Monday, July 20, 2009
Now that the filing is over for the fall elections in Greensboro , we now have a new member to add to the list of candidates who need to get off Greensboro City Council or not even get elected to council at all for a myriad of reasons with the main one being the total conflicts of having people assosciated with the development industry and the influence on council.The newest member of this "Dump The Developer" bunch is Jim Kee who is running in District #2 to replace Goldie Wells.
Here is what was reported on the Yes Weekly! blog post CLICKHERE here is a part of the post
"And, according to a blurb in his kickoff program, he has the support of Henry Isaacson, the dean of real estate and development lawyers in Greensboro. Isaacson argues rezoning cases on behalf of developers, who make significant campaign contributions to council members considered friendly to their interests."
It is very disturbing to see Henry Isaacson in support of candidates and giving campaign money to candidates when we all know that he comes in front of council on numerous occasions to rezone cases all over the city and with all the ethical lapse of judgement in the past few weeks with the mayor and local developer Roy Carroll guess who is his main lawyer on zoning issues for Roy Carroll none other than Henry Isaacson.
Call me out for this but there should be a state campaign law that if you have to come in front of any municipality for a quasi judicial setting like a zoning case, that if you have given money to any candidate than each council member who did get money from the applicant or the lawyers for either side then they need to recuse themselves. This would stop the Henry Isaacson's of the world from giving money to the candidates and the council would actually look at each case for the merits.
The other 3 candidates in sitting council members Sandra Anderson Groat, Robbie Perkins and Zack Matheny are also on the list of dumping the developers.
If you would like to see how the whole make up of the Greensboro City Council is beholden to the development industry or as we call them around here TREBIC which is the Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition(TREBIC) all you need to do is go to this blog called Protest Petitions for Greensboro CLICKHERE .This blog is full of information on where the citizens of Greensboro came together to fight to restore a state law that every other municipality in this state had the right to use in zoning cases but not Greensboro , they were exempted .
Also one city council candidate with one of her main reasons for wanting to get back on the Greensboro City Council was the waffling on Greensboro City Council on bringing back Protest Petitions to Greensboro, here is that post CLICKHERE
After witnessing and being a part of a great contingent of people who restored Protest Petitions to Greensboro . To see the council want to compromise with TREBIC and state law was absurd and stupid on their part because they got exposed for all the citizens of Greensboro to see.
The Greensboro City Council did vote 9-0 to restore Protest Petitions to Greensboro but they all knew that if they didn't vote for this bill on the state level they might go ahead and not want to run for election this fall because a lot of citizens would have reminded each one that they chose the special interest group over the citizens of Greensboro.
It will be good to keep this up as a campaign issue as well because lately we have seen undo influence from one developer in Roy Carroll wanting to fly elected officials to D.C. and who knows what else the TREBIC's want in this city and county or how many more TREBIC members will be appointed to a board or commission.This week we will see the new manual of the Greensboro Land Development Ordinance rewrite with plenty of influence from the TREBIC's of this county, a new post on this to come so that we all can be reminded again who had the influence on this rewrite.
So in conclusion we have a new member of the "DUMP THE DEVELOPER " on Greensboro City Council elections for fall 2009 in Jim Kee who is running in district #2 with a cast of other members to dump as well in Sandra Anderson Groat, Zack Matheny and Robbie Perkins.
This is the time for a huge change on council and to get out the vote.