Charlotte City Council

Charlotte City Council members are set to vote Monday night on a budget that would keep the city's property tax rate steady, and put more police officers on Charlotte streets.

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Are you a politically-inclined Charlotte resident with a yearning to take the next step into city politics? Have you been wanting to make a difference in the city, but haven't the stomach or the money to run a full fledged campaign for public office?

Then the city is kindly asking you to consider applying for the newest opening on the Charlotte City Council -- that of District 2 representative.

The Panthers game during the week of protests following the Keith Scott shooting was one of 12 extraordinary events last year.
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The City Council last week delayed a planned vote on whether to repeal Charlotte's five-year-old extraordinary events ordinance. Officials now say they want to get more public input, at a public forum next week.

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City Councilman Al Austin will resign his seat on July 16, 2017, to take on a position with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He'll take up the post of the department's outreach director to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Austin, a Democrat, was elected in 2013 and is currently serving his second term on council. He represents District Two, which encompasses uptown in the northwest district of the city, including third and fourth ward.

Charlotte mayoral candidate Vi Lyles has won the endorsement of the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg in her run for mayor. Lyles is a Democrat and the current Mayor Pro Tem. She's challenging current mayor Jennifer Roberts and state Sen. Joel Ford for her party's nomination in the Sept. 12 primary.

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At a debate in northwest Charlotte Thursday night, the city's three Democratic mayoral candidates faced an audition of sorts - for an endorsement by the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Filing isn’t even open yet for the Sept. 12 primary. But the group plans to make an unusual early endorsement in the coming days.

Charlotte skyline at dusk
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Charlotte's new city manager has released his proposed budget for the city. It calls for a 5.3 percent increase in city spending with no increase in property taxes. But residents would still pay more for water and garbage services.

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The city's police and transportation department will not restrict parking outside a women's clinic in east Charlotte, City Manager Marcus Jones said at Monday night's city council meeting. The decision was made following a months-long push by abortion rights activists to ban street parking outside the clinic, to the objections of abortion rights opponents.

Charlotte is known as a tree city, with lush neighborhoods and even tree-lined downtown streets, like College Street.
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Charlotte has a goal of having trees cover 50 percent of the city by 2050. But a report out this month says the city may have trouble hitting that goal, as trees disappear faster than they can be planted.

Nick de la Canal

At a standing room only council meeting Monday night, pro-life and pro-choice activists confronted Charlotte City Council, at times shouting down council members, booing speakers, and jabbing fingers at Mayor Jennifer Roberts and council member Julie Eiselt.

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