The meeting began at 3:07 PM.
This was the first Informal Session of the new term with Council President Charles Samuels [2nd District] presiding over the meeting. Council terms are for a period of four years, the term was changed from 2 to 4 years in 2009.
Mayor Dwight Jones' Chief of Staff Suzette Denslow introduced Don Mark, a recent political organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, on day 9 as the Mayor's Deputy Chief of Staff [0:52] replacing Jeffrey Bourne, who was elected in November to the School Board, 3rd District.
Council President Samuels recognized students in attendance who are members of the Mayor's Youth Academy Future Leaders Council.
The President of VCU, Dr. Michael Rao spoke to members of City Council for a little over 15 minutes. [2:46]