November 2011

2011 Pundit Survey

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Zazzle modelOK, political nerds and peanut gallery, it's time for our annual election contest. You have one week to tell us who you think will win the 2011 elections (not who you want to win). 

The survey will close the same time as the real polls - 7:30pm on November 8th. The winner gets a free OP t-shirt or hat in the size and color of your choosing (by way of a gift certificate to the online OP store).

On Going to Jordan

[At the March 1, 2011, meeting of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, in response to a request from the OWASA Board of Directors to facilitate greater access to water from Jordan Lake, Mayor Mark Chilton made the following remarks. The Editors of OP asked if we could publish his comments here as a blog post, and he agreed. -Ed.] 

What the evidence that was just laid out before you clearly shows is that our community is capable of living with the water supply we have now, that the water supply now is very substantial, is scheduled to grow significantly in 2035, and that water conservation efforts have proved to be more effective than—I think they've really proved to be more effective than anybody would have guessed 10 years ago, than the most wild-eyed optimists would have believed 10 years ago. We've been more successful than that. We have not even exhausted the water conservation and water efficiency technologies and policies and procedures that even possibly could be implemented within our community.

Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast

Last week, I received a press release about the 2011 endorsements by the Anderson-Thorpe-Chapman Breakfast Club (quoted in its entirety at the end of this post). Unfortunately, the statement raised more questions than it answered. I spoke by phone with my friend Nate Davis, corresponded with NAACP representative Rob Stephens, and also e-mailed Fred Battle and Al McSurely, but was not able to get any answers to my questions. If candidates and the media are going to tout these endorsements, I think we should know a little more about where they came from.

Idealist Grad Fair

I thought folks might be interested in this event by for folks looking for careers in social justice.

Idealist Grad Fairs are for undergrads, professionals, and anyone thinking of going to grad school to further their social-impact career.  Programs range from degrees in social work, public policy, environmental studies, public interest law, nonprofit management, public health, and more.


Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 9:00am to 12:00pm


Friday Center, Chapel Hill

Student forum for Town Council candidates

UNC Student Government and Campus Y host candidate forum: What do candidates really think about town-and-gown relations?

As a student of social justice at Chapel Hill’s largest employer, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am acutely aware of the impact my education plays on the economic and demographic make-up of our community. With the UNC Student Government and Campus Y (the center for social justice on campus) coming together on November 3, 2011, to host a candidate forum, I had hoped students would finally have their most salient concerns heard by potential council representatives. Even more, I was optimistic that students without cars or a thorough understanding of the intricate bus system would finally gain access to the campaign process, which has built to a climax over the past weeks.

November Fifth

In 1991, as a 20 year-old rising Senior at the University of North Carolina, I did the most outlandish and absurd thing I have ever done in my life.

Public hearing on Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan

Via e-mail from the Town:

On Monday, November 21, 2011, the Town Council will hold a Public Hearing during which they will consider the adoption of the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan and the enactment of zoning amendments to the Northside and Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation Districts. The proposed Plan represents the Town and community response to the temporary moratorium in the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods that was enacted by the Town Council on June 21, 2011.  I will forward the Public Hearing materials to this list prior to the meeting. 



Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:00pm


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

Just got a personal visit from Kevin Wolff

Just a head's up that Mr. Wolff is now canvasing in Southern Village.  He gave me a flyer that says "You must VOTE and voice your opposition NOW!" to keep our children and citizens safe. 

I thanked him for running, but decided not to interrupt working to have a political discussion.  The flyer is interesting as it takes potshots at the current council and mayor.  

He promises to "personally reduce the number of homeless people and the amount of pan handling throughout the city".  How is he going to do that?  Give them money out of his own pocket?  Personally provide job training in his home?

He talks about "my Smart Growth" process that will "Not force our desires into failed objectives that cannot be sustained by the present and future economy", insinuating that the current council doesn't listen to developers.

Interesting that he's not running for council...



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