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DAW Award

VIRGINIA BEACH (October 3, 2010) - - How Virginia News Source came to give Virginia Beach Mayor Will(ing) Sessoms its “Dumb Ass of the Week’ Award. Or how personnel mismanagement killed a homeless dude on the beach and Sessoms’ is making taxpayers atone for it.

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Here’s how the concept development Last Friday a pizza delivery driver hit and killed a 3 YO Aragona boy who was lying in the roadway. Earlier a TV fell from the shelves at Walmarte′, killing a 6 YO who was trying to climb the stack of television cartons. Both companies acted like the City of Virginia Beach:  The pizza company raised the price of pizzas from $10 each to $20 each.  Walmarte′ added $100 to each TV sold. No action was taken against any employee in either case. The pizza driver said the 3 YO was wearing a black diaper and he didn’t see him until it was all over. Walmarte′ said it was going to teach the employee how to better stack television cartons on the display floor. To cover any future losses it said it implemented the two price increase policies. But Jack Smith said, “I didn’t have anything to do with falling televisions, why do I have to pay $100 more for my set?” Walmarte spokesperson said, “Well, we felt bad the accident happened and we are going to use part of the price increase to send climbing gyms to parks in poor housing areas so children can learn to climb properly.” The pizza company used the same logic:  We feel bad about killing the baby, so we are going to use part of the increase to buy fluorescent orange disposable diapers for everyone on the subdivision so neglected children will be easier to spot lying in roadways. Virginia Beach Mayor Will(ing) Sessoms saw the story and suddenly his ‘chrome’ dome lit up like a comet in the night sky. “I’ve got it,”  he told City Council.  “You guys know we are immune from suits, like the homeless dude our trash truck driver killed on the beach?  We are. “That poor bloke’s family can’t legally get a penny from us. It’s called sovereign immunity.  And thank God it exists, because no matter how careless and reckless we are or out employees are, we can thumb our noses and say, ‘nanny, nanny, boo boo.’ “But boys and girls I tell you what lets do.  I know all of us feel badly about this.  It really wasn’t the poor truck driver’s fault.  Yeah, I know she didn’t have a perfect driving record, but driving on the beach?  What the hell could happen? “We need to atone for our employee’s bad performance and whacking of that old guy.  I have an idea. Let’s build shelters - homes -  for male and female homeless people (otherwise they might re-produce if the lived under the same roof and got drunk or high) - separate but equal  - great concept.  Government schools did it for years. “Nobody can criticize us for that kind of atonement,” Will(ing) Sessoms told the council. “Er, mayor where’re we getting this money?” the councilman asked. “Well we are going to pull it out of our ass - -  another special reserve fund - - and we’ll replace it next year with a hidden little tax or fee increase someone.  They taxpayers won’t even notice it.” Councilman David, a mobile phone guru, bubbled up and said, “Since we're already losing so much utility tax money by people discontinuing land lines  and using cell phones, we could add 1-¢ a month to the cell phone bills and nobody’d ever know it, mayor.” “Brilliant,” said Will(ingress), “absolutely brilliant." Beachfront Councilman Urine said, roaring with laughter, “Absolutely.  The taxpayers can pay for our mismanagement, carelessness, our ‘grief’ for offing an old homeless dude, and our atonement. “I don’t want to sound callous, but it we could put that driver in a higher truck with less visibility, maybe we could get rid of a lot more trash that hangs at the beach.  Our atonement would already be in place. “Mayor, you just can’t believe the quality of people we have on the sand these days.  A loss of any of them would be no loss to us, trust me. And the taxpayers will pay for our atonement.” “Great idea, John,” Will(ing) snickered.  Anybody object? “Git ‘er done!” the mayor  roared tickled over his own brilliance!  The council didn't object.  Even the taxpayers didn’t object.  VNS' objects. So for that great philosophy and policy of Mayor Will(ing) Sessoms, he receives Virginia News Source’ “Dumb Ass of the Week” Award, shared by the citizens of the city who let him get away with it.  Salute to All!
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Nye at Democrat breakfast

VIRGINIA BEACH - - 2nd District Rep. Glenn Nye is running for re-election.  And he appears to be running scared. At a Democrat breakfast appearance Saturday, his campaign handlers were totally unprofessional and the appearance, while it didn't come unglued, it was certainly rusty around the edges. The red meat attack on his opponent, promised in a city committee email announcing Nye's appearance, failed to materialize. The announcement said, "Also come learn more about millionaire car salesman Scott Rigell’s pro-Cuccinelli agenda and why we must win in November." To begin the meeting two staffers sought to stifle media coverage of by asking the city Democrat chairwoman Susan Mariner, a very nice, attractive woman, to ban media recording of Nye's remarks. Ms. Mariner said, "The request was made by his press staffer because she is very nervous and this is her first campaign." Informed that VNS would leave the meeting or would force the Democrats to throw us out before we would refrain from recording the event. Mariner said, "The Republicans don't allow you to record."  The editor replied, "I have been in the media since 1960 and I have never been banned or asked to not record a meeting. "In fact,"  he replied, "the Republicans encourage the media's participation." Mariner said she didn't know what to do as the deadline for starting Nye's presentation passed. VNS sought out Nye's handlers, press girl Jennifer Koch, and Eric Anderson, identified as political advisor. The editor explained and Ms. Koch said they would arrange an after the event interview or anything if the media didn't record the meeting. VNS stated that it had never honored such a request at a public meeting.  Ms. Koch lamely said, "This isn't  a public meeting."  It was quickly pointed out that it was a public meeting, the public had been invited, and Nye is a big boy and public figure capable to operating in a media environment. It was also pointed out that as X-2nd District Rep. Owen Pickett's press representative that the editor had 'written' the PR game book that Nye is trying to follow except in trying to censor the media.  Nye thanked the editor for that. At that point, 15 minutes past starting time, the editor asked Nye, "Do you have any objection to our recording the meeting?"  Nye tossed it back to Ms. Mariner.  "It's Susan's call," he said and when pressed refused to change his position. At that point the editor again talked with Mariner.  "What would you do if this was WAVY or WTKR television?"  "We'd do the same thing," Mariner said. VNS then told Ms. Mariner, since she continued to waffle, "We are going to record the meeting and to stop us, you'll have to throw us out." The whole media debacle was just rough, unprofessional, amateurish and Ms. Mariner admitted that she had no policy. Nye obviously modified his planned remarks with a slight display of annoyance and made no controversial comments about his opponents nor about substantiative issues. He abruptly ended his remarks and departed.  An attempt to talk with him was refused by his staff on the grounds 'he's in a hurry to leave.'

Armpit shows Nye's stress

The editor got the distinct impression that without his people having total control, Nye was unsure of himself and ill at ease. The building was well air-conditioned, but Nye was sweating profusely, soiling the armpits of his shirt. VNS' impression?  Nye will try to avoid all confrontation with any opponents by rejecting debates; will only appear before soft, supportive audiences, where his staff can have control. He doesn't appear to have the confidence to expose himself, his comments, or his positions to a mixed party or objective audience where he can't control the environment or questions. He seems like a really nice guy, but unwilling to debate his opponents.  Watch and lets see.
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VIRGINIA BEACH - - Virginia News Source (VNS) has learned that only two members of the city council had enough knowledge to vote against giving Norfolk $250,000 for its light rail study. Only 2 members had read any of the documents governing the resort city's obligation to Norfolk's light rail project. Councilman Jim Wood, who is also chairman of the Hampton Roads Transit board, had never been able to get a copy of HRT's original grant application until VNS requested it. Councilman Bill DeSteph had read that and other documents before the issue was bought before council. That is unconscionable: Councilman John Uhrin, Mayor Will(ing) Sessoms, Councilwoman Barbara Henley - who admittedly knew nothing about the contents and obligations outlined in the documents - were going to 'blow $250,000' tax dollars because Norfolk 'asked.' Because Sessoms and City Mgr. Jim Spore wanted them to. Had they done this they would have been guilty of malfeasance in office - but they were stupidly blissful in trying to help solve Norfolk's financial problems with our tax dollars. Wrong grasshoppers! Next election you are going down. Future campaigns won't be like past campaigns. There's the Internet. There are citizen activists to challenge your every statement and position. There's a 'New Day Dawning' in politics here and across the nation. No longer will your money alone be able to put your sorry asses in office. Integrity. Responsibility. Honesty. Serving the public first. Transparency. Those are the qualities that most lying, currently serving politicians will have to square off against. Try putting your records, statements, actions, and lies against that standard now and let us know where you think you stand. We may add out 2-cents worth. Politicians who stick their heads up in public can expect to be held accountable or embarrassed for their arrogance and stupidity. In the current flap over the funding of the Norfolk study, only DeSteph and Vice Mayor Louis Jones stood up for the taxpayers. After meeting with the HRT chief the day before Sessoms was going to try to ram the issue through council, DeSteph and Jones alone got Phil Shucet, HRT's top exec, to withdraw the request. Oh, we almost forgot: There was a council transcript quoting the previous manager of the corrupt agency as promising the study would "not cost Virginia Beach" a penny. Despite all the evidence, the council refused so signal in advance how it'd vote, except for DeSteph, Jones, Wilson, Dyer, and Diezel. For example Councilwoman Henley, admitting she'd never seen any of the documents, said she hadn't made up her mind before the request was withdrawn. But sources tell VNS that she'd do anything City Manager Jim Spore wanted and Spore wanted her vote for giving away the tax dollars. There is no evidence that anybody other than DeSteph might present information about the documents and there is no evidence that those who hadn't 'made up their minds' wouldn't have voted for the giveaway in total stupidity. Only Jones, DeSteph, and VNS, stood in the way.
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VIRGINIA BEACH - - It ain't gonna to be Mayor Will Sessoms: Who ya  gonna call when you want somebody to save your tax dollars?  Why Vice Mayor Louis Jones and Councilman Bill DeSteph - that's who. Jones & DeSteph went head to head Monday with HRT chief Phil Shucet over HRT's attempt to get Virginia Beach citizens to help fund Norfolk's light rail study costs.  They saved the taxpayers of Virginia Beach almost $250,000 in 1-brief meeting Monday morning.  They're the heroes of the day. Shucet withdrew the request deciding to take the funds out of HRT's own pockets after Jones told him he needed to find the money 'in house' instead of looking for it from resort city taxpayers. While Jones and DeSteph were fighting to prohibit Virginia Beach tax dollars from going to Norfolk's grossly and criminally mismanaged light rail project, what was Mayor Sessoms doing? He was trying to break the arms of other members of council to get them to vote to give the money away.  Never once did Sessoms challenge the legality and integrity of the HRT request. Instead Sessoms was working feverishly trying to force his colleagues to vote approval of the request.  Of Shucet's turn around after meeting DeSteph & Jones,  Sessoms said, "That to me is HRT building credibility pretty quick." The resort city's stupidest mayor, who had been rallying council members to approve the money doesn't have the ability to be a leader! DeSteph on the other hand, went after the alleged documents City Manager Jim Spore's staff said required approval of the payment  to Norfolk. All DeSteph and Jones found was a 15-page document, negotiated and signed by Spore in 1999, but never approved by city council.  And  even if  it had been legally executed,  it did not require the beach to pay for any Norfolk study. It limited participating funding to capital 'acquisitions' such as …"vehicles, administration and maintenance facilities, bus stop signs, bus shelters, computer systems." The project is now sitting on almost $108 MILLION in cost overruns in 1-year.  The original document - HRT's grant application for light rail - states that any costs over $50 MILLION in federal grants have to be paid by NORFOLK - not Virginia Beach and the other cities. It cries out for a federal investigation to determine where $108 MILLION - Plus went, where, when, to whom, why, and did it disappear legally or illegally.  Only then can the corrupt, mismanaged agency restore its credibility.  Not from more shenanigans like this in conspiracy with an incompetent mayor who can't see past his nose. This has caused some to wonder, whether the project may not force Norfolk into bankruptcy or at least trash its credit rating. No member of the Virginia Beach city council except Jim Wood, HRT's chairman, and DeSteph have seen or read the governing documents. Sessoms was ready, willing and able to give away his city's tax dollars to a project - way over cost and behind schedule - without EVER SEEING THE DOCUMENTS GOVERNING VIRGINIA BEACH'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND OBLIGATIONS,  That should constitute malfeasance and be prosecuted by the Commonwealth's attorney. [Just in case:  Did any of you read the preceding paragraph? Read it again.] In fact, Wood had been unable to obtain a copy of the original grant document himself, even as chairman, because the X-dirtbag HRT administrator REFUSED to give it to him, until it was requested by Virginia News Source. It is hard to believe that as chairman of the board, you have no control over your employees - except for the fact that X-chief Michael Townes screams "racism" every time he is questioned about something he wants to hide or fails to perform to normal, acceptable, responsible standards. He had the board scared to death to challenge him one board member told VNS. But now he's gone.  A new day has dawned, but not without lingering storm clouds that only a federal investigation can drive away.
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$1 MILLION Note

$1 MILLION Note

TIDEWATER (August 10, 2009) - - The City of Norfolk filed suit Monday to take possession of the Dominion Tower office complex on the downtown waterfront - not for redevelopment (the redevelopment authority is almost broke), but for a brazen new economic venture with Virginia Beach through its powers of eminent domain.
$500,000 Bill

$500,000 Bill

Norfolk Mayor (also Virginia Beach's new vice mayor) Paul Fraim and Virginia Beach Mayor (and Norfolk's new vice mayor) Will Sessoms said the complex is needed for headquarters for the formation of the Tidewater Reserve Bank (TRB), a regional version of the Federal Reserve Bank. Noting that growing citizen anti-tax, anti-government discontent is threatening everything from Sessom's buddy, Obama's euthanasia medical program to members of Congress in Town Hall meetings, they devised the plan, the explained, to better circumvent any citizen participation in their spending decisions. "We have each reached spending crises in our two cities that are going to require large cash infusions to sustain projects for our special interest developer friends than can no longer be met by normal taxing means." "Why, not," a reporter interrupted. "Because," Fraim said, "it appears the citizens' interests don't jibe with what Will and I believe should be the direction the cities must move and the projects we think we need. Please hold all other questions until our presentation is finished." "What about the Velcro Farm Project, will TRB fund more Velcro growing in the Pungo Green Line district?" "Questions are over 'til we finish." Read the rest of this entry »
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