June 2011

BREAKING: Rioters arrested at Greenbridge

So remember last year when I said that the people threatening violence against Greenbridge were doing more harm than good? They made a bomb threat against the building while it was under construction. Did it make Greenbridge better or cheaper or more accessible? Did it help the developers better serve the community? Did it help the community combat the rising cost of living in Chapel Hill?  No, but it probably served to make a small group of activists feel better about themselves.

Yesterday, a group of anarchists entered the lobby of Greenbridge intent on destruction. The group of over 30 demonstrators were armed with an anvil, and proceeded to do major damage to the floor, a glass table, and several pieces of artwork. Eight people were arrested Several people were detained, and three were held on felony inciting a riot charges until they were released from the Orange County Jail on a total of $8,000 bond.*

Renewed Opposition to Carrboro Anti-Lingering Ordinance

An anti-lingering ordinance was passed in 2007 in response to neighborhood complaints of loitering and disorderliness at the intersection of Davie and Jones Ferry Roads in Carrboro (the Town of Carrboro Ordinance 5-20 can be viewed here starting on page 8). This intersection (and the Pantry located there) is one of the most popular sites in our community for the gathering of day laborers to meet potential employers.

Local organizations have raised concerns over this ordinance unfairly targeting minority residents and not being constitutional. In fact, the North Carolina ACLU raised such issues when the ordinance was being drafted. Concerns were also voiced on Orange Politics both before and after the ordinance was put in place.

Access to the Chapel Hill Public Library by Certain CHCCS Students

Below is the body of an email sent by me this morning to members of the Chapel Hill - Carrboro City School  (CHCCS) Board, the CHCCS Public Foundation, and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen.

CHCCS School Board candidate orientation session

CHCCS will hold a Board Candidate Orientation on Thursday, July 28, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in the Superintendent's Conference Room of Lincoln Center.  Lunch will be provided during the meeting.  The orientation will seek to familiarize candidates with rules and regulations related to campaigning, the roles and responsibilities of Board of Education Members, current issues in the district and ways of accessing background information about the district.  Candidates interested in attending this orientation should contact Assistant to the Superintendent for Community Relations Stephanie Knott at sknott@chccs.k12.nc.us or (919) 967-8211, ext. 28227. 


Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Superintendent's Conference Room, Lincoln Center

Orange Board of Elections on early voting sites

Jusr received this message from the director of the Orange County Board of Elections, regarding early voting sites in Chapel Hill -- 

From: Tracy Reams [mailto:treams@co.orange.nc.us]
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 3:54PM
To: Town Council
Cc: Ralph Karpinos
Subject: Town of Chapel Hill Election



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