Thursday, November 12, 2015

John Hammer on Mary Vigue and Say Yes to Education and Zack Matheny and Andy Zimmerman's play for tapayer money; Same things only different

"One of the selling points for Say Yes to Education was that it wasn’t going to cost the City of Greensboro anything to support it.  The representatives of Say Yes said all they wanted was Greensboro’s support.

If you graduate and get accepted to college, 
your tuition will be paid to the last dollar.

You just won a free college education. All of you. 

Susan Ladd
Greensboro's News and Record
September 17, 2015

It turns out that’s not entirely true.  All Say Yes wanted was the support of the City Council and free office space.

After Mary Vigue was tasked to lead the committee
for the City of Greensboro Say Yes to Education initiative,
and then after being hired by Say Yes to Education
to run the local program,
Vigue and Say Yes are now asking for City of Greensboro
taxpayer funded hand outs.

An item on the agenda for the City Council Community Services Committee meeting Thursday, Nov. 12, concerns 1,000 square feet of office space rented to Say Yes for $1 a year – well below the market rate."
This is no different from taxpayer funded Zack Matheny
using his position at taxpayer funded DGI
to get taxpayer hand outs for DGI board member Andy Zimmerman
who was a 2015 City Council campaign contributor
and overall supporter of the current City Council
in their election bids

"Zimmerman and Zack Matheny,
who is a former council member
and president and chief executive officer of Downtown Greensboro Inc.,
met Tuesday night in closed session with council members."
Now that Andy is officially a Greensboro taxpayer profiteer, taking payments from taxpayers after backing Zack Matheny's 'mistake' as a member of the board of DGI after being appointed by Nancy Barakat Vaughan, and then letting Zack lobby for $150,000 of everyone else's money to be transferred into Andy's pockets, he should be so very proud of himself for transforming from an independent business owner/capitalist into a corrupt, rentier fascist, sucking off the public teat with the help of some of the most crooked politicians in Greensboro's history.

Andy's patron's will be parking in a taxpayer funded for profit parking lot build by partners of Nancy Hoffmann, near a building Hoffmann sold to Zimmerman.  I'm sure Andy will get Nancy Hoffmann's vote for the $150,000, and it will be determined that there is no conflict of interest by the rest of our corrupt city council. 

Mike Barber should definitely vote for the give away, as he wouldn't want to make his money making deal out at Gillespie Golf course with First Tee of the Triad look like it's not a good thing. 

One parasite voting for another, while our poor population doesn't have benches at bus stops and who gets overly harassed by the police protecting Zimmerman's properties and profits.
Look what you've turned into Andy. 

You are one of them now.

I wish you the best of luck taking food off my table with the help of Nancy, Nancy, Zack, Jamal, Justin, Tony, Yvonne, Marikay, Sharon and Mike 

What's it like to have been a entrepraneur who became a leach?

Congrats Andy.

Andrew Zimmerman's donation to Jamal Fox

"Downtown Greensboro Inc. got two new board members this week

The Greensboro City Council’s appointment of high-profile downtown developers John Lomax and Andy Zimmerman could mean the embattled nonprofit agency may escape the cut in city funding that it has been threatened with this budget season.

“You could assume that,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan, who appointed the two men at Tuesday’s City Council meeting."

Nancy Vaughan put Andy on the board of DGI
to help cement Zack Matheny into the driver's seat
to shovel everyone else's money to DGI board members

Andy is joined at the hip with Vaughan and Matheny.

"Lotus Lounge building under contract

by Eric Ginsburg

The prospective new owner of the Lotus Lounge property in downtown Greensboro is a familiar face on West Lewis Street. Andy Zimmerman, who does business as AZ Development, has the 120 W. Lewis St. building (housing Lotus Lounge nightclub) under contract as of today, according to a statement from Downtown Greensboro Inc. released this afternoon.

Zimmerman owns the buildings directly across the street that houses Gibb’s Hundred Brewing, the Forge makerspace and the newly opened HQ Greensboro co-working space. He also owns the building on the northwestern corner of South Elm and West Lewis streets, which is under development, as well as the property on the northern side of downtown where Crafted: the Art of Street Food and Preyer Brewing are located.

...Downtown Greensboro Inc. President Zack Matheny said. Matheny, a former Greensboro city councilman [and now professional lobbyist for DGI board members], said he — and by proxy, DGI — was integral to pulling together building owner Paul Talley and Zimmerman for the deal.

...Matheny declined to elaborate on what Zimmerman might do with the building. Paul Talley couldn’t be reached for comment, but Zimmerman gave a few details via phone.

“My ass is going to work really hard to ensure that this deal goes through,” Zimmerman said.

...“In order for me to make the deal, I’ve got to fill the space,” Zimmerman said, adding that he’s open to other ideas for the building.

In the statement, Zimmerman said he expects to close on the property in November.

Zimmerman and Talley both serve as new members on the board of Downtown Greensboro Inc. Matheny is also new to the organization, having been there for approximately two months. Zimmerman said Matheny worked very hard to help the deal happen."
That's what parasites do.

Sounds great doesn't it, until Zack goes back to his funders at City Council to ask for money to line Zimmerman's pockets.

Greensboro's taxpayers are funding Zack, a lobbyist for City Council's campaign contributors, to get money for entrenched interests from Greensboro's taxpayers.

Same thing for Marty Kotis a few weeks back.
On October 3, 2015, Guilford County's Board of Education was shown a "Full Tuition Scholarship Incentive" plan, for every GCS graduate who goes to college

How the Triad Business Journal got played for chumps by Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford