Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Yes Weekly; "Renaissance Co-Op: Make it Happen", Sam Simpson and Zack Matheny

"The divide between Big Government and community empowerment was on display again this week in the Gate City when it came to light that the city will breathlessly spend $2.2 million on engineering work for an estimated $23 million expansion of water and sewer lines into another county, while at the same time city leaders said they might not quite be able to find $600,000 in loans and grants to fully fund the Renaissance Co-Op grocery store out on Phillips Avenue.

The $2.2 million for Sam Simpson, 
brother of professional golfer Webb Simpson,
and former DGI President, 
where Zack Matheny is applying for a job, 
while a acting taxpayer funded city councilman and DGI liason,
who thinks there is no conflict of interest 
or abuse of power, by applying for a taxpayer paid DGI job, 
which John Hammer says in non-problematic
as the Rhino lobbies for taxpayer funded public notice money
after Roy took the city for a street
and millions more the local paper of record won't report.

The Renaissance Co-Op is a community-driven initiative to bring a grocery store to one of Greensboro’s largest food deserts in the city’s northeast quadrant. It’s planned for the site of the former Bessemer Center, a rundown shopping strip behind a modern city library on Phillips Avenue...

On 2/24/2015, John Hammer told me
he doesn't see a problem with Zack going after a taxpayer funded job
while holding an elected office, 
which funds the position.

Co-op supporters have secured $1.1 million of the $1.7 million needed to make the grocery store a reality. The co-op would be a for-profit enterprise that could bring jobs, profits and wealth building to a community often overlooked by the glitz of downtown development and the lure of megamillions for real estate developers out on the city’s greenfield fringe.

Zack and Sam appear to believe it's okay to fuck East Greensboro
while they feed at Greensboro's trough
with Roy Carroll and John Hammer's permission.

...we’ve watched the city dole out hundreds of thousands of dollars to stuffed suits for repetitive projects across the economic development spectrum.

Guess where Sam Simpson lives?

Guess who Sam hangs out with?

Guess where?

Guess who Sam Simpson contributed campaign cash to?

Developing a healthier community in one of the city’s oldest and most cohesive neighborhoods must be a priority..."
On the same day that former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was reported to have asked an FBI agent for illegal campaign contributions, I wrote within these pages “Some campaign contributions look like legal forms of extortion on the part of elected officials … donors appear to legally bribe legislators in exchange for artificially inflated taxpayer-funded profit.”

Most politicians prefer legal extortion and most special interests legal bribery, but it doesn't make it any less wrong.

...Very few Greensboro residents contribute money to Greensboro City Council campaigns, and few of those give more than $50. Even fewer give more than $50 to more than one candidate. I am unaware of a local taxpayer-funded organization whose last 20 board members, or their representatives, gave more to City Council candidates than DGI. I am also not aware of another organization whose board members or associates personally reaped more “economic incentive”, with the probable exception of totals for some on the Greensboro Partnership’s board, which has included some the same interests as on DGI’s.

...DGI Executive Board members Sam Simpson, Dawn Chaney and Gary Brame did not respond to requests for comment.

Are Sam Simpson and Zack Matheny
involved in lining each other's pockets?

Similar situations exist within a more direct political context in Greensboro.

...Greensboro’s former City Attorney said Sec. 4.131 of the City Charter “must be considered.” The text states “Any officer, department head or employee who has financial interest, direct or indirect, in any proposed contract with the city ... shall make known that interest and shall refrain from voting upon or otherwise participating in the making of such contract or sale. 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.”

...Charlotte’s for-profit news industry seemed blindsided by Patrick Cannon’s indictment and arrest for public corruption. Reporters and news executives have told me something like “that’s just the way it is” after being asked why they chose not to report on ethics issues related to campaign contributions. As campaign contributions flow into the news industry as advertising revenue, I respectfully disagree.
Zack Matheny shoving an incentive for his friends and campaign contributors down Greensboro taxpayer's throats

On Zack Matheny's crooked incentive package for his friends in Downtown Greensboro   

Zack denies Sam Simpson making any money on the deal.

WTF Zack Matheny?

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