Here are the invoices (and there are probably more) of what the City of Richmond willingly paid, thanks to Mayor Jones, for toilets and cleanup for the Occupy Richmond “event” at Kanawha Plaza in downtown Richmond.
I don’t blame the Occupy Richmond group. They made their own preparations and arrangements for sanitation and trash removal. They never asked nor expected the City of Richmond to pick up the tab. This money was paid simply because Mayor Jones was sympathetic towards the group and decided that they were to receive taxpayer provided services despite the same offer not being extended to the Richmond TEA Party.
This is money that should come out of Mayor Jones’ salary.
What is not included is the police overtime, health inspector’s time and countless other expenses that we do not yet know about.
The attorney’s for the Richmond TEA Party should involve the courts. This is, without a doubt, a violation of the TEA Party’s right to equal treatment under the law. The nearly $10,000 that the TEA Party was forced to pay was nothing short of a shake down.
In my experiences with the Occupy Richmond group I have found them to be unlike the Occupy groups we have seen on the news. They have not been co-opted by Anarchists and Union thugs like some of the violent groups around the world. In speaking with them, I find that they have a few areas of agreement with the TEA Party groups. At a basic level, they are not happy with the direction of the country, and share a desire for free speech. There is also a lot of agreement on the Federal Reserve Bank. Neither group is a fan of the Fed to put it mildly.
Here are the bills we have obtained to date. There will be more.
And I trust that the Mayor enjoys his new neighbors. He deserves their ire. Perhaps the TEA Party will join them for a spot of TEA – but don’t look for the TEA Party to sleep over. That’s not a TEA Party thing!
The first invoice for almost $5,000 is for the cleanup costs. Click the image to see a larger view.
Next,add another $418.00 for the portable toilets, including wheelchair accessible versions. (Click to enlarge.)
And the next for $1,390.00 is for more cleanup.
And the letter from the Special Events Coordinator for the City of Richmond, Mr. Allen Rothert acknowledging that he ordered the toilets.