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Can Visualizations Help Create Better Public Input Processes?

It seems like a cornerstone assumption of any democratic process that the more people who are involved, the better. I absolutely believe this. Whether it’s registering voters, encouraging people to volunteer for town boards, making avenues for giving public input easier, or asking whose voice is missing from the table any time a group of people are gathered, we all have a role to play in increasing the quantity and diversity of people who are involved in making decisions.

But I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to increase the quality, not just the quantity, of public input in decision-making processes. And I don’t mean berating ordinary citizens for not being public policy experts. Far from it. The responsibility to help people make better decisions sits with those people asking for the input to begin with. And in the case of local governments, the responsibility sits with the governing bodies, and by extension, the staffs, who are managing public input processes.

The History of Carrboro's Jones Ferry Road

A presentation today at the Chapel Hill Public Library shed some light on the history of Carrboro's Jones Ferry Road, recently the site of road improvements and Michael Brown's latest mural. Learn more in the storify of tweets from the presentation.

Forums on Judges

Hathaway Pendergrass

2 hrs · Carrboro ·

 

Friday morning Hathaway Pendergrass will be on WCHL at 8:40 am with Aaron Keck to discuss the upcoming Judicial Candidates Forum on September 15 from 6 to 8 pm at the Orange County Courthouse (Mural Courtroom) in Hillsborough. We'll have judicial candidates for the NC Supreme Court, NC Court of Appeals, and 15B District Court. Hope to see lots of interested voters!

Maximum donation limit CH elections

I just noticed this item on Council's agenda for next week. This allows more money to be donated to local candidates. Subject: Adjust Municipal Campaign Contributions and Disclosure Limits as Required by Ordinance   
Staff: Roger L. Stancil Ralph D. Karpinos
Department: Town Manager Town Attorney  
Overview: Chapter 2, Article IV of the Town Code limits the amount of money that an individual or a political committee can contribute to a Mayor or Town Council candidate’s campaign.  The Ordinance also establishes a maximum contribution that can be made without disclosing the contributor’s name in municipal campaign reports. Ordinance Section 2-73 requires that these amounts be adjusted during even-numbered years and provides criteria for making these adjustments based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since 2009 and number of Town of Chapel Hill registered voters.  
The Town established campaign contribution limits in 1999 pursuant to special legislation enacted by the General Assembly.     

mobility survey

This summer I went to one of the mobility sessions. How many people have completed this survey?

check it out: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/residents/transportation/bicycle-and-ped...

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