November 2010

Election Day Open Thread

Did you vote early, did you vote today, what did you see? Any candidates at the poll sites? Any rude campaign workers? 

And most importantly, where are the candidates' parties tonight?

I won't be attending any of them as I'll be glued to the computer watching results, phoning it in to WCHL occasionally, and then recording my customary election wrap up video. (Should I use Ustream again? It's so full of ads.)

UPDATE: The polls just closed, and I'm adding this widget to show tweets about the election results:

General Election resources usually has questionnaires on lots of local (in the triangle) & statewide elections. Equality NC Endorsements: Conservation Council score card: Club:

2010 general election wrap-up

Pardon the commercial at the beginning, here's my run down of the results in David Price's return to Congress and the 1/4-cent sales tax referendum's narrow loss. I meant for it to be short, but it's 13 minutes long. Sorry! I need an editor. ;-)

One hour wait for early voting at Homestead on Saturday

The only reason I early-voted at Homestead in the first place is that for some strange reason a 3:30 pm UNC football game meant there could be no 9 am - 1 pm early voting at Morehead Planetarium.  That's another story though.

So I had to go to Homestead instead.  It was so crowded for a minute I thought I was at Woodstock 1969.  People everywhere, cars everywhere.  I think I saw Country Joe and the Fish waiting in line.  The woman directing traffic said the wait to vote was 25 minutes.  So I found a parking space for my VW Van with the peace sign on the side, turned off my Strawberry Alarm Clock eight track and got into line.

I waited ONE HOUR.  (That's UNO HORA for our Spanish speaking friends.)  If I knew it was going to be one hour I might have just turned around and left.  Some people probably turned around and left when they heard it was 25 minutes.

Election 2010 Maps: The Orange General

The maps in this post show results from selected contests in the 2010 general election.

Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair

From Internationalist Books: 

The Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair is coming up on November 13 (That is NEXT weekend)...

 The Bookfair will be at The Nightlight from 1-7pm, but we will be having some events here at the store during the day of the bookfair, including (but not limited to!) a meet and greet with Croatan Earth First!, a discussion with Tricia Shapiro, author of Mountain Justice, and a movie screening of The Chicago Conspiracy. 


Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 8:00am to 2:00pm


Nightlight, 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill

Buy Nothing Day

From the Internationalist: 

For this year's Buy Nothing Day, I-Books will be the place to go if you want to get out and buy absolutely nothing! (Seriously, we won't let you buy anything here)

More details to come, but expect there to be fun crafts and skillshares on black friday at I-Books 

See also: and


Friday, November 26, 2010 - 7:00am


Internationalists Books & Community Center, 405 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Carrboro Economic Development Director to Retire

James Harris, the Town of Carrboro Community and Economic Development Director, will retire February 1, 2011 according to a email from the Carrboro Business Association email list sent today.

Mr. Harris has under his belt over twenty nine years of service to the Town. Of great interest to our community is his management of one of the States most successful revolving loan fund programs. The very shape of Carrboro's downtown is due to this program. Successfull businesses such as Weaver Street, the Cat's Cradle, Orange County Social Club, and Neil's Deli were all participants in the CRLF program. Please share in the comments the memories you may have of Mr. Harris and his service to the town.

Seriously Creative Thinking for County Fund-raising Needed

After last night's defeat of the 1/4 cent sales tax we're really under the gun. A number of important community services could be cut. We could witness the closing of libraries, crippled EMS, county employee layoffs, cuts to school budgets, and more. So what are the Commissioners going to do to fill the budget gaps and invest in the future?

Now is the time for some seriously creative thinking. I know the County Manager, Staff, and Commissioners have been thinking about this hard. But what would you do? How would you raise one time or recurring funds to keep the lights on?

Complete Streets in Chapel Hill

Notice from the Town of Chapel Hill:

Complete Streets in Chapel Hill, a community information session and workshop, will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The Town of Chapel Hill workshop will use some fun activities to share and receive ideas on how best to incorporate Complete Streets principles and practices into the Town’s activities. Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street. Creating complete streets means addressing issues such as traffic calming, street design, landscaping, lighting and utilities to better enable safe access for all users.

Town staff participated in a Complete Streets workshop in April to learn more about Charlotte’s experiences and how their lessons could apply in our community.  Staff then began exploring how current policies and standards can support and inform a Complete Streets policy for Chapel Hill. 

The goal of the workshop will be to share information and to begin understanding what priorities the community has for the various elements of complete streets in Chapel Hill.

Can you attend the workshop?

What:     Complete Streets Workshop

When:    Nov. 17, 2010

Time:     5:15-6:15 p.m.

Where:  Council Chamber, Town Hall

Would you like to learn more?


Contact David Bonk (  or Mary Jane Nirdlinger ( or call 919-968-2728.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 12:15pm


Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill



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