moving that kind of weight, make sure your car is in perfect shape and don’t speed.