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December 22, 2016

Durham City Council considers nixing municipal election primary

The News & Observer

The Durham City Council is once again considering saving taxpayers thousands of dollars by eliminating primaries from municipal elections. A vote by the seven-member council Jan. 3 would set the reconsideration in motion. The council would then hold a public hearing Jan. 17 and have to vote on the change within 60 days after that.

January 3, 2017

2017 will bring new leadership to Durham

The News & Observer

Bell has decided not to run again

January 8, 2017

Herald-Sun's article "Local Briefs: Durham Community Land Trustees acquires NECD rental properties"

Jillian Johnson Facebook Page / Website

"I am so excited about this news that the Durham Community Land Trustees will acquire 54 units in East Durham for affordable housing! Land trust housing is permanently affordable and helps prevent gentrification by holding down price appreciation in rapidly-changing neighborhoods. The land trust is also working directly with DEEP, a woman-of-color led community organization in East Durham to make this happen. This is a huge win for our city!"

January 18, 2017

Durham City Council to continue mulling end to municipal primary

The News & Observer

Announced opportunity for public comment on Feb. 6. Also, the council unanimously approved designating the J.A. Whitted School – Durham’s first high school for black students – a local historic landmark.

January 19, 2017

Plan would raise Durham police, fire salaries to 10-city average

The News & Observer

City staff members are recommending a plan to adjust pay to meet the average of the starting salaries in 10 cities in the Carolinas and Virginia. The city employs about 480 police officers and 300 firefighters. The goal is to reduce turnover and increase retention of employees who have been trained for their positions, city officials said. It costs about $55,654 to train and pay police recruits and $53,189 to train and pay fire recruits.

January 20, 2017

Coffees with Council events set to discuss budgeting

The Herald-Sun

Durham residents can give input on City of Durham but can do so through a new online survey, Coffee with Council meetings, and upcoming public hearings. Survey can be found at bit.ly/2jINVAI.

January 26, 2017

Emails ask Durham City Council to stand up against HB2, pass non-discrimination ordinance

The News & Observer

Dozens of residents have been sending nearly identical emails asking the council to pass a non-discrimination ordinance

Jan 27, 2017

Sanctuary

Jillian Johnson Facebook Page / Website

"I want to make it clear that I am committed, both in my personal capacity and in my capacity as your representative, to do absolutely everything that is in my power to protect every single member of our community from the destructive, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic policies and actions of the Trump administration."

Jan 29, 2017

Wrong protest of HB2 (Editorial Board)

The Herald-Sun

A movement that has erupted to persuade the Durham City Council to ignore the law by passing a non-discrimination ordinance of the sort the Charlotte City Council passed, provoking HB 2, seems ill advised.

February 2, 2017

Durham officials weigh property tax relief program as part of gentrification talk

The Herald-Sun

Homeowners in Durham’s Southside neighborhood whose tax appraisals increased following city rehabilitation efforts are part of a larger gentrification discussion. The city is focused on rehabilitating the Southside neighborhood and North-East Central Durham. Camilla Foust, president of the Southside Association, gave feedback to Bell which is why he is proposing a housing stabilization forgivable loan program

February 5, 2017

Tips & Tricks for Speaking to the Durham City Council

Jillian Johnson Facebook Page / Website

11 suggestions for getting in touch with City Council

February 6, 2017

Council approves pay raises for police, firefighters

The Herald-Sun

same as news & observer article

February 7, 2017

Affordable housing advocates make their case for project near Durham Station

The Herald-Sun

Durham Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods (Durham CAN) called on city leaders Tuesday to move forward with a plan for affordable housing on city property next to the downtown bus hub

February 7, 2017

Durham City-Council approves police, firefighters pay increases

The News & Observer

The pay adjustments are retroactive to Jan. 21 and will cost nearly $1.8 million this fiscal year. Police and firefighter salaries haven’t been adjusted since 2008

February 9, 2017

City Council considers plans for housing development near Durham Station

The Herald-Sun

Durham City Council members are considering a pre-development agreement to develop property adjacent to the Durham Station Transportation Center. Received only 1 bid.

February 9, 2017

Durham City Council debates how to handle HB2 developments

The Herald-Sun

Bell said city officials will continue to support their legislative representatives’ push to get HB2 repealed and write to leaders of the General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper asking them to repeal the law

February 9, 2017

Durham Planning Commission to consider Publix shopping center rezoning Tuesday, Feb. 14

The Herald-Sun

Recommendation coming soon to the City-Council

February 9, 2017

Durham City Council debates how to address HB2 locally

The News & Observer

Mayor Bill Bell outlined a proposed strategy; Bell’s proposal failed when the council deadlocked 3-3 to suspend the rules.

February 9, 2017

Durham City Council Rejects Mayor Bell’s HB 2 Compromise

INDY Week News blog

Bell suggested that Durham partner with other cities to again urge legislators to repeal HB 2 but also promise not to pass its own antidiscrimination ordinance

February 10, 2017

Durham City Council Moves Forward With Mixed-Income Project Near Durham Station, But Questions Remain

INDY Week News blog

A mixed-use, mixed-income housing project next to the Durham Station Transportation Center is moving forward—though it’s unclear how exactly the developers will be able to meet all of the city’s goals and still make the development viable. On Thursday, the Durham City Council voted to move ahead with DHIC Inc. and Self-Help Ventures’ proposal, the only one the city received for the project.

February 20, 2017

City Council shares 2016 triumphs, concerns, looks ahead to 2017-18 budget process

Durham Herald News

City Council members name highlights of 2016