Mark Kleinschmidt

Mark Kleinschmidt Talks HB2, Department Of Justice

For civil rights attorney and former mayor of Chapel Hill Mark Kleinschmidt, the letter sent to governor Pat McCrory by the U.S. Department of Justice makes a statement. “It really just underscores how ignorant the lawmakers, policymakers are on what it means to be a transgender individual,” he said. The department sent McCrory a letter Wednesday, saying House Bill 2 violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The letter says that HB2 is “facially discriminatory against transgender employees” by forcing them to use the bathroom that matches their biological sex rather...

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Merging Orange County School Districts Not ‘Worth the Squeeze’

While our community works to find a way to provide housing options to every family that would like to live Orange County, former Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt brought up an idea during the WCHL Community Forum that has been volleyed about in our community before as a potential solution. Kleinschmidt said that merging the Chapel Hill – Carrboro and Orange County School Districts would alleviate some of the pressure on housing “at least between northern and southern Orange.” Kleinschmidt said he thought that the benefits of merging the school districts would go beyond helping to provide more affordable...

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Construction Begins at Carolina Square

Construction is now underway on Carolina Square mixed-use project at 123 West Franklin Street. Night construction will begin Wednesday night. The town has permitted night construction on the site on Monday through Thursday nights through July 28. Listen to the story from the groundbreaking in October below: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/January/06/Carolina%20Square_WRAP.mp3   The new construction will involve one 11-story and two five-story buildings with about 246 apartment units, 159,000 square feet of office space and 42,000 square feet of retail space. “Franklin Street has always been the place where Carolina, the university, meets the world,” UNC Chancellor Carol Folt said at the...

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Congressman David Price: Syrian Refugees ‘Desperate People Fleeing a Desperate Situation’

Legislation has passed the United States House aiming to slow or halt the flow of Syrian refugees into the country following the terrorist attacks in Paris. President Obama, earlier in the year, announced the U.S. would accept up to 10,000 refugees. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt was one of 18 Mayors who said their cities were prepared to accept even more refugees. North Carolina Fourth District U.S. Congressman David Price spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about the legislation that passed the House, the current vetting process the refugees go through and what role he feels the United States should...

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McCrory Asks Obama to ‘Cease Sending Refugees from Syria to North Carolina’

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory joined a growing list of state heads asking the President to slow or even halt the flow of Syrian refugees across the country. “Because of the most recent attacks in Paris and the very real possibility that one of the terrorists entered France as a recent refugee,” McCrory says, “I am now requesting that the President and the federal government cease sending refugees from Syria to North Carolina.” The list of governors opposing the relocation of Syrian refugees in their states now contains nearly two dozen names, mostly Republican with some Democrat. President Barack...

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Pam Hemminger Elected New Mayor Of Chapel Hill

For the first time in more than five decades, a challenger has beaten an incumbent mayor in Chapel Hill. Pam Hemminger will be the new mayor, defeating Mark Kleinschmidt by over 700 votes. Hemminger received 4,878 total votes, roughly equivalent to 54 percent, while Kleinschmidt received 4,053, around 45 percent of the vote. Gary Kahn’s 84 votes represented less than 1 percent of the vote and 16 went to write in candidates. Hemminger spoke with WCHL following the election: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/11/04/Hemminger%20for%20Wed.mp3   Mark Kleinschmidt served on the Chapel Hill Town Council from 2001 to 2009 before winning the mayor’s seat in 2009....

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Election Day: Chapel Hill ‘At a Crossroads’

Municipal elections will be decided at the ballot box Tuesday. In Chapel Hill, there appears to be a clear delineation among residents – those voting for the incumbents and those voting for candidates backed by the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, or CHALT. Tom Henkel is one of the founders of CHALT. Henkel says the PAC is concerned about transparency and development decisions made by the current Council. “We’re concerned about the recent level of development,” Henkel says. “We have got some major development projects going on all over town and there has been no, let’s say,...

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