Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Morning Odds and Ends

DNC 2012 Comes to Ballantyne Corporate Park - Obama's Entourage comes to The Lodge
The Lodge view of the pond side.
CP has obtained a copy of Bissell's Friday email to their tenants:

To: Harris Building Tenants

From: Bissell Property Management

Date: August 24, 2012

Re: Road Closure Update

Per the request of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), portions of streets in Ballantyne will be closed beginning Monday, September 3 at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, September 7 at noon.

There will be limited vehicular access for our tenants, including your employees, customers and guests, on Ballantyne Corporate Place and Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Specific details are included in the attached official advisory and aerial illustrations.

If you typically use the Johnston Road exit from I-485 to get to and from your office, we suggest you consider using the Rea Road exit during this week.

Beginning Friday, August 31 through Friday, September 7, there will be several restrictions on parking in the deck facing The Lodge at Ballantyne. Overnight parking will not be permitted. All vehicles must leave the parking deck by 7:30 p.m. nightly. In addition, there will be some parking restrictions during business hours.

There will be no restrictions on parking in the deck facing Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Additional parking will be available at the Woodward Building deck (access illustrated in attached aerial).

If you are expecting deliveries during the week of September 3, we encourage scheduling the deliveries for the week prior or after. At this time, we anticipate delivery restrictions.

We recognize that this will be challenging for everyone who lives or works in the Ballantyne area and appreciate your patience and understanding. Plans are subject to change. If further details emerge, we will share updates on a special section of

Please feel free to contact me at 704-248-2036 with any questions or concerns.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Cedar's Take: Given the input from several sources, it appeares that POTUS will indeed hold up at the Lodge at Ballantyne for at least one night and that the Re-Elect Obama Campaign will be operating from the location for most of the week.

This is just insane, the DNC2012 has now spread like a fungus across Charlotte. Not only are we facing gridlock uptown but it has now spread to South Charlotte as well.
Seriously who in Ballantyne wants the attention of the national media, the talking heads and protesters? Not to mention terrorist and nut case threats?

Anarchist Threat in Charlotte - Is apparently real and maybe more violent that local officials and media has been letting on.

A copy of a recently released Joint Intelligence Bulletin from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security spells it out here. The bulletin, which wasn't to be released to the media, details past and suspected future actions and methods.

CP's Bonus: How in the world did Guy Fawkes become the face of Anarchy? Guy Fawkes, also known as Guido Fawkes, was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. ABC has a good piece from November of 2011 that gives some interesting background on Guy Fawkes here.
Rodney Monroe In Tampa - The Chief of Charlotte's Police Department is visiting Tampa tonight for a "first hand" look at how things go during the GOP Convention. Meanwhile CP has learned that dozens of outside Officers expected to help during the DNC event next week have backed out or never materialized. The number now expected is 50 percent of what was originally planned, which might explain the reason for the National Guard call up.
Charlotte's Gay Pride Festival - I don't know whether to laugh or cry. My guess is that being a "World Class City" requires that we have this sort of stupid from time to time.

Oh well, the Charlotte Observer photo caption read: "Tommy Feldman totes a rainbow rocket and sports a large pink fuzzy hat as he heads into the heart of the Pride Charlotte Festival Saturday on Tryon Street. Saturday, August 25, 2012 was the first day of a two-day Pride Charlotte Festival. Organizers of the annual festival expect to draw a 40,000-plus crowd at the event on S. Tryon St. between 4th and Stonewall Sts. The festival is the culmination of more than a week-long slate of events highlighting the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and political diversity of the Carolina's and Metro Charlotte area's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities."

According to sources the turnout and far less than 40,000. No word on a number of arrests if any, but there were some heated exchanges between some protesters and a couple of lesbians. All things considered it was pretty much a non-event. And so it goes....

More on Charlotte's Gay Pride Fest from QNotes which is here.

New and Improved Rea Road - Made in India? - Nothing says progress like wiping out thousands of trees to build a bigger road. But progress can't be stopped so over the next year the City of Charlotte will work towards completing one of only a handful of road improvement projects in South Charlotte.

On the plus side Rea Road between the corner of Rea/Colony and Highway 51 (Pineville Matthews Road - For newbies) Rea will continue to be a two lane road. An added plus is a bike lane and landscaped median.

On the what are they thinking question there is this:

Made in India? Seriously?

You have to look closely because the name CAPITOL is a good distractor, but just to the left is "Made in India".  Yes, the storm sewer grates at the intersection of Highway 51 and Rea Road are made in India. I imagine that what we are looking at is the end result of "ship breaking" that goes on along the Indian coast.

However, further down Rea Road different:

Storm sewer grates waiting to be installed are made by US Foundry & Mfg Corp of Miami Florida and include the "Dump No Waste" and "Flows To River" warnings as well as a silhouette of a Rainbow Trout.

A call to Charlotte's DOT didn't clear up the question of why Highway 51 has "Made In India" storm sewer grates and Rea Road has made is USA products. Seems the contract for the Highway 51 portion of the project was handled by NC DOT where the Rea Road portion is a City of Charlotte contract.

City staff that CP spoke to didn't know if road construction contracts required the use of US products.


Anonymous said...

Lots of metal from India and other areas nearby comes from trashed ships hauled there and stripped under terrible, dangerous conditions. Chemicals are often involved. Tools and equipment are virtually non-existent. Low pay no health benefits.

Then consider how much those things weigh, and have to be shipped across the world: NOT GREEN, CHARLOTTE "LEADERS"

Anonymous said...

Obama is trying to win North Carolina a must win state for the Republicans. I wouldn't be surprised if he pitches a tent for the whole week rather than just one day.

That may be why they are taking over the Lodge, more control than they would have otherwise.

Anonymous said...

What a dumb ass, posting the FBI Bullentin why don't you give the terriorists a map and some C4?


Anonymous said...

Anonymous 7:53 - why are you all over Cedar for posting something? It isn't like he is responsible for keeping it confidential. Obviously it was distributed or he wouldn't have it. If you believe it should have been kept private how about pointing your finger at the member of law enforcement (FBI or more likely local) that shared the information so that Cedar and others got it in the first place! Course it is easy to blame the wrong person on an anonymous message board isn't it big guy?!

Cedar Posts said...

It think it is odd that Guy Fawlks is the face of occupy and anonoymous. After all he was caught, tired (sort of) convicted and sentenced to death which he even helped with. Odd times then Odd times now.

Wouldn't Che Guevara be a better choice? Of course that is if there was a real purpose to any protest.

Anonymous said...

I think it is great that Cedar has the inside source on so many things. Say what you like but information is power, and that is why some people don't like the idea that this information is posted. They want to keep the public powerless.

Anonymous said...

The trout added to the storm sewer grate is cool. But I wonder how much extra that cost us taxpayers?

Jeff A. Taylor said...

Couple things, Cedar.

Guess Smokey gave no thought to the operators of little cafes etc. in those bldgs that will be off-limits for a week. The office drones can work from home, no such luck for the service industry. Maybe Smokey will give em free rent for the week. (!?!) Watch absolutely no one from the supine CLT media interview these folks.

On the "extra" LEOs that never showed up, recall that the braintrust never had a place to put them up. You can't just drop a couple dozen/hundred armed officers in a new town without a support system and a plan to get them to and from their stations.

And recall that CATS got dinged for using cheap Indian steel for parts of the McCrory line in violation of federal buy American rules. Would be interesting to know if any federal $$ went toward the project with the Indian drains and if the same rules apply.

Anonymous said...

um, that FBI memo was already posted on network (shocking change of pace)