Submitted by mtpalmer on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 11:26pm.
Thanks to all the folks who came out to the organizational meeting of the Chapel Hill Town Council. It was incredibly exciting to take the oath of office, especially with my family and friends there and Rep. Larry Hall doing the honors. I forgot to thank Mr. Fred Battle for all his help and support and wish I had. There were so many people there that I wanted to thank. GRACIAS! I am really excited about my committee assignments: Parks and Recreation
Commission, Personnel Appeals
Committee, Transportation Board, Firefighters’ Relief
Fund, Greenways Commission. It will be a busy year for sure. Looking forward to serving the community,
Submitted by gpknc on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 11:50am.
Hi all, I would like to clarify my statement made to WCHL on election night, I said im resigning from Chapel Hill politics, But I did not rule out the possibility of running for public office again on the county, state, or federal level. This may or may not happen sooner or later. Thank you, Gary Kahn
Submitted by Ruby Sinreich on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 10:27am.
As you hopefully know, Orange County is in the process of looking for a new Manager to lead the county government. Last week OP editor Molly De Marco attended the first session along with CHCCSS School Board Member James Barrett and probable County Commissioner candidate Mark Marcoplos. And that's it. No-one else attended the meeting. The second meeting was held last night in Hillsborough, but I was not able to make it (as I had hoped to do) and I doubt many other did in that miserable weather!
Personally, I think the most important trait in a government leader is a dedication to democracy and open government. There are many more priorities, but if a good leader listens to the people of the county then those things will follow.
Submitted by Jason Baker on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 7:14pm.
After a considerable amount of work, we're pleased to announce that the next iteration of OrangePolitics is now entering a public beta. Please check it out and let us know what you think! Feel free to log in, mess around, look for old content, and try out posting and commenting! The site reflects a pull of our current database which I made about a week ago. Related, if you have recently changed your password, the change may not be reflected on the new site; if you're having trouble logging in, let me know and I'd be happy to help!
Submitted by ldhintz on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 11:43am.
Last night the Town Council postponed their discussion of the new Advisory Boards until tonight 11/26 after the Central West Plan which begins at 6PM. I've emailed my suggestions but hope others will attend or write comments.
Submitted by Molly De Marco on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 9:21am.
Over the last two years, Orange County Justice United has been working with renters to address discrimination and wrongs they have faced as tenants. These efforts spurred Justice United to work with renters in our community and the UNC Civil Law Clinic to develop the Declaration of Tenants' Rights and Responsibilities. The document, available in both English and Spanish, outlines renters' rights based on state statutes.
Justice United and renters from our community have asked the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill and Orange County to endorse this Declaration and help to distribute it to all tenants in their municipalities. More details can be found in this article in the Chapel Hill News.
Submitted by Chris Brook on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 12:17pm.
My op-ed from today arguing that the proposal under consideration this Thursday reflects the best of our progressive traditions while beginning to repay our debt to the Rogers Road community:
In 2011 a conservative faction of the Greensboro City Council moved to expand their White Street Landfill, located in the overwhelmingly African-American northeast portion of the city.
Submitted by Molly De Marco on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 11:57am.
It was just announced this morning that big changes are coming to the University Mall (no more Dillards sadly - where will I buy my ladies underpinnings...) and a 13-screen, $16/movie ticket high-end movie theater instead. More details are here
. So, what do you think? Do we need another movie theater when we already have 4 first-run movie theaters within a 15-minute drive? How about a high-end one with dining featuring a $9.75 mini-cheeseburger?