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Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council


"Cooking the books"... "financial X-File"... nice framing. I'm glad we still have access to the source documents, since that is behind my arguments, and any number of epithets and accusations of bad intentions from you and your fellow supporters don't change the facts. BTW, you forgot "Old."

Ashton Smith has an overwhelming number of folks in the development sector supporting her campaign. No cooking required! Just common sense.

Ashton Smith is being mentored and supported by people with the best interests of unimpeded development in the city of Raleigh at heart. We deserve better than that. We have better than that, let's keep it and improve upon it.

I don't agree with everything anyone on council has done, like on the county and school board level, the city has had our share of growing pains and missteps, but we don't need to go wholesale into one side or the other in the development arena. We don't need the equivalent of the NC General Assembly in the Raleigh City Council--so overwhelmingly skewed in one direction, a lot of bad decisions are passed through without debate.

I invite others to go look at the source docs and think about this.

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Posted by glenwoodbrooklynite on 09/22/2015 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council


Last post (for me) on this.

I understand your views on historic preservation but those dollars belong in the "development" bucket (if we are creating arbitrary funding buckets). We are talking about entities trying to shape city policy and they certainly belong in the same bucket as a construction company who wants less regulation.

Of course, my point is that you are distracting people from the issues by cooking the numbers to support your views. Like I said, Ms. Smith does not have a "huge list of developer support" (your words) at least not compared to Ms. Crowder. Ms. Crowder has raised more money from "developers" than Ms. Smith. If someone can show me otherwise, I will retract that statement (but the totals I looked at support that statement).

I think everyone would be better served by focusing on the issues where Ms. Smith and Ms. Crowder disagree rather than chasing some financial X-File that doesn't exist.

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Posted by Justin Scranton on 09/22/2015 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council

Is it actually surprising that patio owners support the candidate supporting patios?

Also, Mr. Geary, your candidate was not a financial advisor as stated in an earlier comment.

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Posted by outside the otb on 09/22/2015 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council

So sorry... Ms. Porter did include this particular question.

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Posted by GV on 09/22/2015 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council

After listening to the forum, I believe Ashton Smith had the best answer to a question regarding replacing infrastructure in older neighborhoods. Unfortunately, Ms. Porter neglected to include it. Fortunately, WakeUp Wake County tweeted it!

WakeUP Wake County ‏@wakeupwake 19h19 hours ago Raleigh, NC
@ashtonmae wants to bring transparency to bureaucracy in responding to infrastructure improvements"

Believe me, transparency is not what we have now.

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Posted by GV on 09/22/2015 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council


At last someone is looking at the numbers.

Don't count historic preservation folks in with developers, who are in opposition to them far too many times. One of the biggest conflicts right now is preventing the teardown of old homes that qualify for the historic register only to see a huge McMansion put up in its place. Which doesn't exactly make the city core more dense either.

Regarding your statement about associates, I'd say the same about the of architects supporting Crowder, that this is where she and her late husband come from, so no surprises there either. The architecture community respects the attention to detail Councilors Crowder and Stephenson bring to deliberations in council.

How do you think downtown became the place the complaining bar owners are fighting over right now? That didn't happen by approving anything and everything as is that comes in from the developers. As Ashton Smith's mentor does, which brings me to...

If this is Ashton Smith's background and milieu, that is even more worrisome. No wonder Mary-Ann Baldwin is mentoring Ms. Smith. Baldwin, and her funders would like nothing better than see the roadblocks (Crowder and Stephenson) out of the way in council.

Ashton Smith is the developer's choice in this election. Follow the money still applies here. It always does, no matter what generalized platitudes and jargon you hear.

With the future of the old neighborhoods, and decisions about Dix park coming up, this is not when we need to lighten up on the oversight of what's being proposed for Raleigh. That oversight and thoughtfulness will be there with Kay Crowder, that is known already even from the short time she has served in her own right on council. All I have to go on with Smith is vague promises and that huge list of developer support.

No deep dark plan, it's politics, and it's safe to say we have different priorities, Justin.

Will Raleigh remain a place people wish to live, I as an admitted creative class type sure hope so, and my support for Kay Crowder reflects my hopes.

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Posted by glenwoodbrooklynite on 09/22/2015 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council


Again, let me reiterate that I don't have a dog in the fight between Ms. Crowder and Ms. Smith. Both seem like able candidates with different views on downtown development.

That said, $7k of your cited $12k of "realtors, builders, etc" money donated to Ms. Smith is from two sources one of whom is her former employer and the other is a real estate agent. It doesn't surprise or shock me that Ms. Smith--who worked in Real Estate--would find her former colleagues to be a source of funding. Nor does it suggest--to me--some dark scheme. As you noted, the rest of Ms. Smith's contributions come from restaurant owners (notably Niall Hanley) and her friends/colleagues.

Indeed, Ms. Crowder has raised $12,026 dollars from developers if one includes architects, mortgage bankers, and historical preservation groups. (I did include Greg Hatem's $3,176 in that sum).

Ms. Crowder also has significant contributions from:

Local attorneys: $2,750
NCSU employees: $2050
NC Govt: $3200 (most from the Mayor)

None of these seem problematic either but I am sure someone could make vague allusions about "following the money" if they wanted to distract voters from really listening to either candidates views.

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Posted by Justin Scranton on 09/22/2015 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council

Folks interested in the candidates' fundraising -- how much and from whom -- can find their financial reports on the Wake County Board of Elections website at:… (click on candidate committees)

Specific links to Kay Crowder's report and Ashton Smith's are below.……

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 09/22/2015 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Join us live for the Raleigh City Council candidate forum

"Give free bus passes to kids ot encourage them to grow up riding buses (that's a good idea)."

Yes it is. That is why the city already does it!…

"do something less expensive than putting a bunch of buses on street"
Like what? Of all the 4 options, the bus component is the cheaper major part.

" At NCSU you can go online and see where buses are in real time and plan your trip efficiently. We need to do this to create state of the art transit system."
You can do that for ANY Triangle area bus system already!

I am a lifelong bus rider. Born and raised in Raleigh and I've never had a car or license. For all the emphasis on transit, it is a shame some of these candidates who claim it is so important to them don't even fully understand what they are talking about. Try using it! GoRaleigh (aka the bus system formerly known as CAT)/GoTriangle have improved over the years but they are far from perfect. We need better frequency, extended coverage (especially into some lower income parts Raleigh that could benefit from direct bus service), and longer hours. We clearly also need better outreach on public transit so citizens know how to fully utilize what exists now. What we don't need are clueless policy makers/prospective policy makers who don't know what they are talking about.

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Posted by Roy B. on 09/22/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

A reasonable person needs to do some research before spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home. Ask about the HOA - talk to neighbors - contact the management company and demand some answers. This is likely one of the largest assets you will ever purchase - you would spend a fraction of that amount to buy a car and think about the research that you do in that buying process.

Your neighbor, who did the research, and bought a home with the understanding that certain conditions were guaranteed and would be enforced to protect the value of their home, also has rights. If the collective group of homeowners wants to amend those documents that spell out the restrictions - there are ways to achieve that.

There are certainly board members who would benefit from an educational HOA course or two and there are flat out bad board members and bad boards, because of the lack of understanding of the law and how to apply it at the community level. Most board members who are embroiled in a situation like this, however, are simply volunteer homeowners trying to look out for the best interests of the community as a whole and that often means that they have to confront these uncomfortable issues.

There is rarely a simple answer, but working together and talking to your neighbors in a positive way will achieve much more than threatening fines or ending up in court. Be reasonable. Be ethical. Be kind. Your home values and quality of live may soar if your neighborhood can work together and stay out of the news.

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Posted by Josh 1 on 09/22/2015 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Why does the N.C. Senate want to cut funding for mental health organizations?

Repubs don't give a hoot for the mentally unstable or for the public safety in general.
All they seem to support are private corporations and gun nuts. Corporations are not people !

Posted by Mflicker on 09/22/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council


Ashton Smith is most likely a nice person, I am not commenting on her personally, if it appears that way, I will chalk that up to my imperfect writing skills.

It's her actions as a candidate I have issues with, actions that disturb me as to how she will perform if on the council.

As to the numbers, Hatem is *one* entity on Crowder's list of campaign contributors, and he gives less than the limit for even one person ($3K +, I don't have the figure handy, sorry).

Smith has *many* realtors, builders, etc. listed on her list of contributors, and they add up to over $12,000 on her disclosure form. Yet the press plays up the hospitality donors (2nd largest group) and her co-workers (3rd largest group), I imagine since the sidewalk issue is a hot story.

I will agree with you on the idea of an in-depth article based on contributors to these candidates. That would be a great idea. I think seeing those numbers given some attention would be nothing but good for the electorate.

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Posted by glenwoodbrooklynite on 09/22/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council


First, I don't have any issue with Ms. Crowder (while it seems you have an issue with Ms. Smith). My point was about Mr. Geary's reporting which I found disingenuous.

To your concern, I am not sure--based on your other comments--that I can provide you with any facts that will convince you. If you are not going to consider Hatem a developer while tallying Smith's former employer (and close friend) in the "real estate" column then I am sure the numbers will always prove your point.

But again, I don't have a problem with either candidate or the sources of their funding. In fact, they actually point to the candidate's very different views of the role city council should play in downtown development. Those differences would have made for an interesting article that might have helped voters decide between two able but different candidates.

Instead, here we are.

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Posted by Justin Scranton on 09/22/2015 at 2:23 AM

Re: “Video: The Mavericks master a sold-out Museum of Art

J'ai eu la chance de voir The Mavericks plusieurs fois à Nashville (notamment au Ryman où la voix exceptionnelle de Raul Malo donne des frissons), à Paris et à Interlaken. C'est incroyable toute cette énergie communicative que délivre The Mavericks durant leurs shows , leurs chansons et leur music apportent de la joie et du bonheur aux nombreux fans réunis et lorsque le show se termine, une seule envie : que cela recommence !!!

Posted by Nathalie on 09/22/2015 at 1:54 AM

Re: “Join us live for the Raleigh City Council candidate forum

Thank you. Couldn't make it out after all, this is very helpful ;-)

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Posted by glenwoodbrooklynite on 09/21/2015 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council


As a resident of District D, one of the many who are not alienated, and not insulted, but very curious for your source for the statement about money from developers.

Looking at the documents on the Wake County Board of Elections, the money goes the other way around, Smith has a huge amount from developers/real estate/builders, and Crowder has a couple, which don't even amount to the limit for one single person. Several others have tried to say differently and could not prove their claims, instead they changed the subject.

Could you please state your source for the money statement?

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Posted by glenwoodbrooklynite on 09/21/2015 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council

I am not sure who should be more offended by this disapointing piece of "journalism": Ashton Smith or the residents of her district. I suppose I have to hand it to Bob Geary for at least being honest. He says upfront that Kay Crowder is his friend, that she is pushing his agenda and finally that "depending on what you think the problem is in Raleigh, electing the young folks could help your cause or harm it". Clearly, Geary thinks that Ashton Smith will hurt his causes and his take on her is really an op-ed in favor of Kay Crowder masquerading as a profile piece. He ignores the facts that Crowder has never won an election for city council, that she raised more money from developers than Smith and that she has deeply alienated much of her district. Still Geary's argument is that she should be given the city council seat without opposition and he goes to great lengths to paint Smith as almost a carbon copy of Crowder, ignoring the numerous differences she has cited during her campaign. I have no issue with Geary opining on his candidate for City Council but it seems totally unfair to do so through a series of not-so-subtle jabs at Smith in an attempt to paint her as a viable candidate.

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Posted by Justin Scranton on 09/21/2015 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Elefante, Zakke

we had a great time at this concert, opening band Zakke was so much fun!

Posted by Soy Rockero on 09/21/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Why Aqua NC customers are furious about their service

They came and Flushed our lines, because a few people were commenting on brown water. Since the flush, the increase in Brown water has increased to more and more neighbors. One of the neighbors recently put in a whole house filtration system and STILL has brown water!!!! Now what Aqua?!?!?!
I love how they response that the phone operators are prompted to give " Just turn your outside Tap on till the water runs clear, That should help"..............ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I already pay for crap water just in everyday use and now they want me to go outside and WASTE it? Recently they were mandated to install filtration systems on the wells, however we will pay because they will raise our rates..........I wonder if their timeline will be like the Route 540 extension that everyone keeps talking about but it never seems to come
I can't believe that they haven't been sued out of business yet.
My husband and I have lived off well water most of our lives in different parts of the country and have NEVER experienced water like this

Posted by Angie Blake Mangin on 09/21/2015 at 11:27 AM

Re: “In separation agreement, Chief Lopez and City of Durham agree not to publicly bash each other

This is Durham. The astute reader has to wonder what the Chief has on the City Council, and what the City Council has on the Chief. Trevor Hampton anyone?

Posted by AndyCapp on 09/21/2015 at 1:03 AM

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