Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney is beginning a series of guided conversations intended to close gaps among constituencies in advance of the RNC in 2020. ‘Hardening the target,’ he calls it.
CMPD will spent an estimated $50 million in federal grant money for security before the 2020 Republican convention but doesn’t plan to disclose what it buys until afterward. This does not sit well with police accountability groups, and at least one City Council member.
Too much going on: the Charlotte City Council unveils its affordable housing plan and works out a deal that might get something built on the old Eastland Mall site; and the federal courts throw drowning democracy a rope with its gerrymandering ruling.
Charlotte transit officials are examining ways to raise private dollars to help pay for the $6 billion buildout of its 2030 transit plan. Will the transit system end up defeating one of its main purposes?