BEER ME, OR NOT: The state Alcohol and Beverage Control Commission shot down a proposed exemption to state law last week that would have allowed Raleigh to hang the Bud Light logo on its new amphitheater in downtown. That would have brought the city a cool $1.5 million over five years. Instead, they’ll explore other options (perhaps a “Bud Light Concert Series”?). Read the full story.
WHERE”S MEEKER? The mayor’s official schedule:
Monday: Budget deliberations, 4 p.m. at City Hall; East CAC meeting afterwards at Lions Park.
Tuesday: Budget and Economic Development Committee meeting, 11 a.m.; 5:30 p.m. meeting at the Busy Bee with Common Cause, a left-leaning political non-profit that advocates for campaign finance and other reform issues.
Thursday: Health care convention at 8 a.m. at the convention center; ribbon cutting at Transatlantic bank (4801 Glenwood) at 6 p.m.
COUNCIL: No meeting this week.
TWEET TWEET: Follow District E Representative Bonner Gaylord on twitter: @bonnergaylord
BALANCING BUDGETS: The Wake County Commissioners are expected to adopt the county’s $951 million operating budget for the next fiscal year at today’s meeting. That will keep the doors open when the budget year begins July 1. Meanwhile, Raleigh’s council members will continue fine-tuning the city’s budget, handed down by City Manger Russell Allen. It won’t raise property taxes, but find out what it will do in Sarah Ovaska’s report this week.
HOT ISSUE: Contentious discussion at the county meeting might include the school board’s proposal to pay $4.3 million for land in Rolesville as the site for a new high school. The school originally was to be located on Forestville Road, but the school board voted to scrap that site. Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and commissioner Stan Norwalk oppose the move. Read more about the battle.
COMING WEDNESDAY: In the North Raleigh and Midtown Raleigh News sections, learn how some Wakefield residents are finally getting what they were promised a decade ago. Also, a North Raleigh man is reunited with his beloved guitar 35 years after he let it go.
NEED YOUR INPUT: The city is hosting its first public meeting Thursday on how to transform putrid Capital Boulevard into a pretty gateway to the Capital City. So if you have ideas on how to spruce up the corridor, head over to the Bobby Murray Chevrolet on Capital at 6:30 p.m.
LUCK OF THE IRISH: Congrats to Ireland’s Graeme McDowell for winning the U.S. Open yesterday at iconic Pebble Beach, despite a final-round 74. Has absolutely nothing to do with Raleigh, of course – just a great golf tournament. Speaking of golf, Raleigh doesn’t even have its own course. Crazy…