Charlotte City Council

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Monday we brought you the story of an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving Charlotte Douglas International Airport and taxi companies.  In 2011 the City Council slashed the number of companies that could pick-up at the airport from 12 to 3. The allegations were that only companies that paid $5,000 to join The Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, or HTA, were given the coveted slots. Those who did not were cut out of the most lucrative market in the city for cabs.

In our earlier report, Diamond Cab owner Obaid Khan said, "We feel like you shouldn’t have to pay to play. That’s exactly what took place at the airport."

Last night, Khan addressed the Charlotte City Council about another side of the controversy. 

Tasnim Shamma

 Charlotte police officers will be adding another piece of equipment to their uniforms: body cameras.

Charlotte city council members voted to allow CMPD to purchase new body cameras for some of its officers.


Tom Bullock

 Less than two months after officially filing to run for Congress, former Charlotte city councilman James "Smuggie" Mitchell says he is no longer a candidate for the 12th congressional district seat.

Lawmakers Consider Repeal Of Local Business Tax

Apr 14, 2014
NC General Assembly

A plan moving through the state legislature could cost City of Charlotte coffers $8.5 million in local business taxes.


Charlotte property owners got some good news at last night’s budget meeting—city manager Ron Carlee will not recommend a property tax increase.

“Unless I get contrary guidance from council, the budget which I will be putting together for you will not include a property tax rate change,” Carlee said.

City of Charlotte

A plan to turn Bojangles Coliseum and the area around it into an amateur sports complex will require an extra $12 million immediately, staff told city council today. Over the next decade, that amount could rise to over $50 million. Those costs are in addition to millions the council approved for the project in last year’s Capital Improvement Plan.


Tasnim Shamma

It’s an unusual year for the 12th Congressional district race. For the first time in two decades, it’s an open seat.  Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt represented the district from 1993 until he resigned in January to take over as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Watt’s departure has created a lot of interest among Democrats. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen and Tasnim Shamma talk to Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt about the race.


David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com / Charlotte Observer

Later today, Democratic State Senator Dan Clodfelter will resign the seat he’s held for 8 terms so he can become the next Mayor of Charlotte. Last night, Clodfelter was appointed by the City Council to serve what remains of Patrick Cannon’s term.


Twelfth District Candidates Talk Education

Apr 4, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Four Democrats and one Republican running to represent North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District met Thursday night at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church for a panel hosted by the John S. Leary Association of Black Attorneys.

The theme of the night: how to improve the state and country's educational system.


City Council Will Choose New Mayor April 7

Mar 31, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte’s city council met Monday night for the first time since the arrest and resignation of former mayor Patrick Cannon. In less than 20 minutes, the council agreed to hold off on appointing a new mayor for one week. WFAE’s Ben Bradford breaks down the jockeying that will take place in the meantime.  


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