Sunday, October 18, 2009

Greensboro City Council to Vote on Ethics Disclosure on Tuesday, Let The Sunshine In

Item #42 for the Greensboro City Council meeting on Tuesday 10-20-2009 .
Resolution imposing the responsibility on persons elected to the Greensboro City Council to anually file financial and personal interest disclosure forms as required by persons covered by the State of North Carolina Government Ethics Act Chapter 138-a.

To see the whole agenda with attachments click on the title above and this agenda item is on page 163 to 190.Or to see just the agenda item CLICKHERE then proceed to October 20, 2009 agenda.

Reading the background of this agenda item it was brought up by Greensboro City Council member Trudy Wade to bring more transparency and ethics to local government which is sorely needed in the local municipalities. There has been plenty of talk about ethics and transparency in the local campaigns who are running for office . At large candidate Nancy Vaughan started it out with a ethics challenge to all the candidates and now we have the Greensboro City Council agenda item #42 addressing this issue.

It will be very interesting to see what certain sitting Greensboro City Council members have to say about this disclosure form that they are going to vote on to be more transparent and ethical . Here is what local developer and Greensboro City Council member Robbie Perkins had to say back on September 13, 2009 in the Greensboro News & Record with the title "Candidates Call for New Financial Disclosures" CLICKHERE and here is the quote

"Councilman Robbie Perkins said: “It’s a campaign ploy. When the state requires it, I’ll do it.”

We will see what type of campaign ploy Robbie Perkins will produce on tuesday if he votes "no" on this resolution. It will also be interesting to see if Sandra Anderson Groat will not be in favor of this as well because in the past she was concerned about having to have family members also fill out the form as well.

Then we have Greensboro City Council member Zack Matheny who still to this day hasn't come clean on his anonymous investors getting in to the development game off of highway 68 , here is that post titled "Greensboro City Council Member Zack Matheny Still Won't Come Clean on His Anonymous Investors Off of Highway 68", CLICKHERE . We all know that Zack Matheny reads the blogs and also post comments as well because in the past few days he was posted on guarino's blog CLICKHERE and also on ed cone's blog CLICKHERE . The clock is still running with no response as to who all was involved in the development game off of highway 68.

This agenda item will be great to see just how your local sitting Greensboro City Council members feel about transparency and ethics. Will the Mayor Yvonne Johnson be in favor of this and if not can Bill Knight make a campaign issue out of this.

Then we also have the candidates for the at large races in incumbents Robbie Perkins and Sandra Anderson Groat will they say no to this and can the other challengers make an issue of this before the citizens vote. Will post more after the Greensboro City Council meeting and with time to watch the video of the council meeting as well.

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