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Sierra Club County Commissioner Forum

 The last day to register to vote for the primary in May is April 11th. (An official ID is not required until 2016).  Last week the Democratic Women had a forum for candidates who are registered Democrats. Tonight the Sierra Club will have a forum for all candidates for County Commissioner. Candidates for Orange County Commissioner will respond to questions posed by the Orange-Chatham Group. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and will be asked to submit questions for the moderator to choose from at the end.
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"Current conditions: Heavy Snow & Freezing Fog"

I already wish I had never heard the term "freezing fog." What is this fresh, freezing cold, hell?

I'm sitting in my home office looking out on Umstead Drive where the cars have been sitting still for at least the last 10 minutes. Have heard reports of at least two people who got stuck and are walking home miles in the snow. 

Apparently, this is the stormaggeddon we've been waiting for.  I can't wait until it freezes tonight!

How are y'all doing?

ldhintz's picture

State Government and local regulation

I just received this article from a neighbor. It focuses on the state once again opting not to use federal monies for important state activities. My guess is that in the future the state will do less environmental monitoring and then use that as an excuse to repeal current regulations making them even weaker. The last two days I have been attending LUMO (land use meetings.) An important issue is  House Bill 74 which was passed this year. It's goal was to prevent local governments from passing regulations which will protect towns more than the state or federal laws. (The Republican logic was that government regulation prevents job formation. By that logic Chapel Hill should have one of the highest unemployment rates in the state but of course we have one of the lowest unemployment rates.

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Section 8 Housing

Jose knows someone at the HUD office in Raleigh, and today I talked with two people in the national office. They said that we have grounds for filling a report.. Here is the exact wording -

"Housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability is illegal by federal law. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a fair housing complaint." 

Both people with whom I spoke interpreted "national origins" to mean that non-U.S. citizens cannot be discriminated against. 

ldhintz's picture

Health Care and employees

I was in Ohio for the holidays. My sister works for a fastfood place. Her boss told her she needs to reschedule all of the full time employees to 28 hours or less so he does not have to comply with any of the new health law requirements. Is this happening in North Carolina and is it legal?

Loren

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Anybody know what's happening at Town Hall?

 I drove by Town Hall around 8:40pm and it appeared that protesters (Occupy?) were blocking southbound traffic on MLK Jr. Blvd/Airport Road/NC-86 right next to the bridge that leads to the main Chapel Hill municipal building.  Last I saw (again, around 8:40pm), a couple of police cars were also in the southbound lanes protecting the protesters from getting run over by traffic. Anyone know what's going on now?
Ruby Sinreich's picture

Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro Solidarity March

11/17/2011 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Peace and Justice Plaza

From occupychapelhill.org:

When: November 17, 2011 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: P & J Plaza, 179 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill,NC 27514, USA

Join us after GA for a march in international solidarity!

This is part of an international day of action celebrating the 2 month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

http://www.occupytogether.org/2011/11/16/n17-mass-day-of-action/

http://occupywallst.org/action/november-17th/

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Muddy Water Watch

05/23/2011 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Main Street, Town of Carrboro, NC

Friends of Bolin Creek announces a Muddy Water Watch Workshop with Haw River Assembly held on Monday, May 23rd from 7 - 9 pm. The workshop is free but there are limited spaces.  Please register at this link.   http://bolincreek.org/blog/

With the OWASA earth moving activities happening now right along Bolin Creek, you can help us monitor impacts on our creek from the number one pollutant of NC waters – sediment! 
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Greetings from Chatham

Hi folks. Just wanted to check in after a long absence to tell you how terrific it is to be able to always return to this oasis of progressivism. I lurk a lot, and don't have much to say about Orange issues these days. But the very fact you exist is encouraging.

 

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Seriously Creative Thinking for County Fund-raising Needed

After last night's defeat of the 1/4 cent sales tax we're really under the gun. A number of important community services could be cut. We could witness the closing of libraries, crippled EMS, county employee layoffs, cuts to school budgets, and more. So what are the Commissioners going to do to fill the budget gaps and invest in the future?

Now is the time for some seriously creative thinking. I know the County Manager, Staff, and Commissioners have been thinking about this hard. But what would you do? How would you raise one time or recurring funds to keep the lights on?

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