Charlotte City Council

Local News
5:48 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Mayfield: Compromise Vote Would Have Told Transgender People They're Not Worthy

Lawana Mayfield

Charlotte City Council’s meeting Monday night over whether to include LGBT people in the city’s non-discrimination law evoked strong comments from the public and Council members. The proposal failed 6-5.

"I don’t think tonight’s vote is about solving a problem. I think it’s about promoting a political agenda," Republican Councilman Kenny Smith said before casting his vote against the measure. "I think if it's passed, it will be a clear message to the city that the City Council has voted to impose the progressive left's view of morality on the majority of our citizens."

Another council member who voted against the measure was LaWana Mayfield. Her vote may surprise some because she’s an openly gay member of Council. She voted no because the final proposal had stripped out a controversial requirement that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

In this interview, Mayfield tells WFAE's Sarah Delia that voting yes on the compromise "would have been compromising on all of the friends, the neighbors, those in the community that do identify as transgender…that would be telling them ‘You’re not worthy to be part of this fight with right now.’ ”

Local News
6:31 am
Tue March 3, 2015

LGBT Defeat: Council Rejects Non-Discrimination Expansion

Two women pray before the city council meeting began
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Monday night Charlotte’s City Council voted down a proposal to expand the city’s nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBT people. The vote was 6 to 5. It’s a major blow to LGBT rights advocates and a victory for those who saw the move as part of a war against religious freedom.

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Local News
2:03 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Contentious LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance Before City Council Tonight

A proposed expansion of the city's non-discrimination ordinance is the only item on the council's agenda Monday night.
Credit Charlotte City Council Agenda

On any given Monday the Charlotte City Council considers dozens of measures. Tonight, it will have just one.

It’s a proposal to broaden the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The move is contentious. Council members have been swamped with emails and phone calls trying to sway their vote.

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Local News
6:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

After Cannon, City Council Adopts Stricter Ethics Code

Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

Former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest for public corruption nearly a year ago also sparked a re-evaluation for the Charlotte City Council of its ethics policy, including what gifts members can accept and what relationships they have to disclose. The council adopted a new ethics code Monday night, after debate about how far it should go.


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Local News
12:31 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Charlotte Storm Water Problems Outpace Fixes, Budget

Construction crews at the bottom of this hole dig a tunnel underneath Morehead Street, where they will lay new storm water pipe.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Just south of Morehead Street in Dilworth, construction crews work in an enormous hole, 30-feet wide and 30-feet deep. Wood slats and metal bands support the walls, like the inside of the world’s largest wine barrel. A pump sucks a pool of storm water out of the bottom. Cranes and dump trucks surround the hole, while a small machine tunnels at the bottom, moving forward about four feet per day.

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Local News
3:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Charlotte Airport Expansion Plans Unveiled Tonight

Charlotte-Douglas Airport had a record 44 million passengers in 2014.
Credit Julie Rose

More than 44 million passengers flew through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport last year. That was a record, one that the airport hopes won’t stand for long.

Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will hear plans to expand Charlotte Douglas. They call for a new runway and nearly doubling the number of gates at the airport.

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Local News
4:39 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Obama Budget Includes Charlotte Street Car Funding

A rendering of the Charlotte street car.
Credit City of Charlotte

The Obama Administration’s new proposed budget includes funding for Charlotte’s street car project. City officials have banked on receiving that money to build the street car, but it’s still no sure thing.


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Local News
5:02 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

State Tax Changes Threaten Hole In Charlotte Budget

A City of Charlotte slide at the annual retreat shows budget shortfalls under three scenarios: restoration of revenue lost by the cut of the business privilege license tax, restoration of 50 percent of the revenue lost by the cut, and no restoration combined with a redistribution of the sales tax.
Credit City of Charlotte

State tax changes could chew a sizeable hole in the City of Charlotte’s pocketbook, staff told City Council members at their annual retreat Friday. Two changes—one last year and one proposed this year—have them worried.


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Local News
6:27 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

New Transit Needs New Revenue, Says Charlotte Mayor

Mayor Dan Clodfelter gives the State of the City address.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The City of Charlotte will need to come up with more money for transit projects, Mayor Dan Clodfelter announced during his State of the City speech Tuesday morning. The city has proposed future extension of the street car and possible rail and bus lines to the north and southeast. But Clodfelter says the state won’t support those projects as it has in the past.


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Local News
10:27 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Gets Council's Go-Ahead On Debt Write-Off

Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

The NASCAR Hall of Fame has been given approval to erase more than $20 million of debt off its books. In a 10-1 vote Monday night, the Charlotte City Council approved the plan for Bank of America, Wells Fargo and NASCAR to eliminate the debt in exchange for $5 million in payments from the city.

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