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Mayor Lavelle Issues Statement on Recent ICE Actions in Carrboro

This morning, Mayor Lavelle released a statement regarding recent activity by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Carrboro and throughout Orange County.

It has come to our attention that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have been operating in Orange County over the past two days. We believe they have detained at least two Carrboro residents and at least four other county residents.

First, I want to make clear to the community that the Carrboro Police Department was not involved in these actions. As our Police Chief Walter Horton stated last year, “Immigration status has never been a concern or priority to the Carrboro Police Department. We are here to serve all community members.”

Since learning of ICE’s actions, Town officials have been working with representatives of El Centro Hispano and other community partners to contact the family members of the detainees and to ensure that they have adequate legal representation.

Approximately one in five Carrboro residents were born outside the United States. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen firmly believes that immigrants are an integral part of our community and should be welcomed and supported. For many years, we have advocated for comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform. It is essential that all residents of Carrboro feel safe and secure, regardless of their national origin or immigration status, and that they receive due process and legal representation.

We will continue to cooperate with our colleagues in Orange County, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough to keep the community informed about this week’s incidents. We also will continue to support the work of our community partners to educate residents about their rights, and to offer information and resources for residents who need assistance.

Finally, on a personal note, I cannot adequately express how frightening this news must be for our neighbors who live in constant fear that these actions may happen on any given day in our town. My heart hurts for our community. I look forward to a future when we live in a nation where all people are treated with compassion and respect, regardless of their immigration status.

Good News for Carrboro’s Amblers and Pedalers

Late-breaking news from the North Carolina Department of Transportation at this morning’s meeting of the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization: With the completion of the latest statewide prioritization of transportation projects, NCDOT programmed funds for three important pedestrian and bicycle projects in Carrboro.

1. A sidewalk on the north side of Jones Ferry Road from Davie Road to Main Street. This project will complete a large gap in a heavily used portion of Carrboro’s sidewalk network in the most densely populated part of town.

2. A sidewalk on Barnes Street between Jones Ferry Road and King Street. This project will connect residential areas in and around the Lincoln Park and Whispering Hills neighborhoods to the major pedestrian corridor on Jones Ferry Road.

3. And now for the big one: Sidewalks and bike lanes on Estes Drive between N Greensboro Street and the town limit (and continuing to Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Chapel Hill). This project promises to improve one of Carrboro’s biggest problem areas for pedestrians and cyclists. It will take time for the project to move through public comment, design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction, but we’re finally on the list.

While those of us on the policy-making board of the MPO have the fun of making decisions about which projects to submit for funding, the real work is done by professional staff on the technical committee. This committee includes staff from the Carrboro Planning Department, who worked hard this year (as they do every year) to identify projects that meet our community’s needs and have a strong likelihood of receiving funding. I’d say they’ve had a good year.

Summer Streets, Part One

This weekend, the return of hot weather marked the return of office hours. My special guest was Mayor Lydia Lavelle. We took advantage of the town’s first try at Summer Streets, during which Public Works closed East Weaver Street to traffic for much of the day. As I said on Twitter, there was something downright civilized about closing the street (if just for a little while) and reclaiming the space for people.

Office Hours and Summer Streets With Guest Lydia Lavelle (Photo: Alicia Stemper)

Office hours during Summer Streets 1 with special guest Lydia Lavelle (Photo: Alicia Stemper)

With this temporary pedestrian plaza in place, Lydia and I found a shady, breezy spot in the middle of Weaver Street, and one of us (possibly me) ate blueberry pancakes. Our visitors came to share their thoughts about the impact of new development on Carrboro’s character, questions about policing, and ideas about repairs and upgrades to town facilities.

Mark your calendar for the town’s two remaining Summer Streets events: July 19 and August 23. We would love to receive your feedback. And I might just use those opportunities for more office hours.

2015 Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon

Photo: Lydia Lavelle

Photo: Lydia Lavelle

Today I participated in a panel discussion at the NCCU School of Law, “Women’s Health Policy in North Carolina and National Trends.” I shared information about the Carolina Abortion Fund‘s work and discussed barriers that North Carolina women face in accessing abortion services.

This is a good opportunity to hit you up for money. I’ve recruited a crack team of Orange County elected officials and one political spouse—The Wrecking Electeds—to participate in the Fourth Annual Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon. Please help me, Chapel Hill Town Council member Donna Bell, Orange County commissioner Mia Day Burroughs, Carrboro alderwoman Bethany Chaney, Hillsborough commissioner Jennifer Weaver, and superstar Jason James to reach our modest fundraising goal. Just a few dollars will go a long way for this group of first-time bowlers.

Thank you for your support!

Our Special Day Is Near

Friends and Neighbors,

The time has come to see what kind of voter turnout Carrboro can muster for an uncontested special election.

Please remind your friends to vote on Tuesday.

Whatever method you choose to reach people, your recommendation will drive turnout in this unusual election.

All of Carrboro’s normal voting locations will be open Tuesday from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. Voters who are unsure where to vote can find their information on the Orange County Board of Elections website at http://aries.co.orange.nc.us/VoterInformation.aspx.

With gratitude for your support,

Damon

Early Voting Begins

Early voting begins today for the Carrboro special election. Here are the details:

Location for early voting: Orange County Board of Elections at 208 S Cameron Street in historic downtown Hillsborough.

Dates and times for early voting:

  • Thursday, February 28, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Friday, March 1, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Mondays through Fridays, March 4–15, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 16, 9:00 am–1:00 pm

You also have the option to vote on election day, March 19, at your normal voting location in Carrboro. Click here for more voter information.