September 2013

Dollars and Sense presentation

At noon today I attended a seminar on the economics of town development. The speakers were sponsored by the town, county and chamber of commerce. The argument they presented was that most suburban development both residential and commercial require a very long time to pay back the costs of maintaining the initial infrastructure much less the general government cost of services. They analyzed the tax value/acre of land of various properties in town.  Multiple store buildings create the greatest value although the Spotted Dog also was high in their calculations. Box stores like Walmart rated relatively low on their scale. Implied by their presentation is that the cost benefit formulas used for residential, commercial and industrial are misleading. By the way the title of their talk: Dollars and Sense is a name of a magazine I've subscribed to for years. It is edited by a "collective of economists, journalists and activists who are committed to social justice and economic democracy."



Now Who Pays? The Impact of New North Carolina Legislation and Budget on Local Government Services

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties will sponsor a voter education program entitled Now Who Pays? The Impact of New North Carolina Legislation and Budget on Local Government Services. The goal of this program is to promote greater understanding of the effects on local county governments of the State budget and tax legislation enacted during the 2013 session.

Kelly McCullen, Host of UNC-TV's Legislative Week in Review, will open the program with a summary of the new tax legislation and other outcomes from the 2013 legislative session that impact funding of local services.

The specific impacts on local budgets, revenue sources, and services will be discussed by Charlie Horne from Chatham County, Deborah Criag-Ray from Durham County, and Michael Talbert from Orange County, each representing a County Manager's office..

The program will be held Thursday, September 19, from 7pm to 8:30pm, at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. The program is open to the general public. Admission and parking are free.


Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliot Rd, Chapel Hill

PTA Council/NAACP/SNAC Forum for CHCCS School Board candidates

Forum jointly sponsored by the PTA Council (reps from all CHCCS PTAs), the NAACP Education Committee, and SNAC (Special Needs Advisory Council).


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliot Rd, Chapel Hill

Justice United Candidates' Forum on Affordable Communities

This forum will focus on issues that affect affordable communities: housing, environmental justice, public transportation, jobs & wages, and disaster planning. Carrboro and Chapel candidates for the Town Council and Board of Alderpersons will answer prepared questions for the first hour and then will have an opportunity to mingle with the audience to meet people directly and answer individual questions.


Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Binkley Baptist Church (1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill)

WCHL's 2013 Carrboro Election Forum


Monday, October 21, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Hi all, Even though I Was not invited to the forum, I attended the Central West Focus Committee Meeting. Gary Kahn

OrangePolitics Candidate Forums

OrangePolitics will be holding our third-annual live online candidate forums for the upcoming elections for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, the Chapel Hill Town Council, and the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, as well as an informal Conversation With the Mayors, which will include the candidates in all three of the county's uncontested mayoral races.  

Campaign events

We are working to collect ALL the events that candidates are expected to attend on the OP calendar, and we are also categorizing them so that folks can see how much work folks are doing in each race.

Orange Co. Democratic Women host municipal election forum

The Orange County Democratic Women hosted their municipal election forum last night. All Democratic candidates for Carrboro Board of Aldermen, Chapel Hill Town Council, and Hillsborough Town Board were invited. The moderators of the event announced that Amy Ryan and Sally Greene had conflicts and could not attend, while Paul Neebe did not notify OCDW as to why he did not attend.

Molly and I attended and did our best to provide some livetweets of the event, though that proved difficult at some points, as the forum turned into more of a discussion about halfway through. At that point, candidates and audience members divided up into specific municipalities for municipality-specific questions and answers. I was personally a little frustrated by the format, as I felt that it didn't allow for much discussion of specific issues confronting the towns and our county at large.

If you were unable to attend, you can review our tweets from the event below.



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