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Here’s what’s happening now:

Raleigh election date change official: Without Governor Roy Cooper's signature, the bill that includes moving Raleigh's city elections to November 2022 and other changes becomes law, the News & Observer reports.

Why Gov. Cooper didn't sign it: In a statement, Gov. Cooper said "While delays to census data caused by the pandemic necessitate changes to local elections, decisions about local elections like these should involve more open discussion and public input and therefore these changes will become law without my signature."

What he's referring to: It echoes concerns by Wake County representatives in the state Senate, who voted against Senate Bill 722 because the Raleigh City Council voted to change the date in closed session, with no discussion open to the public. [more context]

The changes include:
▪️ Raleigh's city elections will now be on even-numbered years.
▪️ The method of the election will change to the plurality method, which no longer allows for the second-place vote getter to ask for a runoff if the first place vote getter didn't receive a majority of the votes. 
▪️ The election date will be Nov. 8, 2022. 


What else to know:

💰The Town of Cary passed its next budget, with a decrease in property tax rate. [News & Observer]
Jobs:

Hiring? Get your job in front of engaged locals. Job postings include a presence on the job boards site for 30 days and link in Tuesday newsletters while active. [submit a listing

The fine print: Submissions must be received by 8 a.m. Monday to run the following Tuesday. The listings are reviewed before posting to maintain quality. [submit a listing
Local idea:
Triangle Bikeway Study envisions path along highways

A 17-mile shared path between Raleigh and Chapel Hill is being studied as a commuter alternative and connector to popular destinations. 

In Wake County, the path for bikes and pedestrians would connect from Research Triangle Park area along I-40, connecting to the pedestrian bridge at I-440 (The Beltline). 

The groups organizing the study North Carolina Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC-MPO), are looking for input now: 

🗓️ Attend virtual public workshops at noon or 5 p.m. today (Tuesday). [join]
📍 Interactive map [view]
▶️ Video rendering and example of trail connecting Boulder and Denver. [watch]
🙋🏽 Participate in the online survey [survey]
Briefly, 

See the next phase of Smoky Hollow development and The Line apartments in Wednesday's Discover Downtown tour from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. Socially distant tours will be every 20 minutes, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday [register]

Transit services will be free Triangle wide through June 30, 2022, GoTriangle announced Monday. That includes bus services from GoRaleigh, GoCary, GoDurham and GoTriangle. (Chapel Hill's transit is free all the time.)

The NC State Arboretum's namesake J.C. Raulston pioneered spaces for LGBTQ people in horticulture. [NC State]

Raleigh's adult softball league opens for registration soon, July 12-26. [site]

Two Roosters ice cream will open a fourth shop, this time near UNC Rex hospital on Lake Boone Trail. [@tworoosters]

15 ideas for the Fourth of July weekend in Wake County + beyond. [Walter magazine🎆
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