Matheny bristled at criticism of DGI earlier this spring
and had his feathers badly ruffled
when a group of downtown property owners
appeared before the City Council
and demanded that the city defund the booster group
because of its poor track record.
June 10, 2015
From; Zack Matheny To; Jason Cannon On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM
Yes Weekly's Jeff Sykes on Matheny and Jason Cannon DGI email correspondence
Matheny sent a series of malevolent text messages
to one of the speakers, implying that he saw no reason
to ever support the citizen's projects again,
and that the two would henceforth be at odds
due to the property owner deciding to speak out against DGI.
June 10, 2015
Swim at your own risk; Percentage of Unprofitable IPOs and some other pretty scary economic indicators of what's coming
Greensboro's hidden $282,210,485, which was $272,083,730 the year before, that was $273,932,356 the year before that
Tuggle Duggins & Meschan, P.A. Flash Back on Developer Dollars: How Campaign Contributions Overpower Growth Management Efforts in North Carolina
In the text messages
Matheny directly stated that the criticism
jeopardized his potential employment with DGI.
Matheny says in his resignation announcement
that he wants to avoid a conflict of interest,
but that time is too far-gone.
Very few in Greensboro believe
that DGI has a rationale for existence.
...the cauldron of conflicts of interest
remains bubbling just below the surface.
June 10, 2015
On Marsh Prause, Nancy Vaughan, Jim Westmoreland, Jeff Phillips, Marty Lawing and DGI's meeting to hire City Councilman Zack Matheny
Zack Matheny should resign
DGI Update; In blow to Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Zack Matheny, John Lomax found to be ineligable to join board
The trend among Greensboro's elite
is to lead cheers for "all the good things going on in Greensboro."
Absent critical analysis of relationships,
motivations and outcomes by the city's press,
boosterism is about all the city's public discourse amounts to.
Matheny is ...also known as the ultimate insider.
Does Downtown Greensboro need another puppet on a string
controlled by one or two uber-powerful real estate interests?...
June 10, 2015
Possibly the dumbest political maneuvering ever seen at a Greensboro City Council Meeting
Dear Mike Barber and Zack Matheny; North Carolina Law § 14-118.4. Extortion; Favoritism and Crony Capitalism
Goodbye Mike Barber and Zack Matheny; "Greensboro group pressured to hire new CEO"
DGI, Mike Barber and Zack Matheny; "Extortion"
CITY COUNCIL OATH OF OFFICE;
PLACE YOUR LEFT HAND ON THE BIBLE;
RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND REPEAT AFTER ME:
I, ZACK MATHENY, DO SOLEMNLY AND SINCERELY SWEAR (OR AFFIRM)
THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND MAINTAIN THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA NOT INCONSISTENT THEREWITH AND THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF MY OFFICE AS A MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO ACCORDING TO LAW AND ACCORDING TO THE BEST OF MY SKILL AND ABILITY, SO HELP ME, GOD.
Messrs. Matheny and Barber
have failed to "FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES"
of their offices as members
of "THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO"
"ACCORDING TO [their] BEST OF [their] SKILL AND ABILITY"
"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."
Dear David Brantley Craft; "[C. Brantley] Aycock’s vile legacy", by the Editorial Board of the News & Record
Ben Holder on Zack Matheny and the Roy Carroll set up DGI CEO job, with Charles Womack's permission
Randolph County Megasite Con Update