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HB2

So I was in Ohio and of course HB2 came up. Back in NC the Sierra Club has just released a statement about HB2:

To: North Carolina Sierra Club Chapter Leaders
As you know, HB2 has been the leading news story in North Carolina for several weeks.  This bill goes against the diversity, equity and inclusion principles of the Sierra Club.  Our Chapter DEI Committee and Steering Committee have unanimously voted to take a position opposing HB2 as a way to affirm our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Here is our statement:
"The Sierra Club is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.  North Carolina House Bill 2 clearly seeks to undermine these principles through discriminatory policies, including but not limited to denying equality for LGBT individuals; denying the right of individuals to pursue age, sex and racial discrimination cases in state courts; and reiterating legislative opposition to the ability of local governments to raise the minimum wage so as to help achieve economic equity.  The North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club strongly opposes this bill and calls for its repeal."

survey transportation options

I just received an invite to complete this transportation survery. Hope everyone does the same.

DCHC MPO Seeks Public Comment on Transportation Priorities

April 1 Deadline to Complete Online Survey; Workshop & Public Hearing Set for March

Share your thoughts on the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan through an online survey, by email or at a public meeting.

Post Date: 02/25/2016 1:29 PM

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is seeking public feedback on the draft goals and objectives for its 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which will drive future policies and decision-making processes for highway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects in Orange, Durham and Chatham counties.

 

 

Residents and stakeholders can now review and provide input on the draft goals, objectives, and performance measures using a variety of methods:

 

Write in candidate for School Board

 I attended the meet and greet forum for school board candidates at the library tonight. Two arrived late. Also Al Baldwin spoke. He is a retired school teacher (we both worked at Chapel Hill High School and he also worked at East CHHS). He announced he is running as a write in candidate because he is very disturbed about what is happening to teachers in the district. He noted that many are afraid to speak up about concerns that they have about education at their schools and in the district.  I look forward to hearing more from him.

Chapel Hill Population

The PPP survey asked folks what the ideal population would be in 25 years. According to the town and US census data it is projected to be about 83,000. Zero percent picked that range (81 to 90,000) and only 5% picked a higer population level. "Chapel Hill’s current population is about 60,000. 30,000 to 40,000 5% ............................................. 41,000 to 50,000 12% ............................................. 51,000 to 60,000 22% ............................................. 61,000 to 70,000 28% ............................................. 71,000 to 80,000 13% ............................................. 81,000 to 90,000 0% ............................................. 91,000 to 100,000 5% ........................................... More than 100,000 0% .......................................... Not sure 15% " I guess we (if I last 35 more years) will be living in less than ideal conditions.

Bad state legislation messing up local environment

A friend shared this. It is really tough to protect our local environment with bad state bills.

The time to stop HB 765, the Polluter Protection Act, is now.

NC League of Conservation Voters  From http://nclcv.org/news/cib/20150921/

Conservation Action: Stop the Polluter Protection Act!

The big environmental fight surely looming over the remainder of this legislative year deals with HB 765, now better known as the Polluter Protection Act.

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