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America's Cities Deserve Better Than A "C+" Mayor

- October 3, 2016

Richmond's Abysmal Report Card Under Kaine Disqualifies Him From Lecturing The Rest Of The Nation On City Management

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Clinton has asserted that as Vice President, Tim Kaine would play a leading role in crafting policy for America's major cities.
  • However, while Kaine was serving as its mayor, Richmond was given a "C+" from Governing Magazine for overall city management.
  • Richmond's worst grade was in the category that deals with infrastructure development and management.
  • Richmond scored average or below average in every category when compared with 35 other cities.
  • Kaine's time as mayor was described by a former mayor as being characterized by "disappointment, stagnation and corruption."
  • As mayor, Kaine kept taxes high in Richmond.
  • Kaine spent thousands of public fund dollars in order to facilitate a gun control rally and was forced to pay back the money he illegitimately spent.

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REFERRING TO HIS MAYORAL RECORD, CLINTON HAS ASSERTED THAT KAINE WILL "GIVE DIRECTION" TO HER ADMINISTRATION'S POLICY IN MAJOR CITIES

Clinton Says That She Wants Tim Kaine To Lead On Issues Confronting Cities Across The Nation

In An Interview With People Magazine, Clinton Heaped Praise On Kaine's Mayoral Record And Asserted That He Would Play A Leading Role As Vice President In Solving The Problems Confronting Cities Across The Nation. CLINTON: "Oh my gosh, well we've begun that conversation because you know Tim has broad experience and among many things he did so much to revitalize Richmond a city that is not the same before he got involved on the city council and mayor. We've got work to do in a lot of our cities and I'm going to want him helping to give direction to that." (Tierney Mcafee And Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, "Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine Break Down Their #RelationshipGoals: 'She's the Boss,' He Says," People Magazine, 9/21/16)

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Kaine Was Prominent In Richmond Politics For Seven Years From 1994 To 2001, Including Serving As Richmond's Mayor For Four Years

1998-2001 - Kaine Served As Mayor Of Richmond, A Position That Was Selected From Within The Council At The Time. (Chuck Raasch, "Profile: Virginia Sen.-Elect Tim Kaine," USA Today, 11/7/12)

  • 1994-2001 - Kaine Served On The Richmond City Council. ("Timeline: Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's Life And Career," The Virginian-Pilot , 8/21/08)

KAINE'S MANAGEMENT OF RICHMOND WAS GIVEN EXCEPTIONALLY POOR MARKS FROM GOVERNING MAGAZINE IN A FEBUARY 2000 REVIEW

Richmond's Overall City Management Under Kaine's Mayoral Tenure Was Slammed With A "C+" Rating And Was Described By A Former Mayor As A Period Of "Disappointment, Stagnation And Corruption"

Richmond Was Slammed With A "C+" Rating From Governing Magazine For Its City's Management During Tim Kaine's Time As Mayor. "The city's management was given a C-plus rating by Governing magazine. City schools ranked at the bottom of the state in performance." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

Former Richmond Mayor Thomas Bliley (R) Slammed Kaine For Presiding Over A Period Of "Disappointment, Stagnation And Corruption." "Bliley, who retired from Congress in 2001, echoed Kilgore's criticisms and added his own. He said Kaine appointed unqualified people to top city jobs and failed to eliminate slush funds that were abused by other City Council members. 'If Tim Kaine is elected, it will be a step backward,' Bliley said. 'We will be entrusting the commonwealth to a mayor who presided over a period of disappointment, stagnation and corruption. That cannot be allowed to happen.'" ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

Richmond's City Management Received Average Or Below-Average Grades In Every Category

Richmond Received A "C-" In Capital Management, "C" In Human Resources, "C" In Information Technology, "C+" In Managing For Results, And "C+" Overall. ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

  • In Human Resources, Richmond Received A "C." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)
  • In Information Technology, Richmond Received A "C+." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)
  • In Capital Management, Richmond Received A "C-." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)
  • In Managing For Results, Richmond Received A "C+." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)
  • Overall, Richmond Received A "C+." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

Richmond's Grades Paled In Comparison With The Grades Of Many Other Cities

In Every Category Richmond Was Either Average Or Below Average When Compared With 35 Other Cities. ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

  • The 35-City Average Grade For Human Resources Was A "C+." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)
  • The 35-City Average Grade For Information Technology Was A "C+." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)
  • The 35-City Average Grade For Capital Management Was A "B." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)
  • The 35-City Average Grade Managing For Results Was A "B-." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

Virginia Beach, The Only Other Virginia City That Was Analyzed, Vastly Outperformed Richmond In City Management

Virginia Beach's Average Grade Was A "B+" A Full Letter Grade Higher Than Richmond's Rating. ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

Virginia Beach's Lowest Grade Was Equal To Richmond's Highest Grade. ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

Kaine Particularly Underperformed On Infrastructure Construction And Maintenance, Earning His Lowest Score

The Capital Management Category Pertains To Constructing Things Such As "Streets, Sewers, And Schools: Maintaining Them Once They Are Built; And Planning For The Future." "It may be a little simplistic, but capital management in the nation's big cities can pretty much be divided into three significant areas: building things, such as streets, sewers, and schools: maintaining them once they are built; and planning for the future." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

In This Category, Richmond Received A C- Which Was The Lowest Grade The City Received In Any Category. ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

Richmond Was Known Among Contractors As A "Challenging Client" And Was "Not Good At Attracting Bids." "Although most seem to come in on budget, there are problems getting them started in the first place because the city has a reputation among contractors as a challenging client. 'We are not good at attracting bids,' says Don Charles, the architecture and engineering administrator." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

Richmond's Architecture And Engineering Administrator Specifically Referenced The City's Red Tape As An Impediment To Infrastructure Development. "'We are not good at attracting bids,' says Don Charles, the architecture and engineering administrator. 'There are too many legal requirements on city jobs.'" ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

The Magazine Asserted That "Richmond Has Consistently Under-Funded Its Building Maintenance Needs." "Richmond has consistently under-funded its building maintenance needs." ("Grading The Cities: A Report Card On Urban Management," Governing Magazine, 2/1/00)

UNDER KAINE, RICHMOND WAS BURDENED WITH HIGH TAXES

As Mayor, Kaine Refused To Give Richmond Residents Tax Relief

Richmond Had The Highest Real Estate Tax Rate In The Area During Kaine's Tenure. "Richmond has the highest real estate tax rate in the area [$1.43 per $100 of assessed value]. Hanover County's Is 82 cents per $100 of assessed value, Henrico County's is 94 cents, and Chesterfield County's is $1.09." (Carrie Johnson, "Little Change In City Tax Rate," Richmond [VA] Times Dispatch, 3/27/01)

Kaine Attempted To Blame The State Government For His Refusal To Cut Taxes As Mayor. "Mayor Timothy M. Kaine said he'd like to give residents more of a tax break, but a loss of state dollars makes that nearly impossible." (Carrie Johnson, "Little Change In City Tax Rate," Richmond [VA] Times Dispatch, 3/27/01)

KAINE SPENT THOUSANDS OF PUBLIC DOLLARS TO ACCOMMODATE AN ANTI-GUN RALLY

Kaine Spent Thousands In Taxpayer Dollars To Facilitate A Gun Control Protest

In May, 2000 Kaine "Sparked Controversy When He Spent $6,000 Of Public Money To Help Send Buses To The Million Mom March Against Gun Violence." "While Mr. Kaine was lauded for bridging the city's black-white divide, he sparked controversy when he spent $6,000 of public money to help send buses to the Million Mom March against gun violence; he later raised private money to pay it back, but the incident still rankles gun control advocates." (Kate Zernike, "Charismatic Governor Rises To The Short List," The New York Times, 8/13/08)

Upon Scrutiny, Kaine Was Forced To Privately Raise And Pay Back The Cost Incurred On The City. "While Mr. Kaine was lauded for bridging the city's black-white divide, he sparked controversy when he spent $6,000 of public money to help send buses to the Million Mom March against gun violence; he later raised private money to pay it back, but the incident still rankles gun control advocates." (Kate Zernike, "Charismatic Governor Rises To The Short List," The New York Times, 8/13/08)

National Public Radio Described The Incident As A "Dumb Move"

NPR Described This Incident As A "Dumb Move" On Kaine's Part. "While Richmond mayor, spent $6,000 of public money on buses to the Million Mom March promoting gun restrictions; paid it back with privately raised money after backlash." ("Tale Of The Tape: Ex-Governors Duke It Out In Va." NPR, 5/17/12)


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