June 2011

Public Meeting for proposed Durham and Orange Counties Bus and Rail Investment Plans

News release from City of Durham

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is hosting open house sessions in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough where residents can provide input on the proposed Durham and Orange Counties Bus and Rail Investment Plans. 

The plans address the need for enhanced public transportation in the Triangle to serve its growing populations as well as provide opportunities for low-to-moderate income families to get to work, educational opportunities, and other cities in the region. The plans outline the variety of revenue sources necessary to support the proposed light rail, commuter rail, and expanded local and regional bus services. 

Open house sessions for residents to learn more about these proposed plans are scheduled at the following locations:

  • June 7 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Southwest Library, 3605 Shannon Road, Durham 
  • June 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Holton Career and Resource Center's Senior Room, Second Floor, 401 N. Driver St., Durham 
  • June 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill 
  • June 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - North Regional Library, 221 Milton Rd., Durham 
  • June 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Orange County Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

A short presentation will be given periodically at each open house session and staff will be available to discuss the proposed plans on a one-on-one basis with the public. 

Residents who are unable to attend the open house sessions are encouraged to view the proposed investment plan for Durham on the DCHC MPO website atwww.dchcmpo.org. The proposed Orange County Bus and Rail Investment Plan will be available on the DCHC MPO website beginning Tuesday, June 7. Residents may submit comments by e-mail until June 17 to comments@dchcmpo.org or at the open house sessions. 

The Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will host a public hearing on the Durham Bus and Rail Investment Plan during its regular session meeting on June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners' Chambers, located in the Durham County Administrative Complex, 200 E. Main St., Durham. The Durham BOCC is expected to take formal action on the Durham County Bus and Rail Transit Investment Plan during the Durham BOCC meeting on June 27 at 7 p.m. 

The Transportation Advisory Committee, which is the policy-making board of the DCHC MPO, will consider approval of both investment plans at its June 22 meeting at 9 a.m. in the Committee Room of City Hall, located at 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham. The public is also invited to provide comments on the plans at this meeting. 

For more information about the proposed investment plans, visit the DCHC MPO website at www.dchcmpo.org or contact Andy Henry at (919) 560-4366, ext. 36419.


Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm


Orange County Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

In The Race for Carrboro Aldermen

Hello OP!

My name is Michelle Johnson. I'm running for Carrboro Board of Aldermen. I'm excited to be involved in the conversation on OP about the many important issues facing our community. 

Find me on Facebook:  here

Find me on Twitter: @MichelleforBOA

Check out Common Science on Chapelboro.com

With permission from Ruby I thought I'd let you know that in addition to my local politics blog here on the OP, I've been publishing a weekly science blog on chapelboro.com called Common Science. It's been a fun project so far and I have been mixing both global and local topics.  For example, for those with stamina I'm part of the way through a 10 part series on petroleum which has been formulating my head for a few years.  On more local issues I've posted an appeal to consider solar water heaters and also why the cicadas evolved to have 13 and 17 year life cycles.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

LWV Educational Forum on Redistricting

"IT'S YOUR FUTURE: Will YOU Choose Your Representative Or Will THEY Choose You?"

An LWVODC Educational Forum on Redistricting in NC

Saturday, June 18th., 10 a.m. to noon, Extraordinary Ventures, 200 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill


LWV Position on Redistricting and Redistricting Reform
- Gay Eddy, Moderator, LWVODC

The Troubled History of Redistricting in NC
- Bill Gilkeson, former (1985-2010) Staff Attorney at the NC General Assembly

NC's Redistricting Process and Its Status in the General Assembly
- Jane Pinsky, Director, The NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform

Review of the Current Congressional /Legislative Maps and Where the New Lines Should Be Drawn

- Jessica Holmes, Redistricting Organizer, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Review and Status of Redistricting Reform Legislation in the NC General Assembly

- Jane Pinsky, Director, The NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform

The Pros and Cons of Redistricting Reform
- Bob Phillips, Ex. Director, NC Common Cause

Question and Answer Session

This forum is open to the public and is supported by a grant from the LWVNC Citizen Education Foundation. 


Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Extraordinary Ventures, 200 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill

The 21 Openings of 2011

A total of 21 seats are available in this year's municipal and school board elections. As incumbents and newcomers begin declaring their intentions, a quick summary of what we're in for is in order. Below is a list of the municipal and school board positions that will appear on local ballots in November.

The Future of Regional Transit

Last week was a bad week for local and regional transit. The County Commissioners voted to postpone the half-cent sales tax referendum for increased service and future light rail, and Chapel Hill Transit submitted a budget with heavy service reductions (including cutting service completely to two neighborhoods). With these decisions, it is likely that it will be several years before we see improvements to our transit system.

Elections 2011

Dream Acts Panel Discussion

"As a supplement to the current exhibition at 523 E. Franklin, representatives from the Abbey Court, Northside, Rogers Road, and Pine Knolls communities—as well as members of Technology Without Borders & Rainbows Soccer—will discuss building community in our neighborhoods, among friends, and across distances. We welcome our experiences & questions!"


Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 7:00pm


523 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill (former Chapel Hill Museum)

National Day Laborers Organizing Network working with local organizations to improve conditions

El Centro Hispano and the Fair Jobs and Wages team of Orange County Justice United continue work to improve the work conditions for those in the informal job market in Orange County through a collaboration with the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON).The NDLON has facilitated the opening of at least 30 worker centers nationwide.

During this coming week (June 20-26th) the NDLON Legal Programs Director and the East Cast Field Coordinator will be in Orange County. They will be meeting with workers and officials and getting to know the community. They will be holding a large meeting with workers to provide information on how worker centers operate on Thursday.

A meeting of the Day Laborer Taskforce will be held on Saturday June 25th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at El Centro Hispano. During the meeting, a documentary on worker centers will be screened and those in attendance will have a chance to meet the NDLON staff and ask any questions.



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