Jefferson School and the Washington Post

Big_Al writes: Interesting article about the Jefferson School debate in today’s Washington Post. It seems to spell out most of the issues better than what I’ve seen in the local media.

Full disclosure: this reporter is a candidate for Charlottesville City Council. I’m told that this coverage is courtesy of City Council candidate Alexandria Searls, who convinced the Post to come down here and do the story.

7 Responses to “Jefferson School and the Washington Post”


  • The article says there’s a debate on the Jefferson School’s future. What debate? It looks like Caravatti and Cox already caved in the face of community opposition. The only debate is what taxes will they raise to pay for the refurbishment? As the Post article says this was all discussed in secret. Anything important the city hides from us. Let’s elect a city counselor who understands the Sunshine Law and stops any discussion in “executive session” of matters not actually confidential. Then they’d have to fling open the closed doors.

  • “Let’s elect a city counselor who understands the Sunshine Law and stops any discussion in “executive session” of matters not actually confidential. Then they’d have to fling open the closed doors.”

    Nice thought, however it will never happen. For years I have watched the wide-eyed become politicans and almost all succumb to goverment group think. They get chummy with staff, are loathed to fire people, and their day-to-day real life cause them to have to trust staff when the probably shouldn’t have.

    Unless the canidate was rich, this pattern has repeated itself for years. Maybe this will be different-I remain hopeful.

  • Yes I take your point. A few years on city council and the “collegiality” takes on a life of its own–people let things slide just to avoid seeming a troublemaker. Good reason for getting rid of incumbents. We need fresh idealism; a “renewed capacity for outrage.” I don’t know about firing staffers though. Firing is rarely the right response to simple laziness about complying with awkward open-door rules. All we need is people who have a greater sense of integrity about obeying the law and not cutting corners.

  • We need people on City Council who are in touch with reality and know what the people of Charlottesville are all about.

  • What do you mean by “in touch with reality”? What is being said about the current crop of city councilors?

  • What do you mean by “in touch with reality”?

    Great question, there are many days i have trouble stating that my world is “reality”.

    As for firing people, I can’t think of a better way to reward the hard-working then to rid a organizaton of deadwood. For the most part government workers are good and true. But we have all met those who distain for work is only matched by the smugness of the knowledge they can’t be fired.

    PO

  • Absolutely – there are people working for the City of whom their colleagues have said things like “Thank God she retires in four years.” Non-performance seems to be tolerated at a level that would never be acceptable in the private sector. The level of customer service provided by these employees is beyond unacceptable. Complain and absolutely nothing happens.

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