Monday, August 20, 2018

One Last Question

The following is an e-mail I sent to Greensboro City Councilwoman Sharon Hightower, Councilwoman Goldie Wells, and Greensboro City Attorney Thomas Carruthers on August 16, 2018:


"Sharon, Goldie and Tom,

Most everything I know about the Agapions is from media reports and watching the way they maintain the many homes they own in my neighborhood. Fact is: I can see no signs that any maintenance is done while the homes are occupied. Only after the tenants move out or are forced to leave via condemnation of the property or eviction does any noticeable work get done.
If you were to do public information requests for permits and somehow manage to compare the dates to occupancy you might be able to find a coloration. If the City were seeking legal action then Tom and the legal department might be able to suponea the records needed to colorate the results. (I'm sure I misspelled suppona and colorate. Probable misspelled coloration too.)
You might begin with 1309 Willard St owned by Despina Agapion. It was occupied for at least 15 years by a disabled white man named John and his black wife who worked nights for Cone Hospital. They were good neighbors, never any problems.
John worked hard despite being mentally and physically disabled. He heated the house with wood he collected on a  home made trailer he pulled behind his moped. I helped him with some of the welding on the trailer but mostly just let him use my welder himself. Another neighbor, Charles Walker, now diseased, loaned him a few tools as well. Charlie taught me to weld when I was a teenager. You should have seen the used GPD Cushman 3 wheeler Charlie Walker and I hopped up when I was about 15. You couldn't pay me to drive that thing now but back then I blasted down the streets 'til the neighbors called the cops and I had to hide it in the woods.
And the Yamaha powered go-cart we built.... You don't want to know.

Now-a-days I see the young black men on their dirt bikes waking me from my naps and I think about calling the cops.... but then I remember. When one of them crashed into my car and tried to run I caught him and made him call him momma. He wanted me to call the cops instead. I even locked his bike in the shed until his older brother could get off work and come pick it up.
By the way, he wasn't that hard to catch, he had a broken arm and a lump on his head. I'm sure his momma gave him hell all the way to Cone Hospital. Later I gave him some riding lessons.

There were a few I called the cops on-- like the one popping wheelies up and down the street with a baby in his lap. I couldn't let that pass. I still ride and love to ride fast but not stupid. Yeah, I rode my little boy on my bike... slowly around his grandpa's yard.

John and his wife took care of their grandchildren during the daytime because the family couldn't afford child care. The children were all well behaved. John had a few laying hens that I had given him when my hens hatched too many chicks. He wanted a rooster too but I explained to him that my rooster was grandfathered in. He eventually figured out how grandfather clauses work.

Over the years John maintained the house the best he could. But some things were beyond his abilities and financial means. When they complained to the city that the Agapions would not repair the house, the City condemned the house forcing John and his family to move at a time when they couldn't afford the move.
The house has been empty for almost a year while repairs are slowly being made.
Over the years I've seen this repeated many times before. All over my neighborhood. Now its happening to hundreds on Summit Ave. It's happened to hundreds, perhaps thousands before, just not so many at one time.

As I made my way home from the Renaissance Community Cooperative today I traveled past the house at 1309 Willard St where I saw men working on the outside of the house. This is very near your home, Goldie, only 1 block from Peeler Recreation Center. The photo at Google maps shows what the house looked like when John and his wife lived there: https://goo.gl/maps/gUfAhvYSoeR2 You can even see John's moped out front.

I didn't see a building permit as I drove past the house. But perhaps the weather took it away. Or not? The Agapions do have a history of not pulling permits... Didn't a plumber die because of that?

This leaves us with but one last question."

Just thought I would share.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

How the City of Greensboro shafted poor people on auto fees; Regressive taxation with lousy representation


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

The City of Greensboro made poor people pay more as a percentage of income,
so the wealthy pay less and they have been doing it for years

$30 - $10 = $20 increase for every car in every household

If the average household has two cars, it's a $40 annual increase 

$40 / $100,000 = 0.0004 increase

$40 / $50,000 = 0.0008 increase

$40 / $30,000 = 0.00133 increase

$40 / $20,000 = 0.002 increase

Our 'liberal' City Council are quite the vermin,
as they're not even liberal, or progressive

Greensboro's poorest don't know they got the shaft
just like last year, and the year before, 
from a City Council who a reaping revenue on regressive taxation of the poor 

Legal theft this is, from the poor for the benefit of the rich
by Greensboro's City Council

And now we are paying more for Water and Sewer
on top of a 300% increase in Greensboro's car tax
which Justin Outling, Sharon Hightower and Yvonne Johnson didn't object to, 
betraying our poorest citizens and many of their constituents

These folks don't know what shame is, 
they just roll with it as the News and friends are so financially illiterate
they can't figure it out enough to inform the majority of Greensboro's public of the scam

City Council is for skimming off of poor people more than they already are 
to pay for handouts to rental owning financial backers

They don't mind kicking 'East Greensboro' residents in the nuts a little bit more,
but that City Council's African American league is in on it is disgusting

Greensboro's City Council is going to tax the poor to please their paymaster donors
who make a whole lot more, 
and will be taxed less by a 'liberal' group of 'Say Yes' men and women

As the economy tanks, 
poorer citizens in Guilford County will be paying for what wealthy landlords etc...
won't have to pay because it's a vehicle tax instead of a property tax

'Regressive Tax'

A tax that takes a larger percentage from low-income people than from high-income people.

A tax that takes a larger percentage of the income of low-income people than of high-income people.

...it hits lower-income individuals harder.

Sales taxes...are generally considered to be regressive 
...because expenses for food, clothing and shelter tend to make up a higher percentage
of a lower income consumer's overall budget.

...even though the tax may be uniform (such as 7% sales tax),
lower income consumers are more affected by it because they are less able to afford it.

...a regressive tax imposes a greater burden (relative to resources) on the poor than on the rich
— there is an inverse relationship between the tax rate and the taxpayer's ability to pay
as measured by assets, consumption, or income.

Regressive taxes tend to reduce the tax incidence of people with higher ability-to-pay,
as they shift the incidence disproportionately to those with lower ability-to-pay.


'Regressive Tax'

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/01/regressive-taxes-by-city-council.html

Monday, December 19, 2016; Anyone who said Greensboro didn't raise taxes last year was lying very much

The City of Greensboro is proposing made poor people pay more
so the wealthy pay less as a percentage of income,
and they have been doing it for years

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/12/anyone-who-said-greensboro-didnt-raise.html

Greensboro City Manager Jim Westmoreland recommends regressive tax increases on Greensboro's poorest citizens

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/05/greensboro-city-manager-jim.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/06/john-hammer-on-greensboros-regressive.html

"Council Admits To Raising City Taxes", and John Hammer's big lie

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/06/council-admits-to-raising-city-taxes.html

Greensboro's Mayor Vaughan and Tony Wilkins just cost City taxpayers a lot of money

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/01/greensboros-mayor-vaughan-and-tony.html

Greensboro City Councilman Justing Outling voted for regressive taxes for Greensboro's poor 

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/06/greensboro-city-council-plans.html

Premeditated fraud on the City's taxpayers by Justin Outling and City Council

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/12/tonight-greensboros-city-council.html

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Town of Summerfield Manager Scott Whitaker throws Summerfield mayor Gail Dunham under a bus

From: Scott Whitaker [mailto:swhitaker@summerfieldgov.com]
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2018 2:03 PM
To: Stokes nwobserver.com>; Pegram <@summerfieldgov.com>; O'Day <joday@summerfieldgov.com>; Reece Walker <rwalker@summerfieldgov.com>; Dena Barnes <denabarnes@triad.rr.com>; 'William Hill' <whill@frazierlawnc.com>

Cc: Gail Dunham, Summerfield <GADunham@aol.com>; Gail Dunham <mayorgail@yahoo.com>; clerk@summerfieldgov.com; Mike Southard @triadhosting.com>; Bill Stone @stonepcworks.com>
Subject: Re: Public Record Requests in Summerfield

Council, and Bill,

Unfortunately, much of what Mayor Dunham is saying in her citizen-group newsletter below is, again, untrue.

This isn’t a case of her not understanding what emails the town is in possession of, it’s a continuation of her deflection and unwillingness to take responsibility for the records that only she possesses.

I’ve copied two town vendors who have knowledge of our email and IT set-up and invite them to correct any misunderstanding that I might have. Regarding our mayor’s mayorgail@yahoo.com address, there is no connection between this account and the town server. The town possesses emails from this address only when they’re received by addresses that have a connection to our server, such as swhitaker@summerfieldgov.com, clerk@summerfieldgov.com, etc.

Otherwise, the town doesn’t have access to this address when the mayor emails citizens, contractors, agencies, legislators, etc. or when others email her at this address.

Regarding our mayor’s long-time gadunham@aol.com address, the situation is the same. The town only possesses those emails when they’re received by addresses that have a connection to the town. The town has gradually acquired several emails that clearly show she has used (as late as mid-June) this personal address with some individuals regarding town business. Also, when the mayor says that her original, town-issued address (gdunham@summerfieldgov.com) wasn’t working, the issues were not on the town’s end (not related to our email clients). The issues had to do with her preferred set-up and preferences.

Nothing has changed regarding what records the town possesses. Certainly it’s in possession of many emails from our mayor, but the requestors are asking for either all of the mayor’s town-related emails or specific ones to individuals that the town has never possessed. The mayor’s communication below is a prime example of her distribution of town-related emails, clearly a public record, to a select group (“Friends of Gail Dunham”) that the town only possesses if someone forwards it. If the town provided all of what it possesses, it would be a percentage of the total and largely not what’s being sought. If the mayor ever provides all records, we can do a “data dump” that will hopefully address all requests.

The town has not sought citizen-only emails (?), but instead those dealing with town matters to and from our mayor, Council member Pegram, and former Council member Rotruck. The town isn’t the requestor in any instance; our role is to respond as statutorily required when others make requests. The communication below is dishonest and is largely deflection and sad finger-pointing.

Frustrated,

Scott

Town Manager Scott Whitaker
Town of Summerfield
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From: Patti Stokes <patti@nwobserver.com>
Date: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 11:40 AM
To: Scott Whitaker <swhitaker@summerfieldgov.com>, Bill Hill <whill@frazierlawnc.com>
Cc: Lance Heater <clerk@summerfieldgov.com>
Subject: FW: Public Record Requests in Summerfield

Hi Scott and Bill,

I’m SO confused – Per Gail’s email below, she insists that the town is in possession of her emails, and that she has promptly replied to public records requests for her emails. That wasn’t my understanding. Do I need to print a correction to what I’ve been reporting??

patti stokes, editor/publisher
pscommunications
publisher of the Northwest Observer
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August 13, 2018                                       

Public Records Requests in Summerfield

On a personal note, I have been requesting that the town release all town-business-related emails from December 13, 2017 to date to comply with the N.C. Public Records Act. The emails are on the town server and the town professional Technical Services could release them. The contractor has provided similar email research in the past. Release them all including Scott Whitaker, town manager and Bill Hill, town attorney, so that no word, phrase, or sentence is taken out of context and there is a more complete record for the public if this is of interest to you.

NC Statute Chapter 132 states that Public Records requests must be “in connection with the transaction of public business,” and “pursuant to law or ordinance” (not “all emails”). NC School of Government blog also states “made or received in connection with the transaction of public business.” Transaction is the word, used legally, and it is a noun, transact is a verb.

Public records are for the public, the citizens, to request from the town. It is not for the town to request, demand or disclose emails from private citizens, and that is happening now. I feel the town must respect your privacy.

My occasional Summerfield emails are to inform you about town meetings/business and to promote citizen participation. Those emails are not provided at government expense and are social media and paid for by my political action committee.

When I requested public records in the past they were specific and usually about how the town was spending your money. In years past requests for “all emails” town attorney Bill Hill stated those requests were too broad and had to be specific.

I used the gdunham@summerfieldgov.com for about a month (Dec 2017+) and I do not have those emails. They are on the town server and should be disclosed with all town business emails. Summerfieldgov had multiple problems, including email not going through for up to three days. The town contractor and I spent time and taxpayer money, but it was just not working. While there were problems with summerfieldgov Scott Whitaker sent some emails to my personal and political GADunham@aol.com. Public Records Requests are filed with the town, not with individuals, and, again, it is up to the town to comply and release those town business emails which the town has.

MayorGail@yahoo.com is only for town business, and goes through the town server with other town emails. It is not unique as the following emails also go through the town server.

SFTownMgr@gmail.com
John.Oday.Jr@gmail.com
DenaBarnes@triad.rr.com

In the past other officials have also used the following with the town server and town business:

Mark Brown                  Edard4@bellsouth.net
Mike Adams                 CAA119@aol.com
Tim Sessoms               TSessoms@CRGWF.com
Dianne Laughlin Grannymadi@triad.rr.com

If you care about recent details I received ten requests and replied far more promptly, even with time off for family vacation, more timely than I received as a private citizen. Three are from one person, and did not receive April 25th until much later. Two from one person with only a phone number not listed to that person. I requested corrections, but they were sent back to me with no corrections. Overwhelmingly the requests are “all emails” and some including time as a private citizen. I generally replied correctly that “all emails” is overly broad, and not specific to NC Chapter 132 “transaction of town business.” I will continue to monitor public requests, and encourage them to comply with the NC Statute. As I stated above I do not even have some of those emails; they are with the town server. I think too much town time and taxpayer money is being spent in pursuit of personal emails of private citizens and others. Seems the ten are a mounting political pile.

I hope the town will release the town business emails on the town server, and invest town time and resources in constructive work to serve the taxpayers of our beautiful town.

Thank you.

Scroll down for contact information for your Town Council, and committee members.

Feel free to share this email. Thank you!

Gail Dunham
5805 Snow Hill Drive, Summerfield 27358
643 - 1321
MayorGail@yahoo.com

Summerfield mayor Gail Dunham conspiring with Todd Rotruck on his residential status and the editor/publisher of the Northwest Observer on Dunham's character, and other records request related communications

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/08/summerfield-mayor-gail-dunham.html

Records request of the Town of Summerfield

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/07/records-request-of-town-of-summerfield.html

Say Yes Guilford, Say Yes to Education and another appointed crony to a local elected board, Winston McGregor who is going to cover Alan Duncan's back on one of the most under-reported frauds in Guilford County's history

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/07/say-yes-guilford-say-yes-to-education.html


Monday, August 13, 2018

Nancy Vaughan Makes False Accusations Against Constituent

From our Mayor's Facebook Constituent Page. Be sure to note the time stamps.



No apologies, no remorse, she just doesn't care. These are the people who lead our city.

Help For Greensboro's Poor People

Someone call Mayor Nancy Vaughan and tell her Greensboro needs a track so we can watch all of Greensboro horses asses... ah, I mean politicians and their cronies race around. Leave a comment, like or share if you'd pay to see that!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Summerfield mayor Gail Dunham conspiring with Todd Rotruck on his residential status and the editor/publisher of the Northwest Observer on Dunham's character, and other records request related communications



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"I understand if you choose not to jump into this battle we unfortunately have playing out in Summerfield, but if you do, I’ll be happy to provide any further information that would help in writing a fair account of the mayor’s public records requests and her reluctance (or refusal) to fulfill them.

In full disclosure, I must admit I am biased – as both a community news writer/editor and a Summerfield citizen, I despise and distrust Gail Dunham and I am embarrassed to have to call her our mayor … in the six months she has been in office she has done more to tear our community apart than most could have possibly done in years."

patti stokes, editor/publisher
pscommunications
publisher of the Northwest Observer
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A question about John Hardister's character by Eric Preston at Greater Greensboro Politics without complaining, negative or purely partisan information

"If a donor constituency gives him enough money, he will advocate for their wishes regardless of his own views. It's a positive if one intends to use government for private interests.

If you are for crony capitalism, Jon was on board with the strategy of using hate and screwing poor, old etc... workers to get corporate employment costs to fall, by voting for discrimination and control of local minimum wage controls, thereby increasing Hardister's donor's profits,

If you are for fewer gays or trans in North Carolina, please vote for Jon Hardister, who was in on using HB2, a self serving bigoted political stunt to eliminate thousands of jobs in North Carolina to get reelected.

If you want to make it easier to get rid of older, higher paid employees, to rid businesses of newly pregnant women, or those who become handicaped.

If you want to make it easier for business owners who like relations with the help and otherwise exploit women, and then fire pregnant women who slow down productivity.

If you want Jon Hardister's healthcare industry donors to make more money from more poor, uneducated low paid workers paying more out of pocket for healthcare from parasitic doctors and insurance companies, while large companies have to pay maternity care leave and save on insurance costs
by firing pregnant women without cause before birth, then Jon's your man.

Who voted for HB2?

Whether you're for or against North Carolina's HB2, or "bathroom bill", it's important to know how our Representatives voted.

Jon Hardister

http://www.whovotedforhb2.com/house-of-representatives.html

“We didn’t see this coming,” Republican House member John Hardister told Triad City Beat.

If you are for an elected official wreaking havoc on innocent lives by an uncaring, unfeeling, selfish, irresponsible, parasitic psychopath who lies to his constituents, trades political favors for campaign contributions, turns a blind eye to the wishes of the electorate, cheats taxpayers out of hard-earned dollars, favors the corporate elite and spares little thought for the impact of his thoughtless actions and hastily votes for legislation harming defenseless citizens, Jon Hardister is made up of nothing but awesome sauce. It's definitively a positive if that's what you're into

https://www.facebook.com/groups/489455471144650/permalink/1810094552414062/?comment_id=1812825342140983&reply_comment_id=1812829202140597&notif_id=1533738225479505&notif_t=group_comment&ref=notif
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More lost jobs for North Carolina; "Deal to repeal NC bathroom law falls apart"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/12/more-lost-jobs-for-north-carolina-deal.html

By financially supporting John Faircloth after HB2 on March 23, 2016, Robbie Perkins put hatred and bigotry before economic growth

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/by-financially-supporting-john.html

How much is this going to cost North Carolina?; "NBA pulls All-Star Game from NC citing HB2"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-much-is-this-going-to-cost-north.html

Post HB2 North Carolina state level campaign finance reports are flowing in

These folks, along with some down in Charlotte 
cost North Carolinians thousands of jobs
along with those who funded them after March 23, 2016;

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/post-hb2-north-carolina-state-level.html

Tuesday, April 26, 2016; A few questions for the City of Charlotte concerning HB2

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-few-questions-for-city-of-charlotte.html

Art Pope and other funders of HB2 legislators cry uncle

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/05/art-pope-and-other-funders-of-hb2.html

Dear Triad City Beat's Eric Ginsburg

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/05/dear-triad-city-beats-eric-ginsburg.html

Roy Carroll, John Hammer, Jon Hardister, John Faircloth, John Blust and Trudy Wade confirm they are bigots

The saddest part of this whole affair other than lost jobs is the News and Record and other 'mainstream paper's overtly purposeful inability to call out those business leaders supporting the economic decimation of our state. Roy Carroll and other funders of these elected officials are advocating bigotry, discrimination and fewer worker rights in North Carolina, and the news industry isn't pointing out who the real villains actually are behind the curtain.

Consumers who could be objecting with their wallets are being prevented from the opportunity to do so.  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.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/05/roy-carroll-john-hammer-jon-hardister.html

Proof Marty Kotis is all in on hate and bigotry in North Carolina

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/04/proof-marty-kotis-is-all-in-on-hate-and.html

Back story on HB2, explaining how Pat McCrory fell on his own sword provided by Phil Berger and friends

Pat McCrory tried to use hate and corporate wishes to get reelected
to the detriment of North Carolina's work force protections

Phil Berger, Paul Stam, Chad Barefoot, Trudy Wade, John Faircloth, 
Jon Hardister, John Blust, Roy Carroll, Marty Kotis and friends 
were on board with the strategy of using hate and screwing poor, old etc... workers
to get themselves and Pat McCrory reelected
and Roy and Marty's employment costs to fall, thereby increasing their profits,
and Tony Wilkins is okay with it

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/04/back-story-on-hb2-explaining-how-pat.html

"Governor Pat McCrory’s Executive Order 93 doesn’t fix or even put a band aid on HB 2." Meaning Pat McCrory lied to the public on March 25, 2016

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/04/governor-pat-mccrorys-executive-order.html

This is what Blust, Faircloth, Berger, Hardister and Wade voted for;

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/04/this-is-what-blust-faircloth-berger.html

On the possible motives to have voted for and/or signed HB2 into North Carolina law
Maybe McCrory is using it as a job creation initiative for slave like labor jobs.

Bring back some of the slave jobs from China to North Carolina's factory owners who fund him.

Duke Power/Energy probably wouldn't mind making more money from more profitable businesses
who don't have to pay more for labor than absolutely necessary.

North Carolina may become an abusive employer magnet if the issue is affirmed by the election.

I suppose congratulations will be in order.

Hb2 will be good for fields of work exploiting women.

Good for business owners who like relations with the help.

Easier to fire pregnant women who slow down productivity.

McCrory's healthcare industry donors would make more money
from more poor, uneducated low paid workers paying more out of pocket for healthcare
from parasitic doctors and insurance companies.

Bank of America is saying they oppose the legislation
without asking for their Pat McCrory PAC and other donations back,
meaning they are actually for it, while keeping up appearances.

Maybe they get an automobile manufacturer now that they dissolved North Carolina's employment law risks.

Big money won't have to pay maternity care leave and save on insurance costs
by firing pregnant women without cause before birth.

Before birth.

It's the American way.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/04/on-possible-motives-to-have-voted-for_3.html

HB2; Pat McCrory, Phil Berger, Jon Hardister, John Faircloth, John Blust and Trudy Wade appear to be psychopaths

"They are elected officials who wreaked havoc on innocent lives by uncaring, unfeeling, selfish, irresponsible, parasitic psychopaths who lie to their constituents, trade political favors for campaign contributions, turn a blind eye to the wishes of the electorate, cheat taxpayers out of hard-earned dollars, favor the corporate elite and spare little thought for the impact of their thoughtless actions and hastily passed legislation might have on defenseless citizens.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/03/hb2-pat-mccrory-phil-berger-jon.html

Bigots; North Carolina State Senators Trudy Wade and Phil Berger; Bigots; NC Representatives John Blust, Jon Hardister and John Faircloth

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/03/bigots-north-carolina-state-senators.html

Did North Carolina HB2 just get rid of Greensboro's MWBE program?

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/03/did-north-carolina-hb2-just-get-rid-of.html

We lost jobs, and they are still fucking our population
with this bullshit that's hurting how we are perceived by job creators 
looking to start up or move a business to North Carolina 

Why would Jim Melvin give Phil Berger $7,000?

Why would Vanessa Carroll give Phil $5,000?

Why would the Koury clan give to Phil?

Why would Wells Fargo's Stanhope Kelly give Phil $4,000?

Why would Roy Carroll give Phil $10,200?

Why did Marty Kotis give Phil $10,200?


"Nearly 200 companies joined the fight last year against North Carolina’s House Bill 2, signing on to public protests and affirming their commitment to LGBT rights.

HB2 is good for employers who exploit women.

HB2 is good for business owners who like having sex with the help
by using thier ability to fire them and getting away with it.

HB2 makes it easier to fire pregnant women who slow down productivity.

But some of those same companies, mainly through their political action committees, contributed money to the campaigns of legislators from both parties who voted for the law and the governor who signed it.

HB2 has lost North Carolina thousands of jobs

PACs representing a half-dozen companies gave almost $200,000 to lawmakers who voted for HB 2, according to a Charlotte Observer analysis of campaign contribution reports.

No such analysis by Greensboro's News and Record
of local contributors who gave after HB2 passed

...Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which criticized HB 2, gave $600,000 to the Republican Governors Association. The RGA in turn spent $3.6 million on behalf of former GOP Gov. Pat McCrory. Pfizer also gave $170,000 to a GOP group that spent almost a million dollars to re-elect Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a vocal HB 2 supporter.

No mention of Roy Carroll, Marty Kotis or Jim Melvin
by the News and Record, leaving them off the hook for lost jobs

...Among those that [opposed to the law], a half-dozen PACs had given $192,000 to McCrory and Republican legislators who voted for HB 2 as of Sept. 30, the last reports available. Final reports are due this month.

No mention of Robbie Perkins

New York-based Pfizer, which has a manufacturing plant in Sanford, gave $25,000 to GOP lawmakers through its PAC in addition to the company’s contributions to the RGA and the Republican State Leadership Committee. The RSLC spent $850,000 on behalf of Forest.

...Wells Fargo’s PAC gave at least $61,700 to lawmakers who supported HB 2.

The City of Greensboro still does business with Wells Fargo

Asked about the contributions, Wells offered a statement saying, “Gov. McCrory and other elected officials were well aware of our opposition to HB 2.”

The saddest part of this whole affair other than lost jobs 
is the News and Record's overtly purposeful inability
to call out those local business leaders supporting the economic decimation of our state.

Roy Carroll and other funders of these elected officials 
are advocating bigotry, discrimination and fewer worker rights in North Carolina,
and the news industry isn't pointing out who the real villains actually are behind the curtain.

PACs for Merck, Pepsico and Time Warner Cable also gave to McCrory or legislators who voted for HB 2.

...Workers for at least 33 companies donated to North Carolina’s Republican Party or party leaders after the bill was signed. McCrory received more than $54,000, the Observer found.

Marty Kotis backed a bill which make it easier to fire his own employees,
and pay them less, and the News and Record won't report it

Marty backed John Blust, Dan Forest. Trudy Wade, John Faircloth, 
Jon Hardister, Phil Berger and Pat McCrory, 
who used a self serving bigoted political stunt 
to eliminate thousands of jobs in North Carolina

Marty gave money to about all of City Council,
and the News and Record won't report it

If any City Council members take any more money from Marty, 
or have their signs on his properties, or ads on his billboard, 
they are just as guilty as Marty and Tony Wilkins

...HB 2 has been blamed for the loss of jobs, sporting events and millions in lost visitor spending..."

http://www.greensboro.com/ap/north_carolina/companies-scorned-hb-but-donated-to-lawmakers-who-passed-it/article_23e13f00-67b6-5df8-8d75-703a75cb7253.html
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The saddest part of this whole affair other than lost jobs 
is the News and Record's overtly purposeful inability
to call out those local business leaders supporting the economic decimation of our state.

Roy Carroll and other funders of these elected officials 
are advocating bigotry, discrimination and fewer worker rights in North Carolina,
and the news industry isn't pointing out who the real villains actually are behind the curtain.

Consumers who could be objecting with their wallets 
are being prevented from the opportunity to do so by the News and Record.  

Marty Kotis hosted a John Blust fundraiser at one of his restaurants after HB2's passage.  

He supports Phil Berger and the rest of our local delegation.  

Marty supports HB2 and is going to make more money from it
by being able to fire pregnant women etc... 
and the News and Record won't point it out.

Those who funded the legislators who voted for the bill
now want to look like the good guys after they were the bad guys
which cost the state of North Carolina millions,
and the News and Record is letting them get away with it

By supporting Trudy Wade,
Roy Carroll appears to be saying he doesn't want any gays in downtown Greensboro
or anywhere near his properties
or living in his apartment complexes because they are gay or trans
and the News and Record didn't report it

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/marty-kotis-tony-wilkins-contribution.html

City of Greensboro Information Request; "Communications between Marty Kotis and anyone at the City for the last nine months"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/city-of-greensboro-information-request.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/john-hammer-on-kotis-sweet-city-of.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/kotis-employee-jeffrey-nimmer-giving-to.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/marty-kotis-paying-off-yvonne-johnson.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/marty-kotis-city-council-city-staff-and.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/sharon-hightowers-take-from-selling.html

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?

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/why-should-community-in-stagnation.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/katei-cranford-on-marty-kotis-and.html

On Marty Kotis' land give away coming up on Tuesday

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/on-marty-kotis-land-give-away-coming-up.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/this-is-what-selling-property-to.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/01/is-marty-kotis-buying-city-of.html

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%.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/05/greensboros-danger-is-connected.html

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.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/04/how-stupid-are-you-no-really-how-stupid.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/03/a-few-trudy-wade-campaign-contributors.html

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%.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/03/what-is-probably-happening-at-marty.html

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

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/03/marty-kotis-zack-matheny-payoff-for.html


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Yvonne Johnson, Robbie Perkins and TREBIC are partially responsible for the deaths of 5 kids on Summitt Avenue




This is what is known as shameful politics.

Robbie worked/funded the effort to eliminate local rental inspections state wide via TREBIC
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"Councilmember Perkins made a motion to appoint [Apartment Landlord] Frank Auman to RUCO Board, the motion was seconded by Councilmember Rakestraw and adopted by voice vote of Council; made a motion to re-appoint Ronald Nelson to the RUCO Board, the motion was seconded by Councilmember Vaughan and adopted by voice vote of Council...

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC 
19 APRIL 2011  
...the following members present:  Mayor William H. Knight, presiding; 
Mayor Pro-tem Nancy Vaughan; 
Councilmembers Bellamy-Small, 
Jim Kee, 
Robert V. Perkins, 
Mary C. Rakestraw, 
and Trudy Wade.  

Absent:  Councilmembers Zachery Matheny and Danny Thompson. 


Councilmember Vaughan requested a 
...reevaluation of RUCO for use on a “complaint only” basis. 

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC 

1 JUNE 2010  

On TREBIC and Illegal Lobbying

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2013/05/on-trebic-and-illegal-lobbying.html

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

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/09/koury-trebic-and-ruco-what-could.html

Jordan Green’s post on RUCO’s Taskforce meeting

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/09/please-read-jordan-greens-post-on-rucos.html

Why didn't Jim Kee or Skip Alston or Dianne lift a finger for their constituents on RUCO?

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2011/04/is-bill-marlene-ii-why-didn-jim-kee-or.html


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."

Allen Johnson

Oct 25, 2011
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Mayor Vaughan enabled the elimination of Greensboro’s Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy ordinance, along with Zack Matheny, Dawn Chaney, Jim Kee, Peter Placentino, Marlene Sanford and Robbie Perkins among others.


Meanwhile the RUCO taskforce will be meeting at 8 a.m. on Friday
to evaluate whether the program should continue.

Where is the location? Wait for it:

The Greensboro offices of Triad Real Estate & Building Industries Coalition,
or TREBIC, its better known acronym.


Jordan Green

"Robbie Perkins, a ...real-estate developer ...holds full confidence in [Engineering and Inpsections Director Butch] Simmons’ handling of changes to the city’s rental inspection program. 

...Are the changes reasonable? Yes. 

...Why should I dispute that?” 

Asked whether amendments to the rental housing ordinance brought to council for approval by Simmons were likely to garner the required to five-vote majority to pass, Perkins gave a simple answer.

“I would hope so.”


Laura Jackson, 2615 West Court Street, spoke to the CNN story; 
inquired about Council‘s response to the media perception; 
expressed concerns regarding the passage of Senate Bill 683 
and its impact on the RUCO ordinance;  
and requested Council contact the Governor‘s Office and lobby to veto the bill.

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC 
21 JUNE 2011 
...the following members present:  Mayor William H. Knight, presiding; 
Mayor Pro-tem Nancy Vaughan; 
Councilmembers Bellamy-Small, 
Jim Kee, 
Zachery Matheny, 
Robert V. Perkins, 
Mary C. Rakestraw, 
Danny Thompson 

and Trudy Wade.   

Robbie worked/funded the effort to eliminate local rental inspections state wide via TREBIC
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Nancy Vaughan harmed poor renters by allowing the elimination of RUCO and then not doing anything for years while Justin Outling chaired the Minimum Housing Commission, which let the Agapians off multiples of times.

I believe the mayor of Greensboro bears responsibility for eliminating RUCO while saying the exact opposite in public.


I believe Vaughan misled Greensboro's African American community along with other elected officials who didn't lift a finger to oppose the state gutting of RUCO.
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Greensboro’s Landlords Association PAC donated campaign cash to the following in 2009, after which RUCO was castrated, and these folks were in on it;

Nancy Vaughn

Robbie Perkins

Zack Matheny

Trudy Wade

Jim Kee

T. Dianne Bellamy-Small

Yvonne Johnson


Marikay Abuzaiter


Councilmember Perkins made a motion to appoint Helen Wood to the RUCO Board
as the representative from TREBIC.  

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Matheny and adopted by voice vote of Council. 

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC 

 1 FEBRUARY 2011 

These folks let renters who file complaints to be more likely to get larger rent increases when their leases come up.

These folks let renters who file complaints not get good references if looking for another place to rent.

These folks let renters who file complaints become more likely to get evicted.

Councilmember Matheny made a motion
to appoint Lee Porter [Lee Porter, CCIM, CPM, REALTOR/Broker] to the RUCO Board.  

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Wade; 
the motion was adopted by voice vote of Council.  

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC 
4 JANUARY 2011

Mr. Porter served on the Board of Directors 
for both TREBIC (Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition) 
The Realtor's Commercial Alliance
and as Chairman of the North Carolina Association of Realtors 

What is amazing is the lack of our elected and community leaders to look out for the people they supposedly repesent.

It's wrong to kick around poor people.

Councilmember Perkins added the name of Peter Placentino
[Vice President Property Management, CPM]
to the databank for future service on the Minimum Housing Standards Commission; 
requested the elimination of the appointed councilmember position on the RUCO Board; 
requested the City Clerk to compile  a summary of the RUCO Board members‟ terms  

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC 
18 JANUARY 2011   

"Mayor Johnson introduced an ordinance amending Chapter 11
of the Greensboro Code of Ordinances
with respect to Inspection Fees and Civil Penalties
assessed under the RUCO Ordinance.

Willena Cannon, stated she was a RUCO Board member,
voiced opposition to the proposed amendments to Chapter 11
and requested that a policy be developed to remove a landlord serving on the RUCO Board
who was not themselves in compliance to be removed.

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC
10 NOVEMBER 2009"

Councilmember Wade placed ...reappointed Mike Barber to the RUCO Board 

Councilmember Perkins seconded the motion which was adopted by voice of Council. 

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC 
3 FEBRUARY 2009    

"Councilmember Matheny ...reappointed [Real Estate Broker] Todd Rotruck to the RUCO Board,
...and appointed Jeff Nimmer [Marty Kotis] to the Minimum Housing Standards Board.

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC
18 November 2008"
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From: Marlene Sanford - TREBIC (E-mail)

To: Knight, Bill; "Trudy Wade"; Mary Rakestraw; Danny Thompson; Kee, James; Zack Matheny
Cc: "Jon Lowder"

Subject: Council Agenda Item 44 - RUCO

Date: Monday, June 06, 2011 4:34:33 PM

Importance: High

You may have on your agenda tomorrow night as item 44
a resolution asking you to oppose Senate Bill 683/House 554 Residential Building Inspections.

We respectfully ask you NOT to pass the resolution.

Contrary to what you will hear from GNC and GHC,
S683 and H554 would not
“eliminate proactive inspections by every county and municipality in North Carolina”,
or “end Greensboro’s Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy ordinance.”

The bills absolutely do allow local governments to have proactive inspections
on problem properties.

...Deadlines and fines are the real teeth of Greensboro’s RUCO ordinance,
and we support them.

They added a requirement of 2 or more violations to be able to assess fees.

Paul Meyer
Chief Legislative Counsel
NC League of Municipalities
It is the threat of these fines that probably have been helpful
in reducing the number of substandard housing cases the city has on record.

...the claim that RUCO has “reduced substandard housing in Greensboro by almost 50%”
is not accurate.

Greensboro’s RUCO program involves inspecting every single rental unit in the city.

After 7 years we now know that about 90% of them have passed with flying colors,
while, sadly, the 10% that are problem properties still have problems.

RUCO’s universal inspection approach has actually delayed cleanup of the city’s housing,
wasting time and money on the other 90% - including even luxury apartments.

The bills would absolutely allow the city to target proactive inspections
on fixing the problems and fine the bad actors.

Marlene Sanford"

From: Mary Gwyn

Subject: Please support safe and affordable housing in Greensboro and NC!
VOTE AGAINST Attachment 44 tonight!

Date: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:53:02 AM

Councilwoman...,

We need your help!

As a manager of rental housing in Greensboro,
I have tried to support RUCO for years, but the program
has been fraught with problems since its inception.

You have the opportunity to help make rental housing safer and more affordable in Greensboro,
and save Greensboro tax payers millions in tax dollars.

...After 7 years we now know that Greensboro spent nearly $3 million inspecting about 35,000 rental units,
but STILL has problem properties in the city.

...one City Inspector told me in confidence that he knew the program was not effective,
and that he had opposed it within his department.

The vast majority, almost 90%, of rental units properties passed with flying colors,
and more than one third of the violations were caused by tenants.

...because this “universal” inspection approach is overly ambitious and unwieldy,
bureaucratic inefficiencies took even more focus off the real work to be done
- improving the 10 percent of housing that is substandard.

The current RUCO program has had problems like reinspections of good properties
that have to be done solely because the city lost the RUCO records;
enforcement mistakes like neglecting to enforce the “repeat offender” portion of the ordinance;
staff making a fine 12 times higher after the appeal period ran out;
scheduling inspections on exempt properties;
and inconsistent interpretation of the ordinance and the maintenance code.

Not only has this wasted tax dollars,
but Landlords have also wasted tremendous sums of money dealing with red tape
and unnecessary inspections – real money that pushes up real rent rates.

We want safe and affordable housing in Greensboro,
and today is your opportunity to make a step toward that!

Please VOTE AGAINST this proposal!

Mary
Mary Gwyn, CPM
Chief Innovator
Apartment Dynamics


From: Paul Meyer
To: Schwartz, Sue
Subject: RE: S 683
Date: Friday, May 27, 2011 10:17:12 AM
Sue

We met with interested parties yesterday,
and it became clear to me the extent of bad blood.

Greensboro was at the top of the hit list.

Much of the discussion centered on whether the Gboro program has resulted
in any positive results for safe housing.

A woman named Miranda(?) with black curly hair argued improvements in housing
were unrelated to RUCO program.

...Thanks for your help.
Paul Meyer
Chief Legislative Counsel
NC League of Municipalities

From: Channel Reynolds [mailto:cjeffries6@northstate.net]
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 8:31 AM
To: 'Beth McKee-Huger'; 'Michael Pendergraft'
Subject: RE: RUCO meeting in Raleigh TOMORROW
Greetings!

It should be noted that the current 2% sampling that we do for follow up inspections
was a compromise struck with stakeholders.

The ordinance initially had reinspections every 4 years.

Please let me know if there is any other data you need or in other formats

Sue Schwartz, FAICP
Interim Director
Planning &amp; Community Development

From: Turner, Denise
To: Young, Rashad; Scott, Andrew
Subject: Fwd: Sb 683
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:22:07 AM

Rashad/Andy, I know the below referenced bill
would have a negative impact on our RUCO policy
if not make it obsolete altogether.

I believe TRBIC is very much in support of this change.

From: rick sandler
To: Vaughan, Nancy
Subject: RUCO/State Legislation
Date: Monday, April 11, 2011 2:45:27 PM

Nancy,

Dawn Chaney asked me to send you the following information.

She'll probably be calling you in the next few days.

...There's a bill working it's way through the legislature that would prohibit RUCO
and RUCO like ordinances state wide.

I'm sure it's no surprise that I'm in favor of such legislation
and so is the Greensboro Landlords Association.

...It is our position that RUCO is an extremely inefficient and expensive way
to achieve the desired objective.

...It would eliminate the needless and costly inspection of the 95% or more of units
that pass on the first inspection.

My hope is that you, and Council, will choose to remain neutral
and not take a position either pro or con on the pending legislation.

From: Wegner, Doug
To: William Whaley; lteague@co.alexander.nc.us; Jimmy Lloyd
Cc: Diane Meek; Frank Park; Norton, Lisa
Subject: RE: House Bill 554
Date: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 2:36:20 PM
William,

I briefly read this. I think it is a reaction to RUCO.

From: William Whaley [mailto:wowhaley@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 2:25 PM
To: lteague@co.alexander.nc.us; Jimmy Lloyd; Wegner, Doug
Subject: House Bill 554

Gentlemen:

Pleasetake time to read the attached House Bill.

If this Bill passes in its present form
the Legislature will set life safety back over a hundred years.

Thank You,

Carolina Code Studies &amp; Consulting
Building Performance Institute Certified Building Analyst
W. O. Whaley
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Greensboro’s RUCO among handful of proactive rental housing inspection programs across state


RUCO Facts and Figures

http://littleurbanity.blogspot.com/2010/08/ruco-facts-and-figures.html

Mayor Knight made a motion to appoint Councilmember Perkins to the RUCO Board; 
the motion was seconded by Councilmember Wade and adopted by voice vote of Council. 

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC 
16 NOVEMBER 2010     

Cover up by the City of Greensboro on the fire at 3100-E Summit avenue which killed five kids

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/06/cover-up-by-city-of-greensboro-on-fire.html

Justin Outling and the Agapion's

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/06/justin-outling-and-agapions.html

What Richard Barron didn't mention in his News and Record article on Greensboro, North Carolina being the 7th largest renter eviction city in the nation, compared to the very media's often comparison; Greenville, South Carolina; Remember RUCO mayor Vaughan?

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/05/what-richard-barron-didnt-mention-in.html

Councilmember Rakestraw 
...made a motion to appoint Dawn Chaney [Landlord] to the RUCO Board

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC 
2 AUGUST 2010  

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

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2013/10/deep-background-on-rental-unit.html

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

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2012/09/koury-trebic-and-ruco-what-could.html

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

http://triadwatch.blogspot.com/2010/07/who-did-greensboros-landlords.html

"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. 

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-to-play-city-of-greensboro-for.html

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.

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.

http://edcone.typepad.com/wordup/2010/08/ruco-1.html

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.

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2013/06/from-minutes-of-city-council-of-city-of.html

Highlights of Googling "Skip Alston" and RUCO

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2013/06/highlights-of-googling-alston-and-ruco.html

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

Mark Sutter on Greensboro's Slumlords who fund City Council

Nancy Vaughan doesn't give a shit about the conditions the people who make them live in.

City Council is owned by developers and real estate rental folks,
but our local news outlets won't report it

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/04/mark-sutter-on-greensboros-slumlords.html



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

"Other RUCO Task Force members include Lisa Dellinger, a TREBIC representative and residential property manager for Koury Corporation; Bobby Akin of the Greensboro Landlords Association and former owner of Reliant Properties; and Jeffrey Sims, a private landlord and a local bank employee. Sims also represents the RUCO advisory board on the task force."

Carolina Peacemaker, August 4, 2010

http://www.carolinapeacemaker.com/News/article/article.asp?NewsID=104603&sID=4&ItemSource=L

The first duty of government
is to protect the powerless against the powerful

Code of Hammurabi


There is something wrong with our government
if there is little to no opposition?

The RUCO taskforce met at the office of a special interest lobbyist,
TREBIC's Marlene Sanford, who was a member of the the RUCO taskforce

RUCO is gutted, and more people were harmed, 
and those responsible are unaccountable.

"...the Greensboro Landlords Association, whose members belong to the industry that is most directly affected, have made it clear that would like nothing better than to have the ordinance wiped off the books. They’re joined by the Triad Real Estate and Building Industries Coalition, or TREBIC, an umbrella organization that represents trade associations and member companies in fields related to development, construction, real estate brokerage, property management and banking across Guilford County.

TREBIC President Marlene Sanford said her organization’s membership is unified in opposition to RUCO.

...Sanford said TREBIC has advised the city of High Point on how to deal with substandard housing, suggesting “that they target those problem properties with all the resources they need. And not waste resources on the other 90 percent of rental units, like Greensboro’s RUCO program does.”

A task force of the RUCO Advisory Board is scheduled to meet on Friday at the headquarters of TREBIC for the purpose of gathering “information for modifications to the RUCO ordinance,” according to language in a city notice.

Sanford has argued that the current ordinance is unnecessarily costly to local taxpayers and unfairly burdens good landlords who take care of their properties.

“In a nutshell, it wastes resources on the 90 percent or more properties that are in good condition,” she said. “So far, the city has spent almost $3 million, inspecting about 35,000 rental units, at least 90 percent of which don’t need it. They could have pummeled the problem properties for less than a million dollars and gotten them cleaned up in a fraction of the time.”

http://yesweekly.com/Greensboros-RUCO-among-handful-of-proactive-rental-housing-inspection-programs-across-state-a14313/

"A recent report that Greensboro Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Vaughan wants to explore the possibility of revising the city’s RUCO program — that’s an acronym for Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy — and go back to a complaint-driven system pricked my curiosity about whether the units at JT Hairston Memorial Apartments have a RUCO certificate and whether reports of bedbug infestation there would constitute a violation."

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2014/09/nancy-cries-ruco.html
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"Councilmember Bellamy-Small requested additional information about Item #7, ordinance amending the Chapter 11 of the Greensboro Code of Ordinances with respect to Housing Code – abolish RUCO Board.

Mayor Perkins stated that there was a speaker to the item.

George Hartzman, 2506 Baytree Drive, expressed opposition to the abolishment of the RUCO Board and attributed the loss to lobbying efforts by TREBIC. 

Council discussion focused on the resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants; that violations would continue to be addressed by the Minimum Housing Standards and the Human Relations Commissions;

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC
21 FEBRUARY 2012"
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Eric Ginsburg on the Agapions and etc..., who Greensboro's City Council let get away with murder

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2018/05/eric-ginsburg-on-agapions-and-etc-who.html
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"Mayor Perkins stated that this was the time and place set for a public hearing to consider ordinance replacing Chapter 11 of the Greensboro Code of Ordinances with respect to Housing Code – Post RUCO changes.

 City Manager Roth explained the background of the item and deferred to staff for presentation.

Planning and Community Development Director Sue Schwartz presented the item; explained the history of the item; clarified the basic objectives of the ordinance which balanced the needs of the landlord, tenant and community; and addressed the new criteria associated with non-compliance and reinspection fees.

 Mayor Perkins stated there were speakers to the item.

...George Hartzman, 2506 Baytree Drive, spoke in opposition to the process of reinstating the post-RUCO ordinance.

Councilmember Abuzuaiter made a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was seconded by Mayor Pro-Tem Johnson; the motion was adopted by voice vote of Council.

Council discussed the item; spoke to the stakeholders who were involved in the taskforce; expressed support for improving the housing stock; and to make regulations that were in the best interests for residents; and thanked the taskforce for its support and input during the process.

Councilmember Bellamy-Small made a motion to adopt the ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Mayor Pro-Tem Johnson; the ordinance was adopted on the following roll call vote:  Ayes:  Abuzuaiter, Bellamy-Small, Hoffmann, Johnson, Kee, Matheny, Perkins, Vaughan and Wilkins.  Noes:  None.

https://greensboro.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
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And they covered their asses well after doing nothing;

7 MAY 2013; Mayor Perkins introduced a resolution in opposition to House Bill 773.

 City Attorney Shah-Khan explained that the issue with the bill was that it served to erode the City’s ability to inspect rental units; follow up to changes in RUCO in 2011; outlined the requirements of the bill; voiced concern that the bill would remove the police power of the City to carry out inspections; reduce the City’s reach of inspections going forward; that the Post RUCO Committee had been working on a solution for the City for creation of a new program to comply with state law; and that the bill was currently still in the Committee.

 Beth McKee-Huger, 408 Woodlawn Avenue, spoke in favor of Council’s opposition to the bill; spoke to the health and welfare of residents; housing conditions; and urged Council to vote in support of the resolution.

 George Hartzman, 2506 Baytree Drive, referenced TREBIC influence; spoke to the representation and makeup of the RUCO Board; harming poor renters; and the makeup of the Greensboro Landlord Association.

 Mayor Perkins corrected for the record that he had voted for the establishment of RUCO, had served on and supported the Board as the RUCO Council representative; and that Mr. Hartzman was factually incorrect.

 Council discussion included concern that the delegation had not reached out to Councilmembers prior to writing and introducing the bill; respect for Representative Hardister; that they did not want poor housing conditions for renters in the City; referenced good landlords; and a conversation with Representative Hardister.

Councilmember Vaughan moved adoption of the resolution.  The motion was seconded by Mayor Pro-Tem Johnson; the resolution was adopted on the following roll call vote:   Ayes:  Abuzuaiter, Bellamy-Small, Hoffmann, Johnson, Kee, Matheny, Perkins, and Vaughan.  Noes:  Wilkins. 

127-13 RESOLUTION OPPOSING HOUSE BILL 773

WHEREAS, House Bill 773 was introduced in the General Assembly on April 10, 2013, titled “Local Gov'ts/Bldgs/Structures/Inspections;” and

WHEREAS, House Bill 773 will serve to amend Section 160A-424 of the North Carolina General Statutes, which permits municipalities to carry out inspections “for unsafe, unsanitary, or otherwise hazardous and unlawful conditions in buildings or structures within its territorial jurisdiction;” and

WHEREAS, in 2011, the General Assembly approved changes to Section 160A-424 that led to the City being required to dismantle its Rental Use Certificate of Occupancy (“RUCO”) inspection program in order to comply with state law; and

WHEREAS, the City is diligently working on creating a new RUCO program that would comply with current state law and serve to protect the health and safety of Greensboro’s citizens; and

WHEREAS, House Bill 773 in its current form, will serve to further erode the ability of all North Carolina local governments to inspect rental properties, and erode the City’s police power granted by N.C.G.S. §160A-174, and

WHEREAS, House Bill 773, if enacted, may negatively impact the health and safety of those who rent, as opposed to own, their housing;

WHEREAS, local governments have an obligation help protect the health and safety of all its citizens, regardless of whether or not those citizens live in rental housing or own their homes.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GREENSBORO CITY COUNCIL AS FOLLOWS:

1. The Greensboro City Council is opposed to House Bill 773 and any other legislation that attempts to further erode a city’s ability to inspect rental housing units to protect public health and safety.

2. The Greensboro City Council is convinced that local solution arrived at by an open, collaborative process is preferable to a legislative directed process that negatively impacts local options for rental housing inspection programs.

That a copy of this resolution be sent to the President Pro Tem of the North Carolina Senate, the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and to the Chair of the Guilford County Legislative Delegation.

        (Signed) Nancy Vaughan
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5/15/2013 Senate Ref To Com On Commerce

https://www2.ncleg.net/BillLookup/2013/h773
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And then;

"When the NC General Assembly voted in June to amend the state’s rental inspection law, it appeared to spell the demise of RUCO, short for Rental Unit Certificate of Occupation, a model program in Greensboro that proactively inspected rental properties...

The Greensboro City Council has drawn heat for opting to remain silent on the issue on the eve of a critical Senate vote.

...The new law amended a section of state law pertaining to building inspections in cities and counties, prohibiting them from making periodic inspections for “unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise hazardous and unlawful conditions in buildings” without reasonable cause.

...the statute amended by the General Assembly refers to “building inspectors” while the statute that provides the enabling authority for RUCO refers to “public officers.”

...Nancy Hoffmann [who is now a landlord]...said RUCO had been successful and had improved the city’s housing inventory, but she appreciated that landlords might have a different perspective.

Jim Kee and Zack Matheny...echoed criticism that city staff is inspecting the same properties over and over again.

...Robbie Perkins said, “It’s hard to cry over spilt milk. If the state legislature decides they’re going to put a program out of business, then they’ve got the authority to do that. I think the question is, where do we go from here?” Perkins proposed reducing the territory for which each inspector is responsible..."

http://hartzman.blogspot.com/2014/07/is-ben-holders-contract-with-greensboro.html
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In 2014, Our elected leaders were comprised of Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Mayor Pro-Tem Yvonne J. Johnson, Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter, Councilmember Mike Barber, Councilmember Jamal T. Fox, Councilmember Sharon M. Hightower, Councilmember Nancy Hoffmann, Councilmember Zack Matheny and Councilmember Tony Wilkins

Who did nothing.

Audrey Berlawitz, spoke to concerns of the lack of progress
and makeup of the post RUCO Study Committee; 
lack of tenant representation on the committee; 
voiced that renters wanted to be part of the board; 
and asked for a post RUCO ordinance with ‘teeth’. 

City Manager Denise Roth advised Council that the board’s preliminary findings 
would be completed and brought to Council shortly; 
spoke to upcoming opportunities to engage stakeholders and renters to ensure their input; 
and continued discussion prior to the presentation of an ordinance 
which would involve the public. 

City Manager Roth was requested to coordinate engagement and involvement of all stakeholders
on future ad hoc committees similar to the post RUCO Board going forward. 

 Mayor Perkins voiced the importance of the strides made by RUCO; 
and concerns with backsliding of the City’s housing stock.

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO, NC 
16 OCTOBER 2012 

 § 160A-424.  Periodic inspections for hazardous or unlawful conditions.

(c)        In no event may a city do any of the following: (i) adopt or enforce any ordinance that would require any owner or manager of rental property to obtain any permit or permission from the city to lease or rent residential real property or to register rental property with the city, except for those individual rental units that have either more than four verified violations in a rolling 12-month period or two or more verified violations in a rolling 30-day period, or upon the property being identified within the top ten percent (10%) of properties with crime or disorder problems as set forth in a local ordinance;