City of Charlotte Clown Curt Walton - Is under fire for giving big raises to his executive staff and for being a jerk when asked about it.
According to Channel 9 WSOC News, each city department was given enough money to give all employees a 2 percent raise. Supervisors could give some workers up to 8 percent as long as that's offset by giving others less.
But not a single one of the city's top 21 managers, whose raises are decided by Walton, got less than 2 percent. In fact, 16 of them -- nearly 75 percent of Walton's executive team -- got more, including 6 percent for airport director Jerry Orr, whose base salary is now $211,000.
In an e-mail, Walton declined Channel 9’s request for an interview, saying “I'm not going to discuss, on camera or off, something that happened five months ago.” … “It's time to move on with current issues.”
Cedar's Take: Really nice PR skills there Mr. Walton. When you talk to the media you are talking to the tax payers and we don't like your hubris, surly attitude and neither do the police and firefighters who received raises that didn't even match inflation.
The People's Convention - Big news "The People's Convention" is coming to Charlotte. I wish that whoever came up with that idea would have taken the time to look it up, just google "The People's Convention.
Back in 1940-1941 The People's Convention was a "people's government" that was proposed by communist elements in the United Kingdom. Its advocates attempted to persuade Labour Party and trade union members that the current government was solely for the rich and was dominated by those who through appeasement had "caused" the Second World War, who opposed the Soviet Union, and who were profiteering from the war.
Its literature did not, however, explicitly state that it was communist-backed.
Keith Larson Asks - Does Rodney Monroe know how to ride a horse? Because you can't have a convention without police officers on horse back. Wonder if Chief Monroe could train on a virtual horse much like he has a virtual degree?
Fergie Flyin First Class - Oh to be a "Rockstar" winging your way to Dallas for Superbowl XLV well at least Cedar has his Ray-Bans.
What to do in Charlotte - With the 2012 Democratic National Convention coming to town the "Local Paper" wants you to know there is "plenty to do" while you're attending "The People's Convention" hold on to your Budweiser hats this is going to be one hell of a fun time.
First swing by the Disco Chicken, arguably the city's most popular photo opportunity. www.bechtler.org.
Next up, Discovery Place: for the 3-D theater, don't worry you'll look just fine in those silly glasses www.discoveryplace.org.
Then find your "Roots" at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture. www.ganttcenter.org.
Around the corner ImaginOn: there is a children's library, which boasts books, and DVDs. www.imaginon.org. Imagine That!
A few blocks away this is the Levine Museum of the New South: Which illustrates the huge changes in the South since the Civil War. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.
The hit the stairs at the Mint Museum Uptown: The multi-story atrium is dramatic both from the floor and the uppermost balcony. www.mintmuseum.org.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame, where you can strap yourself inside the race car simulator. www.nascarhall.com.
And then get wet at Ray's Splash Planet: This indoor water park offers a three-story slide, a lazy river, and a "Saturation Station" (a water-play area with a tumble bucket). www.rayssplashplanet.com.
EpiCentre: Uptown's primary entertainment hub offers something for almost everyone, including bowling (Strike City) www.epicentrenc.com.
Bar Charlotte: If you like a place that often gets a bad rap for attracting a college-heavy, superficial crowd, this is your spot. www.barcharlotte.com.
Connolly's on Fifth: This Irish bar is a great place to grab one last drink before calling it an early night. www.connollysirishpub.com.
Crave Dessert Bar: The perfect place for anyone who wants spend $12 for a s'mores. www.cravedessertbar.com.
Cutter's Cigar Bar at the Marriott City Center: Cutter's features legal pre-Castro cigars. Come smoke the dang thing its more then 50 years old we dare ya. CuttersCigarBar@Marriott.com.
Dixie's Tavern: It's just a notch above dive-bar status but they offer $3 shots on Fridays and Saturdays. www.dixiescharlotte.com.
Woot! Sounds like big fun to me! Ya'll come on to Charlotte!