Graelyn Brashear

Graelyn Brashear began her career in journalism at New Jersey's Asbury Park Press, where she covered municipal beats for number of Jersey Shore towns, wrote features, and formed a deep attachment to newsrooms and the kind of people who fill them. She moved on to online news network Patch.com in 2010, where she served as a local editor for the small town of Barnegat. She joined C-VILLE as news editor in March of 2012, and while she remains the staff's token New Jersey apologist, she's very happy to be back in her native Charlottesville.

Zan Tewksbury, who did not return a call for comment, resigned as head of Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights earlier this month. File photo

Human Rights Commission under scrutiny after staffer’s resignation

The abrupt departure of the staffer in charge of implementing Charlottesville’s 2-year-old civil rights ordinance has set the volunteer Human Rights Commission (HRC) that worked with her office on the defensive, but some involved with the creation and oversight of the city’s anti-discrimination efforts say there’s reason to be optimistic. Zan Tewksbury resigned from her […]

Part of a city ordinance restricting panhandling—including soliciting money with signs—from portions of the Downtown Mall has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge. Photo: Jayson Whitehead

Panhandling payout: City to settle suit over anti-begging ordinance

The final chapter in a 4-year-old legal battle over a Charlottesville ordinance banning solicitation in certain areas of the Downtown Mall is playing out in favor of the free-speech advocates who challenged the rule. Last week, the City Council approved a nearly $126,000 settlement to the plaintiffs in the case, Albert Clatterbuck and Christopher Martin, […]

Albemarle House. Photo: Jack Looney

Trump to turn Albemarle House into luxe bed and breakfast

When Donald Trump and his son Eric bought former billionaire Patricia Kluge’s 45-room mansion in 2012, completing a $12.7 million takeover of her 776-acre county estate, the younger mogul hinted it could become a boutique inn for the adjacent Trump Winery. Now those plans are coming to fruition as the Trump Hotel Collection prepares to […]

The intersection of Route 20 and Route 250 on Pantops is set to become the second Albemarle interchange equipped with red light cameras. Photo: Jack Looney

Supe questions sustainability as red light camera program expands

A second Albemarle County intersection is set to be equipped with red light cameras after years of discussion and studies, and while the expansion of the photo ticketing program enjoys wide support on the Board of Supervisors, not everyone is happy about it. Police and county officials have enthusiastically announced the installation of cameras at the […]

Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Who sues? Parsing a possible Phi Kappa Psi v. Rolling Stone suit

The Columbia Journalism Review’s 13,000-word report dismantling Rolling Stone’s retracted account of a violent gang rape at UVA was less than 24 hours old when the UVA chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, whose unnamed members the magazine’s story accused of a heinous crime, announced via press release it would sue for defamation. The suits may […]

The Charlottesville City Council at a meeting held Monday, April 6, 2015. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Debate over Charlottesville meals tax increase goes down to the wire

Charlottesville’s proposed city budget is still leaning heavily on a hotly contested one-penny increase in the city’s meals tax, a hike that would generate $2.1 million. That’s money supporters—including an apparent majority of City Councilors—say is necessary to close a school funding gap and pay for additional police. But at a public hearing on the […]

Peter DeMartino, executive director of Thrive—formerly AIDS Services Group—believes providing HIV-informed primary care will help the community take big strides toward ending the spread of the disease. Photo: Martyn Kyle.

Charlottesville AIDS care center announces closure

Charlottesville’s only AIDS services organization (ASO) is permanently closing, the 29-year-old nonprofit announced this week. Thrive, formerly known as AIDS Services Group, sent media outlets a press release late Thursday explaining that the group’s board made the unanimous decision to shut down Wednesday night. “This was not an easy decision,” reads a statement from the […]

The new owner of Charlottesville Parking Center LLC, which owns the land under the Water Street Parking garage, is suing over an appraisal of the property he said was too low. File photo

Downtown developer files suit over Water Street garage land appraisal

Developer and businessman Mark Brown’s takeover of the company that controls most of the public parking in downtown Charlottesville last August was the sale of the summer, but the saga of the Charlottesville Parking Center acquisition isn’t over. Last week, Brown filed suit against appraiser Ivo Romenesko, who valued one of the company’s key holdings—the […]

Students line up to ask questions of police and other officials at a forum in UVA's Newcomb Hall Theater Friday afternoon. Staff photo

UVA students express anger at forum with police, march out in protest

Tensions ran high in UVA’s Newcomb Hall Theater Friday afternoon as students confronted police and other public officials at a forum organized by the University’s Student Council in response to the arrest of Martese Johnson, the African-American third-year student involved in a bloody confrontation with Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) officers on the Corner early […]

Martese Johnson, left, stands with his lawyer Daniel Watkins at a press conference on the Downtown Mall on Thursday, March 18. Staff photo

Martese Johnson: ‘How could this happen?’

At a Thursday evening press conference on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, Martese Johnson’s lawyer told reporters his client, the 20-year-old African-American UVA student whose bloody arrest by ABC officers on the Corner early Wednesday morning has sparked outrage, would “fight the criminal charges against him with the utmost vigor.” Johnson, who was joined at the press conference […]

Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. Photo: Jack Looney

Proposed 13-cent tax on downtown properties is a no-go—for now

Plans for a downtown business district funded by a 13-cent tax on properties on and near the Downtown Mall have been put on hold after numerous property owners objected. But proponents of a Community Improvement District (CID), researched and proposed by a committee of Downtown Business Association (DBA) members, hope there’s still a future for […]

Lena Seville announced her plan to run for Charlottesville City Council at an event at BON on Saturday, February 28. Staff photo

Lena Seville enters City Council Democratic primary

Lena Seville first came to Charlottesville more than a decade ago when she transferred to UVA from Virginia Tech to study environmental science and the application of environmental thinking to planning and design. She said she grew to love the community and stayed, and for the last several years, she’s been a full-time activist and […]

Peter Castiglione, co-owner of Maya, says the city is unfairly burdening eateries in its efforts to balance the budget. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Fork it over: Parsing the arguments in the meals tax debate

As Charlottesville grapples with its proposed 2016 budget, one line item has garnered much of the attention: A proposal to increase the city’s meals tax from 4 to 5 percent. The penny-on-the-dollar hike is actually a 25 percent increase in the rate, and would generate an estimated $2.1 million in new revenue for the city’s […]