Raleigh City Council Retreat — January 28, 2023, Day 2

Raleigh City Council Retreat — January 28, 2023, Day 2

HIGHLIGHTS Councilors Jones and Black ask for agenda changes to address priorities Community Engagement Board’s immediate focus will be on improving public comment process and access to community centers for CACs New councilors ask to be involved in reviewing and...

A learning curve for ALL councilors

A learning curve for ALL councilors

Congratulations to the new members of the council. I am hoping your election will lead to a new climate of openness and citizen cooperation from this new council, and not just from the new members.

Raleigh’s voters responded to the challenge

Raleigh’s voters responded to the challenge

In May of 2022 we ran a piece challenging voters to restore democracy to the City of Raleigh by dedicating the November election to restoring former Mayor Clarence Lightner's vision for community engagement in Raleigh. Well, the voters responded to our challenge in...

Yolanda Taylor replies to being labeled a dissenter by the media

Yolanda Taylor replies to being labeled a dissenter by the media

Well, as a labeled dissenter of the Mayor of Raleigh by a newspaper, I would like to congratulate the grassroots groups that worked hard to ensure a check in power on the way Raleigh grows going forward. It was disheartening to see journalists and certain nonprofit groups describe the fight to be included in development decisions as “anti-growth.” These anti-democratic statements came often from ostensibly progressive / liberal people who even called those demanding affordable housing NIMBYs.

A Retrospective on The Raleigh City Council Election

A Retrospective on The Raleigh City Council Election

The election is over and people have spoken. Baldwin and Council have forced unpopular and failed policies on Raleigh. With very few financial resources, challengers pushed back and have taken back Council despite incumbents and candidates endorsed by, and heavily financed by, wealthy developers and realtors.

With this win, let the citizens of Raleigh look forward to better days as well as to more changes in 2024.

Landlords PAC backs Mayor Baldwin’s slate, putting $$$ where their evictions are

Landlords PAC backs Mayor Baldwin’s slate, putting $$$ where their evictions are

This is all pretty gross. As Peeler wrote to me in an email, “it’s astonishing that certain candidates can get by with claiming they are for more affordable rental housing, for less displacement, and for supporting low income tenants, when they are being funded heavily by an organization, which is essentially a landlord lobbying firm, who is vested in ensuring none of those things occur.