Monday, April 20, 2015

Downtown Greensboro Inc. Board of Directors 2015 and commentary

Cyndy Hayworth has now publicly accused Mike Barber
of Felony Conspiracy, Conflict of Interest
and violations of his oath of office. 

This must be investigated by the SBI-- that is the law.

This is screwed up on so many levels. 

I am discrediting Hayworth and DGI as a corrupt organization 
that needs to go away. 

The accusations are very serious

[The News and Record doesn't] publicly accuse 
local elected officials of extortion and conspiracy 
in the local daily and not have a thourough investigation. 

A friend of mine said it best, 
if the kids keep on fighting over the same toy, 
take the toy away.

It is a toxic toy anyway!

Eric Robert

Board Members 2015

Brittany Atkinson
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Economics and Marketing

Gary Brame – Chair
Jules Antique and Fine Arts
DGI Executive Committee

Mike Barber has an indirect financial interest
in Zack's DGI employment,
as they are located in the same district 
in Trudy Wade's redistricting plan, 
and that Matheny voted for funding a golf course, 
in which Mike Barber recused himself.

Dawn S. Chaney
Chaney Properties
DGI Executive Committee

Derek Ellington
Bank of America
DGI Executive Committee

Zack Matheny has a direct financial interest
in applying for a job he voted to fund.

Mark Hewett
Area Modern Home and Lighting

Mark Gibb
Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Co.

Greensboro's Charter says City Council Members 
must be honest, impartial, fair and responsible, 
and Mike Barber and Zack Matheny weren't
and now DGI's board members are responsible.

Paula Pierce
Downtown Resident

Thomas Philion

Neither Barber or Matheny withdrew 
"from any consideration of the matter"
while serving on City Council.

Nick Piornack, Nancy Hoffmann's business partner.
Momentum Development

Marsh Prause
Allman Spry Davis Leggett & Crumpler, P.A.

Mark Prince
Guilford Merchants Association
DGI Executive Committee

DGI's Board was responsible for deciding whether or not
Zack Matheny, as DGI's Liaison
has a conflict of interest in applying for the job,
and failed in their duties to the organization
and City of Greensboro taxpayers.

Tim Sexton - Chair Elect / Treasurer
Lincoln Financial Group
DGI Executive Committee

James N. “Smitty” Smith
DADS Enterprise

Paul Talley
Lotus Club

Matheny voted to fund a golf course
which Mike Barber makes money from = Predicate Act,
in a conspiracy as it can now be seen as a quid pro quo,
as Barber acted to financially benefit Matheny
by threatening Hayworth,
and Zack is still a candidate for the job.

Brian Wise
General Counsel and VP of Finance
The Carroll Companies
February 2011 – Present (4 years 3 months)
Certified Public Accountant (inactive status) | Member of the
North Carolina State Bar

Mr. Wise has been with the company for four years. Prior to joining
The Carroll Companies, he had specialized in complex mergers &
acquisitions including private placement, venture financing, & private
equity transactions.

Jeff Yetter
Iron Hill Investments, Inc.

Rob Youth
Connective Mortgage Advisory Company
a division of United Guaranty Corporation

Dianne Ziegler – Secretary
Greensboro Downtown Residents’ Association


Marty Lawing
County Manager

Jeff Phillips
Guilford County Commissioner

Nancy Vaughan
DGI Executive Committee

Greensboro’s Ethics Code says 
that if there is an actual or possible financial interest, 
a Council Member is supposed to publicly disclose on the record of council, 
and the remaining Council members 
are supposed to decide if a conflict of interest exists, 
which hasn't happened yet in the case of Mike Barber and Zack Matheny.

Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Jim Westmoreland
 are directly responsible
as DGI Board members. 

Jim Westmoreland
City Manager
Former City Attorney Shah-Khan had ruled that former Mayor Robbie Perkins could not vote on a pass through subsidy for Roy Carroll from Guilford County because Perkins owned property (of which he apparently was not paying the mortgage payment) in Carroll’s Centre Pointe building.

Greensboro’s Ethics Code says that if there is an actual or possible financial interest, City Council members are supposed to publicly disclose on the record of council, and the remaining Council members are supposed to decide if a conflict of interest exists, which hasn't happened yet in the case of Mike Barber and Zack Matheny..

A Greensboro City Council Member has a financial interest if the individual has, directly or indirectly, any actual or potential ownership, investment, or compensation arrangement with The City of Greensboro or with any entity that conducts transactions with The City of Greensboro.

What does "indirect" financial interest mean?

Where are the disclosures on the "nature and extent of such interests"?

Greensboro's City Council, not the city manager or city attorney,
is responsible for deciding whether or not a city council member
has a conflict.
Barber threatens Hayworth = Retaliatory and adverse employment Act.

Barber lobbied Hayworth for Zack's DGI job = Predicate Act.

Matheny applied for the job after voting to fund the position = Predicate Act.
"Political corruption is the use of powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain. An illegal act by an officeholder constitutes political corruption only if the act is directly related to their official duties, is done under color of law or involves trading in influence.

Forms of corruption vary, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, influence peddling, graft, and embezzlement.

...Misuse of government power for other purposes, such as repression of political opponents is also considered political corruption. Neither are illegal acts by private persons or corporations not directly involved with the government.

...A similar problem of corruption arises in any institution that depends on financial support from people who have interests that may conflict with the primary purpose of the institution.

...corruption in public administration results in the inefficient provision of services. It violates a basic principle of republicanism regarding the centrality of civic virtue. More generally, corruption erodes the institutional capacity of government if procedures are disregarded, resources are siphoned off, and public offices are bought and sold.

Corruption undermines the legitimacy of government and such democratic values as trust and tolerance.

Corruption also generates economic distortion in the public sector by diverting public investment into capital projects where bribes and kickbacks are more plentiful.

...Trading in influence, or influence peddling, refers a person selling his/her influence over the decision making process to benefit a third party (person or institution).

...Patronage refers to favoring supporters, for example with government employment.

...Favoring relatives (nepotism) or personal friends (cronyism) of an official is a form of illegitimate private gain. This may be combined with bribery, for example demanding that a business should employ a relative of an official controlling regulations affecting the business.

Seeking to harm enemies becomes corruption when official powers are illegitimately used as means to this end."