July 2011

Open Government work in CH

Sorry, Ruby. I know you wanted to write about this topic in the upcoming year, but looks like the town and UNC are a little ahead.  :)

UNC School of Information and Library Science to partner with Town of Chapel Hill
Posted Date: 6/27/2011
The Town of Chapel Hill is poised to benefit from a grant received by UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science to increase the digital curation workforce, focusing on the public information and the integration of public policy with information technology. 

Filing Day Open Thread

Today at noon began the 14-day filing period for candidates running for any of the 21 seats that Damon told us about. We'll celebrate the end of filing with the next OP happy hour on July 15th in Hillsborough.

Think we'll see any surprises? 

Congressional redistricting - NC going Red

Looks like the new congressional map may threaten the seats of four of the state's seven House Democrats. David Price's seat looks even safer under the new map. But it looks like Brad Miller's seat will likely go red in 2012. Barring some scandal, it doesn't look like Battlin' Bob Etheridge won't be able to unseat Ellmers as her district is even more Republican now.

I guess this is done deal as Purdue can't veto redistricting.

I still find it odd that red, the traditional color of communism, is associated with the GOP...

More here: http://www.johndavisconsulting.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/JDPR-NEW-Congressional-Districts-July-1-2011.pdf

carrboro citizen

DHHS overhaul to hit home

UNC Housekeepers Facing Poor Working Conditions

In the June 8 edition of the Independent Weekly, Joe Schwartz reports that a housekeeper at UNC Chapel Hill has filed a lawsuit against the university alleging sexual harrassment in what appears to be the latest in a series of reports of poor working conditions for UNC housekeeping staff.

Dick Cheney Not Speaking at UNC.

There are reports that Dick Cheney will be speaking on the UNC Chapel Hill campus the day after the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

According to an article in the Greensboro News and Record he will be speaking at Memorial Hall on September 12th at 7:00 p.m.

OP Editors Meeting

The next OP Editors Meeting will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 6, location to be determined but probably somewhere in downtown Chapel Hill at Top of the Hill (hopefully at the Back Bar). As usual, this meeting is open to the public.

Our standing agenda:

  • Upcoming happy hour planning & promotion
  • Ideas for blogging in the next month
  • Site policy questions and how-tos
  • Debrief the previous month of activity on the site

Feel free to join us! 


Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Top of the Hill, 100 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill

Is Carrboro targeting people of color?

So I am writing because between 6 and 11 Carrboro Police cars have been sitting in front of my house for the past 90 minutes conducting a "license check".  I live on Barnes Street and it is predominantly non white.  I have owned a house here for 7 years and never had this much police presence here even when we worked with the CPD community officers to help with gang violence.


I have a lot of respect for Carrboro Police and have dealt with them first hand on many issues, but tonight has been a different story. When I approached them from my yard to ask what was going on, I was met with the polite but aggressive responses that included..." What , are we bothering you?'


I replied, "Yes, you have woken up my children and there are 8 police cars sitting directly in front of my house and the lights are flashing in my windows."

These officers were by no means sympathetic nor friendly and just now - at 12:15am with the lights still illuminating inside of my house I went outside and they pointed and laughed at me. 




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