Mary Lou

Hopewell, VA

#1 Jan 11, 2013
Unbelieveable! That's all I can say. On her first week in office Jasmine Gore has managed to throw us under the bus. She truly is a member of the gang of four. Apparently she wanted to have Ed Daly removed from office and voted for his removal. However, someone leaked that news and now she has decided to change her vote. That makes the three members who honestly care about our town look like fools and I am sure there will be retaliation against them. I am sorry to say that Gore represents my ward. I had felt that perhaps she would be brave enough to step in and try to change things but no, the political machine got to her first. And I hear that our illustrious new Mayor was instrumental in having Yolonda Stokes appointed to the housing authority board. Is that not conflict of interest, Mayor? I believe that she has had legal dealings with housing. Heaven knows that she has had legal dealings with a lot of different people and groups. Yup, that is just the person I want on one of the city boards. Gives me a very secure feeling to know that she is helping to run my town. The gang of four has taken us through the ethanol debacle, through the Beacon project, and other pet projects that only they wanted. When on earth will they ever consider what the citizens want? I don't know many who wanted an ethanol plant or who feel as if the Beacon is a priority but we are helpless as long as they are in office. Please support Councilors Shornak, Walton, and Edwards. They seem to be the only three who care where Hopewell and its citizens go. We have our immediate past Mayor having legal and personal problems; Brenda Pelham with her legal problems that we now have to pay for. I am beginning to wonder if we are living in Hopewell or Richmond. Richmond's council has always been host to criminals and corruption and sweetheart deals. Now we are close to matching them. I pray that somehow our town can overcome this insanity.
VN Vet

Hopewell, VA

#2 Jan 11, 2013
Political promises are always broken but it didn't take long this time did it? What do you expect? This town has been corrupt for so long that it will be hard to change and it will take more than Shornack, Walton and Edwards it will take citizens actions against this crap. Gore changed her mind huh? I wonder who promised her something to help that change? She sure jumped at the Vice Mayor position even though she was as new to all of this as a fish out of water and it shows. What will she have to support for getting that position? It makes Hopewell a laughing stock and nothing will change with these kinds of representatives.

Hopewell, VA

#3 Jan 11, 2013
A person just elected to city council for the first time has the deciding vote to vote to make herself Vice Mayor. What a slap to Walton and Shornak's face!
My guess is there was a private meeting between her and the GOB gang, like "you vote for me as Mayor and I will see you get Vice Mayor." This move has sent out a message that she is either being bully, or she is just out for herself and don't care what this moved made her look like to us citizens !
Voting to remove Mr. Daley was long over due ! But Ms. Gore changing her mind after a vote was taken is also either a bully case from GOB gang or she just is not stable to make up her mind on what is best for this town. So here we go, This town is more in trouble than ever ! And we the citizens have to pay the price of this stupidity. Wonder how Mr. Daley feels knowing he was voted to be fired and it went through. Now his lunch buddy and his savior's on council stopped it. So the saga continues. Mr. Hager warn them to stop spending before he retired, wonder why the government and the city council think they can continue to do what they want. For the life of me, Why was Stokes put on the HRHA board, has anyone seen all the legal stuff she has been involved in, Just check the courts web site, Hopewell and Petersburg, unreal !!! So why are certain key players being put in place ??? The Charter and certain rules need to be in place to stop such decisions made by trouble, we also probaly need to move to Elected Mayor as well. Eyes are wide open !
Road Runner

Hopewell, VA

#4 Jan 12, 2013
Nut Cases, What do you expect ? Hopewell will never be any better.
VN Vet

Hopewell, VA

#5 Jan 13, 2013
Road Runner, with people like you and that attitude, no wonder the city and country are in such sad shape. Get off your dead-azz and be part of the solution, not part of the problem. For your help in this world, you get the raspberry, and middle-finger award!

Petersburg, VA

#6 Jan 14, 2013
Can't believe her mind was changed. Totally rediculous. Thought she would add to council, not be on the fence already. Daley has a contract. If terminated, he gets either 9 months or 1yr compensation. That is probably why the vote was changed I would assume. But hey, with the other 4 dirty crooks on there, I am sure they got to her.
VN Vet

Hopewell, VA

#7 Jan 14, 2013
Daley doesn't have a contract. He is a day to day type thing, and could be let go easily. Yeah, they got to her and must have promised her all kinds of stuff. She is just a naive little child, and really has a lot to learn, but she really screwed up this time. Now she HAS to kiss Daley's azz or she will really eat shihit.

Petersburg, VA

#8 Jan 15, 2013
@ VN Vet. He does have a contract. I work for the City. I know he does. If he leaves on his own accord, no payout. If he is dismissed, he gets paid.
Mary Lou

Hopewell, VA

#9 Jan 22, 2013
I heard that Yolonda Stokes showed her rowdy side at the housing meeting along with another person who is allegedly a relative of Brenda Pelham. We truly do not need members of any committee to act like jackasses at meetings. Do they actually think that will improve things? All that their antics will show is their ignorance and lack of qualifications. We need to clean the system of all inept people and replace them with quality members. How can we go about having her removed from the housing authority committee?
Mary Lou

Hopewell, VA

#10 Jan 22, 2013
I have heard that Yolonda Stokes really showed her lack of any sort of productivity at the housing authority meeting. Does she really feel that by being loud, obnoxious, and disruptive she will be making any prgress? We need quality people on committees to make any strides in improving our town. She has always been a disruption to anything so why on earth did our illustrious new mayor feel that she would be a good fit for housing? We do not need anymore "in your face" people trying to run Hopewell. Those of us who live and work here, pay taxes here, and care about our town should have more say in appointments. The first thing we need to do is to get rid of the ward system and just have citywide council elections. That would provide us with councilors who represent the entire city and not just their ward. We also need to have a mayor who is elected by the population so that we can stop having these sweetheart mayoral elections. Please, Council, please help our town move forward. I do not want Hopewell City Council to be a joke anymore.
VN Vet

Hopewell, VA

#11 Jan 22, 2013
Mary Lou, you are so right. Have you been to any council meetings, or called your councilor to complain? We all need to be involved, and make our thoughts known. The GOBs are the only ones that are controlling the way the city is going, and that is down the toilet.

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