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

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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.

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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.

Downtown South Needs a Makeover

Downtown South Needs a Makeover

During the holidays we are re-posting some of our favorite guest blogs while we take some time away from our normal hectic schedules. Here is a recent message from Jane Harrison.

Jane Harrison, Ph.D., works at North Carolina State University for NOAAs Sea Grant program. She has a 20-year track record of community organizing. Jane is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh which belongs to ONE Wake – a multiethnic coalition of faith-based and civic organizations that advocates for affordable housing, living wage jobs, and quality education. She wrote this letter to Raleigh decision makers with regards to the proposed Downtown South development.

Dear Raleigh City Councilors & Planning Commissioners,

I write to you with regards to the rezoning application: Z-13-20 Downtown South. If approved, the development will result in 95% impervious surface over almost 150 acres along Walnut Creek and adjacent to numerous residential neighborhoods which already flood frequently. If approved, there is a potential for 21.5 million square feet of development – equal to two-thirds of downtown Raleigh’s current building space. These are my concerns:

(1) Gentrification and displacement of nearby residents are a given without affordable housing requirements for this development. Currently there are none.

The developer Kane Realty Corporation has not made sufficient strides on this issue. Asking for public tax dollars for community benefits like affordable housing via a TIF or TIG puts the onus back on the public. Why not ask the developer to use some of their own profits to ensure equity in housing?

(2) The proposed development is inconsistent with Raleigh’s Future Land Use Map given that the proposed 40 story buildings that would cover much of the area are 2 times taller than suggested building heights.

Imagine the additional 150,000 daily vehicular trips that would result if this development goes forward. I try not to! A traffic impact analysis conducted by Kimley Horn and Associates and reviewed by city staff shows that the proposed development will have severe impacts to the surrounding roadway network and cannot be mitigated by the study’s recommended improvements. Why not insist the developer adhere to the city’s Future Land Use Map and right size this development from a social, economic, and environmental standpoint?

(3) Neighborhoods downstream from the proposed site may experience additional flooding and water quality impairments due to the development’s stormwater runoff. 

Kane submitted a Downstream Impact Analysis in November, conducted by the design and engineering firm McAdams. They make the claim that the development will cause no additional stormwater impacts. If this is true, can it be verified? This 266 page report warrants review by an independent body of stormwater experts. Will you direct Raleigh’s Stormwater Management Advisory Commission to do so? How can our developments set a precedent for the best practices in green infrastructure and environmental impact, and move beyond the status quo?

I appreciate your timely consideration of these concerns.

Kind regards,

Jane Harrison from District D