‘Shockoe Resistance’ group sponsors I-95 billboards with anti-ballpark messages

Posted on: 12:44 am, February 19, 2014, by , updated on: 01:32am, February 19, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–Polarity continues to surface over Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones’ Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium plan, as it moves closer to a vote by City Council next week. You might have noticed on the billboards (scroll down for pics).

On Tuesday the Land Use, Housing and Transportation Standing Committee voted to forward the proposal to council with no recommendations. The plan may now actually need fewer votes than the original seven of nine that were needed if the plan involved sale of city land.

The revised resolution added language that introduces the option of instead leasing the city land instead. With such a revision, only five yes votes would be needed, councilman Jon Baliles told CBS 6.

If this revision is passed, then after 40 years the city would take control of the property or renegotiate the lease, he said.

Meanwhile, discussion has risen above the trenches to the skyline, with Lamar Advertising apparently benefiting the most.

Both sides have spent thousands to voice their opposition and support on digital billboards throughout the area.

Sure, it’s a topic worthy of 14’0″ x 48’0″ debate.

Last week a series of billboards were erected in favor of the Revitalize RVA plan. The three signs equate the baseball stadium plan with more money for city schools and more jobs. They are at three different locations and the messages rotate.

Shockoe Development = More Jobs!
Revitalize RVA, YES!

Revitalize RVA YES!
Shockoe Development + Boulevard Development= More $$$ for Schools

Revitalize RVA YES!
Let’s Get Going!

The LovingRVA logo adorns the signage, that’s the promotional logo unveiled when the mayor presented the initial plan. It’s unclear at this time how billboard is being expensed.

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Already there has been a backlash to pro-stadium advertisements put into the city’s park and recreation’s program guide.

At that time, the city stated that taxpayer funds aren’t promoting just one side of the debate. Venture Richmond has so far taken responsibility for $32,500 spent on the LovingRVA campaign, with that money coming from local businesses.

This week a group called Shockoe Resistance has surfaced, and while they don’t have the same visible groundswell or social media presence as LovingRVA, they are attempting to give a unified front to the diverse and loud factions in opposition to the ballpark plan.

The slogan for the community Facebook page is “Not Today. Not Tomorrow. Never.”

The signs also don’t mince words.

NO SHOCKOE STADIUM
Dear Council, We are Watching!
….Your Voters.

NO SHOCKOE STADIUM
Dear Council, We Will Remember
….Your Voters.

NO SHOCKOE STADIUM
Dear Council, If You Vote Yes…
You’re OUT!….Your Voters

Farid Alan Schintzius, an organizer for the group, said that lots of little drops in the bucket turned into enough cash to secure the ads for four weeks. An Indiegogo fundraiser has been created to keep the ads up.

That can be found here, and there are bumper stickers and signs created with the same messages:  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shockoe-resistance-donate-now?c=pledges

Schnitzius said he felt compelled to help organize the Shockoe Resistance page after enough people voiced doubt that city council will even listen to counter-arguments.

He also feels the plan has complete disrespect for the slave history of the area.

This is a developing story. We will continue to follow and update.

17 comments

  • Jonesed says:

    Just have to wonder about all these incestual relationships this Mayor is
    forming and SERVING over and above We The People.
    The Mayor’s own set up to suit governance, using Our Money for his
    Rich, Political, Donors, Friends; with his City Council in kowtowing, subservient mode, along side with all his Political allies in strict Ramrod Our Agenda.
    All holding hands and the purse strings to the Public Coffers.
    Have to question all the altruistic, philanthropic, and benevolent Ventures
    of all these “new” Lobbyists forming under Tax Exempt/Non Profit status.

  • Jonesed says:

    There has got to be a Conflict of Interest when The Mayor also
    “Serves” as President, Venture Richmond. When two City Council
    members sit on Venture’s Board: Samuels & Robertson. When
    GA Member, McQuinn & Son, “Serve” the Mayor, along with the
    new Governor. The Positively Richmond Who’s Who Donors that run
    the Big Corporations, businesses, law firms, real estate businesses,
    developers, etc. all sit on Venture Richmond & Sports Backers Boards.
    …Is it perfectly PC not to see, smell, ignore Democratic GiftGate
    when it is so Transparent?
    Their names are plastered all over Richmond as Democratic “Deals”
    to extort Taxes without Tax Payers’ say.

  • Jonesed says:

    Corruption, collusion, extortion, and refusing Tax Payers/Residents
    IS fine IF it is Democratic SOP?

  • I say “Yes” to the stadium downtown. If it is built, they have mine and everyone I knows vote. Seems like the opposition are the only ones having a hissy fit, but there are plenty of informed supporters.

  • Jamie says:

    @Jonesed…You would be suspicious and call foul at any type of development sponsored by the city leadership. Get off it already… the proposal is a good one and supported by Richmonders en masse. Sit down and shut up. If the grounds were so important to so many, why have they looked like a hell hole for decades? No one seems to be “protecting the slave heritage” while the disgusting, unkempt parking lots and surrounding grounds exist! Your whining is disgusting.

  • Joe says:

    Everyone I know taht is a resident of the surrounding area is in full support of the Shockoe stadium plan. We love it and think it will be great for the city and school coffers. From Union Hill to Church Hill, to Shockoe Bottom and Downtown…we support the plan. Let’s start building now!

  • This is one situation where I wish the Mayor had “Executive orders” like the failure we have in the White House so he could just pass it.

    Moving Shamrock the Block and building this are great for the Bottom. everyone I know who is a professional downtown is excited for this.

  • Jonesed says:

    Ah, yes. Democratic GiftGate to the Special Interest’s Lobbyists
    IS Perfectly Correct as Democratic “Ethics” in their Governance.
    It is Perfectly Correct to Welfare the Rich, Corporate, Political
    Donors as a Contradition/LIE to their heralded, long running,
    Political Campaign and Occupation against the Rich & Corporate.
    Democratic Crapola has a stench, stink, and smell all over it and
    it is PC to IGNORE, Cover Up, and Bless as Benevolent??? BULL!!!

  • Andrea says:

    The Mayor has not once asked his constituents about anything involved in the city. He feels what he says is gospel, however, he fails to realize that his constituents are the reason he is there. Ask the Mayor what happened when the train station was being redone, the idea for those using the train, would have access to the airport if need be. That did not happen and probably won’t happen. How about the people who have invested in homes in the Bottom, nothing for them? The Mayor is all about what he wants done and no one else matters….

  • Glen Allen says:

    For those that say everyone they know is in support of building a baseball diamond down in the Bottom – You must not know many people, because I work near there, and have many friends that live both down there, and throughout the City, and I honestly do not know anyone that supports this foolish gamble of an effort. Most people, myself included, think the Diamond should stay on the Boulevard, and if the Developers want to develop the Bottom they should pay for it, and we will support it. Properly designed, the Boulevard can support both the Diamond and other development. The only real opposition I see is in moving the Diamond from a location where we know it works well, to a location that is questionable at best. Why fix something that is not broken?

    • I’ll ignore the retarded “you must not know many people” statement. But the Blvd IS broken. There are a lot of people who won’t take their business clients or families to that area of the Boulevard, but are excited to have it downtown. Whether you agree with their opinion of that area or not, that is how it is. They will attract a whole other kind of baseball fan, or just people who use it as a place to bring families and work related occasions.

      Unfortunately the only people you see making the fuss online are the opposition. Many of whom are the types who complain just for the sake of complaining.

  • jim says:

    The supporters of a baseball stadium in the Bottom need to look at how poorly municipalities are “rewarded” for building sports facilities nationwide.

  • Sarah says:

    lol. the pro-stadium comments in this article are clearly fake; it’s like they’re rehearsed

  • I really don’t know why I’m commenting on this. The right side will win and we will have a baseball stadium in a place to where a better quality of clientele will attend. That plus the ones who do already. They may say they won’t, but yea right.

  • Tyler says:

    It’s great that shamrock the bottom is getting more hype then a whole bunch of people complaining about a parking lot that’s all it is
    Right no so instead of nutty the squirrel dancing you have people dropping oil on the sight every day so quit your complaining

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