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Richmond City Council strikes out in transfer of Diamond

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Monday nights meeting of Richmond City Council ended up with "a delay of game," when they failed to put through an ordinance authorizing the city to take ownership of the Diamond, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Tuesday.

Again, the Shockoe Bottom area was saved, if only for a little while from the clutches of Mayor Jones, when several critics of the move stepped up to criticize the "deal." Activist Mo Karn called it,

“sneaky and manipulative” for the administration to press the council for action on an item that she said presumes the Shockoe stadium is a “done deal.”

The ordinances were first introduced in October by Mayor Dwight C. Jones' administration. The council decided against the Mayor's request that "prompt action" be taken and voted unanimously to delay the issue for the fourth time Monday night.

There is also the issue of the ordinances being passed before the General Assembly can vote to give equal representation to Richmond-area localities on the RMA board. This refers to Chesterfield and Henrico Counties. There is the concern of the city ending up with less influence than the counties.

The two ordinances authorizing the city to take back the ballpark on the Boulevard were delayed until the Jan. 13 council meeting. The third ordinance that would have allowed the city to lease back the property to the RNA was withdrawn altogether after council repeatedly asked to see some more details before they signed off on it.

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