April 2006

Bike me, please

Just yesterday, while planning a trip to the other side of downtown, I was wondering when the heck are we going to get some community bikes that I can jump on, ride across town, and leave for the next person to use?

This morning I got the answer: May. SURGE and the ReCyclery are planning to introduce a community bike program during national Bike to Work Week, May 15-19.

John Herrera proposed a program like this during his re-election campign in Carrboro last fall. But I haven't heard anything since...

Cleaning house

The weather is georgeous and we are going to do some spring cleaning at Orange Politics. There are currently about 50 unpublished guest posts hanging out in the system. We need to clean these up so that new posts can be easily found.

There is one small change to the guest posting instructions. You no longer need to inform the editors of your post. But this means that if you are working on an entry and are not ready for it to be published yet, you must save as "Private" to keep the editor's prying eyes out.

All old guests posts still in the queue by Thursday at 5 pm will be deleted.

And here are the updated instructions (with changes indicated by underline and strikeout). Remember they are always available on the right side of every page via the How to post on OP link.

When The State of the Union Drives You To Drink, Drink Liberally!

The Chapel Hill chapter of Drinking Liberally will be meeting this Thursday, April 6, at Tyler's (back in the Speakeasy) from 7pm until 10pm. To keep up with goings-on, you can sign up for the chapter mailing list here. A word or two about DL:

An informal, inclusive progressive drinking club. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.

Bars are democratic spaces - you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space - build democracy one drink at a time.

Al Franken returns

I just learned that Al Franken is returning to Chapel Hill this Friday, April 7. I went to see him last April and had a whale of a good time. I won't be able to go this year because of the job thing but hope hear it on the radio. If I'm a good boy perhaps WillR and others will web log it again.

Doors open at 10:30, he did a bit of stand up last time that wasn't broadcast. The good seats go quick. Show runs from noon till 3:00. Admission is free. It's in the student union on the UNC campus. Check it out.

WCHL's web site say's this is in conjunction with some kind of movie Al's in. It's showing at 8:30 PM and is part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Meet the candidates this week

For any of you that are Democrats or plan to vote in the Democratic primary*, the local party is having some events of interest including their convention this weekend.

The County Convention is on Saturday, April 8, at the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough. Registration begins at 11:00, barbecue lunch ($10.00 donation) at 11:30, and the meeting itself at 12:45. Candidates will be politicking in the parking lot before the convention, and the keynote address is by Patricia Timmons-Goodson, Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Meet the candidates for District 15B Superior Court Judge at the April 6 meeting of the Orange County Democratic Women, 6:00 pm at the Exchange at Meadowmont.

Come to the Open House for all Democratic candidates at the Occoneechee Steak House, 378 S. Churton Street, in Hillsborough from 6:30 - 9:00 pm on Monday, April 10.

Greener fields?

Nancy Suttenfield, a key UNC "mover-n-shaker" since 2000, current member on many Town-n-Gown related boards, is leaving UNC and is headed to Wake Forest.

Nancy's been quite busy both at UNC overseeing the recent tidal wave of capital expenditures. She's also been involved in a number of Town-n-Gown outreach efforts, such as Kevin Foy's Downtown Partnership. Not only did she help form UNC's new Carolina North committee, she's one of UNC's key representatives on that committee.

I wonder if her leaving will change the current shaky dynamic of that committee?

More from today's Herald-Sun.

Chapel Hill may disband two boards

I was pretty shocked to read today that Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy has written a memo to the Town Council proposing that they should end the Horace Williams Citizen's Committee (old web site, new web site). Just a few months ago, I helped to draft a plan for how the HWCC would proceed in the next year or two to study some of the issues surrounding Carolina North and to make recommendations on them to the Town Council.

In all of the discussion of Ken Broun's new committee to advise UNC's leaders, it has always been made clear that the HWCC would still exist to advise Chapel Hill's leaders. I have not seen any change in situation that would mean we don't need this service any longer. This decision would be a major reversal and it deserves more explanation than the Mayor has given.

Local Immigrant Rights Rally - this MONDAY

Important stuff going on next door in Chatham County. Road trip to Siler City, anyone?

A page in history will be written in North Carolina on Monday, April 10 when anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000 immigrants and their allies will march and rally in Siler City, NC, about 1 hour west of Raleigh on Hwy 64, and many more will gather in Winston Salem, Wilmington, Murphy, and other cities across NC. This is a national day of action against terrible anti-immigrant legislation being considered by Congress, with hundreds of protests planned around the country. We need hundreds of volunteers, observers, and allies to help ensure the safety and rights of all participants.

A statewide Volunteer Training is set for 4:00 pm, Sunday April 9, at the Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W Main St, Carrboro, NC. RSVP hospitality@ncpeacejustice.org

Please consider standing in solidarity with immigrants who are fighting for their rights and their lives!

Orange County Commissioner Candidates Forum

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is partnering with EmPOWERment, Inc., the Village Project, and WCHL 1360AM to host an Orange County Commissioner candidates forum on Tuesday, April 11 from 7:30pm-9pm at Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill. The forum will be broadcast live on WCHL 1360AM. The forum partners hope that you can attend or listen to the live broadcast on WCHL.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce also asked candidates to complete a questionnaire and interview. The Chamber elections brochure complete with questionnaire answers and chamber commentary on candidates is available online at http://www.carolinachamber.org/elections/

Sierra Club endorses county commission candidates

I know you're all waiting on the edge of your seats for this shocker:

For Orange County commissioner, the chapter endorsed candidates Mike Nelson and incumbents Alice Gordon and Barry Jacobs. It also expressed support "short of an endorsement" for Fred Battle.
- newsobserver.com | Chapter picks its faves



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