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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Please ask Greensboro's City Council, Guilford County's Commissioners and School Board a version of the following questions

How much money would it take to pay for every Guilford County High School graduate who was promised "a free college education"?

What is the anticipated average per student scholarship expected to be for Guilford County's 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019's graduating classes?

Why are most of Say Yes to Education's investments located in "CENTRAL AMERICA  AND THE CARIBBEAN"?

How much money does Say Yes Guilford have on hand to fund the scholarships?

As the number of dollars provided for scholarships should about double again after the first year, and then double again in four years, how is Say Yes going to pay for it?

How can Say Yes Guilford pay out more than what would make the endowment unsustainable?

What will the monies be invested in and at what cost for Guilford County's graduates?

How many students are expected to recieve a "Full Tuition Scholarship Incentive" for 2016's graduating class, and what is expected to be paid out by Say Yes Guilford [over the next ten years]?

Why has Say Yes, the City of Greensboro and Guilford County Schools so far declined to provide the above information?
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Greensboro's City Council contact page;

http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=93
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Guilford County Board of Commissioners;

http://www.myguilford.com/boc/
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Guilford County Board of Education;

http://www.gcsnc.com/pages/gcsnc/District/Board_of_Education_-_Group/Board_Members
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 29TH 2015; "The Say Yes to Education program has closed its Syracuse office"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/06/wednesday-july-29th-2015-say-yes-to.html

New Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras' = Say Yes to Education, Say Yes Guilford and Say Yes Syracuse = Say Yes now owns Guilford County Schools

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/06/new-guilford-county-schools.html

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29TH 2015; "The Say Yes to Education program has closed its Syracuse office"

"According to the mayor's office, the job of Operating Director held by former Syracuse Parks Commissioner Pat Driscoll, has also been eliminated.

Who runs Say Yes Guilford?

Former Greensboro Assistant Manager Mary Vigue
and former Greensboro Communications Director Donnie Turlington
who now work out of a taxpayer funded library

Say Yes seems to like hiring local government officials

The program will continue to operate, but is closing the Syracuse office as a way to save money.

The Say Yes endowment fund was expected to be at $20 million by now, but it's at less than $10 million.

The mayor's office says all scholarships and programs will continue and will not be affected."

http://cnycentral.com/news/local/the-say-yes-to-education-program-has-closed-its-syracuse-office
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"Excluding the cost of scholarships, Say Yes Syracuse has cost more than $88 million since 2008, with more than $28 million provided by the national Say Yes organization. The school district, county, and city have provided about $56 million,

Do our local governments plan to fund Say Yes Guilford?

This looks like Syracuse got taken for a ride

...and companies, philanthropists, and other donors have given about $2.4 million."

http://www.citylab.com/work/2013/10/one-citys-88-million-plan-send-more-kids-college/7154/
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In the comments on Guilford County's new Superintendent Sharon Contreras;

http://www.syracuse.com/schools/index.ssf/2016/06/syracuse_superintendent_sharon_contreras_a_finalist_for_north_carolina_job.html#incart_river_index
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It's official, now we can dance in the streets and offer our condolences to her new district.
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Glad to see her leave. Now she'll be in way over her head which is well deserved.

Too bad the Say Yes money laundering scheme won't disappear also.
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Wasn't she also kicked out of her Rhode Island job?
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I don't imagine she will be missed by too many. NC's loss is Syracuse's gain.
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Obviously Guilford did not do their"homework"
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Guilford County is watching these comments and panicking... Let's not scare them off!
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Supt. Contreras ally: Lack of school board support contributed to her departure

Walt Dixie, community activist and ally to Syracuse Superintendent Sharon Contreras, attributed her departure in part to a lack of support among school board members.

he was not surprised to hear that Contreras had found a post leading a district three times Syracuse's size.
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Contreras' leadership was met with resistance in some cases, including a protest about her contract renewal last year. Uprising against Contreras culminated in a no-confidence vote in 2014, when 95 percent of teachers voted "no confidence" in the superintendent.
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Syracuse School Board votes 4-3 to extend Superintendent Contreras' contract for 1 year

The Syracuse City School Board voted 4-3 in favor of extending Superintendent Sharon Contreras’ contract for one year. Some current school board members, such as Pat Body, raised concerns that the vote took place before newly elected board members start in January.

http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-school-board-votes-4-3-extend-superintendent-contreras-contract-1-year

New Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras' = Say Yes to Education, Say Yes Guilford and Say Yes Syracuse = Say Yes now owns Guilford County Schools

Why are most of Say Yes to Education's investments
located in "CENTRAL AMERICA  AND THE CARIBBEAN"?


New Guilford superintendent brings 25 years of education experience 

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:22 pm

By Marquita Brown marquita.brown@greensboro.com

GREENSBORO — Sharon Contreras’ academic background — starting as an English teacher 25 years ago and working as chief academic officer for several school systems — helped set her apart from others vying to be the superintendent of Guilford County Schools.

How much money would it take to pay for every Guilford County High School graduate 
who was promised "a free college education"?

What is the anticipated average per student scholarship expected to be 
for Guilford County's 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019's graduating classes?

...Contreras has been the superintendent of Syracuse City Schools in New York state, a district with more than 20,000 students, since 2011. While there she gained experience working in a Say Yes partnership, which launched in Syracuse in 2008 and will produce its first “last dollar” scholarships in Guilford County Schools this summer.

Contact Marquita Brown at (336) 373-7002, and follow @mbrownNR on Twitter.

http://www.greensboro.com/news/new-guilford-superintendent-brings-years-of-education-experience-video/article_5a7376eb-3d52-5239-a807-c8b34df56183.html

If 3,500 students qualify the first year, 
how much is going to go to each student?

If 3,500 students qualify the next year, 
how much is going to go to each student?

Say Yes and Guilford County Schools won't say.


Monday, May 23, 2016; This appears to look like what's going to happen to Say Yes Guilford, Say Yes to Education and the City of Greensboro employee's pension fund



How much money does Say Yes Guilford have on hand
 to fund the scholarships?

Say Yes' Donnie Turlington, 
a former City of Greensboro Communications and Marketing Director 
who is now Say Yes Guilford's Director of Communications
won't say.

Triad Business Journal's mention of Sharon L. Contreras and Say Yes to Education; 0

New superintendent named for Triad school district

If 3,500 kids get $1,000 each, it will cost $3,500,000.

As the number should about double in year two, 
how much has Say Yes set aside?

Say Yes and Guilford County Commissioners won't say,
 Guilford County's School Board Members won't say,
and now Sharon Contreras won't say.

Allen Johnson and Doug Clark;

Five years later, she’s coming to Guilford County. One connection is the Say Yes to Education program, which was launched in Syracuse in 2008. “I’m so proud that Guilford County is also a Say Yes district,” she said of the program that’s providing its first college scholarships here this summer.

http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/our-opinion-new-superintendent/article_04f11ccd-d465-5d66-9080-6bdedf110a06.html

As the number of dollars should about double again over the next two years, 
how is Say Yes going to pay for it?

Say Yes' Mary Vigue, a former City of Greensboro Assistant Manager won't say,
the News and Record's Allen Johnson and Doug Clark won't say,
and Marquita Brown won't say.

Times four is $14 million per year.

Where's the money?

Contreras also has experience working with the "Say Yes to Education Initiative" which launched its first community-wide partnership in Syracuse in 2008.

http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triad/news/2016/06/28/dr--sharon-contreras-likely-guilford-co--schools--new-superintendent.html
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016; What did Brian Cleary and Eric Ginsburg tell Joanna Rutter before she wrote' "Say Yes mobilizes for next phase of educational support"?

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/06/what-did-brian-cleary-and-eric-ginsburg.html
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Say Yes to Education, Inc. (Say Yes), and Say Yes Guilford appears to be a legal Ponzi scheme and/or a Racket

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/say-yes-to-education-inc-say-yes-and.html
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...To instill instant momentum and foster a can-do culture right from the start, Contreras, assisted by a Say Yes consultant, began her tenure by requesting that teams at individual schools and district-wide teams carry out Rapid Results projects over her first 100 days. Mostly aimed at increasing educational outcomes, these projects were designed to generate insights into longer-term goals.

...Say Yes, the brainchild of the University of Pennsylvania’s Norman Newberg and financier George S. Weiss, who remains a fiscal angel, never before climbed on the big stage to accept the challenge of remaking an entire urban school system.

...Say Yes set out to accumulate pledges for tens of millions of dollars.


If they don't even have the $35 million 
they say they have 'pledged' in hand, 
how can they pay out more than what would make the funds unsustainable?

Say Yes and the City of Greensboro won't say

Why wouldn't they want to say?

...Say Yes seeks to increase high school and college graduation rates for students from the inner city. It has carried out projects with cohorts of students in Philadelphia; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; and in the Harlem section of New York City, at various times since 1987.

...“What really drove me to come to a city with 180 inches of snow a year was learning of the collaborative governance and the Say Yes model,” said Contreras, who gave up the job of chief academic officer in Providence to make the shift. “Educators all over the country seek this kind of support. I never before saw anything like what’s here. I wouldn’t have come if not for Say Yes.” The magnitude of the cooperation impressed Contreras when she began considering a move to Syracuse. “I had never before seen a mayor, a higher education president, and others come together like that, problem-solving together in the same room,” she said. “It was quite remarkable.”

Say Yes owns Sharon Contreras

...Paul G. Tremont, president SRC Corporation, a major company in the city and one of the most important financial supporters for Say Yes in Syracuse, was willing to wait for results in the classroom

Why wouldn't the News and Record investigate?

They know what the questions are, and have declined to ask

...When Say Yes arrived in Syracuse, it drove change in a school system in which few seemed to have any idea of how to make change occur. With the passage of time and the hiring of a highly regarded superintendent, the moment was at hand for Say Yes to adapt itself to a new role as a facilitator of change and let Sharon Contreras take over the driver’s seat, as she appeared more than willing to do.

What will the monies be invested in and at what cost for Guilford County's graduates?

How many students will the "Full Tuition Scholarship Incentive" cover for 2016's graduating class, 
and what is the expected pay out by Say Yes Guilford [over the next ten years]?

How much will Say Yes Guilford need to raise and make on the endowment each year 
to remain sustainable?

Why has Say Yes, the City of Greensboro and Guilford County Schools
so far declined to provide all documentation and communications 
concerning the investment management fees for the endowment?

...2011 (Spring) Sharon Contreras selected as SCSD superintendent Operating director hired to provide local leadership and reduce dependence on Say Yes national leaders

...Some parents worry that the college scholarships will dry up and that their children will not reap the benefits of the program. It is this very concern that Say Yes is addressing in building an endowment for the scholarships. Sharon Contreras has spoken of Say Yes being around for at least a generation.

. . . I agree with Sharon Contreras with her assessment that Say Yes is a partnership and irrespective of the support that Say Yes provides, if the school system is not providing the very best educational program the results or benefits of Say Yes won’t be realized.”

...Nancy Cantor and Mary Anne Carey along with Mayor Miner, County Executive Mahoney, and Superintendent Contreras were the mighty dynamos generating a considerable amount of the energy for Say Yes in Syracuse.

http://sayyestoeducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Rebuilding_Communities_small.pdf


Can Say Yes continue its free tuition promise?

With $9.5 million in its scholarship endowment fund, Say Yes Syracuse has reached less than one-third of its $30 million goal.

At a time when Say Yes Syracuse needs to rev up its fundraising, its local staff, which has also been funded by the national Say Yes, is shrinking.  It has only three employees, half what it once had.

The Syracuse office has laid off its marketing, public relations staff and community engagement staff, reducing its community visibility. Its development director, Lisa Moore, took a job with Onondaga Community College.  Moore had been responsible for raising scholarship endowment money.

Why has Say Yes, the City of Greensboro and Guilford County Schools 
so far declined to provide all documentation and communications 
involving the school system's due diligence concerning Say Yes to Education?

Why has Say Yes, the City of Greensboro and Guilford County Schools so far declined to provide estimates 
for the amounts and number of scholarships to be distributed via Say Yes Guilford?

The national Say Yes had always planned to phase out financial support of programs in Syracuse, both for scholarships and support services.

Indeed, the school district has folded Say Yes' initiatives - like some after-school programs -- into the district's budget. Community partners, like the city and Onondaga County, have directed more services through the school district. For the third consecutive year, Say Yes Syracuse has requested money ($1.5 million) from the city of Syracuse to pay for Say Yes school programs.

In the next two years, national Say Yes will pump $2 million more to Syracuse to pay for current scholarships to cover the shortfall.

Dunn says an endowment of $20 million would "get the program very close to sustainability, given current spending rates."

Syracuse schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras said she was confident that Say Yes would meet its endowment goals.

"The scholarship promise is a critical element as we work diligently to close the opportunity gap and afford all SCSD graduates with access to college irrespective of their zip code and family income," Contreras said.

http://www.syracuse.com/schools/index.ssf/2015/04/will_say_yes_continue_its_free_tuition_promise_1.html

Why has Say Yes, the City of Greensboro and Guilford County Schools 
so far declined to provide the expected salaries of Say Yes Guilford employees?

Why has Say Yes, the City of Greensboro and Guilford County Schools 
so far declined to provide the percentage of the total amount to be given to students each year?

Why has Say Yes, the City of Greensboro and Guilford County Schools 
so far declined to provide expected yearly fundraising costs?

SAY YES SYRACUSE OPERATING COMMITTEE;

Syracuse City Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras
Syracuse Teachers Association President Kevin Ahern
Syracuse City Mayor Stephanie Minor
Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney...

http://sayyessyracuse.org/about/governance/

Why has Say Yes, the City of Greensboro and Guilford County Schools 
so far declined to state if  Say Yes Guilford is to be considered a fiduciary over the investment assets?

Why has Say Yes, the City of Greensboro and Guilford County Schools 
so far declined to report if the investment managers will be considered fiduciaries?

Say Yes to Education issues statement on Contreras no-confidence vote

Say Yes to Education is taking no position on the conflict between Syracuse City Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras and the Syracuse Teachers Association.

The union held a no-confidence vote on Contreras earlier this week. More than 95 percent of the teachers who cast ballots voted no confidence.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/say_yes_to_education_issues_statement_on_contreras_no-confidence_vote.html

TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST 2016; Mahoney announces $20 million for Syracuse Say Yes, preserving free tuition program

...Say Yes Syracuse is receiving a big lift from the county that will allow it to permanently endow its scholarships going forward.

...Before that announcement, there were worries that Say Yes Syracuse would not reach its goal to build up a $30 million dollar scholarship endowment fund and take over tuition costs. In eight years it had only collected ten million dollars for its endowment fund.

The national Say Yes to Education organization had said it planned to stop paying for Syracuse area scholarships in June 2017.

...On Tuesday, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced that proceeds from bonds issued by the Syracuse Local Development Corporation will go towards Say Yes to Education. Those proceeds are expected to be $400,000.

...Since the City of Syracuse partnered with Say Yes eight years ago, the promise of free college tuition has been one of the city's best selling points.

However there were concerns Say Yes would soon have to start saying "no" if it could not raise $20 million in just 15 months.

...The national Say Yes organization now requires cities that partner with them to have self sufficient scholarship endowment funds within six years. Syracuse had been granted extra time because it was first city in the U.S. to partner with Say Yes.

That concern was put to rest Tuesday night when Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney announced a $20 million contribution towards the Syracuse College Promise will be distributed to the Say Yes Scholarship Endowment Fund in full this year.

http://cnycentral.com/news/local/say-yes-tuition-program-needs-20-million-in-15-months

July 29, 2015; Say Yes cuts Syracuse director Pat Driscoll and downsizes its local office

Say Yes to Education, a program that has helped thousands of students from the Syracuse City School District go to college for free, has cut its operating director and closed its Syracuse office to save money.

Pat Driscoll's position as the operating director of Say Yes Syracuse was eliminated in the organization's budget for this year, said Tim Carroll, director of mayoral initiatives for the city of Syracuse. The city is part of the local partnership that manages Say Yes in Syracuse.

According to Say Yes' federal nonprofit filing, Driscoll's salary and benefits were $129,793 in 2012. Carroll said the national Say Yes organization, which is based in New York City, also decided to close its Syracuse office. The two remaining employees, who handle scholarship paperwork, will work out of space owned by the Syracuse City School District, Carroll said.

From the start, the expectation had been that Say Yes would be controlled and funded locally, said Gene Chasin, chief operating officer for Say Yes national.

Chasin said Say Yes initially gave Syracuse six years to become self-sufficient, but the process has taken eight.

"It's really not a decision to withdraw funding, at all," Chasin said. He said the plan had always been to spend $15 million to build a program that Syracuse stakeholders would take over after six years.

"We've obviously gone far beyond that," Chasin said. He said the national organization has spent $37.5 million in Syracuse so far.

Say Yes national has been paying for scholarships for the past three years, and will continue to do so for two more. But after that, the program will have to depend on its endowment to pay the tuition bills, which have been running about $1.2 million a year, Chasin said.

Chasin said he's confident that the Syracuse program and its major stakeholders -- the city, Onondaga County and the Syracuse City School District -- can raise the additional $20 million in the next two years.

The Syracuse Say Yes chapter's road to self-sufficiency is one that the other chapters also will have to follow, Chasin said. There are Say Yes programs in Buffalo, Philadelphia, Hartford and Harlem. Buffalo is the only one with a similar, community-wide model like Syracuse has, Chasin said.

There, the fundraising and development staff have been funded by community partners from the start, according to Say Yes.

"The local partners in Syracuse certainly have the option to do so as well, going forward," said Say Yes spokesman Jacques Steinberg.

Other Say Yes chapters will not be getting the additional support that Syracuse has received.

"We're very crisp and clear that $15 million is the investment," Chasin said. "That's hard and fast now."

...Driscoll, who had previously been the city Parks and Recreation director, is also a referee for NCAA basketball games.

http://www.syracuse.com/schools/index.ssf/2015/07/say_yes_cuts_syracuse_director_pat_driscoll_and_closes_its_local_office.html

Say Yes and the Neighsayers

...the decision of the national Say Yes organization to shift some of its attention to starting up a Buffalo program before the Syracuse operation was on solid ground. Sitting in a coffee shop in Edison, N.J., where he lives and serves as president of that mid-sized city’s school board, Maeroff calls himself a “critical friend” of Say Yes.

“I’ve never said this before,” Maeroff told the Syracuse New Times, “and they didn’t ask me, but I think the move to Buffalo was premature. There was too much work still left to do in Syracuse.”

Say Yes announced in 2011 that it would begin a districtwide program in Buffalo, and began implementation there in 2012. While it maintains its offer of college tuition to Syracuse school students, its financial backing for support programs for Syracuse students has declined substantially.

He sees the potential of Say Yes as a game-changing program for Syracuse, while acknowledging serious flaws in its implementation. One thing is for sure, he says: It is too soon to know just how the bet will pay off.

News_Say_Yes-bookMaeroff blames many of the problems of Say Yes with flawed implementation and failures to communicate. “There were a lot of misunderstandings,” Maeroff told the Syracuse New Times, “and it is possible that it wasn’t stated as clearly as it should have been what they would do and not do. There is clearly a lot of anger in Syracuse at Say Yes and its role.

...That the Say Yes project in Syracuse was led by strong women did not escape Maeroff’s attention. He profiles the key players: Mary Anne Schmidt-Carey, of Say Yes; Syracuse University chancellor Nancy Cantor; Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney; Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner; and later, the superintendent of schools who Say Yes helped to hire, Sharon Contreras.

...Maeroff considers Contreras, now in her third year at the helm of the district, a key player for the future of Say Yes and the Syracuse schools. “The challenge is to hold on to her,” Maeroff says of Contreras, who reportedly has been contacted by headhunters. “She has been there during a very important period and has a lot to give. She has a commitment and is a very able person.”

http://www.syracusenewtimes.com/say-yes-and-the-neighsayers/

Say Yes too good to be true?

Say Yes exaggerated many of its claims.

And in some cases, Say Yes takes credit for improvements in Syracuse that it is – at best – only partially responsible for.

http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?aid=/20121117/cityandregion/121119226/1042.
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Dear Donnie Turlington and Mary Vigue; Please explain why Say Yes to Education's money is in Central America

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/dear-donnie-turlington-and-mary-vigue.html

"Guilford commissioners hear update on Say Yes"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/guilford-commissioners-hear-update-on.html

Say Yes Guilford Questions for Guilford County Commissioner and School Board Candidates

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/say-yes-guilford-questions-for-guilford.html

An email sent to the News and Record's Marquita Brown and Steven Doyle on Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/05/an-email-sent-to-news-and-records.html

Say Yes has a problem; Rhino Times Misinformation on Say Yes to Education; "City Doesn’t Say No to $1 Office Space for SAY YES"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/say-yes-has-problem-rhino-times.html

I crashed the Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford meeting at Smith High School and passed out fliers asking the following questions;

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/i-crashed-say-yes-to-education-and-say.html

Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford are saying they are going to cover the last dollar costs between financial aid and total tuition

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/say-yes-to-education-and-say-yes.html

On October 3, 2015, Guilford County's Board of Education was shown a "Full Tuition Scholarship Incentive" plan, for every GCS graduate who goes to college

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/on-october-3-2015-guilford-countys.html

How the Triad Business Journal got played for chumps by Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-triad-business-journals-reporter.html

Are our local Realtors saying Say Yes to Education is going to pay for everyone in Guilford County's college?

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/10/are-our-local-realtors-saying-say-yes.html

John Hammer on Mary Vigue and Say Yes to Education and Zack Matheny and Andy Zimmerman's play for tapayer money; Same things only different

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/john-hammer-on-mary-vigue-and-say-yes.html

On October 3, 2015, Guilford County's Board of Education was shown a "Full Tuition Scholarship Incentive" plan, for every GCS graduate who goes to college

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/on-october-3-2015-guilford-countys.html

Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford are saying they are going to cover the last dollar costs between financial aid and total tuition

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/say-yes-to-education-and-say-yes.html

Dear Donnie Turlington and Mary Vigue; Please explain why Say Yes to Education's money is in Central America

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/dear-donnie-turlington-and-mary-vigue.html

"Guilford commissioners hear update on Say Yes"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/guilford-commissioners-hear-update-on.html

Say Yes Guilford Questions for Guilford County Commissioner and School Board Candidates

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/say-yes-guilford-questions-for-guilford.html

An email sent to the News and Record's Marquita Brown and Steven Doyle on Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/05/an-email-sent-to-news-and-records.html

Say Yes has a problem; Rhino Times Misinformation on Say Yes to Education; "City Doesn’t Say No to $1 Office Space for SAY YES"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/say-yes-has-problem-rhino-times.html

I crashed the Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford meeting at Smith High School and passed out fliers asking the following questions;

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/i-crashed-say-yes-to-education-and-say.html

Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford are saying they are going to cover the last dollar costs between financial aid and total tuition

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/say-yes-to-education-and-say-yes.html

On October 3, 2015, Guilford County's Board of Education was shown a "Full Tuition Scholarship Incentive" plan, for every GCS graduate who goes to college

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/on-october-3-2015-guilford-countys.html

How the Triad Business Journal got played for chumps by Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-triad-business-journals-reporter.html

If I Were Mayor Of Greensboro: Part 25

Did I mention that when I'm elected I plan to move the Mayor's office? I'm going to put it out there in that area of the Melvin Municipal Building where all the plants are located. Oh, don't worry, we'll keep most of the plants, I just believe a Mayor needs to be as accessible as possible. I don't need walls, guards and people separating me from the public. And there will be no closed door business meetings.

On other days I might have meetings under the 100 year old oak trees in my front yard and serve sweet iced tea. Sorry, my doctors have me on several medications that don't mix well with alcohol so I'll not be drinking with you even though I've nothing against responsible drinkers.

I'm also supposed to avoid long exposure to direct sunlight because of my medications. I miss the beach more than I miss alcohol. Growing older isn't for the weak or the scared but at least I won't be taking long vacations where no one can get in touch with me-- it's simply not in my nature.

The current Mayor's office will be converted to working spaces for city employees.

I've been thinking about the plaza outside the Melvin Municipal Building. To me it seems that plaza goes horribly underutilized. Especially on the weekends and at night.

I'm thinking there should be shows, bands, and exhibitions there. Yes, the plaza will still be available for political purposes but why not allow other uses there as well? Personally I'd like to see a custom motorcycle show in the plaza but everyone might not agree. What if our local breweries did some sort of event there? Or a temporary runway was installed and a fashion show was held there?

What's that? Screw Milton Kern and his event center, he tried to steal $1.9 Million Dollars from Greensboro taxpayers and the current City Council covered it up.

Anyway, I'm open to all kinds of downtown events being hosted in the plaza as downtown business owners often complain that closed streets actually hurt their business rather than bring in more business.

Why Zack Matheny and Downtown Greensboro Inc. never thought of that is simply beyond me. I mean, some people will have to park all the way over on Elm St, they might drop in a downtown shop or restaurant as they pass buy.

Look, here's reality, folks, marketing downtown Greensboro, just like marketing the rest of Greensboro, is the job of the people who run this city. And the fact that our current leaders must subcontract this job to Zack Matheny and DGI simply proves that our current leadership is incapable of doing their jobs. I mean seriously, is this the best we can get for Millions of dollars per year? From the front page of the DGI website as of June 28, 2016:


They might as well be posting Zack's DWI mug shot for the results you got.


Does it really take $Millions of Dollars a year to operate the DGI website? I pay about $15.oo a year for the domain name EzGreensboro.com and this website is free. There's probably a better option somewhere in-between.

Legally the City of Greensboro cannot close DGI as DGI has non profit status under State and Federal laws. But nowhere in State or Federal laws are there any regulations that require the City of Greensboro actually fund DGI.

What I am proposing is the following:

1. Stop all funding to DGI.
2. Have the City of Greensboro take over the responsibilities the City should have been doing all along.

The following is optional and certainly open for discussion but I don't think you can best it:
3. Cut the Business Improvement District tax in half.
4. Eliminate private residences from having to pay the BID tax even if they are located in the BID.
5. Vastly increase the size of the BID. Perhaps 2 to 3 times it's current size to include areas such as Uptown Greensboro to the north and east, South Elm, MLK and others.

My opinion is that Greensboro's downtown will always be doomed to failure as long as it remains small enough that a handful of people can control every aspect of what goes on there. Even the largest empires in the history of the world have all failed once they overextended their grasp. Let's make the BID large enough so that Greensboro's wannabe emperors, czars and tyrants can't keep a handle on it. Besides, our downtown is puny.

And while we're at it let's spread that economic development stimulus throughout a much larger portion of the city.

All controlled by a City Council who discusses city business in front of the television cameras and a Mayor who has his meetings right out in the open where anyone can see.

And while we're at it let's discuss who gets the economic stimulus money provided by the BID tax and how they are picked.

Under the current system the DGI board picks who gets it. Usually they give the money to DGI board members with the rest of downtown's merchants and property owners getting left out despite having to pay in year after year.

In my system the decision is twofold. First is proof of need. Then all who prove need will enter a lottery. Previous winners will not be eligible to win again as long as there is a deserving contestant still waiting to win.

It's not perfect. Nothing is.

Or do you prefer the good ol' boy system we have in place now?

Come back for If I Were Mayor Of Greensboro: Part 26 and read the rest of my platform at Billy Jones for Mayor of Greensboro, 2017

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Paula Wheeler Kastanek


"Dow Chemical to cut about 130 [Greensboro] N.C. jobs as part of restructuring"

"Michigan-based Dow Chemical Co. said Tuesday that it will cut about 2,500 jobs and close its manufacturing facilities in Greensboro and Japan to achieve $400 million in savings from taking full control of Dow Corning Corp.

Expect little to any tax revenue impact analysis 
out of the News and Record or the Triad Business Journal, 
just like after the Lorillard layoff announcement
and the Miller Brewing announcement

The Greensboro site employs about 130 people, a spokesman told the Observer. Over the next two years, Dow Corning will move production from the Greensboro plant to other Dow Corning sites in North America."

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article86372102.html#storylink=cpyhttp://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article86372102.html#storylink=cpy
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Thursday, March 3, 2016; Mass layoffs coming to former Greensboro Lorillard plant

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/03/mass-layoffs-coming-to-former.html

Saturday, March 19, 2016; "20 positions cut at former Lorillard plant"; It's just the beginning

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/03/20-positions-cut-at-former-lorillard.html

Thursday, June 23, 2016; "When Carolina Bank becomes First Bank in about six months, the city will lose its only remaining locally-based bank"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/06/when-carolina-bank-becomes-first-bank.html

Monday, February 22, 2016; 7/15/14 Lorillard Flashback; Reynolds Lorillard; Greensboro loses another corporate headquarters, and most likely a bunch of jobs

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/71514-lorillard-flashback-reynolds.html

Wednesday, May 11, 2016; There hasn't been so much clothing for sale since before 1992

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/05/there-hasnt-been-so-much-clothing-for.html

Thursday, April 21, 2016; "ITG [Lorillard] to cut 500 jobs", afternoon even lower earnings 'expectation' highlights most won't be aware of even if they read them, and math

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/04/itg-lorillard-to-cut-500-jobs-afternoon.html

Monday, June 6, 2016; How is it that the News and Record's Susan Ladd is all about nature, but hasn't written much, if anything, about hundreds of high paying Greensboro job losses?

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/06/how-is-it-that-news-and-records-susan.html

Thursday, June 2, 2016; We are being lied to; According to the NC Commerce Department, there were 5,845 layoffs announced through all of 2015, but 7,453 through May, 2016

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/06/we-are-being-lied-to-according-to-nc.html

Thursday, June 2, 2016; Once again Triangle Business Journal Staff Writer Lauren K. Ohnesorge misleads readers and the public on North Carolina layoff statistics

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/06/once-again-triangle-business-journal.html

Thursday, May 5, 2016; Business Journal's lipstick on a pig; "Mass layoffs in North Carolina slow down in April"; 7,041 masked April layoffs

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/05/business-journals-lipstick-on-pig-mass.html

Monday, February 15, 2016; Dear Jim Melvin and Greensboro's City Council; "Freightliner to lay off 1,250 employees in Mt. Holly [and] Cleveland", North Carolina

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/freightliner-to-lay-off-1250-employees.html

Saturday, February 6, 2016; Expect Layoffs; "Ralph Lauren to review ops after weak sales", Linked In and links

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/expect-layoffs-ralph-lauren-to-review.html

Thursday, February 4, 2016; "The highest retail total since January 2009"; Let's build a $78 million PAC, drop $2.5 mill at the airport and the same for a basketball court

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-highest-retail-total-since-january.html

Monday, September 14, 2015; Rockingham County takes it on the chin; "MillerCoors to close Eden plant"; Expect economic reverberations in Greensboro's Guilford County

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/09/rockingham-county-takes-it-on-chin.html

Saturday, January 24, 2015; BB&T Lays Off 1,440 Workers

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/01/bb-lays-off-1440-workers.html

If I Were Mayor Of Greensboro: Part 24

Take a few minutes to watch this video before we continue.




As I pointed out in If I Were Mayor Of Greensboro: Part 20  Charlotte became a world banking headquarters to two of the world's largest banks not because the City of Charlotte incentivized the building of megasites, industrial parks and shopping centers but because the City of Charlotte invested in the local banking industry.

For decades we've heard our Mayors, one after the other, going back to Jim Melvin, talk about attracting big business to Greensboro, be it banking, insurance, textiles, medicine, what have you. But never has Greensboro invested in these businesses. Never has Greensboro taken a risk.

And with no risks come no rewards, stagnation, and decay.

So you tell me, why would they want to come to Greensboro and if they do come to Greensboro then why would they want to stay here when the very community who taxes them fails to invest in them or buy their products?

Think about the industries that used to be huge locally. Cone Mills and Burlington Industries made textiles and we bought them. Nobody would consider anything but Wrangler jeans made by Blue Bell on South Elm st. Cigarettes made on East Market Street sold all over town. Vicks Vapor Rub made in Latham Park was the only rub we'd use. Gasoline storage tanks used to be made on East Market. Bricks and terracotta pipe upon which this city was built were made here. The very stone upon which Greensboro's historic districts are built was mined from a rock quarry 1 block from my home. I used to play there as a child.

Solar is the future. There are plenty of ways Greensboro could buy into solar that would entice solar manufactures to come here. An aggressive campaign of converting City owned buildings to solar could be used to lure in a small solar manufacturer who just might someday become a giant solar manufacturer.

But hey, maybe solar isn't our best choice. I'm sure plenty of my readers are critics of solar energy and I'm okay with that as long as you understand that if we really are to attract new industries to Greensboro then as a community we must buy into those new industries in one way or another.

So with all that being said I'll make this promise: If I am elected Mayor of Greensboro, the City of Greensboro will find ways to purchase from and invest into existing and new industries in Greensboro so that their success is tied to our success.

After all, nothing attracts and retains businesses better than a proven customer base. So whether it's solar or something else Greensboro can only attract industry by investing in the industries we want and need in Greensboro.

Come back for If I Were Mayor Of Greensboro: Part 25

Monday, June 27, 2016

Facebook censored

Markets fall, bonds rise, forcing yields to fall; Brexit plus one

http://www.zerohedge.com/
Flight to quality

Savers get less

The closer short term rates are to long term, the less banks make

Meanwhile China is allowing their currency to fall along with global financial markets, lowering the prices of China exports = Manufactured good dumping via currency debasement to maintain domestic stability;


The tide went out, and most got caught naked


Monday, June 27, 2016; Minsky Aftermath; "Rome Mulls Capital Injection to Support Italian Banks After ‘Brexit’ Shock"


Sunday, June 26, 2016; "Central banks can fix liquidity problems, but they can’t do much about solvency"


Sunday, June 26, 2016; As England's pound falls, the US dollar rises, UK goods cost less for us, our goods more for them


Friday, June 24, 2016; RBC's Charlie McElligott; "It's "game over" for anybody out there who was short duration" and comment #BREXIT


Friday, June 24, 2016; BREXIT; The exact contents of a text concerning financial markets sent on June 17, 2016

Minsky Aftermath; "Rome Mulls Capital Injection to Support Italian Banks After ‘Brexit’ Shock"

"The Italian government is considering a capital injection for the country’s banking system...after Italian lenders were hit by a sharp selloff in banking stocks...triggered by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

...the intervention could add up to €40 billion ($44.39 billion) in capital to the banking sector, which is struggling under the weight of €360 billion in bad loans, chronically poor profitability amid record-low interest rates, thin capital buffers and high costs.

About US $400 billion in bad loans?

The bad loans didn't mean much before last Friday

...The use of public funds to shore up the banking system is prohibited under European laws, if losses on shareholders, bondholders and uninsured depositors aren't imposed beforehand.

The people said the government could invoke an exception to this rule under European law during exceptional market conditions...

Laws don't mean much anymore

Tyranny of the elite, this looks like

...Such intervention would be a welcome move for banks which have been struggling to reduce their massive exposures to soured loans.

Loans they never should have made in the first place, 
many full of fraud which enriched those who got the money 
and those who sold them, who now want everyone else to pay for mistakes, 
again

Investors have so far been unwilling to pay the prices banks were asking to sell their bad loans.

Another bank bailout without the shareholders and depositors taking hits

Same as 2008 and 2009

Nothing was fixed, just a bunch of cans which got kicked,
making today's situation much worse

...Banks have so far refused to [write down bad loans] as they believe the market price of bad loans should be higher...

Wall Street Journal

The way this reads, 
the executives who are/were responsible will pay no price, again

Coming to America