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Roberto Roldan is a reporter for WCVE News covering the City of Richmond.

He has previously worked on air and in print for WUSF 89.7FM, the Tampa Bay Times, and The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal. He has covered everything from local music to the wedding ceremony of plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court's historic gay marriage case.

When he's not out reporting, Roberto enjoys spending his time in museums or in the outdoors.

Follow Roberto on Twitter @ByRobertoR.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Brings Conversation Tour On Race To Richmond

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu held a conversation on race and history with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Tuesday.

The event was part of Landrieu’s E Pluribus Unum initiative. He is currently touring the South holding Mayor-to-Mayor talks and other events aimed at facilitating conversations about racial equity. Here in Richmond, the discussion focused on the continuing effects of racism on city infrastructure like neighborhoods and schools.

First Phase Of Richmond's Southside Community Center Redevelopment Is Approved

The Richmond Planning Commission approved the first phase of redevelopment for the Southside Community Center on Monday.

The city has so far spent about $6 million to acquire and renovate the community center off of Hull Street. Still, much of the needed work remains unfunded. Under the approved plan, the city will soon demolish all of the buildings on the property, except for the gym and boxing trailer. The city lacks the money to replace those buildings and, currently, only the construction of a new skate park is planned to begin this year. 

Richmond Utility Rate Increases “Recommended To Continue” Beyond 2020

Richmond City Council began deliberating a proposed budget on Monday that includes a 3.8 percent utility rate increase on top of a property tax increase and a new cigarette tax.

Utility rates include water, wastewater, stormwater and natural gas. The rate hike translates to a $5.82 per month increase for the typical residential customer, according to the Department of Public Utilities. That’s higher than the proposed rate increases in Hanover and Chesterfield Counties, but less than Henrico and Goochland.

Report Shows Increase In Homeless Seniors In Richmond

While rates of homelessness in Richmond remained mostly unchanged in 2018, new data shows more seniors are having issues finding stable housing.

The number of people over the age of 55 seeking emergency shelter or transitional housing has increased by more than 30 percent since 2015. That’s according to data from Homeward, the organization that runs Richmond’s Homeless Crisis Line. More than 3, 200 people in total utilized those services in 2018, a number that has remained more or less steady since 2015.

Richmond NAACP Calls City Council Member Who Yelled At Mayor 'Divisive' And 'Destructive'

The NAACP’s Richmond branch is criticizing Richmond City Council member Reva Trammell for her behavior at the mayor’s budget presentation on Wednesday. 

Shortly after Mayor Levar Stoney gave his speech, which included a proposal to raise property taxes by 7.5 percent, City Council Member Reva Trammell got into a shouting match with Stoney and Council President Cynthia Newbille.

She was upset that the mayor didn't want to take questions from council members and demanded the mayor answer whether or not he was a property owner in the city.

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