Two Raleigh Women Spot a Local Tax Scandal

Two Raleigh Women Spot a Local Tax Scandal

Did you hear about this tax increment thing that’s happening in Raleigh? Sounds a little sketchy to me!

Mega-developer John Kane wants hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to pay for his Downtown South sports stadium.

Mayor Baldwin and Councilors who received large campaign contributions from Kane in the 2019 election, recently voted to upzone his 145 acres Downtown South property, raising its property value by hundreds of millions of dollars. Now Baldwin and those same Councilors are working on a Tax Increment Grant (TIG) deal to give more hundreds of millions of dollars to Kane to pay for his sports stadium. 

Get the facts here:

Kane’s Council Contributions

Kane’s FEC Contributions

One thing we can guarantee is that Mayor Baldwin and her pro-Kane Councilors will NOT be inviting former Mayor Charles Meeker, a municipal finance attorney, to advise them on the wisdom of Baldwin and Kane’s massive TIG taxpayer subsidy. Meeker said it was a bad idea for taxpayers in 2006 and it is still a bad idea for taxpayers now.

 

News & Observer 

Nov 19, 2020

Who will pay for Downtown South? Raleigh debates incentives as rezoning vote nears.

Excerpt:

Then-Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker opposed using tax increment financing [in 2006 to pay for John Kane’s private parking deck at North Hills East] and stands by that decision now.

“North Hills went ahead without the tax increment financing and has done absolutely fabulously for the last 10 years,” Meeker said. “It was an excellent decision that served the public.”

Raleigh City Elections 2021 – Q&A Forum

Raleigh City Elections 2021 – Q&A Forum

Saturday, Jan 30, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Livable Raleigh will host a Community Forum over Zoom.

ALL are welcome!

We want to hear YOUR voice!

What issues are important to you for 2021?

 

We will discuss Livable Raleigh’s activities in 2020 and plans for 2021, Community Engagement, how to move forward, and get your input on critical topics leading into Raleigh’s 2021 Elections in October.

 

Bring your questions and concerns.

 

Guest speaker is Brad Crone, a leading Raleigh political Strategist.

Brad will make predictions and take your questions.

 

Saturday, Jan 30, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

 

 

There is no charge for this event. Hope to see you there!

Click Here – You must register for the event

We now have 3 promising challengers for Raleigh mayor and City Council seats.

We now have 3 promising challengers for Raleigh mayor and City Council seats.

 

Yesterday we noted Terrance Ruth‘s entrance into the 2021 mayoral race as well as Jane Harrison‘s announcement on New Year’s Day that she will be running for the District D Council seat in the October elections.

We should’ve added that Joshua Bradley, a Bernie Sanders-style Democratic Socialist and our friend from Occupy Raleigh days, announced in December that he will run for one of the two at-large Council seats. Bradley ran for the District A seat in 2019. He, too, merits our attention. This was his announcement:

“The events of the last year have shown the true colors of the members of the Raleigh City Council. They have shown themselves to be anti-democratic by eliminating Citizens Advisory Councils without public input. They have shown that they represent the interests of wealth and power at the expense of the poor and marginalized. They have done this by allowing continued unchecked and unregulated gentrification with their overwhelming support of the Downtown South project, which threatens the communities of South East Raleigh.

 

 

The mayor, Mary Ann Baldwin, has clear conflicts of interest in ruling on development and zoning while being employed by a major construction contractor. The City Council has further shown themselves to support continued police brutality by giving uncritical support for RPD Chief Deck-Brown after the use of teargas, a chemical weapon banned by the Geneva Convention, on peaceful protesters. Every member of the council signed a pledge to pass a Non-discrimination Ordinance but have as yet failed to deliver.

These actions continue to concentrate power in the hands of developers, banks and a predatory real estate industry. The current council has chosen not to serve all of Raleigh’s people. This is especially true for the working class, the working poor and the homeless. If Raleigh wants to see change that reverses the decades long practice of marginalizing the most vulnerable of the population, then it is time to reach outside the cabal of self-interested candidates presented every two years. Raleigh needs new faces and new attitudes, people whose political beliefs are rooted in democratic participation and the awareness of the economic conditions citizens face.

In pursuit of a city government that is focused on the needs of the working class, I would like to announce my intention to run for Raleigh City Council At-Large in 2021. After the drama of the 2020 election cycle, we can work for a better Raleigh for all of us. It has been said that everyone should have a seat at the table in governing Raleigh, but today, only the developers have a real say. I am committed to representing the working people of Raleigh, not just the wealthy.I believe in the following:

  • Public transportation should be free at the point of use.
  • No rezoning until there is adequate affordable housing for people across the spectrum of income in Raleigh.
  • Gentrification of Southeast Raleigh should stop. In particular, the Downtown South project should be resisted and, at the very least, not funded with public money. It should not move forward until after the pandemic and a more comprehensive public input period.
  • Focus must be on affordable housing initiatives for the un-housed and low paid workers first.
  • The Police Department must be defunded and replaced by community-controlled de-escalation task forces that focus on protecting lives over property.
  • Setting up a “Chamber of Labor” as a counterweight to the Chamber of Commerce to advise the council on conditions of the workers, not the bosses, in Raleigh.
  • Passing a strong city-wide non-discrimination ordinance.
  • Creating buffer zones around reproductive health clinics in the city.

Together we can make Raleigh a better place for all, not just the rich.

In solidarity,

Joshua Bradley

Candidate for Raleigh City Council At-Large 2021

 

Amigos y camaradas,Los eventos del año pasado han mostrado la verdad de los miembros del Consejo Municipal de Raleigh. Han demostrado ser antidemocráticos al eliminar los Consejos Asesoria de Ciudadanos sin participación pública. Han demostrado que representan los intereses de la riqueza y el poder a costo de los pobres y marginados. Lo han hecho al permitir la gentrificación continua sin control y no rugulada con su apoyo abrumador del proyecto Downtown South, que amenaza a las comunidades del sureste de Raleigh. La alcaldesa, Mary Ann Baldwin, tiene claros conflictos de intereses al decidir sobre el desarrollo y la zonificación mientras es empleada por un importante contratista de construcción. El Consejo Municipal también ha demostrado su apoyo a la brutalidad policial continua al brindar un apoyo acrítico al jefe del departamental policial, Deck-Brown, después del uso de gas lacrimógeno, un arma química prohibida por la Convención de Ginebra, contra manifestantes pacíficos. Todos los miembros del consejo firmaron un compromiso para aprobar una Ordenanza de no discriminación, pero aún no han cumplido.Estas acciones continúan concentrando el poder en manos de constructores, bancos y una industria inmobiliaria depredadora. El consejo actual ha optado por no servir a toda la gente de Raleigh. Esto es especialmente cierto para la clase trabajadora, los trabajadores pobres y las personas sin hogar. Si Raleigh quiere ver un cambio que termina con la práctica de décadas de marginar a los más vulnerables de la población, entonces es hora de buscar fuera de la camarilla de candidatos interesados ​​que se presentan cada dos años. Raleigh necesita nuevos rostros y nuevas actitudes, personas cuyas creencias políticas estén arraigadas en la participación democrática y la conciencia de las condiciones económicas que enfrentan los ciudadanos.En la búsqueda de un gobierno de la ciudad que se centre en las necesidades de la clase trabajadora, me gustaría anunciar mi intención de postularme para el Concejo Municipal de Raleigh At-Large en 2021. Después del drama del ciclo electoral de 2020, podemos trabajar por un mejor Raleigh para todos nosotros. Se ha dicho que todos deberían tener un asiento en la mesa para gobernar Raleigh, pero hoy, solo los connstructores tienen voz real. Estoy comprometido a representar a la gente trabajadora de Raleigh, no solo a los ricos.Creo en lo siguiente:El transporte público debe ser gratuito..No hay rezonificación hasta que haya viviendas asequibles adecuadas para personas de todo el espectro de ingresos en Raleigh.La gentrificación del sureste de Raleigh debería detenerse. En particular, el proyecto del Centro Sur debe ser resistido y, como mínimo, no debe financiarse con dinero público. No debe avanzar hasta después de la pandemia y un período de participación pública más integralEl enfoque debe estar en iniciativas de vivienda asequible para los trabajadores sin vivienda y con salarios minimos primero.El Departamento de Policía debe ser desfinanciado y reemplazado por grupos de trabajo de desescalada controlados por la comunidad que se centren en proteger vidas sobre la propiedad.Establecer una “Cámara de Trabajo” como contrapeso a la Cámara de Comercio para asesorar al consejo sobre las condiciones de los trabajadores, no de los patrones, en Raleigh.Aprobar una ordenanza fuerte de no discriminación en toda la ciudad.Creación de zonas de alejamiento alrededor de las clínicas de salud reproductiva de la ciudad.Juntos podemos hacer de Raleigh un lugar mejor para todos, no solo para los ricos.En solidaridad,Joshua BradleyCandidato para el Concejo Municipal de Raleigh At-Large 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two promising challengers emerge as ’21 Raleigh election year begins

Two promising challengers emerge as ’21 Raleigh election year begins

Terrance Ruth is challenging Mary-Ann Baldwin for Raleigh Mayor. Ruth announced his candidacy earlier today. Baldwin announced her re-election bid at the end of December.  

Watch Terrance’s Announcement Video

Campaign website Truth For Raleigh

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Jane Harrison is running for District D, currently represented by council-appointed Stormie Forte who has yet to announce her 2021 plans.

Follow Jane on Facebook Jane for District D

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You can schedule a one-on-one 30 minute chat with Jane on Thursdays between 5 and 9 pm: Chat with Jane

Meet Jane in a virtual group setting on a Saturday morning from 10-11 am. She wants to tell you why she’s running for Raleigh City Council and learn what matters to you in District D and Raleigh. Sign up here: Group meeting with Jane

Livable Raleigh encourages Raleigh citizens to make sure they are registered to vote in the October 5 municipal elections.