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Streetcar Vote Tonight

The Charlotte City Council will be asked to approve spending $12 million at tonight’s City Council meeting. The reason?  To reach 65% completion of the design phase for the CityLYNX Gold Line..ie, the streetcar. This is the level of “local investment” that will be seen by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as a commitment to the project by the [...]

January 27, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,City Beat | Read More »

Peterson Requests Return of Panthers Donations

Dennis Peterson

Dennis Peterson, candidate for Charlotte City Council At-Large, released the following statement today. “I indicated yesterday during the WTVI League of Women’s Voters debate that I felt incentives led to a “culture of cronyism”. That afternoon, I was proven correct when the Charlotte Business Journal released an article showcasing how Council supporters of the handout [...]

October 30, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,City Beat | Read More »

A Servant’s Heart Serves Whom?

“Government is power. Constitutional government is power limited by law. It stands in contrast to government by fiat, government with unlimited power, government at the whim of power holders, government with rules subject to change without notice, government that does not recognize or assure any substantial body of liberties or rights for its citizens.” “Politics is the process that determines [...]

October 10, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,House Guests | Read More »

The Cannon-Fallon Flip Flop

Readers will remember that last week’s new government expenditures consisted of about a million dollars of Charlotte-Mecklenburg taxpayer money being given to the highly profitable Cedar Fair, owners of Carowinds Amusement Park.  Both the Charlotte City Council and the Mecklenburg County Commission OK’d sizable tax incentives in hopes of guaranteeing an expansion of the park. [...]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,City Beat,County Beat | Read More »

Dennis Peterson Announces Support for CRB Reform

In the wake of the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell by CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick, City Council At-Large candidate Dennis Peterson publicly announced his support for reform of the City of Charlotte’s Citizen Review Board process and policy. “The shooting death of Mr. Ferrell is a horrific incident and my thoughts and prayers are directed [...]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Christian Hine,City Beat | Read More »

Vinroot Endorses…

The following is just a quick observation I made the other day when peaking through the websites of our local City Council candidates. Remember the old Sesame Street song “One of these things is not like the other”? Well, as I was panning through the list of endorsements for At-Large Democrat candidate Vi Alexander Lyles, [...]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,City Beat | Read More »

Looks Like It’s A Review Not A Redo‏

Okay, we have reached the tipping point.  While there are confusing public statements about what the County should do to implement S159, I now believe that Bobbie Shields’ interpretation of the law is correct, i.e. a Review, not a Redo. Having said that, it is critical that the State clarify what the County should do, [...]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,County Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Should We Protest the Protest Petitions?

With an 84-28 vote, the general assembly approved a bill that would do away with protest petitions as part of the city zoning process. Under normal circumstances, a rezoning requires a simple majority vote by the city council.  However, if contested by either 20% of those inside the area to be rezoned or 5% of [...]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Christian Hine,City Beat | Read More »

My View on the Charlotte Airport

*This piece submitted by Jay Privette, a Republican candidate for Charlotte City Council in District 7. It looks like Douglas Airport will now be managed by a regional authority. My first choice would have been be to sell the airport to a private company. People with their own skin in the game will do a [...]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,City Beat | Read More »

Why We Passed the Airport Bill

Rep. Ruth Samuelson, Sen. Bob Rucho, Rep. Bill Brawley, Sen. Jeff Tarte, Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, Rep. Charles Jeter and Rep. Rob Bryan sent an open letter to the Charlotte Observer outlining their rationale for the authority takeover of Charlotte Douglas Airport. Reluctance to change and an extreme aversion to relinquishing even a scintilla of power [...]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat | Read More »

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