Wednesday, June 17, 2015

George Hartzman on Mike Barber and Jim Melvin; June 16, 2015

"Mike Barber is a direct beneficiary of Bryan Foundation money via First Tee of the Triad, through which he pads his income with Greensboro taxpayer support.

Mike Barber makes money from access to City property via First Tee of the Triad at City's Gillespie golf course and Bryan Park, both funded by Jim Melvin's Bryan Foundation.

Carole Bruce serves on both Mike Barber's First Tee, and Jim Melvin's Bryan Foundation boards.

Mike Barber didn't disclose his financial interest in First Tee of the Triad's use of free City funded services on his Council Economic Interest Disclosure signed on February 24, 2014

Barber signed First Tee's 990 tax returns, which omitted Greensboro taxpayer funded subsidies.

Mike Barber lobbied for Matheny's DGI job while involved in deliberations concerning the organization's funding, while setting up Zack's successor for the benefit of Jim Melvin and the Bryan Foundation.

DGI is in very in bed with the Bryan Foundation's Jim Melvin and Ed Kitchen.  DGI even presents an annual Ed Kitchen Leadership Award.

Barber just abused his position as a council member by advocating for everyone else's money be allocated to Matheny who was positioned to compete for Barber's council seat under Trudy Wade's redistricting plan.

Mike Barber among others, put their own interests in front of the best interests of the City of Greensboro and its employees.

More than two local media sources have confirmed Mike Barber has a habit of not being truthful.

Jim Melvin led a Piedmont Triad Partnership committee, who's former CEO is under investigation for financial irregularities, who previously managed efforts to secure land for Melvin's Megasite project, which Barber illegally voted to fund.

As Jim Melvin could cause a potential financial detriment to Mike Barber's First Tee of the Triad, being the potential loss of Bryan Foundation financial support, Mr. Barber shouldn't have voted to replace Zack Matheny, and needs to recuse himself from any votes funding First Tee, DGI or the Megasite venture involving Jim Melvin and unknown other private financial interests, which the city refuses to disclose.

John Hammer not investigating and reporting on who the "private monies" are on the Megasite deal, David Powell, Sam Simpson and Jim Melvin's Triad First Capital are acts of journalistic cowardice."

George Hartzman