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Hi y'all,


Raleigh is such a good food city. 

This is terrible for me right now as I'm officially on Day 15 of Whole30.

I'm excited for a healthier eating reset and this thing they call "Tiger Blood" energy, but as I scroll through Instagram, I'm reminded of all the delicious, gluten-y and sweet foods that exist in Raleigh that I'm not currently eating. 

So, if you're also in Whole30 this month, or doing a Dry January, I'm here in solidarity.

Meanwhile, send me all your grain-free/dairy-free/sugar-free recommendations. 


To Feb. 1,
Sarah Day


📸: Devin Desjarlais Photography

PS: I'll be sharing a definitely not-dry January announcement tomorrow -- stay tuned!
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Should Raleigh City Council have longer terms or more members?

📰 The news: How long a city councilor is in elected office, the number of council members and compensation might change for the Raleigh City Council.

Currently terms are two years and there are eight members of the council. [read more]


🖼️ The big picture: Since 1973, when the current council system was put in place, INDY Week writes, "the city’s population has almost quadrupled, yet the structure of its government has remained virtually the same." 

A quick look at other growing municipalities shows:

📍Cary, N.C.
Terms: 4 years, staggered. 
Size: 7 members. 
Note: The terms are staggered [info]

📍Charlotte, N.C.
Terms: 2 years.
Size: 11 members.
[info]

📍Richmond, Va.
Terms: 4 years.
Size: 9 council members.
Note: Unlike Raleigh's council-manager form of government, Richmond has a council-mayor structure. [info]

📍Greenville, S.C.
Terms: 4 years.
Size: 7 members.
Note: Terms are staggered. [info]

📍Austin, Texas
Terms: 4 years.
Size: 11 members.
Note: Terms are staggered. [info]


⏭️ What's next: The city's attorney is bringing together a group of people to study how changes might help the city council be more effective and representative of Raleigh. 

💬 What do you think? Reply to this email.
First in ... prohibiting alcohol: North Carolina's history of brewing is fascinating and goes back to the 1750s. [listen

But why is the rum gone? Lassiter Distilling in Knightdale is closing soon after it sold to another company, but it's been tight-lipped on who. [read more]

A Strong Ale for Dark Times: Bond Brothers is brewing up a special beer for INDY Week, the 4th Estate, which will be available sometime in February at their tap room in Cary. Bonus: Partial proceeds benefit INDY's local journalism. [read more]

PLUS...

A video shows Raleigh police punching a man while trying to remove him from a vehicle. [read more]

Top 5 spots for kids from Courtney Napier is in this week's The Acorn newsletter. [read more]


Deadline approaching for Wake County School System's magnet school applications. [read more]

Katsuji Tanabe shares his his cooking shortcut secrets with HuffPo. [read it]

The LGBT Center of Raleigh hired a Care Coordinator to help with the community's needs. [read more]

Tips or topics you're curious about? Tap reply or email raleighconvergence@gmail.com.
 
☑️ Give input on bus shelter designs: GoTriangle is seeking public input on two prototypes of bus shelters (which you can see for yourself at North Carolina Museum of Art). [info]

☑️ Southeast Raleigh Community Engagement Strategy Session, Part 3: This session for Southeast Raleigh residents and stakeholders is on financial literacy and entrepreneurship, to help the community build wealth for itself. Jan. 31-Feb. 1.  [info]

☑️ Connect with government purchasing agents: Interested in getting upcoming construction projects or service contracts? Attend the Small Business Expo, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday. [info]

 
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