Affordable Housing Endorsements

(From 'Friends of Affordable Housing' press release.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 23, 2003

Affordable Housing Group Endorses Strom, Ward and Greene

The affordable housing advocacy group Friends of Affordable Housing announced their endorsement of three candidates for the Chapel Hill Town Council Tuesday morning. The group based its decisions on voting records, questionnaires and responses to questions at the Northside neighborhood forum. Incumbent Council Members Bill Strom and Jim Ward were endorsed, as well as challenger Sally Greene.

The organization's spokesperson Rich Leber said, "Bill Strom has been one of North Carolina's leading lights in the realm of affordable housing." The group recognized his leadership on requiring affordable housing in new real estate developments in Chapel Hill and held his work out as a model for other elected officials in North Carolina.

NAACP Candidates Forum 10/9

I just got this in the mail today, the forum is Thursday. I know you candidates are getting run ragged, but at least people want to hear from you! People who are going to vote, and possibly even make endorsements. When I ran four years ago, it was hard to tell if anyone was paying attention at all. Plus campaigning is just as much work as serving on the Council (but without the stipend) so like it or lump it...

Here's the schedule:NAACP Candidates Forum: October 9, 2003, 6 pm
St. Joseph CME Church, 510 W. Rosemary Street

Carrboro Mayor6:05 - 6:15

Carrboro Board of Aldermen6:15 - 7:00

Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board7:00 - 7:50

Chapel Hill Mayor7:50 - 8:00

Chapel Hill Town Council8:00 - 9:30

Smart Schools

People around here love the word "smart." We're "smart." We have "smart" kids. We drink "smart" juice. We believe in "smart" growth. And now we want a smart-growth high school in Carrboro.

The smart-growth high school may represent the unified theory of folks who have escaped the city, embraced the space and beauty of our landscape and the pace of our lifestyles, but are still nostalgic for the days when they attended schools that began with "P.S." Establishing an urban neighborhood school in a non-urban environment would represent the overcoming of the last great obstacle to this marriage of fire and water we've been noodling with for the better part of a decade. That is, how to live a life as charged and overflowing and creative and convenient as life in Brooklyn (or Wicker Park, or Cambridge), while dispensing with the smell, and the crowds, and the dirt, and the attenuation of the natural world. Maybe in Carrboro, we think, we can just wish it into being.

C.L.C. "Musical Chairs Forum" 10/19

(Repost from an e-mail.)

Citizens for Livable Communities (CLC) will hold a "Musical Chairs Forum" on Sunday, October 19, from 2 - 4 pm in the large meeting room at the Chapel Hill Library.

A "musical chairs" format was very successful and fun two years ago. We are doing it again. This format will provide citizens a unique small group opportunity for local residents to ask questions in a non-intimidating setting and for the candidate to explain his or her views. Candidates will visit each table for a stated period of time. Unlike musical chairs there will always be a seat for the candidate.

Please refer questions to Kristina Ahlen, 485- 7722 or Julie McClintock, 541-5339, or reply to this e-mail.

The Citizens for Livable Communities Organizing Committee

CLC promotes livable communities through citizen involvement, dialogue and advocacy.

Horace Williams Committee Report released

The Horace Williams Task Force (of which I am Vice Chair) will be presenting it's report, "RECOMMENDED PRINCIPLES, GOALS AND STRATEGIES FOR GUIDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HORACE WILLIAMS PROPERTY (CAROLINA NORTH)" to the Chapel Hill Town Council on Wednesday, October 8.

According to the staff report,

"There was strong consensus from the Committee that the development of the Horace Williams property (Carolina North) should be guided by several overarching principles.

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