Charlotte City Council

Local News
4:07 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Council Exempts Blue Line Extension From Affordable Housing Policy

The proposed Blue Line Extension
Credit City of Charlotte

Charlotte’s City Council voted Monday night to encourage more affordable housing near rapid transit stations, such as light rail, to give families with lower incomes easier access to public transportation, and education and job opportunities along with it. But, the council decided to exempt one of its signature projects, the Blue Line Extension.


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Local News
7:22 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Airport Commission Questions Existence, Considers Firing Orr In First Meeting

Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee (right) addresses the Charlotte Airport Commission, including lawyers Martin Brackett and Richard Vinroot (at end of table), and executive director Jerry Orr. City officials have sued the commission, are facing Vinroot and Brackett in court, and ousted Orr from his previous post as Charlotte aviation director. City lawmakers also appointed most of the commission.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The Charlotte airport commission—which the city wants to disband—met for the first time last night, in the city council's own quarters. Commissioners met to figure out what, if any, role they have while a court battle stalls their takeover of Charlotte Douglas Airport.  After four hours of deliberation, the 13-member commission decided to put its lawyers on a short leash, but stopped short of firing their executive director.


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Politics
4:45 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Cannon Talks Priorities

Mayor-elect Patrick Cannon at his first press conference at the new Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte. He will be sworn in on December 2.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Patrick Cannon says he's still pinching himself after realizing a life-long dream of becoming mayor of Charlotte. He held his first press conference as mayor-elect in front of the new Romare Bearden Park in uptown to highlight his goals when he takes office in December.

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Local Elections
10:54 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Democrats Keep Firm Grip On Charlotte

Councilman Michael Barnes will likely be named mayor pro tem of Charlotte, after receiving the most votes in the race for Charlotte City Council's at-large seats.
Credit City of Charlotte

Democrats maintained their 9 to 2 majority on the Charlotte City Council last night and easily kept hold of the mayor's seat, with Patrick Cannon winning by five percentage points.  

There are several new faces, but mostly just a shuffling of seats on Charlotte's city council. Democrats still control the dais, with the longest-serving among them moving to the center spot as mayor. Patrick Cannon says his victory is the realization of a lifelong goal from the time he became the city's youngest councilman at age 26.  

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Local News
12:04 am
Tue October 29, 2013

CMPD Citizens Review Board On Path To Gain Some Power

Members of a coalition called "CRB Reform Now" attend a meeting of the Charlotte City Council's Council-Manager Subcommittee which unanimously approved recommended changes to the police department's Citizens Review Board.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council is advancing a plan to give more power to the Citizens Review Board charged with hearing complaints of police misconduct.


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Local News
9:20 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Charlotte's Mayoral Choice

Democrat Patrick Cannon and Republican Edwin Peacock are vying to become Charlotte's next mayor.

Charlotte's next mayor will be either a long-time Democratic city councilman or a some-time Republican councilman with a long pedigree in Charlotte politics.  WFAE has this look at the city's mayoral choice come November 5.


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Local News
9:32 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Ride Apps Stymie City Council

Lyft drivers strap a fuzzy pink mustache to their own vehicles and give rides to people who summon them through a smartphone app.
Credit Julie Rose

  The Charlotte City Council is wary of a spate of new tech companies in town that let people hail a lift from a driver who has not gone through the city's inspection and permit process for cabs and limos.

Companies including Uber and Lyft have drivers who use their private vehicles and appear to fall under a new state law that exempts "digital dispatching services" from city regulation.

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Local News
10:18 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Ethics Complaint, Lawsuit Continue Over Panthers Stadium Deal

Mike Cozza, Wayne Powers, Ken Koontz and Bruce Bowers (not pictured) are suing the city of Charlotte for allegedly violating North Carolina law in holding secret meetings with the Carolina Panthers.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council heard – but did not respond to – pointed accusations Monday night that they violated their own ethics policy in negotiating behind closed doors with the Carolina Panthers to spend tax dollars on Bank of America Stadium renovations.

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Local News
9:44 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Panel Recommends More Power For CMPD Citizens Review Board

Attorney Matt Newton calls for "strengthening" CMPD's Citizens Review Board at a rally on Monday.
Credit Julie Rose

Public comment compiled by a task force over the last three months concludes CMPD's Citizens Review Board needs more power to investigate complaints of officer misconduct. A Charlotte City Council's Council-Manager Relations Committee will review the recommendations on Monday.


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Politics
7:24 am
Tue September 10, 2013

A Quick Primary Rundown

Today is primary election day. The election season has been relatively low-key, since no federal or state offices are up for grabs. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey on Mondayfor a quick look at the races for Charlotte mayor and City Council.

RUMSEY: First, recap the race for mayor.

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