Saturday, February 22, 2020

HUTCHINSON LOSES BLACK SUPPORT

Elitist Democrat Sig Hutchinson, who has spent $43,000 in Wake County tax dollars jet-setting around the country, has now lost valuable support at home. The Raleigh Wake Citizens Association M-PAC has endorsed challenger Jeremiah Pierce.



Saturday, February 15, 2020

MORE SIG SILLINESS


Commissioner Hutchinson - We do have this in downtown Raleigh. It's the RLine. Nobody rides it and it's drained countless millions from Raleigh taxpayers. 

WAKEUP RALEIGH

Recently Raleigh hosted a community engagement session with its 27 boards and commissions. 

Of interest? 

WakeUp Wake County's former director led a session on climate change:

Link

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

$30 MILLION IN TAX DOLLARS FOR A PLUSH DOWNTOWN HOTEL

It appears that whatever plagued Mayors Meeker and McFarlane will continue with our current Mayor Baldwin. 

Case in point - a new hotel for Downtown Raleigh.
"The report notes the City Council and Wake County Board of Commissioners approved $30 million in hospitality tax money for the convention center last year to help develop the hotel."


The same Raleigh City Council members and Wake County Commissioners would readily tell you we have a affordable housing crisis in Raleigh/Wake County. But they just spent $30 million to help develop a hotel in Downtown Raleigh. 

The same article notes:

"The recommendation says having a convention center headquarters hotel and tower with on-site, underground parking would help serve millions of annual visitors to downtown, increase residential and retail space downtown and help recruit a major anchor tenant."

We already have a convention center headquarters hotel downtown. It's the Raleigh Marriott City Center. And guess what? When constructed it received $20 million in taxpayer funding. It even has a tunnel running underneath Salisbury Street connecting it with the convention center. 

"When the Raleigh Marriott City Center was built, for example, the hotel's developer received a $20 million contribution from the county's hotel/motel/prepared food tax in exchange for a promise to hold at least 80 percent of the hotel rooms open for bookings attached to the convention center. Most of the tax funds were used to build the hotel’s meeting rooms and connector spaces to the convention center tunnel."


So now we are at $50 million in subsidies for downtown Raleigh hotels funded every time a poor family takes their children to McDonalds to play on the playground for entertainment. Yes, those poor people paid the $50 million every time they went out to eat

Now John Kane wants $286 million in public funds for a private development project just down the street. 

As a point in comparison, guess who's not getting public money - Crabtree Valley Mall. 




Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article239498378.html#storylink=cpy
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This project will include retail, office space and a hotel - and no public assistance. 

These goodies only go to downtown. Raleigh's elite has poured hundreds of millions of public dollars into downtown. 

That's a lot of affordable housing, roads fixed, police officers paid, etc. 



Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article239498378.html#storylink=cpy

Sunday, February 2, 2020

WHO DOES BUSING IMPACT?

As the WakeUp Wake County School System begins to implement comprehensive policies on diversity, let's remember who gets impacted the most. The people they claim to help get hurt the most. 





N&O, 10-3-09

Saturday, December 21, 2019

WAKE SCHOOLS: KILL THE COMPETITION

Here's the title to the News & Observer article:


No faulting the WakeUp Wake County Board of Education on this one however. The issue revolves around Grubhub and Uber Eats delivering food options to WakeUp Wake County Public School School System students. Policies should exist for strangers entering school property during school hours. 

But that's not the issue. 

As the title above states, "Students just love getting lunch delivered to school." And why you may ask?

STUDENTS SAY SCHOOL FOOD IS GROSS


“I tried the food at school once and it was really gross so I started ordering or bringing my own food, just like small snacks,” said Kriselle Kolek, 17, a senior at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh. “If that didn’t fill me up I’d order from Bojangles’ or McDonald’s.” 

Throughout the Wake County school system, high school seniors and in some cases juniors are allowed to go off campus to get lunch. It’s done mainly because cafeterias can’t accommodate all the students if they stayed on campus.

The underclassmen though don’t want to be left out, so the food delivery apps have been an option. 

Kian Kolek, 17, a sophomore at Leesville, said he’s had McChicken sandwiches from McDonald’s and Cajun filet sandwiches from Bojangles’ delivered to the school.

“The food on campus is terrible,” Kian Kolek said. “It’s dry, it’s crusty, it’s disgusting. ... It’s nasty and the food that they bring is better.”

N&O, 12-18-19

And in walks everyone's favorite Wake schools patriarch - Angie Scioli. The concept of her students eating food that's "dry, crusty, disgusting" totally evades her. But not the fact that someone may offer a viable option. In her own words: 



These fast food restaurants and delivery companies have worked for years with schools, non-profits, camps, etc. to provide successful meal options. They do it well. Instead of exploring any cooperative arrangement with outside vendors, Scioli sees only one option - kill anything that jeopardizes the status quo. It's why thousands of parents have sought options outside of the WakeUP Wake County Public School System. 

Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article238431458.html#storylink=cpy