The McFarlane for Mayor campaign is now officially underway! Earlier this afternoon, I filed papers to become Raleigh's next mayor. I was joined by family, supporters and friends.
Monday, July 25, 2011
The McFarlane for Mayor campaign is now officially underway! Earlier this afternoon, I filed papers to become Raleigh's next mayor. I was joined by family, supporters and friends.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
During this visit, I spoke with residents regarding Raleigh's growth and development, and specifically how we can retain Raleigh's charm while we manage our growth. I shared with small business owners my recent City Council proposal to establish a streamlined Small Business Initiative; this service would provide a one-stop shop for people seeking advice and support while starting and operating small businesses, a clear way to help us develop Raleigh's local talent, create jobs, and grow our economy.
Thanks you to the residents of Weathersfield Place for taking the time to talk about local issues!
Friday, July 22, 2011
The neighbors contacted me to discuss their concerns about a city stormwater project. I have extensive experience with stormwater issues and projects so I was happy to listen and respond to their concerns. The primary intention of stormwater management projects are to control runoff for road safety, keep it out of people's backyards and to protect the health of the waterways. However, I do also agree that any work the City does involving easement rights should end up increasing property values and not decreasing them - as is the concern here. There has to be an on-going effort to balance development, environmental protection and neighborhood rights. As Mayor I will continue to prioritize this balance, just as I have for years on the City Council
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
- Raleigh has experienced the second highest overall population increase.
- Raleigh has the third highest job growth over the past two decades.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I learned that Brentwood residents consider themselves "BTB" - between the beltlines! It really is a centrally located neighborhood with great access to both downtown and north Raleigh. People spoke highly of the quiet and safe neighborhood, clean streets, big shade trees, affordability and friendly neighbors. The diversity of the community is also a strength that many neighbors appreciate.
Thank you Brentwood for welcoming me into your homes and backyards and for your encouragement of my campaign for Mayor!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
So today at City Counci (watch the video at 1:36), I introduced the following "Small Business Initiative" which was well-received by the Council and will be voted on next week. In light of the upcoming thousands of lay-offs from the State, now is the time for the City to make sure that we are making the process of opening a new business accessible, simplified and as hassle-free as is safely possible. People need to know that Raleigh is open for business!
I. Establish a Small Business Office within City Government
Navigating what is required to open a small business in Raleigh can be confusing and frustrating. There needs to be a place in City Government where small business owners can go and have an advocate. A single point of contact where they can go to learn all they need to do, coordinate inspections, and streamline the permitting process necessary to open and expand a small business in Raleigh.
II. Establish a Small Business Commission
A nine member Commission made up of small business owners and those who assist small businesses. Their charge will include identifying issues, challenges, and problems facing small business in dealing with the City, to mentor prospective small business, and give direction to the City’s Small Business Office.
III. Engage Citizens and Coordinate Private Small Business Assistance.
Some of the smartest people in the world have chosen to make Raleigh their home, and we have a number of non profit organizations dedicated to assisting small business. The City should do more to engage the enormous talent we have here and help coordinate all the private assistance available to small businesses.
Friday, June 17, 2011
The event will feature product demonstrations, information of local water conservation issues, and product giveaways. There will also be booths set up to distribute information on high-efficiency products that are new to the marketplace, as well as water conservation tips.
In the event of rain, the fair will be moved inside of the Avery C. Upchurch Complex at 222 W. Hargett Street! For more information, plase contact the city's Public Utilities Department.
Monday, June 13, 2011
In 2010, Cree was awarded $39 million to purchase new equipment to add capacity and capability to lower production costs of LED chips and fixtures.
President Obama has said that building a rosbust clean energy sector is how we will create the jobs of the future. I couldn't agree more, and I am so excited to see our region be a leader in that process!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Gypsy Jule is a new women's clothing and accessories boutique in the Glenwood South District. Also, Designbox Shop and a second location of Crema at City Plaza opened downtown.
This is a great sign of Raleigh's economic stability, I hope the second quarter will yield equally impressive results!
Monday, May 23, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
In addition to raising funds and support for the victims of the April 16 tornadoes, this event will celebrate all of those who have given their time and energy to help those who suffered damages in the storm. The event will also celebrate the general spirit of community and togetherness that we are so fortunate to have in Raleigh.
While the City is hosting and organizing the event, several organizations have come together to make this happen. A special thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Carolina Hurricanes, and Rex Healthcare for sponsoring the event. Another big thanks to the bands participating!
While the event is free and open to the public, those attending are encouraged to bring a donation that will go to charities aiding in the recovery efforts. The charities that will receive proceeds from the event are the Salvation Army of Wake County, Centro Internacional de Raleigh, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and the Helping Hand Mission.
Please visit Rise Up Raleigh to stay current on the celebration, it is growing daily!
Monday, May 16, 2011
The Drop-Off is a joint effor between the Substance Abuse Advisory Commission, Raleigh Police Department, and our Community Services Department. The event is part of an effort to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs and the harmful environmental affects of improper disposal of medications.
The following Food Lions will participate, and there will be a Police Officer and Pharmacist on hand to accept the medications.
13200 New Falls of Neuse Road, at Wakefield Crossing
5633 Creedmoor Road, at Millbrook Crossing
2420 Wycliff Road, at Meredith Park Commons
1601 Cross Link Road
It is recommended that everyone dropping of medications should remove any personal information, either by removing the label from the bottle or marking through any personal information.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Admission is free and open to the public, but space is limited! The event will include speaker presentations, workshop sessions, and breakout sessions. Some of the topics that will be included are crime, trash, water/sewer, property taxes, street maintenance and traffic, parks and recreation, storm water management, and transit!
Even if you can't attend, you can participate! Citizens are encouraged to submit ideas, suggestions, and discussion topics on CityCamp's website. The sessions on Friday and Saturday will be held at Vintage 21, Sunday's sessions will take place at The Stockroom.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Proceeds from this concert, along with others in the future, will benefit several local charities and community programs. Camp Celebrate is one of the programs that the RPFFA supports. Camp Celebrate is a weekend camp for children ages 7-15 who have suffered major burn injuries. The RPFFA also works to provide and install smoke detectors for families who cannot afford them. Proceeds will also be used to support the Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospital, the Salvation Army, Helping Hands, and local youth athletic programs.
More information is available here or by calling 919-714-7944.
The RPFFA is a registered 501(c)(5) non-profit.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Also, four young lives were lost as a result of the storms. I extend my sincere condolences to the families and friends of these four children.
Citizens of Raleigh have done an outstanding job in the recovery efforts since the storm. Neighbors have worked together, various volunteer groups have formed, and the City has put together more than 25 cleanup crews. More than 100,000 cubic yards of debris have been collected. In just two short weeks, many places are nearing normalcy.
For those who still have work to be done, please contact the City. There are several groups prepared and waiting to help! Also, the City's Yard Waste Center is waiving the standard fee for Raleigh home owners.
The City is also hosting a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Chavis Park Community Center. Staff is available for assistance seven days a week, from 7am-7pm. For more information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I have lived in Raleigh for 27 years. I have raised a family, and started and grown a business here. During that time, Raleigh has experienced a lot of growth and change. We have seen Raleigh emerge as a place that consistently tops the rankings of "Best Places to Live," "Best Places for Business," and "Best Places to Raise a Family."
What sets our city apart is a tremendous collaborative spirit that unites our diverse interests to create this outstanding community. But even as great as we are, we can be even better! We are not the incredible city we are today by accident. It was careful planning that brought us here.
As we grow, we will face challenges. It is important that we plan carefully to accommodate our expected growth, so that we continue to enjoy the safe, beautiful, prosperous city that we love.
I have a vision for Raleigh as a true world class city that provides choices as to how we live, work, and play. I want to make sure that we always retain the beauty and charm that makes us Raleigh! I am ready to lead Raleigh and chart a successful course for tomorrow and the next twenty years.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Raleigh. I am proud of what Raleigh has become, and I am excited to lead Raleigh into the future!
Friday, April 22, 2011
I am happy to be a part of a community with such a focus on sustainable initiatives, within our local economy and energy consumption policies!
Monday, April 18, 2011
My thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by the storms. Thank you to everyone who has already pitched in to help neighbors and friends with damage!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
The first is the Viva Raleigh Festival, taking place this Saturday at the Spring Forest Road Park. The Viva Raleigh Festival intends to connect local Spanish-speaking residents with public programs and services. There will members of the City's Community Services Department on hand, along with representatives from more than fifty local non-profit organizations. There will also be live music and plenty of activities for children! For more information, please contact Aracelys Torrez in the Community Services Department at 996-5717. Another upcoming event that I wanted to let you all know about is the WakeUp Wake County Forum being held on Thursday, April 14 at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum. The forum centers around Wake County's water and sewer needs as the County continues to grow. There will be several staff members from the City and County on hand to answer questions and discuss the future of Wake County's water supply. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the challenges and complexities of maintaining a high-quality water and sewer system in a rapidly growing community. In July, Raleigh will host the Plug-In 2011 Conference and Exposition. This is the first time that the conference is not being held in California, and we are thrilled that they are coming east! The conference is being held at the Convention Center, July 18-21. It will include four plenary sessions, sessions on component and infrastructure technologies, pilot programs, PEV/PHEV readiness plans, and discussion of future opportunities for the plug-in industry. Raleigh has been recognized as a national leader in preparation for PEV/PEHV vehicles, and I am excited to learn more about how we can continue on the same path!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Discussion will center around the emerging vision for the Blue Ridge Road corridor, it's current conditions, existing plans for properties along the corridor, and the scope of the study. Also, participants will be able to ask any questions they may have.
The workshop is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 807-8479 or visiting the Urban Design Center.
Hope to see you there on Saturday!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday afternoon we had Council, and Tuesday evening I attended the Sister Cities Annual Meeting. Sister Cities is a great organization, that is a part of Raleigh's International Affairs Council. 2010 was a great year for Sister Cities, and 2011 is on course to be even better!
Wednesday was a big day for District A, as we officially welcomed Whole Foods to the neighborhood! It is a great facility, and I know that Whole Foods will be an asset to our community. I am thrilled to have them in North Raleigh!
Wednesday afternoon, I celebrated the 200 Club's tenth anniversary! The 200 Club is a phenomenal organization that provides support to the families of fallen public safety officers. For ten years, they have shown outstanding support of public safety community in Wake County, and it was great to celebrate ten years of success!
This morning, Advocates for Health in Action hosted a breakfast and screened a great documentary on community gardening. I am extremely hopeful that we will begin to see more an more community gardens in Raleigh in the coming months and years. Community gardening not only encourages healthy eating habits, but is also a great educational and community development tool.
It has been a wonderful week, and a great way to kick-off Spring! Thank you to everyone who helped put together the wonderful events I was able to attend this week.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Presenting the proclamation to Raleigh NAWIC President Darline Johnson
Currently, women make up only 10% of the construction industry in the United States, but that number has been steadily rising each year for the past decade. It is great to see so many intelligent women celebrating their emerging force in the industry, and I was happy to be invited to share in the fun!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
This year, I had the pleasure of spending my morning with Ms. Best's kindergarten class at East Garner Elementary! I had a great time visiting their classroom and school, and sharing a story with them. It is always refreshing to spend some time with little ones!
Thank you to East Garner Elementary and Ms. Best for inviting me to share the day with you, I had a great time!
Monday, February 28, 2011
The Corridor Study is focused on the area between Swain Street and Wake Medical Center. The second workshop will primarily center on streetscapes and urban design, multi-modal transportation, environmental considerations, public safety, historic and cultural heritage, and land use and economic development.
For more information, contact Dhanya Sandeep in the City of Raleigh Planning Department at email@example.com or visit the City's website and search for "New Bern Avenue Corridor Study."
Monday, February 21, 2011
The GIS field has experienced an industry boom in the last decade, and it is very exciting to see so many new mapping applications becoming more and more popular!
A special thanks to Mr. Tim Johnson, Director of the NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis for including me in the Conference!
Bringing greetings to the 1,000 geographers in attendance
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
The Triangle-area Sister Cities has thirteen international partner cities, all depicted in the mural. Flier's mural measures 45 feet long, and is in the International Baggage Claim in Terminal 2.
We were fortunate to have such a great turnout for the unveiling, and I was honored to greet everyone. The Sister Cities Organization is something that I have been involved in for several years, and I was happy to be on hand to see this project come to fruition! The mural is beautiful, and definitely worth a visit next time you are at RDU!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
As a teen center, Saint Monica's will be the home to Digital Connectors, a new, national training program! Through a community partnership, the Center will feature an interactive learning lab. The Digital Connectors Program provides the opportunity for young people to become more familiar with computer programs and software, preparing them for success in the workplace! Students will develop computer networking skills, ability to connect wireless access points, and the ability to create video documentaries. Saint Monica's will also feature recreational, social, and fitness programming and will have a lounge and study room.
I am so pleased about this new addition to our City! What an excellent resource for our youth!
For more information, please contact Raleigh's Parks and Recreation Department. The Center will be open every day of the week, 2-8pm Monday through Friday, 1-8pm on Saturdays, and 1-6pm on Sundays. The dedication ceremony will take place Friday at 3pm, with the Center open afterwards for touring!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
NHL All-Star Wide Open will feature activities for the whole family. Music, street performers, skating, hot food and drink to take the chill off of January. And of course, the NHL Fan Fair.
So, grab your family and friends, enjoy the fun and show the world our true hospitality and spirit. I hope to see you there. Go Raleigh!!!
Remember to visit http://www.nhlallstarwideopen.com/ for a full list of events for the weekend!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, I started the day with the NC Department of Commerce and Governor Purdue as they welcomed Wang Chao, the Vice Minister of Commerce of China. Minister Chao was in the triangle for the North Carolina China Trade and Investment Seminar. From the Trade and Investment Seminar, I went to Council meetings, with a public hearing in the evening. We continued our discussion of banning smoking in city parks, and heard from residents regarding the Crabtree Quarry's expansion proposal. There were over 400 people in attendance Tuesday night! It is great to see so many citizens engaged and active in their communities. I urge everyone to come to Council meetings anytime you are able!
Although it was a busy start to the week, it was an energizing one! Have a great weekend!
Monday, January 17, 2011
The classes are held on Thursdays, from 6 to 8pm at the Municipal Building.
The first of the three modules is centered on Leadership Development, and will begin February 3rd and conclude on February 24th. This module integrates personal and group leadership dynamics by focusing on leadership style, facilitation, and group dynamics.
The second of the three modules will focus on Communication Dynamics. These four classes will explore techniques for effectively communicating with both individuals and groups. These classes will begin on March 3rd and conclude on March 24th.
The third, and final, module will teach Asset-Based Community Development. These classes will explore a neighborhood-based organizing plan. The Asset-Based Community Development Module engages the talents and skills of neighborhood residents and groups to improve their quality of life through civic programs and partnerships.
Before each class, a complimentary, light dinner will be served. A certificate of completion will be issued upon completion of each module. If all three modules are completed, a plaque will be given. Class size is limited to 25 people, to encourage lively discussion, interaction, and team building.
You may apply for the program online. For more information, please contact Charlene Willard at 996-6100 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity to develop some extraordinary skills, with no cost to you!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
This will be a major upgrade for the North Ridge stormwater drainage system. New sanitary sewer lines will be put into place, water and gas lines will be relocated, and the area will be repaved.
There will be detour signs posted directed traffic around the construction. For more information, please contact the City's Stormwater Utility Division at 996-3940.