Meg McGurk has taken the helm of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership after five years as its assistant director. I have worked with Meg for four years in the planning of Project Connect, an annual event where persons at risk for homelessness and those experiencing homelessness can receive services.
Recently, members of the North Carolina Air National Guard left their homes in the Charlotte area to serve the people of South Dakota in reaction to the out-of-control forest fires. Two days ago, when a C-130 cargo plane was carrying fire retardant to the fires, the plane crashed. Four members lost their lives and two were injured. While the names of the injured have yet to be announced, the four who lost their lives in service to others were: Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal (pronounced like "Michael"), 42, of Mooresville, N.C.; Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, 36, of Belmont, N.C.; Maj.
I support environmental protection and the mitigation of global climate change. I do not believe that every business should be allowed to do what they what. But there are times when government is in the wrong and shouldn’t kowtow to existing businesses and their supporting organizations at the cost of new business. So to kick this post off I’m going to reclaim a bit of conservative rhetoric. Because it applies in this situation.
It should not be the job of the Town of Chapel Hill to pick which business succeeds and which fails. But this is what they are doing by aggressively regulating food trucks away from the streets of Chapel Hill. It’s called protectionism. The result of the Town of Chapel Hill food truck ordinance is protecting existing brick and motar businesses from competition with food trucks. This is accomplished by charging a fee that is unaffordable to food trucks. The fact that almost no food truck owners will pay the Town fee to provide services in our Town is evidence of that.
Chapel Hill Magazine's The Weekly had a nice scoop this afternoon. "The WEEKLY has learned that George Cianciolo will make himself a candidate to fill 's council seat after she moves to BOCC."They also noted that Jon Dehart will seek the appointment as well. Should be interseting to see their article next week, particularly if they have other names of folks planning to run.
Unsurprisingly, names have started to surface as possible
applicants for Penny Rich's open Town Council seat once she leaves her post to
join the County Commission in January. Today I heard via Twitter that George
Gianciolo and Jon DeHart likely plan to apply for the position.
While I'm sure either of these men would provide a
thoughtful voice for Council, the unpleasant reality is that if either were
appointed, the gender breakdown of CHTC would be just two women and seven men
(including Mayor Kleinschmidt). Council would be comprised of just 22%
women, exactly the same representation as the NC legislature.
embarrassing that a municipal government we proudly consider to be a model for
progressivism in our state could possibly have the same gender breakdown as our
backward-thinking General Assembly.
The Town Council's initial reaction to the proposed redevelopment of Colony Apartments (see "Council balks" in the CH News, 7/3/12) is classic Chapel Hill: act high-minded when, in fact, our head is buried deep in the sand. I am an affordable housing advocate and a Chapel Hill resident, but I take a different view of this development proposal.
Chapel Hill Special Topics: "Planning Models and the Future Townscape"
Town of Chapel Hill Special Topics sessions return to the community
with "Planning Models and the Future Townscape" to be presented at noon
Wednesday, July 18, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin
Luther King Jr. Blvd. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Special Topics series began during the Chapel Hill 2020
comprehensive planning process as a way to share information with
interested residents who want to know more about issues, trends and
studies that affect the future. For past topics, see http://bit.ly/zi4gLo.
Garrett Davis, a long range planner for the Town of Chapel Hill,
will provide an overview of the
various types of planning models the Town uses to analyze and
understand data related to future population and employment growth and
related transportation and land use impacts. Models help planners gather
and analyze information and predict possible future outcomes, based on a
set of assumptions. The presentation, which will provide an overview of
the current use of planning modes in the Triangle region and focus on
the use of CommunityViz, an interactive software platform that
integrates land use mapping and statistical analysis used by the Town
during the development of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. The presentation
will be followed by a question and answer session.
Garrett develops analysis, Geographic Information System (GIS),
and graphic design projects to aid the Town's planning initiatives. He
also provides professional support to other Town departments and partner
The public event will be aired live on Chapel Hill Government TV-18 and streamed on the Town of Chapel Hill website at www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1850. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-969-5061.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Chapel Hill Town Hall Council Chambers (405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.)
I used to think that getting paid is what differentiated The Media from blogs, but I'm increasingly not so sure about this. For example, WCHL uses a large number of unpaid interns as news reporters, and now they want some lucky "winner" to provide voice talent to promote their new FM signal.
If you think YOU have the perfect voice for radio, then this is the contest for you!
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