Folks ... the chicken will come home to roost in Norfolk very soon, once the Federal subsidies for Norfolk's Light Rail expire and Norfolk taxpayers are on the hook for $11M a year to subsidize fares on The Tide light rail.
Mayor Fraim is deperate - in a panic - to get Light Rail into VA Beach - so the Beach Taxpayers can be placed on the hook to assume the annual cost of the city's subsidy - a 90% subsidy - to bribe riders to ride the VERY SLOW train.
Out of thin air a magic "Public-Private Partnership" appears as the 2 year Federal "New Start" funds run out on the Tide. Who is in the middle of this? Phil Shucet - the same gbuy who got $480K a year to take over HRT from the corrupt Mike Townes ... a guy given a Golden Parachute to simply go away - no trial.
Once the financial cancer of Light Rail crosses the border from Norfolk into VA Beach, the bail out of Norfolk will begin. Beware the Trojan Horse filled with a large sucking sound of Beach Tax Funds to bail out Norfolk ...
This story is how the deal to try to destroy the political career of GOP 85th District House Candidate Scott Taylor went down, based on recorded on-the-record conversations with all people involved.
An attempt to use forged Facebook archived documents from a Peninsula woman's account - we're calling her Bambi - to destroy the political career of former SEAL and Fox News Analyst Taylor by political operatives of an opponent has apparently backfired because the validity of the documents cannot be independently verified.
In fact a full digital forensic investigation by a top computer firm plainly states, "The .png files are not of genuine origin. All indications are that a drawing application was used to paste together multiple images, erase content and modify text. These findings are verified utilizing multiple accepted digital forensic tools."
The fact that the documents purporting to show a drug and sex party relationship between Bambi and Taylor that were distributed to the media cannot be reproduced or replicated, according to Kyle Adams who obtained the documents and brought them to the media and Gary Byler's campaign.
Taylor is running as a Republican for the vacated 85th District House of Delegates seat of veteran Bob Tata. His main GOP opponent is longtime GOP activist and former 2nd District GOP chairman Gary Byler.
Bill Dale, the Democrat candidate for the 85th called Taylor and told him he'd been offered the information on the fake Facebook documents 'by some woman he didn't know' for $500. He said he deleted it from his email.
The political power match has strongly divided an already GOP in the race. A lot of old-liners associated with Byler strongly oppose Taylor. Taylor has a lot of support, including that of the man he is seeking to replace, and other conservatives
it seems that the 'archived' Facebook file of Bambi was accessed (not be her), copied, pasted in another document and manipulated to appear as though certain conversations between the woman and Scott Taylor, discussing a sex and drug party hookup, had actually been published on her public Facebook pages. They had not been published publicly as alleged. And in the end there's no evidence they are anything but bogus.
The faked exchanges began back in August of last year and continued until recently, according to the documents, Adams was hawking.
In my opinion/observation Glenn Davis is a puppet for the Business Lobby ... and so too is Dennis Free.
As I recall, both are supporters of light rail and big government. Both support Crony Capitalism. It appears to me that the two of them believe 'Crony Capitalism' to be an appropriate use of government powers and the people's tax funds.
Both support "Regionalism". From where I sit, Red Flags are raised and clearly waving for all to see - if voters pay attention.
The "We, The People" grassroots taxpayers stuck paying for all this "government-controlled-by-business-lobby-fiat" spending and debt are in serious need of recruiting, fielding, and supporting alternatives on the ballot.
Otherwise we are simply going to continue the same steady march off the cliff that the business lobby is directing behind the scenes - and the media and city government are supporting with endless propaganda.
What is especially disturbing is the realization that the Virginia Beach Republican Party leadership and back room decision-makers are SUPPORTIVE of the Crony Capitalism and Regional agenda.
Even Governor McDonnell revealed his SUPPORT with his recent REGIONALISM empowerment bill he is boosting about - as the "legacy" of his administration (HB 2313).
Glenn Davis? Seriously? That is simply unacceptable.
Frank Wagner and Ron Villanueva need to go too.
Reid F. Greenmun
You should do an expose on (Beach City Councilman and the Beach's representatives on the Hampton Roads Transportation Board) Jim Wood. He has no idea what he should be doing.
His background is having been a policeman and then working for his mother's construction company!
The general assembly should appoint business people to the board and leave off people like Jimmy!
Give me a break.
Three individuals with ties to 85th House District GOP candidate, Gary Byler, for the seat being vacated by veteran Bob Tata have attempted to torpedo the candidacy of former SEAL and Fox News Analyst Scott Taylor with phony sex and drug allegations.
According to faked Facebook data provided Virginia News Source by 3 political operatives, 2 directly tied to Byler's campaign, Scott tried to set up a drug and sex party with a Peninsula woman, we'll call Bambi, in the Westin Hotel at Town Center the night of his campaign opening.
The documents of Facebook conversations exist, but are modified to appear real but they aren't. They are faked versions.
Byler told VNS Thursday he knew nothing about the campaign tactics which may constitute a federal or state crime. He acknowledged that two of the three individuals involved were campaign workers.
Taylor has contacted the FBI, calling the act a crime.
The data came from a third party, Peninsula political operative Kyle Adams, who admitted he brought the data to one of Byler's campaign officials, Gerry Scimeca. Scimeca has been paid $8,000 by Byler's campaign. Byler said Scimeca is a 'graphic designer.' Scimeca said he is a consultant and not a graphic designer
Taylor said Byler lied to him because he had called and told him about the smear tactics about two weeks earlier.
Although the documents tied Bambi to Taylor, Bambi told VNS she'd never met Taylor. Had never seen Taylor. Had never spoken to Taylor. And had sent him only one email attempt to contact him, unrelated to the more recent actions of the Byler operatives.
Taylor said the same thing: Never heard of her, never knew her, never talked to her and only responded to one public comment from her on Facebook - asking her to identify herself.