None of these photos will be showing up in our next issue (which will feature a dirt article about the city's proposed 2013-14 FY budget), but these shots were too good to disappear into the abyss of my iPhoto not to share.
District 4 Greensboro City Councilwoman Nancy Hoffmann announced in a press release this morning that she will seek re-election. Hoffmann's involvement in citywide and downtown issues during her first term led some to believe (myself included) that she may run for council at-large.
The press release emphasizes her engagement with young professionals ("they are our future"), her work as chair of a council subcommittee addressing a post-RUCO ordinance to deal with safe rental housing and her accessibility to constituents.
Hoffmann also served on the council subcommittee designing a new tree ordinance (which is still in the works) and briefly brought up the noise ordinance again earlier this year. Hoffmann defeated incumbent Mary Rakestraw in the 2011 election. We will have much more detailed coverage of the city council campaigns once filing begins this summer.
District 4 covers the central western and northwestern parts of Greensboro including the Guilford College area and stretching as far north as Battleground Avenue. The district reaches parts of High Point Road and I-40 to the south but does not extend eastward enough to encompass downtown or surrounding neighborhoods.
Not sure what district you live in? Here's a map.
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Greensboro City Manager Denise Turner Roth proposed a $459 million budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, which includes $4.3 million in budget cuts. The largest decreases would come from infrastructure funding and citywide reductions including a reducing the city's contract with Lankford Security.
From the press release: "Included are budget reductions of $1,043,194 in infrastructure, $982,244 in public safety, $715,762 in culture, recreation and community character, and $227,569 in general government. In addition, 14 full-time equivalent positions would be eliminated under the proposal, with no impact on sworn employees, and another $2,350,201 in organization-wide reductions."
The budget does include some increased spending as well: "$40,519 is proposed for additional resources for code enforcement and inspections, and first-year funding of $70,000 for a newly proposed Office of Accountability."
The proposed budget would also "eliminate funding for the Greensboro Youth Council Carnival" and "supplemental pay for worker’s compensation, reducing the level the City pays to the state mandated amount" and would "transfer ownership of War Memorial Stadium to NC A&T State University."
The press release does not mention participatory budgeting, which some residents have been encouraging council to adopt and that several council members have said they supported looking into.
Council will hold a public hearing on the budget at its June 4 meeting and will vote on it at its June 18 meeting. The city will post the full budget at www.greensboro-nc.gov/recommendedbudget by noon on Wednesday.
Erendira Méndez, a Greensboro resident who works at Faith Action International, tells Winston-Salem City Council about her experience coming to the United States as a child with undocumented parents, and trying to pursue educational opportunities for herself and for her daughter. Méndez was part of a group of people who urged the council to pass a resolution in support of legislation allowing undocumented students to receive in-state tuition at North Carolina universities and community colleges during the public comment period on Monday night.
Look for the full story in tomorrow's edition of YES! Weekly.