March 2010

OP Happy Hour

Organized by and with UNC students! A special opportunity to welcome young people who want to learn more about local issues. All candidates will be invited once the venue is confirmed. 

UPDATE: The venue is set for R&R Grill, and the candidates have been invited.  Y'all come! 


Friday, April 16, 2010 - 2:00pm


R&R Grill, Nationsbank Plaza, East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

New Hope Improvement Association.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 3:00pm


New Hope Community Center on Whitfield Road

Carol Woods Community Relations Committee


Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 11:00am


Carol Woods Assembly Hall, Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill

Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce


Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 3:00pm


Leland Little’s Auction House, Cornerstone Court, Hillsborough.

Reporting Local Campaign Finances

Well, if anyone was wondering why there is a noticeable void of good reporting on campaign finances in local elections… I have the answer.

The answer is pretty simple, but horribly boring.

The answer is a lack of uniformity in campaign finance report rules, a lack of money to throw around and a lack of technological advancement in local governments. More notably, the office-holder hopefuls who are filling out these forms (or are having their buddy/treasurer fill them out) are also fairly technologically challenged.

IFC Community House meets the neighbors

The IFC held the first of three scheduled community discussions tonight. These discussions are designed to facilitate better communications with the community. The meeting began with three short presentations to update everyone on the current status of the planning process and to provide a brief synopsis of the expectations IFC has for the new facility. 

The new facility is being designed to serve 52 men on a full-time basis with room for 17 emergency cots on white-flag nights. As Chris Moran said, the Community House will serve as transitional housing for homeless men. Emergency housing will need to be provided through the efforts of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness group. 

The facility is laid out with the first floor devoted to counseling, health and dental services, and other resources to help the residents transition out of homelessness. The second floor provides sleeping/living rooms. The men will start off living in a dormitory-type room with around 10 occupants per room. There are two of the large dorm rooms. As the men progress toward their goals they will step down to a 4-occupant room and finally to a 2-occupant room.



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