Saturday, July 4, 2015

"Greensboro council says HB 263 redistricting is partisan and racist" and comment

"Yvonne Johnson, the long-serving and popular councilwoman who served as Greensboro’s first black mayor, says she won’t run for re-election next year.

from deliberations and voting 
on the Civil Rights Museum issue

“If they change the City Council districts and that stands, I’m not going to run again,” Johnson said Friday.

Johnson and other council members decried changes to the council made by House Bill 263, which the General Assembly passed on Thursday.

Some argued on Friday that the changes were partisan — the council positions are nonpartisan — and designed to limit minority representation on the City Council.

There should be at least three 
and very possibly four minority majority districts.

The bill does away with at-large council seats like Johnson’s in favor of eight districts and a mayor voted on by the entire city. It also limits the mayors vote to ties and dramatically changes the council’s district lines.

Yvonne Johnson voted along with Jamal Fox and others
to give Roy Carroll, who owns the Rhino Times
which makes Greensboro City Council endorsements
at a Greensboro's City Council meeting
and the News and Record didn't report it.

If Johnson wanted to run, it would have to be in District 2, which is already represented by Jamal Fox.

Most of the current City Council received campaign cash
from Roy Carroll 
or the Roy Carroll funded Triad Good Government PAC,
whose Mike Fox, Roy Carroll and Zack Matheny's lawyer
serves on Yvonne's One Step Further Board,
before Council gave Roy about a million dollars
worth of prime downtown street.

Yvonne should have recused herself
with any vote involving Mike Fox and didn't.

Johnson, 72, said she has no desire to run against Fox, a 28-year-old at the beginning of his political career.

She said she doesn’t believe it was an accident that she and Fox were drawn into the same district.

Both Jamal Fox and Yvonne Johnson 
took money and/or billboard spots from Marty Kotis,
who both Fox and Johnson among others
for a site which will take away business from the less connected
and committing fraud on our community with taxpayer funds
in exchange for signs on Kotis' properties 
and faces on billboards
and the News and Record never reported it.

With last month’s appointment of Justin Outling, the council now has four black members — the most in the city’s history.

Outling was not voted for by District three's voters,
but a corrupt City Council looking out for themselves.

The new district map puts two of them in District 1 and two in District 2, meaning that they must face each other if they run for re-election and guaranteeing that two black incumbents will leave the council.

There should be three to four

“When you look at a map where all four black City Council members are drawn into districts where they have to face each other, it’s not a coincidence,” Johnson said. “It smells of racism to me.”

Sounds like getting rid of some crooked incumbents to me.

Councilwoman Sharon Hightower, drawn into District 1 with Outling, agreed.

“It’s racism, and it’s partisanship,” she said.

My understanding 
is there would have been three white Council members
in District 3, had Council not voted to fund
Zack Matheny's new gig at DGI,
after both Matheny and Barber broke state law
in lobbying etc... for the job,
which no one else on City Council objected to,
which makes Greensboro's current City Council corrupt
with help from the News and Record
and is worth dismantling and redoing.

...Hightower and others said the way the new districts are drawn was anything but nonpartisan.

Agreed, but well deserved for two years 
of corrupt practices by Greensboro's Current City Council.

Democratic Councilman Mike Barber is drawn into District 3 where he would have to face fellow Democratic Councilwoman Nancy Hoffmann...

Both Barber and Hoffmann have personally benefited 
from their elected positions in violation of the City's charter 
and should both be taken out in the upcoming elections
for being some of the most crooked current members
other than Mayor Nancy Vaughan.

Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter, also a Democrat, is drawn into a new District 8 that is significantly more conservative than her previous district.

There were 25,575 voters 

She plans to run for re-election.

Marykay plans to run after betraying Greensboro's employees
by not standing up for their bests interests
which conflicted with her own interests in getting reelected.

...Mayor Nancy Vaughan said it should be hard for anyone to believe the new map wasn’t drawn with a political agenda.

Mayor Vaughan needs to answer
for misleading the public concerning the Megasite deal
as to who stands to personally profit
which she first denied until it was reported otherwise
and has since not commented to her detriment. 

“You double-bunk six sitting council members who are Democrats and you take a seventh and put them in what looks like a heavily Republican district,” Vaughan said. “You leave the only sitting Republican City Council member unscathed and take away the vote of the mayor, the only person who is elected by the entire city — I find it hard to justify that.”

How much did Don and Nancy Vaughan make 
from free White Street Landfill methane for Cone Mills
while Nancy served on the solid waste committee?

The council will hold a special public hearing Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to collect public input on what, if anything, the city should do about the changes.

Vaughan said she’ll meet with attorneys next week to consider a legal challenge to the new bill.

This City Council deserved being gutted.

“In the last 24 hours I’ve heard overwhelmingly from people who want us to pursue all of our legal options,” Vaughan said. “There are very few people who are happy about this.”


Joe Killian, [who won't or can't report on a corrupt City Council
who betrayed Greensboro's employees
for Jim Westmoreland and Mary Vigue,
while his wife Amanda now serves the financial industry
for Monty Hagler's RLF communications, 
which has a habit of indirectly skimming taxpayer monies
via the Greensboro Partnership among others]

[Marty Kotis' employee] explained that the extra $30,000
 was a result of annexation fees 
that the company was unaware of when they first applied for the grant;
and expressed the company 
did not feel it should be charged an annexation fee
for an economic development project.

Interim City Attorney Carruthers interjected that the reimbursement
would be an improper use of reimbursement funds 
which was not allowed under the law; 
spoke to what was allowed under the law; 
and emphasized that the award of incentives for City fees
was not permissible.

Moved by Mayor Pro-Tem Johnson, 
seconded by Councilmember Abuzuaiter, to adopt the resolution. 

The motion carried on the following roll call vote: 
Ayes, Nancy Vaughan, Yvonne J. Johnson, 
Marikay Abuzuaiter, Mike Barber, Jamal T. Fox, 
Sharon M. Hightower, Nancy Hoffmann, 
Zack Matheny and Tony Wilkins
Some of the conversations between Marty Kotis and George Hartzman on his free water sewer outside Greensboro's city limits

Company seeks $2,871 each for higher paying 31 jobs, after Marty Kotis recieved $44,559 per "speculative" low paying job from City Council 

Marty Kotis Propaganda from the Business Journal "Plans for east Guilford retail center could lead to more development"

If developers pay for water and sewer extensions, why did we just pay for Roy Carroll and Marty Kotis'?

Yes Weekly's Jeff Sykes on Matheny and Jason Cannon DGI email correspondence

DGI, Jim Westmoreland, Nancy Vaughan, Zack Matheny, Tuggle Duggans, Roy Carroll and the Triad Good Government PAC

Nancy Hoffmann; Developer Can’t Pave Over Holes in City Loan Contract

Speaking conflicts of interest; Zack Matheny