Monthly Archive for December, 2006

C’ville Top Respondant in FOIA Test

Media outlets across the state conducted their own audit of municipal compliance with Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act this fall, and both Charlottesville and Albemarle did really well. Three requests were made of every 134 cities and counties in the state: crime reports, e-mails between elected officials, and school fire inspection reports. Only thirteen localities in the state granted all three requests, and Charlottesville, Albemarle, and Greene all made the list.

City Meeting Videos Available Monday

City Council, Planning Commission, and BAR meetings will all be broadcast online beginning Monday, the city announced on Thursday. They’ve been testing this for a bit — which is why I jumped the gun on this two months ago — but now it’s official. Better still, the video will be archived and integrated with agendas and minutes for a fully-searchable archive. Very impressive. (Via Charlottesville Tomorrow)

Recycle that Christmas tree

Albemarle County has issued a notice concerning locations for tree drop off where they will be recycled into mulch for use in public areas.

Phil Gianniny Dies

Phillip Allen Gianniny died on Saturday at the age of 31. Phil, a former member of The Hogwaller Ramblers and The Hackensaw Boys, was perhaps best known to Charlottesvillians for playing banjo on the Downtown Mall. He could be an ornery cuss; Phil was kicked out of just about every bar in Charlottesville, at one time or another. But he could also be a sweet guy, and he was a hell of a musician. Substance abuse made his path in life a rocky one, but he’ll be missed just the same.

Jack Burnley Dies

It seems like I only learn about awesome people who live here when the Progress runs their obituary. Legendary comic artist Jack Burnley died this week, 25 years after he moved to Charlottesville. Burnley invented the muscle-bound superhero in his work with DC Comics, and drew for Action Comics throughout the 1940s. He was 95 years old.



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