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The Impact of HB2 On Orange County

We’ve heard that House Bill 2 has already had a detrimental effect throughout North Carolina, from PayPal deciding against developing more jobs here to Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Cirque du Soleil cancelling their shows. We have not been immune here in Orange County:

 

 

 

Human Rights Impacts

Open Data for Chapel Hill!

Town of Chapel Hill Launches Open Data Platform

On Tuesday, July 5, finding data will get easier with the Town of Chapel Hill’s new information service, Chapel Hill Open Data.

Post Date: 07/05/2016 10:57 AM

 

Where are all of the traffic signals in Chapel Hill?  How many bicycle crashes are reported annually in our town?  How many police searches were there last year?  On Tuesday, July 5, finding this and other data will get easier with the Town of Chapel Hill’s new information service, Chapel Hill Open Data.

 

With this web-based service, anyone in the community or around the world can access an ever-growing catalog of data sets from Town departments and divisions at www.chapelhillopendata.org.  Users can easily create graphs, charts, and maps based on the data sets, as well as download data, interact with it, and reuse it. The site’s goal is to increase government transparency by facilitating public access to local government information. 

 

Correcting the Record on the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project

The June 29, 2016, "Off the Rails" INDY Week piece by David Hudnall, which discusses the Durham-Orange light rail transit project (DOLRT) is a poorly researched opinion piece that does a tremendous disservice to INDY Week readers, residents of Durham and Chapel Hill, and—most importantly—current public transit riders in Durham and Orange counties who stand to benefit greatly from a significantly enhanced bus and rail transit network with DOLRT at its core.

Citizen's Police Academy: September 10th, 2016

The Carrboro Police Department will be running our next Citizen's Police Academy on September 10th, 2016 at the Carrboro Police Department.  I'll be the lead instructor during the academy and numerous other officers will be on hand to assist with different blocks of instruction.  The basic format for the Citizen's Police Academy is listed below:

  • Classroom lecture on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, law enforcement operations & procedures and vital department statistics.
  • Hands-on activities including fingerprint lifting, K-9 demonstrations, vehicle demonstrations, etc.
  • Scenarios involving roleplayers where participants will get to act as police officers and respond to calls for services based on real calls we've responded to.

Lunch will be provided as part of the Academy.

Mountains to Sea Trail on OWASA Property

I am copying here my letter to the OWASA Board of Directors regarding the proposal that they host the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) on OWASA property along the West side of the Cane Creek Reservoir. The short answer is that I think they should agree to host it and I expect them to arrive at this same conclusion. The real debate will revolve around what conditions they include with their agreement.

Note that OWASA's approval of hosting MST would not be an endorsement of any proposed trail route. Their agreeing to host the trail does not guarantee that a route along the Cane Creek Reservoir can be worked out. It simply would be an acceptance of the idea of the MST in general, and help set guidelines that other landowners nearby can follow if they would also like to host the trail (full disclosure - I have offered to host nearly a mile of MST on property in the area. While I am a proponent of the trail, I am also a proponent of folks being good neighbors and will not support any trail route that negatively impacts folks living nearby).

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