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Livable Raleigh announces City Council Endorsements

Livable Raleigh announces City Council Endorsements

Terrance Ruth is a breath of fresh air for our city, a man Raleigh will be proud to say is our mayor. His election will restore the integrity and decency to the mayor’s office that Raleigh voters could count on in the past, but that’s been missing these last three years.
With Ruth at the Council table, LR recommends a slate of “change” candidates that, as a group, reflect our organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and social justice across racial, gender and age differences.
Each of our endorsed candidates brings a unique, valuable set of experiences that, when brought together on Council, will help Mayor Ruth lead the way to Raleigh’s best future.

We need leaders, not developer talking heads

We need leaders, not developer talking heads

When our urban forests are gone, our streams are flooding from overgrowth, and Raleigh is one huge Urban Heat Island, Missing Middle Text politics will not save us.

David Knight lashes out at community groups

David Knight lashes out at community groups

David Knight is struggling to divert voter attention away from his council record of development industry payola, citizen suppression and environmental destruction by lashing out at anyone who dares to fact-check his false claims.

Cat Lawson, Dist A Candidate, Does She Trust the Citizens?

Cat Lawson, Dist A Candidate, Does She Trust the Citizens?

If Cat Lawson’s understanding of being a City Councilor is that it is an “exercise in public trust,” why doesn’t she trust the public to know who she really is when she is asking for their support and their votes? Why is she scrubbing her history of anything that might be problematic for her run for office?

CACs are what democracy is all about – Councilor David Cox

CACs are what democracy is all about – Councilor David Cox

Mr. Knight misunderstands what CACs did. People exercised their right to express their support or not of proposed changes in the city code through non-binding votes.

It is chilling to think that anyone in 21st century America after all our Country has been through to secure our rights to speak freely, to petition our government, and to vote at everything from neighborhood book clubs to electing the President could utter such words.

Mary Black-Branch, Dist A Candidate, in her own words

Mary Black-Branch, Dist A Candidate, in her own words

Mary Black-Branch is Livable Raleigh's endorsed candidate for City Council in District A. She recently answered a question about herself on Twitter and we are reposting her answer here.   Question: What got you into activism? Mary's answer: This is actually a...

Mayor Baldwin, Jonathan Melton and several City Council candidates take anti-LGBTQ cash

Mayor Baldwin, Jonathan Melton and several City Council candidates take anti-LGBTQ cash

INDYWeek reminds us in their Daily Mail that Lt Governor Mark Robinson is still a bigot.
But they fail to make the connection to Raleigh City Council.
So, it’s time to update our previous report noting that developer John Kane is a BIG donor to Lt. Governor Mark Robinson and he is also a BIG donor to Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, Councilor Jonathan Melton and several City Council candidates.

Councilor Knight on CACs, They are Inappropriate!

Councilor Knight on CACs, They are Inappropriate!

Knight said the CACs, by continuing to call themselves CACs, were misleading the public. They were self-elected, self-selected, exclusive and inappropriate.
He said the one vital thing they were doing was voting on other people’s property rights without being elected to do so.
The only one misleading the public is Knight.

Highlights from September 20 Council meetings

Highlights from September 20 Council meetings

September 20 City Council Work Session & Afternoon Session HIGHLIGHTS Neither Nicole Stewart nor Patrick Buffkin were on hand for the work session about community engagementCommunity Engagement Board will meet the second Wednesday of every month at 4:30pm at One...

Council’s Votes make a Mockery of their own Climate Action Plan

Council’s Votes make a Mockery of their own Climate Action Plan

Raleigh’s adopted 2021 Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) has no teeth and no Council Champions: The CCAP acknowledges that the plan has no enforcement powers for reducing 98% of Raleigh’s Green House Gas emissions. The Plan also acknowledges it has no metrics for...

DUMP MAYOR BALDWIN – Yard Signs Available

DUMP MAYOR BALDWIN – Yard Signs Available

Be the FIRST in your neighborhood to show your support for DUMPING Mary-Ann Baldwin These yard signs are our Thank You gift for a MINIMUM donation of $10. We will happily accept more. This is the FIRST shipment. Get yours before they are GONE. Donations accepted...

It’s our city and we can take it back!

It’s our city and we can take it back!

The issue is not growth or no growth. It is out of control development and infrastructure as an after the fact band aid to a poorly designed, oversized project.

What Raleigh needs right now is well planned, well executed development that includes actual affordable housing at every turn and incorporates transportation and environmental infrastructure up front.

David Knight doesn’t believe all citizens have a right to be heard

David Knight doesn’t believe all citizens have a right to be heard

Councilor David Knight is a lawyer by profession. But, you would never know that based on the things he doesn't understand about democracy.   On August 20, 2022, Councilor David Knight sent an email to the Chair of the Midtown CAC (Citizens Advisory Council)...

A Soft Coup of Democratic City Government

A Soft Coup of Democratic City Government

I call on City Council within 30 days to formally and individually notify the 30,000 owners of the parcels of land in the frequent transit areas, in easy-to-understand language, of what may now be built next to and across the street from them as a result of stripping traditional zoning protections

Calling All Volunteers

Calling All Volunteers

Volunteers Needed for City Council Elections November 8th and for Early Voting starting October 20th   We need your help! Livable Raleigh is gearing up to provide and distribute relevant information to Raleigh residents regarding those running for office and to...

Raleigh’s Affordable Housing Open House:  Effective or Merely Performative?

Raleigh’s Affordable Housing Open House:  Effective or Merely Performative?

Many attendees (including single mothers) were disappointed in the event because they had high expectations for housing solutions that they need NOW.  So, this appears to have been no more than a manipulative ploy to generate attendance numbers for positive press in advance of the election, without producing any real results.  

City Council Meeting Highlights – September 6, 2022

City Council Meeting Highlights – September 6, 2022

City Council Meeting – September 6, 2022 HIGHLIGHTS Authorized acquisition of land for the New Bern Crossings affordable rental development project (192 units) City Attorney reports that local governments can restrict public comments from being used to campaign for...

Mayor Nancy McFarlane Speaks Out. What’s Happening to Raleigh?

Mayor Nancy McFarlane Speaks Out. What’s Happening to Raleigh?

Former Mayor Nancy McFarlane sent an email to the members of Raleigh City Council on Sept 6, 2022, the morning before council is scheduled for a public hearing and anticipated vote on a contentious North Hills rezoning case. In it she says she is increasingly hearing...