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Saturday, July 30, 2016

How safe is your Greensboro Drinking Water?

It depends on your plumbing. Here is something to think about. According to the article:

"Most lead contamination comes from inside old pipes.

Homes built before 1986 have better chance of having lead pipes or fixtures."
http://wncn.com/2016/05/18/dangerous-lead-levels-found-in-water-systems-across-nc/

Greensboro switched to Chloramine in our drinking water a few years ago. According to Wikipedia:

"Adding chloramine to the water supply may increase exposure to lead in drinking water, especially in areas with older housing; this exposure can result in increased lead levels in the bloodstream, which may pose a significant health risk.[9]"


According to the US Center for Disease Control:

"Chloramine can change the chemical properties of the water, which can affect lead and copper pipes. Lead and copper levels are strictly regulated in drinking water 9, 10. Your water utility is required to provide high-quality drinking water that complies with the Safe Drinking Water Act[PDF - 4 pages] 11. The EPA provides a manual[PDF - 462 pages] 12 for water companies switching to chloramine to minimize lead and copper levels.

If you are concerned about lead or copper levels in your household water, call EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 for testing information."


Now here is something no one else is telling you: The Greensboro Water Resources Department has temporary stopped using Chloramine until the end of August 2016 and switched to Chlorine so that the lead will be flushed from the system between now and the time they start sending out water testing kits to participating homeowners.
Makes me glad my family completely re plumbed our home with PVC from the meter to the drains years ago.

Update: Don't believe me? How's this for verification from a reader on Facebook.



Pops Rumley ran a successful and well known automotive garage in Greensboro for many years until his retirement.

'Sell everything,' DoubleLine's Gundlach says

"Jeffrey Gundlach, the chief executive of DoubleLine Capital, said on Friday that many asset classes look frothy and his firm continues to hold gold, a traditional safe-haven, along with gold miner stocks.

Noting the recent run-up in the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 index while economic growth remains weak and corporate earnings are stagnant, Gundlach said stock investors have entered a “world of uber complacency.”

...“The artist Christopher Wool has a word painting, 'Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.' That’s exactly how I feel – sell everything. Nothing here looks good,” Gundlach said in a telephone interview. "The stock markets should be down massively but investors seem to have been hypnotized that nothing can go wrong."

Gundlach oversees more than $100 billion...

..."The Fed is out to lunch. Does the Fed look at what's going on in the economy? It is unbelievable," he said.

Overall, Gundlach said the Bank of Japan's decision on Friday to stick with its minus 0.1 percent benchmark rate - and refrain from deeper cuts - reflects the limitations of monetary policy. "You can't save your economy by destroying your financial system," he said."

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-funds-doubleline-gundlach-idUSKCN1092BO

City attorney: City Council could use museum building as collateral on loan

http://www.greensboro.com/news/city-attorney-city-council-could-use-museum-building-as-collateral/article_5d5e9928-329f-57d6-af41-ed704923fc2e.html
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What's the collateral currently connected to the loan Margaret?

As I recall, the City was stupid enough or sold out enough or corrupted enough to accept the display exhibits as collateral.

Now the City wants Earl and Skip's building which they stand to profit from?

Think they are going to get it?

How could the museum board put the property up as collateral if they don't own the building?

As I recall, Museum Landlord LLC owns the building, which is owned by Skip and Earl among a few others, not the board, but you would know that, wouldn't you.

Friday, July 29, 2016

More Megasite Mega Lies: Updated Again

First posted 9:49 AM on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

From the Greensboro News & Record Wednesday May 20, 2015, Greensboro council approves engineering study for megasite water and sewer by Richard Barron:
"Greensboro has now committed $2.3 million toward providing water and sewer service to the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite.

The City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to approve a contract with HDR Engineering for design work and environmental studies to extend city water and sewer lines to the site in the northeastern corner of Randolph County.
Council members Tony Wilkins and Marikay Abuzuaiter voted “no.”

The City Council has not committed to the entire project, which would cost an estimated $22.5 million and include 16.6 miles of water lines, 8 miles of sewer line and a sewer lift station."

Key words:  "The City Council has not committed to the entire project,"

 But on Friday, July 22, 2016, Richard Barron writes in  City of Greensboro moving forward to supply utilities to megasite:


The city plans to start buying easements and rights of way next month for water and sewer routes that will run through southeastern Guilford County to the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite.
City Manager Jim Westmoreland said this week that the city has spent $2.47 million on engineering and design and permitting.
The lines would supply city water and sewer to a future industry that might locate at the 1,450-acre site in northeastern Randolph County.


He said city attorneys will begin buying the property in late August.


Westmoreland expects it will take months to negotiate with individual property owners, and will cost about $2 million — $800,000 for sewer and $1.2 million for water.

The City Council approved the work in 2015."


Key words: "The City Council approved the work in 2015."

Now which statement is true? "The City Council approved the work in 2015."  OR  "The City Council has not committed to the entire project,"

You see, since 2015 the Greensboro City Council has not publicly discussed the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite or the buying of easements and rights of ways for the project at what was then an estimated cost of $22.5 Million Dollars.

So how is it this money is being spent without City Council approval? Why the lies? Why did Richard Barron write, 
"The City Council approved the work in 2015." when in fact he previously wrote, "The City Council has not committed to the entire project,"?

How is it that the City can spend up to $22.5 Million Dollars, perhaps more, without City Council approval?

And finally, will Councilman Tony Wilkins and Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter speak out on this after having voted no before?

Update: July 28, 2016: Minutes after originally posting the article above at 9:49 Am on July 27, 2016 I e-mailed Councilman Tony Wilkins and Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter via the City Council e-mail form to ask them to speak up on this issue as both were previously opposed. As of now neither have replied. I also posted the e-mail to the Facebook group, Greater Greensboro Politics:


 Later that same day I  followed up with an e-mail to City Manager Jim Hightower and City Attorney Thomas Carruthers, also posted to the same thread at Greater Greensboro Politics:


And folks, it's not like Tony Wilkins hasn't been on Facebook to see the message. At least twice since I tagged Tony in my post to Greater Greensboro Politics he has taken the time to discuss cucumber sandwiches but ignores his duty as a City Council member.



Will Greensboro's "leadership reply now or will they continue to ignore not only me but everyone who reads EzGreensboro.com, Greater Greensboro Politics, Greensboro and Guilford County Politics etc... Real Progress For Greensboro, Black Lives Matter Greensboro and the many other online forums and individual pages where Greensboro's elected leaders and appointed officials are kept tabs on.

You can no longer control the conversation. Eventually you must come clean.

When did the Greensboro City Council vote to approve spending on the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite for anything more than an engineering study and how can Jim Westmoreland justify spending $2 Million Dollars to buy easements without City Council approval?

Thousands of voters are awaiting an answer.

Update 2: Friday, July 29, 2016, 1:15 PM: As it has become apparent the Greensboro City Council has no intention of answering my questions I am submitting the following Public Information Request to the City of Greensboro via their online PIRT system:

"In 2014, Greensboro City Attorney  S Mujeeb  Shah Khan was discharged from his duties as City Attorney by Mayor Nancy Vaughan and the Greensboro City Council supposedly for issuing a $750,000 check without permission from the City Council.

Proving their own lack of common sense, the City Council passed a resolution banning the cutting of checks without signed contracts in an effort to absolve Shah-Khan of responsibility for having lost $750,000. Councilman Tony Wilkins was quoted as saying:

    "I think this is the first time on City Council that I have voted to legislated common sense."

But in the end Shah Khan was fired anyway as all payments above a maximum threshold require PREVIOUS approval from City Council.

This brings us to today's issue: One week ago today the Greensboro News & Record reported referring to City Manager Jim Westmoreland:

"The lines would supply city water and sewer to a future industry that might locate at the 1,450-acre site in northeastern Randolph County.

He said city attorneys will begin buying the property in late August.

Westmoreland expects it will take months to negotiate with individual property owners, and will cost about $2 million — $800,000 for sewer and $1.2 million for water."

Now I'm not great at math but isn't $2 Millon almost 3 times as much as $750,000? And wouldn't $2 Million also be over said spending threshold?

Of course, since City PIRT policy explicitly states, "Please be aware that the public records policy does not require the City to do research, analyze data, or answer written questions." I guess you are not allowed to answer said questions so please provide me with the following as a Public Information Request:

The minutes from the Greensboro City Council Meeting in which City Council authorized the purchase of rights of way and/or easements to provide water and sewer services to the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite located in Randolph County, North Carolina.

Thank you
-Billy Jones, Candidate for Mayor of Greensboro, 2017."

City Council can choose to ignore me but by law PIRT requests eventually must be answered.




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Borrowed money for slum lords and developers to be paid for by City of Greensboro taxpayers

"...The housing bond money will be used for rental units as well as owner-occupied homes.  So some multifamily property owners who have let their property deteriorate could greatly benefit.

WTF?

This is redistribution to campaign contributors

...Also under community development there is $4 million for "small infill development" projects, and nobody seems to know how this money will be spent.  Or, to put it more accurately, you get different answers from different people on what this money is for.  It seems to fall under the definition of mad money, since any development currently inside the city limits can be considered infill development.

Congrats developers in Greensboro, North Carolina, 
your projects will receive funding paid for by everyone else
compliments of crooked politicians 

...There was, for instance, some support on the City Council for cutting the money for the downtown from $25 million to $20 million, but no discussion of what projects would be eliminated.  The discussion included statements like, "I'd be more comfortable at 20."  But evidently more councilmembers were comfortable at $25 million, for whatever that's worth.

On top of the $35 million approved to be borrowed for the PAC
without a referendum by a crooked City Council, with John Hammer's help,
compliments of Roy Carroll, who stands to profit from the borrowed money

...The downtown Greenway completion is under the parks and rec bond for $7 million.  This is a project that has been in the works for 15 years and less than a mile has been completed.  There is also $7 million to connect the Atlantic and Yadkin Greenway to the downtown Greenway.  The now abandoned Atlantic and Yadkin railroad tracks run along Battleground Avenue and between Battleground Avenue and Lawndale Drive.  It will provide a walking and biking trail from northern Greensboro into the downtown.

...the only figures that matter are the totals: housing $25 million, community and economic development $38.5 million, parks and recreation $32.5 million and sidewalks, intersections, transit and street resurfacing $30 million.

And your only chance to speak to the City Council before it votes on what goes on the ballot in November is Monday, August 1 at 5:30 in the Council Chambers at city hall."

http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/rhino-times/july-28-2016/2016072801/#8

Once again, John Hammer appears to advertise his financial illiteracy

"The big question is whether the $456,000 the museum made on investing the money in its accounts is considered outside the normal course of business.

How can the museum make money on money it doesn't have?

Doug Harris, who is on the museum board of directors and also does legal work for the museum, in a letter to the city, stated that the museum is not in the business of investing money, therefore the interest income is outside the normal course of business and should be counted as a donation.

This was clearly not the intent of the contract forgiving a dollar for each additional dollar raised, at least not the city's intent.

...The truth of the matter is that the Greensboro City Council is most likely going to eventually forgive the loan to Sit-In Movement Inc.  The City Council backed itself into a corner when it forgave the loan of $1.2 million to the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship and it can't turn around and say that the sit-in museum has to repay a similar loan made under similar circumstances.

Politics in Greensboro is extremely racial.  The Nussbaum Center is a predominately white organization, the sit-in museum is predominantly black.  Former City Councilmember and sit-in museum co-founder Earl Jones has previously stated that the loan to the sit-in museum should be forgiven just like the one for the Nussbaum Center.  Besides, what is the argument against forgiving the loan?  That the City Council likes the Nussbaum Center more than the museum, or that it causes less trouble?

Once the City Council sets a precedent like forgiving a large loan to a nonprofit, it is difficult to go back.

...The smart money is betting that the museum doesn't repay a penny of the loan, however the details are worked out."

http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/rhino-times/july-28-2016/2016072801/#2

Blow off Top? Until...

http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/index/djia/charts

Until the next central bank print headline

The world's central banks are currently pumping about $180 billion per month keeping the population pacified with artificially maintained appearances of stability

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

"Sit-in museum officials say they won't attend council meeting"

http://www.greensboro.com/news/sit-in-museum-officials-say-they-won-t-attend-council/article_cfad825c-c6c6-509a-a189-5e2ea3c88e17.html
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"Might want to mention Skip and Earl's redistricting lawsuit connection.

Might want to mention who owns the building, which the News and Record has never reported.

Maybe an acknowledgement that Skip and Earl could take profitable rent payments after the tax credits burn off might be appropriate.

The News and Record has mis-reported the story for years

Our community has been harmed by journalistic malpractice"

Updated; How can asking for 30k non-secret emails be treason? "The Democrats just fell for Trump's Russian email-hack bait"

"Grand Theft Convention.

...it is what we just saw Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump do to the Democrats and Hillary Clinton, and the Democrats and Hillary Clinton are helping him do it!

During about an hour-long news conference earlier Wednesday, ...Trump quickly pivoted to also discussing Clinton's private email-server controversy and the 30,000-plus emails the former Secretary of State had deleted from her private server under questionable explanations and circumstances.

Advantage Trump.

Then came the money quote, or the bait, when he said: "Russia, if you're listening,I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing; I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

If the emails are of personal nature, 
how can the dissemination harm national security?

...the Clinton campaign incredibly took the bait and had a top policy advisor respond with this statement: "This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent."

Advantage Trump.

...Instead of ignoring Trump's already deft stealing of the headlines away from their convention, the campaign hyped the distraction even further. Sure, they meant to make Trump out to be some kind of dangerous traitor. ...the real result is that the words "Hillary Clinton," "emails," "hacking," "espionage," and "national security" are back in the headlines again.

...the Clinton campaign has fallen into the same kind of trap all those Republican candidates Trump defeated in the primaries fell for: misdirection. Most of the news media seems to have fallen for it, too...

...guess what no one is talking about right now? All those "historic" stories about Clinton being the first woman to win a major party nomination are off the news sites now. Major lead-up stories to President Obama's big speech at the convention on Wednesday night are almost non-existent now. And no one is talking about Clinton running mate Tim Kaine's speech tonight at all.

Advantage Trump.

...They forget that emotions are more powerful than facts in politics and the best persuaders play on our emotions. So speaking of those emotions, are you personally scared of Russia at all right now? You and Mitt Romney already knew the answer was "no."

Advantage Trump.

So again, what we're witnessing here is a presidential candidate stealing the other party's thunder just when it needs your attention the most.

Grand Theft Convention isn't a game, it's the real thing. And Trump just won it."

Commentary by Jake Novak, supervising producer of "Power Lunch."

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/27/the-democrats-just-fell-for-trumps-russian-email-hack-bait-commentary.html
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"...Whatever one's reaction to what he said, the fact is that in one brief appearance, Trump dominated the news cycle at a time when coverage is supposed to belong to the party holding its convention.

There used to be an informal agreement among presidential campaigns that a candidate would mostly "go dark" during his opponents' convention. It wasn't a matter of courtesy as much as recognition that it would be very hard for an opponent to break through the wall of news coverage devoted to the convention.

Donald Trump has demolished that conventional convention strategy.

"Trump has blown up that precedent and inserted himself on an hourly basis into the news cycle during Hillary Clinton's convention," said Ryan Williams, an aide to Mitt Romney in 2012, in a phone conversation. "I think that's a good idea for [Trump]. Why cede any ground at this point in the race? The Trump campaign has successfully utilized free media for the last year and a half to drive his campaign message. Why stop now?"

In addition to coverage of the Democratic convention, Clinton is also running tens of millions of dollars in ads in key states. Trump is not. Grabbing attention — wresting control of the debate — is key for Trump to stay in front of voters' eyes.

...Trump once again directed attention to one of Clinton's greatest liabilities at precisely the moment she didn't want it discussed.

...Trump is playing a new sort of game.

"Modern communications technology has shortened the news cycle and created an avalanche of new information," said former Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who ran for president himself in 2004 and 2008. "This necessarily affects political parties, changes communications strategy, and invites the kind of counter-messaging that's coming from the Trump campaign."

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-media-bombs-dnc-convention/article/2597914
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"The guy is a master of PR and this is actually a brilliant move. If the Democrats want to blame the DNC email leaks on Russian's trying to help Trump, then why not tell the Russians directly what would really help? If they are truly behind the dump and they did what Trump asked, it still hurts Hillary, perhaps mortally. If they aren't behind the dump then Hillary looks like a paranoid loon for trying to blame her email misfortunes on the Russians and Trump."

Samuel Spagnola

How it began in Guilford County, only different; "City, schools working on $100 million effort to provide free college to Louisvillians"

"Mayor Greg Fischer and local education leaders are weighing an estimated $100 million participation in a scholarship fund to provide tuition-free college options to all local high school graduates — forever.

I emailed the author and left a message for the newspaper
in which the story was published and have not been given a reply,
not unlike the News and Record 

Local leaders said the effort could improve the local economy and transform the education system.

They don't want to know

What share of the money would come from city and public school coffers was not immediately clear. Even if community leaders signal their willingness to participate, the project’s fate hinges upon approval of the local proposal by Say Yes to Education, a New York City-based foundation that would provide $15 million to support the effort.

$15 million, just like Guilford County

The city said Say Yes has requested that Louisville “prepare a proposal this fall.”...

...The mayor’s office could not be reached Tuesday afternoon to say how much of the $100 million the city would expect to contribute.

The classic Ponzi is where you get money from one group 
and then find another group to pay the "returns" to the first, and so on, 
until you run out of people and the game is up. 

[Charles] Ponzi...took money from one group, 
telling them they would get it back later, 
and then spent the money with another group, telling them the same thing.

John Mauldin

...Once established, the scholarship fund would pay the tuition for all local high school graduates who are heading to public universities...

...Local leaders are in the early stages of discussing the partnership with Say Yes, Wheeler said, which means the exact amount of money that needs to be raised for the endowed scholarship fund has yet to be determined.

...Fischer could not be reached Tuesday afternoon to say exactly what the partnership would entail. Leaders hope to obtain some of the funds from foundations and the private sector. Say Yes could not immediately say what share of the total investments in other cities came from public sources.

...“Imagine if every child in Louisville could go to college, without taking on debt!...

Why are all of Say Yes to Education's assets invested in George Weiss'

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens described Say Yes as a “tremendous opportunity for Louisville.”

Say Yes spokesman Jacques Steinberg told IL via email that Louisville “is one of several communities that have received a request for proposal from Say Yes — as it seeks to identify the sites for its fourth (and perhaps fifth) community-wide chapters.”

Just like they played Guilford

Which communities get chosen depends on factors including “the strength of local leadership; the openness of local partners to working together; the capacity for local fundraising to support college and other post-secondary scholarships, and the commitment of the local school district to the goal of its students graduating high school – and doing so college-ready.”

...The organization says that beyond the $15 million, it provides communities with “comprehensive strategy and technical support including fiscal audits and expert consulting.”

How is Say Yes supposed to give both Guilford County and Louisville
$15 million?

Why has Say Yes declined to provide their 2014 IRS form 990?

...The foundation said that with its support, more than 5,000 students have gone to college.

At what cost?

What was the average payout per student?

What were the operating costs?

What was the endowment charged?

Seems like legit questions, no?

Why is most of Say Yes' money in the Caribbean and South America?

Louisville would be the fourth Say Yes community, after Guilford County, N.C., Buffalo, N.Y., and Syracuse, N.Y. The foundation said that in Syracuse, it “provides services and scholarships to nearly 20,000 public school students and their families.”

Louisville would not be the fourth,
but more like the eighth?

https://insiderlouisville.com/metro/city-schools-working-on-100m-effort-to-provide-free-college-to-louisvillians/

Why did the Hartford Chapter of Say Yes close in June 2005?

Why did the Philadelphia Chapter close in 2000?

Why did the Cambridge, MA Chapter close in 2008?

If you graduate and get accepted to college, 
your tuition will be paid to the last dollar.

Susan Ladd
Greensboro's News and Record
to a random high school student

What happened to the New York, NY Chapter which opened in 2004?

"See Jane Lose"; How Say Yes to Education's Mary Vigue, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Tony Wilkins betrayed the City's employees

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/see-jane-lose-how-say-yes-to-educations.html