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 […]

When J.R. Harris discovered a hidden camera in his office, initially it didn’t occur to him that the city had put it there. Photo: 
Martyn Kyle

Fire department firing: Spycam used to justify termination

Longtime Charlottesville Fire Department mechanic J.R. Harris was well known to be a teetotaler, and even his bosses said they didn’t think the alleged bottle of booze one of them found in his desk was his. Nonetheless, when Harris got an October 7, 2014, termination letter, one of the reasons cited for his dismissal was […]