Thursday, September 21, 2017

Will This Describe Greensboro Voters... Again?

It's bad enough that voter turn-out is so low here in Greensboro but when you look back at who we've elected to represent us in the past you can't help but wonder if the few that do actually vote are...

Say Yes to Education is a Ponzi scheme; "School year starts in Guilford, but with no Say Yes specialists to help families"

Greensboro's City Council should be ashamed of themselves
for misleading our community

"In February, when Say Yes to Education Guilford requested proposals for an outside group to hire family-support specialists to work with students at 12 schools, leaders hoped to have a contract signed by the end of March and personnel in place at the end of last school year.

But that’s yet to happen. Say Yes still hasn’t inked a contract with a potential vendor to hire anyone.

According to the chapter’s new interim director Donnie Turlington, the plan stalled because the committee overseeing the initiative is looking for a recurring source of money that would pay for the specialists beyond this first year, which is covered.

After Donnie lied through his teeth with full knowledge
the payouts could not be made, months before the story broke

Say Yes National’s $15 million commitment to the Guilford chapter hasn’t changed, he said.

No mention of money Say Yes' money invested in the founder's fund
with most of the investments located in "South America and the Caribbean".

But the committee wants to find money that will help keep the initiative going before the specialists are ever hired and sent into schools.

How much of "Say Yes National’s $15 million commitment to the Guilford chapter"
has been delivered?

One would think a reporter would ask and deliver the information, 
but not at the News and Record, which is a propaganda outlet
which keeps our community in the dark
about actual facts that really matter  

It’s a little unclear yet whether that’s going to be a boon or a stumbling block for the much-heralded program that’s dealt with some blows in the past year, mainly from being unable to live up to some expectations related to its scholarship program.

The Say Yes Guilford Scholarship Board should be ashamed of themselves
for misleading our community

Getting future financing for the specialists would provide stability for the program...

Say Yes is a massive fraud 
committed by those who knew the program was unsustainable
including Guilford County's School Board and Greensboro's City Council
with zero accountability as usual by the News and Record,
while our paper of record kisses local municipal ass
as they try to unload their property in downtown Greensboro

Reached by phone this week, Turlington sounded optimistic about the situation and said he applauded the committee’s desire to focus on long-term sustainability...

Turlington pulled a fast one on Guilford County's kids and their parents,
and should be tarred, feathered and shipped out of town in a trash truck
for misleading so many while knowing what would happen

...Say Yes to Education is a New York-based national education nonprofit with a chapter in Guilford County. The 2015 announcement of the Guilford chapter came with much fanfare after the county raised millions of dollars for scholarships and competed with other cities across the country to nab the partnership.

But since then, things haven’t always gone smoothly.

How much money has Say Yes Guilford actually raised Jessie Pounds?

How much is actually left?

Don't the answers to the former two questions seem important to know?

Say Yes distributed about $5.8 million to fund scholarships for 2,426 graduates from the class of 2016, drawing on money raised from local and regional donors — and spending way more than expected.

Who would have thought?

In response, Say Yes’ scholarship committee introduced a plan to drastically reduce the overall amount of money given. Fewer students will get money for scholarships and many will get less than before.

Turlington has yet to disclose how much the Greensboro Community Foundation 
and the High Point Community Foundation 
are going to take in fees for money management,
which Jessie doesn't know enough about to ask or was told not to
or decided not to to support a Ponzi scheme

With one problem solved, now it’s on to another.

...When or if the family specialists do enter the schools, they’ll help answer questions from families about college scholarships and other topics.

“We have a group we’ve identified that can do the work,” Turlington said. “We don’t have a contract yet, but we feel good about that group and their abilities to help us.”

Contact Jessie Pounds at 336-373-7002 and follow @JessiePounds on Twitter

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/school-year-starts-in-guilford-but-with-no-say-yes/article_2095904a-502f-5a79-b555-bca6d01779b0.html


"Turlington named interim director for Say Yes Guilford

Donnie Turlington, the communications director for Say Yes to Education Guilford, took over as interim executive director last month.

He replaces Nadia Del Valle, who assumed the interim role last winter, following the departure of former executive director Mary Vigue.

...“We’ve got a great team here that’s responded very favorably to my role,” he said.

Turlington’s past experience includes nearly six years working in communications for the city of Greensboro. Before that, he was the director of public relations and digital engagement for Bouvier Kelly, a Greensboro advertising and marketing agency."

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/turlington-named-interim-director-for-say-yes-guilford/article_83e97a7a-fc46-56e2-8e8e-4efe0330ff26.html
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"Say Yes Saying It's Sorry to Guilford, Promising Free Tuition to Cleveland"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/06/say-yes-saying-its-sorry-to-guilford.html

"Certain choices are incompatible with continued existence"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/04/certain-choices-are-incompatible-with.html

Former City of Greensboro Assistant Manager Mary Vigue used her position to personally profit via Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/09/former-city-of-greensboro-assistant.html

Ponzi? From Say Yes to Education's 7/1/2014 to 6/30/2015 IRS 990 tax form

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/10/from-say-yes-to-educations-712014-to.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

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

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

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"


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


Say Yes to Education's amazing, quite unbelievable investment performance


George 'Say Yes to Education' Weiss and Associates;"...the hedge fund portfolio reportedly returned more than 50% per year on an annual basis", except for when it didn't


Former City of Greensboro Assistant Manager Mary Vigue used her position to personally profit via Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford


Gag order and censorship for Guilford County teachers by Say Yes to Education and Angela Jackson of Guilford County's Association of Educators


George Weiss doesn't mind using massive leverage and illegal tax avoidance


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


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

Billy Jones For Mayor Of Greensboro, Part 37, Let's Put The Money Where It Does The Most Good

Every Saturday morning I get to watch a dance/drill team of children practicing on the street outside my house.

Last Saturday morning I was standing out on the street talking with a Greensboro Police Officer who was waiting on a tow truck to come pick up a stolen car that had been abandoned across the street the night before. (Yep, I called it in.)

He was seated in his car typing on his computer when he heard the music, looked up in his rear view and saw the dancers coming his way. The look on his face was priceless. Like myself, he was happy to see such programs going on.

For a year, perhaps longer, I've watched these young dancers practice days when the weather is good, always happy to see them. In the beginning they couldn't even walk a straight line but now I'm seeing real moves, staying in step, and keeping time.

There's a few that look to be about 5 years old who have more trouble than the older ones but even they have improved vastly.

As Mayor of Greensboro I'd like to see a lot more of these kinds of programs and a lot less of things like a Downtown Performing Arts Center. And believe you me, if I can find a way to get the City of Greensboro out of paying for the performing arts center I will do it.

That was, after all, what got me started in Greensboro politics to start with.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Democracy Greensboro Candidate Forum Straw Poll 9/16/1



MAYORAL  (135)   Avg. Rating
William B. "Billy" Jones 2.4
Diane Moffett 4.3
   
AT LARGE (126)
 Michelle Kennedy 4.5
 Irving David Allen 4,4   
Lindy Perry-Garnette 4.1   
Yvonne J. Johnson 4.0   
Dave Wils 3.9
T. Dianne Bellamy Small 3.6
Sylvine Hill 3.6
Marikay Abuzuaiter 3.1 
Tijuana B. Hayes 3.0
Jodie Bennet-Bradshaw 2.8
Andy Nelson 1.9
   
DISTRICT 1 (12)
Paula Ritter Lipscomb 3.2
   
DISTRICT 2 (11)       
C.J. Brinson 4.8
Jim Kee 3.6
   
DISTRICT 3 (17)
Craig Martin 4.9
Antuan Marsh 2.6
   
DISTRICT 4 (23)
Gary Kenton 4.3
Nancy Hoffman 2.6
   
DISTRICT 5 (9)
Tammi Thurm 5.0
   
The number in parentheses represents the number of valid ballots. Candidates rated 1-5. Not everyone cast a ballot.
   
Attendance was 213.
   


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Oh Yvonne

On Saturday, while speaking at the Democracy Greensboro Candidate Platform Conference, Greensboro City Councilwoman, Mayor Pro Tem, Yvonne Johnson answered a question from the audience saying the non profit she founded and runs "does not receive city funding."

Yes, she said it very loudly empathizing her answer.


Now for the rest of the story as was previously sent to me by the City of Greensboro as part of my quest for transparency:


A little white lie? Perhaps? But why was it even necessary in the first place? Now if Yvonne would lie about this, what else would she lie about?

Update: There was also this $10,000 Grant Yvonne "forgot" to mention as found on City of Greensboro servers.

On Greensboro's Low Voter Turn Out

All it took it took was bird brains to figure out why voter turn out is so low:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Moving The Homeless Is Not An Option!

On Monday, September 11, 2017 I penned Move Homeless Services Away From Downtown? in response to Amy Murphy's story, Move Homeless Services Away from Downtown? in which she writes about her conversation with a homeless resident from Raleigh who doesn't seem to object to moving Greensboro's homeless resources out into the fringes where the homeless can more easily be forgotten about.

As is usually the case when these kinds of pieces are widely shared, the focus is on anything but real solutions to problems.

Over the weekend the Greensboro News & Record republished Ms Murphy's story.

As is typical, the News & Record is advocating the line of Greensboro's development crowd. "Out of sight, out of mind."

This morning I sent the following e-mail to Ms Murphy and am awaiting her thoughtful response.

"Ms Murphy,
On your blog post you link to the "Raleigh Solution" to homelessness but are you even aware that the address of the project 1430 S. Wilmington St is in Downtown Raleigh?
Perhaps you should consider the facts about the "Maple St Solution" you are advocating: http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/09/move-homeless-services-away-from.html
We cannot continue to push the poor away to fulfill the desires of the well-to do as their real intent is out of sight and out of mind. As a resident of Greensboro for the last 60 years I witnessed it happen before. Stop allowing them to fool you.
-Billy Jones"

I also included a link to this post.

Ms Murphy fails to realize that in terms of homeless services, Greensboro is years ahead of Raleigh. Raleigh currently has nothing like the Interactive Resource Center that Ms Murphy wishes moved out of Downtown. The problem for Greensboro is that our
Ineptocracy isn't capable of managing our city's economic needs making unemployment and homelessness in Greensboro far higher in Greensboro than in Raleigh.

Why isn't Ms Murphy advocating that we fix the problems instead of pushing the problems off on someone else?



I will not and cannot support pushing the homeless from downtown. Gentrification is destroying communities and families all across America while creating more and more poor people and more poor communities as it goes. As Mayor of Greensboro and a poor resident of District 2 who was briefly homeless myself some 20 or so years ago, I will fight this with my every breath. Greensboro must not bow down to those who would push us out.

Now when Ms Murphy begins to advocate moving homeless services to Irving Park I might change my mind.

Remember: Write in
BILLY JONES FOR MAYOR OF GREENSBORO

Nido Qubein; How much economic growth could Greensboro lose if High Point builds a baseball ballpark area like Greensboro's?




"Nido Qubein  is an American Lebanese-Jordanian businessman, motivational speaker, and President of High Point University since 2005.

 He received his Associate's Degree in Business from Mount Olive College...

 He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Human Relations from High Point University in 1970, and his Master of Science in Business Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

...in 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters in Humanity degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Should we really be call Nido "Dr."?

He has served as Chairman of the Great Harvest Bread Company since 2001 on the Board of Directors of BB&T since 1990 and La-Z-Boy Corporation since 2006.

How much money does HPU owe BB&T?

Since 2005 when Qubein became the seventh president of High Point University, he has nearly tripled the number of faculty, tripled traditional undergraduate enrollment, and added four academic schools.

If the stock market falls 50%, 
how many of HPU's students will be able to continue their education
at one of the priciest schools in the country?

Qubein is notable for being the third or fourth highest paid college president in the United States, earning $2.9 million a year in 2013.

Why take so much from so well off few Nido?

What is the average debt load of a HPU graduate compared to their income
five years after attending HPU?

 ...Qubein has written 11 books, including titles like "How To Communicate Like A Pro"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nido_Qubein

Nido is an amazing communicator

Maybe a little too amazing


With his contacts and fundraising experience, Dr. Qubein led HPU in raising $300 million in gifts and pledges without a formal campaign.

All three of his alma maters bestowed upon him honorary doctorates.

Nido gave himself a doctorate...

His business ventures included helping to grow a bank in 1986, and today he serves on the board and has chaired the executive committee of BB&T, a Fortune 500 financial corporation with $185 billion in assets and 35,000 employees.

He is the recipient of the highest awards given for professional speakers including the Cavett (known as the Oscar of professional speaking), the Speakers Hall of Fame, and Sales and Marketing International’s Ambassador of Free Enterprise.

Nido is a very good salesman,
not unlike Bernie Maddoff

Toastmasters International named him the Top Business and Commerce Speaker...


http://www.highpoint.edu/president/
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"Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration have spent the past three years going after for-profit colleges in an effort to combat fraud and misuse of federal student aid monies. Some policymakers were careful to cast the onslaught as an attempt to root out bad actors.

...for-profits will skimp on education and spend their resources on the things that drive their stock price—marketing and recruiting. In order to avoid wasting federal student aid dollars on such useless expenses, Democrats have argued that the government should regulate access to student aid on the basis of an institution’s tax status. Non-profit? No problem. For-profit? Let me see your hands.

...In 2005, High Point hired Nido Qubein, a motivational speaker, to serve as its president. Qubein proceeded to invest nearly $700 million in the campus, constructing shiny new buildings, high-end dining halls, and a ridiculous array of amenities that would make the manager at a Four Seasons blush. As Businessweek points out, this is a very expensive way to grow the brand. Moody’s downgraded their bonds to junk status after the campus borrowed $165 million in just a few short years.

...In 2010, according to High Point’s annual IRS filing, [Qubein] received a deferred compensation package that boosted his pay to $1.38 million. IRS filings show the university pays almost $1 million annually to his family’s public-relations and consulting business, now headed by Qubein’s 28-year-old daughter, Deena Qubein Samuel.

...when a nonprofit university feeds at the federal trough to the tune of $700 million in fountains, marble, and a certified “Director of WOW,” policymakers don’t bat an eye because they don’t pay out dividends to shareholders?"

http://www.aei.org/publication/a-college-both-left-and-right-should-be-angry-about/
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"The top-paid private college president in North Carolina isn’t at Duke, or Wake Forest, or Davidson. It’s High Point University's president. He received a total compensation package of nearly $3 million in 2013. That’s the third largest private school pay package in the country, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.  

High Point University President Nido Qubein is a motivational speaker and a businessman. He was a university trustee until the board decided to hire him."

http://wfae.org/post/high-point-universitys-president-3rd-highest-paid-country

"Notable campaign contributors to Guilford County’s state legislators who voted in favor of HB2;

Contributors to State Senator Phil Berger

Jim Melvin, former mayor of Greensboro, Bryan Foundation
Robbie Perkins, former mayor of Greensboro
Marty Kotis, developer, Kotis Properties, UNC Board of Governors
Roy Carroll, developer, The Carroll Companies
Vanessa Carroll, wife of developer Roy Carroll
Lloyd Yates, CEO Duke Energy

Contributors to State Senator John Faircloth

Nido Qubein, President High Point University
Roy Carroll, developer, The Carroll Companies
Robbie Perkins, former mayor of Greensboro
BJ Barnes, Guilford County Sheriff

Contributors to State Senator Trudy Wade

Lawrence Czarda, President, Greensboro College
Janis Zink, Vice Chancellor, UNCG
Zack Matheny, President, Downtown Greensboro Incorporated
Marty Kotis, developer, Kotis Properties, UNC Board of Governors
Roy Carroll, Carroll Companies
Robbie Perkins, former mayor of Greensboro
Tony Wilkins, Greensboro City Council (through his campaign committee)

Contributors to State House Representative John Hardister

Robbie Perkins, former mayor of Greensboro
Marty Kotis, developer, Kotis Properties, UNC Board of Governors

https://greensboro101.com/movers-and-shakers-share-responsibility-for-tournament-pull-outs/
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"...It seems like Qubein isn’t having any trouble finding private money for amenities, a hotel, apartments, a team, and a stadium name.  If that’s the case, is it possible that maybe there’s private money out there that could be found for the ballpark itself?  Rather than asking taxpayers to be on the hook for $30 million for a new stadium, perhaps High Point should slow down and explore the idea with private investors.

...if they’re willing to put up millions for a hotel, but not to build a stadium, then perhaps that should serve as a warning to the city of High Point.  If there really isn’t sufficient private interest in building this ballpark, then maybe it’s not such a wise investment after all.  Either way, the city should be very wary of spending $30 million on the project."

https://www.johnlocke.org/update/is-a-30-million-ballpark-a-good-investment-for-high-point-taxpayers/

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dr Nido R Qubein Becomes The Voice Of God

And Thou shalt not question him.

In what is typical of social media conversations with the elites, Dr Nido R Qubein, the big guy on campus at the prestigious High Point University, took exception to my comments to a Facebook post made by News & Record Editor Allen Johnson. And as usual he claims to have knowledge he doesn't share thus assuming that like the God of the Old Testament the rest of us are supposed to believe everything is fact just because he says it is.

I screen grabbed the conversation as it stands thus far:




And in comes George with questions of his own. Will anyone answer George's questions? Or will Nido R Quebin and his loyal disciples continue to play God, state their versions of some unexplained "truths" and continue to expect Guilford County taxpayers to fund a High Point baseball stadium just because God... er, I mean, Nido R Quebin says so?




 Why do the powerful think they can proclaim,

"Wrong!"

And think that makes their case?

How can it be that Dr Nido R Qubein can write:

"Billy Jones: Oh come on! Clearly you don't know the strength of our team and the stewardship of our institution. Happy to explain to you how wonderfully sustainable HPU is, beyond any one leader."

And then not follow up with the explanation he claims to have?

It's simple, these people think they are modern day gods, beyond reproach. In their minds they are better that the rest of us and should not have to account to us for spending our money. They're the elites, the entitled, the privileged, the parasites....


 And High Point University is where they are training their next generation to be like them.

Besides, if Dr Nido R Quebin who isn't a real doctor, by the way, is so good at raising money like everyone claims him to be, then why does he need taxpayer dollars in the first place? Could it be the cult of personality has already began to crumble?

Remember folks: I'm running a write-in campaign for Mayor of Greensboro in an effort to stop the reign of these predators. I don't want your money, I don't want campaign contributions, I only want you to share my message far and wide as the local media is going to ignore me for the most part. Please spread the word throughout the Piedmont Triad.

And a nod to Jordan Green for a mention in Triad City Beat.

Update: And marking my question as spam didn't make it go away. You're not really Gods, answer the questions or step down.





Greensboro council to consider taxing the City's poor to give a parking deck to Tuggle Duggins and Roy Carroll

"Greensboro council to consider building parking deck near baseball stadium

The City Council will discuss Tuesday whether to build an eight-story parking deck near the downtown baseball stadium.

The City, as in Greensboro's taxpayers

The 1,050-space deck would provide the foundation — quite literally — for the 15- to 20-story mixed-use building Greensboro developer Roy Carroll is planning.

Taxpayer funded give away to Roy Carroll, 
so he can have parking for his new building
after the 'City' gave Roy a City street and water and sewer infrastructure
so he could build his hotel across the street

Carroll’s building would sit atop the deck.

...“We’re going to build on our property a city parking deck and we’re going to retain the air rights above the parking deck,” he said.

Greensboro's taxpayers are going to build a parking deck 
on Roy Carroll's property, 
so he can money on the backs of poor City resident's property taxes

...The deck would serve not only Carroll’s planned building, but an office tower adjacent to First National Bank Field that’s under construction.

...Tuggle Duggins law firm will use the top 2½ floors of the building, which will be about one-third the size of the Lincoln Financial Building.

Tuggle Duggins and other tenants would lease 265 parking spaces from the city.

Tuggle Duggins and Roy need the taxpayer funded parking deck 
to make the buildings they are already building usable, 
which means this deal was already baked into the parasite cake,
enabled by crooked City executives and bought and paid for City Council members

...Carroll’s building would lease 450 spaces from the city. Carroll would first create ground-level retail space within the deck, then add the high-rise on top.

Who gets the revenue from the retail leases?

Is Robbie Perkins going to be the commercial real estate broker?

Tenants of the two buildings would use 715 spaces. The other 335 would be available to the public for a fee, just like other downtown decks.

Taxpayers would have access to 32% of the parking spaces, 
while the other 68% go to Roy and Tuggle Duggins

The plan would cost the city $2.5 million a year, including repaying construction debt. The city would pay for it with parking fees and with money from the general fund."

"Money from the general fund" = Tax Increase

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/greensboro-council-to-consider-building-parking-deck-near-baseball-stadium/article_a41c5c21-69b6-503e-8ef4-3cab3f9d4dbf.html
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Item's from City Council's Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Meeting Agenda

6. Resolution Authorizing Change Order in the Amount of $330,000.00 in Contract No. 2013-031 with Breece Enterprises, Inc. for Lindsay Street Water Line Replacement

For Roy Carroll

35. Resolution to Authorize a Downtown Development Project and Parking Agreement with Downtown Slugger, LLC


It's in the consent agenda, meaning no public hearing or debate needed

Who allowed this item to be stuffed into the consent agenda?

"...To the LLC:

Downtown Slugger, LLC
Attn:  Robin Team
P.O. Box 1066 Lexington, NC  27292
Phone: 336-243-2600
Email address:  rteam@cipnc.com

With a copy to:

Tuggle Duggins P.A.
Attn:  Nathan Duggins
P.O. Box 2888 Greensboro, NC 27401
Email address:  nduggins@tuggleduggins.com

...WHEREAS, the LLC desires to lease 265 parking spaces in a new City parking deck to be located at 415 Bellemeade Street in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, at the regular market rates for assigned, reserved, or general parking in City parking facilities;

WHEREAS, the City desires to provide parking to the LLC as part of the Eugene Downtown Development Project which includes construction of a new City parking deck, a new office building owned and operated by LLC, and a future retail, office, hotel, and residential building located below and above the new City parking deck;...

Roy Carroll already got the parking deck deal in May;

"...on May 2, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution #098-17 and authorized the City Manager to enter into a Downtown Development Agreement (DDA) with CHI Greensboro, LLC to design and possibly build a public/private parking structure in the Eugene/Bellemeade area;

WHEREAS, the parking structure will contain approximately 1,050 public parking spaces in an eight (8) story building;

WHEREAS, CHI Greensboro, LLC plans to include basement parking and ground level retail space with the parking structure (Phase I) and has future plans to build an approximate 15-20 story mixed use facility on top of the parking structure (Phase II).  Upon completion of the project, the City of Greensboro will own and operate the public parking spaces in the structure.  At full build out of Phase II, the mixed use facility would require approximately 450 parking spaces which would be leased from the City at market rates;

WHEREAS, the Eugene Downtown Development Project would include Phase I and Phase II to be designed by CHI Greensboro, LLC as well as the new Downtown Slugger, LLC office building.

WHEREAS, annual operating expenses and debt service costs totaling approximately $2.5 million will be funded from operating revenues from the new deck, existing parking fund revenues, and general fund revenues.



City Council gave Roy $2 million in May to design the deck;

"RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT (DDA) WITH CHI GREENSBORO, LLC TO DESIGN AND BUILD A PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARKING STRUCTURE

...WHEREAS, over the past eight months the City has been in discussion with CHI Greensboro, LLC (Developer) about the redevelopment of the Eugene/Bellemeade area and the development of a new public/private parking structure that would serve the proposed public parking demands in the area and the Developer’s parking demands for their new mixed use project; 

No mention of Roy Carroll anywhere

No mention of the agent representing CHI Greensboro, LLC is
WHEREAS, the Developer would agree to design and construct an eight (8) story parking structure that will contain approximately 1,050 public parking spaces for the City of Greensboro;  
WHEREAS, the Developer plans to include basement parking and ground level retail space with the parking structure (Phase I) and has future plans to build an approximate 15-20 story mixed use facility on top of the parking structure (Phase II);    WHEREAS, in order to take advantage of economies of scale and avoid duplication of effort and expenses, the City is currently exploring options to partner with the Developer in the design and construction of the public parking structure;   

...WHEREAS, the Developer has plans to lease up to 450 parking spaces from the City at market rates in the future and an adjacent proposed development has plans to lease up to 350 parking spaces from the City at market rates in the future;  
WHEREAS, the current estimated cost to design and construct the public components of the parking structure is approximately $30 million;  
WHEREAS, annual operating expenses and debt service costs totaling approximately $2.5 million will be funded from operating revenues from the new deck, existing parking fund revenues, and general fund revenues. 

...the City Manager is authorized to enter into a Downtown Development Agreement (DDA) with CHI Greensboro, LLC to design not to exceed $2 million and possibly build a public/private  parking structure in the Eugene/Bellemeade area."

From the minutes of the meeting;

"11. ID 17-0257 Resolution to Enter into a Downtown Development Agreement (DDA) with CHI Greensboro, LLC to Design and Build a Public/Private Parking Structure 

Mayor Vaughan thanked the speakers for their patience.

No mention of how much money Vaughan took from Roy Carroll and Tuggle Duggins

Councilmember Hightower voiced concern with the lack of M/WBE goals; and requested staff look at the criteria and requirements for Professional Service Contracts.

City Manager Westmoreland explained that staff would work with the company; and inform them of the City's M/WBE requirements.

City Attorney Carruthers referenced that this was for professional services; and confirmed that compliance with the M/WBE Program was a requirement of the agreement. 

Moved by Councilmember Outling, seconded by Councilmember Hoffmann, to adopt the resolution. 

No mention of how much money Outling and Hoffmann took from Roy Carroll

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:

Ayes, Nancy Vaughan, Yvonne J. Johnson, Mike Barber, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Jamal T. Fox, Sharon M. Hightower, Nancy Hoffmann, Justin Outling and Tony Wilkins"

Some would thing Tony Wilkins should be removed from the Republican Party, 
but isn't this really what both parties really stand for?

No mention of the campaign contributions associated with this deal

No mention as I recall of a Rhino Times story 
outlining how Roy and Tuggle Duggins pilfered the poor to line their pockets

No disclosure of who was actually getting the money
 or the benefits of taxpayer subsidization by the News and Record

This stuff doesn't just happen in a vacuum

The press dropped the ball on this give away, as usual

 How much are our property taxes going to go up to pay for Roy and Tuggle Duggins profits?

Our population is stupid because it is kept stupid by our local media

We deserve what we get, good and hard

We are paying Roy to keep up his Yacht

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Roy E Carroll - Yacht - Yacht Name: Rhino - Yacht Length: 47 m (154 ft) - Guests: 10 in 5 cabins - Crew: 10 in 5 cabins - Yacht Value: US$ 15 million - Owners Name: Roy E. Carroll - Owners Net Worth: US$ 1 billion - Owners Company: Carroll Companies  - Owners Country: USA - Carroll’s yacht Rhino is named after his news paper Rhino Times





DGI, Jim Westmoreland, Nancy Vaughan, Zack Matheny, Tuggle Duggans, Roy Carroll and the Triad Good Government PAC


When in doubt, buy a newspaper and buy as many local politicians as possible, by Roy Carroll and John Hammer


It's been 55 days since the News and Record didn't report Marty Kotis getting $600,000 from Greensboro's taxpayers to design a bike path inside a consent agenda


Nancy Vaughan's Andy Zimmerman payback for all the taxpayer monies she facilitated for him


Questions for High Point's City Counsel, BB&T, Nido Quebein and Roy Carroll


Political Contributions and Duke Energy's request for a 16.7 percent rate hike [Tax Increase] on residential customers


Nancy Vaughan's 2017 Mid Year Contribution Report; Jim Melvin, Lee Comer, Paul Mengert, Henry Isaacson,and Kathy Manning


Rhino Times John Hammer shills for Justin Outling and the rest of Roy Carroll's minions on City Council


Marty Kotis re-upping his campaign bribe funded $359,883.33 gift from his City Council cronies at Tuesday's meeting


Nancy Hoffmann's Mid Year Campaign Finance Report; How much taxpayer money has she voted for...


Why would John Lomax give Nancy Hoffmann $1,000?


Roy Carroll + PAC = Greensboro City Council = $1,000 for Goldie Wells


Our local paper of record's lack of pointing out Marty Kotis is one of North Carolina's biggest HB2 supporters


"Companies scorned HB2, but donated to lawmakers who passed it"


Hartzman's prepared statement on John Hammer, Roy Carroll and the Rhino Times, from last night's City Council meeting


The Rhino's John Hammer on unfair competition from Triad City Beat


"Why are so many of us willing to accept mediocrity in our political leaders?"


The News and Record's Richard Barron on $2.3 million Greensboro taxpayer dollars for Jim Melvin, Sam Simpson, David Powell, Roy Carroll and friends


"Key downtown property owners [who have received a great deal of Greensboro taxpayer money] back DGI for contract" [for their lobbyist, Zack Matheny]


News and Record quoting Greensboro mayor Nancy Vaughan without mentioning who she works for


RH Barringer, Nido Qubein and Roy Carroll's political contributions to North Carolina Representative John Faircloth, a bigot who voted to discriminate against NC employees


Congratulations Roy Carroll, Tuggle Duggins's Mike Fox and John Hammer.


How much did the city spend to get the sewer line installed under I-40 for Roy Carroll's AMEX backup data center project?


An act of Cowardice by John Hammer for Roy Carroll: "Breaking The Government Monopoly On Inspections"


This is so wrong...It's like our City has lost it's mind...with the help of the News and Record for the lack of rational oppositition


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


Roy Carroll funneling money to Nancy Vaughan via the Triad Good Government PAC


John Hammer goes to the Infrastructure Committee meeting, doesn't report Marty Kotis getting a City property for less than the appraised value = John Hammer isn't a journalist


"In the mid–20th century, fascism actually meant something.


Heard Spice Cantina went under...along with a couple hundred thousand Greensboro taxpayer dollars


Proof how corrupt Greensboro's local press is, along with Greensboro's elected leadership


Did Zack Matheny sell Greensboro taxpayer money to run for congress?


See how the Rhino under-reports incentive deals
related to Roy Carroll's friends or Roy,
and scrutinizes deals that compete with Roy and friends?

Remember Samet's $600,000 shovel ready loan advocated by Matheny
and the correlating campaign contributions?

Remember Windsor Development's loan advocated by Matheny
and the correlating campaign contributions?

Should the chair of the City's Economic Development Committee accept campaign contributions from employees of entities receiving money from the city via city council votes advocated and voted on by Zack Matheny?


Two more examples of what the News and Record won't report, as they are knee deep in it in Greensboro


The blatant hypocracy of Susan Ladd and Warren Buffett's News and Record


Crony Journalism Personified; Roy Carroll, John Hammer and Mike Barber


Dear potential Greensboro City Council Candidates


Greensboro Partnership and Rentier Capitalist Propaganda in the News and Record


The News and Record's Allen Johnson and Susan Ladd on Trudy Wade's Roy Carroll initiative to lower minority [Democrat] influence on Greensboro's City Council


Robbie Perkins Year End Campaign Contributions