July 5 2022 Raleigh City Council Meeting

July 5 2022 Raleigh City Council Meeting

HIGHLIGHTS Roberta Fox re-elected as Chair, Planning Commission, and Blannie Miller elected as Vice Chair, Planning Commission. New rules adopted for public participation including “loud noises such as singing, disruptive clapping, shouting, playing instruments,...

Getting it Right, or Being Right. Your constituents deserve respect!

Getting it Right, or Being Right. Your constituents deserve respect!

Two weeks ago I attended and spoke at my first city council meeting. With a shaky voice I opened with how much I love this city and how welcoming it has been to me. Last week the public comments made on June 7th by Refund Raleigh were labeled inaccurate, inappropriate, egregious, and out of line. The experiences and stories of many, immediately being dismissed. Citing specific events that have led to the community not feeling safe and asking to earn a living wage for working hard for this city are none of those things.  All of your constituents deserve respect no matter what their gender, income, or ethnicity. All of us need you committed to getting it right. 

Be Kind Indeed!

Be Kind Indeed!

I have lost count as to how many times I have spoken before you.  I will say that over the last 18 months, I have learned how quiet you actually are.  The excuses that have come out of you on a multitude of subjects is baffling.  From community engagement, to affordable housing, to first responder pay!  Your priorities are skewed and it’s led to placing anything and everything ABOVE the people you represent.

5/17/22 City Council Meeting

5/17/22 City Council Meeting

HIGHLIGHTS Councilor Buffkin absent again for all of work session and some of afternoon session (many recent absences seem to coincide with his NC Senate campaign activities, showing his priorities) Several councilors express concerns about lack of transparency and...

May 3 2022 City Council Meeting

May 3 2022 City Council Meeting

HIGHLIGHTS Once again a last minute change from in-person to virtual meeting due to Covid outbreak among staff. All public hearings will be continued to May 10 at 4pm except for Floodplain Maps which is referred to Planning Commission with recommendations needed in...

Raleigh’s Future is in Voter’s Hands

Raleigh’s Future is in Voter’s Hands

Livable Raleigh Chair Susan Maruyama recently sent this opinion piece to the News & Observer. They published an edited version and we wanted to share the complete version here. Fifty years ago, when Clarence Lightner, Raleigh’s first and only black mayor, created...

Community Engagement in Raleigh – What does success look like?

Community Engagement in Raleigh – What does success look like?

Register for this Community Conversation on Wed, May 4, 7:00 PM   Ms. Tiesha Hinton, Raleigh's Community Engagement Manager, will be providing an update on where Raleigh stands with community engagement and the plans for its future. You will have the opportunity...

More Advocacy Groups Charge City Council with Misrepresenting Them

More Advocacy Groups Charge City Council with Misrepresenting Them

At the March 1 public hearing to review and approve new District Maps for Raleigh’s City Council, the City Attorney claimed Raleigh is not covered by Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and City Staff claimed that the Advocacy Groups who reviewed the proposed maps...