Friday, October 20, 2017

If I Were Mayor Of Greensboro: Part 42, Historic Tax Credits As Economic Development

In today's News & Record, Susan Ladd writes:

"On Wednesday, as city leaders celebrated the renovation of Revolution Mill — a former Cone Mills textile factory that now houses shops, offices, restaurants and apartments — another Greensboro textile mill was closing its doors.

White Oak was the last Cone textile mill operating in Greensboro, the last to make iconic American denim in the town where it began, the last still serving its original purpose.
Although the timing was purely a coincidence, it served to underscore how important historic preservation and new-market tax credits are in promoting economic development in towns where traditional businesses and industries have withered away.
There are few sights as disheartening as shuttered factories that once provided a livelihood for hundreds of workers. But that doesn’t have to be the end of the story.
Textile manufacturing has moved overseas, but the massive brick structures left behind can become another kind of economic engine — one that attracts entrepreneurs and millenials who want to live, work and play in the same space.
Revolution Mill shows how successful that kind of place can be."

But Susan Ladd, like all the others who prey to the gods of Greensboro's economic development gurus miss one very key point: At it's height, Revolution Mill employed 6,000 workers a day. The most today's version of Revolution Mill will ever employ will be a few hundred.

A few hundred vs 6000?  When you put it all into context it doesn't appear all that successful, does it. Seems like it's all just hype.

The same is true for Print Works, the newly closed White Oak, and all the other big textile mills that left us.

So why aren't we talking about using those same historic tax credits combined with whatever programs are available to build new, homegrown industries to Greensboro? Don't give me that crap about the excessive cost of retrofitting old textile mills to other industries, retrofitting old textile mills into offices, apartments, shops, and stores face those same issues. That's what the historic tax credits are in place for.

It's not being done because developers want to turn these old properties into sources of rental income-- money that never stops flowing in. And always at the taxpayers' expense.

These old buildings could more easily be converted to food processing facilities to support a new Urban Farming, Hydroponics, and Aquaponics industry that could be built here in Greensboro that would allow for hundreds, if not thousands of existing residents to start their own businesses both full time and part time.

And thus solving our problems with poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, taxes, crime... Well, you know.

Or perhaps you know of other cutting edge industries that could fill these old mills?

Read my platform, Write-in Billy Jones for Mayor of Greensboro, write in Thessa Pickett for District 2, get rid of the incumbents, and see what a difference we can make.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

My Challenge To Edward Bruce Keohohou

People love to make unsubstantiated and vague accusations against me. Most are made without my knowledge but a few Online Rambos make accusations on my own Facebook page.

They treat Facebook as if they are talking in private, just among friends, gossiping. They're not. This particlar post has been shared by no less that 30 people prior to my writing this article about Edward Bruce Keohohou and the accusations he has made of me. Click on the image to view full size.

As a citizen, blogger, political activist, and candidate for Mayor of Greensboro I will grant anyone the same challenge I gave Edward Bruce Keohohou: Show us the money! Prove your accusations against me.

Sure, I've made mistakes, I regularly update pages on this blog to note my mistakes. But you will never prove that Billy Jones ever sold out to anyone and the people making such accusations simply don't want you looking into their business.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

From Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to an reader; A 425% increase in health care insurance premium for 2018

The US government [Central Banks/Taxpayers/Children] would pay or owe $,2052 per month to Blue Cross if this person's family could spend $880.97 after tax per month, after being charged $207.49 per month in 2017

This is before Trump ends the subsidies for a family of four

$2,932.97 X 12 months is $35,195.64 after tax payments just for healthcare for a family of four, not counting a $4,900 max total out of pocket for the family?

This is a ripoff

This is one segment of America stealing from another with the government's help

Doctors need to make less

Healthcare companies need to make less

Pharma needs to make less

Device companies need to make less

Hospitals need to make less

They are strangulating our lives

This is theft enabled by our elected leaders

Both sides are just as crooked

Both sides are at fault

Both sides took the bribes

Doctors are doing harm with this

They are violating their oaths

The Healthcare Industry is a legal racket

A few tidbits on Social Security and Medicare and our nation's other "non-discretionary" social spending too many are relying on

Greensboro City Council succumbs to extortion by UnitedHealthcare

America is getting Ripped Off on Healthcare

Obamacare; "A friend in New York received a call from his stepmother in North Carolina"

"NC Blue Cross announces rate increase of 24.3 percent for ACA marketplace plans"

"Obamacare premiums are skyrocketing out of sight"

Our local and state governments get pressure and lots of money
from companies who overcharge for prescriptions in North Carolina
to let Big Pharma continue to rip off taxpayers and patients

"...the most fabulously overpriced health care system in the world delivers notably poor life expectancy outcomes"...

Both sides in North Carolina get the same campaign checks 
from health care industry lobbyists to maintain the pilfering of our citizens

Aetna out of North Carolina ACA

A good chunk of Greensboro's health care industry is comprised of thieves
supported and condoned by the 'government'

Explain North Carolina's 20.6% Obamacare premium growth

Local physicians and providers play dumb about skyrocketing costs

How many families did Cone Health force into bankruptcy last year?

Cone Health's success at stealing from patients and bankrupting families within our local overpriced healthcare monopoly

Our healthcare system is a legal theft racket supported by our nation's media industry

What Warren Buffett's outlets won't report; "Colombia Fears U.S. May Reject Peace Plan To Protect Pharma Profits"

The Healthcare Industry is a legal racket

The Truth About Write-In Candidates

Perhaps people are telling you you cannot write-in Billy Jones for Mayor or Thessa Pickett for Greensboro City Council District 2. Perhaps that person even cited something like:

"Yep, in North Carolina someone only qualifies as a write in candidate if they presented a petition with at least 500 signatures. This year, the Green Party's Jill Stein is the only one to do that in the Presidential race. She had a petition of about 1,100 people."

as is posted at WCNC NBC Charlotte.

That would be correct if either of us were running for President of the United States

Or perhaps you were told something like:

"The prospective write-in candidate must collect signatures of registered voters within the jurisdiction that the elected office represents. The type of office determines where the petitions are submitted, how many signatures are required, and when the petitions and other documents are due. Along with the petitions, a declaration of intent form must be submitted to the final destination of the petitions."

as is posted to NC Fact Sheet, Write-in Candidates.

That would be true if either Ms Pickett or I were running for State or County office.

But you see, neither Thessa Pickett or I are running for State or County office either. Ms Pickett is running for the municipal office, District 2 City Council and I am running for the municipal office, Mayor of Greensboro.

So what is the law concerning municipal offices:

As is stated in § 163-123.  Declaration of intent and petitions for write-in candidates in partisan elections:

"(g)  Municipal and Nonpartisan Elections Excluded. - This section does not apply to municipal elections conducted under Subchapter IX of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes, and does not apply to nonpartisan elections except for elections under Article 25 of this Chapter.  (1987, c. 393, ss. 1; 2; 1989, c. 92, s. 1; 1999-424, s. 5(c); 2001-319, s. 9(a); 2001-398, s. 7; 2001-403, s. 12; 2002-158, s. 13; 2004-127, s. 7; 2006-155, s. 4; 2007-391, s. 8(b); 2008-187, s. 33(a).)"

As a matter of fact, I visited Guilford County Board of Elections Director Charlie Collicutt on October 12, 2017 and he verified to me that voters can write-in anyone they want for Mayor and City Council and his office will count the votes.

Folks, they are only telling you those stories because they are afraid we just might win. Share this post with everyone you know to show them they are wrong. And remember who told you the truth.

Jim Kee Changes Sides Again

What do you call someone who changes sides every time someone else waves more money at him? Even if it means he must abandon his own people? I'll let you decide. In the meantime take a look at this excerpt from this 2014 article, Crisis, Recovery, and the Transitional Economy The Struggle for Cooperative Ownership in Greensboro, North Carolina by Michael Roberto:

But then it turned out that Jim Kee and Skip Alston weren't being straight with us:

Funny, Jim Kee has been going all over East Greensboro telling people how he had us a better deal but he leaves out the $2 Million dollars we were to be short changed in Jim Key's better deal. Jim goes with whoever offers Jim the best deal.

Fast forward to 2017 and we find Jim Kee has changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican and is seen here hanging out with Tony Wilkins, Troy Lawson and Clark Porter.

How do I know that Jim Kee has changed his party affiliation? Because Clark Porter says so.

Now that Clark Porter has buried Jim Kee, what makes this so significant? From the Raleigh News & Observer less than 1 year ago, an article entitled, NC voters accused of voter fraud file defamation lawsuit by Anne Blythe

Four voters in Guilford County have filed a defamation suit against a man who accused them of voter fraud after the November 2016 elections.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Guilford County Superior Court, accuses William Clark Porter IV, a committee chairman for the Guilford Republican Party, with filing post-election protests with the Guilford County elections board that contained inaccurate and defamatory statements. Efforts to reach Porter, a Greensboro resident, were not immediately successful."

We are known by the company we keep. Jim Kee is keeping company with people who don't want poor people to get ahead. He always has.

And for you Republicans out there who think this is a win for conservatism: Jim Kee worked with Robbie Perkins to help put together the downtown performing arts center.

Read more here:

Greensboro Incentives Since 1996

I'd like to share with you a list of Greensboro Incentives Since 1996 as was shared with me,

It's numerous pages and as with most City of Greensboro documents it is turned sideways so you'll probably want to print it to make reading easier.

Or how about this list of City Contracts sent to me by a Democracy Greensboro member.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Secrets Of Northeast Greensboro's Urban Farm Enterprise:: Part 3

If by chance you haven't read The Secrets Of Northeast Greensboro's Urban Farm Enterprise:: Part 1 and The Secrets Of Northeast Greensboro's Urban Farm Enterprise:: Part 2 I recommend you read both before reading my conversation with Gayland Oliver, founder of Eastern Development Growth Enterprises to get yourself up to speed. I've linked all 3 parts together to bring you right back here.

As was noted in the Greensboro News & Record the project was supposed to build 3 Greenhouses on Phillips Avenue funded by NC A&T ($300,000) and the City of Greensboro ($40,000) but 6 years after the project began only 1 greenhouse has been built.

You see, I finally caught up with Mr Oliver via Facebook and managed to ask him some questions. Click on the photos to view full size.

I guess Mr Oliver doesn't want to answer my questions after all.

This is the reason we can't have nice things in East Greensboro. People, black and white, are running off with the taxpayers' money and no one is willing to do anything about it. Not your politicians, not preachers, not law enforcement and not even media.

And most of you chose to remain blind.

Perhaps Mr Oliver would like to talk now.

Did Goldie Wells tell Tony Wilkins she would not run before he voted to appoint her to City Council?

It is my understanding Goldie publicly announced/it was reported/it was a known, known/she told Jim Kee amongst others, Wells would not run for the seat if she were appointed before the vote

Tony Wilkins was appointed to his seat and won election in a landslide

Tony Wilkins has had this particular monkey on his back since then

Tony Wilkins probably voted for Goldie on the basis of her not running, so he wouldn't be totally compromised by colluding to do the same thing which gave him his seat

Jim Kee certainly wouldn't have endorsed Wells if he knew she was going to run

Was Sharon Hightower and Yvonne Johnson also told by Goldie she wouldn't run?

If Tony was lied to and did not call Wells out on it, why not?

I can see Hightower and Johnson letting it go, but why would Wilkins?

Most reading this who have read what I've already written probably know what I'm thinking the answers are

Tony isn't a fiscal conservative

He is certainly not a free market capitalist, as his crony votes prove

He seems to be in bed with anyone willing, regardless of the compromised morality, as long as he thinks he can get away with it, which he is, with the help of a totally corrupt press

Congratulations on your upcoming victory
Who Owns Greensboro Mayor Nancy Wilkins?

Answer the question Tony Wilkins

ony Wilkins is just like the rest, as he throws out motions he knows will fail, but gets to say he's a fiscal conservative, which he is very not in reality, as he funnels taxpayer monies to his campaign contributors, along with the rest of City Council

How much money has Tony Wilkins voted for his contributors
since he's been in office?

Goldie Wells signs on to be just like Justin Outling and Tony Wilkins; Appointed before an election

Tony Wilkins voted yes

Tony Wilkins voted for it "with No Comment"

Fake fiscal conservative Tony Wilkins and Justin Outling vote for City of Greensboro Tax Increase

Rule by Thieves: 'Greensboro's' Kleptocracy

Tony Wilkins Blames Local Real Estate Agents For Say Yes Boondoggle

Expect a City Council election year love fest between the News and Record and those lobbying to buy the newspaper property

Greensboro's Mayor Vaughan and Tony Wilkins just cost City taxpayers a lot of money

Looks like Tony Wilkins called the Greensboro Fire Department to harras a Marty Kotis competitor

Because of the high costs Tony Wilkins

Greensboro's danger is the connected politicians, elites, and media pundits who enable, run and pilfer our city

Anyone who gives Tony Wilkins a campaign contribution going forward is on the same page with Tony Wilkins

Tony Wilkins betraying financially conservative principals

Tony Wilkins' payoff for Sam Simpson's Megasite take

Roy Carroll's Tony Wilkins stealth donation via the Triad Good Government PAC

Marty Kotis' Tony Wilkins contribution before Tony voted to give Marty a $3 million building for $900,000

"The [STPAC] project, currently budgeted at $78.1 million"

How sold out is Tony Wilkins?

How financially illiterate is our press?

Guess who Tony Wilkins works for?

Tony Wilkins vulnerable to a well funded White Democrat in Greensboro City Council's New District 5; 2011 actual voting numbers

Guilford County Schools Continue To Supress Public Information

This morning I was forwarded the following e-mail:

As you can see by clicking the links, Attorney Jill Wilson and Anita Sharpe have a previous history of hiding public information.

So I decided to forward the e-mail along with my reply to a number of people including several elected leaders. I guess you could say I took a shot at Jill Wilson and Anita Sharpe:

Turns out my aim was straight and true as pointed out by Guilford County School Board Member Deena Hayes-Greene:


Now why is it that we continually are being given the run around by Jill Wilson, Anita Sharpe and the Guilford County Schools?