Lisa Stacey is a very self absorb person. She intentionally hired people, billed and did not pay people. Lisa cannot use God for everything she has done is not of God. According to Alliance response, she is doing fraudulent billing. She has had three years to correct this problem and she chose to let consumers and employees suffer. Her debt is a million plus but she billed three million and still did not pay people. She a criminal, con artist and a crook. She is not a victim. The US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE need to get involve. This is bigger than ALLIANCE.
If she was an African American business she would have been closed down.
Gave us short sited. Music lessons and preschools will not support downtown either. The folks I see that have kids in music classes at Cary School of music never spend a dime downtown. They stay in their cars or sit at the center because the lessons are only 45 mins not leaving enough time for parents to even do errands.
No, the way to a booming downtown is clearly MORE ROOFTOPS. Downtown is some of the LEAST DENSELY developed land in all of Cary. When more people live and work downtown the demographics will drive more retail development. Right now that is all happening in what has become central Cary ( Davis and High House) and to some extent west of 55. Downtown needs some folks to SELL and make way for high rise apartments!!!!!!
Would you mind explaining why you and the rest of the Indy staff distribute every week a "community" paper filled with factually incorrect information about libertarians and conservatives, as well as Republicans, and why you often engage in demeaning rhetoric, if not flat out hate speech, against them.
Please explain too why the Indy calls out Republicans for the exact things Democrats do, but you remain silent on the latter group.
Please explain why you folks outed a private citizen and made fun of him simply because he complained to the city about the ghost bikes.
Please explain too why you let a liberal commentator celebrate the potential rape of man because he was presumed to be conservative. And let us know too if in the event someone celebrates the rape of a woman or liberal, whether or not you would allow that comment to remain on the Indy's website.
Thanks. I look forward to hearing your answers.
Responding to Donna Burford (Petitioner), Perhaps what Jane Porter is refering to in her article, rather than the Petition itself, is "the letter of talking points that I drew up for all the neighbors to read" (your words), that was distributed as you solicited signatures for the Petition, that contained the following assertion: "Eventually the City of Raleigh will require [Lorimer Road] to be brought up to standard as a conforming road and the property owners will pay the increased fees of assesment at that time if it is not handled now." As you know, that contention was discredited at the meeting on April 1 by the City officials in attendance (with Kay Crowder presiding)—and yet you and your sister continued to distribute that same misinformation to neighbors the very next day.
NC State has a home game against Louisville this weekend. I have stepped over vomit a time or two headed into Carter Finley. Is the City council going to prohibit tailgating? I would hope not. We are a college city! And shame on whoever singled out Mary-Ann Baldwin in this ad.
The ad was right on! I am very concerned about the value of my condo downtown - nobody wants to live in a dirty and unruly neighborhood. I also think the new PUPS rules are working well as the sidewalks are more open and the level of noise improved late at night. All my neighbors agree with the content of the ad - Mary Ann Baldwin and Eugene Weeks are letting us down, not only on this front, but also on very important social and economic issues - for example, affordable housing and a supermarket for downtown residents.
So sad--and ticked off--about Mark Van Ness' experience here in Raleigh. This town can and should do MUCH better than that.
Tattoos have crossed over into the mainstream and they're not going back. This is a legitimate form that is unique among the visual arts, and it deserves--and is beginning to get--the respect afforded to drawing, photography, printmaking, etc. Raleigh would do well to welcome it with open arms.
You are correct the outdoor areas are public spaces. They are spaces that the city used as part of their Livable Downtown plan to entice businesses to come downtown. That same plan called on patio dining as a "right." They called for it and many of us responded. As a matter of fact I would say it worked. Did the International Bluegrass Festival choose Raleigh for Kimbrells Furniture or our great bank buildings or was it our restaurant and nightlife that attracted them? Have there been instances of it going too far? Sure. There were many fixes to the problems that could've been tried but instead they used a ham handed approach that left restaurants out of the conversation.
You are also correct that we pay a small permit fee. Admittedly too low for use of that space but we also pay taxes on that use of space. And we keep our street clean. Not just in front of my restaurant but up and down the street as best we can. I don't want my customers stepping over trash on the way to eat at my establishments either.
The restrictions are NOT a trial. It's a law. In the books. Done deal. Can they implement a new law? Sure, but make no mistake as the assistant city manager has said, this is a law. And after elections if they choose not to revisit it then it will stand. Unfortunately, it's not just one hour difference. The figure they chose for capacity is a bigger issue. Under their calculations a 6 foot picnic table can only seat 2 people? 1 person per 15sqft? Madness.
I'm sure it sounds trivial to you. I get that. For myself and my employees and the hundreds of friends that I have in the hospitality industry it isn't though. When certain members of council are quoted in the N&O as saying there are too much of one type of business around then I start to get worried. What else might they not care for that they will enact a regulation to try and discourage in the future? Maybe it's theaters that show rated R movies? Sure, that sounds idiotic and could never happen but then I would've never thought that they would make me corral my adult customers behind a pen and tell them they can't read their book outside and enjoy a late bite on a Monday. (that happened)
Personally I think Matt and Ashton will do a great job on council. They are both their own person and to suggest otherwise is unfounded speculation. Every conversation I've had or read about them shows two people that have a genuine love of Raleigh and a passion to bring new ideas to a rapidly growing city. No matter who wins though I think we'll have a good turnout and a whole lot of people that are more aware of their local government and the importance it plays.
And that ad? Lol. I understand it will be running through the weekend just in time for International Bluegrass Festival to come to downtown. I wonder if they can get a refund?
I am completely unaware of any inaccuracies in the City of Raleigh Petition, you may need to investigate that with the City. I didn't write the petition nor do I have the authority to revise it.
Living downtown it's easy to see the writing on the wall for Fayetteville Street if we do not start diversifying the downtown experience and retail base.
This is not a side issue it is a clear cut case of being off plan with implementing our collective vision for downtown.
First a sidelight to enrich the context.
There was plenty of cash to write checks to roll the dice on the hotel subsidy, building out what is now Bolt, building the convention center, and much more. All good bets and all "against the market" and conventional wisdom at the time.
Now instead of championing the supermarket we need on city owned land as recommended by the consulting company hired to lead the downtown plan effort we get excuses that put residents in last place again--Ms. Baldwin was widely quoted in the press knocking down this idea. Kay Crowder and Russ Stephenson however went for the gold and voted to try and get the incentives in place for the supermarket.
So, Mary-Ann won't support the consultant recommended method for attracting the long overdue supermarket. She does however seem to have lots of political capital to spend supporting the few bar owners who precipitated this mess and dragged all the rest of the restaurants and bars into the new rules because they would not self police. During the Law and Public Safety Committee meeting she chairs when city staff delivered their well thought out and carefully designed final recommendation for new private use of public space rules Mary-Ann dismissed the work and went in the opposite direction.
She has the right to govern as she sees fit and has experience. That right however is tempered by elections and this ad is, in my opinion, captures and projects a key issue. Is it dramatic? Of course it is this is an election. Great ad--on point and hard hitting.
A number of people texted me about this ad today. All the comments were favorable.
Mary-Ann has done some good things for Raleigh and I have voted for her but on this and other crucial downtown issues, in my opinion, she is not on the correct side. Sadly that means my days of voting for her are over.
Thank you Donna, I am aware that 51% is the threshold needed for the City Council to consider a citizens' petition. I began the story by pointing out that the council voted unanimously to make the sidewalk improvements. Perhaps you would like to explain why you continued to distribute a petition to your neighbors that you knew contained factual inaccuracies and were asked to correct but apparently did not. Please do not try to confuse this issue with whether or not we support sidewalks. We enjoy walking on sidewalks and we enjoy drinking on them and last week we endorsed Kay Crowder for the District D seat over a capable challenger, Ashton Mae Smith.
The City Council does not even consider these petitions without the signatures by more than 50% of the affected property owners. In this case, more than 70% signed. The City Council approved it with an 8 to 0 vote and you neglected to mention either of those pertinent facts. Two of those who don’t want the improvements say many of the petitioners were duped. Instead of interviewing even a single petitioner to determine if they feel mislead or that Crowder was unresponsive, you published these unfounded accusations. And you closed the article with a plug for Smith for City Council. Are we to believe that Smith and the Indy Week are anti-sidewalk?
This is Billy's wife and I think this comment is amazeballs.
This is Billy's wife Hillary and I like this comment.
What a gift to the Baldwin, Smith and Tomasulo campaigns. This mystery PAC could use some messaging help. For example, how about some facts:
1. The outdoor areas in question are public property (formerly known as sidewalks).
2. The bars pay a small permit fee (annual, I assume) to use them, but bear no responsibility for cleaning them up.
3. The restrictions recently passed amount to one hour less of outside serving per night--and it's a TRIAL program.
This is a tempest in a teapot, but never underestimate the power of the trivial to obscure the important.
Caveat emptor, Baldwin & Co. supporters. You are being had, and the other side just made it that much easier.
Whatever is wrong with taking the time to get such an important exercise right? I don't understand why anyone would be against that.
There is so much in the voluminous pages of the UDO that I've seen corrected in just the last month. Yes, the old code is way outdated, we do understand that, but no reason not to make sure Raleigh has the best rewrite possible.
Don't confuse wanting the UDO to be scrutinized by the public with being against growth, many of us are excited about the possibilities for Raleigh's continued progress in the coming years.
All the more reason to want the UDO to be right for Raleigh. As it stands now, there are parts that need fixing, and parts still requiring examination. Let those being affected have a fair look at what will guide Raleigh for the next 50+ years.
This article is an examination of why the lame duck council intends to jam though the UDO prematurely, and how wrong that would be. The jabs and kudos given to various councilors match up to where they are on the question of making such a blatant boneheaded move.
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What a ridiculous ad (the N&O one). And it's going after Baldwin & Friends for the wrong reasons besides.
Baldwin wants Crowder and Stephenson out of the way for her big developer friends, and this stupid stupid sidewalk issue (these are not patios, folks, and did I tell you it's stupid?) is a distraction. A well-promoted one. Medford is definitely getting his money's worth in setting up the org "Keep Raleigh Vibrant."
Sudoku using letters of the alphbet - how very clever!!!!!
It's not that Don Frantz is wrong about supporting "The Heart of Cary." It's just that he has tunnel vision on the subject. He also detests even the word "transit," at the same time the Town selected him to be on a major Wake County transit palnning committee.
I support Gabe Talton for my Distritt B in Cary. Early Voting started today. This Council could use some new blood.
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