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Re: “The Raleigh City Council Punts on Affordable Housing Decisions and I AM SHOCKED

You might want to check your reporting here. Council actually approved 6 of 8 affordable housing projects at this week's meeting, not 4 of 6 as you have reported here. If you are going to complain about the speed of progress being made by council, you could at least give them credit for all of the projects they actually approved.

It would also be helpful to note that the rooftop event space for the proposed hotel was ADDED to the project after all discussions with neighbors had ended. So, it was a new feature that the developer added after the request for a 5 story hotel was limited to 4 stories. It seems reasonable to ask for 2 more weeks for discussion around a newly added feature.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 04/20/2018 at 3:30 PM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

Two points stand out immediately upon reading this account.

If you are going to insist on continuing to use the term "slow-growth" to describe the members of one faction of the council instead of using non-negative terms like smart growth, planned growth, pro-neighborhood, then it is time that you also assigned a term that brings up negative connotations to the other side of the debate. I recommend uncontrolled, rampant growth and look forward to seeing it in print soon. Councilors like Ms Mendell advocate for planned growth by approving growth and density in areas defined by the city as "growth centers". They approved two rezoning cases in these areas at their first council meeting on Tues, Dec 5th. I will note you have chosen not to report that here as it doesn't support your narrative.

Secondly, your comparison between two different situations, that of Mr Branch leaving the council table before a vote and that of Ms Ward leaving the county commission table before a vote are not even close to being similar in the way you want to paint them. In Ms Ward's case she had asked to be excused as she needed to use the rest room. The majority on the commission REFUSED to grant her permission to leave. After waiting as long as she could, she finally had to leave unexcused. The commissioners behaved this way purposely in order to FORCE Ms Ward to leave on an unexcused absence specifically so they could seize the opportunity they created in order to take control.

In Mr Branch's case, he chose to leave without asking to be excused. One must assume he was aware of the rules the council operates under after being a councilor for two years. His choice to leave unexcused wasn't made before knowing a vote was coming. And, Mr Branch was also fully aware that if he was not satisfied with his YES vote based on his unexcused absence, he had until the meeting was adjourned to change his vote from YES to NO. We know Mr Branch understands this rule because he has used it at least once in the past to change a vote.

Honestly, if you have decided that your role in the media has changed from informing the public to carrying water for Mayor McFarlane, you should at least admit it to the public.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 12/13/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Meet the New, Fractured Raleigh City Council

I have a problem with your assertion that Councilor Mendell campaigned on a "slow growth" platform. I think a much more accurate description would be that she campaigned on a smart growth, pro neighborhood platform.

If you want to describe her philosophy as slow growth, you should then describe the philosophy of those on the opposite side as a "rampant growth" platform.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 12/06/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Make Way for the NIMBY Raleigh City Council, as Newcomers Nicole Stewart and Stef Mendell Oust Bonner Gaylord and Defeat Stacy Miller

To follow-up on my previous comment. Mary-Ann and Nancy are both very developer friendly and neither one can claim to be neighborhood advocates. So, I am wary of their preferred candidate.
Nicole Stewart has an admirable record on environmental stewardship. I commend her on that record and welcome her in bringing that expertise to the council. I look forward to her using her voice at the council table to continue her work in protecting the city's valuable natural resources such as those along the Falls of Neuse corridor.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 10/13/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Make Way for the NIMBY Raleigh City Council, as Newcomers Nicole Stewart and Stef Mendell Oust Bonner Gaylord and Defeat Stacy Miller

Nicole Stewart was endorsed by Mary-Ann Baldwin, her campaign manager is Nancy McFarlane's daughter and she was supported in her campaign by Nancy McFarlane. I will believe the Nicole Stewart is a neighborhood advocate when she PROVES it.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 10/12/2017 at 10:38 PM

Re: “David Cox Outpolls John Odom in Fight For District B seat on Raleigh City Council

John Odom had a very insightful quote in the N&O just prior to the election speaking about Cox's win in 2015.

"He won by getting all the neighbors riled up, Odom said of Coxs 2015 victory. But this time theyve had two years to get to know how David Cox works and what he thinks.

Odom was right, although for different reasons. People did get to know David over 2 years and learn what he thinks. They liked what they learned and the neighbors got riled up again, this time in 17 of 18 precincts.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 10/11/2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Stef Mendell for Raleigh City Council District E

It's telling that Mr Gaylord is discussing the need for affordable housing while managing North Hills, A John Kane development which contains ZERO affordable housing and upon expansion, recently approved, will still contain ZERO affordable housing.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 09/20/2017 at 9:21 AM

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