Sunday, November 26, 2017

On April 18, 2017, Justin Outling seconded and voted to give Brooks Pierce Partner George House Greensboro taxpayer monies while Justin worked at Brooks Pierce

April 18, 2017, City Council Meeting Minutes - Final; 31. ID 17-0201 Resolution to Enter into a Downtown Development Agreement with Elm Street Hotel LLC to Design and Build a Public Parking Deck

That the City Manager is authorized to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Elm Street Hotel, LLC to design not to exceed $2 million and build a public parking deck in the 100 block of South Davie Street.

The investors behind the planned hotel and renovated Elm Street Center 
...are Randall Kaplan, the CEO and chairman of the real-estate website Listingbook
[and] George House, a partner with the Brooks Pierce law firm
who previously represented the city in an aborted attempt to reopen the White Street Landfill
[who works with Justin Outling, who should have recused himself from the vote, and didn't,
violating the City charter, and who should resign]

Triad City Beat, November 22, 2017

Moved by Councilmember Hoffmann, seconded by Councilmember Outling, to adopt the resolution.

The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Ayes, Nancy Vaughan, Yvonne J. Johnson, Mike Barber, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Jamal T. Fox, Sharon M. Hightower, Nancy Hoffmann, Justin Outling and Tony Wilkins

Bar complaint: Councilman Justin Outling violated conflict of interest rule

A local activist wants the North Carolina State Bar to discipline City Councilman Justin Outling for his role last month in a controversial decision about who should provide health care to city employees.

Former attorney Lewis Pitts says in the complaint that Outling, an attorney with Brooks Pierce, should have recused himself because of a conflict of interest with his firm.

The city’s ethics policy requires council members to abstain from voting on matters in which they have a direct or indirect financial interest in the outcome.

“Think about it: If Outling voted against UnitedHealthcare, as the cogent evidence seemed to mandate, do you think the client ... would have contacted Brooks Pierce and their lobbyists to complain and threaten to take their legal business elsewhere?

“Of course they would have.”
"Councilman Justin Outling violated conflict of interest rule", and should resign. with links

"Any officer, department head or employee who has financial interest, direct or indirect,
in any proposed contract with the city ...or to a contractor supplying the city,
shall make known that interest and shall refrain from voting upon
or otherwise participating in the making of such contract or sale.

Any officer, department head, or employee who willfully conceals such a financial interest
or willfully violates the requirements of this Section
shall be guilty of malfeasance in office or position and shall forfeit his office or position.

Justin Outling should resign

Violation of this Section
with the knowledge expressed or implied
of the person or corporation contracting with or making a sale to the city
shall render the contract void."

Sec. 4.131. - Conflict of interest: Greensboro Code of Ordinances, City Charter