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Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

This endorsement article is more succinct than in previous years, but that doesn't mean it's lazy or rushed. Perhaps there is not that much that needs to be said. Chapel Hill is fortunate this year to have five strong candidates, including four newcomers, vying for four seats. The INDY endorsed four of them and sort of endorsed the fifth too. Those of us who live in Chapel Hill are lucky to have so many qualified, civic-minded individuals willing to undertake the important, difficult work of local governance.

20 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by David 1 on 10/18/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

This is a very lazy endorsement evident by the words "we believe to be too deferential to the town's staff". First of all, since when is the town staff an enemy of the Town's interests?

Second, it shows the INDY editorial board's gross misunderstanding of the development review process and what it is that staff actually does. Having been on Town staff, I can say that the staff takes its position of neutrality VERY seriously. There are elements of many developments--both those that come to fruition and those that never even make it to concept plan--that staff members find disagreeable. Nevertheless, the staff has legal obligations and if a development meets all of the legal requirements, then it may not be in a position to recommend denial.

Moreover, I can say from firsthand experience that the Council only ever sees a miniscule fraction of all of the developments that ever get proposed in Chapel Hill. Many developments are so bad or logistically impossible that the Town staff has to work diligently to sort through those issues before the Council/advisory boards get involved. So if the Town staff ever seems agreeable to the majority of developers, it's only because the public only ever sees the ones where it is possible for a developer to attain regulatory compliance. In reality, most developments end up on the cutting room floor.

The point here being that any deference that Maria shows toward the Town staff is not a deference to an over-accommodation of developers but rather to the months or even years of careful regulatory review of Town staff members on any given project. I suspect other new Councilmembers will soon find that wanting to say yes/no and being able to say yes/no within a quasi judicial framework is easier said than done

13 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Eric Feld on 10/18/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

All I see are luxury apartments and luxury homes being built. I chose to stay in Raleigh after my divorce to raise my daughter in a city that had a lot to offer... now.. I am going to have to move out of wake county. I know longer can afford the rent.. nevermind trying to own my first home in this area... smdh... Raleigh/wake county is showing they only care for people with money... all the rest of us they don't give a second thought...

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Debbie Henninger Harris on 10/18/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I think this endorsement makes a lot of sense. These are all candidates that have the best interests of the town's residents at heart. Maria has consistently been on the side of big development without concern for the actual need or the impact on town residents, and in my own encounters with her, I have found her dismissive of the points of view of many of her constituents.

25 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Emily Lees on 10/18/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “What’s That, You Say? You Just Voted? Another Election Starts Thursday.

Why arent you endorsing in Cary Apex Morrisville etc?

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by democratunc on 10/18/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Did anyone ask Miss Gu who she voted for in the Republican primary last year as her voting records indicate she did?

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Posted by Chris Weaver on 10/18/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

On the contrary, Will, I thinks this shows an endorsement that took a great deal of time and thought. The "lazy rushed" way to do it would have been to just endorse incumbents. Maria Palmer is quite proud of the fact that she relies on the manager and staff to give her information. I also support Allen and hope people will note that he was a 5th endorsee. I think Rachel and Hongbin will bring new voices, fresh ideas, a commitment to all of Chapel Hill's residents, and a healthy respect for facts, evidence, and comprehensive views. Ed will bring his experience and knowledge.

24 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Del Snow on 10/18/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I second Will Hopkins; this seems perfunctory, and in any event isn't very helpful to voters. I would note that Allen Buansi's record, in particular, was given short shrift, and his age inappropriately emphasized given the relative absence of further information. For better or worse, Indy Week is relied upon by many Chapel Hill voters. It should strive to do better.

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Posted by Jonah Garson on 10/18/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Honestly, this just ready like a very lazy and rushed endorsement. There is very little substance here. I am very happy to see that Karen was endorsed. Im very confused as to why Maria and Allen were not endorsed and the articles justification for the decision not to endorse them does very little to substantively explain this decision.

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Posted by Will Hopkins on 10/18/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

Raising issues of equity "is good" but what about those BEST WHATEVER LISTS!

Wow.

Who is benefiting from those "best whatever lists" and the boom in Raleigh?

The fact is, Raleigh has serious gentrification, segregation and income-wealth inequity problems.

It's due time to give people of color a voice and start sharing the prosperity with marginalized communities.

People of color are nearly half of the Raleigh population yet are being left behind.

http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2016/10/06/ne…
"New and damning report: NC poverty is still higher than before the recession and worse than the national average

North Carolinas economy isnt working for everyone, and for some its downright broken, said Tazra Mitchell, BTC policy analyst and co-author of the report. Many families wake up to financial insecurity every morning as the shortage of jobs paying family-supporting wages persists, household income re-mains below pre-recession levels, and the gap between the wealthy and everyone else widens.

The states poverty rate, child poverty rate, and deep poverty rate were each the 12th highest in the nation in 2015. Nearly 698,000 North Carolinians lived in deep poverty in 2015, meaning they earned half or less of the annual poverty-level income for their family size. Race, gender, and age also play significant roles in poverty, the report finds:"

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/edu…

--Number of homeless students rises in Wake County schools

The number of homeless children in the Wake County school system has increased 23 percent since 2009

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Posted by Gheist on 10/18/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses the Raleigh Transportation Bond

That's all the Indy has to say about the transportation bond? Just vote for it because you say we need it? I had to go to the City of Raleigh website to get the information I needed - and I will vote for it - but the Indy should provide a lot more information on it.

11 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Granted on 10/10/2017 at 6:44 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Dickie Thompson for Raleigh City Council District A

Dickie Thompson is not someone we want in office if we want greenspace, recreational areas and a good quality of life in the Triangle!!! He is about to put in a quarry next to Umstead State Park!! And guess who helped pay his campaign costs???? Yep...Wake Stone...the company responding to the RFP that RDUAA put out to lease the RDU lands. Guess who sits on the RDUAA Board?? Yep...Dickie Thompson!!! What's up with THAT??

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Deborah Hage on 10/09/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Kay Crowder for Raleigh City Council District D

My observation as a long-time District D resident is that if you're a constituant that Kay Crowder agrees with, you're golden. But if she doesn't agree with you, you're screwed. Just ask the 78% of the residents who live on the 1200-block of Lorimer Road who don't want a sidewalk how they feel about having one foisted on them anyway! (You can find two INDY articles on the subject using the Search bar above.)

So much for Crowder's dedication to preserving the character of Raleigh's older neighborhoods...

Posted by David Simonton on 10/04/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Dickie Thompson for Raleigh City Council District A

I find it hard to support a candidate that is willfully ignoring the thousands of citizens that oppose the Vision 2040 plan proposed by the RDU Airport Authority. If it is put in place, Lake Crabtree County Park will be developed into yet another faceless office park. The first thing on deck is leasing a portion of the land off Old Reedy Creek Road to developers for a quarry.

RDU Forest encompasses one of the most popular forested trail networks in the Triangle. For decades it has been used by hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, scouts, and nature education programs. If you're interested in the background on the area, please visit http://www.rduforest.com/.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by zweirad on 09/25/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Steve Schewel

Durham stopped updating their publicly available crime data at the end of August.

That's not open.

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Posted by stevemcstevenson on 09/23/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Kay Crowder for Raleigh City Council District D

I'm glad we have at least one knee-jerk anti-development Democratic city council member. We need more!!!!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Corey Branch for Raleigh City Council District C

You endorse Branch because he's African American yet won't do the same for Francis for Mayor?

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses David Cox for Raleigh City Council District B

We need more candidates and electeds like David Cox.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2017 at 8:28 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Dickie Thompson for Raleigh City Council District A

Dickie Thompson won my vote the way he responded to my complaint about neighbors getting parking tickets from Raleigh PD after a bomb scare at Millbrook HS. Especially in light of the crappy way city staffers initially handled the matter. He's a class act

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

New blood is needed in Raleigh. Homeless people, 1st responders and folks tired of a 1-hour bus ride anywhere can't wait two more years for economic progressives to takeover.

9 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2017 at 8:20 PM

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