Charlotte City Council

Charlotte NDO 2.5: This time, with GOP support?

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I'll see your raise, and call. Show me your hand:

Luebke is part of a small group of republicans who've found something that didn't exist before now: republicans on city council supportive of gay rights and protections. They've been working with councilman Tariq Bokhari to put forward their own non-discrimination ordinance, based on conservative values of individual liberty and personal freedom. "I was tired of being caught flat-footed and not being brought to the table as a republican in town," Bokhari said.

Bokhari says the group is pursuing broader and more inclusive protections than the current democratic proposal. It would include protections for accommodations, employment, and housing, and it would also extend protections based on a person's natural hairstyle.

Trying to get a hold of their ordinance proposal itself before commenting further...Okay, here is the proposed ordinance:

Sign the petition: Rescind the RNC 2020 contract for Charlotte

Hat-tip to Jerry Wayne Williamson for leading the charge:

Activists think that the Republican National Convention will give Charlotte a black eye, if not a bloody nose, tarnish it's reputation as a progressive Southern city, roil racial animus, and spark a backlash. Those activists have mounted a petition drive to induce the Charlotte City Council to rescind its invitation. "President Trump’s re-election strategy centers on stoking hatred, resentment, fear, and division. For his personal political benefit, he is determined to stir-up his most ardent supporters in a way that will invariably lead to violence and destruction in our city," the petition reads in part.

You can sign the petition right here, and then spread the word. Charlotte already has enough challenges on the racial front, and the inevitable clash between anti-fascists and white supremacists will push CMPD well past their already questionable tolerance levels.

CMPD's "De-escalation" training criticized in public meeting

Officer who killed Danquirs Franklin had not received that training yet:

Some who spoke at the church, about a mile from the Burger King where Franklin was shot, said that compliance with police officers is the foremost way to avoid situations like his death. But Sevone Rhynes told Putney that there was no room for Franklin to do so.

“We do not get the opportunity to comply,” he said. “When black people in this country have our humanity recognized, acknowledged and respected, it is only then that de-escalation is going to work.” Deirdre Moss, meanwhile, said there would have been no way for Franklin to have complied without causing Kerl to shoot him. “When can a person in that situation make the right movement that won’t get them killed?” she said.

And again we are faced with a situation that would have been vastly different had this man been white. Police would have talked to him for hours if necessary to avoid taking that shot, even if said white man actually pointed a gun at them. But for a black man, even the possibility he has a gun is a death sentence. I've watched the video several times, and I don't believe he was about to shoot anybody. I will post it below the fold so you can make your own decision. But as I mentioned above, picture a white man doing this and ask yourself what would have happened:

Larken Egleston taking heat over his support of RNC2020

It comes with the territory, dude:

Egleston has been bombarded on social media with expletives and threats after he voted in favor of approving tentative contracts with the Republican National Committee and the local host committee. The council’s 6-5 vote paves the way for the RNC to award Charlotte the convention. City leaders expect the RNC site selection committee to back Charlotte Wednesday morning.

“I would be doing a lot better without the internet,” Egleston said Tuesday morning in an interview, a reference to the deluge of criticism he has received by email, Twitter and Facebook.

I find that Internet comment somewhere between fascinating and hilarious, since avoiding social media and other forms of 21st Century communications is exactly what he (falsely) accused his Democratic opponent of in the Primary Election:

City of Charlotte to build low-income housing adjacent to light rail

But their definition of "'low-income" seems to be evolving:

Charlotte plans to use the 2.31 acres to build the low-income apartments on its own, or with a nonprofit company. But the new plan calls for all of the 80 apartments to be for people earning 80 percent of the area median income. That's about $43,000 for a family of four.

But the switch from very low-income housing to so-called workforce housing raises questions about whether the apartments are needed. Two consultants have told the city that Charlotte has a surplus of housing for people earning about 80 percent of area median income, and the city's biggest need is for apartments serving the city's poorest residents, who earn minimum wage or less.

Don't know all the ins and outs of this deal, but in the initial purchase (by the City) and sale back to the private sector, $4 million in taxpayer dollars was lost. And considering the City Council just had dozens of genuinely poor citizens drum up the courage to walk into the chamber and ask (desperately) for help with affordable housing, this decision seems to be about as tone-deaf as you could get. About the only citizen who appears to be "winning" in this deal-making is the developer himself:

Could Democrats scuttle Charlotte's nondiscrimination ordinance?

The forecast for equality is overcast with unjustified fear and loathing:

The most contentious provision would allow transgendered people to use the bathroom in which they feel most comfortable. That’s been the focus of radio ads and thousands of phone messages paid for by opponents. In them, they’ve charged that allowing biological males to use women’s bathrooms could endanger women and children.

Democrat David Howard, who voted to put the issue on the agenda, said he’s trying to find a compromise. He’s heard from both sides – including his wife and daughters, who have raised concerns.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but a big part of being a father is protecting your family from misinformation. The odds of them even coming into contact with a transgender person in a public restroom are infinitesimally small in the first place, much less one who would even contemplate "endangering" them. You'll win the Lottery twice before that happens. Howard isn't the only Democrat flirting with the wrong side on this issue:

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