City Council Meeting Highlights — December 6, 2022

City Council Meeting Highlights — December 6, 2022

HIGHLIGHTS Corey Branch will be Mayor Pro Tem for the first year and Jonathan Melton will be Mayor Pro Tem for the second year. Council Committee assignments will be announced either at December 13 work session or in January. Councilors asked to submit preferences to...

Livable Raleigh’s proposal for renewed engagement

Livable Raleigh’s proposal for renewed engagement

With the election of four new Councilors, Raleigh voters have made it clear that restoring and improving city support for the public’s involvement in community affairs is a top priority. After three years, the voters know that waiting for a perfect solution is unrealistic and will only further delay city support for the essential and imperfect community conversations that are the foundation of an informed democracy. It is with this sense of purpose that the Livable Raleigh Advisory Committee offers six policy-level proposals for quick adoption. Our hope is that these proposals will have several positive effects:

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...

City Council Meeting Highlights — November 15, 2022

City Council Meeting Highlights — November 15, 2022

HIGHLIGHTS Work Session – Apparently the Office of Community Engagement spends a lot of time engaging with City staff and people who serve on Boards and Commissions – not necessarily with the actual larger community. They also spend a lot of resource on branding....

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.

November 1, 2022 City Council Meeting

November 1, 2022 City Council Meeting

HIGHLIGHTS Many public hearings scheduled for November 15 afternoon meeting despite a question about whether mailed notice would arrive in time and despite Councilor Cox bringing up concerns about it being difficult for members of the public to attend afternoon...

Fact Check – Melton listens to ALL Voices? – NO!

Fact Check – Melton listens to ALL Voices? – NO!

Jonathan Melton and Council talk about ‘getting to yes’ even though they never reach out to the public to discuss equitable outcomes. On important citywide issues where you’d expect a vigorous, inclusive debate before voting – it never happens.

Silencing Raleigh’s Neighborhoods

Silencing Raleigh’s Neighborhoods

The council must have a procedure which contains advance public notice, public opportunity to respond, and a required city procedure for neighborhood preservation and respect for existing neighborhood architecture.