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Paul Goldman is a local lawyer who helped run Doug Wilder's historic campaign for governor of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – My compliments to Rick “Read’em and Weep” Tatnall, who found and read a report that I didn’t know existed and to John “Nothing Gets By Me” Gerner, the area’s leading expert on sports arenas and other boondoggles approved with your money.

Today we want to applaud the efforts made by a private citizen, on his own nickel – that’s right, he isn’t on the Mayor’s payroll or the developer’s “vig” payroll [we explained the “VIG” yesterday] – to dig out the facts FOR YOU.

He not only researched the area, but found the TRAFFIC STUDY used to justify the stadium. It’s a study done for the city BY FOLKS WHO WANT TO BUILD A STADIUM IN SHOCKOE.

The Mayor’s study concludes ALL THE TRAFFIC GENERATED by folks driving to a ball game does not have to be counted in the study because it will not occur in “peak hours.”

They don’t define the peak hours.

Say what?

A Stadium Traffic study that disregards stadium traffic as irrelevant to a stadium traffic study? That’s right. You can’t make this stuff up!

Plus, the report writers cover themselves by saying MAYOR JONES FOLKS okayed not counting these cars in their traffic study!

Let’s recap.

The Mayor’s traffic experts said they DON’T HAVE TO COUNT any of the estimated 2,500 cars coming to the game.

Rick is going to  expose this today when the City Council’s Land Use, Housing and Transportation Committee meets this afternoon to consider the Mayor’s Shockoe Stadium proposal.

Remember, all the public wants is a fair say, as in the advisory referendum City Council President Charles Samuels thought YOU were entitled to have before he sat down with the pro-stadium backers and got better “JUDGEment.”

The Chair of the Committee is Jon Baliles, the one city council member who has shown an interest in actually making a decision on the facts.

Mr. Tatnall intends to discuss the “Mayor’s Traffic Study for the Stadium That Doesn’t Think Any of the Traffic Going to the Stadium has to be taken into consideration” report.

The committee members have had access to the traffic study. They also have access to Rick’s analysis.

Let me ask, what does it say about the truth behind the Mayor’s Shockoe Stadium proposal when the Mayor’s Stadium Traffic Study disregards stadium traffic?

As a smart lawyer says to the Judge after getting the answer, “I have no more questions for this witness your honor.”

Paul Goldman is in no way affiliated with WTVR. His comments are his own, and do not reflect the views of WTVR or any related entity. Neither WTVR nor any of its employees or agents participated in any way with the preparation of Mr. Goldman’s comments.


  • Becky

    Mr. Goldman, where do you report corruption, collusion, graft and
    extortion of public coffers? Seems this administration’s set up flunkies
    would cover up, hide, refuse, and excuse their own set up actions as
    party SOP.

  • Joel

    Virginia Beach arena would use only private money

    By John Holland
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © February 18, 2014

    A team of businesses behind some of the most successful sports complexes in the country – including the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Pepsi Center in Denver – proposed Monday to build an 18,000-seat arena in Virginia Beach and pay for it themselves.

    Their plan emphasizes what developers call the need for a major concert venue in Virginia to lure top musical acts, national political conventions and events such as the Ice Capades and NCAA tournament basketball. Project officials said the $200 million arena would be paid for entirely with private money, mostly from a Chinese construction giant, and would require no taxpayer funding.

  • Glen Allen

    It would appear that the Traffic Study is assuming that baseball fans will not come early to visit the slave museum, or shop/go out to eat, or stay late to go party in the Bottom. I thought the selling point behind putting baseball in the Bottom was to increase economic activity in that area? You cannot have it both ways Mayor Jones.

  • Farid Alan Schintzius


    Charles R. Samuels 2nd Voter District

    Ellen F. Robertson 6th Voter District

    Jonathan T. Baliles1st Voter District

    Christopher A. Hilbert3rd Voter District

    Kathy C. Graziano4th Voter District

    Parker C. Agelasto5th Voter District

    Cynthia I. Newbille7th Voter District
    : (804)646-3012

    Reva M. Trammell 8th Voter District

    Michelle R. Mosby 9th Voter District

  • Jonesed

    Democratic GiftGate of Donor/Lobbyists/Extortion IS Perfectly Correct
    and should be ceremoniously Ignored, Refused, and Blessed as
    Democratic “Ethics”.

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