Friday, February 27, 2009

RALEIGH POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEKS INPUT

Dear Resident

The Raleigh Police Department is undergoing the development of a five year strategic plan. As part of that process, we are asking for input from citizens about what they think we do well, and what they think we should focus on in the future. One of the ways the public can do that is through a new online survey tool!

I wanted to send this to you, being involved in your CAC, as a convenient way for citizens to tell us what they think! I ask you to distribute the link below to any of your neighbors, friends, and other organizations you are affiliated with? The more people who give us input the better. The survey can be found at
www.raleighnc.gov/police. Then click on >>Raleigh Police Strategic Plan Citizen Survey<<

We very much appreciate any help you can give us in “getting the word out.” Feel free to contact me with any questions.


Sgt. Shawne Anderson
Interim Strategic Planner
Raleigh Police Department
110 S. McDowell Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Office: 919-996-1172
Fax: 919-996-7605
shawne.anderson@ci.raleigh.nc.us

FRIDAY'S JOURNAL - FEBRUARY 27, 2009

Today's overview:

WAKE COMMUNITY NETWORK: UPCOMING CONSERVATIVE EVENTS

STAN NORWALK DEFENDS FLAWED DIVERSITY POLICY AT SCHOOL FORUM, SAYS SPEND MORE MONEY ON EDUCATION

COVERAGE OF LAST NIGHT'S SCHOOL DIVERSITY FORUM

COVERAGE OF LAST NIGHT'S SCHOOL DIVERSITY FORUM

Here's what I've found as far as media coverage of last night's CCCAAC.

Wake Parents Speak Out On Diversity - Wake County - MyNC.com

News 14 24 Hour Local News TOP STORIES Parents, leaders meet about school diversity

WTVD was present also, though I cannot locate a story.

Does Stan Norwalk even know what he's talking about?

Education "expert" and now constitutional scholar Stan Norwalk vigorously defended the Wake County School Board's flawed socio-economic diversity policy while painting Wake County parents as segregationists.

CCCAAC Meeting
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Martin Street Baptist Church

Thursday, February 26, 2009

UPCOMING CONSERVATIVE EVENTS

Beyond the regular meetings that occur, there are several events we strongly encourage you to attend.

February 25 - April 5, 2009
40 Days for Life to end abortion prayer vigil
No Cost
Location: National Women's Health Organization - 3613 Haworth Drive, Raleigh
Related Link

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
NC4Marriage will hold at Marriage Rally at the NC Legislature
No cost
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Halifax Mall behind the General Assembly
Related link

Saturday, March 7, 2009
Pro-Life Events NC will host a Life Conference
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for students
Time: 8:00 am
Location: North Raleigh Christian Academy - 7300 Perry Creek Road, Raleigh
Related Link

Thursday and Friday, March 12-13, 2009
John William Pope Civitas Institute Investigative Journalism Training
Cost: $25 per day, $40 for both days (includes lunch)
Location: Brownstone Hotel - 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
Related Link

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Friends of NRA Greater Triangle Dinner
Cost: Price of ticket
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Wake County Shrine Club - 6105 Leadmine Road, Raleigh
Related Link

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THURSDAY'S JOURNAL - FEBRUARY 26, 2009

Today's overview:

UNC-CHAPEL HILL ON THE ATTACK AGAINST WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF DONNIE HARRISON

ANN DENLINGER SAYS DIVERSITY WORKS DESPITE RESEARCH TO THE CONTRARY

WAKE COMMUNITY NETWORK: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIVERSITY DOESN'T WORK, BUT DAMN THE TORPEDOES WAKE SCHOOL BUREAUCRATS SAY

VERNON MALONE AND CCCAAC PLAY RACIAL CARD - I THOUGHT ASSIGNMENT WAS BASED ON ECONOMICS

WAKE SCHOOLS EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES - DIVERSITY ASSIGNMENT HAS NO EDUCATIONAL VALUE

RALEIGH SET TO BEGIN REGRESSIVE TAX ON RENTERS

ATTEND THE CIVITAS INSTITUTE'S INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM CONFERENCE

FRANKLIN COUNTY SEEKS TO TAKE WATER FROM RALEIGH SOURCE

WAKE SCHOOL BOARD OPPOSES BILL TO MAKE THEM LIABLE

ANN DENLINGER DOESN'T GET IT



After thousands of parents have once again been abused by the Wake County Public School System and Wake County's ongoing refusal to study the educational merits of diversity assignment and someone actually doing so and finding no educational value......

Wake does Ann Denlinger have to say?

"There is so much research on this subject."

"So sound."

"It's just so solid on this subject."

Ann Denlinger
President - Wake Education Partnership
Wake Regional Education Roundtable - Wake Forest, NC
February 5, 2009

Well where is it? Please show us. Stand behind your statements. If it's so solid, let's see your buddies on the Wake County School Board stand behind it, especially the ones up for re-election.

Is this your research? Is this the best you can do?

SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIVERSITY DOESN'T WORK, BUT DAMN THE TORPEDOES WAKE SCHOOL BUREAUCRATS SAY

Conclusion:
As demonstrated by End-of-Grade test results, there is no indication that the different approaches to student assignment has made a significant difference in student achievement.


Read the Public Education Research Institute Report here.

The sad fact is that you can print 1000 copies of this report, go over it hundreds of times with our Wake School Board (minus Ron Margiotta) and Wake School bureaucrats and they're just NOT GOING TO CARE.

We've received countless amounts of affirmation of this through the annual struggle of parents fighting the reassignment process.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ATTEND!

Click on the image below to view a larger copy.

UNC-CHAPEL HILL ON THE ATTACK AGAINST WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF DONNIE HARRISON

APPLES - Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences in Service is now working to help recruit students to drum up bogus charges of racial profiling against hispanics:

Interested in human rights? Passionate about immigration issues? The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is working on a project to investigate racial profiling at traffic checkpoints in the Triangle area, particularly against members of immigrant communities. We're recruiting interested persons from the University as well as the surrounding community to train as "checkpoint monitors" who would be available to go out to checkpoints and record demographic data about the drivers who are being stopped and how they are being treated. Our training will take place on Saturday, March 21st. Online registration is available at http://nccheckpoint.eventbrite.com/ If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Katie Byerly at kwbyerly@email.unc.edu

You can check out the Southern Coalition for Social Justice here.

From their website:

Partnership with UNC Social Work Students
SCSJ will be working with 15 social work students from UNC-Chapel Hill this semester on Heirs' Property, Immigrant Rights, Create the Change Durham, and No OLF Work! We're excited to have such a motivated and excited crew of young volunteers.

This on top of the Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic at UNC going after Sheriff Harrison last week with a report on 287(g).

Your tax dollars hard at work.

WEDNESDAY'S JOURNAL - FEBRUARY 25, 2009

Today's overview:

HKONJ? MORE LIKE HUNDREDS OF REGURGITATED LEFTISTS ON JONES STREET

MORE PHOTOS FROM HKONJ

NAACP "REVEREND" BARBER CALLS AFP ACTIVISTS PHONY THEN PARADES AROUND WITH 80 LEFTIST FRONT GROUPS AS REAL ACTIVISTS

REVEREND GATEWOOD SAYS BLACKS ARE STILL BEING LYNCHED BUT WON'T TELL US HOW

HKONJ HIGHLIGHTS VIOLENCE ON BRAGG STREET, UH MAYBE NOT

YET ANOTHER INSTANCE OF CCCAAC USING WCPSS COMPUTERS TO PUSH SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIVERSITY AGENDA

NEW MENU AT TAXPAYER FUNDED MINT ONLY $30 FOR DINNER - WHAT A BARGAIN

CCCAAC TO PUSH SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIVERSITY AT FORUM THURSDAY

CONSTRUCTION OF NORTHEAST WAKE HIGH SCHOOL DELAYED

RALEIGH MOVES TO TIERED WATER RATES

DEAR "REVEREND" BARBER....

Before you go and portray myself and thousands of other folks across North Carolina as "phony" citizen activists, may I direct you to something you may be more familiar with.

YOUR OWN HKONJ RALLY.

In a struggle for relevancy, you had to get 80 (WRAL says 100) front group/non-profit leftist partners to parade around downtown Raleigh earlier this month as "real" citizen activists. And at best you could only muster a crowd in the hundreds.

Who's phony now?

Partners for HK on J
AARP North Carolina

ACLU of North Carolina
ACORN: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now: North Carolina
AFL-CIO of North Carolina
AME Zion Church
American Friends Service Committee Southeast Region
Black Workers for Justice
Carolina Justice Policy Center
Center for Community Change
Center for Responsible Lending
Charles M Jones Peace & Justice Committee of the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist
Common Cause North Carolina
Common Sense Foundation of NC
Community Reinvestment Association of NC
Community Success Initiative of NC - Building communities for success
Covenant Community Church of Raleigh
Dancy Communications Network
Democracy NC
Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People
Durham People's Alliance
El Pueblo, Inc.
Farmworkers Advocacy Network
Fayetteville Peace March & Rally March 17, 2007
Fayetteville Peace With Justice
General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Good Work
Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star, NC
Grassroots Energy Alliance
Hispanicliaison.org
HK on J: The People's General Assembly
HOLLA - Helping Our Loved Ones Learn and Achieve
Institute of Minority Economic Development
International Worker Justice Campaign
Masonic Lodge 21st District
Muhammad's Mosque No. 79
Muslim-American Society Freedom Foundation
MWPHGLNC.COM: Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masonic Order
National Chapter of Greenville Industrial CMS High School Alumni Association
NC Association of Women in Ministry
NC Community Development Initiative
NC Council of Churches
NC Harm Reduction Coalition
NC HOPE Coalition
NC Minority Support Center
NC Public Service Workers Union
NC WARN
North Carolina - Common Cause
North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations
North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus
North Carolina Coalition for a Moratorium
North Carolina Environmental Justice Network
North Carolina Fair Share
North Carolina Justice Center
North Carolina Stop Torture Now
Old North State Medical Society
Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church
Opportunities Industrial Center
Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Passage Home
People of Color Coalition Partners
People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
Progressive Democrats of North Carolina
Raleigh Martin Luther King Day Steering Committee
Rubta House
Self-Help: Creating Ownership and Economic Opportunity, Durham, NC
Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network
Southern Anti-Racism Network
Southern Faith, Labor, and Community Alliance
Southerners for Economic Justice
St. Francis Of Assisi: The Franciscan Coalition of NC
Student Action with Farmworkers
Teamsters Local 391 Home Page
Traction
Triangle Greens
Triangle Lost Generation Task Force
Triangle Urban League
UFCW United Food and Commercial Workers
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

MORE REGURGITATED HUNDREDS OF LEFTISTS ON JONES STREET PHOTOS





HKONJ?

Cue the music.


HKONJ? Hardly.

Thousands .... No

Historic ..... No - just a lot of regurgitated leftism.

Only WTVD locally had the numbers correct.

It's a clever way to distort numbers. Have a decent enough crowd in the hundreds and the media will just go along with the "Historic Thousands" mantra.

A far cry from the crowds during last year's election cycle. Of course that was a MBM - money based movement.

You can check out the video footage from YouTube here:

Actual march footage

Actual march footage from a distance

General organizational footage from Chavis Park

Reverend Curtis Gatewood says blacks are still being lynched but does not tell us how

Overall video footage of crowd

The fact is that HKONJ had about 80 partner organizations and between them they only turnout a crowd in the hundreds on a decent weather day in February. WRAL says you had 100 partner groups.

On arguably one of the coldest days in January, NC Right to Life had a much larger crowd - in the actual thousands. You can see the video here.

Beyond the "Socialism Now" sign that accidentally popped up on the WRAL footage, here are some pictures of folks from other front group/non-profit partners.







HKONJ HIGHLIGHTS VIOLENCE ON BRAGG STREET, UH MAYBE NOT




You would have thought that when HKONJ marchers met in Chavis Park on Saturday, February 14, 2009, some lip service would be paid to the violence plaguing this community. Camden Street is just blocks away in one direction and Bragg Street just blocks away in another.

Not a mention. Nothing.

They did help to highlight Bragg Street though and completely unintentionally. In order to put on their show, traffic was diverted around MLK boulevard. That resulted in a caravan of drivers being diverted onto Bragg Street to navigate around the "march."

In due fairness, there was an outcry against violence. Violence against pigs that is.





flesh, milk, eggs .... products of violence.

There ya go.




DO TELL US REVEREND GATEWOOOD

"Today we are being lynhced in different ways." - Reverend Curtis Gatewood at HKONJ.

Please do tell us Reverend Gatewood what today compares today to the "strange fruit" of lynching.

Please tell us. You don't give any examples.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

WANT THE DAILY NEWSLETTER?

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WILL SOMEONE BUY CCCAAC A COMPUTER?

In an earlier post this morning, we detailed how the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children appears to be a front group for the Wake County Public School System and it's failed socio-economic diversity assignment program.

We detailed how Wake County Public School System computers were used to put together a memo for an upcoming forum hosted by CCCAAC.

Lest you think this was a one time occurrence or we somehow altered the memo, I direct you to the News and Observer and a previous press release that can be found via their blog.

The author is the WCPSS. If it's not, it might as well be.

Who is doing this? Is this being done on work time? Does the Wake County Public School System tacitly condone this?

Wake Community Network would love to know.

COALITION OF CONCERNED CITIZENS
FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN


Contact: Calla Wright FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: (919) 231-9757
Email: ccaac_aacca@yahoo.com


CITIZEN’S GROUP SUPPORTS
Wake County Public School Year Round Plan:
Plan promotes academic achievement for all children
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children (CCCAAC) announces its continued support for the reassignment plan proposed by the Wake County Public School System. The plan is consistent with the district’s longstanding commitment to a successful educational experience for all children while supporting a diverse population at each school. The Coalition, many of us educators ourselves, supports the school board’s policy of seeking a balance among schools of students who are eligible for free or reduced priced lunches, students who perform below grade level on End of Grade exams (EOGs), students identified as being Limited English Proficient, students requiring services from Special Education programs, while supporting high academic achievement for all students and maintaining a diverse student population at each WCPSS school.
Wake County enrollment is now the largest in the state of North Carolina. As our school system enrolls thousands of new students each year, and builds new schools to stay current with this growth, reassignment of some students each year is inevitable.

The Coalition is invested in the success of all children and we will always demand excellence for all students. At the same time, we understand that poor and minority students are especially vulnerable when schools fail to offer them the best educational opportunity available. With the current reassignment plan, the school district has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of all children, the integrity of neighborhoods and the democratic process, and being careful stewards of public dollars.

###

If you would like more information about the CCCAAC or to speak with us, please see our website at
http://www.cccaac.com or contact us via the information listed above.

TUESDAY'S JOURNAL - FEBRUARY 24, 2009

Today's overview:

WAKE COMMUNITY NETWORK: CCCAAC FRONT GROUP TO DO WAKE SCHOOLS BIDDING ON FAILED DIVERSITY POLICY

SENATOR NEAL HUNT SPONSORS BILL TO KEEP STUDENTS CLOSE TO THEIR HOMES

JOHN KANE CREATES THRIVING NORTH HILLS CULTURAL AREA - ON HIS OWN DIME

WAKE COMMUNITY NETWORK: REMOVING A LOCALLY ELECTED OFFICIAL

DAVID BASS OF JOHN LOCKE REMINDS US WHY WAKE SCHOOLS HAS NO MONEY

WAKE COMMUNITY NETWORK: REMOVING A LOCALLY ELECTED OFFICIAL

OVER TWO MILLION IN STIMULUS FUNDS WASTED IN RALEIGH ON NEW SIGNS FOR THE BELTLINE - NOT ROADS

CCCAAC FRONT GROUP TO DO WAKE SCHOOLS BIDDING ON FAILED DIVERSITY POLICY

It's no secret that Wake School bureaucrats have sought every way possible to push a failed socio-economoic diversity policy on Wake's parents and children.

We already know that the Wake Ed Partnership and the Raleigh Chamber have drunk the flavor-aid.

Add the Coalition of Concerned Citizens of African American Children to the mix.

You can see the memo below.

Maybe someone with the CCCAAC or WCPSS can explain to me why this memo was done on a Wake County Public School System computer and who with the school system composed it. Just open the Word document, click file, click properties and then look under the summary tab.

The Author and Company are WCPSS.

Who wrote this? Who wants to take credit? Wake Community Network would love to know. Do tell.

Apparently CCCACC is just a front group for the Wake County Public School System.

Don't believe me? Just email Wake Community Network at
wakecommunity@bellsouth.net. I'm happy to send you the memo.


TOPIC: “ Does Diversity Impact Achievement in WCPSS”
HOST: CCCAAC, Inc.
LOCATION: Martin Street Baptist Church, Johnson Building
1001 East Martin Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27610
GUEST: Dr. Dudley E. Flood, Board of Governors, The University of North Carolina
The Honorable Vernon Malone, Senator, North Carolina Senate
WHEN: February 26, 2009
TIME: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
PHONE: Calla Wright at 231-9057 for additional information


The series of meetings will be designed to give detailed analysis of:
*Desegregation of schools in 1971
*Raleigh City Schools Merger
* Disapproval of merger
*Mandate from Health Education Welfare
* Integration Impact Student Achievement
*WCPSS Diversity Policy
*Neighborhood Schools
*Re-segregated Schools

Please make plans to attend these urgent community meetings to give input on this major issue.

Friday, February 20, 2009

PHONY BALONEY

North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP
114 W. Parrish Street, Second Floor
Durham, NC 27701

Rev. Doctor William Barber
President
NAACP-North Carolina

Dear Reverend Doctor William Barber:

I would like to address your outrageous comments as reported in a press release by your organization and other union related groups.

According to a February 16, 2009, press release issued by the Change to Win federation, you, in your leadership capacity with NAACP, were quoted as saying:

The agents of the large corporations behind this phony group have, we believe, underestimated the North Carolina media and North Carolina people, thinking we are so uninformed we will fall for this sophomoric manipulation of treasured symbols and words in our rich North Carolina civil rights history...the only 'Prosperity' the 'Americans for Prosperity' are interested in is more millions of profits for the rich corporate owners who fund this phony outfit.

http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/02-16-2009/0004973100&EDATE=

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is an active grassroots organization with over 40,000 members across North Carolina. Last summer over 1,500 of our members attended our Take Back Our State Rally at the North Carolina General Assembly.

Over 600 of our "phony" members attended our two grassroots events this week opposing the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act, also known as the Card Check bill. We have regular meetings across the state in REAL places like Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington, Jacksonville, and Siler City. Perhaps you should attend one of our meetings and meet these real life members of our "phony group", as you called it at one point, and a "phony outfit" in another.

As the North Carolina State Director of Americans for Prosperity, it is my job to fight for the principles of our organization and, in this case, when our members are so outrageously insulted by a high profile figure as yourself, it is my job to stand up for them. Your release called our efforts on "card check" dishonest. I request you provide me with written examples of anything we have done with regard to this issue that is dishonest. I defy you to find an example where AFP has been dishonest on this issue in any way.

On the merits of the issue, it is curious to me that you think it is ok for one group of people (potential union members or union bosses) to be able to vote away or “veto” other people’s right to a secret ballot in union organizing elections. What other fundamental individual rights are you willing to see voted away from one group of people by another?

It is worth noting that according to the manual prepared by the Annual Elections Supervisory Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) “All voting shall be by secret ballot” (Page 7) in NAACP leadership elections.
http://www.naacp.org/about/resources/brochures/branch_national_elections_manual.pdf

Americans for Prosperity, works on many issues that advance individual freedom and economic opportunity for all citizens. While our stance is different from the NAACP on the issue of "card check," we worked with NAACP members to defeat the proposed Durham Meals Tax, last November. This regressive tax was defeated by wide margins in the Durham community. Americans for Prosperity led the way in defeating the tax. The thousands of yard signs placed in Durham County by AFP members were no more "phony" than the real life members who placed them.

Finally Reverend Doctor William Barber, as a fellow Christian I am shocked, dismayed, and disgusted by your personal attacks on the grassroots Members of Americans for Prosperity. Unlike you, we would never question the sincerity or beliefs of your members. While at times our legislative agenda differs from your legislative agenda we do not insult your members and gladly work with them when we have agreement on issues.

As a man of God I know you aspire to do the right in this world, as do I. I offer you an opportunity to right this wrong. Should you choose to do the right thing and author a letter of apology to the 40,000 members of Americans for Prosperity, I will pass it along. My contact information is below.

As we move forward I ask that you refrain from insulting the honest beliefs and actual existence of the hard working members of Americans for Prosperity.


Sincerely,

Dallas Woodhouse


North Carolina State Director
Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina
(office) 919-839-1011 ext 3
(mobile) 919-671-1050



200 West Morgan Street
Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dallas.Woodhouse@afphq.org

HORACE TART - BEER BONGING THE FLAVOR AID FROM WAKE ED PARTNERSHIP




If anyone needed yet another further reason why Horace Tart needs replacing, Wednesday's joint meeting between the Wake (diversity at all costs) School Board and the Wake County Commissioners provided the piece de resistance.

Horace Tart has now become the mouthpiece for the Wake Ed Partnership. Horace has dived head first into the flavor aid pool.

Now Horace and the Wake Ed Partnership want to flippantly dismiss the physical and emotional toll parents have this year and years past felt over reassignment.

Horace proceeded to explain away the visible outrage parents have felt over the last few months.


Their line: Trust us, it's not as bad as you think. We're not actually moving that many students around.

This apparently will be the pr spin coming from these folks as we enter the fall election cycle.

Ann Denlinger spent a considerable amount of time regurgitating the same spin at the Wake Ed Partnership meeting in Wake Forest on February 5, 2009. Almost verbatim.

Trust them.








FRIDAY'S JOURNAL - FEBRUARY 20, 2009

Today's overview:

RALEIGH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TASK FORCE BLAMES DEVELOPERS FOR SCHOOL REASSIGNMENT MESS

HEAD PULLS A KOOPMAN - TRIES TO ATTEND SCHOOL BOARD MEETING VIA PHONE

HORACE TART - LAPDOG FOR FAILED WAKE SCHOOL BUREAUCRATS AND WAKE ED PARTNERSHIP

CAMPO PUSHES TOLLS FOR NORTHERN I 540

READ CAMPO'S REPORT HERE

RALEIGH OFFICIALS GIVE THE GO AHEAD TO BUILD A STRIP CLUB IN NORTHWEST RALEIGH

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

RALEIGH'S ARTS PROGRAM - WHAT THE MEDIA IS NOT TELLING YOU

Raleigh's City Council passed a monstrous abuse of taxpayer dollars in the form of the arts program at yesterday's City Council meeting (2-17-09).

Some things to note that are in Resolution 2009 that created the program and some things that are not.

1. Art "creates a dynamic and creative urban life." Read more money for downtown Raleigh to be wasted. Urban = Downtown.

2. Art "enhances the reputation of Raleigh and promotes attracting business and increasing tourism;" Do you know what also helps that out? Paying for more police protection and keeping the murder rate below the almost 50% increase it experienced last year.

3. It's not exactly one half one percent. "It is recognized that the permanent program may take a variety of forms, including but not limited to the creation of a fund into which the one-half percent allocations may be allowed to accumulate if some projects may not be ideal for the incorporation of public art." Read - they'll have a huge piggy bank of your tax dollars to spend. They'll milk every project possible for money to put in the piggy bank. Then they'll spend those dollars elsewhere.
  • "The need to have a pool because not all projects would necessarily have an art component but the one-half of 1 percent of the construction cost could go into a pool and that money could be used to put art in areas that do not have a specific project." (Minutes - Raleigh Budget and Economic Development Committee, 1-13-09)

5. They are going to find the highest level of hard construction costs from which to determine the one half of one percent. "If the actual construction bids are higher than the City's pre-bid estimate the percentage shall be accordingly adjusted upward." (Resolution No. 2009)

6. In a time when Raleigh has a hiring freeze, they are discussing hiring yet another bureaucrat for arts. "Commission Chair Starky pointing out they have a current budget and the funding could come from the current budget." (Minutes - Raleigh Budget and Economic Development Committee, 1-13-09) They'll actually be taking money from arts instead of putting money into it.

7. Finally City Manager Russell Allen stated recently that Raleigh has a hiring freeze and is delaying some capital projects. So why in the world in this condition would someone drive up the cost on some capital projects even further?

This isn't over yet.

8. "the final budget for staffing and operation of the program will be established by the City Council as a part of its 2009-2010 annual budget deliberations."

Contact your Raleigh City Council member now and tell them to stop this ridiculous waste of taxpayer dollars. You can reach them here.

BICYCLES - A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO DRIVING?


Seems to be working well for this gentleman doesn't it? Of course, he's on Bragg Street and Raleigh's illuminati would just as well forget him.

But Raleigh just spent $172,000 trying to push bicycles as a "viable alternative" to cars.

Wonder how many of Meeker and his buddies bike to work? Wake Community would love to know.

We would even settle for carpools or even a bus.

HERE COMES THE NEXT BUDGET BUSTER FOR DOWNTOWN RALEIGH

An Amphitheater down by the convention center.

Related link.

THE "CONDITION" OF RALEIGH RESIDENTS

"People really do get a sense of the value to them to have good art that speaks to them about their condition and the way they feel about their city," said Councilman Russ Stephenson.

Raleigh City Councilman Russ Stephenson
Raleigh City Council Meeting
February 17, 2009

Here's a good picture of potential art that speaks to the condition of Raleigh residents and how they feel about their city.


Feel free to email Russ Stephenson and tell him about your condition. He can be reached at russ.stephenson@ci.raleigh.nc.us

FLUSH BALDWIN OFF THE RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL

"We need to keep in mind that the arts are an economic generator and they do provide jobs to our citizens."

Mary Ann Baldwin
Raleigh City Council Meeting
February 17, 2009

Mary Ann Baldwin (At-Large) also responded to Isley’s concerns and argued that going ahead with construction would help create jobs in Raleigh. The public safety center is expected to cost $226 million.

Mary Ann Baldwin speaking on the construction of the new Clarence Lightner Public Safety Center.
Raleigh Public Record
www.raleighpublicrecord.org
December 2, 2008

I think we've heard this before. Remember back in 1992 when they said the new convention center would create 1000 new jobs?

Ask Mary Ann Baldwin where the 1000 new jobs are that were created with the new convention center. I'm sure she would be happy to provide those figures. Surely if arts funding and building the new public safety center are going to create jobs, then the convention center must have created jobs as well.

How about this proposal Mary Ann?

Why don't you sponsor an amendment to this proposal to require that all arts spending be done with Raleigh artists and Raleigh vendors? Let's make sure the money stays local. That's what you want. Correct?

Let's not forget Mary Ann Baldwin's Piece de Resistance.

The Riverwalk.

Email Mary Ann Baldwin, ask her to produce the economic forecast for permanent job creation related to arts. She can be reached at mary-ann.baldwin@ci.raleigh.nc.us

Who needs the circus. We have plenty of clowns on Hargett Street.

MEEKER - THE FISCAL CONSERVATIVE



"It is one of those things you probably wouldn't do even if you had the extra money.”

Mayor Charles Meeker, WRAL - February 17, 2009

Yes, Mayor Meeker, I agree that extending Crabtree Valley Avenue at a cost of $30 million is a crazy idea.

So what does Meeker do when you don't have any money?


Now, that's fiscal insanity.


WEDNESDAY'S JOURNAL - FEBRUARY 18, 2009

Today's overview:

OUTRAGE - RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL PASSES PROGRAM TO SPEND MILLIONS ON PUBLIC ART

POLICE SEARCH FOR LEADS IN YET ANOTHER DOWNTOWN MURDER

WAKE SCHOOL BOARD FORCED TO DO THE RIGHT THING - PAYS FOR $1.4 MILLION ROAD IMPROVEMENTS FOR PANTHER CREEK

MAYOR "BREAK THE BANK IN DOWNTOWN" MEEKER BECOMES A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE - IN NORTH RALEIGH

RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD WITH ANOTHER CASH COW FOR DOWNTOWN RALEIGH - AN AMPHITHEATER

WAKE SCHOOL BOARD RUNS OUT OF MONEY TO BUILD SCHOOLS DUE TO WASTEFUL FISCAL PRACTICES

RALEIGH ADOPTS TIERED WATER RATE SYSTEM

Monday, February 16, 2009

MAYOR CHARLES "BENIGN NEGLECT" MEEKER FINALLY SPEAKS ON CRIME...

And what did he have to say?

More police? More investment in community programs? Crackdown on gangs?
Faith based initiatives?

NOPE.

He blame shifted. It's not his fault he says.

From Sunday's News and Observer:

Meeker agrees that there are too many guns on Raleigh's streets, but he says state and federal laws bar the council from doing anything about it.

"We really don't have any authority there," he said. "We're left policing after terrible incidents have occurred."Meeker agrees that there are too many guns on Raleigh's streets, but he says state and federal laws bar the council from doing anything about it.

News and Observer, 2-15-09

That's it. That's literally all he had to say.

So Meeker takes the standard guns kill people excuse. This is the best he could do to explain crime and address solving the problem.

After an almost 50% increase in murders in Raleigh last year and this is the best answer he could muster.

Raleigh's well on its way to besting that number this year.

Don't blame me. It's Bev Perdue and Barack Obama's fault says Mayor "benign neglect" Meeker.

MONDAY'S JOURNAL - FEBRUARY 16, 2009

Today's overview:

GORDON SMITH PUSHED FOR FISCAL BOONDOGGLE EXPLORIS, NOW HIS OWN COMPANY FILES FOR CHAPTER 11

MEEKER BLAMES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR HIS CALLOUS NEGLECT OF RALEIGH'S SPIKE IN VIOLENT CRIME

FUQUAY-VARINA BUILDING PERMITS DOWN LAST YEAR, BUDGET SUFFERS, NORWALK CHEERS

WAKE SCHOOLS MAKES PALTRY ATTEMPT TO DEFEND SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIVERSITY ASSIGNMENT EXPERIMENT

WAKE CREDIT CARD SPENDING TO BE PUT ONLINE, BUT WILL WAKE COMMISSIONERS' TRAVEL EXPENSE BE POSTED AS WELL?

IS RALEIGH'S CONVENTION CENTER THE ECONOMIC BOON IT PROMISED

Thursday, February 12, 2009

ATTEND: PRO-LIFE RALLY AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17


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MUST READING: PANTHER CREEK - THE WAKE SCHOOLS MESS IN A NUTSHELL

Cary City Council Member Don Frantz has composed a great synopsis of the issues surrounding Panther Creek High School and the Wake County Public School System's ongoing arrogance.

It's a great example of why parents and citizens in Wake County have mobilized to end the ongoing saga of diversity assignment, fiscal mismanagement and an unresponsive bureaucracy this fall.

You can read it here.

COME SUPPORT LAW BREAKERS, (OH I MEAN OPPRESSED IMMIGRANTS) ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16 IN RALEIGH


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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ATTEND: AFP'S SAVE THE SECRET BALLOT EVENT ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17


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ATTEND: PRO-LIFE EVENT THIS WEEKEND

From NC Students for Life:

Also, don't forget that this Saturday, February 14 10 am – 4 pm is the North Carolina Students For Life Conference right here at UNC's campus!

To register, email
ncstudentsforlife@gmail.com. Suggested donation is $5.

Highlights include apologetics speaker Steve Wagner of Justice For All and author of Abortion: From Debate to Dialogue, and Becky Banks of Students For Life of America, who will give a session on sidewalk counseling.

Location is the Frank Porter Graham Student Union – Room 3206 (UNC-Chapel Hill campus).

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here for a map.

WEDNESDAY'S JOURNAL - FEBRUARY 11, 2009

Today's overview:

HOOD REBUTES DEFENDERS OF FLAWED DIVERSITY SHUFFLE IN WAKE COUNTY

SANERA ADDRESSES FLAWED PLANS OF LOCAL TRANSIT COMMITTEE

FUQUAY-VARINA GETS $40,000 "GIFT" FROM WAKE TAXPAYERS FOR BIRTHDAY PARTY

APEX TOWN COUNCIL SUBMITS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FRIENDLY TO WAKE COUNTY STUDENTS

RALEIGH SPENDS $1.2 MILLION FOR "ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE" PARK

NEIGHBORS USE RUSE OF SLAVE CEMETERY TO FIGHT SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROPOSAL

SPECIAL PUBLIC HEARING TO BE HELD FOR RALEIGH'S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

MASSIVE RALEIGH REGRESSIVE RENTAL TAX SET FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Friday, February 6, 2009

SIGN UP FOR SCHOOLS

Please go to the Wake Schools Community Alliance and sign up to get involved in this fall's elections.