Archive for April, 2012

from INDYWEEK Endorsements

Posted in In the media, Uncategorized on April 25, 2012 by seaweavermarine

We want politicians brave and bold enough to aim high.-INDYWEEK

I am not a democrat, running in a 122 year one party controlled county.

That is pretty Brave.

Not only must I win the district in which I am to serve…to do so I must also win the district that I do not serve.

That is brave, bold…and by default aims higher than any democrat running in Orange.

Thank you INDYWEEK.

Chris Weaver

A Comment on Statism and those who desire it for Orange

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2012 by seaweavermarine

statism [ˈsteɪtɪzəm]

n

(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the theory or practice of concentrating economic and political power in the state, resulting in a weak position for the individual or community with respect to the government
Example: look at the European Union

I’m a bit slow in remarking on this, but in reading Indy Weeks Candidate Endorsements I was struck by this from Penny Rich:

“She identifies as a progressive liberal, and she isn’t afraid to take controversial but necessary stands. Case in point: she wants to keep Orange County trash in Orange by siting small landfills across the county. Rich also wants the county to build a homeless shelter and quit depending on the generosity of the Inter-Faith Council and the religious community.”

Small landfills? Locations please? Are we to expect the same promises made to the RENA community? As a History refresher…which  political party made those promises? the same party of Mrs Rich… the only one ever in control of Orange.

She would add to the burden of OC…by (my words) ” Taking over Homeless aid”…??
by…”quit depending on the generosity“(PR) ??

What is the primary purpose of the Inter-Faith Council and the religious community? Are they NOT supposed to be generous? philanthropic?…GOOD Samaritans? I’m confused… Does  not the use of the word depending imply that Homelessness is a actually the responsibility of the Government? The ends of this logic….have no ends into taxpayers purse.

This is an instance community based organizations are doing ….what they DO  BEST…and a candidate running for the BOCC wishes the county (taxpayers) to assume this role under the pretense of “easing the burden” of Organizations who’s primary mission IS that role.

This is statist thinking. Government assumes all roles in the community as “it can do it better.” It lends itself to central planning. And I am certain that is not what is needed on the BoCC.

http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/2012-primary-endorsements/Content?oid=3049912&storyPage=3

Note: Mrs Rich is headed for the BoCC in the fall along with civil rights attorney Mark Dorsin. The Board of Orange Count Commissioners will have never had such a shift in ideology. The current board is center left and there is no indication that it will maintain position or move toward the center with the arrival of these two councilmen. I fully expect to see a decidedly different tack that mimics European  thinking.

1st District chooses 2nd District’s Rep? are you Nuts?

Posted in Important Voting Information, Uncategorized on April 14, 2012 by seaweavermarine

I have touched on this before… BUT that is the reply I get from certain corners of the county. More specifically, members of the county whom are “in the know” on matters related to law and commerce.

Sorry , that needs repeating… More specifically, members of the county whom are “in the know” on matters related to law and commerce.

How may other people do not know this? Who was asleep when the referendum to expand the board from 5 to 7…was floated? Who did not read the fine print? The citizens of the rural areas seem to all be aware.

Districts “nominate” their representatives in the Primary, the entire county votes the nominees into office. District One is approaching 2:1 population advantage over District two, thus they determine who represents District Two, every time.

This is why anyone running for reelection to “serve” District Two will always pander to District One.

I have eliminated this by choosing to run for one term. Really, who wants entrenchment anyhow? FOUR YEARS is plenty….unless you are angling for the Health Care and Pension Benefits for life. We  have covered that for ourselves in this family(self-sustainability)(personal responsibility)

I would like to see more people run for office in this county. You need not a Gene in your DNA to qualify. If you can manage your affairs in this world with out supplemental aid and you own property are the essential requirements in my book. You need not be a lawyer or have a PhD.  There are plenty of these in government making a mess of things now.

We need more “regular” people in government. People who can allow the citizens to prosper…and represent those citizens for the district there are elected to. I would have said …” for the  district they were elected to serve”,  but the current, intentional election set up prevents that from being a true statement.

Consider this: Who wags district Two?….now ask…Who wags District One? Now ask, What form of Government is this?

cw

From http://wp.me/p2acSb-9

Per State code
§ 153A‑58. Optional structures.
A county may alter the structure of its board of commissioners by adopting one or any combination of the options prescribed by this section.
1,2…
(3) Mode of election of the board of commissioners:
a. The qualified voters of the entire county shall nominate all candidates for and elect all members of the board.
For options b, c, and d, the county shall be divided into electoral districts, and board members shall be apportioned to the districts so that the quotients obtained by dividing the population of each district by the number of commissioners apportioned to the district are as nearly equal as practicable.
b. The qualified voters of each district shall nominate candidates and elect members who reside in the district for seats apportioned to that district; and the qualified voters of the entire county shall nominate candidates and elect members apportioned to the county at large, if any.
c. The qualified voters of each district shall nominate candidates who reside in the district for seats apportioned to that district, and the qualified voters of the entire county shall nominate candidates for seats apportioned to the county at large, if any; and the qualified voters of the entire county shall elect all the members of the board.
d. Members shall reside in and represent the districts according to the apportionment plan adopted, but the qualified voters of the entire county shall nominate all candidates for and elect all members of the board.

This 3C is our method. It was voted in in the 2006 general election by what I deem slight of wording as I contend the general population did not realize they where to loose control of electing their district representatives in the plan which simply highlighted the expansion of the BOCC from Five to Seven.

Here is more background info including how it may actually be unconstitutional.
http://leadlillypads.wordpress.com/district-disenfranchisement-in-orange-county/

NOTE: Strictly as an example… Earl McKee received nearly 20 thousand votes from District One in 2010.

So ask: What will happen on the election day when District One decides they do not want the representative that District Two wants? 

Lydia Lavelle, Carboro Alderman says Rural Resident should Pay for Municipal Transit

Posted in In the media, Transit, Uncategorized on April 10, 2012 by seaweavermarine

” county residents should NOT  (cw)  receive transit services in proportion to their investment in the overall plan”-Lydia Lavelle

The Underlined is mine…but the implication is dead on.

A recent story on WCHL informed us that Orange County rural residents were upset because, although they represent 40% of the county population, they would only receive 12% of services under a newly proposed Orange County Bus plan.  One commissioner agreed, saying that it is crucial that county residents receive transit services in proportion to their investment in the overall plan.

I disagree.  Receiving services in proportion to one’s investment is not achievable, nor should it be, with regard to government services. -Lydia Lavelle
http://chapelboro.com/pages/10391214.php?pid=231604&commentId=6417840

Well….It sure appears that  one portion (District One) is going to be recieving proportional  returns and then some. I’m confused…this must be Municipal math. Rural residents should not receive proportional returns…nor should we expect it?  What manner of thinking is this?  If I did not know better… I would think Rural Residents of Orange County are no better than Beasts of Burden to serve by this thinking. How deep do the harness straps cut into your shoulders my friends?  Who is driving this cart?  When will those that pull be allowed to ride?
Just…How much treasure of the rural Orange Citizen…is enough for Lydia Lavelle to satisfy her idea of proportional return on investment ? 

I shudder to wonder….

Reply to DTH Article on Light Rail
http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2012/04/half_cent_lookout_0417

Did anyone see the plan put out by the Planning Department? A power point presentation…w/ THREE SLIDES on Light Rail….one of which..is pretty pictures of Trains…The rest was minor…But it did include the route of the rail to which many are comparing to a UNC/ Duke employee shuttle. Really? well look at it.
This tax is a legacy tax. ALSO INCLUDED IS A TAG TAX FOR EVERY REGISTERED ROAD ITEM. It will never go away and that is NOT just for Citizens of Orange…but the State and the Nation. Note the flippant manner in which Local Government assumes state and federal funding….(play it again Sam) state and federal funding….
Has anyone seen the Federal Transit Data that is on record for…Charlotte?…CHAPEL HILL? These things BLEED dollars.
The economic development that will magically occur is a dream. Sorry…The citizens of this county were told of this bountiful harvest of econ diversity if….water and sewer were provided. It Has not happened. ANYONE wishing to “ride” the Econ Train will run headlong into a MASSIVE Unified Development Ordinance, Huge Permitting fees and red tape…AND a Historical Hostility to commercial FOR PROFIT growth (lets remember… non-profits add little to local coffers (the goal to reduce burden on property owners(… ideally)))
Charlotte’s numbers are Bad and we have not the base for”providing the rides, OR paying for the dream.
I suggest Rapid Buss service. Many communities around the nation are waking up to the costs of Light rail and are serving their communities w/ rapid Bus lines. The great thing, private individuals use the same infrastructure!
Look, we all want a cleaner environment…and we lead the WORLD and via the ICLEI (United Nations) 2007 planning Guide For Orange County We are doing very well indeed, but the Rent is TOO HIGH. The Costs never die. Charlotte is loosing $20 /rider. http://wp.me/p2acSb-4t It is madness that serves a select few of the entire county…and that’s just in Charlotte!
Anyone seen what the Rural areas are getting? Crumbs. There are not even Park and ride locations being considered….for buses…that are not planned.
This is a completely self serving idea. It puts a huge burden on the County who will never ride a Train but will pay for it in their sleep.
Anyone remotely interested in moving people…in Chapel Hill…should get behind the CRAZY IDEA…of raising the speed limit on MLK from 35MPH to…….40MPH.

The First BoCC Transportation Hearing is a Flop

Posted in Transit, Uncategorized on April 4, 2012 by seaweavermarine

There were 30 people in the gallery, 4 reporters and 6 government employees.

After lengthy email exchanges w/ the BoCC about my concern of Public Notice prior to this meeting, I received notice that the BoCC  just received an award for Excellence in Communications …That explains why there were only a handful to speak about the plan.

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Orange County was among 19 North Carolina governments to earn recognition in the fourth North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards presented Thursday,March 29 at the Carolina Inn as part NC3C’s annual Spring Conference.

As the BoCC saw fit to publish this weeks agenda  via email last Friday the 30th, it only allowed 2 work days for the public to become informed via the one person to person connection available. Of course the standard is a paid advertisement in the press…but when there are 4 different periodicals serving Orange, and none serving all, it is haphazard at best to assume “public notice” has been effective at gaining public notice, or simply meeting the requirement by law to hold a hearing on proposed tax increases. I suspect this will again be viewed as Business as Usual to the average citizen.

The good? Having heard from 6 on how poorly this plan has been presented and thus how difficult it is to provide input(in 3 minutes) the BoCC graciously approved 2 as yet clearly scheduled/located “public information sessions” where Planning Staff and Commissioners will be present to provide Give and Take answers to Questions.

This is an improvement.

The “Draft Plan” that the public was supposed to provide “input” on is here: http://orangecountync.gov/OCCLERKS/1204036a.pdf

Note there are 3 “slides” for Light rail…one of which has pretty pictures, and 10 much more detailed “slides” of Bus service. Note the cost of Light Rail, the portion of the tax devoted to it, and where it goes and the scant information provided…

There are many questions the citizens of Orange need to have answered. I’ll touch a few of mine.

  • When will the tax end?
  • If the terminus ends of the single Light Rail line as planned are the Hospitals and their affiliated branches…how does this portion of the transit plans NOT look like an Employee shuttle for UNC and Duke that the non-riding citizens will pay for in perpetuity?
  • as principal capital funding for the light rail comes from the Federal Government, (and we are the Federal Government)…and the future  Federal revenues generated by the next two generations of US citizens has already been spent…does the added tax burden locally,statewide and nationally merit this light rail portion of the plan that serves a select group of citizens?
  • Per the OC Planning Manager Craig Benedict, State and Federal funding must come through a competitive bidding process.  Does this mean the Light Rail portion of the Transit plan will be competing with the already bleeding cash-strapped Charlotte light rail system for funds? http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/pubs/profiles/2010/agency_profiles/4008.pdf
  • if the County is  focused on Economic Development (to ideally relieve pressure on the property owner), where are the plans for transportation into the existing Economic Zones?… especially those that are not crowded with non-profits that generate little revenue?

I did not touch Buses here. I have no real issue with them. Buses utilize existing infrastructure and can be easily rerouted as conditions warrant.  But note, Bus service into the rural areas is minimal. Note the lack of park and ride locations in the rural areas.
As any concerned citizen reviews this “Draft Plan”   that we the public are to provide “input on” to make the decision for a another tax that will never go away…many more questions will arise. I encourage all citizens of Orange to participate in educating themselves on this issue. It is not enough to rely on the County. They have their own pressures to implement this tax.

Here is Katelyn Ferral’s Blog in the meeting.  http://blogs.newsobserver.com/orangechat/orange-county-commissioners-seek-more-feedback-on-transit-plan

 

AT LAST …note Hearings…then public information sessions….

Orange County Transit Plan Public Hearing

ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Two public hearings were scheduled to be held on the proposed Orange County Transit Plan.

The first public hearing was held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the Social Services building in Hillsborough.

The second public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd. in Chapel Hill.  The public hearing is part of a regular Orange County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting which starts at 7:00 p.m.

Public transit open house sessions will also be held on Monday, April 23, 2012 at Extraordinary Ventures located at 200 S. Elliot Rd., Chapel Hill from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (please call Triangle Transit, 919-485-7433) for additional information) and on Monday, April 30, 2012 in the Orange County West Campus Office Building located at 131 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ( please call Orange County Planning Department, 919-245-2575 for additional information).

Funding for the transit plan has been authorized by the NC General Assembly HB-148 in Orange, Durham and Wake Counties in the form of a ½ cent sales tax to be decided by voter referendum (possibly this November) and an increase to the vehicle registration fees.

The purpose of the transit tax is to provide new and expanded services to unserved, underserved and transit dependent populations.  This applies to Orange County for local, inter-county and rural areas, and as important, regional connectivity to Durham and Wake Counties.  Transit service providers would include Triangle Transit, Chapel Hill Transit and Orange Public Transportation.

A presentation will be made regarding the elements of the plan which includes:

  • Legislative Authority
  • Revenue Sources
  • Partnership with Durham County
  • Expenditures
    • Light Rail Transit Cost Sharing Orange County/Durham County
    • Bus Services/Routes
      • Day and Hours
    • Small Capital Projects
      • Park and Ride Lots
      • Bus and Rail Transfer Stations
    • Martin Luther King (MLK) Bus Lanes
  • Timeline of plan development including future decisions regarding a voter referendum decision.

During the public hearing members of the public can speak to this transportation plan and offer suggestions or pose questions.

If you have interim questions, please call the Orange County Planning Department at 919-245-2575 or 919-245-2585.

Light Rail Works? Show me… where?

Posted in Transit, Uncategorized on April 2, 2012 by seaweavermarine

I ask anyone to show me where Light rail pays for itself.  I ask anyone to show me how it the drain on the taxpayer is worth it. Disney World does not count.

Looking forward to learning something. I would love to see the merit in the idea.  I like to ride trains when I pay at the gate, not when I pay in my sleep. I would love for someone to show me when the Orange County taxpayer will stop paying  on an OC Rail. Orange County is currently 5th in the state in terms of  high taxes, that was before the 1/4 cent tax…and now we have a 1/2 cent being floated…Where will Orange County rank next year? How will this new ranking enhance Economic Development?

The BoCC has planned 2 “public hearings” on placing a 1/2 cent sales tax on the Ballot for November. This for fills the requirement by State law…but in local terms…it means allowing the public to vent. There will be no minds changed.

In terms of an election year…where all running are dependent on District One…the wheels are in motion to put this on the ballot. It would matter not if the public could show how expensive, inefficient,  light rail is..the majority of District One thinks light rail is some magical cure to all of societal ills and thus those dependent on D1’s vote will cater to it…including the Commissioner from D2.

It tragic that District Two cannot have representation that truly represents D2.

Here is some reading on the next closest Light Rail in Charlotte. Look who pays.

http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/pubs/profiles/2010/agency_profiles/4008.pdf

 

On the goal and sub plots, Light rail is the backbone of the great percentage of ICLEI,  a Non Governmental Organization subsidiary of the United Nations of which Orange, and Chapel Hill are Dues paying members via our Tax Dollars.

ICLEI is an offshoot of the UN Agenda 21 (Twenty first Century)program to save the planet by constricting an limiting Human activity in industrialized nations. Yes, it read like a horror story and there are many who write it off as a conspiracy theory. Well it is a conspiracy to subvert US sovereignty, and we are mired in it if anyone wishes to look, but it is no theory…it is an actual plan, it is in place and it is everywhere from the school systems to your garbage can.

If you are familiar w/ the movie the Matrix in which the hero is lead to an awakening of the “real” circumstances around him by eating the “red pill”…this is that same. Once you are aware of this plan, you will see it everywhere.

Here is the use of ICLEI in the Orange County Commission of the Environment’s plea to the BOCC and Planning Board in demanding light rail.

  • These results are consistent with Orange County’s stated goals: In 2003,OrangeCounty joined ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – and committed to take part in the organization’s Cities for Climate Protection program.  Implementing policies that reduce local air pollutants and carbon emissions are key goals of this program.  Providing the voters an opportunity to support increased investments in public transportation is a straightforward way to make progress towards these goals.

Look for yourself if you are not familiar with ICLEI. There are many Youtube videos and tons of actual UN data pages on the matter. There are ICLEI generated (paid for) planning guides for Orange County. There are reams of Agenda 21 data. This also includes the UN “death Map”  or Corridor map showing the vast sections of the United States off limits to Human activity for planetary “sustainability”. Where are the Humans? Clustered…along the light rail lines. I’ll allow the reader to determine the primary ideology behind the plans.

cw