To be impartial” Virginia Beach agreed to remove a grossly misleading light rail ad from the city website. Impartial? What nonsense. Most members of council are for light rail and are definitely not impartial..
The ad stated that a yes vote was a vote to continue the study of light rail. Those who developed the ad knew from the beginning that the ad was a lie. The ad was intended, was designed to con citizens into voting yes while thinking that a yes vote was for permission to continue with the study of light rail.
In fact, a yes vote will give city council the OK to “… adopt an ordinance approving the use of all reasonable efforts to support the financing and development of the Tide….” Just what the heck does all that mean? It means that our light-rail-supporting city council can start spending money and making plans for the development of their favorite development tool – light rail.
A yes vote means that council can do whatever “reasonable efforts” they want.
As Councilman Moss stated, “It’s designed to influence and advocate.”
The ad was so heavy handed, so obviously a lie it should never have seen the light of day. Mayor Sessoms should have been the first to tell staff to take that ad off the air.
Thank you, Councilman John Moss.