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Barrett Files for Re-election to CHCCS Board of Education

Current Chairman James Barrett filed for re-election today to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, saying he looks forward to one more term to continue the district’s efforts to give every student an excellent education. 

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. 

 

Chapel Hill Reminds Candidates About Rules for Signs

A combination of state law and municipal code regulate how political signs may be displayed in Chapel Hill.

Recapping the County Commissioners' Budget Debate

Here's the Storify from the Orange County Board of Commissioners' budget debate.

More garbage from ALEC - HB 74 prohibits local government from making contractors have living wage policy

Just one more thing, I know, but this hits close to home for me from my past Justice United work and the great cooperation we received from governments in OC.
PROHIBIT CERTAIN CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
SECTION 5.(a) G.S. 153A‑449 reads as rewritten: "§ 153A‑449. Contracts with private entities. A county may contract with and appropriate money to any person, association, or corporation, in order to carry out any public purpose that the county is authorized by law to engage in. A county may not require a private contractor under this section to abide by any restriction that the county could not impose on all employers in the county, such as paying minimum wage or providing paid sick leave to its employees, as a condition of bidding on a contract."
SECTION 5.(b) G.S. 160A‑20.1 reads as rewritten: "§ 160A‑20.1. Contracts with private entities.

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