Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Is This A Conflict Of Interest?

Here we have Cecilia Thompson, director of the City of Greensboro funded Action Greensboro with her new boyfriend, Assistant Greensboro City Manager Chris Wilson enjoying a lovely trip to Canada together.

I hear Mr Wilson's wife stayed home here in Greensboro looking after both of their children. I'm reminded of an old Simon and Garfunkel song I used to share with Zack Matheny. Enjoy!

Truth And Reconciliation Comes Hard

Truth and reconciliation comes hard. Greensboro has waited many years, since 1979. And a formal apology from the Greensboro City Council all these years later might help but it still won't close the divide.

But the circumstances were perfect. The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia brought 1979 back into the minds of those of us who were here then. The death of a young white Charlottesville woman at the hands of an out of town racist Nazi, KKK sympathizer and injuries to 19 others played so much like the events of 1979 that we couldn't help but remember.

In 1979, left wing activists organized a protest in a neighborhood were they weren't wanted after having gone to China Grove, North Carolina and interrupted the KKK while watching a private viewing of the movie
Birth of a Nation. Feeling emboldened they dared the Klan to come to Greensboro and battle it out.

In Charlottesville, heavily armed, Nazi, KKK, and other right wing white supremacist groups went to a town were they weren't wanted and were met by left wing groups. Fighting ensued.

In both Greensboro and Charlottesville,  police were either unwilling or unable to respond as needed. You know, depending on who is telling the story.

Last night the Greensboro City Council voted to formally apologize for 1979 and thus accept the blame.

Did it look scripted to you? These same city council incumbents have been seated for years. Many of these same council members were involved in the Truth And Reconciliation process. Why now? Why not before? 

Just remember: this is an election year.

Maybe a bigger question is: why is the Greensboro City Council planning to put off the sale of Heritage House until after the election?

While the City and County continue to tax the property owners there?

Just remember: this is an election year.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thoughts on the Lake Jeanette and Buffalo sale; How the new owners may cash in

A little bird threw out the idea of back filling land from the highway coming through or otherwise into Buffalo Lake on the Cone Blvd. side to build lakefront town-homes and retail/restaurant/coffee shop etc... type places like the new strip on Lawndale by Kirkwood across from Target and the old Sears Goliath.

A big chunk of Lake Jeanette waterfront may be sold to a family next to the lake but on the wrong side of the pipeline going over, which apparently wasn't allowed access before.

If some of all the 'properties' sold for $850,000 end up being closely fit residential and commercial, the return on investment seems likely.

They could allow development out into the water.

Marty Kotis could put in a beach for swimming and an extended dock at what may be a new Darrel's where Ham's Lakeside and all the other failed restaurants at the site were named etc..., after he let's a charter school be built within spitting distance of a bunch of homeless sex offenders.

Funny how Mike Barber came out so strongly against Marty's interests.  Barber may be the only City Council member in Greensboro who didn't get one of Kotis' legal bribes.

Swimming and docks should be allowed on Lake Jeanette.

Let them have at it before the music dies.

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

"Politics Make Mountain Out of Molehill for Councilmember Outling

No one raised the issue of a potential conflict of interest when City Councilmember Justin Outling made the motion, and then voted in favor of ending the request for proposal (RFP) process for the city health insurance contract at the July 18 City Council meeting.

As the rest of City Council are cowards, 
or they don't understand what a conflict of interest is, 
or are so conflicted themselves they can't bring up another
for fear of retaliation, like Mike Barber and First Tee of the Triad, 
which John Hammer is too much of a crooked journalist to write about

The motion passed on a 6-to-3 vote with Outling voting in favor of his motion to end the RFP process and the City Council moved on.

Those who voted in favor just got a whole lot of votes
from many of the 3,500 United Health employees who live in the City,
and Justin got a pat on the back from United's lobbyists
and earned this year's bonus at work, which will make no mention of any of this

But Beloved Community Center activist and former attorney Lewis Pitts has filed a complaint with the North Carolina Bar Association alleging that Outling had a conflict of interest and should be sanctioned.

Good idea

Isn't Lewis Pitts an attorney, and if so, 
why didn't Roy's boy John Hammer mention it?

Questions have been raised about that vote because Outling is an attorney with Brooks Pierce, which does work for UnitedHealthcare (UHC), one of the two companies that participated in the RFP process.

Which makes his actions a conflict of interest,
but this propaganda is about defending Roy Carroll's financial interests, 
and getting the current bought and paid for City Coucil re-elected,
and not about telling any truths that would interefere 
with the actual purpose of the Rhino Times, 
which is now about advocating for Roy Carroll's financial interests

Outling said last week that he didn't even think it was a close call.

What was he supposed to say?

Outling said that if he was found to have a conflict of interest the city would have to revise its long-standing policy on conflicts of interest, which he said was fine with him as long as the city didn't have "A special Justin Outling policy."


But Outling said he would follow the advice of City Attorney Tom Carruthers, and if Carruthers said that he had a conflict of interest he would take whatever action was necessary.

The City Manager works at the pleasure of City Council, 
along with the City Attorney, 
so both the Manager and the Attorney work for City Council, 
which conflicts with the best interests of the taxpaying electorate

This week Carruthers issued his opinion on Outling's vote and Carruthers agrees it isn't a close call.
According to Carruthers, Outling was required to vote on the matter because he had no conflict of interest that would allow him to be recused.

It's up to the rest of Council to decide what is or isn't a conflict of interest, 
not the City Attorney, who really represents City Council, 
just as the Police Department Attorney represents the Police Department etc...,
but Hammer doesn't care about the truth, only locking down the votes
for Roy Carroll's finanancial interests, 
which has reaped a $30 million parking deck, the end of Lindsey Street, 
a water line under I-40, infrastructure for his new hotels etc...

...Carruthers, in his memo to the City Council, states that it is a limited opinion on this one vote.  Some of the factors that Carruthers lists are that this was not voting to award a contract but to end an RFP process.


Carruthers states, "There is no direct or indirect financial interest in this termination that falls within the law cited above."  The "laws cited above" are the City Charter and state statutes on conflicts of interest, which require either a direct or indirect financial interest.

Mr. Carruthers opinion shouldn't be taken into account, 
as City Council can fire him at will, which means he works for them, 
not the rest of us

He also notes that Outling is not a partner in the Brooks Pierce law firm but an associate of the firm.

"(e1) A member of the board or any other body 
exercising quasi‑judicial functions
...shall not participate in or vote 
on any quasi‑judicial matter in a manner 
that would violate affected persons' constitutional rights 
to an impartial decision maker. 

Impermissible conflicts include, but are not limited to, 
a member having a fixed opinion
prior to hearing the matter that is not susceptible to change, 
undisclosed ex parte communications, a close familial, business, 
or other associational relationship with an affected person, 
or a financial interest in the outcome of the matter. 

If an objection is raised to a member's participation
and that member does not recuse himself or herself, 
the remaining members shall by majority vote rule on the objection.

§ 160A‑388. 

Partners in a law firm share in the profits of the firm; associates are employees who are paid a salary.  As Outling noted, there is no way that the work the law firm does for UHC would affect his salary.

There are several ways, as John Hammer fails to point out, 
like not getting or getting a raise or a new client, a partnership
or a nice bonus this year for example, 
but as John has publicly admitted, he doesn't give a siht anymore about the truth, 
he just want to survive and be comfortable in his later years,
as opposed to being an actual journalist

Carruthers also notes that Brooks Pierce was representing UHC on an entirely unrelated matter and the law firm had no part in the RFP process.

"Any officer, department head or employee who has financial interest, 
direct or indirect,
in any proposed contract with the city 
or in a proposed sale of any land, material, supplies, or services
to the city or to a contractor supplying the city,
shall make known that interest
 and shall refrain from voting upon
or otherwise participating in the making of such contract or sale.

Any officer, department head, or employee
 who willfully conceals such a financial interest
or willfully violates the requirements of this Section
shall be guilty of malfeasance in office or position 
and shall forfeit his office or position.

Violation of this Section 
with the knowledge expressed or implied 
of the person or corporation contracting with or making a sale to the city
shall render the contract void."

Sec. 4.131. - Conflict of interest: Greensboro Code of Ordinances, City Charter

...Outling said that the city didn't want to define conflict of interest in way that would make it impossible for someone who worked in the private sector to be a city councilmember.

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. 

...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

...Outling added ...that evidently they couldn't find anything in his voting record to attack, so they came up with something else.

Nothing John Hammer or the News and Record could go after, 
as any of his taxpayer give away votes would implicate the rest of council,
which Roy, Marty, Randall, Koury and the Melvin's of Greensboro
have spent so much time, money and effort to purchase and control,
and listing events the 'news' organizations didn't cover directly after the fact 
would implicate the Rhino and the News and Record for journalistic negligence

Outling said that as long as all the councilmembers were held to the same standard, he had no problem complying, but he added that simply because someone worked for a nonprofit didn't mean that there were no possible conflicts of interest.

Score a win for Greensboro blogger George Hartzman...

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...

Perkins also happens to live in the building.

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

While the item passed unanimously, 
I am recommending that: 
(1) on April 16th the city council votes to excuse Mayor Perkins from this item; 
and (2) the remaining disinterested council members vote 
on the amendment to the general fund budget.”

Jordan Green

Councilmember Mike Barber is recused from voting on anything that has to do with Gillespie Park because he is president of First Tee of the Triad, which has a working agreement with Gillespie Park to use its facilities for First Tee programs.

No mention of how Hartzman made that happen

...When reopening the White Street Landfill to municipal solid waste was an issue, then Councilmember Nancy Vaughan was recused because then City Councilmember Don Vaughan, who was her husband at that time, had a contract with one of the companies that was bidding on the project.

And Zack Matheny, while a city councilmember, was also recused because the company he worked for was doing business with one of the companies that was bidding on a project.  But then City Councilmember Robbie Perkins was not recused despite the fact that his company had contracts with one of the companies involved..."
Mike Barber needs to recuse himself on Greensboro City Council's vote to replace Zack Matheny; Justin Outling Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marty Kotis' Tony Wilkins contribution before Tony voted to give Marty a $3 million building for $900,000

ITG's Neil Koonce, whose Cone Mills gets free methane from the White Street Landfill for Wilbur Ross, second found contribution; MariKay AbuZuaiter

Why should a community in stagnation subsidize Marty Kotis, who, according to Roy Carroll's Rhino Times, is worth more than $100,000,000, whose new projects take business away from the less connected?

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

Nancy and Don Vaughan Political Graft?; Don's payments from ITG while Nancy served on the Solid Waste Committee

"Our city has never shied away from difficult discussions" Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan

Nancy Vaughan (D) Pre Election Campaign Finance Report; (R) Marty Kotis - $1,000 and Roy Carroll

Marty Kotis angling for more city of Greensboro money, using taxpayer funded Zack Matheny as his lobbyist; "City might help"

AMEX, Robbie Perkins and Roy Carroll Stealing from Greensboro's Taxpayers?

Here's Robbie trying to get some incentives for his friends right before he left office;

"Hotel decision should wait for new council"

Ethical Responsibilities of the Governing Body of the City of Greensboro

Let's not forget about Zack, Roy and the Curfew: How much more could Roy and friends make, if they use the government to eliminate their downtown competition?

Zack Matheny on Incentives

What other properties did AMEX look at other than Roy's and Richard's?

A democracy will continue to exist
up until the time that voters discover
that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury

From that moment on
the majority always votes for the candidates
who promise the most benefits…
with the result that every democracy
will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy…

…nations always progressed through the following sequence

From bondage to spiritual faith
from spiritual faith to great courage
from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance
from abundance to complacency
from complacency to apathy
from apathy to dependence
from dependence back into bondage


Monday, August 14, 2017

Why would North Korea launch a rocket with a nuke, if they could sail a yacht into a US harbor, which could be blamed on any number of villains?

Why isn't it debated within the public sphere?

Scare the crap out of many it would

If X group/county/outfit etc... had the device and could get into in the Potomac river around DC,
and detonate, the instigator wouldn't be known like a rocket fired off from a landmass
into a radar field in which the whole world would know who did it

The world's financial markets would get cut in half...

So why hasn't anyone who has the means pulled the trigger?

Probably some of the same reasons only a few airplanes flew into buildings on 9/11
and not much since

Most of the powers that be like being so, and don't want to rock the boat to the point
where they fall, and the surrounding consequences after

It would mean the end of the current is

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

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Greensboro's City Council is going to re-approve a bogus 'job creation' package for Marty Kotis, Greensboro City Council's top, or second place biggest contributor behind Roy Carroll, $44,905 per job, for 8 jobs;

This is what Tony Wilkins stands for

This is what Nancy Vaughan stands for

This is what Goldie Wells stands for

This is what Justin Outling stands for

This is what Mike Barber stands for

This is what Marikay Abuzuaiter stands for

This is what Nancy Hoffmann stands for

This is what Yvonne Johnson stands for

This is what Sharon Hightower stands for

Marty Kotis is a parasite upon our community, and is supported by Tony Wilkins, Nancy Vaughan, Goldie Wells, Justin Outling, Mike Barber, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Nancy Hoffmann, Yvonne Johnson and Sharon Hightower

Money starts flowing in Greensboro City Council races


*Nancy Hoffmann: $47,337

Gary Kenton: $1,830

Hoffmann, a downtown property owner, snagged $1,000 donations from several local developers, including Kotis, Frank Auman, Dawn Chaney and John Lomax.

How stupid and/or negligent is Greensboro's press?

The unnamed "developer" in the following News and Record article is Marty Kotis; Interesting thing about Jamal Fox lobbying for Marty

Marty Kotis' Tony Wilkins contribution before Tony voted to give Marty a $3 million building for $900,000

Why should a community in stagnation subsidize Marty Kotis, who, according to Roy Carroll's Rhino Times, is worth more than $100,000,000, whose new projects take business away from the less connected?

A few Kotis campaign contributions from 2011;

ZACK MATHENY William Kotis Kotis Properties
ZACK MATHENY William Kotis Kotis Properties
JIM KEE William M Kotis III Kotis Developer
NANCY VAUGHAN William M. Kotis Kotis Properties
ROBBIE PERKINS William M. Kotis III Kotis Properties

Marty was the biggest campaign contributor 
in 2013's City Council races.

If developers pay for water and sewer extensions, why did we just pay for Roy Carroll and Marty Kotis?

Marty Kotis, Nancy Hoffman and Item 27 on Tuesday's City Council Agenda

Jim Kee appointing Jeff Nimmer to the Board of Adjustments

A couple interesting threads on Marty Kotis and his purchased minions

Some of the conversations between Marty Kotis and George Hartzman on his free water sewer outside Greensboro's city limits

Company seeks $2,871 each for higher paying 31 jobs, after Marty Kotis recieved $44,559 per "speculative" low paying job from City Council 

Marty Kotis Propaganda from the Business Journal "Plans for east Guilford retail center could lead to more development"
I would like Greensboro's City Council to approve the following language to prohibit the appearance of unethical behavior;

"Current Greensboro City Council Members and Candidates for local elected office are prohibited from accepting campaign contributions from board members of organizations, developers, contractors or their lawyers or agents who have or may receive taxpayer funded contracts or monies, for 12 months before and after doing business with Greensboro’s government."


Looks like Tony Wilkins called the Greensboro Fire Department to harras a Marty Kotis competitor

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"

More lost jobs for North Carolina; "Deal to repeal NC bathroom law falls apart"

The cowardice of Greensboro News and Record's Doug Clark and Allen Johnson on Marty Kotis

Dear Triad City Beat's Eric Ginsburg on Marty Kotis

Roy Carroll, John Hammer, Jon Hardister, John Faircloth, John Blust and Trudy Wade confirm they are bigots; Marty Kotis just hosted a John Blust fundraiser at one of his restaurants.  He supports Phil Berger and the rest of our local delegation.  He serves on the UNC Board of Directors as an R.  Marty supports HB2 and is going to make more money from it by being able to fire pregnant women etc... and no one seems to want to point it out.

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

Proof Marty Kotis is all in on hate and bigotry in North Carolina with John Blust, who voted for and defended HB2

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

John Lomax; $1,000

Kathy 'STPAC' Manning $1,000; Kathy's hubby Randall Kaplan just got a $30 million parking deck for his new hotel down the street from the performing arts center, thanks to the Nancys and friends

Jim Melvin

Skip Moore, who totally fucked up the Say Yes to Education program,
and misled Guilford County's youth and their parents with bullshit made up numbers
of how many kids could get college paid for

Donna Newton, who represents Greensboro's Community Foundation who, see Skip Moore,
but the Foundation was/is skimming off the top of scholarship monies with way high fees,
lining Walker Sanders' pockets along with the STPAC monies

Brooks Pierce's Reid Phillips; $1,000; Making sure he keeps the City's legal business, and motivating Nancy to keep Justin advocating for Brooks' clients without conflict of issue issues

Nick Piornack; $250; Who got Hoffmann's vote for millions for the Revolution Mills project from taxpayers after Piornack defaulted on a loan for his Lewis Street clusterfuck

Arthur Samet, $500 and another $1,700 from the family; Who got Nancy's vote for taxpayer funded developer give aways

Paul Saperstien; $250; Greensboro's taxpayer funded DC lobbyist

Desmond Sheridan; $500; Real Estate and developer attorney who lobbies for those who are interested in greasing the wheels of elected leaders for profit.

Barry Siegal; $1,000; who got money from the City and parking deck spots for downtown apartments which Nancy voted for

And Andy Zimmerman; $500, who has reaped millions from taxpayer coffers via Nancy Hoffmann
Nancy Hoffman's post election filing take from Roy Carroll via the Triad Good Government PAC

Randall Kaplan's payoff for Nancy Hoffmann's votes for his hotel money and the Performing Arts Center

$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

19. ID 16-0188 Resolution Approving Construction Contract with Samet Corporation/SRS, Inc. as the CMAR to Build the Coliseum Field House

JW CMAR Field House D League - 3-31-16.docx
ID 16-0188 Resolution Authorizing Samet.docx

The Greensboro City Council has already approved $1.2 million in loans as part of the shovel-ready site initiative. Developer Pete Goria and Samet Corp. plan to use loans of $600,000 each for projects in Greensboro.

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

How to purchase Mayor Nancy Vaughan for pennies and get a $5,482,424.00 City of Greensboro taxpayer funded project, by Samet Corporation

Greensboro City Councilmember Nancy Hoffmann's Samet payoff for sliding $5,482,424.00 to Samet Corporation

"Greensboro approves bond for coliseum improvements, construction for new basketball team"; No mention of Samet contributions to Hoffmann and Vaughan

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

Nancy Hoffmann's take from Andrew Brod's money made via the City of Greensboro

Greensboro's danger is the connected politicians, elites, and media pundits who enable, run and pilfer our city

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

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

Nancy Hoffmann Attempts To Steal Downtown Building

Two very different Nancy Hoffmann related articles on her downtown property which received taxpayer funds she voted for via DGI

John Hammer on Nancy Hoffmann

New City of Greensboro Give Away Program John Lomax and Sam Simpson knew about before the general public

Yes Weekly, 11/16/2011; On John Lomax's "reimbursement" for $217,812

Per DGI's Jason Cannon; City Councilwoman Nancy Hoffmann signs authorization for tenant to recieve taxpayer money she voted for

From a thread at Greater Greensboro Politics on Nancy Hoffman's Crony Capitalism and Self Dealing

DGI $ and favoritism for Nancy Hoffmann's on Elm Street with DGI money she voted herself via her incoming tenents

Today's News and Record Letter to the Editor on Nancy Hoffmann, and a Hoffmann Linkfest

Eric Robert on Nancy Hoffmann

On Nancy Hoffmann's DGI Self Dealing and Conflict of Interest

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Orange Marmalade On White Toast

Councilman Mike Barber's latest exploits turn into orange marmalade on white toast.

27th homicide in Greensboro during 2017

"The city only had numbers available through July 30th. According to those numbers, the city had 22 homicides by July 30th 2017.

That's compared to 13 homicides by the same point in 2016."

What are the chances Justin Outling isn't playing ball for Brooks, Pierce's other clients if he got 16 Brooks, Pierce employees to give to his campaign so far?, and some Marty Kotis

2017, Mid Yr, Outling Justin, Justin Outling, PDF;

How much taxpayer money has Justin Outling voted for Marty Kotis,
since Justin was appointed to City Council, just like Tony Wilkins was, 
and now just like Goldie Wells was?

Yes, I am saying appointing Council members right before elections is crooked politics

I am also saying accepting an appointment to City Council and then running is crooked,
which makes Justin, Tony, and now Goldie, crooked and cheating elected leaders
who perverted our community with cronyism and political favors, 
along with all the other Council members who voted to let an appointee run
without a commitment that they wouldn't

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

Who gave to John Hardister;

William Marshal Kotis III - $3,799.96

Why did Marty Kotis give Phil Berger $10,200?

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

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

Greensboro council to consider selling property to Kotis

More Special Favors For Marty Kotis''

Joe Killian on tonight's edition of City Council's pay to play crony capitalism; "Greensboro council to consider selling [$3,054,100] property to Kotis" for $900,000

Marty Kotis' Tony Wilkins contribution before Tony voted to give Marty a $3 million building for $900,000

John Hammer on Kotis' sweet City of Greensboro real estate deal and the obvious, unasked question of whether the sale was crooked or not

Kotis employee Jeffrey Nimmer giving to Sharon Hightower before she voted to give some goods to Marty Kotis

Marty Kotis paying off Yvonne Johnson before she voted to give a $3 million building to Marty for $900,000

Marty Kotis, City Council, City Staff and the News and Record have a problem

Sharon Hightower's take from selling taxpayer owned property to Marty Kotis for pennies on the dollar

Katei Cranford on Marty Kotis and Greensboro News and Record's "fluff piece" garbage journalism

On Marty Kotis' land give away coming up on Tuesday

This is what selling a property to Greensboro's biggest campaign donor reads like

Is Marty Kotis buying City of Greensboro property for less than the appraised value illegal?

Marty Kotis' Zack Matheny payoff for some quid pro quo DGI lobbying and taxpayer incentive money

North Carolina and Greensboro's leadership and sold-out press have made a joke of our community and state.  They perverted and rotted our economy from within.  Our elected leaders have lined their donors' pockets in exchange for campaign donations and signs on commercial properties and billboards. 

These 'leaders' and their financial backers have ignored the travails of the average income citizen.  We want good paying jobs back, as Roy Carroll, Marty Kotis and the Koury's among others at the top of our local food chain effectively opposed living wages and basic worker rights via purchased state legislators and crooked, crony backed legislation.  Think about how much more money Marty and friends can make by more easily firing newly pregnant restaurant servers and hotel house keepers.  Just on insurance premiums, these fine folks living off the rest of us who hire and pay low wages to those, who if they say anything about it are immediately fired without any governmental intervention.  Many used to call it slavery.  Now it's the same thing, without the stigma as it has become something of a national pastime for the 1%.

If 'we' are dumb enough to believe 
with the help of Marty Kotis, Roy Carroll, and Koury Corporation 
are paying to tell us to believe
which is what the bible thumping morons on the local far right
are are saying they believe, in direct contradiction to basic rationality,
there is seriously something very wrong with our local society
and our local political and economic establishment are in on it.

Marty Kotis appears to be saying he doesn't want any gays anywhere near his properties
or eating at his restaurants because they are gay or trans
by not asking for his money back from those in North Carolina's legislature
who have lost thousands of jobs for our state

I wonder is all the City Council members in Greensboro 
are going to give Marty the money he purchased them with back
because he favors discriminatory legislation

Marty only extracts rent from most of the restaurants on his properties, which the News and Record's Allen Johnson doesn't seem to understand.  But Allen doesn't understand basic economics, so that's what we have for an 'opinion leader'.  

More like a cheerleader of the uneducated variety whom everyone likes to look at anyway.

Doug Clark and Allen Johnson didn't understand or foresee what happened last time the economy tanked, and their jobs are to not know or report as we decline once again.

They, along with the Triad Business Journal, are just cheerleaders for the 1%.