Wilder: No Touching
Like kids playing hot potato, officials with Mayor Wilder's administration are doing their best to keep their hands off an official request for information.
City Council formed a committee to investigate the administration's failed attempt to move the schools administration from City Hall Sept. 21, but the Wilder administration is "officially" unaware of it.
When City Auditor Umesh Dalal attempted to deliver the paperwork to the mayor's office Nov. 9, the receptionist refused to accept it. The office of Chief Financial Officer Harry Black rebuffed him as well. On Monday, the mayor's Chief of Staff physically took the packet, but refused to sign for it.
"We wanted to extend all the professional courtesy," Dalal says. "It doesn't seem we are being reciprocated."
If council receives no response to the request by Nov. 16, it's instructed the auditor's office to issue subpoenas.
Change Predicted at CBS 6
A new weather chief is blowing into CBS 6 from the west.
Zach Daniel, weekend meteorologist at KWTV in Oklahoma City, is replacing nine-year chief meteorologist Mike Goldberg, who was relieved of his duties after delivering his forecast Thursday evening, Nov. 8.
Goldberg came to WTVR in 1998, telling Style it was his "dream job." But he's also known for his music. He's a classical clarinet prodigy who started playing at age 9. He founded Crescendo, a local chamber music ensemble, and served as musical director of the CBS 6 Wind Symphony.
His departure is perhaps the most significant shakeup of on-air staff since News Director Chip Mahaney took the reins four months ago. More changes sound likely: In a memo to staff, Mahaney writes that Daniel's arrival is part of a continued "rebuilding of a more aggressive and vigilant style of news coverage and presentation."
Morrissey Brings Them Together
City Council members Bill Pantele and Reva Trammell showed up at the Old City Bar last week to help Joe Morrissey celebrate his election to the House of Delegates. When a photographer took their picture, Pantele took the bait. "We're going to put this on the Internet," he joked to Trammell. "I hope this shows up on a City Hall computer."
And you should have seen how chummy Trammell was with one-time enemy, former Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney David Hicks, who attempted to prosecute her on charges of violating the city charter in the early '90s. Trammell had called for his resignation and said he tried to intimidate her and deceive the public. Considering how long they were yukking it up last week, the past must be behind them.