Sunday, March 26, 2017

Things They Never Told You About Greensboro

The beginnings of what we now call Beach Music and a dance known as shagging first began in little clubs on State Street in Greensboro and not at the beaches as is commonly believed.

That was the good news.

Carpenters who are currently repairing houses built as part of Project Homestead, a project founded by the late Reverend Michael King, and funded with Greensboro tax dollars at the request of then, City Councilman, Robbie Perkins, are finding that 1/2" OSB (Oriented Strand Board) was used in the flooring where building codes called for 3/4" materials.

City of Greensboro building inspectors signed off on all these homes which have since been sold to individual homeowners.

Many Project Homestead homes have since gone into foreclosure and are being bought up by foreigners living in India and Pakistan, who are buying hundreds of homes across North Carolina to use as rental properties.

Lots of other substandard building practices have been discovered by those persons repairing the various Project Homestead properties. Looks like grounds for a class action lawsuit to this writer.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stuff 3/25/2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Triad Aviation Moves South Of The Border

While Greensboro leaders have spend Millions upon Millions of taxpayer dollars in attempts to bring more aviation jobs to Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad, one local Triad aviation firm says the jobs are going south of the border as North State Aviation closes its doors laying off 345 people.

"Gary Smith, CEO of North State Aviation since last year, did not immediately return a reporter's phone call. Charlie Creech, president of North State Aviation, also did not return a call this morning.
Smith recently served as a panelist on the TBJ's Business of Aviation event held March 9.

As of 2015, North State was operating six production maintenance lines for United Airlines and had amassed a client list that includes other major aviation customers.

Smith said recently that the firm had been seeing increased competition from maintenance repair and overhaul in areas south of the U.S. border."

Looks like Greensboro's elected leaders and hired gun economic development gurus screwed up again.

But remember: Here at we've been warning you for years. And considering Greensboro's overbuilt retail sector, the economic disaster brought on by HB 2, the loss of a full time ACC tournament, and massive overspending by the Greensboro City Council on projects like the downtown performing arts center....

Well, you don't need me to tell you twice in the same day, read it here.

For Years We Tried To Warn You

From the Business Insider: The retail apocalypse has officially descended on America

"More than 3,500 stores are expected to close in the next couple of months.

Department stores like JCPenney, Macy's, Sears, and Kmart are among the companies shutting down stores, along with middle-of-the-mall chains like Crocs, BCBG, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Guess.

Some retailers are exiting the brick-and-mortar business altogether and trying to shift to an all-online model.

For example, Bebe is closing all its stores — about 170 — to focus on increasing its online sales, according to a Bloomberg report. The Limited also recently shut down all 250 of its stores, but it still sells merchandise online.

Others, such as Sears and JCPenney, are aggressively paring down their store counts to unload unprofitable locations and try to staunch losses."

And remember: Greensboro has 6 TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF RETAIL SPACE. How does that translate?

Not only are stores closing but no one is coming to fill the void.

"Retail Space Per Person
Greensboro 142 square feet
US National Average 23.5 square feet
Canada 16.4 square feet
Australia 11.1 square feet

Europe 2,5 square feet"

Now take note: this figure of 142 square feet per person is for the City of Greensboro alone, and does not include the rest of Piedmont Triad which also appears to be well above the national average.

And where did that figure of 142 square feet come from? None other than the  2010 East Greensboro Strategic Plan published by none other than the City of Greensboro. Those dummies thought it was a good thing.

I fully expect to see the Greensboro City Council bailing out connected developers with proposals to convert empty shopping centers into low income housing. But believe me, they won't be doing so because they care about poor people.

I expect a vast migration of people leaving Greensboro beginning with those who can most easily afford to move to greener pastures, thus devastating our local tax base.

Those developers hit with store closings will fall behind on their city and county property taxes.

City and County governments will be forced to look to an ever poorer group of remaining residents for new sources of money.

Municipal services will be cut.

Police departments will be tasked with making a profit for government as takes place in many small towns. Murders will be ignored but don't dare drive 2 miles over the speed limit.

Okay, so that's a bit of hyperbole but you get it. But getting a cop to answer an emergency call will get ever harder as 5 to 6 officers and cars will be tied up with every traffic stop. GPD ain't Highway Patrol, you know-- these guys work en force.

That bail out for Say Yes to Education? It ain't happening. But then after the County Commissioners finish cutting the budget for the County Schools your kids won't be educated enough to go to college in the first place.

More laws against being poor and homeless in Downtown Greensboro will be passed because of complaints from downtown business owners who live in neighborhoods in Northeast Greensboro. That will result in more door to door panhandlers in the Northeast and Southeast, and more aggressive sales people going door to door in the nicer neighborhoods.

You see, there's a pattern to these events and I've been watching it for years.

Too bad your elected leaders never paid attention. Not even Tony Wilkins who remains forever in the pockets of developer, Marty Kotis.

Yost on Say Yes Money in the Caymen Islands, Outsized Investment Returns and the School Board's Pat Tillman lying about it

"The financial shortfall that has caused a major setback for the Say Yes Guilford scholarship program is raising a slew of questions regarding the group's financial models, transparency, decision-making structure and the viability of applying its core philosophy in Guilford County.

Say Yes Guilford is facing a large funding shortage in its first year, which is drawing attention to the financial situation of the organization.  Say Yes Guilford has kept much of that information close to the vest so far, however, there are some numbers available for the national Say Yes to Education organization, which is working with Guilford County on the initiative.   The numbers come from the IRS 990 form required for large nonprofit organizations.

Which we reported on last year

At the end of 2014, Say Yes national had net assets of $50.5 million, of which $32.3 million were held in the Caymen Islands and just over $5 million in Bermuda.  The Schedule F attachment to the 990 form, which is the "Statement of Activities Outside the United States," lists the $32.3 million held in the Caymen Islands as an investment in "Weiss Multi-strategy."  The attachment to the 990 form states that the $5 million in Bermuda is "business reinsurance" and it is listed as "Investment in Weisshorn RE LTD."

Which we reported last year

...Say Yes Guilford projected a needed endowment of about $70 million to make the program sustainable, but it's now estimated that it would actually require roughly $550 million to meet Say Yes' needs for the county's college-bound students on an ongoing basis.  In light of that tremendous discrepancy, this week Say Yes Guilford leadership is attempting to regroup and find a way forward.
Jacques Steinberg, a Say Yes spokesman, stated that the national group is working with the Guilford County chapter to resolve the current issues.

...behind the scenes, there's a great deal of handwringing and discontent.  Some believe the program can be saved, while others argue that, given the harsh reality of the numbers - combined with the giant promises of the program - any new version of Say Yes will merely be a "shell of its former self."

...There are varying accounts as to who's responsible for the terribly askew projections, but it's safe to say, as one Guilford County commissioner said this week, there is "plenty of blame to go around."

...When the Rhino Times requested the current 990 form for the local group, Say Yes Guilford, Donnie Turlington, the communications director for Say Yes Guilford, wrote in an email, "It's my understanding that the Say Yes Guilford 990 requirement is covered under the 990 for the national organization."

Steinberg wrote in an email, on behalf of the national Say Yes group, that Say Yes Guilford was an affiliate of Say Yes to Education, but added that part of the program - the Say Yes Guilford Scholarship Board - operates as a separate entity that first awarded scholarships in 2016.

"As an independent 501(c)(3), it has the responsibility for filing its own tax forms," Steinberg wrote.
When Steinberg was asked about a more recent 990 form for the national Say Yes organization than the one for 2014, he wrote, "The most recent 990 publicly available on the Website Guidestar for Say Yes to Education is for the 2014 tax year."

...In 2014, Say Yes President Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey had a total annual compensation of $418,097.  That included a salary of $350,000, another $23,400 in "retirement and other deferred compensation," $24,697 in "nontaxable benefits" and a bonus of $20,000.

Say Yes Chief Operating Officer Gene Chasin had a salary of $265,000 in 2014 and a total compensation package of $334,300, while Steinberg had a total compensation package of $303,692.  Chief Development Officer Roger Edgar's annual package amounted to $262,524.

The 990 form only requires the disclosure of the compensation for the highest paid employees, so salary information for others in the Say Yes organization isn't publicly available.

Say Yes got $4.1 million in total grants and contributions that year and earned $13.4 million from investment income, which is very high given that the group began the year with $35.6 million in investments.

Which we reported on last year

Just over $802,000 of that money was invested in "publicly traded securities" with the rest in "other securities," primarily in an investment fund run by Weiss based out of the Cayman Islands and another investment in Bermuda.

When the Rhino Times asked Turlington the reason the national organization keeps the bulk of its funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, he said that was a question best directed to the national office.

The national Say Yes organization has not yet responded to that question.

As for Say Yes Guilford, one thing that has been a source of contention in recent months is the inability of local officials and other interested parties to get hard numbers from the group.  Say Yes Guilford has disclosed that it has $42 million in "pledges and commitments."  However, it will not disclose how much of those pledges and commitments is actually money that the group currently has in hand - though Say Yes officials have stated that the money will come in over a period of roughly five years.

Which we reported last year

It should be kept in mind that those commitments were to a program that promised scholarships for families of all incomes, so it's possible some donors will rethink their pledges in light of changes.

Turlington did say that the Say Yes Guilford funds are managed by Diversified Trust in Greensboro and he added that the Say Yes Guilford bank account is with the Bank of North Carolina.

Diversified Trust is a wealth management firm with offices in Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville and Greensboro, with the Greensboro office at 300 N. Greene St... officials - not to mention many others - are waiting to see what Say Yes announces, but right now they don't have much more information than anyone else.  Guilford County Board of Education member Pat Tillman said he only learned about the group's troubles when he read the story in the Rhino Times on Thursday, March 9.

"I found out about it when I read your article," Tillman said.

He said one source of frustration is the fact that the Guilford County school board has authority to decide school matters but virtually no say when it comes to Say Yes.

"We don't have any jurisdiction over the program," Tillman said.  "It's a strange dynamic - outside of our kids, we don't have any oversight.  It's a private sort of charitable thing and, unfortunately, we don't have any power over it."

Tillman said there are a lot of things he wants to find out in the coming weeks.

"We know the basics of Say Yes but we have a lot more questions," he said.  "For instance, how were they that far off?  It's unfortunate when you see the math - six times difference.  As a school board member, that's concerning."

...The wait for the public release of information from the group is nothing new: It is something that's continued from last year.

At a large Say Yes Guilford meeting at the Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown on Nov. 14 - Schmitt-Carey, the president of the national Say Yes organization, said, "Local and national offices continue to work with our colleges and universities on this year's disbursements and we anticipate having final numbers later this year [2016], or in January, regarding the number of scholarships rewarded and the specific dollar amounts."

At that same meeting, another Say Yes official said,  "We will be announcing full details about the distributions in the near future."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Say Yes To Education Is Publicly Funded

It's time to put the rumor to rest and tell the taxpayers the truth about Say Yes To Education: Say Yes To Education is publicly funded.

Yes, it is true there are millions in private donations as well but supporters for Say Yes don't want you to know about the public tax dollars that are being sunk into Say Yes around the nation.

For example: In an article in the
"Re-elected to the Common Council in 2005, Miner championed — and helped pass — legislation that gave

$1 million in initial funding to “Say Yes to Education,” a program that provides support services for Syracuse City School District students and promises free or reduced tuition to students who graduate from city high schools."

And from NPR station WRPO we learn that just 7 years later Syracuse is still waiting on $20 Million Dollars in state funding to keep the program afloat.

"And he said there are some signs of progress, including a $20 million contract for Say Yes to Education, which provides college tuition to Syracuse school graduates.

“The only thing standing between that money being in a central New York bank account from where it is today is sign off from the office of the state comptroller,” Simpson said."

This comes at a time when David Friedfel, Director of State Studies at the Citizens Budget Commission, says that Syracuse schools are short $83 Million Dollars for the coming school year. What's the point in promising free college when you're not going to educate them in the first place?

Here's are the claims made by Say Yes Syracuse in 2011 as published in the Toledo Blade:

"The program is expensive. Say Yes estimates that it costs annually about $3,500 per student, and that's not counting the college scholarships. Right now, the district covers only about half of the $30 million to run the program but must pay for it on its own by the end of the 2013-2014 school year."

But as we now know Syracuse is waiting on a $20 Million Dollar bailout from the State of New York in 2017. And where is the State of New York hoping to get that $20 Million? Legal settlements from banks. In other words, the State of New York doesn't have the money yet either.

Ever heard of counting your chickens before they hatch?

And check this out. From the article Syracuse kids get free tuition through plan to spur economy using fines on banks:

"The endowment is the last remaining piece of the work Say Yes did in Syracuse to be taken over by local authorities.

Aside from the scholarships, Say Yes set up after-school programs, legal and mental health services in Syracuse. Those programs, and funding for them, have all been absorbed by a partnership between the city, school district and county.

The only Say Yes staff that remains in Syracuse works on college eligibility and financial aid. Say Yes also continues to offer free tuition to Syracuse students at 103 participating private colleges.

Say Yes to Education President Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey said she would take the lessons learned here to other regions of the country."

Have you ever seen a city, county, school board partnership that wasn't taxpayer supported?
The people who run Say Yes have already cut a trail and run, leaving Syracuse to fend for itself.

Meanwhile, over at Say Yes Buffalo.

From the Business Journal: $10 million state grant a big lift to Say Yes to Education Buffalo fundraising:

"A $10 million state grant would be the largest-ever gift to Say Yes to Education Buffalo and have a dramatic impact on the organization's ongoing fundraising activities."

But alas, the article continues...

"The grant was announced Monday as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion 2" plan and still must be approved in the state budget."

What's the deal? Why is the State of New York taking so long? Could it be they suspect something about Say Yes To Education that Greensboro, High Point, and Guilford County leaders would rather you and I not know?

And that Buffalo Billion program with which they hope to fund Say Yes Buffalo? Well as it turns out it has a few money problems of its own:

"But the management of the Buffalo Billion by the Cuomo administration has raised eyebrows — and concerns — in some quarters."

It only gets worse...

And just in case you are wondering, Say Yes Guilford has received funding from Guilford County, the Guilford County Schools, the City of Greensboro and the City of High Point.

Mike Barber personally profiting from Greensboro taxpayers with some help from Amanda Lehmert

"City of Greensboro News Release: The First Tee of the Triad Offers Golf Scholarships for Kids at Two Parks and Recreation Facilities

CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Mike Barber
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-580-4241

The First Tee of the Triad Offers Golf Scholarships for Kids at Two Parks and Recreation Facilities

GREENSBORO, NC (March 20, 2017) – The First Tee of the Triad, a local youth development organization, is offering scholarships for the children of City employees and other families with a financial need. The organization holds classes at 18 facilities across the Triad, two of which are City of Greensboro facilities, Gillespie Golf Course and Bryan Park. The spring season begins the week of March 27 with one class per week and runs for eight weeks. All sports equipment, golf clubs and balls, are provided at no cost to the child.

The First Tee of the Triad teaches children aged 7 to 18 essential character traits and valuable life skills, including communication skills and healthy habits. For those that do not opt for the scholarship, the cost is $75 per participant. To receive the scholarship, use the code “PLAY” when you register online.

To register or for more information about scholarship opportunities, please visit

# # #

Amanda Lehmert, Communications Specialist
Communications and Marketing
City of Greensboro
Phone: 336-373-7786
PO Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
Dear Greensboro City Councilman Mike Barber; "Why America fell out of love with golf" and First Tee of the Triad

Mike Barber's First Tee of the Triad's 2013 IRS Form 990; Mike took a 20% raise, and 21% of First Tee's revenue as income

Mike Barber admitting he misled Greensboro's taxpayers and electorate on the Aquatic Center

This looks like why Mike Barber freaked out about naming salaries of non profits doing business with Greensboro.

From Mike Barber's City Council Economic Interest Disclosure signed on February 24, 2014

Arthur Winstead Jr., Treasurer for Mike Barber's City Council Campaign, appears to have given $250 and didn't get paid, but charged First Tee a relatively higher $15,000

Zack Matheny and Mike Barber need to recuse themselves from the Megasite Water and Sewer vote

Guess who Mike Barber works for?

Mike Barber has a conflict of interest in  votes involving Jim Melvin's interests, 
and should not vote on any item involving Justin Outling,
as Justin is on the board of SynerG 
funded by Jim Melvin's Bryan Foundation,
which if pissed off by Mike Barber voting for someone else
could jeopardize Mike's First Tee funding provided through the City of Greensboro
and Jim Melvin's Bryan Foundation.

"Mayor and Council:

...What must be considered is if a conflict of interest exists either under N.C.G.S. §§160A-75 or 14-234, or the City of Greensboro’s Charter, or the City’s Conflict of Interest Policy.

Mike Barber makes money from access to City property
via First Tee of the Triad at City's Gillespie golf course
and Bryan Park, both funded by Jim Melvin's Bryan Foundation
which also funds Justin's SynerG through Action Greensboro.

...Direct or indirect benefits are considered under the City’s conflict of interest policy and typically involve financial interests for the Councilmember, his or her immediate family, their partner, or an organization which employs or is about to employ the member, family member or partner...


S. Mujeeb Shah-Khan

The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance
as though they were realities,
and are often more influenced by the things that seem than those that are.

Niccolo Machiavelli

"Score a win for Greensboro blogger George Hartzman, whose Socratic tirades in front of city council can sometimes come across as hyperbolic. Hartzman vocally questioned whether Mayor Robbie Perkins should be voting on an economic incentives payout to a Park View Development, the business entity for Center Point — for which Perkins serves as a listing agent in his role as a commercial real estate broker... [for Roy Carroll]

Interim City Attorney Jamiah Waterman ruled that Perkins had no conflict of interest.

Three days later Waterman was eating his opinion: “Upon further review, it can reasonably be argued that Mayor Perkins was subjected to a potential financial detriment, e.g. the potential loss of his real estate listings with Park View Development LLC.

As Jim Melvin could cause 
a potential financial detriment to Mike Barber's First Tee of the Triad, 
e.g. the potential loss of Bryan Foundation financial support
 Mr. Barber needs to recuse himself from the Zack replacement vote.

As such, I am revising my prior opinion to reflect that Mayor Perkins appears to have an impermissible conflict of interest in this matter.

Jordan Green

Jim Melvin's Bryan Foundation 
which funds SynerG.

...[Robbie] Perkins admitted he is the leasing agent for the first floor of Center Pointe, and if a stricter ordinance would arguably benefit Center Pointe financially, Perkins stands to gain.

Interim City Attorney Jamiah Waterman said last week that Perkins should recuse himself from a vote involving Carroll.

and Co-chair of SynerG's Professional & Leadership Development Committee,
directly tied to funding from Jim Melvin's Bryan Foundation.

Mike Barber lobbied for Matheny's DGI job
while involved in deliberations concerning the organization's funding
while setting up Zack's successor
for the benefit of Jim Melvin and the Bryan Foundation.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley

Greensboro’s Ethics Code says 
that if there is an actual or possible financial interest, 
a Council Member is supposed to publicly disclose the interest, 
and the remaining Council members 
are supposed to decide if a conflict of interest exists, 
which should happen in the case of Mike Barber etc...
and the vote to replace Zack Matheny.

The world is ruled only by consideration of advantages.

Friedrich von Schiller

Mike Barber is a known liar.

More than two local media sources 
have confirmed Mike Barber has a habit
of lying.

The partisan,
when engaged in a dispute,
cares nothing about the rights of the question,
but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.


Mike Barber just abused his position as a council member
to advocate for taxpayer monies be allocated 
to a fellow council member
positioned to compete for the same council spot
under Trudy Wade's redistricting plan.

in First Tee of the Triad's use of free City funded services
on his Council Economic Interest Disclosure
signed on February 24, 2014

Carole Bruce serves on Mike Barber's First Tee's
and Jim Melvin's Bryan Foundation boards, 
which funds Justin Outlins SynerG

Mike Barber Lied On First Tee Federal Form 990s three times

which omitted Greensboro taxpayer subsidies on the tax returns.

Mike Barber etc... 
put their own interests in front of the best interests
of the City of Greensboro and its employees.

Speaking of attorney/client related conflicts of interest; Zack Matheny and Jason Outling Edition

Coucilman Zack Matheny lying to George Hartzman and Greensboro's employees (at end)

Was my Math incorrect Mr. Matheny?

George Hartzman


Zack Matheny


George Hartzman

"Times Up"

Zack Matheny
How Greensboro's City Council shafted the City's employees with Zack Matheny's help

Zack Matheny and Mike Barber need to recuse themselves from the Megasite Water and Sewer vote

Mike Barber's First Tee of the Triad's 2013 IRS Form 990; Mike took a 20% raise, and 21% of First Tee's revenue as income

Barber's First Tee income 
is dependent on the City of Greensboro 
via the Bryan Foundation funded Gillespie Golf Course 
and the City of Greensboro subsidized
and Bryan Foundation funded Wyndham Championship
via Mark Brazil, 
who sits on both the Wyndham and First Tee of the Triad's boards,
both funded by Jim Melvin's Bryan Foundation.

Mike Barber admitting he misled Greensboro's taxpayers and electorate on the Aquatic Center

Mike Barber is a direct beneficiary of Bryan Foundation money
via First Tee of the Triad,
through which he pads his income along with Greensboro taxpayer support.

This looks like why Mike Barber freaked out about naming salaries of non profits doing business with Greensboro.

Barber wants Roy Carroll's boy Zack
to control DGI, 
which makes Barber Roy's boy as well.

From Mike Barber's City Council Economic Interest Disclosure signed on February 24, 2014

Mike Barber abused his position as a council member
to advocate for taxpayer monies be allocated 
to a fellow council member
positioned to compete for the same council spot
under Trudy Wade's redistricting plan.

Arthur Winstead Jr., Treasurer for Mike Barber's City Council Campaign, appears to have given $250 and didn't get paid, but charged First Tee a relatively higher $15,000

As Mike Barber is a direct beneficiary of Bryan Foundation money
via First Tee of the Triad,
through which he pads his income along with Greensboro taxpayer support 
Mike Barber had a conflict of interest

and should not have voted on Jim Melvin's Megasite project,

and should not vote to replace Zack Matheny.

"Wyndham Worldwide donates $100,000 to [Mike Barber's] Bryan Foundation subsidized First Tee [of the Triad, whose Board Member is Mark Brazil]"

Jim Melvin led a Piedmont Triad Partnership committee, 
who's former CEO is under investigation for financial irregularities
who previously managed efforts to secure land
for Jim Melvin's Megasit project
which Mike Barber voted to fund.

I just received a phone call from City of Greensboro Councilman Mike Barber on First Tee of the Triad

Bryan Foundation board member Robert E. Long, Jr.
serves on the national First Tee Board of Directors
along with the Wyndam's Mark Brazil,
who may also be involved with influencing Barber's vote
while angling to get $22.5 million from the City of Greensboro
for water and sewer down 421, 
which Melvin, Long and Roy Carroll may profit from
as long as Mike does what he is told.

DGI Conflict of Interest Policy, Action Greensboro's Center City Park Contract, Grassroots Productions, Betty Cone and Susan Schwartz

News and Record Editorial Board's Allen Johnson and Doug Clark on Zack Matheny; "he may be the right person at the right time"
DGI is in very in bed with the Bryan Foundation's Jim Melvin and Ed Kitchen;

"Downtown Greensboro Incorporated (DGI) will host Downtown business owners, residents, workers and Downtown stakeholders...

Attendees will also acknowledge excellence in Downtown ambassadorship as DGI Board Chairman Betty Cone presents the Jim Roach Downtown Person of the Year Award.  Past recipients include: ...Roy Carroll, Betty Cone; John Lomax and Joseph M. Bryan Foundation President Jim Melvin.

It appears that Mike Barber pressured Cyndy Hayworth
for the benefit of the Bryan Foundation
which provides Barber's First Tee of the Triad
financial assistance.

DGI will also present the J. Edward Kitchen Leadership Award. Previous winners include former City Manager and current Vice President of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, Ed Kitchen."

Mike Barber should recuse himself, again
from voting on the budget relative to First Tee,
and on anything concerning DGI, Justin Outling
and Jim Melvin's Megasite project.

John "Roy Carroll" Hammer isn't actually covering Jim Melvin and David Powell's Megasite project?

Congratulations David Powell and Jim Melvin; "City approves $2.3M contract for megasite work

Still no reporting of Triad First Capital.

No word on David Powell.

No word on who the "private monies" are.

Total news blackout by the News & Record and the Rhino Times.

Randolph County Megasite Con Update

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Stock Market and Economic Stuff 3/21/2017

Next Say Yes to Education victim; "Cleveland schools edge closer to free college for every grad"

"The Cleveland school district has cleared the early hurdles toward a partnership with Say Yes to Education, a national program that offers intense support for students through high school and pays their tuition for college or trade school.

If the program picks Cleveland, the partnership's goal would be to guarantee free tuition as early as 2018 for every Cleveland school district graduate, regardless of family income, at any state university, or at participating school in other states.

...Say Yes would provide a $15 million gift to the city, along with 30 years of experience of giving tuition grants. Cleveland, for its part, would need to find local donations - likely more than $100 million - to make the scholarships last.

Say Yes would also require commitments from the city, county, local hospitals, companies and service agencies to provide support - increased preschool, social services, tutoring, after school and summer programs - to students in every city school.

That could include placing a social worker in every school and providing more health care to students, an expansion to every school of  the so-called "wraparound" social services the district and partners now provide at the neediest schools.

...District CEO Eric Gordon and other partners in the effort said the program would be a "game-changer" for the city, if it works out.

...Whether Say Yes to Education will pick Cleveland is still to be determined. Cleveland has passed some early evaluations, but the program has not committed to anything.

...Weiss' staff only select cities that have a local commitment to making the plan sustainable and to provide ongoing support to students, both before graduation and even while at college.

...the district and city spent nine months having conversations with Say Yes staff before Cleveland and Louisville, KY, were invited to submit detailed applications late last year.

..."We're now just waiting to see if the Say Yes board is going to select us or Louisville - or neither," Gordon said.

...Though Syracuse became the first full city to be part of Say Yes in 2008, it struggled to raise the full $30 million endowment. Just this month, local donations topped $10 million and the state kicked in $20 million to finish it.

...As of January, that city had raised $23 million of the $33 million it needs to support the first ten years of scholarships. It had also raised just $12 million of its $100 million long-term endowment. board member Denise Link added,  "The community's already trying to quietly raise these dollars."

Monday, March 20, 2017

John 'Roy's Boy' Hammer; "Tanger Center To Move Dirt in April"

"The groundbreaking for the Steven B. Tanger Center for the Performing Arts would be Wednesday, April 26.

President of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro Walker Sanders said that he expected them to start moving dirt on April 27.

The same Walker Sanders who said Say Yes to Education 
would be sustainable, as he personally profited from the endowment, 
just like he is personally profiting from the performing arts center endowment
via fees paid to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Sanders said that the project was about three months behind schedule and that the permitting process had taken longer than anticipated.

Walker Sanders is a leach upon our community

...Sanders said part of the delay was because the building was so complex that what seemed to be a relatively small change would cause a ripple effect resulting in far more changes than anticipated...

As Sanders personally profits from the money as it sits waiting 

The News & Record has run big stories about the delay in construction on the Tanger Center, implying that there were serious problems.  It appears the News & Record folks have been reading and believing some bloggers in town who push the theory that the entire Tanger Center project is some type of huge conspiracy...

That would be us

Even the announcement in the News & Record about the groundbreaking had a tone of disbelief and raised doubts about it being a real groundbreaking.

It is true that the Tanger Center project, which was conceived in 2012, has not kept to the original timetable.  But a lot of time was spent getting community input, and developing the financing strategy and governing model...

The Rhino's John Hammer is Roy Carroll's boy reporter toy,
who now tows his bosses line, in the name of selling the rest of his condos
across the street at Centerpointe
at the expense of Greensboro's taxpayers, enabled by Roy's bought and paid for politicos, 
namely Nancy Vaughan, Tony Wilkins and Justin Outling among others

Sanders said the donors didn't want to compromise on quality and the city didn't want to compromise on size.  He said, "We reached a compromise where the city has the size it needs to have and we have maintained the quality that we need to have."

Otherwise Kathy Manning and Randall Kaplan 
don't get to profit from their expected taxpayer subsidized new hotel

Sanders said, "It's been a healthy partnership.  But in any kind of partnership you're going to have disagreements."

Said the parasite personally responsible for bringing a Ponzi scheme to town, 
otherwise known as Say Yes to Education

Sanders said that in December the goal was to have the groundbreaking by May, and it's been moved up a month, which should be good news.

John Hammer is nothing more than Roy Carroll's propagandist,
the leftover remains of what may have been a real journalist a few decades ago 

...It is interesting that, depending on how you look at it, the project is either three months behind schedule or two years behind schedule.

John Hammer and the Rhino Times is Roy Carroll's media whore

When the whole idea for a downtown performing arts center was conceived in 2012, the talk had been of replacing the War Memorial Auditorium on the Greensboro Coliseum Complex despite the fact that two bond referendums to do that had failed.

Robbie Perkins who was mayor at the time, suggested that the business community would be willing to pay the difference in the cost of building the new performing arts center if it were downtown instead of on land the city already owned at the Coliseum.

Robbie Perkins is Roy Carroll's local real estate agent, 
who towed Roy's line and funneled Carroll taxpayer money
until it was Nancy Vaughan's turn, all from the Greensboro Country Club crowd

At the time, the off-the-cuff estimate of what was needed to be raised was about $10 million.  It turned out that a lot more than $10 million could be raised.  Through the Greensboro Community Foundation more than $38.5 million has been raised.  And because they are paying for half of the cost, those donors bought a seat at the table on planning the project.

With private meetings not under public records laws, 
just for Roy and friends to pilfer the public purse strings 
for the benefit of themselves and their real estate holdings downtown, 
with 'pledged' money that no one knows exists or not, 
just like the Say Yes to Education endowment 

One holdup early on was that there were not the votes on the City Council to pay for the performing arts center with tax dollars.  So the City Council came up with a plan to pay the city's share, $39.6 million, with hotel-motel tax revenue and parking and ticket fees.

Control fraud now justified by what used to be a fiscal conservative journalist, 
who now writes for the benefit of his benefactor who pays his salary 
to be a lobbyist for Carroll's corporate empire

So if it all works, the Tanger Center will be paid for with about half the money coming directly from donors and much of the rest coming from people who use the Tanger center in the form of parking fees and a ticket fee, with the remainder coming from people who visit the city, and none from city taxes.

Bullshit by a financial illiterate that is John Hammer, 
who never bothered to figure out the math behind the city parking fees
would never be able to fund the debt, but what does it matter, as long as he gets his from Roy
to pay his mortgage and keep his namesake paper alive 

Coming up with the whole funding mechanism meant creating a partnership with competing interests.

One of which is John Hammer's against his taxpaying readers

When the costs came in much higher than anticipated, the city wanted to reduce the quality of the building and the donors wanted keep the quality but reduce the seating capacity.  It took a while to work that out so that each side was satisfied.

Each side isn't satisfied John, just your boss

...The City Council should finally realize that if the city can't get its own projects approved in a timely manner, then the contractors and developers who have been complaining for years aren't crying wolf, but have legitimate issues.

Propaganda for Roy

The city employees who deal with permitting need an attitude adjustment and some simple changes could make a huge difference, but that is never going to happen unless the City Council gets involved and orders that changes be made.

A City Council bought and paid for by Roy Carroll,
which the News and Record is too cowardly to report, 
lest they open themselves up to scrutiny via Warren Buffet's ownership, 
who represents one of the biggest buyers of politicians in American history  

If the City Council doesn't step in and establish a policy on permitting, the next big project that comes along will be delayed for months, not to anyone's benefit but because the city has the power to do it.
Circulation Fraud; Does the Rhino Times have 60,000 weekly readers of 5,000 printed papers, or 50,000?

The Rhino's John Hammer takes credit for breaking the Say Yes to Education story

60,000 print readers read 5,000 Rhino Times per week?

Regressive Taxes by City Council; "Greensboro increased its vehicle tax from $10 to the maximum allowed"

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

News and Record Civil Rights Museum Ass Kiss While Being Sued

John Hammer on Greensboro's incompetent mayor

"City of Greensboro, mayor sued over access to public records" by Roch Smith Jr.

Yes Weekly's Jeff Sykes on Mike Barber's taxpayer and Jim Melvin paid for First Tee of the Triad golf racket

Roy Carroll's John Hammer; "Sit-in Museum Not Repentent But Likely To Be Forgiven"

Once again, John Hammer appears to advertise his financial illiteracy

Alan Duncan and Amos Quick; "Through Say Yes to Education in Syracuse, Contreras has worked with her community...

John Hammer on Greensboro's regressive water and sewer regressive tax increase

Roy Carroll's John Hammer making shit up again in the Rhino Times; HB2 edition

$15,600,000 more for Matt Brown and Greensboro's Coliseum on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 with some cheese for the Samets, who purchased themselves some votes for the project in 2015's City Council election

Melvin, Vaughan, Simpson, Carroll and friends have a problem; " Randolph commissioners create a majority of megasite skeptics"

Roy Carroll funneling money to Nancy Vaughan via 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

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

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

Once again, Roy Carroll's John Hammer inaccurate, slanderous libel against a critic of the Rhino Times

If anyone wanted definitive proof the Rhino's John Hammer completely sold his soul to Roy Carroll, here it is

Matheny. Lomax, Hammer, Barber and Vaughan; Greensboro is Corrupt; An Adaptation as our press has been compromised

Dear potential Greensboro City Council Candidates

Communications between Roy Carroll's Rhino's John Hammer and the City of Greensboro's Donnie Turlington on the Rhino's Circulation numbers

Is Roy Carroll an egomaniac, a narcissist or a Megalomaniac?

John Hammer is financially illiterate