Thursday, November 11, 2010

Are some "Downtown Stakeholders" using Greensboro's government to wage economic war against some "unwanted" businesses?

Ed Wolverton, [Downtown Greensboro Incorportated’s] president and CEO,
said the organization will continue to partner with the city and police department
to raise the safety level at night to that of the daytime.

Dioni L. Wise
"Regarding curfews,
Matheny said the issue came out of feedback
from downtown stakeholders
who say that minors who could not get into bars
are hanging out downtown until 2am.
Isn't Rocco Scarfone a "Stakeholder" too?
Roy Carroll, whose Center Point project sits at the heart of downtown,
said he was pleased with what he heard Wednesday,
adding action was needed."
How much more could Roy and friends make,
if they use the government to eliminate their downtown competition?

Ryan Seals
Greensboro News & Record
How could "downtown stakeholders"
not refer to the publicly funded Downtown Greensboro?

Notable Downtown Greensboro Contributors

Greensboro Partnership, $25,000.00

Triad Watch
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, $11,000.00
Cemala Foundation, $10,000.00
Bell Foundation (Steven D. Bell), $5,000.00
Brown Investment Properties, $1,500.00
Greensboro Regional Realtors Association, $1,210.00
Cone, Elizabeth W., $1,000.00
Elm Street Center, LLC, $1,000.00 (downtown hotel)
The Carroll Companies, $550.00
Milton Kern & Co., Inc., $250.00
Signature Property Group, Inc., $250.00
Schwartz, Susan, $125.00
Brown III, Chester H. & Martha, $100.00
He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself
or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Proverbs 22:16
Notable Downtown Greensboro Board Members

Brenda Jones Fox, Guilford County

Mayor Bill Knight

Rashad Young, City of Greensboro

Mike Winstead, Guilford County Commissioner, TREBIC
who has contributed to both Zack and Robbie

He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself
or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Proverbs 22:16

Dan Lynch, President of the the partly publicly funded Greensboro Partnership
whose Action Greensboro gave $70,000 to promote the bond vote in 2008
and gave $10,500 to promote the Quarter Cent Tax Increase in 2010,
the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance,
whose board members include Linda Shaw,

who recieved campaign contributions from Roy Carroll and Richard Beard
right before AMEX bought their Guilford County real estate,
and Nancy Vaughan,
who recieved campaign contributions from Downtown Greensboro Board Members
Milton Kern, (downtown hotel)
Randall Kaplan, (downtown hotel) whose patner George House is on the Board
and Frank Auman, whose partner Seth Coker is on the board.

Amelia Parker, executive director of the International Civil Rights Museum

Betty Cone, who worked for former Mayor Johnson’s campaign

Robbie Perkins, 09/21/09, $100 Elizabeth W. Cone

Susan Schwartz, board member of the Children’s Museum,
which received $100,000 from Greensboro’s 2010/11 budget

that was set to cut crossing gaurds and loose leaf collection
but then amazingly ended up spending $1 million more than last year.

Robbie Perkins 09/17/09 $100

Zack Matheny, 09/13/07, $75

Zack Matheny, 09/09/09, $100

Milton Kern, (downtown hotel)

who has contributed to Zack Matheny's 2007 political campaign.

Could not find the News & Record article
quoting Milton Kern proposing to shut down the N Club.

Al Leonard, Carroll Companies, Trebic, Center Pointe
who works for Roy E. Carroll III, a major campaign contributor
and board member of the Greensboro Partnership

Robbie Perkins 10/13/09 $250 Roy

Robbie Perkins 10/19/09 $100 Vanessa Carroll

Jim Kee 10/27/09 $100 Vanessa Carroll

Jim Kee 10/27/09 $250 Roy

Jim Kee 10/27/09 $100 Alvin Leonard, Carroll Companies

Zack Matheny 10/23/09 $100 Alvin Leonard, Carroll Companies

Zack Matheny 10/23/09 $250 Roy

Zack Matheny 10/23/09 $100 Vanessa Carroll

Linda Shaw, 09, Roy Carroll, $500

Roy E and Vanessa Y Carroll's
North Carolinians for Leadership in Government PAC
gave Zack, Diane, Robbie, Trudy, Kirk Perkins, Paul Gibson, Yvonne, and Sandra
$1000 each in 2007.

Better is a little with righteousness
than great income with injustice.

Proverbs 16:8

Seth Coker, Signature Property Group, Trebic,
who’s partner Frank Auman is a major political campaign contributor.

Seth Coker, Robbie Perkins, 10/18/09, $100

Seth Coker, Zack Matheny, 08/06/09, $100

Frank Auman, Zack Matheny, 08/28/07, $500

Frank Auman, Zack Matheny, 08/11/09, $500

Frank Auman, Robbie Perkins, 09/15/09, $250

Frank Auman, 09/28/09, Mary Rakestraw, $500
The art of government
consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of citizens
to give to the other


Henri Fourrier, President/CEO/Director of Marketing/Communications
Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The same Henri Fourrier
who sold Greensboro’s electorate on an Aquatic Center
with a non-independent, non third party “hypothetical”
that will most likely cost Greensboro millions
in principal, interest, operating and maintenance costs
and who won't release information
documenting how the Visitors Bureau came up with
a $5.8 million dollar econonomic impact number
for an upcoming swim meet?

Questions for America, December 3rd, 2009

E. Durant Bell, Bell & Company, Zack Matheny’s employer,
who's family and other employees have made 12 campaign contributions
to Zack and Robbie since 2007.

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation
the first thing to be bought and sold are legislators

P J O'Rourke

Kimberly Brown

Chester Brown, TREBIC
Who's family has contributed to Zack, Robbie and Trudy's campaigns.

Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism
because it is the merger of state and corporate power

Benito Mussolini

George House, Downtown Hotel,
Partner Randall Kaplan is a Greensboro Partnership board member

John Lomax, TREBIC

who has contributed to Zack and Trudy's campaigns

A democracy will continue to exist
up until the time that voters discover
that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury

From that moment on
the majority always votes for the candidates
who promise the most benefits…
with the result that every democracy
will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy…

…nations always progressed through the following sequence

From bondage to spiritual faith
from spiritual faith to great courage
from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance
from abundance to complacency
from complacency to apathy
from apathy to dependence
from dependence back into bondage



George Hartzman said...

Notable members of the board of directors of the Greensboro Chamber Foundation, which Gave the Quarter Cent Tax Committee $10,000

Dan Lynch
Jim Melvin
Susan Schwartz
Ralph Shelton
Steve Bowden
Denise Turner
Lee McAllister
Robert Klepfer
Richard Moore
Patrick Danahy
Charles Hagan
Tim Rice

George Hartzman said...

Notable 1/4-Cent Makes Sense Steering Committee Members

Jim Morgan Co-Chair
Steve Bowden Co-Chair
Pat Danahy Co-Chair
Mary Skenes Treasurer - Zoning Commission
Margaret Arbuckle
Robert "Bob" Brown
Shirley Frye - Simpkins PAC?
Henry Isaacson - TREBIC MEMBER
Skip Alston - Simpkins PAC
Yvonne Johnson
Dan O'Shea - Also on the Greensboro Merchants Association Board
Rev. Clarence Shuford
Rev. Robert J. Williams

George Hartzman said...

Notable Greensboro Partnership Board Members (partly publicly funded), which gave the Quarter Cent Tax Committee $10,500.

Mr. Roy E. Carroll III The Carroll Companies
Mr. Edward C. Winslow III Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey, & Leonard, LLP.
Ms. Deborah L. Hooper WFMY News 2
Mr. Randall Kaplan Capsule Group, LLC
Mr. Kenneth C. Mayer Jr. Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, PA
Mr. Jim Melvin Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Mr. Charles E. Melvin Jr. Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Mr. Stephen D. Showefty Koury Corporation
Mr. H. Walker Sanders Community Foundation of Greater GSO
Mr. Robin Saul News & Record
Mr. Richard L. Moore, Weaver Foundation
Mr. R. Steve Bowden, R. Steve Bowden & Associates
Mr. Jim W. Phillips Jr., Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey, & Leonard LLP
who gave the Bonds for Schools Committee $500
Ms. Susan S. Schwartz, Cemala Foundation
Mr. J. Patrick Danahy, Greensboro Partnership President & CEO
Ms. Shirley Frye

George Hartzman said...

Notable TREBIC Members

Brown Investment Properties
Carroll Companies
Kotis Properties
Koury Corporation
Signature Property Group
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Isaacson Isaacson Sheridan & Fountain
NAI Piedmont Triad
Tuggle Duggins & Meschan, P.A.
Weaver Investment Co.
Greensboro Partnership
Guilford Merchants Association
Hagan Properties Inc. HICAPS, Inc.
Lomax Properties, LLC
McNairy & Associates
Simpson, Schulman & Beard
Windsor Investments

George Hartzman said...

Downtown Area Consolidated Plan Committees


Skip Alston
Guilford County

Roy Carroll, (taxpayer funded) Greensboro Partnership Board Member,
(taxpayer funded) Triad Partnership Board Member,
employer of Al Leonard, (taxpayer funded) DGI Board Member
The Carroll Companies

Afrique Kilimanjaro
Carolina Peacemaker

Ed Kitchen, (taxpayer funded) Greensboro Partnership Board Member
(taxpayer funded) Piedmont Triad Partnership Board Member
Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

Mac Sims
East Market Street Development Corp

"DGI operates on a $1.1 million budget.

The money comes from three sources.

Half comes from a special 9-cent tax levied on downtown property owners;
(from taxes levied on customers, otherwise known as taxpayers)
30 percent is tax money
from the general fund of the city of Greensboro and Guilford County;
and 20 percent comes through fundraising."

Greensboro News and Record

Ed Wolverton
Downtown Greensboro Inc.

Notable Advisory Team Members

Pat Danahy
(taxpayer funded) Greensboro Partnership
(taxpayer funded) Piedmont Triad Partnership Board Member

Willie Hammer
Rhino Times

Brenda Jones Fox, DGI Board Member
Guilford County

Ed Mathews
WFMY, whose Deborah Hooper
is a (taxpayer funded) Greensboro Partnership Board Member

Robin Saul, (taxpayer funded) Greensboro Partnership Board Member
News & Record

Susan Schwartz, (taxpayer funded) DGI Board Member,
(taxpayer funded) Greensboro Partnership Board Member,
and (soon to be taxpayer funded) Children's Museum Board Member
Cemala Foundation

Rashad Young, (taxpayer funded) DGI Board Member
City of Greensboro"

Hugh said...

"Half comes from a special 9-cent tax levied on downtown property owners;
(from taxes levied on customers, otherwise known as taxpayers)"

Does this mean a meal bought downtown has a 9% tax on it vs. a meal bought outside of downtown?