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...days since Raleigh City Council discontinued Citizen Advisory Councils (CACs) with NO REPLACEMENT.

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Council poised to eliminate residential zoning

Council poised to eliminate residential zoning

  Jennifer Irving Kochman is a researcher and editor.  Her family has lived in Raleigh for 15 years, and she is the parent of one son who attends a public high school in Raleigh, and another who went through the WCPSS as well, and now attends UNC-Chapel Hill.  Early...

The Community wants to work with Council — please let us!

The Community wants to work with Council — please let us!

RCAC Chair Christina Jones spoke at the January 18 City Council meeting: The Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council is made up of all Active CAC Leadership teams and meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month on ZOOM.  Council members are always invited to attend and...

Survey Results for Council Term-length and Compensation recommendations

Survey Results for Council Term-length and Compensation recommendations

The City's online survey collecting your opinions of the recommendations of the Study Group on City Councils Terms and Compensation has completed and we have the results for you here. The following are each of the survey questions and the results of those who agreed...

January 16 2022 Letter to the Editor of the News & Observer

January 16 2022 Letter to the Editor of the News & Observer

RALEIGH GROWTH The writer is former chair of the Raleigh Planning Commission In his Jan. 10 column, Ned Barnett argues that leaving growth management solutions to localities worsens the problems associated with rapid growth. An understatement for sure. Click on image...

Highlights of City Council Meetings – January 18, 2022

Highlights of City Council Meetings – January 18, 2022

HIGHLIGHTS Voted 5-3 to provide $10k in temporary funding to Iglesia La Semilla’s COVID efforts while the organization is vetted for a $56k request.Public comments focus was on engagement, affordable housing, police, and priorities.Community engagement related to...

A New Year’s Resolution: Engage with us! Negotiate for us!

A New Year’s Resolution: Engage with us! Negotiate for us!

Dear Mayor and City Council, As we start a new year, it is typical to make resolutions for self-betterment and better times in the upcoming year. I am no different. However my resolutions are for the Mayor and Council as we move forward in 2022. On behalf of the...

Open Mic Night – Our First Community Conversation of 2022

Open Mic Night – Our First Community Conversation of 2022

Register for Open Mic Night on Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 PM Livable Raleigh's first 2022 Community Conversation on Critical Issues. We will be providing an opportunity for you to tell us what key issues in Raleigh are important to you as we head into the 2022...

January 11, 2022 Council Meeting Highlights

January 11, 2022 Council Meeting Highlights

Safe, Vibrant, and Healthy Communities Council Committee Discussed Z-68-20, but took no action in advance of public hearing on January 18. Many residents spoke very eloquently about their desire that development in this area be guided by the Cameron...

City Council, Community Engagement and the Code of Conduct

City Council, Community Engagement and the Code of Conduct

Tim Niles, a founding member of Livable Raleigh, delivered the following remarks to City Council during Public Comments on January 4, 2022:210 days ago, in a secret plot, with no public notice, no public input and no public vote, you moved your election by eight...

Changes to City Council should be placed on the ballot for referendum

Changes to City Council should be placed on the ballot for referendum

Cole McMullin, a Raleigh resident and an active member of Raleigh Democratic Socialists of America, delivered the following remarks at the January 4, 2022 Raleigh City Council meeting:I am commenting today to let you know what I think about the proposed changes to...

The Rise of the Creative Class

The Rise of the Creative Class

Bob Geary, resident of District D, delivered the following remarks at the January 4, 2022 Raleigh City Council meeting:Good evening, Mayor and Council. “The Rise of the Creative Class” is a book I know that most of you, or maybe all of you, are familiar with. Richard...

Community Benefits are left “On the Table” in 2021. Why?

Community Benefits are left “On the Table” in 2021. Why?

Livable Raleigh Chair Susan Maruyama delivered the following remarks at the January 4, 2022 Raleigh City Council meeting:Madam Mayor and City Council, Please don’t leave a whole lot of good on the table in 2022 like you did in 2021. In 2021, you approved 96% of the...

District A Resident Presents a Redistricting Alternative

District A Resident Presents a Redistricting Alternative

Midtown Raleigh resident Larry Helfant recently sent the following email to City Staff and the members of the Study Group on Council Terms and Compensation who now have been tasked with advising on redrawing of districts required after the recent census. Preliminary...

JANUARY 4, 2022 CITY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 4, 2022 CITY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS Council retreat will be March 4 & 5COVID numbers remain high, yet Councilor Buffkin wants to resume in-person meetings immediately. Council agreed to review at January 18 meeting.Dr. Aretina Hamilton hired as Director of Equity and Inclusion.178...

Raleigh City Council and Pay to Play Cronyism

Raleigh City Council and Pay to Play Cronyism

Tim Niles, a resident of Raleigh, delivered the following comments to the City Council on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Mayor Baldwin and members of City Council.  Good afternoon, One of the first actions taken by this council was to abolish recognition for CACs and...

News Update from Livable Raleigh

News Update from Livable Raleigh

Two major unexpected developments – the impact of the Omicron variant as well as the delay of primary elections from March to May – have led Livable Raleigh to make the difficult decision to suspend our effort to recall Mayor Baldwin. The health and safety of the...

The “Best” City Council Money Can Buy.

The “Best” City Council Money Can Buy.

First we “Showed You the Money.” Then we “Followed the Money.” In this third of our series about the money in Raleigh’s politics, we examine the effects of Special Interest money pouring into the campaigns.