August 2011

2011 CHCCS School Board candidates

I wanted to create a thread for folks to share their thoughts on the school board candidates and what you'd like to see in the election, especially since the filing day thread has devolved into old attacks and counter-attacks.  And especially since we school board candidates always get the shortest stick in any media coverage (note the CH News editorial today which only had TC candidates).

The CH News did print one story similar to the one on Town Council races today.  Unfortunately (or not, for me), they only gave any details on the challengers.  

So the candidates for 4 four-year seats are (in order of filing)...

How do we feel about David Price's vote on debt-limit deal?

I'm curious about how progressives here on OP feel about David Price's vote on the legislation that was just signed into law to prevent default. We Chapel Hill and Carrboro liberals are sometimes critical of him for not taking a stand, but in this case he voted against the deal Obama signed today.

Carol Woods forum for School Board candidates

Dear Candidates for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education, The Carol Woods Retirement Community Public Forums Committee invites you to a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 11, 3-4:30pm in our Assembly Hall, at 750 Weaver Dairy Road. Carol Woods has some 450 residents and always has a very high voter turnout. Though retirees, residents are still heavily engaged in community activities, and there are usually 150-200 attendees at our forums. At the forum all candidates will be asked to speak briefly, but the majority of the time will be given over to questions from the audience. Closer to the date I will be sending you directions to our campus and also details of the format. We will appreciate your calendaring this date to be here and providing your confirmation by email. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our campus.

Roz McGee, Carol Woods Community Relations Public Forums


Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Carol Woods Assembly Hall

Friends of the Downtown Candidates Forum


Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


The Franklin Hotel

thanks CPD

Since iwas vocal with some questions regarding the Carrboro Police Department recently, I wanted to be vocal about my appreciation of their efforts in stopping residential break ins.

 Thanks and good work!


quote from email from CPD

OC Democratic Women Municipal Candidates forum

Save the Date:  Sept. 22 at OWASA, from 7-9pm.  A Dem Candidates' Forum and discussions with Dem candidates from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough.


Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm



Overcrowded Schools, New Home Construction, and Existing Inventory

It's being reported that school overcrowding "threatens" a moratorium on construction of new homes in Chapel Hill and/or Orange County. Meanwhile, the number of "for sale" signs for existing homes in our neighborhoods are proliferating, as old listings languish and new listings appear.

I was unable to find (after an admittedly quick search) current stats for the number of houses on sale in the various school districts or for the average time a house sits on the market -- probably not numbers that local realtors consider very happy. (Did find reference to an approx. 9% vacancy rate for Chapel Hill, but not certain what that includes -- commercial? residential? both?)

However, it doesn't take a lot of scrutiny to know that there are an unprecedented number of existing houses for sale -- far more than are likely to be built new in the next year, I'd bet. And in the likely event that every one of those houses -- or even half of them -- were sold to families with children by September, the schools would have a difficult time accommodating them.

Carol Woods Forum for CH Town Council Candidates

The Carol Woods Retirement Community Public Forums Committee is holding a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 18, 3-4:30pm in their Assembly Hall, at 750 Weaver Dairy Road.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Carol Woods Assembly Hall, at 750 Weaver Dairy Road

WCHL Chapel Hill Candidate Forum #1

WCHL is hosting two candidate forums. The reason for two is that "there is just so much to discuss that we don't think it could be fit into one meeting".

They are still confirming locations and the exact times for these 90-minute forums.


Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall – Council Chambers

WCHL Chapel HIll Candidate Forum #2

Exact time and location to be determined.


Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm


East Chapel Hill High School – Slant Room



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