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Re: “Raleigh’s City Council Ballot Begins Filling Out

David Cox represents District B, not C as you report here. And, what's the deal with giving Bonner an entire paragraph devoted to his platform without providing that same coverage to the others?

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Posted by FONCitizen on 06/16/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayor Backs Down from Plan for Top-Down Citizen Engagement

Let's be clear. The Mayor didn't literally say that the CEB Board will not be implemented and appointed by the members of city council. She did not literally say that the CACs will continue to have a VOTING VOICE in the rezoning process even though the Task Force recommended they be removed from the process.
What she said is true as of today:
"The CACs have not been disbanded or changed in any way. I believe every member of this city council understands and values the important role the CACs have had and continue to play in citizen engagement."
But, nothing she said promises to keep it true in the future.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 06/07/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Is Raleigh Plan to Revamp Citizens Advisory Councils a Boon for Residents—or Developers?

Some additional stats about city communications with citizens. "A few minutes with the mayor" YouTube interviews have as few as 59 views & at most 656. Is this a failure? The City of Raleigh YouTube channel has only 815 subscribers. Is this worth the effort? Compare these to the 600 citizens attending a single CAC mtg to voice opinion on a rezoning case. It did happen. The City of Raleigh Facebook page has 6,268 likes, about the same as the number of CAC subscribers. Compare this to the 4,000 citizens one active CAC group got to sign a petition opposed to an unpopular rezoning. That's the very definition of engaged citizens. If Mayor McFarlane wants to evaluate the success of citizens' engagement tools strictly by the numbers it would seem she should make a recommendation to shut down her interviews, Raleigh's YouTube channel and the city's Facebook page as unsuccessful. It seems to me the city actually wants to shut down CACs because they don't like the message they receive when the citizens do engage actively.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 05/11/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Raleigh Votes to Establish a Community Engagement Board, Which Critics Worry Will Take Power Away from Citizens Advisory Councils

seems quite ironic that the mayor insists that no member of the Citizens' Engagement Task Force have experience with CACs. But, at the same time a full 25% of the members of the Short Term Rental task force currently operate short term rentals in Raleigh.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 05/02/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Raleigh Votes to Establish a Community Engagement Board, Which Critics Worry Will Take Power Away from Citizens Advisory Councils

When asked why she vetoed Cox's appointments to the Task Force, McFarlane said Cox didn't follow procedure. His 1st 5 appointment attempts all had CAC experience. One would think that would be valuable for discussing how to improve them. McFarlane said no one on task force should have CAC experience. She basically created a TASK FARCE

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Posted by FONCitizen on 05/02/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Lipstick on a Pig: Fifty-three Weeks of HB 2, and the Day That Gave Us HB 2.0

The dems who voted for this fake repeal keep saying the LGBT community now has the protections back that they had before HB2 trying to convince people that there are some locations in NC with job protections and public accommodations regulations protecting LGBT community members. This isn't really true. As this article points out, the pre HB2 protections only protect city employees and employees of city contractors. The citizens of these locations have no protections. There is no place in NC where the LGBT community is protected against discrimination in public accommodation. There is no place in NC where the LGBT community is protected from discrimination in housing. There is no place in NC where the LGBT community is protected is protected from being fired from a job outside of some city employees. No matter how politicians like Duane Hall want to spin it, this being a step forward is just not true. Worse yet, the governor and his Democratic accomplices gave away the only leverage we had. HB2

Posted by FONCitizen on 04/05/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “ACC: North Carolina, Thanks to HB 2 Deal, Will Be Considered for Tournaments

I hope the NCAA makes the right decision, stays out of NC until after Dec 2020 and shames the ACC into re-thinking their decision. Cooper and the dems who voted with him gave up the only piece of leverage the LGBT community had without asking the community just so straight people could have hometown basketball while the LGBT community continues to be discriminated against. Cooper decided he could support discrimination through his full term as governor as long as straight people didn't have to drive out of state for basketball.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 03/31/2017 at 7:36 PM

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