MARCH 20, 2016
The seeds for this page, and for several exciting steps to follow, sprouted largely from our unpleasant experience of watching the city's bumbling and ham-fisted attempts to force a fitness park down our throats at 40th Street. Over the course of several weeks, we experienced first hand the difficulty of getting public records from our own city, and the far more difficult task of getting straight answers.
As residents on the Beach, in Lynnhaven, Princess Anne, Pungo and elsewhere in the city, we should never have to feel as though we are being a nuisance just for standing up for our neighborhoods and our rights. But that's what happens far too often in Virginia Beach, primarily because we have a city staff that's been doing as it pleases for two decades, and a group of elected officials too in the dark, or too apathetic, to care.
This website is designed to become a catalyst for change in Virginia Beach.
It's important to remember that we aren't asserting that any criminal activity has occurred -- other than the five counts filed against Mayor Will Sessoms and his subsequent guilty plea to one count. In fact, there's no indication that anyone else broke any laws. But that's not the point of this website. Our goal as taxpayers is to make sure the city listens to its people and spends our tax dollars wisely and responsibly.
Please hit the "Join" button to signal support for this fledgling operation. No donations are sought, and none will be accepted. In the coming weeks we will select a board responsible for making decisions, create a new Facebook page and continue accumulating documents important to the people of Virginia Beach. We are also exploring forming a political action committee.
Listed below are some of are initial supporters. More will follow. Please join your neighbors in creating a new platform that gives voice to the taxpayers of Virginia Beach.
ANNA EBERLY; PEG JARMAN; MIRIAM KING PURSER; LINDA SANDIFER; HARRISON HOBSON; WILLIAM S. KENNEDY; ROGER DADIOMOFF; RICHARD DUNNING; DEBBIE PAVON; ROBERT KLOR DEAN; RON AKSEL; BECKY CULPEPER; SHEPHERD JOHNSON; CLAY ARNAUD
DONALD TARTONI; RENEE CAPLAN; DANNA CULLEN; ANN GELARDI; REBECCA RANDOLPH; NANCY RODIO; LISA SINIBALDI; HARRY SMITH; JO ANN STAFFORD; LISA STILLMAN; MARTHA THEREAULT; DON WEEKS