Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to mislead a community on $23,108,494.98 Publicly Funded TPAC costs, by Greensboro's City Council, Staff and the 'Private Donors' who knew and said nothing


According to the City, dated January 26, 2018, the total amount expected to be repaid by revenues associated with the Steven Tanger Performing Arts Center is $65,987,494.98;


The citizenry was told total 'Public Funding' was $42.879 million;



$42.879 million - $65,987,494.98 = $23,108,494.98 more than the City informed the public of

In 2022, the TPAC revenue generators will have to come up with $2,864,792.20 in Annual Net Debt Service.

31 estimated events have no charge

149 - 31 = 118

$2,864,792.20 / 118 = $24,277.90 per shows with sold tickets needed to cover the debt costs, from Hotel, Motel Taxes, Ticket User Fees, Garage Parking, and 331 VIP Parking Spots

The venue itself is expected to lose somewhere between $173,400 to $388,312 per year;

http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=21349

Most of these numbers came out before Uber and Lyft came on the scene

As the map by City of Greensboro's Adam Fisher notes, there are 488 free on street parking spots within 1,200 feet of the site, not counting the VF and the Marriott parking across the street;
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-M4ftDgh8hyA/UMeTCJft0rI/AAAAAAAABzo/KM4IT1k3rGU/s1600/Inside%2BCircle.jpg
$2,864,792.20 / 12 = $238,732.68 needed to cover the debt costs per month, not counting ongoing operating losses of somewhere between $173,400 to $388,312 per year, both of which are probably low

The costs are unsustainable, and 'they' knew it

Please hold those who knew and misled our City's taxpayers accountable 
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Unanswered City of Greensboro STPAC related public records requests etc...

Please provide the City's estimation of STPAC patrons parking and staying at the Marriott, Roy Carroll and Randall Kaplan hotels

Please provide the application to the Local Government Commission for the TPAC project

Please provide the City's estimation of Uber, taxi services to be utilized by STPAC patrons

Please provide documentation showing expected STPAC ticket fee revenue

Please provide documentation itemizing "$41.826M PRIVATE FUNDING TOTAL" for the STPAC

Please provide any documents or communications between anyone at the City and CFGG concerning private donations for STPAC since January 1, 2017.


Please provide documentation showing how many total VIP parking spaces are planned for STPAC
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On US Senator Kay Hagan's Brother in Law David Hagan, Making a Nice Slice off Greensboro's Taxpayers while Sitting on CFGG's Board


Performing Arts Center: "[Notable]...Task Force Members"

GPAC Development / Marketing Task Force; Kathy Manning, co-chair

GPAC Economic Impact / Feasibility Task Force; Randall Kaplan

GPAC Development / Marketing Task Force; George House, one of Randall's partners



Monday, May 21, 2018

The math in Matt Brown's email and what was presented to the public on STPAC is the same

Greensboro Police case 2018 05 21 046, as of earlier this afternoon.




330 x 18 = $5,940 x 150 = $891,000 per year from 330 VIP parking spots at $18 a piece sold out at every event for 150 events over 15 years

Turns out the math is exactly the same; $10 million + $1.6 + $500,000 + $1.079 million = $13.179 million from VIP parking, which is what the proposal presented to the public was, and was what Greensboro's City Council voted for;



$10 million + 2.1 + $1.079 million = $13,179,000 million from VIP parking = $13.179

At least Matt Brown, Kathy Manning and Walker Sanders let a misleading proposal made public and voted on by Greensboro's City Council.


If there is no way the STPAC is going to sell 330 VIP parking spots at every event, the proposed avenue of finance is a fraud, which explains why City Staff declined to provide any explanation;

















There was no mention of the interest expenses in Matt Brown's presentation to council on December 19, 2017.

Sharon Hightower was less than informed prior to the vote.

Sounds like the information had just been released the Friday before.

Item 41

http://greensboro.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=3478


https://greensboro.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx






Control fraud occurs when trusted officials in positions of responsibility subverts an organization and engages in extensive fraud for personal gain.

The Mayor, City Manager and top department heads of of the City of Greensboro, are uniquely placed to remove the checks and balances on fraud upon the public.

Accounting tactics can position these executives in a way that allows co-conspiritors to engage in accountancy fraud and embezzle money, hide shortfalls or otherwise defraud investors, or the public at large. A control fraud will often obtain "investments that have no readily ascertainable market value", and then shop for appraisers that will assign unrealistically high values and auditing firms that will bless the fraudulent accounting statements.

Some control frauds are reactive in the sense that they turn to fraud only after concluding that the business will fail.

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

AMS assumed 3 persons per vehicle;


If Greensboro's City Council and staff assume 3 people to a car and a 50% use of public parking decks at 150 annual shows, and the best case scenario has 275,200 admissions...

275,200 / 150 = 1,835 patrons per performance, even though some would have far fewer as some sell out.

1,835 / 3 = an average of 612 cars per performance.

As the map by City of Greensboro's Adam Fisher above notes, there are 488 free on street parking spots within 1,200 feet of the site.

612 - 488 = 124 spaces that may be charged for in public lots.

Most folks from Greensboro would most likely avoid downtown if there's a show, so let's say 200 of the available nighttime free spaces aren't vacant as some go elsewhere within the 1,200 feet.

573 - 200 = 412

The News & Record has 168, and Gate City Lincoln and the Children's Museum have 156 = 324, without counting all the other lots.

At least 412 + 324 = 736 free public and most probably less expensive non-public parking.

1,835 / 3 = an average of 612 cars per performance.

At least 736 available probably less expensive non-public parking - 612 = 124 more non-public parking spaces per performance, not counting anyone paying to park in a deck.

Most would likely want to park in a lot with multiple points of egress as opposed to a deck with far fewer.

To suggest raising parking prices for fewer shows and still sell out premium parking every time, is economically irrational;

"In economics, the marginal rate of substitution is the rate at which a consumer is ready to give up one good in exchange for another good while maintaining the same level of utility."


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Proof of Control Fraud by Kathy Manning, City of Greensboro's Matt Brown, CFGG's Walker Sanders and everyone else who knew and didn't say anything, especially the elected officials who voted for it

Matt, Kathy and Walker conspired to mislead the public with farcical, unattainable math;


330 spaces x $18 = $5,940

$5,940 x 150 = $891,000

Which matches within $20,000 of what was presented to the public 
and voted on by City Council;


$10 million + 2.1 + $1.079 million = $13,179,000 million from VIP parking,
which is just about $13,195,710.  From Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 4:24 PM;


330 x 18 = $5,940

$5,940 x 150 = $891,000 per year, from 330 VIP parking spots at $18 a piece 
sold out at every event for 150 events

$13,195,710 / $891,000 = 14.81 years of 330 VIP spots 
sold out at every event for 150 events every year
for almost 15 strait years

The paid consultant said the center could host about 149 events per year after 3 years, some of which obviously couldn't get sold out VIP parking money;

The STPAC is not going to sell 330 VIP parking spots at every event

31 events don't look like they can charge $18 for VIP parking


149 - 31 = 118

66 annually projected performances are expected to bring in less than 2,000 patrons, which are not going to sell 330 VIP parking spaces for $18 a piece

There are 12 expected student plays or concerts, which will likely have no VIP spaces sold for.

The 11 recitals won't sell 330 VIP spaces

CTG's Wizard of Oz etc... can't/won't be able sell 330 VIP parking


So how much is the parking going to cost, 
relative to taking a Uber/Lyft, or parking for free?

There were 488 free on street parking spots within 1,200 feet of the site, 
not counting the VF and the Marriott parking across the street,
and another couple thousand in two more parking decks on the way;


The Bellemeade Deck across the street has 1,276 spaces

DPAC charges $5 per car in a similarly proximate deck.

The public presentation didn't include how much the parking would cost at $18 per spot, and certainly didn't include the projected 2019 rate and potential more VIP parking
on top of the 330 spaces currently planned;


As of November 14, 2017, only $20 million of the $40 plus million in private donations have actually been "raised", not counting expected interest payments on the loan CFGG took out to make up the difference;

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/04/as-of-november-14-2017-only-20-million.html

Manning and Walker Sanders, the president of the Community Foundation,
also announced that they had met their goal
of raising $38.5 million from private donors.

Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane
Financially Illiterate News and Record reporter who lied to her readers

Manning and Walker among others purposefully misled our community
and have conspired against Greensboro's taxpayers for personal profit

Costs for the entire project will be covered by private donations,
hotel and motel tax revenues, ticket fees and parking revenues
— not taxpayer money, [Matt] Brown said.

Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane

If taxpayer money becomes involved, 
Matt Brown should be removed from his position
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Performing Arts Center: "[Notable]...Task Force Members";

GPAC Development / Marketing Task Force; Kathy Manning, co-chair

GPAC Economic Impact / Feasibility Task Force; Randall Kaplan and Roy Carroll

GPAC Development / Marketing Task Force; George House, one of Randall's partners
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Two reasons among many that a GPAC with 3,000 seats probably won't work as well as DPAC with 2,700 seats


City Council voted to for this project knowing this information
or should have, and/or willfully ignored data,
violating their fiduciary duties to Greensboro's taxpayers,
and should be removed from office


"§ 14-230. Willfully failing to discharge duties.

(a) If any clerk of any court of record, sheriff, magistrate, school board member, county commissioner, county surveyor, coroner, treasurer, or official of any of the State institutions, or of any county, city or town, shall willfully omit, neglect or refuse to discharge any of the duties of his office, for default whereof it is not elsewhere provided that he shall be indicted, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. If it shall be proved that such officer, after his qualification, willfully and corruptly omitted, neglected or refused to discharge any of the duties of his office, or willfully and corruptly violated his oath of office according to the true intent and meaning thereof, such officer shall be guilty of misbehavior in office, and shall be punished by removal therefrom under the sentence of the court as a part of the punishment for the offense."
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"§ 14-209. Punishment for perjury.

If any person shall willfully and corruptly commit perjury, on his oath or affirmation, in any suit, controversy, matter or cause, depending in any of the courts of the State, or in any deposition or affidavit taken pursuant to law, or in any oath or affirmation duly administered of or concerning any matter or thing whereof such person is lawfully required to be sworn or affirmed, every person so offending shall be punished as a Class F felon."
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"§ 14-210. Subornation of perjury.

If any person shall, by any means, procure another person to commit such willful and corrupt perjury as is mentioned in G.S. 14-209, the person so offending shall be punished as a Class I felon."
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2005 North Carolina Code - General Statutes § 97-88.2. Penalty for fraud.
§ 97‑88.2. Penalty for fraud.

(a) Any person who willfully makes a false statement or representation of a material fact for the purpose of obtaining or denying any benefit or payment, or assisting another to obtain or deny any benefit or payment under this Article, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if the amount at issue is less than one thousand dollars ($1,000). Violation of this section is a Class H felony if the amount at issue is one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more. The court may order restitution.

(a1) When a person is convicted under subsection (a) of this section, the Commission may enter such orders as necessary to ensure that the person convicted does not benefit from the unlawful conduct.

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N.C. GEN. STAT. § 75-1.1. Methods of competition, acts and practices regulated; legislative policy

(a) Unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce, are declared unlawful.

...North Carolina enacted the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act (“UDTPA”) to benefit consumers, but “its protections extend to businesses in appropriate situations.”[3] Creating a private cause of action for consumers was the Act’s primary purpose.[4] Also, the statute was enacted “to provide a civil means to maintain ethical standards of dealings between persons engaged in business and the consuming public” within North Carolina because “other legal remedies were inadequate or ineffective.”[5] It applies to dealings between buyers and sellers at all levels of commerce.[6]

Under the North Carolina statute, both individuals, through a private cause of action, and the State, through the Attorney General, can raise a claim for unfair and deceptive trade practices.[11] The Attorney General is responsible for investigating all corporations or persons in North Carolina doing business in violation of the law.[12] Persons or corporations that violate any of the provisions of Chapter 75 may be subject to criminal sanctions in prosecutions brought by the state Attorney General, remedies through civil actions brought and prosecuted by the Attorney General, damages in private causes of action by injured persons, or any permissible combination.[13]

Prima Facie Case

Three-Part Test

A claim under this statute requires proof of three elements: (1) an unfair or deceptive act or practice; (2) in or affecting commerce; (3) which proximately caused the injury to the claimant.[15] [16] A court will first determine if the act or practice was “in or affecting commerce” before determining if the act or practice was unfair or deceptive.[17]

Unfair and Deceptive Definition
A practice is unfair when it offends established public policy or when the act or practice is “immoral, unethical, oppressive, unscrupulous, or substantially injurious to consumers.”[18] A party is guilty of an unfair act or practice when it engages in conduct which amounts to an inequitable assertion of its power or position.[19] [20] For an act or practice to be deceptive it must have “the capacity or tendency to deceive” but proof of actual deception is not required.[21] [22]

Deliberate acts of deceit or bad faith do not have to be shown, rather, the claimant must demonstrate that the act or practice possessed the tendency and capacity to mislead or created the likelihood of deception.[23] Additionally, it is not required that the claimant actually relies on the deception in order to prevail; actual reliance is not a factor to be considered.[24] 

Unfairness is a broader concept than, and includes the concept of, deceptiveness.[28] However, only one—either unfairness or deceptiveness—is required to bring the act or practice within the statute.[29] There is no requirement that the act or practice be both unfair and deceptive.[30]

A plaintiff can prove that an act was “in or affecting commerce” by demonstrating that the parties were “engaged in an activity involving an exchange of some type in which a participant could be characterized as a seller.”[38] However, the activity need only to “surround or affect a sale,” it does not need to meet a stricter standard of “inducing a sale.”[39]

In its broadest sense, commerce includes “intercourse for the purposes of trade in any form.”[40]

Causal Requirement

A claimant must prove that a defendant’s unfair or deceptive acts were the cause of the injuries the claimant incurred. Proof of actual injuries can include: loss of the use of specific and unique property, the loss of any appreciated value of property, and other elements of damage shown by plaintiff’s evidence.[44] Reliance on the defendant’s unfair or deceptive act is not necessary to show that the defendant was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. 

The Burden Shifting Scheme

North Carolina’s UDTPA created a statutory burden-shifting scheme. At the outset, the Plaintiff bears the burden of proof,[47] and must provide sufficient evidence to support his claim that he has suffered actual injury as a result of the defendant’s actions.[48] Then the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s actions “were in or affecting commerce,” and that they constituted an unfair or deceptive practice. Once a plaintiff has established his prima facie case, the burden shifts to the defendant to prove that he is exempt from the UDTPA.[49]

Fraud is sufficient evidence of an unfair or deceptive act, including fraud in the inducement;[81] [82] the use of coercive tactics is also covered by the statute;[83] negligent misrepresentation, including failure to disclose that amounts to misrepresentation;[84] and, a broken promise can also qualify if the promisor had no intent to perform when he made the promise, which amounts to promissory fraud.[85] 

Intentionally and Knowingly Making False Statements: Torrance v. AS&L Motors, Ltd., 119 N.C. App. 552, 459 S.E.2d 67 (1995).

A used car salesman told potential buyers a specific car had not been involved in an accident when asked by the buyers, even though the seller knew that statement was false. The buyer then relied on the statement that the car had never been in an accident and purchased the car. Because the car salesman knowingly lied to the buyers about the car’s accident history, the act was unfair or deceptive under the statute.

Failure to Inspect: Huff v. Autos Unlimited, Inc., 124 N.C. App. 410, 477 S.E.2d 86 (1996).

A used car salesman failed to conduct a simple visual inspection of a car that he knew had been in an accident. Even without the visual inspection, and with the knowledge that the car had been wrecked, the salesman sold the car with assurances of its reliability, subjecting him to liability for an unfair or deceptive trade practice.

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FRAUD: The Supreme Court has concluded that there are two types of fraud in a civil context: Actual and Constructive.  The Court has determined that Active Fraud is the false representation of a material fact or, in the alternative, the concealment of a material fact.  Moreover, the misrepresented material fact must be known to be false or made recklessly, without any knowledge of its truth or falsity.  A fact is considered “material” if, had it been known to the party, it would have influenced that party’s decision in making the contract at all.  Constructive Fraud, on the other hand, is based on the relationship between the parties.  It requires the existence of a relation of trust and confidence, in which the bad actor is alleged to have taken advantage of his position of trust, resulting in injury to the harmed party.  










Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Other Heritage House-- Part 2

A continuation of The Other Heritage House

Heritage House Condominiums were inspected by City of Greensboro housing inspectors every year until 2014 when they were deemed unfit to live in by the Greensboro City Council. Strangely enough, Greensboro housing inspectors had deemed Heritage House Condominiums safe to live in that very same year. It was only after the residents of Heritage House Condominiums were evicted from their homes that a third party inspector was called in to deem the building structurally unsound.

And yet four years later the building still stands while City Council tries to figure out how to sell a perfectly usable building they have not yet paid the actual owners for.

Our volunteer staff here at EzGreensboro.com has requested the housing inspection records for the owners of Heritage House Apartments from the City of Greensboro so that we might compare violations between Heritage House Condominiums and Heritage House Apartments. How long will it take for the City of Greensboro to reply to our public records request?

Well allow me to put it this way. In previous attempts to get public records I successfully sued the City of Greensboro after waiting over a year and still waited months. Seems they like to give things time to blow over before they let the facts be known.

But here are the facts we know thus far:

From Fox 8 Smoke alarms not working in apartment where deadly fire happened in Greensboro:

"The Greensboro apartment where a deadly fire happened early Saturday morning had smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms but they were not working at the time of the fire, according to a press release from the N.C. Department of Insurance."

The N.C. Department of Insurance, lead by elected representative Mike Causey, is the State level agency who investigates these sorts of things. Their opinion will stand up in any court in North Carolina.

Also from Fox 8:

"They weren't getting the attention they needed as it related to home repairs," said Walker.

She said the father of the family complained about small fires around the stove three days before the fatal fire."

Now if this can be proven we have the beginning of a criminal case, possibly for negligence or 5 counts of manslaughter. Does anyone know what became of 3 year old Marissa Ayun who got lead poisoning at the hands of the Agapions in 2004?

Greensboro Fire Marshal Timothy Henshaw confirmed there were no working smoke or carbon monoxide detectors in the unit. Also, from the Winston Salem Journal:
"Henshaw said some of the fire extinguishers, which were left on hooks outside the buildings, were missing and that others had faded labels, which he attributed to damage from the weather."

And while Irene Agapion-Martinez, whose family owns the property, claims the property was up to code just 18 months ago the history of the Agapions in Greensboro tell a very different story.


From Eric Ginsburg at Triad City Beat on February 18, 2015:  

"A similar cycle occurred with 2335 Floyd, which was also continued from June, July and August before being upheld in September. It was later rescinded in December after repairs to the entire building, and Irene said all but one unit are rented.

But even though the entire building was supposed to be cleared at the same time, and the inspector’s notes in the city’s online code compliance tracking system says every unit was in compliance, both windows for Apt. F — a unit in the back corner of the building —are currently boarded up."

Were all the apartments in compliance 18 months ago? Were they all inspected? How many of the Agapion's 400 plus properties are death traps, baited and set to kill innocent children?

And then there is this:

"By the end of 2014, 11 entities or individuals each owed the city more than $1,000 under the new fine structure. Some were larger institutions like Fannie Mae, that owed $1,475, while others were limited liability corporations or individual property owners. Three owed the city far more than anyone else. With $346,775 outstanding, the Agapion family is at the top of that list, and they have no intention of paying."

The Greensboro City Council has failed to act against the rich Agapions, the owners of Heritage House Apartments and hundreds of other slum properties here in Greensboro in collecting what is now in excess of $439,000 but had no problem stealing 177 private residences at Heritage House Condominiums over a $49,000 water bill.

"The Heritage House Homeowners Association owes nearly $49,000 on its water bill."

Now do you understand the problem? It's not just the Agapions, it's a complicit Mayor and City Council who bend over backwards to help the rich steal from the working classes.

And the new law suits are soon to start rolling in with your tax dollars paying for every bit of the damage except for the pain in a mother's heart. I can tell you from personal experience, nothing will ever compensate the loss of your children.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Eric Ginsburg on the Agapions and etc..., who Greensboro's City Council let get away with murder

Smoke alarms not working in apartment 
where deadly fire happened in Greensboro

The Greensboro apartment 
where a deadly fire happened early Saturday morning 
had smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms 
but they were not working at the time of the fire, 
according to a press release from the N.C. Department of Insurance.

All five children -- three boys and two girls -- 
who were in the apartment on Saturday have died. 


"Between March 1, 2014, when the city’s new fine structure began, and the end of the year, the city billed $683,475 in the zoning, re-inspection and civil penalties category. It collected a paltry $48,500 — just over 7 percent of the amount owed

...Three owed the city far more than anyone else. With $346,775 outstanding, the Agapion family is at the top of that list, and they have no intention of paying.

...The Agapions collectively own exactly 400 properties all over Guilford County. The majority of properties are in Greensboro, though their real-estate empire covers High Point, Stokesdale, Gibsonville, Pleasant Garden and Summerfield. Different family members own the parcels, with multiple people listed on a lot of different addresses. Of the 400, 103 are primarily attributed to Basil Agapion on the county’s online property index, and 45 are attributed to Sophia Agapion, who co-owns many of Basil’s properties as well.

Henshaw said some of the fire extinguishers, 
which were left on hooks outside the buildings, 
were missing and that others had faded labels, 
which he attributed to damage from the weather.

http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/questions-follow-deaths-of-children-in-greensboro/article_7f48d2c7-064c-5ca0-a3ff-789b3caabf56.html

At least one family member’s properties have come before the Minimum Housing Commission at almost every meeting for the last six months, particularly Basil and Sophia’s shared properties and Despina Agapion Psatha, who owns 40 properties in the county. Sometimes, multiple family members’ buildings appear on the same commission agenda, but Benton has only ever dealt with Irene Agapion.

Former Greensboro mayor Robbie Perkins 
is partly responsible for this tragedy 

Irene, a third generation real-estate agent, is the oldest of four siblings and has worked in the industry for 28 years, she said. Her father, Bill Agapion, founded Arco Realty in Greensboro in 1952, and was an early provider of racially integrated housing in the Southeast, Irene said. He still works with her and Basil at the company’s office on South Elm Street downtown near Mellow Mushroom, though Despina, one of Irene’s siblings, lives out of state, she said.

Greensboro mayor Nancy Vaughan 
is partly responsible

It isn’t just one or two properties: The city has condemned units or entire apartment buildings around the city. In the last six months, ongoing cases at Floyd Street, Summit Avenue and Emanuel Agapion’s property at 1316 Town Street came before the Minimum Housing Commission. In October 2014, a new case at 1224 Highland Avenue in Glenwood — owned by Despina — came before the commission but was continued until the December meeting. At that meeting, the commission upheld the condemnation order and also heard a new case: Nine units at 2316 Kersey Street in south Greensboro, owned by Basil and Sophia Agapion, had been condemned, but the commission continued the case until its March 10, 2015 meeting.

Marlene Sanford of TREBIC

Irene Agapion said the reason the family has so many housing code violations is a numbers game — with so many properties and family members involved, it isn’t surprising there are some issues, she said, while quickly noting that they are working to bring all the buildings into compliance....

Zach Matheny

https://triad-city-beat.com/condemned-greensboro-struggles-with-housing-code-enforcement/
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Remember RUCO?

From: Marlene Sanford - TREBIC (E-mail) To: Knight, Bill; "Trudy Wade"; Mary Rakestraw; Danny Thompson; Kee, James; Zack Matheny: Did Sue Schwartz out Robbie Perkins and Bev Perdue?


Deep background on the Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program (RUCO), which the NC Realtor's Association liked Robbie and TREBIC getting rid of


Koury, TREBIC and RUCO: What could Regulatory Capture look like?


Who did Greensboro’s Landlords Association PAC donate campaign cash to in 2009, and who do they want to castrate RUCO?


"Editorial: The RUCO shuffle

Last summer, the Greensboro City Council effectively let the clock run out
on a successful and proactive rental unit inspection program
by not lifting one finger to defend it. 

The council tabled a vote on a motion to support the program, called RUCO, 
or Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy, 
the day before a legislative vote in Raleigh and did not revisit the issue.

...For whatever reason, 
the majority on this council simply lacked the will to fight for the policy. 


Monday, April 3, 2017; Mark Sutter on Greensboro's Slumlords who fund City Council


Greensboro’s RUCO among handful of proactive rental housing inspection programs across state


RUCO Facts and Figures


Some on Greensboro council are lukewarm on RUCO

The RUCO board has traditionally been stacked with people associated with the real estate industry, who have made no secret of their desire to eliminate the program. Members of the board are appointed by council members, who are, in turn, generously supported in their election campaigns by people employed in the real estate industry.


Nancy Cries RUCO


N&R exiles to the limbo of its proprietary e-reader an article on possible changes to RUCO, so I'll summarize it for you:

RUCO seems to work pretty well at its objective of making rental properties safer and more livable, and people who advocate for renters like it a lot, but some landlords and politicians don't like it as much so it might get changed.


George Hartzman, referenced TREBIC influence; spoke to the representation and makeup of the RUCO Board; harming poor renters; and the makeup of the Greensboro Landlord Association.






If Skip Alston was/is a slumlord, and Robbie Perkins company funds TREBIC, which wants to gut RUCO...?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2013/06/if-skip-alston-wasis-slumlord-and.html

Ed Cone's RUCO Linkfest all found at Ed Cone's Word Up: Please answer the question Ed

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/09/ed-cone-ruco-linkfest-all-found-at-ed.html

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Other Heritage House

Perhaps you remember July 2014 when Ben Holder, a very close friend of Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, filed a complaint about the conditions of Heritage House Condominiums. Despite the fact that Mr Holder had never set foot in Heritage House Condominiums, the Greensboro City Council took possession of 177 individually owned properties and threw everyone out.

Update: Some have argued with me that Ben Holder did in-fact visit Heritage House in 2014. Ben Holder was well known for his videos in which he always stared, highlighting the many violations he found on the properties he inspected. I challenged Mr Holder to produce evidence to prove he actually went to Heritage House back in 2014. He avoided the question in his response. Four years have passed and still no evidence.

This was at a time when Greensboro was fast becoming the North Carolina city with the highest eviction rate and the city with the 7th highest eviction rate nation wide.

"Nearly 5,000 renters were evicted here in 2016 — the most recent year available — according to a new survey by Princeton University's Eviction Lab. That ranks us seventh in the nation."

But way back in 2008 another Heritage House had previously made the local news in an article titled, Agapion tenants are last on inspection list:


"But there remains the other side of the coin: the shoddy legacy of Heritage House Apartments. The 42-unit complex, which since 1992 has mostly housed Montagnard refugees from Vietnam, has a history of hundreds of major code violations that have continued unabated since Bill Agapion bought the complex in 1963.

And with only five months remaining before the deadline for every rental property in the city to be inspected under the new law, it was business as usual at the three dilapidated buildings in plain sight of one of the city’s busiest intersections.
“It slipped through the cracks,” inspection supervisor Lori Loosemore said in late June during a visit to Heritage House requested by the News & Record. “This would be a good candidate to take before the Housing Commission and get whole buildings under inspection.”

So did it slip through the cracks again? According to Fox8:



"The victims were a refugee family that came to the area from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2016, according to Latosha Walker, North Carolina African Services Coalition operations manager.

Walker said the coalition started to house refugees at at the complex that year, but that stopped just a year later.

"They weren't getting the attention they needed as it related to home repairs," said Walker.

She said the father of the family complained about small fires around the stove three days before the fatal fire."


How many fires would you put out before calling an electrician or other professional to come fix the problem? That's what I thought.

No one died at Heritage House Condominiums but the Mayor and Greensboro City Council took people's homes away from them. These five children aren't the first to die at Heritage House Apartments.  From the linked News & Record article:


"Yet the overall picture is hardly of recent vintage. In 1970 — the year Agapion-Palamaris was born — a group of tenants marched past Agapion’s South Elm office holding a sign: “When does this city plan to do something?”

The answer, presumably, was 2004, when the clock began ticking on the comprehensive citywide inspections. Why then, as of this summer, hadn’t the efforts reached Summit and Cone, the glaring bull’s-eye of the target?"

When does the City plan to do something?

It's now 2018 and still the Greensboro City Council now lead by Nancy Vaughan, fails to hit the target. Inflated crime rates were touted by City Council members to help justify the closing of Heritage House Condominiums but no crime rates for Heritage House Apartments have ever been made public.

Third party inspectors were brought in to access the condition of Heritage House Condominiums after it was closed despite the fact that City of Greensboro inspectors had deemed it safe every year. But across town at Heritage House Apartments it again appears that no one was checking to see if the conditions were safe or not.

When 177 individual property owners can't protect their homes but one rich family can own over $30 Million Dollars in slum properties and get away with it for multiple lifetimes, one can't help but wonder who our Mayor and City Council actually work for.

After all, 48 years is a long time to wait to have your home brought up to code.

And how many more innocent children must die?
Please continue reading The Other Heritage House-- Part 2

Saturday, May 12, 2018

On Richard Barron's garbage journalism regarding Roy Carroll and his parking deck taxpayer give away

http://www.greensboro.com/business/local_business/city-carroll-move-on-with-complex-negotiations-over-bellemeade-parking/article_2330e6df-268e-536b-b14c-6509ffa5f207.html
Roy Carroll and Tuggle Duggins' payoffs to Greensboro's City Council for their parking deck

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/02/roy-carroll-and-tuggle-duggins-payoffs.html

Downtown Greensboro needs more parking, says firm designing Davie Street deck

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/downtown-greensboro-needs-more-parking-says-firm-designing-davie-street/article_20186604-254b-5180-acfa-322c8f4cd80c.html

Robbie Perkins declines to say whether he is involved with Roy Carroll's parking deck deal or the Publix incentives

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/04/robbie-perkins-declines-to-say-whether.htm

I made a bunch of phone calls today trying to find out who the realtor is for Roy Carroll's Publix Greensboro incentive deal

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/03/i-made-bunch-of-phone-calls-today.html

Publix' "Project Sky"; From the City of Greensboro's secret meeting on the Publix incentive deal, compliments of Roch Smith Jr.; $250 million turned into $400 million

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/03/publix-project-sky-from-city-of.html

City Council Give Away; June 16, 2015; $188,280.87 of water and sewer for Roy Carroll hidden in item 9 of the consent agenda for Greensboro's City Council meeting

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/06/city-council-give-away-june-16-2015.html

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

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-much-did-city-spend-to-get-sewer.html

Carroll, whose commercial and apartment property holdings 
are worth more than $2 billion, 
said this is a rare moment that has caught him flat-footed.

News and Record

Monday, May 7, 2018

Local Democratic delegates vote to tell the national fundraising arm to stay out of the North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District primary election, the state’s most heavily contested congressional race between Adam Coker and Kathy Manning, and Greensboro's News and Record reports nothing, two and now one day before the election = Another media rigged primary



. .
"The resolution approved today by the NC 13th District Democrats during their annual convention at GTCC’s Jamestown campus called support by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “a disruptive and undemocratic force,” while calling on the state party to “demand that the DCCC support of candidates during  the primary election process be forbidden.

North Carolina and Greensboro's leadership and sold-out press 
have made a joke of our community and state. 

...The DCCC named Kathy Manning, a Greensboro philanthropist and heir to the Kay Chemical fortune who is running in the 13th district, to its “Red to Blue” list shortly after she announced her campaign in December 2017.

Our oligarchs 
have incrementally yet comprehensively seized most local economic and political power for themselves, which includes Kathy Manning. 

...The vote by a show of hands by delegates at the 13th Congressional District convention demonstrated “extremely strong support” for the resolution,”

...the delegates overwhelmingly supported the resolution, with the possible exception one person.

Kathy Manning

...the motivation behind the resolution was to encourage a long-term course correction in the Democratic Party in response to a perception among voters that the party is rigged to the benefit of favored candidates and unresponsive to the will of the people.

Democracy has given way to kleptocracy, 
and representative government has been rejected
in favor of rule by parasites like Kathy Manning etc..., 
who has little regard for the rights of citizens

...The resolution also said that DCCC’s intervention in the 13th district primary “subverts the democratic process by undermining the purpose and function of primaries” and causes “division within the district… as visibly evidenced by animosity on social media in arguments about the US House race in Guilford County.”

...Neither the DCCC nor officers with the North Carolina Democratic Party could be reached for comment for this story."

Jordan Green

https://triad-city-beat.com/local-democrats-tell-dccc-butt-13th-congressional-primary/

Owners of a private business intensely involved in convincing City Council
with words and money
lobbied to build a $90 million performing arts center to profit from,
and now they want everyone else has to cough up more money
to go directly into that Randall and Kathy's pockets,
while Kathy runs for Congress, 
and the News and Record won't report Kathy's take from PACs
which she said she wouldn't, 
and the local delegation's objections to her candidacy.

As of 6:28pm, nothing from the News and Record;

http://www.greensboro.com/

How the News and Record rigs elections for the status quo; "Candidates for Greensboro mayor offer different visions for city"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/how-news-and-record-rigs-elections-for.html

Kathy Manning's husband is building a taxpayer subsidized hotel 
that will directly take profits from other non-connected businesses  
to take advantage of her work unethically enabling a performing arts center,
and the News and Record won't report it

Downtown Greensboro needs more parking, says firm designing Davie Street deck, hired by Randall Kaplan's husband Kathy Manning

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/downtown-greensboro-needs-more-parking-says-firm-designing-davie-street/article_20186604-254b-5180-acfa-322c8f4cd80c.html


A bird flying by tells me Nancy Vaughan, DGI's Zack Matheny and City staff threw Roy Carroll under the bus to enrich Randall Kaplan and Kathy Manning, Congressional Candidate,George House and Justin Outling and Greensboro's elite oligarchs

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-bird-flying-by-tells-me-nancy-vaughan.html

Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism,
as it is the merger of corporate and government power

Benito Mussolini 

As of November 14, 2017, only $20 million of the private donations had been "raised"; If the City of Greensboro's bond council (Robinson Bradshaw) doesn't know how much Walker Sanders of the Community Foundation has actually brought in for the Steven Tanger Performing Arts Center, then who does?

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/04/as-of-november-14-2017-only-20-million.html

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, 
which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength 
and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

Thomas Jefferson 

Greensboro's News and Record has not reported "END CITIZENS UNITED ENDORSES KATHY MANNING IN NC-13" since March 1, 2018, after which she continued to take money from PACs

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/04/greensboros-news-and-record-has-not.html

STPAC VIP Parking Control Fraud Math

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/12/stpac-vip-parking-control-fraud-math.html

Downtown Greensboro Parking Deck Math = City Council lied to our community and may have broken a few laws

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/12/downtown-greensboro-parking-deck-math.html

How Kathy Manning enabled the misleading of a community on $23,108,494.98 Publicly Funded TPAC costs, by Greensboro's City Council, Staff and the 'Private Donors' who knew and said nothing

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/02/how-to-mislead-community-on-2310849498.html



Greensboro's City Council violated their oaths of office and the City Charter on TPAC, enabled by Kathy Manning

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/03/greensboros-city-council-violated-their.html

Greensboro City Council member Tammi Thurm's former employer Randall Kaplan's Wife and Congressional Candidate Kathy Manning's Tammi Thurm $1,000 contribution before she voted them a $30 million unneeded parking deck from which they will personally profit

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/01/former-greensboro-city-council-member.html