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Here is the power point presentation created by Mo Karnage for presentation to the Land Use Committee. So far, they refuse to allow Mo the time to present, even though they allowed Alice Massie from the Monroe Park Conservancy to present her bid.

If you would like Mo to come to your school, organization, religious group, or whatever and make a presentation with this powerpoint please email Mo at mokarnage @gmail.com  to schedule.

There is a narration that is missed in just the powerpoint. But hopefully you will still find it to be a useful educational tool.

Again thanks to all who helped with research, pictures, editing, and more.

This bid was submitted to the City Clerk at 4:25 on March 24th in paper form.

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Karnage Creations LLC bid on Monroe Park

Whereas Monroe Park was declared by the Council of the City of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University to be Public Greenspace in Perpetuity, and the Park is now  being offered up to bids for Lease, and whereas the only bidder thus far (in fact, the only bidder expected or wanted to bid) the Monroe Park Conservancy (MPC) fails utterly to represent the best interests of the majority of the citizens of the City of Richmond, Mo Karnage (current legal name Moriah Karn) and Karnage Creations LLC are offering a competing bid which we believe to be a better deal for the City of Richmond and more importantly, the people of Richmond.

Karnage Creations LLC, while normally engaged in the business of revolutionary prose, childcare, old window repair and carpentry, will gladly lend it’s name and service to Keep Monroe Park Open and Free. Karnage Creations LLC does not agree with the privatization of any public park, but applies for this lease only in hopes of minimizing damage. Ideally we would think a park should always remain public, but we acknowledge the less than perfect practices of the current City of Richmond administration and the need for members of the community to step up and participate.

Karnage Creations LLC would like to object to the hasty way in which the Monroe Park lease bid was made public, and object to the favorable treatment given to MPC in this process. Ideally, Karnage Creations believes that the Monroe Park issue needs to be revisited in 6 months, after other organizations have had sufficient time to begin developing comprehensive renovation and maintenance plans. MPC had many years in which to develop their plans, as well as support from local government. Other organizations deserve equal treatment in the bidding process.

Karnage Creations LLC would also like to formally object to allowing Charles Samuels, Ellen Robertson, or any council member who sits on Venture Richmond’s board to vote on any issue which involves Venture Richmond. The conflict of interest seems obvious, and the politics of it seems corrupt.

Karnage Creations LLC is willing to make the generous (compared to MPC) offer of paying $1 a month for the lease of Monroe Park. Karnage Creations is requesting a month to month lease, that way, at any time, the citizens of Richmond can, via Council vote, revert the running of the park back to the Parks and Recreation department.

Karnage Creations LLC and Mo Karnage are well known members of the local community, with many years of organizing and networking experience. While financially we personally do not have much to offer, we have access to a much more valuable resource than money- the people of Richmond. We are fully confident that we will be able to organize and recruit the necessary donations and volunteers from a large variety of local businesses, non-profits, churches, and individuals. What we don’t know or have, people we know do or have, or know of other people who do or have. Their are many amazing, positive, talented, and smart people in Richmond that we would hope to make a welcoming space for collaboration of the betterment of Monroe Park and the community. We look forward to collaborating with many amazing people and groups in Richmond. It takes a village, and we happen to know one hell of a village.

Karnage Creations will create a special department to deal with all of the Monroe Park business, named the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee.

  1. Neither Karnage Creations, nor Mo Karnage, nor any member of the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee, will ever be paid for their roles in the maintenance or direction of Monroe Park. No profits will be kept by any of the above named parties, and all profits will be returned to the Parks and Recreation department of the City of Richmond for the use in maintaining and improving other parks in the City.
  2. The Board of Directors for the Park will consist of 2 houseless people, 1 formerly houseless person, 1 unemployed person, 1 senior, 1 public housing resident, 1 person from each neighborhood surrounding the park (Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward, Carver, the Fan), 1 student, 1 Parks and Rec worker, 1 City Council member, 1 elementary school student, 2 people from organizations which serve free food or distribute free clothing. We are willing to adjust this make up if other people have more ideas! The board WILL NOT include anyone who is a member of the Vulture ahem Venture Richmond organization, unlike the Monroe Park Conservancy who shares 2 members directly with Venture Richmond, and has 7 other compromised members either through family, or their employer sitting on Venture Richmond’s board.
  3. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will do it’s best to keep cash out of its control. As opposed to collecting donations, they will focus on collecting the items needed. We will ask for community support in the form of benches, seeds, mulch, playground parts, plants, and more!
  4. Renew Richmond a local 501c3 has agreed, via it’s director John Lewis, to partner with Karnage Creations LLC to create and manage edible landscaping in Monroe Park to provide food and community to the area. Both groups will maintain the edible landscapes and possible future community gardens and fruit/nut trees.
  5. Karnage Creations LLC will donate it’s existing office space at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue for any administrative needs specific to Monroe Park outside of Parks and Rec. Therefor no additional funding will ever be needed for Monroe Park offices, unlike the $3000 a month MPC expects to spend.
  6. The Checkers Building will be renovated into a community commercial grade kitchen, to allow for all organizations who want to serve free food in the park a place to cook that food.
  7. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will help with the follow through of the City funded and mandated renovations of plumbing, electrical, bathroom and water fountain improvements, and pavers for the paths.
  8. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize volunteer work days to help with maintenance and leaf removal among other things. The volunteer work days should reduce the amount of paid maintenance necessary.
  9. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will make legal guarantees that Monroe Park will not be used for parking.
  10. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will allow food carts to access Monroe Park and/or the surrounding sidewalks in compliance with local city ordinances and policies. We will build no special amenities for these food carts. If we ever were to create a permit process for food carts on the paths in the park, it would be limited to 2 at any given time, and the money from those permits would go towards supporting the use of the Checkers Building as a free community kitchen for free food programs.
  11. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize to have utility bills for the Checkers buildings paid for by various churches and other non-profits interested in and invested in the availability of the commercial community kitchen for the feeding of all.
  12. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will secure new benches, moveable tables and chairs, and community chess tables.
  13. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize the construction of a play ground in Monroe Park, returning the swings and other fun aspects to engage both the young and the young at heart in safe, healthy activity.
  14. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will never hire or use private security in the park.
  15. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will never fence off the park, and will work with any necessary contractors to ensure that a useable section of the park always remains open during renovations.
  16. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will not remove any trees without the direction of the City of Richmond’s Urban Forestry Department. New trees that might be planted will be part of the edible landscaping plan developed by Renew Richmond
  17. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will only ever charge a permit fee for events which themselves charge a fee. All money from these fees will go to the Parks and Recreation department. Events where no fee is charged will not be charged a fee, and will not be expected to apply for a permit. We will maintain a website, and a physical bulletin board in the park, where we will post dates of events in the park that we are aware of, that way folks can avoid conflict and overlap. The schedule for the community kitchen will be more officially organized just to make sure things run smoothly.
  18. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will guarantee that no corporation or other organization will get naming rights to Monroe Park or Checker’s building. This will never be Altria park, no matter who donates however much.
  19. Monroe Park will be a park of the people and for the people. Popular public events such as the May Day parade, Halloween Parade, Critical Mass bike rides and more will be supported by the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee.
  20. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will do its best to ensure that Monroe Park will remain a safe and inclusive place for people of all classes, races, sexual orientations, abilities, gender identities, religions, ages, superpowers and more. We will work to improve the physical accessibility of the park. The Committee will work to provide free workshops in the park on a regular basis on a variety of relevant social justice issues. We hope to bring in outside organizations willing to donate their time to facilitate said workshops.
  21. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will promote public art and work with local artists to have free workshops available regularly on a variety of artistic mediums and crafts.
  22. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will work to maintain, renovate, and encourage a Monroe Park that is a benefit to the Richmond community. We will do this not just with corporate money or money from a few, but with the grassroots support from a wide swath of Richmonders, which will make our task far easier and more fulfilling than anything being attempted by the Monroe Park Conservancy.

Some of the various documents and articles which we feel are vital to understanding our position, and why our approach will be more effective than that of the Monroe Park Conservancy for both renovating Monroe Park and also working in solidarity with the homeless to work towards a Richmond without a people without a home.

We strongly believe that the methods of the Monroe Park Conservancy to remove homeless people from Monroe Park is both cruel and also ineffective. The way to solve any problem is to address the root causes of the problem. Otherwise we will be stuck moving homeless people from place to place around the city, which is an incredibly cruel thing to do to our most vulnerable population.

The 2013 US Conference of Mayors Hunger and Homelessness Survey

http://www.usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/2013/1210-report-HH.pdf

Virginia’s Homeless Crisis Response System

http://www.vceh.org/extras/VCEHCoCReportFINAL.pdf

 

We would also argue that Monroe Park needs to remain a public area open to all – homeless and not, because non-profit organizations are not actually long term solutions to homelessness, and our dependence on them as a City puts our homeless at risk, especially in situations like with the Conrad Center, when it shut down last year. A public park should remain public, that way the homeless and others always have a place to congregate.

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This is a rough draft of a potential bid for the Monroe Park Lease, which is being voted on tomorrow by City Council. We will hopefully finalize and submit before 5pm in order to be allowed to present this to City Council for consideration. Support between now and tomorrow with edits or items we may have missed would be appreciated and can be mailed to mokarnage@gmail.com – Mo will be at work so replies won’t happen until after 3pm, and will need to occur quickly before printing. Thank you.

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Karnage Creations LLC bid on Monroe Park

Whereas Monroe Park was declared by the Council of the City of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University to be Public Greenspace in Perpetuity, and the Park is now  being offered up to bids for Lease, and whereas the only bidder thus far (in fact, the only bidder expected or wanted to bid) the Monroe Park Conservancy (MPC) fails utterly to represent the best interests of the majority of the citizens of the City of Richmond, Mo Karnage and Karnage Creations LLC are offering a competing bid which we believe to be a better deal for the City of Richmond and more importantly, the people of Richmond.

Karnage Creations LLC, while normally engaged in the business of revolutionary prose, childcare, old window repair and carpentry, will gladly lend it’s name and service to Keep Monroe Park Open and Free. Karnage Creations LLC does not agree with the privatization of any public park, but applies for this lease only in hopes of minimizing damage. Ideally we would think a park should always remain public, but we acknowledge the less than perfect practices of the current City of Richmond administration and the need for members of the community to step up and participate.

Karnage Creations LLC would like to object to the hasty way in which the Monroe Park lease bid was made public, and object to the favorable treatment given to MPC in this process. Ideally, Karnage Creations believes that the Monroe Park issue needs to be revisited in 6 months, after other organizations have had sufficient time to begin developing comprehensive renovation and maintenance plans. MPC had many years in which to develop their plans, as well as support from local government. Other organizations deserve equal treatment in the bidding process.

Karnage Creations LLC would also like to formally object to allowing Charles Samuels, Ellen Robertson, or any council member who sits on Venture Richmond’s board to vote on any issue which involves Venture Richmond. The conflict of interest seems obvious, and the politics of it seems corrupt.

Karnage Creations LLC is willing to make the generous (compared to MPC) offer of paying $1 a month for the lease of Monroe Park. Karnage Creations is requesting a month to month lease, that way, at any time, the citizens of Richmond can, via Council vote, revert the running of the park back to the Parks and Recreation department.

Karnage Creations LLC and Mo Karnage are well known members of the local community, with many years of organizing and networking experience. While financially we personally do not have much to offer, we have access to a much more valuable resource than money- the people of Richmond. We are fully confident that we will be able to organize and recruit the necessary donations and volunteers from a large variety of local businesses, non-profits, churches, and individuals. What we don’t know or have, people we know do or have, or know of other people who do or have. Their are many amazing, positive, talented, and smart people in Richmond that we would hope to make a welcoming space for collaboration of the betterment of Monroe Park and the community. We look forward to collaborating with many amazing people and groups in Richmond. It takes a village, and we happen to know one hell of a village.

Karnage Creations will create a special department to deal with all of the Monroe Park business, named the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee.

  1. Neither Karnage Creations, nor Mo Karnage, nor any member of the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee, will ever be paid for their roles in the maintenance or direction of Monroe Park. No profits will be kept by any of the above named parties, and all profits will be returned to the Parks and Recreation department of the City of Richmond for the use in maintaining and improving other parks in the City.

  2. The Board of Directors for the Park will consist of 2 houseless people, 1 formerly houseless person, 1 unemployed person, 1 senior, 1 public housing resident, 1 person from each neighborhood surrounding the park (Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward, Carver, the Fan), 1 student, 1 Parks and Rec worker, 1 City Council member, 1 elementary school student, 2 people from organizations which serve free food or distribute free clothing. We are willing to adjust this make up if other people have more ideas! The board WILL NOT include anyone who is a member of the Vulture ahem Venture Richmond organization, unlike the Monroe Park Conservancy who shares 2 members directly with Venture Richmond, and has 7 other compromised members either through family, or their employer sitting on Venture Richmond’s board.

  3. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will do it’s best to keep cash out of its control. As opposed to collecting donations, they will focus on collecting the items needed. We will ask for community support in the form of benches, seeds, mulch, playground parts, plants, and more!

  4. Renew Richmond a local 501c3 has agreed, via it’s director John Lewis, to partner with Karnage Creations LLC to create and manage edible landscaping in Monroe Park to provide food and community to the area. Both groups will maintain the edible landscapes and possible future community gardens and fruit/nut trees.

  5. Karnage Creations LLC will donate it’s existing office space at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue for any administrative needs specific to Monroe Park outside of Parks and Rec. Therefor no additional funding will ever be needed for Monroe Park offices, unlike the $3000 a month MPC expects to spend.

  6. The Checkers Building will be renovated into a community commercial grade kitchen, to allow for all organizations who want to serve free food in the park a place to cook that food.

  7. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will help with the follow through of the City funded and mandated renovations of plumbing, electrical, bathroom and water fountain improvements, and pavers for the paths.

  8. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize volunteer work days to help with maintenance and leaf removal among other things. The volunteer work days should reduce the amount of paid maintenance necessary.

  9. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will make legal guarantees that Monroe Park will not be used for parking.

  10. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will allow food carts to access Monroe Park and/or the surrounding sidewalks in compliance with local city ordinances and policies. We will build no special amenities for these food carts. If we ever were to create a permit process for food carts on the paths in the park, it would be limited to 2 at any given time, and the money from those permits would go towards supporting the use of the Checkers Building as a free community kitchen for free food programs.

  11. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize to have utility bills for the Checkers buildings paid for by various churches and other non-profits interested in and invested in the availability of the commercial community kitchen for the feeding of all.

  12. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will secure new benches, moveable tables and chairs, and community chess tables.

  13. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize the construction of a play ground in Monroe Park, returning the swings and other fun aspects to engage both the young and the young at heart in safe, healthy activity.

  14. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will never hire or use private security in the park.

  15. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will never fence off the park, and will work with any necessary contractors to ensure that a useable section of the park always remains open during renovations.

  16. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will not remove any trees without the direction of the City of Richmond’s Urban Forestry Department. New trees that might be planted will be part of the edible landscaping plan developed by Renew Richmond

  17. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will only ever charge a permit fee for events which themselves charge a fee. All money from these fees will go to the Parks and Recreation department. Events where no fee is charged will not be charged a fee, and will not be expected to apply for a permit. We will maintain a website, and a physical bulletin board in the park, where we will post dates of events in the park that we are aware of, that way folks can avoid conflict and overlap. The schedule for the community kitchen will be more officially organized just to make sure things run smoothly.

  18. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will guarantee that no corporation or other organization will get naming rights to Monroe Park or Checker’s building. This will never be Altria park, no matter who donates however much.

  19. Monroe Park will be a park of the people and for the people. Popular public events such as the May Day parade, Halloween Parade, Critical Mass bike rides and more will be supported by the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee.

  20. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will do its best to ensure that Monroe Park will remain a safe and inclusive place for people of all classes, races, sexual orientations, abilities, gender identities, religions, ages, superpowers and more. We will work to improve the physical accessibility of the park. The Committee will work to provide free workshops in the park on a regular basis on a variety of relevant social justice issues. We hope to bring in outside organizations willing to donate their time to facilitate said workshops.

  21. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will promote public art and work with local artists to have free workshops available regularly on a variety of artistic mediums and crafts.

  22. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will work to maintain, renovate, and encourage a Monroe Park that is a benefit to the Richmond community. We will do this not just with corporate money or money from a few, but with the grassroots support from a wide swath of Richmonders, which will make our task far easier and more fulfilling than anything being attempted by the Monroe Park Conservancy.

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The First Will Be Last: On Monroe Park

By Derek Jones (Food Not Bombs member)

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Editors note: This essay is a creative essay. Neither the author nor the publishers would ever promote illegal activity. But we do promote keeping Monroe Park Public, Open, and Free by Any Means Necessary! You figure it out. This is a slightly edited version of a statement read at the Land Use Committee meeting this week, where the committee made the bad choice to move the Monroe Park Lease to Council for voting. We hope to see you all out on Monday March 24 to STOP this plan.

The Master Plan for the Monroe Park renovations says that, “50 years of crime and vagrancy have tainted Monroe Park’s reputation” (pg. 1). and that the park needs renovations because of the “[…resurgence in popularity of many of the surrounding residential neighborhoods, retail corridors, and the recent increase in enrollment at VCU” (pg. 1).

But this plan is not driven by the increasing need for public, open space in Richmond.

Alice Massie said before City Cuoncil on February 18th, that this plan isn’t about “excluding any type of people or demographic”, but anyone that read the plan knows that is not true.

A permit requirement that is to be issued at the discretion of the Monroe Park Conservancy and a charge of $35 per application for an event will keep feeding and clothing distribution groups from having access to the park.

The Conservancy may well decide that the park needs to be fenced off for an unknown amount og time during renovations, thereby preventing anyone from using it.

Alice Massie would have you believe that the renovations plans are about building fields for plauing quoits and pentanque because they are popular pastimes among park goers in Liverpool, England, about allowing certain vendors the opportunity to sell coffee and pastries in the park, and about cutting down 62 trees and replacing them with 80 new “canopy tree” species that were there 110 years ago because for an unexplained and expensive reason, 1904 is heralded as the “golden age” of Monroe Park.

But the sprucing up of the park detailed in their plan is incidental to it’s main purpose: The displacement of the homeless, the Blacks, and the poverty ridden. I say “Blacks” because according to a 2009 survey by Homeward, out of more than 1,000 homeless Richmonders they surveyed, more than 2/3 identified as African American or People of Color, and it is no secret that Monroe Park is on the outskirts of a “white” part of Richmond.

Page 55 of the plan dismisses the notion that chronically homeless citizens of Richmond are valid and stable park users, calling them instead “transients”, reading, ” Park goers generally fall into 2 groups: VCU students and transients”. It says that Monroe Park WAS (as in used to be) a site for Churches and Community groups to feed the needy on weekends, that as many as 50 people could be waiting in the park on weekends. There were actually about 400 people waiting on food or clothing this past Saturday, and people provide services in the park on weekdays as well.  The plan also says that “though the hiring of a park keeper in 2007 has helped to deter homeless feedings, that park remains a popular gathering place for Richmond’s homeless population during the day” (pg. 55).

Most disturbingly, page 61 of the plan for renovations  says that “[privately financed park managers] must make frequent visitor counts, with special attention paid to female/male ratios… The ratio of non-homeless to apparently homeless ones must be at least 75-100: 1 to draw female visitors in great numbers” (pg. 61).

If you approve the Conservancy’s plan to lease Monroe park you will be declaring Class War on all of Richmond. We will Occupy the Park indefinitely. Instead of petanque and quoits fields, we will plant vegetable gardens, fruit and nut trees. We will march through your neighborhoods and we will expel you from your restautants, grocery stores, and homes as you have done to us. You will become residents of Monroe Park, and you will be treated as second class citizens there because in our kingdom the first will be last and the last will be first.

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Our friend Gary Llama has released a new song about Monroe Park!

We would love to hear about more musical and artistic endeavors supporting social justice work in Richmond!!!

You can listen on bandcamp here: Gary Llama Bandcamp

The lyrics are:

You never went down there before
now it’s all you want to do

clean the grass of poverty,
wipe it’s life from memory

but we see you.
we see you.

You never cared so much before
now it’s all you claim to do

move public land into private hands
turn a public park into your private fantasy

but we see you
we see you

you’ve never held so much before
now it’s all you could manage to do

sell a public land that was once held free
into private hands then sell it back to me

but we see you
we see you

Christopher Beschler, from the city and the Monroe Park Conservancy, to talk with me about the Monroe Park Conservancy plan and to answer some of the burning questions. The interview will be broadcast on Open Source RVA at 4PM tomorrow (Friday). We also have a new WRIR “listening portal” at wrir.org so you can stream shows after they happen. Check the interview out if you can – it may be of interest.

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We’re not sure if it counts as a conspiracy if it is so blatant and public. But anyways, it is time for everyone in the Richmond area to take a closer look at Vulture (Venture) Richmond, who is involved, and what they are pushing in this city. We are posting the entire list of their Board of Directors, taken from their website, below. We are also teasing out some of the obvious connections between these people are various icky things happening in Richmond and conflicts of interest. But please take a look at the list and see if you can pull out some connections of your own. We would love to hear em.

Basically though, Venture Richmond is closely connected to local media, City council members, the privatization of Monroe park, the Revitalize RVA plan, and attempts to get their own Tax exemptions. All the struggles are connected, and Venture Richmond just highlights the intensity of intersectionality in Richmond right now.

John W. Bates III of McGuireWoods is on the Venture Richmond Board AND is on the Monroe Park Conservancy as one of the 4 citizen representatives. Not that citizens in Richmond had any say regarding the creation of the Monroe Park Conservancy, the renovation plans, the idea of considering privatizing Monroe Park, or how many and what type of citizen might represent citizens on the board.

From local politicians, we have Mayor Dwight Jones, City Councilman and Council President Charles Samuels, and City Councilwoman and Council Vice President Ellen Robertson. So not only is the Mayor involved in this massive conflict of interest, but so are 2 out of the 9 City Council Members. It would seem only fair that they would be not allowed to participate in any votes regarding projects Venture Richmond is working on.

From local media we have Thomas Silvestri, the President and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which seems like a potential conflict of interest in the news coverage of local issues by the paper. Sounds like the news coverage of Venture Richmond in the paper is about as fair and balanced as Fox news.

James E. Ukrop, the Principal, New Richmond Ventures, is on Venture Richmond’s board, and his relative is R. Scott Ukrop, who is also one of the 4 citizen members of the Monroe Park Conservancy.

If you have the time and inclination, check out the financials of Venture Richmond here: http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/52-1256458/venture-richmond.aspx

From the Venture Richmond website:

Board of directors

Officers

Chairman and CEO

Jacqueline McClenney-Wallace*
President, McClenney Wallace, PC

Vice chairman and chairman of executive committee

Mary Doswell
Senior vice president, Alternative Energy Solutions, Dominion

President

Dwight C. Jones**
Mayor, City of Richmond

Immediate past chairman and CEO

Robert W. Woltz Jr.*

Secretary

Mark R. Merhige*
President, The Shockoe Company (more…)

The Monroe Park Advisory Council removed from its website the document of their plans to renovate Monroe Park. This was a publicly available document up until sometime recently when they apparently decided to no longer make it available. Fortunately, at the Wingnut, we had saved a copy of this document. We have now uploaded it onto archive.org to make is publicly accessible again.

http://www.archive.org/details/MonroeParkRenovationPlans2008

You can’t view it on archive.org, but if you right click the PDF link, you can select, ‘Save Link As’ to download the renovation plans to your computer. If you can’t download because you are on a public access computer, you can come by the Wingnut Anarchist Collective to view the file on our computer. We have open hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-10 and you can call 804 303 5449 to arrange to stop by some other time.

Make sure you check out page 61 on the bottom left side where it has the desired ratio of homeless and homeless appearing people to everyone else- 75-100:1. Read about the plans for private security for the park.

Please download, print, and share this document with others so you can understand their plans for renovation, and also see first hand some of the troubling aspects.  When confronted, MPAC pretty much refused to take accuontability for the plan that they developed.  MPAC has also done things to deliberately become more secretive- removing their email contacts for MPAC members from their website, lying about no longer having meetings, and apparently removing the content from the link to the plan o their website. (more…)