Successful streets put people before cars

{Cross posted from Chapel Hill News}

Yoga at Carrboro Summer Streets

Last summer, Carrboro closed East Weaver Street in front of Weaver Street Market one Sunday a month to open it up for people to commune, linger, meet old friends and make new ones, and use the street for physical activities like yoga, cycling and soccer. In addition, Carrboro just held its fourth Open Streets event in April.

Carrboro is just one of many communities across the country and world that have recognized the power and benefits of these Open Streets (or Summer Streets, for the summer months) events.

UNC-CH Departments & Colleges Take a Stand Against HB2

There are a growing number of departments and colleges at UNC-Chapel Hill that have taken a stand against HB2. Their statements affirm the value of all staff and students, note that they stand by UNC’s non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity and sexual orientation. Many call for the repeal of HB2. Below are those statements available now. More will be added as they become available.

UNC-CH Women’s & Gender Studies Department

http://womensstudies.unc.edu/statement-from-the-department-of-wgst-faculty-regarding-nc-house-bill-2/

UNC School of Law:

http://www.law.unc.edu/faculty/directory/eichnermaxine/

AND

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1524808561158447/permalink/1526361784336458/

Yes Virginia, there is a primary June 7

 

Yes, there is a primary June 7. 

Orange County has just two items on the ballot, a Supreme Court nonpartisan primary to narrow the field from 4 to 2, and a GOP primary in the 4th Congressional District.  In the former all Orange County residents can vote, in the latter just Republicans and unaffiliated (unaffiliated can vote in that primary regardless of whether they voted in the Democratic or Republican primary March 15)

For Supreme Court there are 4 candidates:

Bob Edmunds, a Greensboro Republican who is the incumbent Justice.  I've known Bob 45 years, and he contributed to my 1975 Chapel Hill mayoral campaign.  More recently he's voted consistently in lockstep with the 4-3 GOP majority on the NC Supreme Court.

Mike Morgan, a black Democrat from Wake County.  Mike has been a superior court judge the last 8 years and was a district court judge before that.

Sabra Faires, an unaffiliated voter in Wake County, the plaintiff in litigation that overturned the up or down retention election ordered by the 2015 General Assembly and forced a more normal election

Daniel Robertson, a Davie County Democrat.  I know nothing about him

CBOA Calls Special Meeting to Address House Bill 2

Carrboro alderpersons Damon Seils and Michelle Johnson, in consultation with Mayor Lydia Lavelle, have called a special meeting of the Carrboro Board of Alderpersons to consider a resolution to address House Bill 2.

The meeting will be this Saturday, March 26th, at 1:00 pm at Carrboro Town Hall.

Here is more information on the CBOA meeting.

Here is more information on the bill that was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory last night at 10 pm after first being introduced 10 am that very morning. Among other things, the new law does the following: 

Collins Ridge Master Plan in Hillsborough—Why I Voted Yes

The Hillsborough Town Board voted 3-2 on March 14 to approve a master plan for the Collins Ridge development project in central Hillsborough. Commissioner Jenn Weaver summarizes the issues and discusses why she voted yes.

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