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Roberto Roldan

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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.

Articles by Roberto Roldan

Richmond Auditor Recommends Cap For City Employees After Finding Excessive Overtime

Richmond’s City Auditor is recommending a cap on the number of overtime hours city employees can rack up.

That guidance comes after an audit released in January documented excessive overtime hours in a number of city departments. The audit found that 57 City of Richmond employees had accrued more than 700 overtime hours each in 2017. One employee in the Department of Public Works had more than 1,800 overtime hours.

At a Richmond City Council committee meeting Thursday, Auditor Lou Lassiter said limiting overtime would address a real health and safety concern.

‘Don’t Be A Thief’: GRTC Considers New Anti-Fare Evasion Campaign

The Greater Richmond Transit Company is considering a new marketing campaign aimed at people who don’t pay to ride.

The GRTC Board of Directors received three draft poster options at their monthly meeting on Tuesday. The anti-fare evasion posters had messaging ranging from “Don’t be a thief” to “You will be exposed and escorted off the bus.” While some board members suggested levying more fines on fare evaders could be more effective, GRTC Board Chair Gary Armstrong said he thought the marketing campaign was a more tempered approach.

James River Projects Among $7.4M Cuts To Richmond’s Proposed Capital Budget

Two projects that would increase accessibility to the James River for pedestrians and disabled residents may be delayed by last-minute cuts to Richmond’s capital budget.

Last week, Richmond City Council voted to slash $7.4 million in proposed capital improvements in order to balance next year’s budget. Included in the proposed budget was $330,000 for renovations at the Huguenot Flatwater ramp. The renovation would have allowed people with disabilities to access the ramp in Southwest Richmond for paddling and fishing. Funding for the project was cut nearly in half.

U Of R Professor Is First Potential Candidate For Richmond City Council Seat

University of Richmond professor Thad Williamson says he is “strongly considering” running for the 5th District seat on Richmond City Council.

Williamson’s announcement on Tuesday came less than a day after City Council voted to hold a special election on November 5. He was the first person to indicate an interest in running for the seat being vacated by Parker Agelasto. The 5th District includes parts of the Carytown, Maymont and Randolph neighborhoods.