Our Homeless Children

ABC 11 is reporting a sharp rise in homeless children in Wake County – many of whom live in Raleigh’s District B along Capital Blvd and New Bern. According to the story, the Wake County Public School System identified more than 4,000 homeless children. That is nearly double the number identified in 2014/2015.

Here are the numbers over the past five years.

2018-2019 – 4,365

2017-2018 – 3,989

2016-2017 – 3,465

2015-2016 – 2,940

2014-2015 – 2,736

Providing a safe and healthy home to every child in Raleigh and Wake County should be our number one priority. They cannot wait any longer. We cannot lose so many children to poverty.

It is a complete disgrace.

Read more at ABC 11’s website: https://abc11.com/society/wake-co-experiencing-sharp-rise-in-homelessness-among-kids/5699836/

Third Murder at Mambo Since 2014

This morning I was informed about a murder at the Mambo near Brentwood. This will be the third murder associated with the location since 2014.

Residents are obviously very concerned about this violence. I have conveyed their and my concern to the City Manager and the City Attorney.

I look forward to working with Mayor Elect Baldwin and the new City Council to address violence, crime, poverty, and homelessness that is increasingly a major concern along and near Capital Blvd – the northern gateway to Raleigh.

Introducing the David Cox Raleigh District B App

Technology evolves…

Going forward, I will employ some new ways to stay in touch with District B and Raleigh residents. One primary way that I will use to share information is this website that you are reading now (dcoxforcouncil.com). Through this website I will share information and discuss the issues that are before the city and before city council. The website is open to anyone with a browser. You can use your computer, phone, or tablet to check the website for the latest information.

To make life easier I am also introducing apps for Apple and Android. The goal of these apps is to make contacting me as easy as clicking an icon on your phone.

These apps will present the same or very similar content that is available on this website. In time I will add functionality that will allow you to send me your comments and ideas. The functionality that I can add to the app is really limitless and could include polls and links to other websites.

My first app is available for Android (an Apple version is coming). I call it simply, the David Cox Raleigh District B app.

You can find it at the Google Play app store by following this link:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=guffy.net.dcoxraleigh

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

We Need More Public Safety

It has been reported to me that last night in Bedford a ten year old child was struck by a car while trick-or-treating. This follows a meeting earlier this week about traffic calming. Repeatedly I hear that our streets are not safe largely because too many people are speeding. I do not know the details of what happened last night in Bedford and cannot say if speeding was involved. Regardless, I repeatedly hear from citizens that we are not doing enough to enforce our speed limits.

We hear repeatedly from the City Manager and the management side of City government that we do not have enough officers to provide traffic enforcement that will lead to better observation of speed limits. To address this deficiency I have requested a budget note to determine what resources we lack and what it would cost to close the gap.

In addition to hiring officers and dedicating them to traffic enforcement, I invariably hear the request that we use speed cameras to enforce our speed limits. As of today the State of North Carolina does not allow the use of speed cameras. I think the time has come to reconsider this prohibition.

Speed cameras can be there when an officer cannot. When used, they are effective tool to ensure compliance with the posted speed limit. And the entire goal of ensuring compliance is to ensure the safety of our loved ones.

Bottom line is that we need help from the State Legislature to allow the City of Raleigh to deploy speed cameras. Speeding is not only an inconvenience. It is a problem with real consequences. Contact your State Representative today to see if we can make this change.

Update on District B Election Results

The final election results are in and posted here. Early voting results have been allocated to their respective districts.

I am honored and humbled that for the first time, voters in every precinct voted for me as their representative on City Council. I am grateful to the voters for the trust that they place in me. I am grateful to all the volunteers who gave so much of their time and energy to help make this election our most successful election to date.

I take my responsibility as a City Council Member seriously. I will continue to be a strong advocate for District B, for our Citizens Advisory Councils, for our environment (including our forestation rules for protecting our lakes and rivers), for spending wisely and keeping our fees and taxes low, ensuring that we have the best public safety, managing growth and development that involves citizens in those important decisions, and ensuring that all citizens can afford to live in our city.

Yes, I’m Movin Blacks Yonder

In a recent article in IndyWeek, Brent Woodcox made a not so startling admission, “neighborhoods in Southeast Raleigh are now a target for redevelopment because the predominantly white, wealthier neighborhoods inside the Beltline have made it essentially impossible to build new housing”. From a developer’s vantage point, cheap land (for now) is in Southeast Raleigh. Time to grab it.

Woodcox admits that now that many neighborhoods, including downtown, are being built out and have peaked in value, the only place for developers to go are the poorer neighborhoods in Southeast Raleigh where they can buy property for less. The result? A type of gentrification where renters are evicted and left homeless.

What is Woodcox’s solution? Subsidies. According to Woodcox, “subsidies will be necessary to bridge the gap that the market will not fill on its own. The alternative is turning our backs on our neighbors and adding to our city’s homeless population.”

Note that Woodcox is specially positioned to advocate not only for subsidies but also for solutions such as new state laws for eviction reform and allowing cities to mandate that builders construct affordable rather than luxury housing. He is an attorney in the State Legislature and advises Phil Berger and other leading GOP representatives in the House and Senate. He was the lead attorney for racial gerrymandering to disenfranchise Blacks at the ballot box. Subsidies, eviction reform, and mandatory affordable housing have not been and will not be forthcoming from Woodcox or his bosses.

Lastly, Woodcox admits what insiders already know. He is the voice, face, and author of YIMBY Raleigh. As Woodcox writes for IndyWeek, YIMBY Raleigh is “a website and social media accounts run by one person—me. No one else posts to those pages, funds the activities, or works on the content. I have worked on the project for two years without pay because I wanted to see better leaders on Raleigh City Council.”

Woodcox’s position is simple and understandable. Southeast Raleigh is where the cheap land is. He is hopeful that Progressive Democrats will agree with him and make that land easily accessible to developers regardless of the consequences for displacement.

I am hopeful that Progressive Democrats will take a more thoughtful and truly workable approach to the problem. Let’s settle YIMBY Raleigh’s signature issue of “granny flats” in the first weeks of the new Council and turn our attention to how we can really address gentrification and forced evictions and stop “movin Blacks yonder.”

How District B Voted

In a municipal election every citizen can vote for the Mayor, two At-Large Councilors, and a District Councilor.

On election day, I ran as District B Councilor and won 14 out of 18 precincts. For the four precincts that I lost, I lost them by a total of 34 votes. These election day results do not include early voting which I won by nearly 60%. It is quite likely that after early voting is tabulated by precinct, that I will have won all 18 precincts.

The table above does not include early voting results – only election day results. Stewart won 16 of the 18 precincts. Stephenson won two precincts outright and won second place for another 11. For Mayor, Francis won 14 of 18 precincts. At this time, the early voting results are not broken out by precinct. However, the two early voting sites closest to District B were Green Road and Millbrook Exchange. Francis won Green Road 804 to 456 and lost Millbrook Exchange 904 to 1055.

In summary, District B voted for two candidates (Stewart and myself) who won and two (Francis and Stephenson) who did not win.

Overall, the Mayor’s race shows, as it did in 2017, a city divided. Here is the map: