Transparency News 12/28/18



December 28, 2018


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"The evidence is only viewable on a laptop in the clerk’s office at the Charlottesville Courthouse."

Residents of Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard — or should we say “National Landing?” — will see the first public deliberations over incentives for Amazon in early 2019, as state lawmakers in Richmond and the Arlington County Board vote on a generous package of tax breaks, infrastructure spending and cash grants. Sometime later, the online retail giant will submit plans for a headquarters complex near Reagan National Airport, triggering several rounds of requests for land-use changes and opening the door for Arlington County officials to demand community benefits. The scrutiny can’t come soon enough for the skeptics and the merely curious who have flocked to public meetings since the announcement last month that Amazon would locate half of its second headquarters in Northern Virginia — the biggest economic development project to hit the region in many years.
The Washington Post

Comments recorded by a hot mic during a break in the Dec. 17 Patrick County Board of Supervisors meeting landed one board member in hot water and prompted public calls for his resignation. The incident also exasperated other board members who are looking for ways to address that and other issues. During a break in the Dec. 17 meeting, and following an exchange between Lock Boyce, chairman, and Alex McNabb, an EMT and part-time employee of the Jeb Stuart Volunteer Rescue Squad, Boyce said, “f*** him. I killed better people with my bare hands than this.” Although he said he did not know the mic was on or still recording, Boyce did not deny making the statement. Had he known he was being recorded, he said he would have phrased the statement differently.
The Enterprise

A series of videos presented as evidence during the trial of James Alex Fields, Jr are now available for public viewing at the Charlottesville Courthouse. The videos depict many angles of Fields driving his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of protesters on Aug. 12. 2017. The recordings include footage from a police helicopter and various bits of footage from members of the crowd Fields slammed into. Police body camera footage of Fields’ arrest and footage from his time in the interrogation room are also available to be viewed. The evidence is only viewable on a laptop in the clerk’s office at the Charlottesville Courthouse, per an order from Judge Richard E. Moore.
The Daily Progress

Pulaski County will soon have a new website. At this week’s meeting of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet unveiled the new website by showing it on the big screen in the Administration Building. The new county catch phrase of ‘Pulaski County is…’ will be featured predominantly on the new website, which features new imagery from photographs taken from different locations in the county. For example, the page that shows ‘Pulaski County is … Mountain Mornings,’ shows a mountain covered in mist with hyperlinks (links) to various tourist activities. The new site will also contain links to the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce’s tourism webpage.
The Southwest Times


stories of national interest

A conservative watchdog announced Thursday that it filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department seeking information special counsel Robert Mueller's security detail. Judicial Watch said in a press release that it took legal action with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia because the DOJ failed to respond adequately to a March 19 Freedom of Information Act request. Not only is the watchdog group looking for specifics on expenses, disbursements, and security detail costs for Mueller's security detail, but also the logs maintained by the security detail assigned to Mueller.
The Examiner

Outgoing Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Friday released records that show public employees in his office used private email addresses for official business and frequently took direction from political consultants. The 85 pages of records released by Hawley’s office confirm reporting by The Kansas City Star in October that Hawley’s attorney general staff frequently used private email in its communications with outside political consultants Gail Gitcho and Timmy Teepell.





The attorney general's staff frequently used private email in its communications with outside political consultants.