After a few weeks of “summer break,” City Council is back to business, and I’m back with some updates on City Council activity and my re-election campaign! 1. At our last meeting prior to break, we approved creation of a social district, called the “Sip n’ Stroll Downtown.” The social district began last Monday, August 15, and will operate 7 days a week, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. More than 70 businesses within the social
June was a busy month. I’m writing to provide a summary of our June 2022 regular City Council meetings as well as an update on social districts from the Economic Development and Innovation Meeting today. 1) We approved the FY23 budget. As a reminder, our fiscal year is July 1- June 30. The budget includes another year of fare free transit, increases in pay for city staff including police and fire, a Mobile Community Engagement
Happy Pride Month! Below is a summary of our May 2022 City Council meetings:   1. We partnered with Campbell Law School to create a program to assist residents with eviction prevention. The program is called “City of Raleigh Housing Justice Project” and is intended to provide legal services to low income individuals and families on the verge of homelessness. You can read more here.    2. We allocated approximately $7 million in funding for
It’s been a minute since I wrote a summary of our City Council meetings. Below are some updates:   1. We approved a contract with IKE Smart City for installation of kiosks downtown. If you’ve traveled to other cities recently, you’ve probably seen these, or similar, kiosks in operation. If not, you can check them out here.  Initially, 15-20 kiosks will be installed within city right-of-way in select areas downtown to help residents and visitors
We had a City Council meeting Tuesday, March 15, 2022 and below are some exciting updates!   1. We voted to make outdoor dining permanent. During the onset of COVID, we allowed private businesses to extend into streets and sidewalks to setup tables for dining and drinks. This change showed us that there are better uses of or public spaces, and in October 2021, we instructed staff to come up with the necessary changes to

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